Beyond all of the principles and forms of Qigong there is a very important requirement to training. This requirement is patience. A lot of students of Qigong come to the understanding that patience not only grows during the practice but also in their daily lives. There is a multitude of levels when it comes to patience. There is the patience to see the practice through, the patience to find out if this is the right style for you, patience from wanting results immediately, along with an array of other layers.
Patience reveals itself slowly through practice. It unfolds in a systematic way that is not hurried or contrived. You can almost look at it like this; Qigong itself is a process that flowers gradually at its own speed, just like patience you could almost say that they are the same. Our society is in a constant state of “doing”. People come to Qigong with this same mindset. If I just do more repetitions, read more books, look for more and more that their ability and wisdom will deepen, It just doesn’t happen that way. Look at the word Qigong itself Qi-means energy and Gong- means work/skill. So with the actual definition of the word Qigong itself you see that it takes time to gain the benefits that can be acquired through perseverance and practice. You can see similarities between Qigong and life itself. Neither reveal themselves quickly or openly you have to have patience so as to see the essence of both life and Qigong. Just as our lives evolve and deepen with age so does our practice. Each step is different for everyone.
We all experience Qigong uniquely and the more we deepen our practice the more we intuitively know what is best for us. As we practice and our patience grows their will be times when insights arise. Along with a number of other experiences.
You may notice illnesses are no longer there or stress no longer affects you the same. You might also have different forms of energy experiences like healing others or being able to perform certain abilities that you weren’t able to before. These are all part of the evolution of practice. You can look at them as signs that your Qigong practice is on the right path.
They are not the end result in themselves.
This all starts with patience. After putting in the time is when you notice that your able to replicate these experiences more often. But remember it all starts with practice and patience. From these two aspects arise all other phenomenon. From the very beginning just allow the practice to unfold naturally. By allowing it to just happen from the start you will notice a profound effect in your body and mind. Relaxation will deepen significantly. Once that happens your Qi starts flowing more and your channels start opening up. Everyone is different. Remembering that this is a natural gradual process that shouldn’t be forced.