(reproduced from http://shaolin.org/discussion/academic-excellence.html)
Alex, England Mind training is an essential aspect of genuine chi kung. Here during a review course in Malaysia in December 2004, students entered Zen, where they attained a one-pointed mind, then let their mind expand.
The following discussion is reproduced from the thread Chi Kung and Academic Excellence posted by Alex in the Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum on 7th January 2005.
Chi Kung and Academic Excellence
I used to be a slacker but now I’m not.
I would aim for the minimum pass mark at University of D (40%) and often I would fail and have to redo the module.
I would look at other students and think, ‘How can you be bothered to go to the library’ and ‘How can you be bothered to send e-mails to companies to get some information?’ Now I’m the one going to two libraries just to find some help for an answer that’s worth 5%. Now I understand why they do it, it’s because they have the desire to.
Now I look at a question and I can see exactly how I can answer it.
Before I may not have understood a question, now not only do I understand it. I see the faults in it.
Sifu says with Chi Kung we can reasonably expect academic excellence. I still have a way to go to be an A student and if I were to start the degree again I wouldn’t be surprised if I did become one.
My role has changed in the class. I find my friends coming to me for help rather than the opposite.
People at University will understand that you have a lot of time between semesters. The summer holiday is around 5 months. This large break means I can clearly see how my Chi Kung in those months has improved myself.
I would leave my work as late as possible and feel very rushed in the last few weeks. This semester was different. I started as early as I could and even came in extra days. I finished the modules early and had lots of spare time at the end. Only certain classes appealed to me previously, now every class is interesting. Even now I’m looking forward to the next semester in February. A friend said to me ?Don’t you think this is semester is really hard?’ I didn’t know what to say.
My desire to learn and educate myself has increased massively. I now read as much as I can, broadly and deeply. I try and learn as much as I can, filling all the gaps in my education. Even these words are written with my touch typing skills I learnt from a website.
A while ago I thought, I’m not getting smarter, I’m just working harder because we have more work and everyone changes. But my friends are still the same. The B students still get Bs and the D students still get Ds.
Without Chi Kung this post would have been unorganised and brought my points across unclearly. I look at my posts on this forum a year ago and I can see the change I’ve made. Now I understand why the instructors and students can write so clearly.
How long have I been practising Chi Kung?