July 2010

Wuji Style Breathing Exercise (Wuji Style Qi Gong)

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By Cai San Fong (Ren Je Lin)

Presented by Stephen Elliott, author of, with Dr. Meng-Sheng Lin, Wuji Qi Gong And The Secret of Immorality (Also see, Chi Arts, COHERENCE)

This small book "Wuji Style Breathing Exercise" contains what I beleive to be one of the most important, and yet one of the most obscure esoteric practices known to man. In it is the only English explanation of the Taoist version of this practice of which I'm aware. (I ran across it in 1997, shortly after its publication, and have practiced the method very seriously although with varying degree of diligence since that time.) Its practice was very instrumental in my development of the Coherent Breathing method, circa 2000, which dramatically enhances the effect of Wuji Qi Gong, as well as other forms of Qi Gong.

The authorship is also something of a mystery. The writer, a Mr. Ren Je Lin, explains that he is the ghost writer for the well known Tai Chi master, Cai San Fong. However, other reports, purportedly by those including Cai himself refute this. The author describes that the method was handed down from a direct student of Yang Cheng Fu, it being the esoteric basis of Yang family taijiquan (tai chi).

The reason for all this mystery is that between the covers of this awkward little book is (based on my experience) the essential core practice of Taoism. There are equivalent (also largely obscure) yogic practices in Hinduism and Kashmiri Shaivism, which I will bring to your attention a bit later.

If you've studied Taoist philosophy, you'll recognize the term "wuji". In Taoist cosmology wuji refers to the "primordial undifferentiated". Taoism concerns itself with the "process" or mechanics by which differentiation and non-differentiation occur, yielding "taiji", dynamic differentiation of yin and yang, and its ultimate result, the dissolution back into wuji. You may have heard the phase "taiji comes from wuji", and its complement, "taiji returns to wuji".

Very importantly, this "process" refers to the "energetic" evolution of the physical universe, the "cosmos", and to us (humans), as micro-cosms of the macro-cosm. As such, it is through the practice of "Wuji Breathing" that one facilitates this process and realizes the essential Taoist experience of "wuji".

Tangible benefits include increased balance, energy, intuition, strength, power, endurance, and wellness. Esoteric effects include a "profound energetic capacity" for healing, martial arts, etc. and a very clear and evolving sense of "oneness".

It is best practiced in a standing position 20 minutes per day, in combination with Coherent Breathing.

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