P1 V: My report from M1 is that the class has brought me more acute awareness of emotions as they surface. This past week especially as at work we were immediately summoned to a mandatory meeting in which they announced an immediate reduction in force of 10%. Initially feeling like a category 5 hurricane of fear hit. Then during the meeting I was able to somewhat tune out of the drama and suspend my head deep into the blue sky and rooted feet to the ground feeling a stabilizing effect.
There’s work to be done but the beauty of the big la Qi opening arms widely and expansive deep breaths feels like the barnacles of the old self are breaking away with each open and close. The technique of leading with the elbows has been very important for not just during Qigong practice but during all movements throughout the day.
P2 T M:
Laoshi, thanks so much for all of your help and your class this morning! I learned a lot and you also reminded me of things I had forgotten when I was distracted emotionally/mentally away from my true self.
Today your class also helped me to help my students in Zhineng Qigong. You helped me with some facets of the practice for when they are alone at home that I can help them with when they are stuck.
Like we all can get sometimes – Stuck – and then Discouraged, then in Despair, then possibly wanted to give it all up!!! As some of our students do and some of our ZQ Teachers.
I have been in love with Zhineng Qigong & I have felt deeply connected to Dr Pang and everyone in Zhineng Qigong from the moment I started in 2013. And that is why I immediately went into teacher training at the first opportunity. I Knew 🙂
We have about 7 ZQ classes a week available here. Of course, we are online now until we can all meet again in person.
Interestingly, connecting with you and also your class today has helped me through this challenging time in a bigger way than ever before!
I am deeply grateful to you for leading me back to myself and what I have always known.
Abundant Qi to YOU,
P3 T: Dear Teacher Ooi,
Thank you very much for your guidance over the last weeks. I have very much enjoyed the course and have benefited from it a lot.
- Practice routine
Since the start of the course I have maintained an (almost) daily practice of 15-20 mins of SLS and 30 mins 3CM, accompanied by some wall squats and intercepted by some rounds of Big Laqi’s. Whenever circumstances permitted, I did another session of Big Laqi’s in the evening before going to bed, mostly sticking to the CV-19 sequence. I only did LQU about once a week when I was able to attend the Tuesday or Thursday classes.
- Practice observations
During SLS I initially struggled with isolating and contracting the psoas, but then coordination and strength improved surprisingly quickly. By now I can comfortably maintain pushing up from the feet for 15-20 mins. It pleasantly activates the whole hip and lumbar area. Recently I noticed that the movement is no longer just linear. Toward the end of the ‚pulling‘ and while holding the contraction there is also an inward rotation, further opening the SI Joints at the back and intensifying the force to the lumbar area.
When I first did 3CM right after SLS I was surprised how much effect it had on my posture. The apparently so simple instruction to pull up from the hip joints (vs. pushing down the sacrum/coccyx) was a real game changer. It enabled me to immediately grasp the 4 forces. I was amazed, how ‚ “light” the standing posture can feel. Especially with the additional focus on pushing knees out and root of toe downward, it feels like the legs are locking into a stable position, reducing physical effort to a minimum and allowing the qi to ascend to lower dantian. This immediately creates a strong force to the lumbar area. Initially it felt like the whole lower back was torn apart. The feeling then concentrated more around the spine, then on the ming men area and finally lightness also entered there. For some time it was harder to establish the vertical connection to the sky. I recently observed, that by slightly bending the knees a bit more, I can create more force along the entire spine up to baihui.
When I first combined 3CM with throat breathing I had the feeling that it created a lot of heat and also agitated the mind. The effect grew less after some session, finally reversing to a calming and centering effect. The scans of organs and skeletal structures and dantians now have an especially nourishing and calming effect.
- Practice effects
My lumbar area feels both strong and open, allowing me stand upright and move with prowess. The whole spine feels lighter and stronger. Also my shoulders seemed to have loosened, as well as the neck. I also observed that my overall energy level has risen and is more stable throughout the day and that the quality of my sleep has improved, as the ability to fall asleep.
