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    Nessa is offline Sifu Nessa Kahila - Instructor, Shaolin Wahnam Finland
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    Dear Bernhard,

    I am sure your Sifu has already given you good advice how to practice to overcome your health problems and reach your goals.

    Here are a few things Iíve found useful when using chi kung in overcoming anxiety disorders or depression.

    1. Realize you are already healthy.

    When you understand that health is a natural state for you, it becomes easier to use chi kung to get rid and let go of what ever rubbish or blockages are causing your health problems.
    It really doesnít matter what the problems are, chi flow will overcome and clear them.

    This is an important point: you donít have to intellectualise on your problems or analyse them. If your practice correctly and consistently, you will overcome your problems.

    This is also where western medicine and chi kung differ greatly in their approach to curing mental illness. While western medicine uses therapy and drugs as main methods to cure mental illness symptoms, chi kung works on a deeper and more profound level of curing the root problems that cause the symptoms in the first place.

    So, by changing negative thought patterns to positive thought patterns, you are treating the symptoms. Also, focusing on every thought that arises actually creates more thoughts and confusion.
    From the chi kung perspective, you donít need to change your thoughts, or intellectualise about them. You can just let them be and pass by. When you practice daily the basic chi kung exercise, you practice relaxing, keeping your mind free of thoughts (whether they are good or bad) and enjoy your chi flow.


    2. The Three Golden Rules


    Can you be anxious or depressed when you donít worry, donít intellectualise and enjoy whatever it is you are doing? No, you canít. Itís the perfect antidote to anxiety, excessive negative thoughts or fears.

    When you practice the Three Golden rules everyday, it becomes easier and easier to apply them to whatever you are doing.

    If your used to worrying or intellectualising it may take some time to learn not to do so, but it will reward you for life.


    3. Practical ways to use the chi kung skill with anxiety symptoms

    Instead of using drugs to deal with panic attacks or anxiety, it is relative easy to deal with them using chi kung skills. It may take some time to practice, but it is well worth the effort, as you learn how to deal with panic attacks or anxiety and fear yourself.

    If a strong fear or panic attack arises, you breath out gently three times, go into a gentle chi flow and say to yourself ĎI am fine and safeí. And let the panic attack pass.
    So simple, yet so effective!


    4. Following your progress and perseverance

    The western mindset is often: ďHow to get rid of this as soon as possible?Ē
    In chi kung practice, you need to put in the effort yourself and keep on practicing until you have overcome your health problems. This is also a blessing in disguise: you learn to take responsibility of yourself and of your well being.

    Anxiety and fears are often build on misconceptions: I canít do this, What ifÖhappens, ..
    When you use your chi kung skills to overcome your fears and anxiety, you see fear as what it is: only fear, not reality. Every person feels fear. When the fear starts to affect your behaviour or decisions, then it becomes a trouble maker.

    So, you have to accept that using chi kung as your main method of healing will take some time. But as long as you are progressing and the direction is good, you just keep going.
    It is helpful to understand that all healing has itís ups and downs. Very rarely someone heals straight away. If you accept that your chi kung practice will be sometimes easy and sometimes not, it helps you to get over the little bumps on the way.



    So, just keep on practicing! I am sure you will overcome your health problems.


    Best wishes,


    Nessa
    Nessa Kahila
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    Dear Nessa Sipak (It is still unusual to me addressing an elder shaolin aunt as Sipak.)

    Thank you very much for your advice. It is more worth than gold. So far I have read your post a few times and I have taken notes.

    Chi Kung is my main method of healing. Not only because I know Chi Kung, have a Sifu who helps me as best as he can and having been to regional courses of Sigung, but because I do not know something better. I do take medication but it just helps me to treat the symptoms. Next week I have an appointment with a psychotherapist. I looked for the best available. I am not sure how she can help me to treat the cause.

    May you be blessed Nessa. Your post should be posted at shaolin.org. It is really helpful and it is heart-touching to me.

    With love o\

    Bernhard
    "No matter what you do, you must be clear in your conscience." - Sitaigung Ho
    "Goodness begets goodness." - Sigung

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    Today morning I've had an insight. I am ok the way I am. An insight that I think would not be possible without the Shaolin Wahnam Family. Thank you everyone. :-)
    In the past I thought every insight should be huge and life-changing, but it isn't. On the long term this one is life-changing but on the short term there are lots of other factors shaping reality. It's a small, a big and an important step simultaneously. I think insights still have to grow. They don't come with perfect enlightment.

    Greetings o\
    Bernhard
    "No matter what you do, you must be clear in your conscience." - Sitaigung Ho
    "Goodness begets goodness." - Sigung

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    Love

    A few days ago my mum said to my that in the past I always felt cold in the toes during winter. At first I could not even remember it. I think Chi Kung helped me so far with more things than I can remember. :-)

    Today I saw a video which is in both english and german. It is about love and dependency. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uea...&feature=share After watching it I now want to love more in everyday life.

    so with love
    Bernhard
    "No matter what you do, you must be clear in your conscience." - Sitaigung Ho
    "Goodness begets goodness." - Sigung

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    Dear Shaolin Wahnam Family

    I have had a great chi kung practice today. During standing meditation I was simply happy. After that I felt blessed but at the same time I thought that I would not deserve it. Somehow I felt confused and tested. As far as I can remember it correctly I had a similar feeling after my first courses with Sigung and my Sifu said it is part of the old Bernhard. Today I have had the experience that all my questions and knowledge about chi kung are nothing compared to the experience I got.

    Since practising Carrying the Moon daily and on a suitable level my results are boosted. In the past I changed the chi kung pattern regularly. My experience now is that it is better to stick with one exercise for a period of time. And it is better to undertrain than to overtrain.

    I think my perseverance is being tested. And as Nessa Sipak said I have to practice till I am healthy.
    If I want to be healthy I have to change and I think this was the hardest part so far. I wanted to change without change. But now it is time for change.

    All the best to everyone. o\
    Bernhard
    Last edited by Bernhard; 21st February 2018 at 09:50 PM.
    "No matter what you do, you must be clear in your conscience." - Sitaigung Ho
    "Goodness begets goodness." - Sigung

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    Hello everyone :-)

    Does anyone know how I can learn to accept things? What can I practice to attain the skill of acceptance? Is there some kind of prayer or mantra I can do?

    o\
    Bernhard
    "No matter what you do, you must be clear in your conscience." - Sitaigung Ho
    "Goodness begets goodness." - Sigung

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    Nessa is offline Sifu Nessa Kahila - Instructor, Shaolin Wahnam Finland
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    Dear Bernhard,

    For me gratitude has been a great way of learning to accept things (even the hard ones).
    Every morning before practice I take a moment to feel how wonderful life is and feel grateful.
    Every night before going to sleep I thank God for the rewarding day I have had and think of one or two (or more) things Iíve been blessed with that day.

    I do this every day and gratitude has become a habit. I find it easier to be grateful for all things, and accept them, even those things that arenít so easy to handle.

    Itís good to find your own way of accepting things. The first step is to want to do so. Then you can try our what works for you.
    Like in Shaolin practice, you need to put in the effort and time to see results.

    Best wishes,

    Nessa
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    Dear Nessa Sipak
    Thank you very much. :-)

    all the best
    Bernhard
    "No matter what you do, you must be clear in your conscience." - Sitaigung Ho
    "Goodness begets goodness." - Sigung

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