The Heart is where the true home is.
What is Sheng Zhen?
Sheng Zhen means Sacred Truth. It is the highest and most sacred truth. What is the Truth? In a word, it is Love - not the limited selfish love that we are familiar with but Love - pure and unconditional. It is from this Love that everything was created and it is to this Love that everything returns. It is this Love that moves everything. It is the only thing and it is everything. God is Love and to experience Love is to experience God.
Sheng Zhen is the Truth that sets us free from selfishness, violence, and wars. The experience of Sheng Zhen is the reawakening of Love among all people, races, countries and religions. Through Love all differences are transcended and all humanity will learn what it is to become one brotherhood, one family. As one, mankind can together build a new and beautiful world - a world of Love and perfect well-being.
What is Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong?
Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong is a system of moving and non-moving meditations. Although it appears to be similar to the traditional forms of Chinese qigong and gives all the benefits of traditional qigong such as healing and the strengthening and balancing of the mind and body, it is much more than that. The postures and movements of Wuji Yuan Gong have messages and mental images which are contemplated as they are being practiced. When practiced diligently and with sincerity, from within, one begins to find answers to the deepest questions in life. Far from just being a practice that enhances one's health Wuji Yuan Gong then also becomes a vehicle for the transformation of consciousness. In time, it brings one to the experience of one's original nature, which is Love.
Have you ever wondered why some people take pressures and challenges much better than others? Why some are always at the right place and at the right time? And why there are people so easy to be with? These people are in the "flow" so to speak. They carry themselves with a certain ease and lightness. Very often, these are happy and contented people. They are in harmony with the world or as we would say, they are in sync with the world.
Everyone wants to be like this. Everyone wishes that life would be effortless. And no matter what anyone says - they may say that they want to make a difference and leave their mark in the world, they want to enrich themselves, they want political clout, they want to be beautiful and lose weight, they want good health, they want to be spouses, better parents, or they want to find a satisfying relationship - all these they want to attain, they strive for, they dedicate their lives to - all because they want happiness and contentment whether they know it or not, whether they admit it to themselves or not.
So what exactly is Wuji Yuan Gong? It is a kind of qigong. Qigong is like Chinese yoga. There are many kinds of yoga, there are many kinds of qigong. There are forms of yoga and qigong that concentrate primarily on meditation. Some are designed for your physical well-being and to keep you young. Others are meant to unleash paranormal powers - feats, like the ability to move objects from a distance or the power to walk on glass and fire, or even the power to heal.
The primary purpose of the practice of Wuji Yuan Gong is to enable the practitioner to return to the natural state - to be in the flow, to be happy and contented, to always feel at one with the world - to have the experience of being in the state of grace all the time, as Christians, would put it. But how does this happen?
Both the moving and non-moving forms relax the practitioner. And when one's body is relaxed, the mind quiets down - just like the clear waters of a still lake. A quiet mind leads to an open heart. Everyone has experienced this endless chatter running in our heads, "Why did she do this, why did I say that, what will happen tomorrow, I might get sick, he's now angry at me...." When the mind quiets down, it comes to rest in an open heart. And an open heart is a knowing heart. An open heart instinctively knows what to do at any given situation. Without fear. Without hesitation. And of course, an open heart is a giving heart because it is overflowing - there's a lot to spare. This is not the so-called bleeding heart who cries when he sees others suffer. An open heart has a fearless quality about it. A fully open heart has no fears. It loves effortlessly without reservations, without expectations.
So the more relaxed the body is, the more qi can flow into the body. With the mental and physical exercises, the qi circulates, and this in turn circulates the blood. And this is why a person who is relaxed has good circulation.
This state of happiness and contentment is man's natural state. It is the state of love. If we functioned the way we were designed to function, we would all be happy and contented no matter what.
A journalist once asked, "What exactly do you mean by the line 'Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong is a way by which people can return to their natural state.' What is the natural state?" It is the feeling of constantly being happy and contented. To use an analogy, imagine a lake during a typhoon where the waters are murky because of so much movement caused by the winds. That's not the natural state of the lake. But when the winds have died down and the waters have settled down, what do you have - clarity. You see clearly right to the bottom of the lake. In a human being, when the nagging noise in the mind has died down, when there is inner silence, tranquility, and harmony, there is also clarity. Happiness and contentment follows. This is man's natural state.
So what is qi? Qi is the life force. Vital energy. It permeates the universe. It is the fiber of existence on this realm. The Japanese call it ki, and that which is prana to the Indians, is an aspect of the all-encompassing qi. Qi is everywhere - inside us, all around us.
As you do the movements you relax the body and the qi enters your body, making the blood circulate efficiently. On another level, the qi enters the mind and the emotions expelling negativities like fears, anxieties, and anger. All these stresses cause blockages in the body, causing the depletion of qi which leads to disease.
Imagine a river with a strong powerful current. The rush of the water can actually push stones, trash, fish, out into the open sea. So when there is a lot of clear qi in the human body from the universe, it circulates and pushes the blood, and in the process expels the debris - mental, physical, and emotional - out of the system. This leaves one open not only to receive even more qi but to also naturally circulate it and share it with others. Giving and receiving become inseparable - when one gives one also receives and vice versa. Because of this interchange, as one changes, everything around one also changes.
In the practice of Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong there are messages the practitioner is asked to contemplate while doing the movements. This, in particular, is what makes this form of qigong different from others. With time, one actually begins to imbibe the truth expressed in these messages.
Gifted with a healthy body and a peaceful mind, you experience tranquility, and your instincts are sharpened. You develop an inner knowing, a heightened awareness, and a deeper capacity to enjoy life. Everything tastes good. Laughter comes easily to you. You have the eye to find what is beautiful in the midst of the ugly and unpleasant. You know you are blessed and you are deeply grateful.
And all this leads to compassion and understanding. Intolerance and callousness, once expelled, give way to infinite patience and kindness. The truth of what man is rises to the surface and shines through. There is no more blame or anger because compassion and understanding has replaced it. You naturally understand why people behave the way they do.
There are no more differences. You see only the commonality in all. This is what compassion is and this is how true love is developed. Not romantic love, but unconditional love. Love that does not measure. That state of happiness and contentment which is man's natural state is the state of love. That love is the root of all true spiritual paths, the source of all religions. That unconditional love is Sheng Zhen - the most sacred truth.
(above article courtesy of Master Li Jun Feng)
The Tao of heaven is impersonal.