the Barriers of Darkness: Recognizing the Cult of Qigong for
What It Is
The Principles and Essence of Qigong
1. Why Do People Believe in Qigong
Qigong theory holds that, simply put, qigong
is to have one's body and soul, under their relaxed, static
and natural conditions, naturally adjusted in order to reach
the original state of "unity of man with heaven."
We can find out that the word "natural"
is exactly where the error is.
My definition of qigong is as follows:
To put it simply, qigong is to have
one's body postures and movements (or imaginations) meet with
the required conditions through specific methods in order
for the body to get healed by "qi" and for the acquisition
of supernatural supernormal capabilities. This "qi"
and supernormal ability come from the evil spirits in the
spiritual sphere. "Unity of man with heaven" is
the human soul and evil spirits becoming one.
Qigong is classified as Confucian qigong, Buddhist
qigong, Taoist qigong, medical qigong, qigong of martial arts
and folk qigong. Tibetan Buddhist qigong and Yuga both originated
in Buddhist gong methods, but they have become different.
Almost all who know about qigong think it at
least has some effect of improving the health and cultivating
one's personality and character. This is even held to different
degrees by those who object to qigong. Why? Because they have
seen in others or experienced by themselves the indisputable
facts. The most controversial aspect about qigong is as to
whether the supernormal ability and spiritual phenomena are
actually real facts. This issue has led to a conclusion which
atheists are most unwilling to accept--the existence of supernatural
beings. Hence, people respond strongly to qigong out of different
motivations. Atheists think it is ridiculous and superstitious,
rejecting firmly qigong's supernormal phenomena, which they
take as mere jugglery or magic and lies, while theists and
qigong devotees think they have found "scientific proofs"
and believe that qigong is time-honored and that it is an
unknown phenomenon of the human body and also a mysterious
universe and life science.
Opposers of qigong have up until today never
been able to propose convincing theories and proofs. Generally,
the standpoint of the opposing side is their disbelief in
the happenings of such things as supernatural phenomena. They
deny actual facts because they lack in-depth practice of qigong
or have no practical experience at all. Their conclusion is
arbitrary and deduced completely from their own atheistic
view without any factual basis. To qigong practitioners, such
theory is not even worth refuting. But the recent famous figure
who opposes supernormal capabilities, Sima Nan, has greater
influence, for he can perform gongfu that qigong masters can,
and when he sees that people believe what he has performed,
he tells them that everything is fake, just magic. So his
theory is very appealing to people, and his attack on the
supernormal capabilities has afflicted a heavy blow on qigong.
Sima Nan believes that qigong is a very good
means for healing and improving health. He thinks it has a
supernatural effect but no supernatural beings behind it.
This is to say that his theory is in essence to limit qigong
to the totally materialistic, atheistic realm while resolutely
denying any claim of supernormal ability. This undoubtedly
shuts the door that may lead from qigong to belief in the
supernatural beings in the spiritual sphere, adds to qigong
more scientific coloring, and in the meantime make more atheists
feel very much relaxed about qigong. What is hard to understand
is that while Sima Nan acknowledges the surprising healing
effects of qigong, his explanation of the principles of qigong
healing is very ambiguous. In fact, I have my own view on
Sima Nan, thinking that he quite probably believes in supernatural
beings. He knows what his own qigong is like, and he does
not want to deny supernatural capabilities. This sounds very
paradoxical. But it seems true that his view contradicts that
of Ke Yunlu, for his intention, or the practical result of
his intention, can be said to fix people's knowledge of qigong
unshakably on the ground of materialistic atheism.
We can see from the works of the famous qigong
writer Ke Yunlu that he is a persistent intellectual, seeking
for the mystery of life. He hopes to speak his thoughts and
believes in the existence of higher life. He trusts "supernormal
capabilities" to be true and worships the "universe,"
but he has not found any answers yet. His qigong theory was
inspired by Yan Xin Qigong theory. Now he mainly focuses on
theoretical research and has formed a higher and more comprehensive
theoretical system. What is pitiful is that people like him
linger still in a very limited thinking mode which is "materialistic."
They may use all their lives to understand phenomena in this
world, but there is one most important thing in this world
which they do not understand and which is the true meaning
of life. They spend all their time and even their own lives
heading in a direction which will never give them an correct
answer and which is an erroneous and dangerous road the exit
of which is not heaven.
Anti-qigongists continue their fight against
qigong out of different personal or other motivations, yet
without substantial results. Few people quit practicing qigong
because of their objections, for those who have benefited
from the practice of it will not cease its practice. As for
those who have acquired supernatural ability, they will even
more crazily chase after supernatural power. Only a small
group of people who have not had qigong practice or who have
achieved very little effect in practicing it "see through"
qigong and give up its practice under the influence of anti-qigongists.
In my qigong career I had seen many people
get healed by qigong and many acquire supernormal capabilities.
Some among them did not even believe in qigong and yet became
devoted proponents of qigong, spreading it actively after
they had benefited from qigong and actually experienced it.
They usually preached first to family members and friends
and let them benefit also from what they regarded confidently
as truthful and practical. Their motivations were good. These
people, even though they might have given up qigong because
of the hardship in continuing its practice, were still sincere
proponents of it. The joy I had had was unspeakable for being
healed of my disease through qigong practice and for having
acquired supernormal capabilities. I had also read many articles
refuting qigong, but I disdained paying attention to them,
thinking I knew most clearly what had happened to myself.
Guang Ming Daily reported on January 24, 1987: "The
Qinghua University Cooperation Team for Scientific Research
on qigong carried out an experiment for observing the changes
of 'information water' under the influence of qigong doctor
Yan Xin's qi-emitting. They have discovered that external
qi could cause structural change in those molecules that have
physiological effects on organisms, thus preliminarily bringing
to light the mechanism of qigong. The reason for qigong healing
is causing the physiological effects to change. This discovery
has upgraded our qigong research from the cellular to the
molecular level." Li Shengping, a lecturer of the catalysis
research division, who is one of the leaders of this cooperation
team, explained to reporters about the above phenomenon and
said that “we think that to further develop experimental
research in this area will benefit not only the revealing
of the effect of external qi on physiological effects on the
molecular level, but will also have significance for modern
basic research in biophysics and biochemistry.” The
overseas version of People's Daily also delivered
this news on January 26. The Hong Kong newspaper Wen Hui
reported on this too.
We can then see that experts in high-level
educational institutions like Qinghua University had spoken
only after they had made experiments. They had seen and also
proven the actuality of qigong supernormal ability, even though
they had not understood the true principle of qigong.
Why then did knowledgeable intellectuals set
off the trend of qigong?
Firstly, it is due to the many actual facts
of qigong. The modern ideology of Chinese intellectuals is
materialistic atheism. Their hearts' belief is science, which
emphasizes facts. It is through their involvement in qigong
experiments that some of these intellectuals came to acknowledge
the facts of qigong. Their view brought about great influence
on the society through media reports. In the Chinese mind
scientists are trustworthy and respectable. But for more scientists
it was in the beginning for the purpose of health improvement
that they accepted qigong and some of them were healed and
acquired supernormal capabilities. There were also a lot of
intellectuals who, after witnessing the magical performance
of Yan Xin and Zhang Baosheng, suddenly came to the understanding
that some of the much-criticized legendary phenomena of feudalistic
superstitions were not mere fabrications but actual facts.
