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  1. I see your point. Even in physics we don't know WHY any of the fundamental forces behave the way that they do. We only know from observation that things behave in this way and we have derived formulas that can predict this behavior when we plug certain parameters in.
  2. I could certainly use the clearing of those things. The problem in this day and age (actually, I think it's always been a problem, i.e. snake oil) is that I don't want to buy into a line of B.S. There are supposedly thousands if Qigong methodologies. I'm willing to bet some of them are fraudulent. That's why I want to know the specific internals of what is happening so that I can discern for myself what I am getting into.
  3. Can anyone point me to some resources that can explain to me what energies, meridians, etc. are being worked when I see a Qigong movement? I'm an engineer so you'll have to excuse me. When I watch someone doing Spring Forest Qigong or Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi I want to know how it is working. There must be some science that the developers of these movements used.
  4. Fraudulent teacher?

    I have found a method for pulling myself out of self doubt, it's really very simple - I just remind myself of all my past successes and tell myself I can do it again. You're also right about just being honest about your abilities. If you're good at teaching people and you have sufficient knowledge then you have something that people can benefit from that is if value. It sounds like you have that. On the business side of things can I just say as a student seeking a teacher a good website is really helpful. You can have one for $3/month with services like Bluehost or HostGator. WordPress is a solid, flexible framework. If you need help it should be easy to find a consultant that can customize it for you. There are probably free or cheap templates you can use and you won't need to code anything. All you will need to do is upload your pictures and type in your content. Post some articles to put your knowledge on display (you don't need to blog) and it sounds like you could get some testimonials from former students.
  5. Which books sit on your nightstand?

    'Chi Kung, Way of Power' by Master Lam Kam Chuen. I had to buy it used from Half Price Books. It's the only way I knew how to get it. I don't think it is in print anymore. It just arrived today. It took 2 weeks to get here, but it seemed like forever. I'm so excited to read it. It looks like it has a lot of different content than 'The Way of Energy'. I might be up late tonight reading it.
  6. Fraudulent teacher?

    Here's something that came to mind. I've been a software engineer for 25 years, solving problems I've never seen before, with technologies I've never used before, always trying to keep up... I sometimes suffer from 'Impostor Syndrome'.
  7. Fraudulent teacher?

    You're right. When I got into the form he said, "Oh, oh, oh, people call it many different things." Then he proceeded to give me a helpful tip. So, I guess I should give him another chance. The Pittsburgh area seems to be a bit of a Qigong and Tai Chi desert. You sound like a knowledgeable person and a good teacher as well as a person of high integrity. Good Luck
  8. Fraudulent teacher?

    I'm new to all this, but that would make me a perfect new client who needs a teacher, right? Earlier this week I attended my first Qigong group class. I should have done a head count, but I would estimate there were 30-40 people. The class was filled with mostly older people. I think that is his target market. There's nothing wrong with that, of course. In fact, it's good to be focused on your marketing. For instance, if you want to be something like a personal health coach you need to be focused on a particular market. I'm not sure if I'll be going back to the class though. The group thing just following the instructor (without any personal correction to form) didn't appeal to me. After the class I talked to the teacher and told him about my personal practice of Zhan Zhuang. I was hoping he could analyze my form. I was surprised when he got confused on the terminology between the wuji posture and Standing at the Stake. He has teaching certifications from a world famous teacher who has many DVD's on Amazon. He has pictures on his website of him standing with this teacher. I guess what I'm trying to say is I don't think you need a lineage to be a teacher. You just need to be knowledgeable about what you are teaching and do some good marketing. In terms of what you could teach: I would love to find a teacher that would teach me to perfect the Ba Duan Jin (that's open source), how about 5 Element Qigong, 5 Animal Frolics, Yang 24 movement short form, Zhan Zhuang, and teach people proper breathing. I think even if you don't know these, but you have been doing Tai chi for as long as you have you could pick them up easily and teach them. If you think you need some official certifications look into Roger Jahnke's Tai Chi Easy certification programs. They look really legitimate and are reasonably priced.
  9. From Zero to Healer

    Can anyone recommend some programs, resources, or practices that can take a person from a qigong beginner to being someone who can heal others? I understand the process likely takes many years, but I can't meditate in a cave for 20 years. So, is there a realistic, practical way for a working family man to do it?
  10. Out of the Blue

    You were right. The 3rd time I did this I was standing in Zhan Zhuang trying to visualize myself as a tree with roots deep into the Earth and branches collecting heavenly energy I was left with this golden disc with light beams coming out of it superimposed within it. I couldn't make it go away. I just didn't feel right. Anyway, if one wants to practice different systems I assume it's ok to do them at different times. For instance, do Ba Duan Jin and Zhan Zhuang in the morning. Then do Qabbalistic Cross, Middle Pillar, LBRP, and scrying in the evening.
  11. Ba Duan Jin Energetics Visualization

    I was really surprised by the shaking doing Ba Duan Jin because I have worked my way up to 20 minutes of Standing at the Stake and all along the way I never experienced any of the side effects that are mentioned in The Way of Energy. The only unpleasant thing I've experienced from Zhan Zhuang is tightness on the outside of the legs and some knee and ankle pain. So I'm stretching and foam rolling to work that out. If worse comes to worst I'll go to my chiropractor and get some IASTM. I'll have to watch the video later, but I'm guessing it talks about mobilizers vs. stabilizers. I read a blog post somewhere about that to help me with Zhan Zhuang.
  12. Ba Duan Jin Energetics Visualization

    I was watching my son bounce on an exercise trampoline yesterday and it made me wonder if it does the same thing?
  13. Ba Duan Jin Energetics Visualization

    I'm hoping it's the former and not the latter. That's exactly what I was hoping to get from Qigong. I lift weights so I wouldn't expect to be fatigued so quickly. I'm planning on seeing a teacher tonight.
  14. Ba Duan Jin Energetics Visualization

    @windwalker When I bring my hands in front between movements (like I'm holding a ball in front of my chest) my hands have started shaking on about the 2nd or 3rd movement. It seems like it alternates, too. For instance, the hand that was extended on Drawing The Bow will be the one that shakes. What could that be?
  15. Ba Duan Jin Energetics Visualization

    So it's just basically calisthenics? I suppose that's why it's still an approved form of the Chinese government. Are most forms just movement? What's the difference between forms that encourage visualization, like Spring Forest Qigong, and those that do not, like Fragrant Qigong?