Specific reactions I mainly observed during or right after the practice, mostly pleasant feelings of warmth and vibrations. Mainly in the lower dantian area. Depending on where I focused the LaQis also in the other dantians, specifically energy points like yintang etc.
I also noticed something which I call a ‚side-effect‘: Some years ago I tore my meniscus. I refused to have an operation and treated it with acupuncture and physical exercises then available to me. It got better and better, but a slight vulnerability and instability remained. I now feel that with the intense work on the lumbar area, hip joints and holding the knee in a slight rotation in 3CM I am actually finally healing the knee as well. Initially, the holding the knee in the rotated position for such a long time caused quite some discomfort. Yet this became less and less and by now mobility and stability have significantly improved and ‚lightness‘ and ‚flow‘ have returned.
- Management of Emotions
Until taking this course I considered myself to be a calm, composed person who could easily control his emotions. The odd outburst every now and then was well justified as an adequate expression of feeling to make my needs heard.
Well, so much for that. Anger is my predominant emotional pattern. And I only now realized, how much anger there is and how it constantly lingers. What I considered to be calm was just an adjusted normal and not comparable to the “blue sky” reference point. That was my first big take-away. The second was to realize that with every emotional reaction that compromises calmness and clarity of mind I have already “lost the battle“: If you want to make yourself heard you need to be able to so in a calm way.
I also realized that when I thought I was controlling emotions, I was rather suppressing them. But not dissolving or diffusing them. Inviting compassion for both myself and the other person/situation is helpful to stop anger rising when I catch it early. From the two methods suggested – story and picture – picture works better for me as of now. It requires less mental effort and has immediate effect. When the emotions are already stronger, I mostly directly resort to the blue sky visualization to stop the fuse. I also noticed that the speed at which anger rises does not depend so much on the social trigger, but more on my physiological state: When tired and exhausted I have less sensitivity and strength to work with my emotional state. The increased level in energy mentioned above is thus helpful to shift the baseline.
Investigating deeper inwardly I realized that beneath this outer emotional reaction lies an inner cry for attention: “What about me?” An inability to express to take care of myself and express my needs early enough. Anger sets in when I have the feeling that boundaries have been overstepped, but it is also my inability to mark these boundaries in a calm way upfront. And to focus on what I can influence, instead of obsessing about stuff I can’t. Here, the Serenity Prayer is a helpful reminder.
P4 S M: Dear Mr Ooi
As requested here is a report or reflection on module 1 so far.
Thinking about what I have learned from the experience of module 1, I have to go back to when Ken and I did Taiji Ball 1 with you and the subsequent Qigong Essentials weekend. You talked about management of emotions being the aim of dynamic practices and introduced big la qi and why we need to practice SLS and 3CM. I was excited to join module 1 as I felt it would clarify a lot of confusion I had in my mind.
What I’ve appreciated the most about the course is that it has definitely clarified the aim of the practices and how to progress in a step-by-step and logical manner. Before this, I had learned LQUP, Body Mind Form and Five One Form but was confused about what to practice and how to progress. To be honest my practice was half-hearted at best and I didn’t know how to measure progress, if any.
So after 3 years, I now understand that we need to work on the foundations first, building qi by opening up the lower back and SI joints as well as managing the emotions. Now I have been diligently doing SLS and 3CM every day, with your voice in my head to pull up the hip joints. At the beginning all I felt was discomfort and still feel it but less so. However, now I have this sensation of opening and closing, a sense of spaciousness. I can now reasonably comfortably do SLS for 20 mins and 3CM for 30 mins.
The biggest revelation is the importance of looking into the blue sky and big la qi. Again, after a few weeks of practising regularly I have this sense that I am the blue sky, feeling it inside and outside. The sense of expansion. More and more often during practice a smile appears and I feel a sense of calm joy. Tears sometimes arise, but I see that as releasing old frustrations.
The course has changed my approach to practice and the understanding of what we are trying to achieve (learning outcomes). Understanding that management of emotions is the objective of dynamic practices. I have appreciated the time you have spent on talking about the management of emotions, to understand why we are not happy and the steps we should take to find our reference point.