Though they could not as yet accept theism, they began to
doubt part of the materialistic views and look upon the world
and themselves from a new angle.
Secondly, Chinese intellectuals' atheistic
ideology of culture made people's souls hunger. There is a
latent conception of God in human nature. Humans have an instinct
in the psyche for "worshipping," which is an undeniable
truth. But since 1949 atheism has been the predominant ideology
among people in China. They do not believe in the existence
of supernatural power. "Man will triumph over nature"
is a prevalent concept, so it is very easy for people to worship
"man" himself. When they saw the phenomena of qigong
supernatural capabilities, the intellectuals found they could
not obtain reasonable explanations from their former ideologies,
and they did not know what theory they could use to deal with
such phenomena. Since they were unwilling to believe in supernatural
beings and yet were strongly interested in this new thing
which gave them considerable psychological satisfaction, they
coined the new term "life science of the human body".
In the following section, I will introduce
briefly some main supernormal functions and phenomena of qigong.
1. It is known by almost all that qigong
can heal diseases of its practitioners with rapid and remarkable
results and enhance health.
2. The qigong practitioner can emit "qi"
or "gong" to heal others. The emitter of qi can
feel the qi coming from inside his/her body; the patients
have obvious sensations like tingling, warm, cool, painful,
itching, etc. But "gong" emission may not have
any actions, for it uses just imagination and meditation
to command orders such as "you are healed" to
heal diseases. There have been many magical healing cases,
like broken bones healed immediately, protrusions on the
skin such as tumors disappearing instantly, the blind seeing,
the deaf hearing, and the paralyzed walking.
3. Practitioners with penetrating power can
see human intestines and things buried underground. Those
who can hear sounds inaudible to others can receive instructions
4. Remote gong function enables one to see
things that happened in the past and that will happen in
the future. For example, it can tell people what they have
lost or what will happen soon. It can see what someone is
doing in another town or city. It can also heal and transfer
5. Some other supernormal capabilities can
summon wind and rain and scatter clouds to let the sun shine
through. It is said that qigong masters can even disappear
and reappear suddenly and accomplish such feats as walking
Functions of Qigong for Performance
1. Transduction by way of thinking—knowing
a person’s intentions and aspects of another person's
thinking, transmitting imaginations to others, or knowing,
without seeing, the words other people put down on paper.
2. Controlling temperature and blood pressure
by imagination—having the readings on sphygmomanometers
and thermometers fluctuate in seconds or a couple of minutes
within a wide range.
3. Moving objects--shaking pills out of sealed
bottles, moving objects from afar to near, and catching
small objects out of the air.
4. Using imagination to burn things—burning
to make holes in clothes by touching them with the hands
or merely through the imagination.
5. Changing the color of liquid by using
the imagination and making the upper and lower parts of
the liquid in a glass have two different colors.
6. Changing the flavor of cigarettes and
alcohol by imagination.
7. Displaying many different colors or even
designs above one's own head.
There are still many other phenomena which
we cannot numerate, but they are more or less the same. Their
common characteristic is supernatural and nonsensical. These
phenomena have caused strong responses and great controversies
in the Chinese scientific realm and in Chinese society, and
are without an explanation so far. Because materialism refutes
or is unable to explain these phenomena which Chinese traditional
belief in supernatural beings can but only acknowledge, but
it does not have a scientific theory to analyze them logically,
the principle of these phenomena has never been expounded.
Besides, modern basic scientific experimentation and logical
means have failed to make comprehensive and steady measurements
of these phenomena with accompanying inference.
The purpose of this chapter is to illustrate
the following: There is at present a huge population of qigong
adherents in China. We cannot simply conclude that it is due
to people's benightedness and ignorance or to the highly skilled
tricks of great qigong masters. The reason people believe
is that they have seen the facts and especially because their
personal experience has convinced them and people around them.
Yet, because they do not understand the essence and
principles of qigong, they are entrapped by superstitions
and have their souls distorted and bound and become weary
of life and slaves to the devil in a life which is painful
and offers no other choice.
People do not believe in anything without reasons,
nor do they give up easily an ideology that is ingrained in
their minds. But we can never forget that the most important
thing for everyone of us, before death happens to us, is to
understand the meaning of life, the origin and destination
of life, and to be completely sure of what will happen after
In China when you ask people the question "Do
you believe there are heaven and hell?" most people will
answer: "No, I do not believe so." If you ask again,
" How can you be sure?" the answer will be: "I
cannot be sure. It can be known only after I die."
Ask again, "What if you find out after
you die that heaven and hell exist?"
It goes without saying that it will be too
late if you find out then.
This seems to be too big an issue and complex,
but for Christians who believe in Jesus, the Holy Spirit and
God the Father, it is a simple question which has a very simple
answer: "I believe that there are a heaven and a hell
and that I will go up to heaven after I die."
Why do Christians all over the world, no matter
what color they are, how different their cultural backgrounds
are, and how far apart their social status, all have the same
answer to this question? What is it on earth that convinces
people today of their belief in Jesus and such great assurance
of the destination of their lives?
All reasoning people will consider this question.
And the answer is very simple: "Because the existence
of God is a fact and He proves Himself through Jesus Christ
to all people who seek the truth."
2 . Methods and Principles of Various Gongs
The numerous supernormal phenomena of qigong
are actual facts, so I will not argue here whether they are
true or fabricated. Because of my own personal experience,
I know the supernormal phenomena of qigong and believe that
their existence is true and not at all fabricated. But
I would like to remind qigong practitioners and people involved
in the supernormal ability training all over the world, that
most important is no longer how many supernormal capabilities
you have acquired, but to understand where the supernormal
ability has come from and for what purpose it has come. A
sensible person should be clear about the reasons and principles
of the things that he/she is involved in.
In order to have a bird's eye view of the essence
and principles of qigong, we have to understand the concept
of the spiritual realm.
The spiritual realm is a world of spirits.
Contrary to the material world, its characteristic is that
it cannot be felt by any sense organs, but only through spiritual
interactions or through spiritual power and means or flair
in the spiritual realm.
As in the physical world human beings often
see at work the two kinds of forces, good and evil, there
are good and evil forces in the spiritual world too. The evil
spirits comes from Satan, the head of all evil spirits, who
has innumerable little spirit beings working for him. It can
be said that the chief evil spirit is Satan. He has personality
and character and has his own thinking and working methods.
He has in this world people who belong to him and represents
evil. The Holy Spirit comes from God, the King of the universe.
The Holy Spirit is omnipresent and has His own character,
independent person, and thinking. He has authority and power
and fully represents God the Father and Jesus Christ. God
has in this world people who belong to Him and who represent
We see that the results of the different work
by the Holy Spirit and evil spirits are in strong contrast—such
as goodness and ugliness, kindness and corruption, health
and disease, light and darkness. The fruit of the devil through
human lust is sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, hatred,
idolatry, witchcraft, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, dissensions,
factions, envy, drunkenness, and orgies, while the fruit of
the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are all listed
in the Bible.
