PARANORMAL IN CHINA
Research into Qigong Psychic Abilities
Extracts translated from Mandarin (with the author's written
permission) from the Chinese best seller ‘The Great
Masters of Qigong' written by Ke Yunlu - writer, philosopher
and Qigong promoter. Ke Yunlu is the writer of at least
20 books on Qigong. This book is based on fact and only
names and places have been changed.
Professor Xia Shang, a renowned
physicist from Beijing, for years used to suffer from many
different diseases. After practicing Qigong for some time,
he gained good health and decided not only to keep practicing
but to scientifically research it. Following are some examples
of his research into psychic abilities developed by practicing
One day he invited other reputable scientists, magazine
and newspaper editors and journalists, influential politicians,
writers, philosophers and artists to witness a series of
scientific experiments involving high level Qigong masters.
These experiments have been conducted over the last few
years and that day was more like an overall presentation
of the results achieved. The idea was to bring the two worlds
closer to each other by, once and for all, proving that
psychic abilities (and other so called paranormal / supernatural
phenomena) do exist, can be performed on demand and can
be measured with instruments.
Not only will the influential people add credibility
to the experiment, but they will also spread the word among
their colleagues and broader communities - breaking a lot
of barriers and opening a path to more studies, leading
to the eventual scientific explanation of Qigong and psychic
The response was overwhelming. The hall of professor Xia's
research institute was full of people. He greeted everyone
and gave them a short introductory speech.
He said, "The research into psychic abilities had started
long ago in many countries. We started quite late and our
equipment is not as advanced. But we do have something that
is precious and advanced. We have many high level masters
of Qigong, which is very rare in the countries that are
advanced in research of these abilities. Another thing that
we have is historical records about Qigong and psychic abilities.
We may have started late but we are ahead in many other
ways. With regards to research, it must be based on fact.
Today, I will provide many facts."
He introduced each classification of psychic abilities one
by one. "I have come across many paranormal abilities
that I have classified under the following 15 groups:
Supernatural sensitivity and supernatural
Supernatural sensitivity includes: supernatural sight, supernatural
hearing, supernatural smell, supernatural taste and supernatural
Supernatural intellect includes: supernatural memory, supernatural
calculating abilities, etc.
The average person has the normal 5 senses, however a person
that has supernatural sensitivity has a much higher degree
of the senses. Please have a look at some examples of some
supernatural sensitive people that are on stage."
The first man to come up on stage was a slim middle aged
male with a smiley face. He had the ability to calculate
extremely difficult mathematical equations. The professor
invited the audience to ask the man any difficult equations
they liked, whilst he competed with a man who was calculating
the answers by computer.
There were about 20 different equations coming from the
audience including additions, subtractions, divisions, multiplication
etc. of whole numbers, decimal points and fractions. He
would calculate them accurately and quicker than the computer.
The last one he calculated was 625 to the power of 9. He
worked it out in 10 seconds and the answer was 14,551,915,228,336,851,806,640,625
which was much faster than the lady who was using the computer.
Everyone was stunned as they applauded him. He bowed modestly.
The next example to come to the stage was a teenager who
was able to count the number of strokes of Chinese characters
within a split of a second. No matter how complex the characters
were, all he had to do was glance at the character and he
could automatically conger up the answer. A lot of the characters
he was asked to decifer were very unusual complex ones.
Whoever wanted to test him would write their chosen test
characters on a piece of paper. He would glance at it for
a second and call out the answer with 100% accuracy. I wondered
if he learnt the characters by heart, but then again how
can he guess at a second's glance the very unusual and very
seldom used characters that people were finding from the
dictionary? Plus there are about 60,000 characters, how
could he learn them all? Most characters are up to 30 odd
strokes each. Among those who submitted the characters were
making up their own that consisted of 70 plus strokes, but
that did not phase him.
The next thing the professor began to introduce was
"These abilities are often seen in Ying Qigong or Hard
Styles of Qigong, such as breaking stones with their bare
hands or head (Iron Palm, Iron Head), bending iron bars,
pulling a car with one's hair, pulling a train carriage
with their teeth, then the so called Iron Shirt technique
where the body is so resilient that it can withstand any
direct hard blows, kicks and punches without feeling any
A short but strong Qigong master walked up on stage wearing
a wide belt and bowed to the audience. Then another man
offered him a heated cast iron sword that he held with a
pair of tongs.
The Qigong master proceeded to take it off him with his
bare hands and touched the red hot iron sword with his tongue
several times. When he did it, the audience heard the sizzle
of his tongue on the sword and they felt as though their
tongues had been singed.
The professor asked, "Is there anyone with any injuries,
back or leg pains?"
A plumpish gentleman from the audience raised his arm and
said that he had an injured forearm. The professor asked
him up to the stage and the Qigong master asked him to roll
up his sleeve. As the man did so, the Qigong master licked
the sword a few times and then blew on the man's forearm
"How do you feel?" he asked the man.
The man touched and moved his arm around and confessed that
his arm felt warm and free of pain suddenly. The audience
applauded and at the end of the performance the sword was
placed into a bucket of water. The water sputtered, as it
evaporated away instantly.
The professor thanked the master and continued.
"The fine line between psychic abilities and non-psychic
abilities is not always clear. For example, a person with
paranormal calculating abilities, a person who breaks stones
with his head, hammering a nail into a piece of wood with
his palm and similar abilities do not count as psychic abilities.
That's why, to differentiate, I call them supernatural abilities.
But now we are about to see definite psychic abilities."