Also, I am more aware of internal feelings and a sense of the organs. PMT has helped with that. Feeling more stable and focused especially when standing in 3CM with longer and longer sensations of feeling like being a big ball of qi. However, I now understand that grasping onto these sensations is a big trap and can hinder progress. I now acknowledge the feelings but let them go.
What I really appreciate is your insistence on correct posture and technique, your step by step approach but also the freedom give to practice. I truly believe that the proof of the pudding is in the practice.
Thank you so much.
P5 M: Zhineng Qigong Report
I began practicing qigong for health purposes. My mother was already a practitioner and to my curiosity, I decided to look into it. When I noticed the dimension I decided to get in contact with you to get help with my health issue which I have been dealing with throughout life. Interesting how sometimes we define a wrong situation as true and utterly everlasting. Before signing up for the M1 course, I did see some positive results by practicing the exercises you recommended. Although, up until today, the recovery has not definitely been settled as the symptoms eventually disappear and retrieve, I have incorporated the belief in qigong and it is to my full interest to continue until I recover thoroughly.
I have noticed very significant progress in my practice, although I think I have not even scratched the surface.
One important observation is my lumbar. In the beginning it was very difficult for me to sustain my body in 3CM for more than five minutes. The pain would not permit me to continue. Now I am able to stay for the 30 minutes required and sometimes I try to stretch into 40 minutes. There are days which I do feel the area a little more sensitive and I need caution when lifting/moving my body after practicing 3CM, but it is not close to the sensations I felt when I began.
Another important observation is how I am perceiving qi throughout my body. I can feel it tingling on my skin and also inside my body as I move my hands. Pouring qi down has become much more realistic and the open/close movement is as if I am being filled with the surrounding qi. All the techniques have helped immensely on the process of developing this sensitivity – trembling, SLS, PMT.
Maybe it is too early to think about becoming a healer, but I have this desire and I will try my best to reach the necessary level. For that, I please request from you any suggestions or important orientations I should keep and develop as the path opens to this new encounter in my life. I am now 44 years old and with a single opportunity to choose a future profession. This is by far the most serious decision I have made.
As mentioned, although I have not yet recovered from my health situation, I continue to have total respect and belief in Zhineng Qigong and I would truly feel honored to be able to help and cure others.
I will continue with the learning process in M2, keeping in mind that there are steps to be taken until I reach the tip of the mountain and knowing that after I reach the summit, I will be able to view the many other mountains there are to climb.
I am very thankful to have you as my teacher.
P6 S: My report please
This M1 feels very different from all the previous ones I have attended. The new material is wonderful, but nothing compares to the addition of the Exercise Classes. They really made a HUGE difference for the better. Thank you very much.
A summary of my practices
LaQi is the most wonderful one. I love doing it. Adding the Healing Session, the classes with you, and Teachers Pei and Irma is bringing tremendous benefits to me. I can feel the open close everywhere inside of the body. It’s also very good to observe how each one of you teaches this practice.
3CM became one of my favorites, although not always easy. It feels more stable and your recall from time to time for us to pay attention to the posture and the four forces awakens awareness and helps to bring the attention back. When it’s combined with the open close leading by the elbows I feel the expand and contraction in the middle of the body, mainly in different parts of the spine. However, when we need to combine PMT (of the fingers) and breathing from Bai hui to the LDT and the open close I get distracted. I have observed that when this happens I tend to feel frustrated and anger gets very close, my temperature changes, especially around the face, becoming hotter. What I have been doing is stop everything, calm down listening you saying “relax”, and start again, first the open and close, then PMT, and if I feel more stable, the breathing. I have observed that after practicing 3CM the pain and the difficulties to walking lesser, what feels super good!
Trembling Practicing it makes me feel like a kid. There is a spring connecting the tiger’s mouth to the hips, and as they start moving back and forth, Baihui starts moving as well, spiraling. Sometimes, the tip of the coccyx joins the movement, spiraling too. I feel lots of sensations, for example, heaviness on top of the head and lighter inside (of the head), “something” (like liquid mint) flowing down the spine, and so many more. This practice is the one that brings more pleasant sensations when compared to the others, and this makes it easy to get distracted, what isn’t good for keeping the posture and the rhythm of going back and forth.