The spiritual background of qigong is evil
spirits. Its characteristic is supernormal ability, witchcraft
and idolatry. We have learned in chapter one the definition
of qigong. To put it in a simple way, qigong is having one's
body posture or movements and/or one's imagination meet with
specific requirements in order to have the body healed by
"qi" and obtain supernormal capabilities. Such qi
and the so-called supernormal capabilities come from the evil
force in the spiritual realm. Qigong is in fact like the witchcraft
mentioned in the Bible. Jesus has prophesied in the Bible
that by the end of the world there will be people performing
miracles and great signs. So we are not to ignore the power
of evil spirits, which far surpasses that of human beings
and which has the characteristic of being supernormal.
The connotation of qigong includes "qi"
and "gong." The thing that the practitioners feel
moving in their body is "qi," and the supernormal
ability of the practitioner is "gong." The standard
to evaluate the level of the practitioners is "gong power."
We refer to someone as having high "gong power"
or as not having strong "qi," for the result of
practicing "qi" is "gong."
Whether there is "qi" or the main
and collateral channels in human bodies, we do not as yet
have confirmed scientific proofs commonly accepted. Even if
"qi" does exist, we can only say that evil spirits
make use of the physiology of human body to cause people to
have an undeniable feeling and make them believe that the
result of qigong practice is caused by the functions the human
body itself already possesses. The idea of the presence of
evil spirits most strongly corroborates the above view. However,
the goal of the evil spirits is "gong," not "qi",
for the supernormal abilities displayed by "gong"
come completely from evil spirits.
Let us draw an analogy. There are many
kinds of lies. One is sheer lies; another is half truth and
half falsehood. If we look at the true part, it indeed tells
the truth; but if we consider it as a whole, it is a lie.
This is why half-true and half-false lies are more dangerous.
When we analyze the danger of this kind of lie, it is very
wrong to analyze the false separately from the true. Only
when we survey an example of it as a whole, can we clearly
see the essence and purposes of this kind of lie and prevent
the evil results from taking place.
Qigong is a half-true, half- false
There are still in the world many other things
which have the same essence as qigong, even though they have
different superficial formalities—for example, Yoga
from India, transcendental meditation from America, still
meditation of chan, and Tibetan Buddist training. There are
also many unknown training methods, but they are all the same.
The most important method of gong practice
is "entering into tranquility," and the goal is
to achieve "soul tranquility," which is stillness
of soul. The most important principle of the emission of gong
and the performance of supernormal ability is believing one's
own supernormal ability.
The common characteristic of all the above-enumerated
qigong-training methods is the adjustment of imagination.
It emphasizes sensations and illogical intuition (deep- level
consciousness). The deep-level consciousness is actually the
remaining consciousness in human beings after the major part
of the primary consciousness (i.e. the soul) is suppressed
and logical power is almost gone. It is also called sub-consciousness.
It is incomplete consciousness, partial consciousness. It
is as if most parts of the body have been bound, while only
small parts of it are active. These parts then become very
active and sensitive, even though the overall ability has
greatly decreased. As long as these parts are controlled,
the whole body is controlled. Yet these small parts cannot
indeed withstand a single blow. They are very weak and incompetent.
The evil spirits come exactly at this time to attack one’s
deep-level consciousness and easily win. They gradually control
one’s entire soul. Hence the power of evil spirits is
given full play through such people. This is their shortcut
for manipulating this world. And it is in this way that they
enslave the souls of the people whom they manipulate.
This is the true principle behind the different
means through people acquire the power of the evil spirits.
But those people are unaware of this principle, and they are
running as quickly as if they were flying towards curses,
death and the hell.
It is easy now for us to understand why qigong
practice is the quickest way to acquire supernormal capabilities.
There are uncountable gong methods, but "all means get
to one aim." They all have the same principle, having
only different methods. In the section which follows, we will
analyze the operating principles and methods of the evil spirits
from the angles of various characteristics of gong methods
and categorize them all in several groups.
Elementary Gong Methods
The characteristics of this type of gong method
are its many movements, or detailed steps. It is very much
like setting-up exercises done to radio music, but having
its basic training in imagination adjustment, focusing the
imagination on certain spots and adjusting breathing and having
a good healing effect too. It often comes with music or leading
steps on tapes. People who practice this type of gong often
do it for the purpose of enhancing their health. The creator
of these gong methods emphasizes that they are elementary
gong methods, which do not easily produce supernormal ability,
but which have a very good healing effect on the practitioner's
diseases and which improve the health of weaklings, and so
on. There are some gong methods that have been handed down
from one's own ancestors and some that have been copied from
others. Such qigong masters have very low-level qigong and
do not believe in supernormal abilities. They take this type
of gong as just a tool for enhancing health, in the same category
as cultivating one's character and soul and also taking care
of one’s garden by watering the flowers and vegetables.
Analysis of Principles
It is not easy for the evil spirits to attack
and control people. Their candidates must meet with one condition,
which is to open their own door for them, since the evil spirits
could hardly break in through closed doors. God created man
and empowered his soul with the ability and sense of automatic
repulsion. This is analogous to the human body itself that
has certain resistance to diseases and self-protecting responses.
When one’s soul is free, evil spirits cannot usually
get hold of him/her. The elementary gong methods are means
to start to bind people's consciousness by having them repeat
body movements and imagination steps. Such methods also strongly
recommend practice every day, thus making the practitioner
bind himself in his heart from the time he accepts qigong.
After the soul begins to be suppressed, the evil spirits begin
to heal one’s diseases. (This includes the health-enhancing
effect of physical exercises, though it is only secondary.)
When encouraged, people will be more willing to accept bondage,
to have their souls more and more limited, thus laying a foundation
for the evil spirits to further get near them and occupy them,
for the door of self-protection has been slowly opened.
Intermediate Gong Methods
This level of gong teaches the combination
of movements and tranquility, the so-called "extreme
movements beget tranquility; extreme tranquility begets movements."
There are obviously fewer movements and more imagination.
Imagination focus spots become fewer and monotonous. There
are still very good health-enhancing effects. At this time
the practitioners' mind and soul have considerable changes.
They become more inclined to keep quiet and to persevere.
Practitioners of this gong level pursue complete physical
health, long for higher gong methods, start to believe in
supernormal abilities, and are able to heal diseases and train
others in qigong practice. A few so-called "sensitive"
people may acquire at this stage supernormal capabilities
and signs. Intermediate gong practitioners who achieve ideal
results strongly believe in qigong theories and have quick
comprehension of the qigong methods.
Analysis of Principles
Intermediate gong is a stage at which the evil
spirits achieve preliminary success. At this stage practitioners
no longer doubt qigong due to the health benefits they have
obtained from it. As the meditation time increases, tranquility
increases, and the primary consciousness, i.e. the soul, becomes
further suppressed and bound, while the deep-level consciousness,
which is partial consciousness, i.e. the subconscious, begins
to be frequently active. The evil spirits can further attack
and tempt one’s "remaining consciousness"
and familiarize it with the feelings that they bring out,
thus having the defensive door opened more and more for them.
