Why Chilel Qigong, not Zhineng Qigong?

In 1995, in order to introduce Zhìnéng Qìgōng to the non-Chinese, Dr. Páng gave approval for my brother, Luke, and me to teach Zhìnéng Qìgōng in the Americas and in Europe. This presented us with two issues.

  1. Zhineng Qigong was very broad. It had research and development, recovery, teaching and instructor training departments. Luke and I did not have the resources to truly represent Zhineng Qigong.
  2. In US and Europe, certification is very important. Dr. Pang Ming was very strict on the certification program and had never deviated from the guidelines. No one except Dr. Pang and/or the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Clinic & Training Center (not the instructors) could certify someone as a Zhineng Qigong Instructor. (To the best of my knowledge, the last know group of instructors were certified around 2000; due the language and the length of time one had to stay at the Center, not a single non-Chinese speaking person was ever certified).

After lengthy discussions, Dr. Pang Ming and Luke concluded that we should focus on the wellness part of the Zhineng Qigong and named it Chilel Qigong (Chilel means Qi therapy). We would certify students as Certified Chilel Qigong Instructor. In a sense, Chilel Qigong is not Zhineng Qigong; it is the wellness part of Zhineng Qigong. Since all the writings below are my interpretations of Zhineng Qigong (they will evolve with time), I will call it Chilel Qigong.

What is Hun Yuan?

Generally speaking, Hun Yuan can be a noun or a verb. As a noun, it implies nothing in the universe is singular. Everything is a Hun Yuan (Entity), which is the result of the transmutation of two or more things. For example, human is a Hun Yuan Entity consists of Jing, Qi and Shén.
As a verb, Hun Yuan can be divided into Hùn hé 混合and Hùn huà 混化. The process of two or more things transmuting together to form a new entity is called Hùn hé. The process of transmuting a complex thing into simpler things that can form a new entity is called Hùn huà.

Yuan can also mean Qi. In most cases, Hun Yuan and Hun Yuan Qi are interchangeable. Depends on the context of the writing, Hun Yuan Qi can be either Nature Primal Hun Yuan Qi or Human Prenatal Hun Yuan Qi.
In traditional Qigong, Nature Primal Hun Yuan Qi refers to the formless and invisible Qi. It is before Yin and Yang and Five Element. Sometimes we call it Yuan Qi, Tao (One) or “Taiji.” It is the mother of all things.

Human Hun Yuan Qi refers to Prenatal Qi. When a sperm fertilizes an egg, the fertilized egg is a “Hun Yuan.” This Hun Yuan is also called ‘Prenatal Qi” or “Yuan Qi.”

The Characteristics of Chilel Qigong


(Excerpt from the book: Chilel (Zhineng): Overview and Foundation Methods)

1.     Chilel Qigong has a system of special theories:  Hún Yuán Holistic Theory.

The Hún Yuán Holistic Theory is the theoretical foundation of the Chilel Qigong system. The Hún Yuán Holistic Theory states that the Jīng (精), Qì, and Shén of the human body are the manifestation or the different appearances of the Hún Yuán Qì. Qì can concentrate to become a physical body. It also can change into Shén. Qì nourishes both Jīng and Shén. This is the reason why Chilel Qigong emphasizes cultivating Qì. From the very beginning, Chilel Qigong practices releasing Internal Qì outward and collecting External Qì inward.

2.     Chilel Qigong has a complete system of methods.

The Chilel Qigong system consists of three types of practice: Moving Forms; Stillness Forms; and Spontaneous Forms. These three types of practice follow the process from elementary to advanced, from External Hùn Yuán to Internal Hùn Yuán, and to Central Hùn Yuán.

3.     Chilel Qigong contains many special/secretive practice techniques.

Chilel Qigong methods were a collection of many special techniques from Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist, Medical, Martial Art, and Folk Qìgōngs. These techniques may not be the essence of the methods, but they are the keys and the shortcuts to the practice. In the arts such as Qìgōng, martial arts, and acrobatics, etc., have many techniques that normally were not taught to outsiders.

4.     Chilel Qigong uses three teaching systems.

  • Teaching through intuitive transmission.
  • Teaching through verbal instructions.
  • Teaching through physical demonstrations.

5.     Chilel Qigong does not use special consciousness activities.

6.     Chilel Qigong uses the “Inducing Qì” method to activate Qì.

The method Chilel Qigong uses to activate Qì is the inducing/attracting Qì method. It contains three kinds of techniques.

  • Using the mind to induce/attract Qì.
  • Using the movements to induce Qì.
  • Using sound to induce Qì.

