TESTIMONIALS – QIGONG

Dear Master Simon Lau,

I wanted to let you know that I have not been able to attend the Qigong classes for the last several weeks, because I have been in the USA.

I will be back and able to attend classes again from Monday week onwards. I have been in the Rocky mountains of Colorado on a spiritual retreat.

I also want to tell you how much I appreciate and value the extraordinary art that is Qigong, which you so masterfully teach and transmit.

I feel that Qigong has become inseparable from my life and has changed and is changing me in many positive ways.

I realize that it increasingly pervades my day in a beautiful way: my posture, the way I move and walk, the way I stand, and my general health is profoundly changed as a result. I get common illnesses far less nowadays as a result. I’ve even found that practicing Qigong when I am starting to feel sick, with say a flu, can raise my energy above the level where I am susceptible to sickness. I am very familiar with how to leave the mind alone from many years of meditation practice, so I find concentration not so difficult. For me the change that Qigong has brought about has not been a sudden dramatic one, but it has been ongoing and becoming ever deeper, so that when I look back over the last couple of years, I realize just how much I am different as a result.

So I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I look forward to Monday night classes with you soon!

Warmest wishes,

– Chris

Dear Master Lau

I have learned that a lot of things that I knew before (either by experience or by knowledge), definitely are true, in the truest sense of the actual meaning of the word. The teaching of metaphysics and how to apply them to practical use is of great interest to me and that has certainly been provided for today, in the truest sense. I feel enlightened and physically refreshed in the current moment; this morning when I woke up I felt grumpy and tired, but since we started off, until now, I feel rather the opposite. Thank you so much and a big spiritual hug to you!

Five smileys out of 5

– Chelsea Sweden

Dear Master Lau.

I’m writing this to thank you for the excellent and highly enjoyable Qigong tuition, that you gave us last Friday and Sunday. It was interesting and fascinating from beginning to end, and gave me some further insight into what I’m actually doing and why. In a sense, I’m quite new to your teachings. You have really opened up my eyes. And for this, I’m very grateful.

I’m practicing on daily basis. After a training session, if sitting still, it happens that I get the feeling of energy moving within my body, in circles or waves throughout my neck, arms, forehead, spine and legs. This can last for 15-20 minutes. Feels very soothing. There might be less of this feeling now with the new techniques of how to close qigong-state.

I hope that, in the future there will be more opportunities for deeper understanding of the qigong practise. Hopefully, I can make some friends interested as well.

I really think that your teachings could be of great value for everyone.

Thanks again for the excellent seminar.

Best regards

– Johan Osterlin

Dear Master Lau,

The seminars you held in Gothenburg last weekend was astonishing, I’m glad I was able to take part of your knowledge on both Qigong and Chinese astrology/Feng Shui. When I came home I couldn’t stop thinking about the teaching you gave on Chinese astrology and five elements. I went and bought an English translation of I Ching in hope of grasping the subject further. However I was wondering if you can recommend any books or studies so I can learn more about this.
I sincerely hope that there will be more seminars in Sweden this year, thank you for giving me an insight in this subject.

Warm Regards,

– Istvan Vice

Dear Sifu,

I wished to send you my thanks concerning the Qigong seminar from last week-end. The spring seminar was a real discovery and really appreciated. This time it became a complement with more in-depth explanations and examples to understand how and why to use certain movements. As mentioned to Magnus, it is always a great pleasure and experience to participate to your seminar and take part of your knowledge on those matters related to Kung Fu, Qigong and more.

In brief, this seminar was fun and amazing. When we finished at 6:00PM or so, I felt being so full with energy. I am used to be a bit tired after a long day listening to someone (independently if the topic is or not of interest for me). But here it felt like I had rested in an efficient way! Quite strange indeed such a feeling! Even during the day after it felt like the energy was still flowing. The following days I continued to do the movements and it felt great. (I have to recognize that finding time is the biggest challenge so far! But when wanting to achieve something, action and time have to be taken! simplest answer: make time to do so!).

Concerning the place (Gunnebo castle), I found it really appropriate. Calm and peaceful. The arrangement of the day with the food and so was great (really good food!) A little minus however which I already mentioned to Elisabeth concerned the big windows in the room. It was great with such light during all day long, but unfortunately was attracting as well people passing by, which was a bit of a disturbance (when they look, comment, look again : ) But I understand that in such a room it is difficult to avoid it (except if closing the curtains, but then the whole point with the light coming in is lost!)

I would also have appreciated to be able to take notes during the time you were talking. I usually remember much more when I write down (even if not reading the notes afterwards). During the Spring seminar we were able to sit and write (and it become quite a lot at the end!). Now it felt that the brain got so much, but most of it is locked somewhere, waiting for a “trigger”. Nevertheless we were able to take notes during the final discussion session and I remember this part best.