At this time, the evil spirits have already come into the
practitioner's soul, but are not yet completely united with
it as one. The soul is still fighting and struggling, though
very weakly. Please notice that the longer the time of practice,
the more seriously will the soul be suppressed. The attack
by evil spirits is greatly weakened when the practice of qigong
is not carried on. Yet the evil spirits will use other means,
such as making one see strange signs etc, to stimulate one’s
qigong mentality and to cause one to pursue a superstitious
Senior Gong Method
This type of gong usually does not have any
movements, but only meditation, imagination. Breathing and
body adjustments, and tranquility are important methods. Through
tranquility the practitioner forgets everything, including
him/herself, leaving only a little consciousness still active.
The consciousness may even disappear for a brief moment and
enter into a "void" status. The main practicing
posture is sitting in meditation, which now becomes the most
comfortable posture of the body. When I felt very tired, I
would sit in meditation to get an inexplicable pleasure and
degree of relaxation. At this stage the practitioner's temporal
and spatial senses become abnormal. Supernormal capabilities
are now easy to attain. The purpose of qigong practice centers
on the acquisition of high-level gong power and supernormal
capabilities. Practitioners obviously feel external power
and help which they explain as cosmic energy and the power
of "masters." People at this stage stay in "qigong
status" all the time, for they think their energy has
been connected steadily with that of the universe or of high-level
"masters." Practitioners at this stage can perform
strange signs and supernormal abilities that surprise even
themselves. The main training methods of Taoism, Buddhism
and Tibetan Buddhism are exactly high-level methods of qigong.
Analysis of Principles
Practitioners of this stage can have direct
contact and spiritual communication with evil spirits. People
with high-level supernormal capabilities have their souls
completely controlled by evil spirits which have already entered
the practitioners and become one with their souls. Much of
the thinking and consciousness are those of the evil spirits.
The evil spirits' supernatural power becomes the power of
the practitioner. Basically, we can say that this practitioner
of qigong now becomes one with the evil spirits, which, on
the other hand, become part of this person too, since the
evil spirits and the soul of the practitioner have been united
as one. From then on, the supernormal capabilities begin to
be constant, and the practitioner is able to use them as he
pleases. The life of this person at this time is in the greatest
danger. He is on the verge of a precipice, yet considers him/herself
as about to attain the highest state of enlightenment. He
feels very much satisfied with the result of his efforts and
would never want to doubt the origin and principles of his
power. It is very hard for such people to have a thorough
change, to wake up to reality and to realize their errors
and mend their ways.
The above analysis of qigong principles is
carried out according to the different levels of qigong. There
are yet some areas that cannot be covered. In the following,
I'll observe and analyze qigong from other angles.
Spontaneous Qigong Phenomena
The practitioner depends on meditations to
adjust and relax his/her primary consciousness, especially
for relaxing his/her own body. Beginning practitioners are
often required to close their eyes, which can more easily
cause the body to lose balance and hence activate the spontaneous
gong. After some time of practice, the practitioners do not
have to close their eyes, nor do they have to meditate on
the steps in order to set the gong going at any time. Practitioners
have an obvious feeling of an external power inside their
body, sometimes strong, sometimes weak, presenting all kinds
of postures, even laughing or crying, running or lying down,
dancing or martial arts actions, etc. Practitioners are very
clear about what they are doing, but the consciousness of
their souls has completely given up its autonomy. They become
an audience of their own body's performances. Under most situations
spontaneous gongs can be controlled, though sometimes they
are uncontrollable, making crazy scenes without stopping.
This kind of gong method has rapid and remarkable healing
effect. It enhances greatly the practitioners' sensitivities
to the spiritual realm.
The Principles and Essence of Spontaneous Gong
It should be said that spontaneous gong is
intermediate gong. It uses rather direct means to allow the
evil spirits to guide the practitioner. This gong method emphasizes
very much mental innuendo, which is to be accepted actively
by your consciousness, so that a great many posture requirements
to bind the soul are rendered unnecessary and the evil spirits'
guidance and manipulations are obeyed. Even though the subjective
thinking of the practitioner can very easily control the spontaneity,
the practitioner has accepted the concept of allowing it to
happen "naturally." Practitioners take the spontaneity
as instinctive movements of their own bodies, not knowing
that evil spirits guide it. Most often, the movements and
sounds in spontaneous gongs are inappropriate, even ugly.
They make the practitioner look as if they were lunatic. This
is because evil spirits bring about ugly things, and they
Qigong theories regard these phenomena as good
and beneficial to humans, advocating things paradoxical to
a beautiful concept of humanity. But because there is a sinful
tendency in human nature and the sinful nature is always at
odds with good human qualities, it makes man's ears itching
and eyes heavy and caters to man's own lustful desires. The
superficial benefits that qigong offers people make it very
easy for people to accept it without any considerations. However,
many people can sense that there is something wrong about
it after they have reached a certain level, and they try to
escape disaster at the last moment. These people should know
that once one has opened the door to evil spirits in the spiritual
realm, one can never depend on his or her own power and will
to close it again. They can be rescued from danger only through
knowing and believing in Jesus Christ. This is the personal
experience of thousands upon thousands of qigong practitioners,
The Principles and Essence of Gong-emitting Audiotapes and
"Qi-emitting" tapes of qigong master
Yan Xin prove his "information theory." He thinks
that the important principle of qigong is the communicating
and transferring of information. He describes "qi"
and "gong" as information that carries energy. This
information comes from the universe. Man can accept it and
pass it like transmitting TV programs. Once the human body
is able to receive this kind of information, supernormal capabilities
appear because the energy this kind of information carries
is supernatural. When practitioners practice and receive this
kind of information, they then enter into qigong status, which
is "having had the feeling" as practitioners call
it. This "information theory" holds that ordinary
practitioners can receive this information only occasionally,
hence their gong power is unstable, while high-level qigong
masters connect themselves completely with this cosmos-information
energy and are able to continuously make use of it. This is
what is called "being in qigong status twenty-four hours
a day." Qigong masters can become "masters"
for others and transfer their own information to others or
even onto objects that then become "information objects"
and take with them the same power as that of the qigong masters.
This is why many people can feel supernormal energy the first
time they listen to Yan Xin audio or video tapes. They find
it almost beyond belief and heartily praise this "information
The "information objects" of qigong
actually do not carry information but energy of the evil spirits.
When I practiced qigong, I also gave others some information
object to heal diseases; for example, I gave them some Chinese
herbs, or a prescription, or a bowl of clear water. I just
thought that it was an "information object" and
told the pious seekers how to use it, or drink it, or carry
it with them close to the body. They all received shocking
effects. I often felt at that time like a supernatural being.