SLS I do it mainly lying down, sometimes standing. Sorry, but doing it sitting down is a challenge for me. I do not know why. It triggers frustration and anger gets even closer, it looks like residual of “crazy stuff” which do not go away.
Lately, when standing with closed feet, I feel unstable, as if standing on a canoe. It helps to close the hills putting them together side by side while separating the tip of the feet, as you said, and also leaving the eyelid ajar.
Generally speaking, I feel lots of random sensations all over the body, they come and go by themselves, most are pleasant, others not, some are superficial, others (few) more deep. I am thankful to all of them because they make me as if I am coming back to life.
This M1 changed everything for me. I have no words to thank you Teacher Ooi for all you have taught us, and for helping me in so many ways, some I even do not know because they out of my reach.
In gratitude and awe
P7 T: My report:
- I have/am now experiencing Qi internally for the first time.
- I am quickly able to get into a Qi-gong state.
- I no longer feel over-whelmed by the number of exercises that make-up Zhineng Qigong
- I am further along the path of mastering my emotions. Not there yet but I can see/feel the light at the end of the tunnel.
- The scientific approach is satisfying to my mind and makes my experience key; which along with the emphasis on Dao always changing, it makes sense to be experimental, playful, logical and analytical, rather than being stuck in the blind ‘faith’ of fundamentalism.
- I like the ‘proof is in the pudding’ approach: I feel better, lighter, happier and more emotionally stable from participating in Module One. I feel I have made more progress than the previous two years of Zhineng Qigong courses and practices that I undertook; in fact my previous work had created an aversion and sense of overwhelm, plus physical injury from trying to cover a seemingly never-ending list of exercises and not doing any of them in a Qi-gong state. I was also feeling quite bored at what I was supposed to do which bothered me – wasn’t I supposed to feel better, more vital, and to fall in love with ZQ! Well now (since Module 1) I am falling in love with ZQ which is such a relief!
- I have also learnt much from the questions that You (Teacher Ooi) ask us which both cause us to think and to focus where we need to be focussing. Plus I have learnt much from the questions that I and the other students have posed to you; in fact I have saved all of these emails.
A truly masterful course!
P8 J: Dear teacher Ooi,
Here is my report: First of all, I must appreciate the format of the course. I feel that by spreading the classes over several weeks gave me an opportunity to integrate the practice into my daily life, observe steady progress and adopt new habits, which is way more realistic than participating in intensive training and (I hope) will have a long-lasting effect. By saying that, I think that there has been such a load of enriching input that I certainly need to go over the material again and again. There is still space to go deeper and deeper.
Apart from the group practice and classes, I enjoyed the connection we had as a group through continuous discussions. I am very grateful for everyone’s contributions, which boosted the connection with qigong and my personal practice in return. The teacher Ooi’s questions, stimuli and feedback kept me on the tip of my toes all the time and I appreciate the inquisitive attitude towards practice that those inquiries motivated us into, and how we should approach our practice. Maybe the crucial thing I learnt during the course is the importance of maintaining the right attitude.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the work on Tao Te Ting and how it is linked to the qigong theory and practice. Then, the fundamentals of emotions brought into light where I need to work more. I am now more aware of the connection between the practice, emotions and progress, and the importance of inward seeking. This has been truly eye-opening and fascinating at the same time.
My practice has become much more effective, much more enjoyable, although still challenging, and I was able to correct a lot of mistakes that I was making until now. Overall, I got from the course what I had expected and even more, because I now see the bigger picture and it is clear that I am only at the very beginning. I’ve made my first steps and there is yet so much to explore and develop, and go deeper and deeper. I am very excited about the journey ahead of me.
Thank you very much.
P9 C: This was my second M1 class.
I took the first M1 class in 2019.
Teacher Ooi’s M1 class is one of the greatest gifts in my life. I learned so much not only about the foundation work in Zhineng Qigong but how to get to know myself. This class has motivated me to always seek inward, closely watching and managing my thoughts and emotions, and to be a better person every day.