I would be really interested in hearing when the next Qigong seminar is thought to take place, especially after you explained us that we got for the moment only an understanding of the opening movements but were missing the closing part.

Thanks again for this seminar

-Karima Makrof
Simon Lau Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden

Dear Master,

Your Qigong seminar in Sweden was very much appreciated, it is educational, relax and fun. It is good to learn the historical aspect of Qigong and the meaning of it.
I think it is more important to learn how to find inner peace and restore energy.

The practical part of the seminar was very enjoyable and the exercise helps me to calm down a lot. I hope it will be more opportunity to learn Qigong in the future because I want to learn more. Thanks a lot for a very good Qigong seminar Master.

Best wishes

– Lars
Simon Lau Centre, Sweden, Gothenburg

Dear Master,

Your Qigong seminar in Sweden was very much appreciated, it is educational, relax and fun. It is good to learn the historical aspect of Qigong and the meaning of it.
I think it is more important to learn how to find inner peace and restore energy.

The practical part of the seminar was very enjoyable and the exercise helps me to calm down a lot. I hope it will be more opportunity to learn Qigong in the future because I want to learn more. Thanks a lot for a very good Qigong seminar Master.

Best wishes

– Lars
Simon Lau Centre, Sweden, Gothenburg

Dear Master Simon Lau,

Thank you for, once again, sharing you knowledge and wisdom. The Qigong seminar in Sweden was a fantastic seminar which made me stop and think of what’s important in life. I would love to learn more…

Since starting practicing Qigong I feel mentally stronger and less stressed. It’s a good feeling.

I have come to think of some questions I would like to ask you.

Is there some time in the day that suits better practicing Qigong?
Should I think of not eating just before practicing?
How many times should I repeat the series of moves each time?

Best regards,

Yours sincerely

– Jenny Wahlquist
Simon Lau Centre, Sweden, Gothenburg

Dear Sifu,

Thank you for the seminar about Qigong, I feel really happy that I participated in it.
You inspire me to be a better and a happier person. You inspire me to make the right choices in my daily life.

Qigong will help me to relax and to find inner peace in a stressful environment.

During the seminar I thought about how many people I can help with your methods. But before I can help others in their journey I need to find mine and Qigong will be great instrument for this.
Thank you for sharing your wise ness and kindness with us.

Looking forward to the next seminar, until then I will keep practicing.

Yours sincerely

– Alexander Banovits
Simon Lau Centre, Sweden, Gothenburg

Dear Master,

First I would like to thank you for sharing your knowledge in the seminar on Qigong yesterday in Göteborg, and for granting me the opportunity to participate and take part of that knowledge. It is always an inspiration to hear you speak on such important and fascinating subjects.

In this letter I would like to give some feedback regarding my own experience of the exercises provided yesterday. The one feeling that struck me most, was one of being somewhat separated from my body, as well as losing some of the perception of my body’s boundaries. After a while of standing still, concentrating on a spot behind my bellybutton, I felt as if my body was functioning without me. This perception actually frightened me. Doing the exercises today, after practicing Wing Chun for a few hours, I had the same experience again. Only this time the feeling was not as strong as it was yesterday.

Other than that, I experienced a feeling of warmth, primarily in my arms. After the exercises I realized that most of my body was moist from sweat, even though I was standing near an opened window. It is amazing how simple exercises can teach so much about myself and leave me with a feeling of being exhausted as if I had been working out for hours, and at the same time being full of energy.

Again I want to thank you for the opportunity to participate in yesterday’s class. The knowledge you gave was just what my life was missing, and I will make my best efforts to put it to good use. I am sincerely looking forward to every moment of personal development in the subject and I hope to receive more opportunities to improve under your supervision.

Best regards

– Emil Lorentzon
Simon Lau Centre, Sweden, Gothenburg

Dear Sifu,

My Qigong training has given me a truly remarkable resource to enhance my positive energy and improve the quality of my daily life. Training leaves me feeling stronger, calmer and with a sense of gratitude and appreciation for life that boosts my ability to face the daily challenges without them overcoming me. I feel very privileged to benefit from your teaching which I find nothing short of inspirational.

Best wishes,

– Tim Hart

Dear Master Lau

I have been missing classes due to work on a project which has at times kept me out of London.

I practice Qigong every day, it has become the highlight of each day and my attitude to life has changed for the positive; I feel good. I wish to thank, and look forward to rejoining.

– Andrzej

Dear Master Lau

I have decided to discontinue the Qigong course. Perhaps due to my age (I am 68) and since I am a complete novice, I find it difficult to keep up the sustained physical movements. There is no doubt, you are an excellent teacher. I wish you well for the future.

– Anne

Dear Master Lau,

I remember my reluctance to study Qigong.

