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Overview by Jeremy Leach 7 years, 2 months ago

Zhineng Qigong: a healing art and science for the 21st century

This particular Qigong method is practiced by more than 10 million people world-wide, bringing benefits of improved health, greater creativity and increased mind/body awareness.

Zhineng  Qigong, also known more recently by the names of Chi-Lel and Chi Neng, was founded by Dr. Pang Ming, a highly respected Grand Master trained in both western and eastern medicine.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different styles of qigong. However, Zhineng Qigong was named the most effective health-enhancing qigong by the Chinese Sports Bureau. Taught specifically at the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Centre over a period of ten years, this centre became known as the "Medicine-less Hospital". Many of those at the centre were deemed incurable, yet subsequently recovered from diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease.

Zhineng Qigong was brought to the USA by Master Luke Chan under the trade mark name of Chi-Lel. The efforts of Luke and his brother Frank have ensured the popularity of Chi-Lel in the United States.

A brief History of Chi-Lel and Zhineng Qigong

Zhineng Qigong has inherited the essential wisdom of its traditional qigong predecessors; those stemming from Confucianism, Buddihsm and Taoism, Traditional Chinese Medicine and traditional martial arts, as well as modern science, medicine and philosophy.

The immediate predecessor to Zhineng Qigong was called the Soaring Crane form and was developed by a number of masters including Dr. Pang Ming. This form occasionally caused unexpected reactions in its practicioners and so after a period of intense study by Dr. Pang, Zhineng Qigong was founded. Zhineng Qigong is known to be one of the safest forms of qigong. In 1988 the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Clinic and Training Centre was established in Zigachong, China.

In 1991 the centre published "A Summary of Zhineng Qigong's Healing Effects on Chronic Diseases". According to this data from 7,936 patients, an overall an overall effective healing rate of 94.96 % was achieved. This represents:

  • 15.20 % cured: All symptoms gone; tests, x-rays, etc. show everything is normal
  • 37.68 % very effective: Symptoms almost gone, tests show great improvement
  • 42.09 % effective: Noticeable improvements, can eat and sleep well, and feels good
  • 5.04 % no effect, or worse

The 1990's:

In 1992 the centre relocated to Qinhuangdao. In 1995 Luke Chan visited the centre, staying there 1 month. During this time he observed how the centre operated whilst interviewing more than 100 people who had miraculously recovered from "incurable" ilnesses.

As a result, Luke became the first Chi-LelTM Master outside China to be certified by the Zhineng Qigong Centre. He decided to use the trademark Chi-Lel to protect his ability to teach Zhineng Qigong in the west. In the years since then, Luke has kept in close contact with the Centre and its masters to ensure that Chi-lel remains as close as possible to the core teachings of Zhineng Qigong.

Recently, things have begun to change in China due to the change in political stance by the Chinese government (this was partly due to their clash with the Falun Gong movement which is now outlawed in China). These changes made it illegal for any qigong group larger than 100 people to gather for practice (the exception to this is t'ai chi which is considered a martial art by the government).

As a result of this, the main centre in Qinhuangdao has been closed. Only a few smaller centres remain, the most notable of these being in the coastal town of Beidahe.

Meanwhile Luke Chan has relocated back to China, where he continues to hold retreats. The Chi-lel website lives on and Frank Chan continues the work in the United States.

Europe has not missed out on the development of Zhineng Qigong either. Under the name of Chi-Neng, Patricia van Walstijn is promoting this new chapter in healthcare. With an established following in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, Chi-Neng is now being offered to the UK (see below). As a result of her tireless promotion, Patricia has recently been named Chi-Lel Director of Europe.

The Methods

Although Zhineng Qigong consists of 6 levels, only three of them are taught publicly and Chi-Lel concentrates on the first two of these. Many years of practice are required to master even these two, yet the results of practice can often be felt immediately. It is recommended that one starts with level 1 for a few months before learning the whole of level 2. However, specific sections of level 2 can be learnt immediatley to target specific conditions.

Level 1 consists of two main methods, Lift Chi Up and Pour Chi Down and Three Centres Merge Standing. As the names imply, Lift Chi Up is a moving method, whilst Three Centres is a static method.

You can see figures describing some of the details of the Lift Chi-Up, Pour-Chi-Down method on Master Luke Chan's Chi-Lel website here.

There are three other methods, which are also taught at level 1. These are: La Chi, Six Directions La Chi, and Wall Squatting. La Chi is the most basic and easy to learn of all the methods, yet profound healing effects have been attributed to this method.

Six Directions La Chi in an extension of La Chi, designed to promote awareness of expansion of consciousness in all directions, whilst delivering chi to the major energy centres (dantiens). You can see what Six Directions La Chi looks like on Master Luke Chan's Chi-Lel website here.

Level 2 consists of the Body and Mind method. The purpose here is to connect the mind with the body, loosening the joints and tendons, thereby increasing the range and strength of chi-flow in the body.

How does Chi-lel (Zhineng) Qigong relate to other Qigongs?

This section is an ongoing investigation by this site and rerpresents our knowledge to date. It may not be fully accurate and is presented for interest only. If you have further information or corrections then please let us know.

White Crane Qigong has many similar movements to Lift Chi Up, Pour Chi Down in Chi-lel. White Crane Qigong was based on emulating the movements of animals. Many qigongs are based on the observation of animals. In the beginning of the white crane form, there are two movements, both called 'Undulating Arms'. One of these performs the motion with the arms raised out in front, and the other with the arms raised to the sides. Lift Chi Up, Pour Chi Down uses these same movements but forming part of a larger form.