Teacher Ooi has developed this course with a structure that is easy to follow and understand. Throughout the course, we learned a lot not only from the Saturday classes, but also through email discussions. Teacher Ooi is always quick to respond and he always challenges his students to progress. In addition, the M1 course this year also included practices for two days a week, from which I learned to practice in a deeper manner and experienced strong qi field.
Before meeting Teacher Ooi and taking M1 in 2019, I had emotional and anxiety issues. I got angry very easily. Little things that did not go my way made me angry and anxious. I also worried a lot about my health. What worse was that I could be in this state of being (angry, anxious, worried) for days, even months without even aware about it. At the end, this cost me many sleepless nights with heart palpitation and panic attacks.
After taking Zhineng Qigong class locally, having a consultation with Teacher Ooi and Teacher Pei Sei, and taking M1 in early 2019, I started to practice the foundation work and put efforts to be aware of and manage my emotions, using the techniques Teacher Ooi taught us in the course. It was a challenge for me, but with one step at a time, in summer 2019, I no longer had heart palpitations and panic attacks. I felt calmer and started to sleep well.
It has been a process for me. With practice, I have been catching my emotions, especially anger earlier and earlier. Although, in several occasions, I still found myself catching my anger late, I already said something or raising my voice. What funny was that a few times when my kids saw me raising my voice and looking upset, they checked and asked me “Have you practiced Qigong today?” I have two little Qigong teachers at home :D. With practice,
Spring 2020 found us at crossroads we never envisioned. As the Covid-19 pandemic started to get worse, I slipped. I let myself surrounded by news and discussions about the pandemic without paying attention to my emotions. For days, I was not aware about my worries and thoughts. I got really anxious and I experienced insomnia for almost two weeks and experienced liver qi stagnation. Luckily, I was taking M1 course for the second time. Teacher Ooi, through this course, has given me valuable tools to bounce back and pull myself quickly. I also signed up for the healing sessions and it was a great support for me. In the past 3-4 weeks I have been sleeping much better and I feel calmer again during this challenging time.
To summarize, I am a calmer and happier person compared to how I used to be. Yes, I still get upset and worry sometimes, I know what to do now to calm myself.
Things that used to bother me a lot are no longer big issues to me. When you feel good emotionally and you have more qi, you have better perspectives about your life. It is easier to be thankful and happy.
Thank you, Teacher Ooi, for everything you do to help and motivate your students to be in a better position.
Hello techer Ooi,
I am not sure what exact report is expected…
I just wanted to thank you and say that I really enjoyed the training. It was a good decision to take it again, I was able to be much more present and focus better than last year. Also, regular email reading (mostly daily) made it much easier to follow and don’t miss anything. It is a great way to exchange experiences and questions.
During the last lesson I was just seeing the slides and only hearing your voice (instead of having a miniature of you on the screen) and actually I could focus more. There is tons of theory for me to learn now. I enjoy guided meditation, and in the past I was listening and practicing to the recording, but recently I started to prefer perceiving and going on my own pace. Also my brain likes to “travel in time ” the most when I meditate and it spaces out to the past places I visited, I don’t know why it happens but when I practice it’s very easy for me to visualize and then for few seconds I can exactly see some scene from the past – I noticed it happens less when I meditate with open eyes. I prefer to do my 3cm without the movie, I can just load myself with Qi ( the longest I can stand is 40-45 min though) and if watching something it feels like maintaining the posture only- no qi perceiving experience. On the other hand, I like to watch something while doing SLS… Is that ok?
The timing of the training worked perfectly for me.
Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions I usually modified to my abilities – taking breaks, stretching or doing sls or tai ch ball, to be honest, push pull is my least favorite exercise.
It is a little hard to be sure about practicing 100% correctly without your in-person mentoring, that’s why I question myself a lot. Also, I saw your email that in m2 sls is done by focusing on pushing into SI joint, I think I move and push my sacrum to the back for a long time already – will make my mind about the M2 training soon.
