“No Qi, No Fee!!”
That was the slogan on my first qigong brochure back in 2005.
I was new to Florida, and relatively new to teaching qigong. I had taught karate for years, but not much qigong.
Nevertheless, I was confident in my ability to help students feel the qi.
So I put my money where my mouth was. And believe me — money was a big deal back then because I was a poor graduate student at acupuncture college!
I came up with the “No Qi, No Fee” slogan, and I promised prospective students that I would give them their money back if they didn’t feel qi by the end of my 12-week intro course.
No one ever asked for a refund.
10 Times Faster
I get tons of emails from sincere seekers who have been practicing qigong or tai chi for years, but still can’t feel much in the way of qi.
Obviously, this points to a larger problem in the world of qigong and tai chi.
I once met a tai chi teacher who told me that it took him 30 years to feel the qi.
His statement shocked me.
At the time, I had only been practicing qigong for about 5 years. But I was already feeling plenty of qi.
At first, I thought maybe he was simply feeling deeper qi sensations after 30 years. So I pressed him for details.
Nope. What he described was pretty much what I started feeling after 3 years of practice.
What took him 30 years to feel only took me 3.
In other words, I was able to feel the qi 10x faster than him.
Use the Force!
For a while, I let this experience boost my ego. I figured I was just special. A prodigy.
You know, like Luke Skywalker.
It turns out I’m not a prodigy, nor do I have an unusually high midichlorian count.
Over the years, I’ve taught not just a few, but dozens and dozens of students with 10+ years of prior qigong experience — all of whom told me they couldn’t feel the qi.
In virtually every case, those students were able to feel the qi after just a few months of practicing my method.
It quickly became clear that the problem wasn’t the student.
The problem was the method.
Anyone Can Feel Qi
I now believe that anyone can feel the qi.
To do this, two things are required:
- A good method.
- A good student.
For example, I have specific way that I teach qigong.
I teach certain exercises in a certain order. I teach a highly-specific practice routine. I tell my students what rules to follow (and which ones to ignore). I tell my students how often to practice.
That’s a method, and a good one at that.
If you practice a good method like mine for 3 months, then you’ll feel qi.
What Works Best For You
In the final analysis, I’m a teacher.
I make all of my decisions based on one thing: What works best for my students?
If something works, then I use it. If something doesn’t work, then I discard it.
I’ve been making adjustments for the betterment of my students for well over a decade.
That’s a big reason why I think my method works so well at helping students feel the qi.
Here are some other reasons:
- I teach a rare technique called Flowing Breeze Swaying Willow, which is amazingly useful at developing sensitivity to qi.
- I teach my students how to enter into a Zen state of mind, and also how to smile from the heart.
- I know what blocks students from feeling qi, and help them to overcome it.
- I teach a highly specific practice routine that is amazingly efficient.
- I help my students avoid the #1 mistake in qigong (and tai chi), which is to focus more on the form
Other masters may have different methods for helping students to feel the qi. This is my method, and it works for me and my students.
Why You Want to Feel the Qi
Feeling strong sensations of qi isn’t everything. You can get results and still not feel much in the way of qi.
Actually, if you are getting results, then that counts as feeling the qi.
Getting results is absolutely a manifestation of feeling the qi. But in addition to getting results, you should be able to sense the qi.
Lately, I’ve been writing about the 12 Dimensions of Qi Mastery.
The first dimension is called “Discovering the Qi.”
If you haven’t yet discovered the qi, if you can’t feel it, then the other dimensions won’t make much sense.
So for your longterm development and understanding of qigong, it’s incredibly helpful to be able to feel qi.
How To Feel the Qi
You don’t have to travel to Asia.
You don’t have to present customary gifts to a traditional master.
You don’t have to be accepted as an inner-chamber disciple.
You don’t even need to leave your home!
You will, however, need to wait a little while.
Not years. Just a little while longer.
In May, 2016, I closed my brick-and-mortar qigong and tai chi studio after 8 years in business.
In July 2016, I launched Qi School, which is in many ways an online version of my brick-and-mortar studio.
I believe that everyone in the world should have the opportunity to fall in love with qigong and tai chi — no matter where they live.
I created Qi School because I am a teacher, and I want you to get the training you need to feel your qi.
I’m just getting started with Qi School. Suffice it to say that I’ve got some pretty amazing things planned for the future.
If you want to learn my method of qigong (and tai chi), if you wan to feel the qi, then keep an eye on Qi School.
I’ll have new options there soon, including freebies.
Or check out the free mini-course that is already available.
As a teacher, I’m super excited about all the ways that Qi School is going to help me help my students. Believe me — helping you feel the qi is just the first step in your amazing, lifelong qigong journey! Mindfully yours, Sifu Anthony I’m Anthony Korahais, and I used qigong to heal from clinical depression, low back pain, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. I’ve already taught thousands of people from all over the world how to use qigong for their own stubborn health challenges. As the director of Flowing Zen and a board member for the National Qigong Association, I'm fully committed to helping people with these arts. In addition to my blog, I also teach online courses and offer in-person retreats and workshops.