After I became a Christian, I realized that when high-level
qigong masters give others "information objects,"
the evil spirits living in qigong masters help and have other
evil spirits to cooperate in carrying out the task. There
are evil spirits following the "information objects"
so that they can start to perform supernormal capabilities
to either heal or perform strange signs when people use "information
objects" as they have been told to use them. It is very
ridiculous to watch how people are brought into submission
and filled with admiration. Evil spirits are everywhere in
this world. The Bible says, "Your enemy the devil prowls
around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
When the soul of a person is occupied by the devil, it is
exactly the same as being devoured by him.
It is very easy for the evil spirits to cheat
non-Christians, for these people do not know the truth in
the real universe and are unable to discern the phenomena
they have seen and experienced as what they really are. Human
nature is proud, but when we look up at the sky, we will know
how small human beings are. The size of the universe is beyond
the human power of measurement, even at our greatest threshold
of thought. We have to acknowledge that human wisdom and ability
are very much limited. We are very imperfect and full of weaknesses
and shortcomings like pride and ignorance. I am such myself.
I was willingly enslaved by the devil for seven years. I was
manipulated by evil spirits to assist them to destroy others
and myself in this world, while thinking, "I am alone
awake, while all others are drunken." I even thought
that I was bringing blessings to all other human beings and
to myself. Now I find it indeed ridiculous and lamentable,
and feel intolerably shameful when I recall it.
Principles and Essence of Cosmic Language
The biggest controversy and sensation caused
by the woman qigong master Zhang Xiangyu is not so much about
her supernormal ability and healing miracles as about her
so-called "cosmic language," which is a "language"
that cannot be understood either by others or the speaker
him/herself. It is regular, though it does not have any specific
meanings. An external force acts to have the speaker's mouth
and tongue move spontaneously and utter "cosmic language."
When Zhang first practiced qigong, she had spontaneous movements
and had an untouchable and invisible "master" who
spoke to her as a person does. Zhang hence has a deep experience
with qigong and "supernatural beings." She has the
evil spirits' help and has acquired the essential stuff directly
without spending much time and energy in practicing qigong.
People like her have extraordinary supernormal capabilities
that give an even stronger feeling of "evil." But
her problem is that she does not understand qigong theory
and has no conscious control of her supernormal abilities,
which are then very unstable and, as sometimes happens, cannot
always be maneuvered.
The reason of this phenomenon is very simple.
The "cosmic language" is in fact sounds made by
the evil spirits through controlling human mouths and tongues.
It does not go through the human mind. There are many different
devils talking with her, one or more than a few of which may
have been sent especially to be with her. This is why Zhang
said she can speak many "cosmic languages." She
can hear voices of many different "masters," some
male, some female, speaking with her in Chinese. Maybe it
is because she does not understand qigong theory that she
makes use of the countryside talk of ghosts and gods to illustrate
her case, which is made to sound very superstitious and very
unscientific. Her case is in fact the same as other qigong
methods and is also the doings of evil spirits, which use
different forms of performances to suit different people.
After Zhang was put in prison, she must have
been disappointed at her "masters," who may, on
the other hand, have explained what has happened to her as
an inexorable doom and as practical miseries that are the
best lessons to learn. All qigong practitioners should understand
that the purpose of the evil spirits is to destroy a person
and that never has it been to bless one.
The Principles and Essence of "Qi-emitting" Lectures
Qigong master Yan Xin first started "qi-emitting"
lectures. At these lectures little children can see several
white human figures moving around the back of the lecturer,
as if they were helping the lecturer to teach. The evil spirits
are active in assisting the lecturer by performing supernormal
actions. There are all kinds of evil spirits spread all over
the whole audience. They cooperate actively with the lecturer
to perform magic arts. They usually look for people with weaker
souls among the audience. These people quickly respond, for
their souls are frightened, and some began to cry, laugh,
run, jump, faint, or suffer from shock. Then too, the evil
spirits that some of the practitioners bring with them also
set about to work. If these people are physically healthy,
usually they do not have big movements, but just feel strong
"qi feelings" and power infused into them. Hence
the whole scene is managed by evil spirits and thrown into
great chaos, yet usually without physical accidents and damages.
At the climax, there will be paralyzed standing up to walk,
the deaf listening, the dumb speaking, and other strange signs
of this sort. So in people's mind these phenomena prove the
"qi-emitting" lectures to be good deeds of good
people, for they help to rescue and heal people and display
the great supernormal abilities.
When I practiced qigong, I realized that the
power displayed by "qi-emitting" lectures is not
that of the lectures. This I proved through several experiments
I made, which were really simple. Any qigong practitioners
or even people who have never practiced qigong, as long as
they have the motivation to attend the qi-emitting lectures,
can get shocking effects from them. The only condition is
that these people know it is a "qi-emitting" lecture
that they are attending. Because the purpose of the evil spirits
is for more people to accept and believe in the supernormal
abilities that come from them, they will help any intentional
or unintentional people who work for them. One thing that
we should remember is that big qigong masters seldom give
psychological explanations of whatever phenomena may take
place. But after their first experience at the "qi-emitting"
lectures, people will find it much easier later. It is very
easy for strange signs to appear at big qigong masters' lectures,
for they bring with them more evil spirits. The evil spirits
living in them are big devils, which are very powerful. However,
the most important deciding factor lies in the purpose that
the devil wants to achieve.
The Principles and Essence of Remote Sensing, Perspective,
Remote Perception and Foretelling (Future-telling)
These supernormal capabilities have a lot of
mysterious colorings. They look very appalling, and the performers
find them intriguing too. According to qigong theory, these
are some functions that appear after the practitioner's "tianmu"
(the third eye) is opened. This theory holds that tianmu is
between the eyebrows and is possessed by everyone. The tianmu
of common people is closed. It can be opened only through
qigong practice. When it is opened, the practitioner is able
to acquire the abilities of seeing lights, perspective, remote
perception and remote sensing. Under the influence of Buddhist
culture, many children and women like to have a little red
dot painted between their eyebrows. The little red dot means
tianmu. When people practice to have their tianmu opened,
they have swelling, painful, and even breathing feelings at
the position of their tianmu. I used to be able to see with
my eyes closed the outline of my hands when I woke up during
the night. The outline was formed by lights. This is regarded
as the beginning of one’s tianmu being opened. These
supernormal capabilities come also from the evil spirits.
However, it is not easy for the evil spirits to display these
supernormal abilities through people. They do it only through
those qualified people that they appreciate a lot. Many people
who have practiced for ten years, or even for a whole lifetime,
are able to perform some low-level supernormal abilities.
But some obtain them very quickly. This type of direct supernormal
abilities surprises the performers so much that they cannot
believe it is true, and it is doubt that strengthens the conscious
resistance of the soul and causes great difficulties for the
There are three types of remote sensing. The
first type of low level is to try to accept "information"
through tranquility. "Revealing" ideas, thinking
or answers appear in the mind, and they are found to be true.
But this function is not stable, for the evil spirits have
not yet become one with the performer. Or it may due to the
fact that the evil spirits in him/her are not capable enough.
The second type of higher level is to have
the evil spirits telling the performer directly in a human
voice things about the past, future, other people, etc. The
characteristic of this phenomenon is its exactitude. But it
is not stable. The evil spirits may under certain situations
choose not to speak to the performer.