Thank you so much for your teaching!!!
P11 CW: Module 1 Course Review – Ooi Kean Hin 5/5/20
I decided very late to join this course after my planned trip to China was cancelled, and I am very grateful I did because I think it represents far better value in terms of the content and the outcome!
The course content
Lectures are logical and philosophical with plenty of room for students to interact via ‘Chat’. They are very well prepared and Ooi Talks effortlessly to expand and explain their meaning. I especially enjoyed and learned from the series on the Dao – authentic eastern culture for western minds! And look forward to OKH’s coming translation….
Introductory videos, cover such things as anatomy, relaxation and the Qi field as well as brief introductions to the QG practices. Some of these were new to me and I enjoyed working with them. Later, OKH added details, which built on these earlier demonstrations, this made it easier to walk through the exercise, rather then run straight in! This gave a sense of progression for both students, and those students who are also teachers of QG. This layering is part of my teaching, and I learned to make even smaller chunks, through experiencing Ooi’s step-by-step style.
On-line practice. This is so valuable; introducing a different way to practice LQU which liberates not only the time taken to do LQU but also makes it more effective at gathering Qi and experiencing Qi at a different levels or depth. It provides a profound experience of ‘Unity/oneness’. Information and experience around 3CM is revolutionary and should be taught by all teachers to help students overcome their reluctance to practice this vital method. And last but not least the introduction of PMT and practice – and feeling the fascia, sometimes felt like a ‘blow-up doll’!
Q&A: This part of the course, which runs throughout, during the lecture and also in emailed Q&A’s, is illuminating because it is spontaneous, authentic and based on real experiences and events. I found much to be discovered here, and learned not to ‘fear’ being judged (sometimes an issue for me!) if I, or anyone else, was ‘off-track (thanks to Ooi’s Gong Fu!). Generally the Q&A sessions were illuminating rather than obscuring, (lost in translation) which can happen with Chinese teachers whose English is not so fluent as OKH’s.
(I fall into one of OKH’s student groups who have practiced QG for many years and had reached a kind of practice/progress plateau before joining the course)
3CM – my practice was revolutionized! Before joining the course I was accustomed to practice 3CM for 45mins, or longer when necessary, though I didn’t particularly enjoy it – there was the discovery of focus and will power…as well as an understanding the importance of relaxation of the physical body is intimately tied in with relaxation of the mind. I identified my problem with this practice some time ago – fearing that my legs were somehow not as alive as the rest of my body, not as dynamic? Discovering the four forces was my revolution! Setting up the posture using these forces brought life and energy to my legs, and for the first time I am able to really get the Qi rushing up my legs in LQU too! 3CM became a joy – a truly delicious pudding! I am also aware that it may not taste the same each time, and avoid ‘seeking’ the pleasure, but enjoy it if it is present.
SLS: Another wonderful tool, even without taking it into ‘full version’ of SLS – I think many westerners have weak Soas muscles and added to that – very little knowledge of what and where these muscles are located. SLS unlocked this for me and definitely developed my 3CM! Another essential lesson – thank you!
I had come to associate ‘Blue Sky’ with the practice from an early stage in my QG, and had had several explanations from Chinese teachers about Dr. Pang’s use of this device. But the discovery of OKH’s simple means of the photograph and the 3-minute gazing at the real blue sky to put me in touch with the ‘Information’ of the Blue Sky changed my practice and my teaching. Very important to me as a teacher because it is a tangible illustration of ‘Information’ itself.
Connection and sensitivity to the Qi Field: The first thing to remark on is the strength of the Qi field created by OKH, and via the Internet! It gave me enormous courage and faith in running my classes on line during our current ‘lockdown’ world situation. But the gain for me was confirmation of my sensitivity to the Qi field and my response to OKH’s information. At times I was able to detect his ‘intention’ before he actually voiced it…this often arose spontaneously as physical movement in response to the Qi/information leading…
Feeling the Entirety: I do experience the entirety – that feeling of dissolving and being the same inside as outside and the universe, but through OKH’s instructions I am much more able to expand in all directions – though I have a ‘less sensitive’ spot when I expand out, which is on my back on the right hand side?? This made more sense after a consultation with OKH as he mentioned I have a ‘very old injury’ on the RH side…. It is also interesting to work with this ‘whole’ expansion during LQU and with the PMT, which I hope to discover more as I practice.