Sifu (teacher) talked about an art of healing. I paid little attention. My love was Wing Chun. I could see and appreciate the close range power, speed, and awful effectiveness of the style in the Sifu’s clean, efficient attacks and movements. Esoteric concepts such as healing Chi, vitality, and wholeness, were piecemeal in my wandering mind. I listlessly concluded that these “airy ideas” were detached and distant from my personal needs and abilities. They were mysteries secreted by old masters silhouetted in clouds of incense. They were a twilight conundrum of dragons and dreams.

My first lessons of Qigong confirmed my suspicions. My ignorance convinced me that forms taught were brief episodes of Tai Chi. Standing in one place for twenty minutes and holding an imaginary ball (like a swollen Buddha) seemed to serve no purpose. At best, it was a good exercise in stamina.

One evening the unexpected happened. My belief in Qigong would change. As I held the “imaginary ball”, an invisible force pushed me forward. It rocked me backward. I had no control. Sifu said sternly, “Be calm and focus on Dan Tien”. When the session ended, I left as a silent, humbled, and bewildered man. But I believed again in dragons and dreams.

From that March night onwards, the Chi became more forceful. And I would soon discover that the effects of Qigong would be as subtle as the unexpected movements which so impressed one night. In my competitive working environment, I complimented people on their successes. I warmly congratulated a rival who was promoted above me. I expressed my congratulations without hidden anger, suspicion, or anxiety. What amazed me most was that I did not realise my change in attitude until days later. Qigong had given me the opportunity to express myself without reservation or compromise. I began to become a different person silently and naturally. Pieces of my inner self which were fragmented began to become whole in an unplanned, unpretentious way. Yet more importantly, I regard this as a symbol of a much deeper issue. Perhaps the liberation of Chi to reviling dead tissue may be a sign that “spiritual tissue” can also be healed liberating the human being to become one and whole. It is a long journey. But I welcome its beginning.

– Tony

Dear Master Lau

I have long since believed in the capability of the human body to heal itself, and my interest in the human body and biology in general led me to undergraduate studies in the biological sciences. I start my Qigong training 17 months ago with intention of learning how to relax. Like many people I know, I believed I was in good health, but my conceptualisation of health was far different then from what I now know it to be. Master Lau’s introductory seminar and subsequent foundation was distinct and clear which provided good grounding for the concepts that were so new to me. How could such soft movements garner so much power, I pondered? The quiet period during standing still although initially lasting only 5 minutes or so, seemed to last a lifetime, my body found this difficult to endure, and my mind was unfocussed, seeming to be everywhere else except where it was supposed to be.

Sifu also explained to me that Qigong first highlights the areas where your energy is blocked before proceeding to clear the blockage and heal the ailment. I learnt that because of the conditioned state of our minds Ego self) we force our bodies to endure a lot of abuse and to accept things our minds want regardless of the effect it has on the body and that through Qigong we can return to the state of the unconditioned mind (nature self) and that now instead of my mind telling my body what to do, my body was communicating to my mind a powerful message (one its probably been trying to convey for years), my body was saying no to alcohol. I had to listen. The result is I haven’t drank an alcoholic beverage in the 11 months elapse since that time to the present, and I feel all the better for it.

Before I started training in Qigong I suffered terribly from hayfever and as a result my enjoyment of summer was dramatically curtailed. Every summer for the past 6 years. I required the use of twice daily nasal spray, to stop the incessant sneezing and blocked runny nose, twice daily eye drops to stop the itching sensation and prevent me from ripping my eyeballs from their sockets and sometimes in addition an inhaler depending on the severity of the pollen count and the subsequent attack. All this in order to restore a semblance of normality to an otherwise incredibly uncomfortable time. Within a few months of starting my training I noticed a reduced need intake of any of the medication. The hayfever which I had suffered from for the last 6 years was gone. With only the occasional sneeze and the odd blow of the nose to remind me that I eve had it.

The benefits of Qigong are sometimes so subtle, yet so numerous that only now when I stop to think about it do I realise the many benefits which I personally have derived. I lost over a stone and a half of what I now realise was excess weight. My digestion is now very efficient and comfortable. I am less concerned with trivia and gossip. In the 17 months since I started my training. I have had two separate incidents of cold or flu. On both occasions it seemed that the illness never quite got a strong foothold. Nowadays I am more aware of myself and my surroundings. I am now much more mindful of what I and when I eat. I find it much easier to relax whenever I feel tired or tense.

I begin now to understand what for many years during my studies had puzzled me. Our minds and bodies have for so long now, been out of harmony with each other and out of harmony with nature and the universe, that the natural abilities of our body and mind have been suppressed. As a result we are more susceptible to the rigours and pressures of an increasingly demanding modern lifestyle. The food we eat and the abuse we subject our bodies to also take its toll and may return to haunt us in years to come.

– Jamie