Influence of the study of the 'Book of Changes' on qigong

Author: Wang Keqin//Zhao Xuesong
Heilongjiang Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Harbin 150036, China [1]
Conference/Journal: 2nd World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong
Date published: 1993
Other: Pages: 150 , Word Count: 243

This article deals with the influence of the study of the 'Book of Changes' on the formation and development of Chinese qigong. It is explained in three aspects: the 'Taijiyinyang System Theory', 'Eight Diagram information Theory”, 'Heluo Mathematical-Physical Qi Activity Theory',

The 'Taiji yin yang System Theory' points out taiji is the basic source of all things. Yin and yang are roots of changes. Taiji is an integrated whole of the universe and things in the heaven and earth are the small systems of the major system. The revolution of the small systems has their own features, but they are all in the major system. Chinese qigong is influenced by the study of the 'Book of Changes', then it emphasizes its training guided by taiji. The 'Eight Diagram Information Theory' says all things in the heaven and earth are included in the eight diagrams. The divinatory symbols reflect the quantitative changes to qualitative changes. The Taoist Qigong School attributes much to the eight diagrams and they be come the theoretical foundation of the Taoist Qigong. The 'Heluo Mathematical-Physical Qi Activity' refers to arrangement of numerals recorded in the Heluo drawings and writings which tells the secret of the changes of the heaven and earth. The Heluo mathematical-physical phenomena reflect the law of qi activity. Traditional qigong depends on numerals. The qi activity of the human body corresponds to the phenomena of mathematics and physics.

The above three forms the rocks of Chinese qigong.