We believe that White Crane was a forerunner to Soaring Crane, which was later developed by Dr. Pang Ming into what we now know as Lift Chi Up, Pour Chi Down.

A description of the White Crane form can be seen on page 78 in the introductory book, "Secrets of Qi Gong", by Angus Clark, 2001, Dorling Kindersley Limited.

A method called "Activating the Internal Fires", page 220 of "Taoist Yoga and Sexual Energy", (Eric Steven Yudelove, 2000, Llewellyn Publications) is identical in form to the opening movement of both 'Lift Chi Up, Pour Chi Down' and 'Three Centres Merge Standing' in Chi-lel.

It may be that this is an ancient Taoist form that was drawn on in the development of Chi-lel.

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Did nice standing chi-kung in my backgarden. A warm and sunny day. Feels good...really good. it doesn't matter what the neighbours think..let them see. Return to source. Many blessings

Progress log by AllanMckenna 13 years ago

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Day ! Now or never It's Your Choices and Decisions, and Attitudes in this present moment which guide your life creatively. Enjoy the moment. You owe me ten minutes of ...read more

Progress log by LisaDNewlin 13 years, 2 months ago

Push Pull, 30 minutes

I decided to do a Push + Pull (30 minutes) Gong and a 101 miracles Gong, all the while, trying to push my wall squats up from 25 to 50.----Let's see what happens!! BTW, something extraordinary ...read more
Challenge update day 9 of 100
9%

I have been doing wall squats all along. At the beginning, I was doing 2 sets of 25 during the course of the days. But now for the last two days, I've been able to do 50 at one go!! MAWHLQIB!

Challenge update day 12 of 100
12%

Still able to do 50 wall squats---have done them everyday since the first time---maybe I should see if I can make it a gong! ---Also, the push/pull gong seems to be doing wonders for me. It's really stirring up a lot of (minor)healing ...read more

Challenge update day 13 of 100
13%

Aw shucks! I went out of town and forgot to bring my 101 Miracles. So that gong is KAPUT! :-( But still going strong with the Push/Pull....

Challenge update day 26 of 100
26%

Tonight while practicing I again felt a sharp pain shoot through my right ear and then my entire body shuddered. After practicing a few minutes more, I "saw" my grandfather (whom I miss greatly--haven't seen in over 4 years) and then began ...read more

Challenge update day 71 of 100
71%

Did 1 1/2 hours today!

Challenge update day 72 of 100
72%

It felt so good again today that I spontaneously decided to do over 1 hours of practice!! :-))))

Challenge update day 99 of 100
99%

Yay! Another gong completed!!.... Hmm....what should I do next???......

Challenge update day 100 of 100
100%

I will start a La Chi Gong (30 minutes) today... Let's see how it goes! Oh, and by the way, I'm doing 75 wall squats on most days now. It's a bit of a struggle, but it's so much easier if I count backward--starting at 75, rather than starting ...read more

Challenge update day 102 of 100
102%

I didn't like the La Chi tape, so I switched over to LCUPCD, Three Centers Merge, with Fa Chi today. It's much better. I think I'll stick with it.

Challenge update day 112 of 100
112%

Now seems to not be a good time to commit to 45 minutes a day, with a 3 centers merge routine. It's Ramadan and I am doing a full fast, every day. It's just too demanding and exhausting for me. I need some flexibility and some days, I just ...read more

Challenge update day 128 of 100
128%

I CRASHED! My practice had been suffering for days, and then I finally gave up! It has been Ramadan... a month of fasting. Doing 13 hour air fasts a day for 29 days got the best of me. The fasting, work, kids, the house, etc. was just too ...read more

Progress log by StevenL 13 years, 3 months ago

Body and Mind - level 2

After doing the Body and mind, have this feeling of lightness in the head the whole day.

Progress log by LisaDNewlin 13 years, 6 months ago

Lift chi up and Wall Squats

This is LCUPCD Gong #2. I'm also doing a concurrent gong of 25 wall squats--Wall Squats Gong #1.
Challenge update day 7 of 100
7%

Challenge update day 12 of 100
12%

This is Day 1: Level 1, Gong #2; ALSO BEGINNING 25 WALL SQUATS GONG

Challenge update day 25 of 100
25%

Began feeling crummy---

Challenge update day 26 of 100
26%

Still feeling poorly---healing crisis???

Challenge update day 27 of 100
27%

I was feverish all last night, with chills. But better throughout the day...

Challenge update day 28 of 100
28%

Physically better, but still emotionally unbalanced, but definitely feeling better otherwise....

Challenge update day 40 of 100
40%

Feeling GREAT! Thank God!

Challenge update day 96 of 100
96%

My motivation, which has been lacking for the past few weeks, is improving again. I thoroughly enjoyed my practice today and the wall squats were relatively easy--thank God!!

Challenge update day 99 of 100
99%

Level 1, GONG #2 + 25 WALL SQUATS GONG --BOTH completed!! So, now three gongs completed: 3 centers merge Gong; LCUPCD Gong; and 25 Wall squats Gong.

Challenge update day 100 of 100
100%

Challenge update day 102 of 100
102%

I am transferring to a new gong page so I can easily see the number! I've decided to do a Push + Pull and 101 Miracles Gong next.

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