Gong: The Exercises
"My Perspective" by William Timm
There are 5 exercises:
The Thousand Hands
Falun Standing Meditation
The Divine Powers Meditation
Exercise is calisthenics
is it not? You get the heart rate up, burn some calories and get the circulation
flowing right? Falun Gong is a form of "Qi Gong." The movements
are based on ancient acupuncture sciences. The movements purify and slow
the body's metabolic functions, and develops, preserves and conserves
energy. However, Falun Gong goes beyond the physical strength (or chi)
level in order to develop (Gong) virtue which is primarily done by integrating
the principals of Truthfulness, Kindness and Tolerance in all aspects
of daily life.
The exercises are somewhat based on the Taoist perspective as seeing the
body as a universe among many universes. The first exercise, "The
Thousand Hands," uses stretching and relaxation movements to gradually
unlock, clear and balance the acupuncture energy channels.
The "Falun Standing Meditation" is simply a meditation exercise
which involves holding the hands over certain energy channels in order
to awaken energy and wisdom. I believe it also automatically regulates
blood pressure and triggers readjustment or alignment of the musculo-skeletal
system. It is a simple but powerful endurance exercise.
The "Cosmic Extremes Exercise" helps to purify the body using
energies from the cosmic extremes. Mr. Li Hongzhi's Book "Zhuan Falun"
explains this in detail. He is always asking one to consider things deeply
and not just take his word for it, for we all have unique ways of understanding.
When he talks about this exercise he states, "one could think about
the vastness of the cosmic extremes and only superficially comprehend
a portion of it".
The fifth exercise, "Divine Powers Meditation," involves mudras
or hand signs that symbolize various things such as compassion, the onset
of cultivation and weeding out superficiality of the self. The effect
aids in strengthening intuition, clairvoyance and energy levels according
to one's virtue (Gong) level.
The idea of directing cosmic energy through the body may seem a bit dreamy
but scientists have proven there are other dimensions. When you tune in
your favorite radio station you don't see the radio waves but you know
your radio is receiving them. We have cells that have similar organs like
those in our bodies but we can only see them with a microscope. Our cells
are made of atoms that the naked eye doesn't see, yet science has perceived
them. Since science studies only those things that have "concrete"
physical manifestations, perhaps there are countless undiscovered dimensions...
So these are the exercises. Each one of us will experience different things
according to his or her level. Through the principles in the book "Zhuan
Falun" and following these exercises, there is the possibility of
a path for reaching excellent health and spiritual attainment.
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