“Now picture two versions of yourself. In one, you are perpetually confused, unable to love, and chronically unmotivated. In the other, you are eminently wise, loving, and brimming with vitality. Realistically, your current condition lies somewhere between these two extremes. Wise at times and confused at other times, capable of loving some people some of the time and vital under certain conditions. Wherever you stand in this spectrum, wouldn’t it be nice to begin a journey from your lesser self to your greater self? Wouldn’t it be nice to become spiritually wealthier?
As it turns out, there is a vast ocean of energy teeming within your body, and with the right key, this potential energy can be liberated and used to enrich your life with more wisdom, love, and vitality—a lot more than you might even imagine.
Xiao Yao’s (shao-yaow) core teachings consist of a series of awakenings, empowerments, and exercises designed to liberate the hidden potential of your true self. I refer to this collection of Qigong practices as the master key. The material I present in this book is literally the key to higher wisdom, deeper love, and buoyant vitality. When these three qualities are developed and integrated into a seamless whole, you will experience true happiness.”
~ Robert Peng from The Master Key
Robert Peng is one of the world’s leading Qigong masters.
I have been meaning to do a book on Qigong for awhile. The authors of The Healing Power of the Breath recommended some of his practices and mentioned this book and here we are.
I was familiar with Robert and his work via my friend Michael Gelb. Michael is the author of How to Think Like da Vinci, Brain Power, and Creativity on Demand (which is about applying Qigong energy/practices to creativity!). Michael is a Qigong master in his own right.
In fact, I actually created a little YouTube video with Michael in which he teaches me a Qigong practice called “The Three Treasures” that was inspired by his friend, Robert Peng.
If you’ve been looking to get into Qigong this book is a great place to start. (Get a copy here.)
In addition to some powerful Qigong practices and an overview of how it all works, Robert shares his utterly fascinating and captivating personal story about how he met and trained with his master as a boy in China. I felt like I was reading Dan Millman’s Way of the Peaceful Warrior. But Robert’s master, Xiao Yao, is a) real and b) even more powerful than Dan’s fictional Socrates. :)
Qigong is obviously meant to be practiced and we’ll only scratch the surface of this great book but I’m excited to share a few of my favorite Big Ideas and hopefully inspire you to learn more about Robert and Qigong if you’re feelin’ it!
(btw: You can check out samples of instructional videos here and buy them here.)
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