7.     Chilel Qigong belongs to an Open System.

8.     Chilel Qigong uses External Qì for healing without depleting one’s own Qì.

9.     Chilel Qigong practice reactions (refers primarily to uncomfortable feelings) are noticeable.

When practicing Chilel Qigong, one can accumulate Qì quickly. The effects are very obvious—one’s health improves continually, and the changes are noticeable. In the process of improving to a healthier state, the body will discharge the accumulated matter that is no longer beneficial to life activities. This accumulated matter can be either mental or physical, or both. When that happens, the practitioner may experience some discomfort or pain in the corresponding area. This is called a practice reaction or a Qì reaction. The following are common types of Qi reactions.

  • Reactions from discharging disease and
  • Reactions from Qì working on an illness.
  • Reactions from progress.

Differences Between Chilel Qigong and Other Types of Qìgōng


(Excerpt from the book: Chilel (Zhineng): Overview and Foundation Methods)

1.     Chilel Qigong starts from merging Man and Nature.

In the past, most Qìgōng, such as Taoist Qìgōng, Buddhist Qìgōng, and Confucius Qìgōng, etc., have belonged to a Closed System. In the Closed System, at the beginning of cultivation, Jīng, Qì and Shén are confined within the body. Once they merge as one, the merged entity expands outward and exchanges Qì with nature. In this system, the cultivation starts from within the body, and then expands outward—merges Jing, Qì and Shén from the inside first, and then merges with nature.

Chilel Qigong’s approach is the opposite of the Closed System; from the very beginning, it cultivates merging Man and Nature into One. Its purpose is to unite one’s own Body Qì with Nature Qì, and to unite “Me/oneself” with the environment to form an entity. It utilizes the power of the Nature-Man entity and the Man-I entity to cultivate Qì. Chilel Qigong belongs to the Open System.

2.     Emphasizing Moving Qìgōng.

In the past, traditional types of Qìgōng such as Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist Qìgōng, etc., emphasized Stillness Forms—they considered Stillness Forms as advanced forms, and Moving Forms as elemental forms. Chilel Qigong considers both Stillness and Moving Forms as having advanced stages and elemental stages. Also, Chilel Qigong emphasizes Moving Forms. The following reasons explain these differences.

  • To reach a higher level of health, one must improve the flow of Qì and increase the quantity of Qì in the body. One way to achieve that is to increase the Qì flow in the existing channels; another way is to open up more channels. Moving Qìgōng works on both approaches; it can strengthen and improve the Qì flow in the existing channels, and also it can help by opening up more channels.
  • For high level Qìgōng practices, one not only has to cultivate the mind in quiet/isolated places; one also has to cultivate the mind in chaotic places. Meditating alone in a quiet surrounding is to cultivate “the non-distracted mind.” To maintain calm and balance while dealing with the outside world is to cultivate “the distracted mind.” For Qì in the body to maintain balance, one not only has to maintain focus and serenity during the practice, but also while dealing with the chaos of the outside world. When the mind is balanced, the brain activities will be orderly, and life functions will be strengthened.

3.     Emphasis on initiating the use of one’s consciousness.

All Qìgōng practices are processes of using consciousness in an inward-focusing way. The way Chilel Qigong differs from other types of Qìgōng is that it does not emphasize total quietness, or nothingness. It places emphasis on the “initiative use” of one’s consciousness.

Rather than passively waiting for the mind to enter a state of tranquility, Chilel Qigong requires the practitioner to concentrate and to remain focused on body movements. As a matter of fact, all stages of the Chilel Qigong practice emphasize concentration and single mindedness. It is a practice that is based on the fundamental principles of Qìgōng.

4.     Emphasis on group efforts.

In the past, Qìgōng was practiced alone and quietly, and teaching was done on a one-on-one basis. Chilel Qigong emphasizes teaching and healing in groups. It also uses the forming of a Qì Field to utilize the power of group effects on healing and learning. In a Qì Field, the body will adjust and balance the Qì automatically, and there is no need to do a diagnosis and to adjust the Qì accordingly. Therefore, when practicing as a group and guided by an instructor, both healthy people and people with various illnesses can benefit according to individual needs such as strengthening the body, enhancing intelligence, and eliminating illness.

5.      Use of External Qì for healing

Ten most common mistakes practitioners make in Chilel Qigong’s Lift Qi Up and Pour Qi Down Method.



  1. The body is not relaxed, the thighs are squeezed together.
  2. Body is not center. Head is not suspended by a string. Eyes are looking at the ground or the chin is pointing upward.
  3. Shoulders are up.
  4. Elbows are bent and fingers are not straight.
  5. Chest protrudes outward.
  6. Mingman is pressed inward.
  7. Tailbone is not pointing downward.
  8. Kua is not folded.
  9. Knees are bent or locked.
  10. Feet are not flat on the ground, too much weight on the big toes.


