How to Find a Good Qigong Teacher
In this article we will discuss how to find a good Qigong Teacher who can help you improve your health, extend your life, and build your happiness. In every case, it is wise for a student to seek an experienced teacher who can be seen regularly. No one should try to learn Qigong from books or from visiting teachers in seminars. You want a teacher who can guide you during your development and correct your mistakes and posture.
In Qigong, you don’t always get what you pay for, especially if the price is high! However, a good teacher with a safe method who cares about you personally is worth his or her weight in gold and could add years to your life—and health to those years. Take the time to find a good teacher. The amount of money you spend is not as significant as the time that you invest finding the right fit.
Find a Good Qigong Teacher: Appearance Matters
Don’t be shy. Ask the teacher their age, and if they look 10 to 20 years younger, that’s a good sign. For Westerners, it can be difficult to judge the age of an Asian teacher. If it’s really that difficult, ask to see their ID card. If they claim to be a monk, nun, priestess, or priest, ask to his passport and religious papers; these will have special stamps and seals. Remember that this is a reasonable request, and if he is genuine, he will be happy to show you. If he refuses, keep looking.
Take a hard look at the teacher and scrutinize his appearance. This will help you asses his health and determine whether or not he’s a true practitioner. Here’s a checklist of good signs:
- Vibrant, piercing eyes
- Strong voice that comes from deep in the body. A musical tone is a bonus
- An upright, level posture
- Moves with poise, balance and gracefulness
- Smooth skin with a healthy hue, free from spots or blemishes
- Healthy finger nails
- Healthy, full hair. However, there are exceptions: Baldness is hereditary, so do not hold it against the teacher (but I have seen a man in his 70s sprout black hairs on his bald head from regular Qigong practice). Also, if he’s older he may have grey hair and that’s fine. That being said, don’t rely on color alone since dye is widely available.
Additional bad signs include:
- Twitchy eyes or nervous ticks
- Bulgy or dilated eyes
- Moves sluggishly because of weight or saggy flesh. This indicates stagnation and spleen problems.
- However, if he’s overweight but vigorous and firm, or if he’s simply a little older, I wouldn’t hold it against him.
How to Find a Good Qigong Teacher: The Proper Personality
The first thing you must ask yourself upon meeting the teacher is whether or not you feel comfortable around him. Would you like to be more like this person or is he someone you would much rather avoid, even outside of the classroom setting?
Different personality traits can tell us what’s occurring in someone’s body. For example, an aggressive or very loud personality can indicate liver imbalance. Strange sexual attitudes or comments can be a sign that the teacher has lost control of his sexual energy and has developed a disturbed spirit. While that may be inappropriate, being a sexually active person is not, especially at an older age, which is a good sign of cultivated Qi through Qigong.
In addition to how you feel around this teacher, observe the way his students act. Contrary to what you may believe, if the students revere the teacher like a god or goddess, find another teacher. This is cult behavior, which can lead to possible mind-control weirdness. All students think that their teacher is good or else they wouldn’t study with him. It is the fawning attitudes and suspension of rationality that are warning signs. Remember that the teacher is human. If he says otherwise, ask him to fill an empty basket with fish and bread and turn water into wine!
How to Find a Good Qigong Teacher: Measuring the Method
Judge a tree by its fruit not its flowers. Some teachers say a lot of cool sounding things and show off. This is the flower. But the real measure of success is the teacher’s students. They are the fruit. Do they appear happy?
Some old trees may look funky but, boy, the fruit is fantastic. Qigong works slowly, so check the students who have been there for awhile. Disregard the beginning students because, though they’re on the road to recovery, they may be sick. Some might also be barely hanging on because of Qigong.
Shows of “empty force” or mysterious Qi powers are indicators of a hoax. One demonstration these teachers will use is pushing people without touching them. Usually they’ll use a brainwashed student who acts along. See if the teacher can demonstrate on you, and if he says he can’t because of safety, he’s bluffing.
Good Qigong is relatively simple. If the teacher uses lots of mysterious, mystical terminology (mysterical is the term I like for this sort of thing!), they are hiding behind their jargon. There are indeed terms that you will cover, but the teacher should be able to explain them in a simple, understandable, and enjoyable way.
If the teacher charges lots of money, be suspicious. Having many famous or wealthy students doesn’t mean anything, and if he teaches hundreds of people at once with his “special energy field,” be very, very suspicious.
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