The third type of the highest level is the
ability of the performer to see directly what he/she would
like to know. The performers have pictures in front of their
eyes, which they can look at while they speak. The main characteristics
are stability and exactitude. Powerful evil spirits have become
one with the performer. They show what they see to the performer,
who then thinks that him/herself has seen it. Some people,
especially witches in the countryside, like to use a bowl
of water to see what they would like to see. This situation
belongs to a slightly lower level.
Perceptive performers are able to see internal
organs of the human body. They can see through things and
see things underground. It is again the evil spirits that
are looking. Because the performer's body and soul have been
connected completely with the evil spirits as one, what the
evil spirits see is what the performer sees. “Perspective
function” in its beginning stage is to see lights that
are invisible to others, like lights above the human head
and light outlines of various objects.
Foretelling (future-telling) is to foretell
to another person what will happen soon, mostly bad things.
Sometimes earthquakes and other such events can be foretold.
But historical or social events are seldom foretold. I found
that the evil spirits do not know all things, especially important
events of the future, which is an area where the evil spirits
have very limited power.
The Principles and Essence of Long-distance Gong Emitting
Qigong master Yan Xin is well-known for his
"long-distance gong emitting." He once performed
long-distance gong emitting to alleviate Deng Jiaxian's pain
when he was suffering severely from cancer. The media reported
this event. Deng is an atomic scientist. I have practiced
long-distance gong emitting, the effect of which is even better
then face-to-face gong emitting. When you have decided to
do this, the evil spirits will set to work immediately. Sometimes
the evil spirits in the local area will do it soon after they
receive the command. The gong emitter does not do a thing.
Sometimes when one is not even in qigong status, or even when
one forgets, the evil spirits will not forget, but go and
heal the sick or perform the appointed tasks. Hence, people
in this world see many shocking phenomena.
The devil does these things for the purpose
of maintaining his theories in this world, so that these theories
meet with facts, behave regularly. He wants to make them more
appealing and the rules easier to master so that he can victimize
and capture more people.
The Principles and Essence of Divination Practice, Palmistry,
The spiritual cause of divination is the activity
of evil spirits. There are mainly three forms of divination.
The first form is observing the situation and making logical
analysis, plus guesses. Actually, it is not divination. The
second form is based upon the principles of the Eight Trigrams
of I-Ching of the Zhou dynasty (approx. 1066-221
B.C.) in China. It takes effort in study and practice and
has quite complex technical problems. The exactitude of this
form has a lot to do with the moods and conditions of the
person and is thus not very great. The third form is the evil
spirits directly telling the person exactly what he/she has
been asked about by transmitting the ideas or using human
voices and pictures. The performer may also see pictures and
even words and signs on other people's faces so that they
can tell such persons what they have asked about.
There are also palmistry, physiognomy and fengshui.
Palmistry is telling a persons’s fortune in the past
and future through examining the lines of the hand. Physiognomy
is fortune-telling through observation of people's facial
features, the characteristics of their eyes, nose, mouth,
eyebrows and ears. Fengshui is judging whether a certain place
or building is auspicious according to geographical position
or building structure. These three types of activity should
be categorized as evil crafts of divination.
Divination is very much in vogue all over China.
Whether they are officials, or businessmen, or workers, or
peasants or soldiers, people are understandably concerned
about their fortune. But believing in divination cannot improve
your fortune, but rather can only cause you trouble and bondage.
Only God can change your fortune. It is only through
knowing Jesus Christ that you will find a wonderful life.
If you are willing to put Christian faith into practice, you
will find proof of the truth of Jesus Christ.
We have learned about the essence and theoretical
principles of qigong methods and functions. In a word, the
spiritual background of qigong is evil spirits under the control
of the devil. The purpose of these evil spirits is to have
human beings stray away from God through these means and to
destroy human lives. After we have realized these basic principles,
we are able to understand any qigong methods and qigong supernormal
capabilities and are able to make explanations on them. It
is now easy for us to understand the following phenomena:
1. Why does it happen sometimes that qigong
masters' gong power disappears suddenly? Because the evil
spirits have left them or stopped working through them.
2. Why do gong emitters require gong receivers
to believe and relax? Why cannot they operate properly for
people who do not believe? The evil spirits cannot easily
win over people's souls because God has endowed human souls
with self-protective ability. Human consciousness inclined
toward resistance interferes greatly with the work of evil
spirits. Only when humans are off guard is it possible for
them to steal in.
3. Why do qigong theories tell people not to
be afraid when they see anything or hear any sounds? Because
being afraid causes people to be alert and arouses their resisting
consciousness and thus makes it hard for the evil spirits
to take control of them.
4. Why do qigong theories regard red-letter
days in the lunar calendar, Buddhist temples, Taoist temples,
tombs and night time as having strong qi fields and as having
good information? This is because evil spirits like to flock
to these places and like to act during those times.
5. Why are the diseased and little children
quick to produce gong? Because their souls are weak and more
susceptible to the evil spirits' captivity.
6. Why do some qigong practitioners go lunatic
or even die? Some people have very strong souls, yet have
accepted qigong logically in their mind. So the evil spirits
have to fight with the soul fiercely and have to use unexpected
means to destroy this person. They no longer try to manipulate
the soul, but conquer it completely and bring this person's
logical and primary consciousness to a sheer "shock"
and fully under their control. If they then ask this person
to commit suicide, he/she will do as ordered. They may also
simply kidnap the soul of this person, who will then die,
or turn this person into a lunatic who will be like a walking
corpse in this world and bring limitless grief to his/her
family. Such lunatics should get help from Christians who
will pray for him/her and drive out the evil spirits so that
this person's soul can be relieved and healed and return to
normalcy. Then if this person accepts Jesus as his/her Savior
and confesses his/her sins to God, he/she will be saved forever,
and evil spirits can harm him/her no more.
7. Why do some practitioners not have any feelings?
Such people have strong logical thinking and less exquisite
feelings. They either do not believe in qigong at all or do
not believe in it completely. They may even have a resisting
sense towards it, and both their physical health and soul’s
health may be very strong. Evil spirits will have really a
hard time if they want to conquer this person. There may be
other reasons, (e.g. there are Christians praying for this
person). Under such situations the evil spirits would usually
give up attacking this person. People like these are lucky,
but qigong theories call them as "insensitive."
There are many other supernormal capabilities
for the purpose of performance, which the effect of magic
and skills resembles. There are some performances that are
claimed as a show of supernormal capabilities but that are
only deceitful tricks prevalent in the society for a long
time. Yet if a performance is truly that of qigong and of
supernormal abilities, it comes from the evil spirits.
There are many other cases and phenomena which
we will not numerate one by one here. Qigong methods are "methods
without set rules." The devil will surely work out through
different people new methods one after another. The gong methods
will be more and more abstruse, and the effect will be more
and more remarkable and quickly achieved. There will always
be people fooled by them. However, people equipped with the
knowledge of the principles and essence of qigong will find
it very easy to explain the always-changing methods of qigong
methods and supernormal capabilities, for all the gong methods
have the same spiritual background, which is the activity
of evil spirits.