Creativity and teaching: “If you want to dispense with technique – learn technique” a great teaching adage! I liked the balance of creatively presenting LQU and I now realize the importance of using logic, and measuring progress more clearly are just as essential.
Emotional literacy from the 5 Element Theory: I found this part of the course very useful because it gave me strategies to balance and recognize other people’s emotions and to some extent to increase awareness my own and then strategize! This is a work in progress, which I hope will be extended in Module ll. Through the practice of Qigong I have become more in touch with my emotions as they arise – a healthy goal of QG…to have more balanced emotions. And yet I am still sometimes, at the mercy of my anger – a family pattern. The result is that I pay a price for that imbalance – and immediately feel the ‘backlash’ because of the sensitivity. I thought I was ‘gaining wisdom’ here but right at the end of the course I touched on a part of my emotional body that has not been so ‘awake’ before. I have great FEAR around ‘not having enough to eat’. This would be easy to dismiss in the face of the Covid19 situation, but I know it goes MUCH deeper than that…. not only to being sent away to boarding school at 7 years old, but even deeper into collective human psyche. Triggered by the current situation? Old brain stuff!
Ooi Kean Hin the Teacher:
Ooi Kean Hin really is a ‘teacher’s teacher. He brings stepped and logical methods to teaching, learning and evaluating, and most vitally – a deep cultural understanding of Chinese Culture and Philosophy. I also enjoyed the creativity and insight he brings to a new practice of LQU…and the logistical means he uses to justify the new practice (I found this confirming for my own teaching where I have also devised a series of 5 exercises, mostly from BMF to work on keeping the spine flexible and strong). I think this Module 1 is a University level course!
This course has so much content it must have taken years of refining to get it to work so well. It is especially useful to be asked to evaluate ones practice objectively and then to make a plan…something missing from my engagement with Qigong, I asked my self why? Something to do with viewing it as a separate and a more academic activity.
Changes and additions?
I think this course is remarkable and I would like to make a suggestion or two, which I hope will be helpful.
A list of the acronyms used would be useful, with the addition of both their Chinese names and English translations. Suggest an Excel Spread sheet, which could be added to, with the Pin yin and Chinese characters too. I did start one early on, partly out of curiosity, as I am attempting to learn some Chinese, but found I did not have enough time to keep it going.
(I missed the Introductory ‘Test’ session so this comment may not be valid) I think it would be good to have a short Zoom session where we each introduced ourselves at the start of the Module: Name, where we live, our QG experience, if we are teachers… and the same at the end of the course – a celebration of achievement? Though today I see that Ira has proposed a monthly meeting on a Sunday, which is welcome and moves us towards getting to know each other.
Small study groups (3 to 5?)– Maybe randomly chosen, (the Dao at work!!) so we could share ongoing experience along the way – and as a support for each other. Currently I think this would work better when we are not under lock down as already I personally spend too much time on line, teaching and keeping in touch with family and friends!
Networking for the future could arise out of our experience of working with Teacher OKH and would be facilitated by getting to know each other through groups. QG community is important.
I would have welcomed a few physical demos during the Tuesday and Thursday practice sessions.
Overview and finishing thoughts
The core of Module 1 (and Qigong!) is about ‘Tasting the Pudding’ – This is one of the simplest and clearest messages of OKH’s teaching.
Without OKH’s ‘recipe’ there is no step-by-step guide to assemble the ingredients (methods and theory/philosophy), let alone the way to ‘cook’ them, before you can begin to fully appreciate the taste of this ‘multi-course banquet’!!
I would recommend everyone to take this course; you may have health problems, or want to dive deeply into QG, and especially if you are a teacher!
