There's a whole lot of stories out there about the feats of masters that purportedly illustrate the power of internal practice. They can be chalked up to merchandising, if you are a skeptic, which I confess to being.
I would like to share some personal experiences that - were it not for the fact they happened to me personally, I would not believe they were real.
Twice in my life, in order to prevent physical injury during a fall, I discovered that instead of pulling my hands out of my pockets to catch myself, as I thought I had, I realized I actually ripped through my clothing to move my hands and block my fall. On one of these occasions I was wearing military pants. I could never do this on purpose if I tried, but it did happen involuntarily.
I have on a few occasions significantly uprooted people without any effort at all.
I have reacted to attacks without even realizing I was being attacked. On one occasion, I felt an attack and moved out of the way just before someone's elbow barreled through where my nose would have been if I hadn't moved. On another, I realized my hand was moving on its own, and allowed it to upon realizing the person in front of me had thrown a punch. After he realized I had blocked his "surprise" attack he simply stopped and walked away, and I let him.
I practice in order to maintain my health and to maintain inner stillness, but there are obviously more benefits to inner calm and the cultivation of chi than just a peaceful and beneficent state of mind. I think inner stillness is the ultimate state of preparedness for the unexpected that I can achieve at this stage in my spiritual development.
This is not bragging, as I myself find it difficult to comprehend, but these events have helped me develop confidence that what we do is real.
Please share your own personal experiences, as I am sure I am not he only person who has involuntarily experienced the benefits of our Way...
I have practiced Inner Arts for over 40 years.
Because Dragon and Tiger Qigong is a simple and effective qigong practice, it is taught to students at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. Tracing the meridian lines helps our students to become more sensitive to both their own and their patients' chi and enables them to become better acupuncturists.