One thing that Mooji tells people when they begin with their particular syndrome or illness as to who they are is, "Do not identify as a disease." I can see now how much I did exactly that for so many years. I guess, wanting others to understand me, and even wanting a way to understand myself as something other than "problem child," that I habitually presented my person as its mental and cognitive issues. But since, by some grace, the way I travel now is to let go of all constraints of self-image and personality, with ADHD no longer being at the front of these. A conscious direction has been taken to leave these old habits behind. I am presently going through major changes, but being extra alert about making another created identity out of any of it. I would prefer to introduce myself as... "Nobody!"
I wound up as almost a skeleton with an illness at the end of August. I was underweight when I got sick and lost another twenty pounds. I knew I did not want to turn myself over to the VA and just have them give me pills. I, with the help of a friend, sought out a doctor of naturopathy. The closest one of interest to where I do my commerce was an hour and a quarter away. He was the one that got the nod. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It turned out that he is deeply into Chinese medicine. His diagnosis, my yang needs strengthening. I had my first moxibustion and acupuncture treatment last Friday with the doc's suggestion I attend his Qi Gong class the next day. I look at the obvious health and vitality of this man who is only two years younger than I, and think, "I'm doing what this guy tells me to do."
And so, I have set out on a course that is designed and reputed to strengthen the organs (but really much more). I see that my whole physical/mental/spiritual being is being taken into consideration. I am excited and motivated. I feel all three of those kinds of energy on the rise already. Trying to do some of the Qi Gong moves makes me feel like Klutzy the Klown, but I don't care. I will get this, and I will strengthen my organs, leading to the strength of the whole body. I will do it all with detachment, because I don't do it to be somebody. I do it to make a better suited vessel for a nobody. Being somebody won't make me any happier than I am right now. Trust me, I am very happy, as really, nothing is needed to be happy. Anything else is a story we sold ourselves on.
And so, Niemand, I would have to think you would really love this Yi Gun Gin style of Qi Gong. Wilde, you too might like it. It's billed as a complete body replacement. The one I have is pretty used up, so what the hay?
I found this searching the net:
Yi Gun Gin
Yi Gun Gin, meaning the classic of tendon exchange, is the most famous known exercise secretly kept within the Shao-Lin priests for 4500 years. It is not an exaggeration to say that the worldwide leading reputation in the martial arts earned by the Shao Lin Temple is mainly attributed to this simple and easy-to-learn exercise. It is exactly this secret exercise that made the Shao Lin priests almost indestructible, having the ability to protect themselves from even knife stabbing and to practically walk through a wall.
This exercise can strengthen the entire body, inside and outside, physically as well as mentally, by developing the internal power called, chi. As a result, the practitioners seem to substitute their old bodies with a whole new set of tendons, muscles and bones that are much stronger than before. That is why is it was named Yi Gun Gin by the High Priest Da Mar who was the creator of this exercise. Da Mar also erected the famous Shao Lin Temple and originated Kung Fu.
Yi Gun Gin were not revealed to anyone until one hundred years after the death of Da Mar, when a notebook describing these exercises was accidentally discovered inside the deteriorated wall in the bedroom where Da Mar used to live. Although the Shao Lin Priests were enjoying the invaluable benefit of these exercises for thousands of years, nobody in the outside world could have the privilege of learning them until today.
Yi Gun Gin can be practiced by anyone of any age and in any physical condition. No equipment of any sort is required. It requires space only big enough for a person to stand, and can be performed at anytime of the day.
The doc said he first saw these exercises with descriptions and photos, by and of, a Shao Lin priest, in a Parade Magazine Sunday newspaper supplement around '79 to '81. He practiced it for years, but not totally correctly because of the poor photo quality in the newsprint. He lost this article with all his stuff when he had a house fire. One day he was walking through the stacks in Powell's Books in Portland and saw a small book sticking out from a high shelf. He reached up for what turned out to be the book version that the Parade article was taken from. He then corrected the one exercise he'd been doing wrong for years.
He said that it is said that when one does the 12 quick forms, 49 reps each, three times a day, for three years, without missing once, that a blade cannot penetrate through the skin, the chi has become so strong.
I should be walking through walls in a little over three years, eh?
I told the doc after the class that it is a great motivation and inspiration just seeing the strength in his arms as he did the full 49 reps of each of the 12 forms at the end of the class.
Just to clarify, the 49 reps is the maximum. Starting out, as many reps as one is comfortable doing, starting with one each, adding two when ready, for three reps each. It was said that one should always add two and keep the number of reps an odd number. So it's one, three, five, seven, and so on up to 49. I hope you can find someone who teaches if you are wanting to do this.
Edited by Alder Logs, 20 October 2015 - 12:17 AM.