  1. Forget the two constants: blue sky and body.
  2. Yuan Qi and Body Qi are not connected.
  3. Leading Qi instead of inducing Qi.
  4. Not able to concentrate.
  5. Does not know the purposes of the movements.
  6. Focusing on breathing.
  7. Focusing too much on the correctness of the physical movements.
  8. Focusing on illness instead of wellness.
  9. Do not aware of the body posture.
  10. The mind and body are not connected.


  1. The time spent on practice is not constant, either too short or way too long.
  2. Do not spend time to build the foundation.
  3. Not assiduous or persevering.
  4. Jack of all trades. Practice more than one method.
  5. Combining different Qigong with LCU.
  6. Mistaking learning and practicing Level 2 & Level 3 is an advanced practice.
  7. Do not fully trust the method, keep looking for better ones.
  8. Do not give the method enough time to be effective.
  9. Do not follow instructions (either from audio or instructor).
  10. “Improve” the method by changing some of movements.

Why is squeezing the thighs together so common in Chilel Qigong?


It has something to do with the design of the forms. In order to strengthen the function of nourishing and replenishing the Kidney Qi, the forms require the feet are together (toes and heels touch each other) to connect the Kidney Meridian and Yin Qiao Mai. Yin Qiao Mai is one of the eight Extraordinary Meridians. It is a tributary of Kidney Meridian and begins from Kidney 2, and the intersection points are Kidney 6 and Kidney 8.

In order to connect the Kidney Meridian and Yin Qiao Mai, Kidney 6 has to touch each other. Due to physical limitations, not everyone can do that; some force it and end up squeezing the thighs. Technically speaking, feet together require loosen up the Sacroiliac Joints. We recommend practitioners put the feet shoulder width apart if the Sacroiliac Joints have not loosened up.

Why does Lift Qi Up have two constants?


One of the key purposes of Lift Qi Up is to open up the connections between man and nature. This can be achieved by activating the functions of releasing Internal Qi outward and absorbing External Qi inward; in another word, exchange Qi between man and nature. Lift Qi Up utilizes the posture’s open movements and the mind’s outward intent to release Internal Qi outward; close movements and inward intent to absorb External Qi inward. Both movements have an origination point and destination point. When open, starting from the body, the mind would expand outward to the blue sky (far away, external Qi), the Internal Qi will follow (release) outward. When close, starting from the blue sky, the mind would withdraw inward into the body, the External Qi will follow (absorbed) inward. If one of the two constants is missing during either movement, the Qi flow will be disconnected. For example, in close-inward movements, if the blue sky (origination point) is missing, one will disconnect from the External Qi; if the body (destination point) is missing, Qi has no place to go. In each movement, the two constants become a primary and a secondary. When close, body is the primary, focus point, blue sky is secondary, the background; when open, blue sky is the primary focus point, the body is secondary, the background. In an advanced stage, open, close, in and out all happen simultaneously, like a two-way street.

How to drop the shoulders?


The most common mistakes are focusing on the shoulders or the upper limbs. The right approach is to ignore the shoulders and begin with relaxing the mind, then the internal organs, follow by relaxing the hips, spine and ribcage. That way the shoulders will automatically drop.

Why does Chilel Qigong do not focus on breathing?


Since some people consider Qigong is breathing exercise, there are always questions about breathing when I teach Chilel Qigong. Sometime ago, I even heard someone said how it can be Qigong if one uses natural breathing? (For the definition of Qigong, please refer to “What is Qigong?” section of ther website.)
Chilel Qigong uses “Inducing Qi” method to move Qi. In Lift Qi Up and Pour Qi Down Method, one use the mind to induce Qi. It means Qi follows the mind to where it is focused on. The main purpose of LQU method is to exchange Qi between man and nature. When one focuses on blue sky, Qi from the body will go out to the blue sky; when one focuses on the body, Qi from blue sky will go into the body. If one focuses on breathing, Qi would not go in and out of body, thus one would not be able to strengthen the functions of exchange Qi with nature.

What is the purpose of pressing the Zhōngkuí xué in Lift Qi Up?


There is a middle finger pressing Zhōngkuí xué movement in the recollecting Qì sequence. The middle section of the middle finger is called Yùqìng jué (玉凊訣) in the classic texts. Each hand has twenty-four sections; Zhōngkuí xué is located at the center section of the middle finger. When the thumb presses Zhōngkuí xué, it will open up all the pressure points in the hand. When the thumb presses this central point, followed by cupping the palm, Qì will enter the body.
According to Meridian theory, the thumb belongs to the Lung Meridian, and the middle finger belongs to the Pericardium Meridian—the lung regulates Qì, and the heart regulates the blood. Pressing Zhōngkuí xué can merge the Qì and blood. According to the Five Elements Theory, the center of the thumb’s first section belongs to the spleen, and the center of the middle finger’s center section belongs to the pericardium. The spleen regulates the mind intent, and the pericardium regulates the mind. Pressing Zhōngkuí xué merges the mind and the mind intent to stabilize the mental condition, and to help scoop Qì and to activate Qì functions.

