There are many people who assert that qigong is a lie and that there is no such thing. I have been aware of the existence of qigong or the phenomenon of qigong for more than eight years now, so I do not doubt its existence. But I am aware that most people in the world think that qigong does not exist, is a superstition, or is suspicious. In this article, I would like to share my personal opinion on this point.
First, let me make it clear that my position is not to try to convince people that qigong exists. It is perfectly normal for some people to take the position that qigong does not exist, and I do not think they are wrong. Nor do I think that the position of those who deny qigong can be likened to the natural movement theory and that the geocentric theory will eventually be proven correct.
As I have written in other articles, I myself worked in IT and finance in a regular corporate job for about 30 years. During this time, I had nothing to do with qigong. After that, I quit the company, and by a combination of various coincidences, I started practicing qigong on my own as an “addition” to my mother’s cancer treatment when I was 55 years old. My motivation was not that I expected qigong to be effective, but rather that I had done everything I could for my mother’s illness, and I did it as a means of avoiding regrets.
Even now, some of my friends from school and friends and acquaintances from work outright deny that I practice qigong, and since I myself originally had the same way of thinking, I think it is not unreasonable.
I have no intention to deny the position of those who deny qigong. And there is nothing wrong with a life without qigong, so I think that is fine. Whatever beliefs you have, I think it is good to respect them to the fullest as freedom of thought and belief.
I think the most common criticism of qigong is that it cannot be explained scientifically. Although there are some explanations that use a method similar to a scientific framework or, more recently, quantum mechanics, I think that this is not satisfactory to many people. I think it is a good attitude of the mind not to believe lightly in things that are not convincing.
If there is one thing, I think it is a leap of logic to say that what cannot be explained scientifically does not exist. I also think that scientists sometimes say that there are few things that can be explained by science, and I think that is what they mean.
I think we intuitively recognize that we have “consciousness” and that consciousness is our central being, but we cannot scientifically extract or measure the phenomenon of consciousness. However, we believe that consciousness exists, and our mental activities are based on the premise that consciousness exists, so even if we cannot explain it scientifically, we can use it in our daily operations.
In my view, qigong is the similar kind of phenomenon, which we cannot scientifically extract and measure its existence. But we can use it in a useful way.
Qigong is subject to rules, and when you combine these rules, you can think of applied uses. And when you perform and verify them, they often turn out as you thought they would. Since I have experienced this repeatedly, I have come to think that it is reasonable to interpret it as a phenomenon called qigong.
Extending this rules of qigong, I believe that for those who believe that there is no such thing as qigong, a world will unfold that is consistent with that belief. Therefore, I believe it is reasonable to believe that qigong is a fiction.