Ooi Kean Hin is the only Chinese teacher I have met and worked with (I have worked with quite a few) who truly bridges the gap between Eastern and Western understanding. OKH especially understands the cultural differences in learning styles and evaluation. I have really enjoyed being a ‘student’ again. I have been a teacher all my life and have tried to be a learner as well – it keeps me in touch with what it is like to ‘not know’ or ‘not understand’ and reminds you of being a beginner…
I need to do more self-evaluation – partly because simply I don’t like being judged! But also because planning is something I have not taken very seriously in my life! I was involved in art and design education, because of its non-logical, non-linear and intuitive approach. And now I should balance this with some objectivity and goals!
Qigong diary: I have made many gains and insights in my QG practice, and these get lost ‘like tears in rain’ because I don’t record them. But they are markers of progress and I can now see the point of writing down improvement and changes.
I will continue to work on my emotions with new tools, and look forward to studying the next Module ll.
With much appreciation for your teaching and wisdom
P.S. I found this video helpful in regard to emotions…
P12 M: Dear Ooi.
Here my report
I liked very much the M1 course.
Course structure: I found that every class were connected and designed to get a specific result and progress.
Course material: simple, lean designed, easy to grasp the main idea and concept.
Class delivery: it was very difficult for me to understand when you talked. My guess is that the microphone was to close to your mouth and got all the noise which interfered with clarity of speech.
My progress: I was pleased with the logical and scientific way of the classes. I am not comfortable with only the spiritual look of it, makes me feel I am in a religious cult.
It was revealing when you talked about not grasping into neither knowledge nor Qi sensation because that will stop with my growth and progress in Qigong.
The ability to see my emotions, understand how and what it is triggered, has been an interesting journey and makes me like myself more and Others as well. I guess I am learning and experiencing more compassion, although I know there is a long road in front of me.
I also am experiencing what you said about being more conscious and now I realize things maybe few minutes after it has happened, still am not being able to see myself and my emotions while they are occurring.
I have experienced very interesting things during practice, mainly during 3CM. One that startled me, besides the dying one I wrote you about, was my feeling being a dinousar, it wasnt thinking about it, it was a vivid whole body-celll experience.
Recently, one mornig when I walked up, I felt my whole body opening and closing and full of Qi, no boundaries at all. It was a very pleasant and expansive sensation.
I also felt that when I am in a rejection mode, my Qi field gets week, I am trying to accept things the way they are evolving and be confident and interested on the course of action that arises.
My plan: keep working on my lumbar area with SLS and 3CM, do the blue sky exercise you prescribed me and the Covid practice exersices. Continue my work with emotions.
Thanks for sharing all your knowledge and for making ZQ easy to understand and keep me interested on it.
P13 K: Dear Mr. Ooi
Feedback on M1. You asked for a review. The fact that the blue sky has very positive information is something I’d never heard before. I know Dr. Pang uses the term but no one had really developed the idea. Previously I was imagining a more black void like outer space. So, I’ve found focussing on the blue sky much more effective. I’ve found I get very deep in practice sessions. I find I get deeper than before with a simple practice like Big Laqi, quickly feeling open like the sky. I have sensations in the membranous tissue more quickly. In 3CM I’ve started to feel qi coming strongly from all directions into lower dantian. I have learned that when leading practice, less words are often more effective than more words. For example, your qi field creation is very short compared to most but I find it more effective. More words tend to distract from the direct experience.
I’ve gained more clarity on what practices are most essential and what to expect in terms of learning outcomes. Also, how to focus on essentials within each practice. In 3CM for example, it’s common to give a long list of postural cues which tends to lead to people not seeing the wood for the trees. The cue to pull up the hips and have the four forces makes the essential focus of the practice much clearer.
I haven’t really used the dealing with emotions using the controlling cycle because I haven’t had those kind of negative emotions coming up. Being retired I don’t really have anything difficult to deal with. Something like Covid is not a problem for me emotionally. I also have done a lot of Buddhist meditation, particularly Tibetan Buddhist Dzogchen meditation. Dzogchen often talks about thoughts and emotions as like clouds in a blue sky – I think it may have been one of the influences of Dr. Pang (mingjue seems very similar idea)
I look forwards learning more from you