Why does LQU do not focus on Meridians?


Although LQU does not focus on Meridians, it does not mean it does not work on Meridians. For example, during push and pull, one activates the hand Meridians, circle hands around waist works on Belt Meridian, Press Up and Down works on Governor and Conception Meridians, etc.
The main reason LQU does not focus on Meridian is because it works on External Qi. Meridian Qi is Internal Qi. There two ways to nourish the body with Qi. One is to use External Qi;  the other is to use Internal Qi.  Internal Qi method focuses on Meridians, External Qi method does not. We will use irrigating a field as an example to illustrate the difference between the two. To irrigate a field in California, most farmers use the ditches. They need the ditches to supply the water so they have to focus on them. In Internal Qi method, Meridians are the ditches; one has to focus on them to circulate Qi. If your farm is in Seattle, you do not need to focus on the ditches because it rains every day. In LQU method, the External Qi acts like rain, it pours down and permeates into the body.

What is Qi function?


I believe most of Qigong practitioners have heard the term “activate the Qi function” or “Qi functions,” but what is Qi function? In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi Function means the force that power Qi’s movements and changes inside the body and the way Qi moves and changes. In another word, Qi function means how Qi moves and changes inside the body. In Qigong, the Qi functions refer to the movements and changes created by merging the consciousness and Qi.

How to do Press Down and Up Movements correctly?


Put the hands on top of the feet (fingers and toes point forward in the same direction). Press and knead Qì three times. The pressing up and down motion requires that the knees touch each other, and that the heels do not lift above the ground. If the heels are lifted above the ground, the head would not feel comfortable, and the Qì will not be stable. When pressing down, the centers of the palms protrude outward, relax the centers of the feet, the center of gravity moves to the front, and the upper body touches the thighs. When pulling up, shift the center of gravity to the back, slightly cup the palms, and the centers of the feet also withdraw inward. All the movements should originate from the Mìngmén. The Mìngmén is the only part of the body that moves, the rest of the body is moved by the Mìngmén. The Mìngmén draws a forward, downward, and inward half circle. Stop going downward once the knees begin to separate.
Mistakes: the head moves up, the knees move pass the toes, the toes and/or heels are lifted above the ground, and the tailbone is lower than the knees. The knees are separated.

How to lower the body to do the Press Down and Up?


To protect the knees, the lower legs must stay stationary. Do not bend the knees, they are relaxed and are bent by the body movements. It means the knees cannot move forward or sideways. The lowering movement begins with relaxing the hip joints and the knees, then with eye looking at the ankles (with the eyes open at the beginning), lower the shoulders toward the ankles until they touch the thighs and at the same time, lower the hips (sitting down) until the thighs forming a 45 degree angle with the floor.

Should one push out “bad Qi / illness” during the Push & Pull movements?


The purposes of Push/Pull and Press up/down are to open up the Qi avenues so that one can consciously exchange Qi with Nature. Once the avenues are open, the volume of Qi exchanging between Man and Nature will be increased. Since we emphasis on absorbing Qi into the body during the movements, the amount Qi being absorbed into the body will increase; consequently, abnormalities will disappear.

Although a lot of practitioners get good results by pushing out the “bad Qi / illness,” it is easy to get into “bad Qi / illness” way of thinking and circulates Qi in “bad Qi / illness” avenues during the practice. Generally speaking, more practitioners have better results by just focusing on Blue Sky and Body. But if pushing out the “bad Qi / illness” works for you, use it.

What is the weight distribution in Lift Qi Up?


For beginners, the weight should be 70-30, 70% on the ball of toes and 30% on the heel. During the practice, most practitioners’ body will rock front and back slightly. This undulate motion will loosen up the joints in the feet which will allow the Body Qì to reach the toes. Once the Yǒngquán is able to touch the ground, it will connect the Body Qì with the earth Qi.


Adjust and center the body and then move it slightly forward, curl the big toes slightly downward to induce Qì downward; lower the body weight from the Bǎihuì, to along the ears, the shoulders, the sides of the body, and the outside of the legs to the centers of the feet (Yǒngquán); then evenly distribute the weight from the toes to the heels. Pull up the knees and loosen the joints of the feet; gradually, one will be able to have the feet flatly on the ground (Yǒngquán touches the ground).