We have now concluded our discussion of the
principles and essence of qigong. I hope all qigong adherents
will give this presentation calm consideration. Especially
qigong masters of high levels can understand very easily the
danger of qigong. Knowing the basic qigong principles and
phenomena will be helpful to Christians in their understanding
of the essence of qigong. May Christians help more qigong
practitioners to wake up to the danger of qigong and to know
Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God our Father.
3. The Principles and Essence of Martial Arts, Taijiquan and
This is a very sensitive issue, and I am sure
the conclusion will definitely hurt the national self-esteem
of many Chinese. But I have to talk about this, and hope more
people will see the essence of these things and know the root
of falsehood in our traditional culture. This is as if to
discover, out of love, the disease that a family member has
so that our loved one can be healed. I am a Christian, and
God knows my heart.
Martial arts, taijiquan and Chinese Medicine
have had a long history. Many Chinese are indeed very proud
of them. Chinese people would like to introduce these things
to the whole world and hope they can be developed even more.
The motivation is no doubt very childish. Why? Firstly, they
cannot be widely spread in the West because the western cultural
context does not emphasize these practices. Secondly, these
all have in them the coloring of a fallacious culture and
do not have a remarkable effect on society. Modern western
culture has been successful. People would surely choose what
Martial arts, taijiquan and Chinese Medicine
are sharply different from qigong, for, materialistically,
they are actual things that people can have direct contact
with and master. Yet what people can see now is only their
superficial and elementary phenomena, without knowledge of
their deep connotations. In the following section we will
discuss the principles and essence of martial arts, taijiquan,
and Chinese Medicine separately.
The Principles and Essence of the Martial Arts:
Why is it said that Tianxia gongfu chu Shaolin
(Shaolin produces the gongfu in the world)? What is the difference
between the martial arts and wugong? Why do some high level
wugong masters indicate with regret that the martial arts
have been lost?
The martial arts of Shaolin temple are a Buddhist
gongfu. It is distinctly based on qigong. The Buddhist monks
at Shaolin temple not only practice wu but also sit
in meditation. If only skills of movement are involved in
the practice, it is only martial arts, not wugong.
The martial arts that are commonly known by people now are
often purely physical wrestling skills, a sheer combination
of strength and skills without any spiritual background. But
for those who practice wugong, like those Buddhist monks at
Shaolin temple and Taoist priests at Wudang mountain, the
practice of martial arts and the practice of wugong are inseparable.
Their practice of wugong is based upon qigong. The power of
evil spirits is brought into play through the kicks and blows
of the practitioners; hence wugong has an uncommon killing
effect. Just like that of qigong, the spiritual background
of wugong is the work of the evil spirits with only a difference
of focus. The former puts more emphasis on healing and supernormal
abilities; the later, on self-defense and attack.
In many stereotyped postures of martial arts,
we can see traces of qigong (e.g. "operating dantian
qi," inhaling and exhaling, and the starting and finishing
movements which benefit the operating, lifting up and gathering
in of qi). There are even some movement names of martial arts
that have the characteristics of qigong.
The Principles and Essence of Taijiquan
Taijiquan is a type of wugong. Because its
essential connotations have almost all been lost, the taijiquan
that people practice now has mainly the function of enhancing
health. Taijiquan was performed by a whole group of people
on the opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990.
It symbolized the precious traditional assets of Chinese nation.
It is proudly exclaimed as such to the whole world.
The basic significance of taijiquan has been
taken from Taoist taiji eight trigrams. It is actually Taoist
wugong. Taijiquan is a method of practice that stands between
martial arts and qigong. Its spiritual background is the activity
of evil spirits, the same as that of qigong. It is said that
taijiquan is the movements that appear in spontaneous gong.
Some people put the movements that are imitations of animal
actions into regulated steps of taijiquan. Taijiquan emphasizes
very much the keeping of the will, the leading of the qi through
one's will, having qi come out from one's hands, and movements
being gentle, elegant, slow, and full of natural grace. This
is actually to maneuver the "qi" to move within
the body and on the hands. Qigong practitioners can understand
the meaning of taijiquan very quickly. When persons who already
have qi practice taijiquan, they feel that their hands are
very heavy and sticky, as if they were in the water. They
have a distinct feeling of energy. People who obtain qi through
taijiquan practice like to play taiji hand pushing. Two practitioners
push hands with each other, and each feels such strong strength
in the other person's hands that being a little off guard
can have this one person knock off another through external
power. From this the practitioners understand what taijiquan
depends on to attack the other party, not just on simple skills.
It is because taijiquan is still a qigong method that many
practitioners of taijiquan today can very easily achieve healing
and health-enhancing effects, even though they do not have
the practicing skills of wugong. Taiji swordsmanship, with
the practitioner holding the sword in hand while practicing,
has the same principle as taijiquan.
Nowadays, many who practice taijiquan or taiji
swordsmanship practice them as health-improving exercises
without obtaining the "qi." But this is like having
high possibility of wetting one’s shoes when one walks
too close to the river. The evil spirits have a lot of opportunities
to intrude, even though one practices these exercises just
as he/she would do physical exercises.
The Principles and Essence of Chinese Medicine
Qigong theory holds that Chinese Medicine and
qigong came from the same origin. The principles of Chinese
Medicine are supplementary Yin and Yang and the rules of main/collateral
channels and primary qi. Huangdi Nei Jing is the
classical work of Chinese Medicine. It is also a qigong work,
a fact known to many high-level qigong masters and recognized
in qigong theory. The idea that "experts see the essence
in the origin" applies here. But lay persons do not easily
believe that Chinese Medicine and qigong are really connected
with each other. Especially because Chinese Medicine makes
use of herbs to heal diseases, people find it even harder
to believe it has anything to do with qigong. Almost all qigong
masters but only a few doctors of Chinese Medicine acknowledge
the close relationship between Chinese Medicine and qigong.
There is in Huangdi Nei Jing a classical
theory highly praised by people in both Chinese Medicine and
qigong areas: "Having a peaceful and happy mood, desiring
nothing, following the operation of the primary qi, maintaining
the introspective meditation of the spirit and mind, keeping
illnesses at bay." These statements are commonly recognized
theories for enhancing health and cultivating character. They
are also qigong methods of keeping the mind-will. Great qigong
masters search for a lifestyle of "having a peaceful
and happy mood, desiring nothing.” If it were devoid
of its foundation in qigong, Chinese Medicine would be like
taijiquan without qigong, unable to bring its genuine functions
and effects into full play. Then Chinese Medicine would have
been able only to give play to simple herbal healing. But
the fact is that the theories of main and collateral channels
and the real qi operating are also qigong theories.
There among the people is the highest-level
work of Chinese Medicine. It is called "zhou you
shi san ke." (Prescriptions of Incantations) It
is said to be the highest form of Chinese Medicine. It records
many curse incantations. Healing methods no longer use herbs,
acupuncture and acupressure, but instead curse incantations.
There are recorded in this book healing incantations for all
kinds of illnesses. Healing is achieved only through incantations,
which are obviously incantations that can maneuver the power
of the evil spirits.
Herbs are indeed effective in curing diseases,
the fact of which has been proven by science. But if herbs
are used by the evil spirits as a cover under which to manipulate
human beings, there is an area of danger and the problem of
Yoga from India
India is a mysterious country, being the place
of origin for Buddhism and Hinduism, both of which are still
believed in India. Yoga is a special physical exercise peculiar
to India. Its characteristics are suffering and perseverance.
Yoga practitioners are unbelievably restrained. Of course,
when it is spread out over the world, Yoga has already lost
its essence and become simply a health-improving method like
The methods of the practice of Yoga involve
treating human body cruelly, putting the body in almost untenable
postures, suffering hunger, swallowing strings in order to
clean the intestines, keeping the same posture for a long
time, holding the breath for a long time, or even cutting
the tie under the tongue to stretch it long enough to reach
the part that is between the nose and the mouth because in
this way the practitioner can practice having the ability
to breath little. Some Yoga practitioners are able to lie
in hibernation underground for a month, depending on only
the air in the coffin in which they lie, which is sufficient
for them. Usually, the hibernators will need many Yoga practitioners
to wake them up through meditation.
The background of Yoga is the activity of evil
spirits. After torturing a human body painfully for a long
time and rendering the soul near collapse and very weak, evil
spirits then easily capture and take control of the human
soul. Then this person will have supernormal capabilities.
The hibernation is actually what happens when the soul has
left the body or when the soul is so completely controlled
by evil spirits that it suffers from shock. This is why there
have to be many Yoga practitioners to meditate in order to
maneuver the evil spirit to have that person's soul returned
and that person awakened. Generally speaking, this kind of
training is hard for people to keep, yet those who do succeed
usually have shocking capabilities. The point is that it does
not have much practical meaning, for it does not solve any
problems in human lives. Its practitioners are very miserable,
for the devil likes to torment them. But they are willing
to cater to the evil spirits, leading a hellish life while
still in this world.
The Tibetan Gong Method
Tibet is an area with a very complicated spiritual
background. Due to the long closedness and also to Buddhist
belief, Tibet is scarcely influenced by outside cultures at
all. Since 1951 the Tibetan religion has been influenced by
the Han culture of China, mainly atheism, but with little
effect. The geographical and religious features of Tibet help
to preserve the traditional characteristics of Tibetan culture.
Tibetan Buddhism is mainly divided between
the Red and Yellow denominations. Long-term training is mainly
by means of the Tibetan gong method with the goal of supernormal
capabilities as its major focus, though emphasis is also put
on Tibetan medicine and the study of Buddhist theory. The
major methods of practice of Tibetan qigong are sitting in
meditation, learning gong from masters, and cultivating a
belief in the reincarnation of the soul. Major functions include
sense transmission by will, tianmu opening, keeping out the
cold, sit-and-die, and light cremation, etc. It is said that
light cremation is an unintelligible phenomenon. When a practitioner
thinks he is going to become Buddha, he will sit in meditation
in front of all followers. Then his body begins to radiate
colorful lights and shrink gradually. When light cremation
is complete, only the hair and fingernails are left. The bodies
of the ones with slightly lower gong levels, cannot be completely
light cremated. There will be left a very small body as hard
as iron. This supernormal capability is rare. It is a big
strange sign performed by evil spirits.
Sorceresses in the Countryside
In the Chinese countryside a sorceress is known
to all. Every local area has its own woman of supernormal
capabilities called "divinities" like "xian
gu", "huang gu" or "ban xian." Most
sorceresses are old ladies, and there are not many of them.
There is usually one well-known sorceress in a town or area.
But they are spread all over China and are respected by the
local people. They are "half a supernatural being"
in the local people's heart. The major work of the sorceresses
is to perform divination, the casting out of demons, and healing.
When the local people have lost their ox or some other possession,
when their children are strangely ill or have lost their soul
"hun," when they need to ask about their future,
or when they need to ask for help after a disaster, they will
go to the sorceress for help. Before or after the sorceress
helps them, they will give her money or other things in order
to thank her. Even though they live in the poor countryside,
sorceresses never lack such good food as chicken, duck, fish
or pork. They are the first ones whose families become comparatively
Of course, some sorceresses are false and do
not have any supernormal capabilities. Genuine sorceresses
are those who have supernormal capabilities, and quite a number
are even well educated. High officials often go secretly to
see the sorceress. Because sorceresses can tell exactly what
will happen, people believe in them after seeing things happen
as they have foretold them.
The spiritual background of sorceresses is
the activity of evil spirits, just as is that of qigong. The
difference lies in the fact that the ability of sorceresses
is given directly by evil spirits, not as a result of gong
practice. When sorceresses perform divinations, the evil spirits
speak directly to them or display a kind of "pictures."
Sorceresses simply pass on the information the evil spirits
have offered When sorceresses drive out demons, the evil spirits
will very often produce its effect within the sorceress, just
as in spontaneous qigong. At this time the sorceress knows
exactly what is happening, but is unwilling or unable to control
herself. Evil spirits sometimes speak prophecies through sorceresses,
imitating other people's voices identically, or even show
vividly other people's facial expressions on sorceresses'
faces. Those imitated are usually dead people whose living
family members have come to ask about them. Hence people greatly
fear and respect the sorceress’s power, which is in
fact the activity of evil spirits. The so-called driving out
of demons is having the evil spirits that are on the victim
cooperate and leave the person in order to perform a strange
sign and to convince people. The calling back of souls is
the same. In the countryside where a belief in ghosts and
gods is prevalent, evil spirits are active, roaming all around,
looking for people that they can attach to. Small children's
souls are relatively weaker; therefore, the devils find them
easier to get hold of. Sorceresses simply affect to call back
the soul, and the evil spirits cooperate by releasing the
soul of the "soul loser." The evil spirits like
to have people worship them and like to go to the places where
idols are kept. This is why, where people are very superstitious
and worship idols, the evil spirits often display their supernormal
powers and perform strange signs. To common people these areas
seem to be abnormal, having a lot of strange things happening
there. Please note that people worship idols because they
hope the idols will protect them and bring them good luck.
Worshiping a man's picture is also idol worshiping. We often
see people put up the picture of a certain "great man"
for the purpose of getting protection and good luck from it.
Such actions are not only benighted and superstitious, but
invite evil spirits as well.
The focus of this chapter has been on the principles
and essence of qigong. I hope more people will understand
the essence of qigong and more qigong practitioners will mend
their ways after realizing their errors and find the true
meaning of life. I hope more Christians will learn the principles
of qigong and understand how to help qigong practitioners.
There are many people in this world who are described by Jesus
in the following passage from the New Testament: "This
people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with
their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they
might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand
with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them." These
people can never accept the truth and will lose all what they
have, including their lives.
We are not to judge who will be saved or who
will not be. We are to love all people and forgive all who
are venomous toward us. We are to do what we should do according
to the righteous principles that God has given us.
We would be happy to pray to God earnestly for
more qigong followers to be saved and for more people to accept
and know Jesus Christ.