3. Bigu (spontaneous fasting):
When people practice Qigong and, as a result, they spontaneously
stop food intake for weeks, months or even years, this is
known as Bigu (in Qigong terminology). The audience was
brought into a lab. In the lab, there was a room made of
glass and inside this glass room was a bed, table, chair,
bookshelf and a bathroom. A young girl with fair complexion
sitting in this room smiled shyly at them. She had been
fasting for 73 days. Everyday she would only drink 20 mls
Professor Xia described the experiment. He said the room
is completely secure with absolutely no access from the
outside. The only opening for air is a fixed ventilator,
the size of a small cup. The door was locked from the outside
and carried one dozen paper strip seals, each one belonging
to a different institution keeping close watch of the experiment.
One of the seals carried the date of when the experiment
began (73 days ago). There were eight people keeping watch
of the young girl, keeping shifts 2 at a time.
At that stage there were 2 lab assistants keeping watch.
They gave a brief up to date report. Then the audience was
given the chance to ask the girl in the glass room some
questions. They asked if she felt OK. The girl smiled and
replied she felt fine. Another person asked, "What
do you do everyday?" She pointed to the bookshelf hosting
many books and magazines and to a television in the corner.
The professor said, "If there is anyone who is not
convinced enough, you are welcome to come and join in as
an independent observer, her plan is to continue for another
4. Paranormal Senses
The professor explained: "Ordinary people do not posses
these extra senses at all. They include the following:
‘X-ray Vision' or the paranormal ability to see through
solid objects as if they were transparent. For example seeing
inner organs inside the body, seeing pictures or objects
behind the wall, underground etc.
‘Magnifying Vision' or the paranormal ability to not
only see through objects but to magnify and clearly see
very small images or objects. For example not only seeing
inner organs inside the human body but also seeing each
individual cell that makes up that organ.
‘Remote Vision' or the paranormal ability to see remote
objects as if they were in front of them e.g. seeing what's
happening in another city, country or even on another planet.
These and many other abilities are all classified as Paranormal
Senses. Now, let's look at the following demonstration."
A Qigong master with straight eyebrows and thin eyes demonstrated
his X-ray Vision. He checked some volunteers who come forward
with his X-ray Vision for any health problems. After he
checked each person, they then went to be X-rayed in the
more common way (via modern technology). Each of his results
matched those of the X-ray machine's.
The next demonstration this master performed was Remote
Vision. He was able to see a person's family members even
though they may be in another place or country.
A chubby elderly company manager steps forward with a smile
on his face and asks, "Could you tell me what my wife
is doing right now?" (this demonstration was happening
in Beijing and this man's wife was 2,000 km away in Canton
at the time). The master squinted and remained silent for
a moment, opened his eyes and confidently said, "She
is scolding your daughter."
The chubby company manager, shook his head and said smiling,
"That can't be right, my daughter is in Hong Kong at
the moment." The professor suggested they check the
facts. They immediately called the man's home in Canton
and discovered that the master's information was correct.
His daughter had unexpectedly arrived home from Hong Kong
that day. The man was stunned along with the rest of the
The professor explained that this is the best way to test
a master, when the subject has no knowledge of the event
in question. In this case, if the man definitely knew what
his wife was doing at that instant, then there could be
a possibility that the master would use telepathy instead
of remote sight.
5. Reading Minds (Telepathy)
A 13 year old boy who possessed the paranormal ability of
Reading Minds came to the stage appearing slightly jittery.
The experiment involved 100 cards with Chinese characters
on them that had been spread out face up in a separate room.
The boy was on stage waiting to be tested. There were plenty
of volunteers waiting to test him. The volunteers walked
into the room with the cards, two at a time having one go
each. One person would look at a card and keep it in mind.
The boy would name the card chosen, then the volunteer would
pick up the card and show the audience. He proved his ability
over and over and once again the crowd were amazed.
6. The affect of transmitting chi energy
from one person to another
A famous Lotus Qigong master by the name of Zhao Pu-ti was
invited to perform the ability of affecting people by transmitting
chi energy. Even though he was still quite young, he was
a great Qigong master with a very calm and confident nature.
He smiled at everyone with the face of a Buddha.
The professor introduced the next topic, "The master
will demonstrate how he can change each and everyone's heartbeat
in the room so that everyone may experience his ability.
If anyone suffers from any heart disease, please don't be
alarmed, this experiment is 100% safe. It can do no damage
and in fact may be beneficial to those suffering from heart
disease. If anyone is concerned about what is about to occur
please raise your hand and you may be excluded from the
The atmosphere became very lively. The professor asked the
audience to check their pulses for the average beats per
minute. The room went silent as everyone checked their pulses.
"Now Lotus Qigong master Zhao will use his energy to
alter everyone's pulses. Please stay still."
Master Zhao sat on stage in full lotus, closed his eyes
as his hands formed the praying position and repeated a
mantra. Then he threw both his hands towards the audience
abruptly like a magician would. Then he asked them to check
their pulses again. The audience was surprised to find their
pulse had increased by 20 beats compared to their previous
pulse reading. Some of the audience members held their chest
and worried over their unusual heart palpitations.
Master Zhao smiled from the stage innocently and said, "All
please be seated, I guarantee there is no harm done. Now
I will continue".
After a second chi energy projection, everybody checked
their pulses again and were shocked yet again. This time
the audience's pulse reading was 20 less than their usual
The professor summarised that there was a 40 beat difference
between the first and second pulse reading and then asked
the audience if they believed that chi energy could impact
Then master Zhao performed a technique literally translated
to be "Fixing Body" which temporarily immobilizes
another person. All he did was to point at someone and they
were paralysed. Quite a few volunteers from the audience
came up to the stage to see if he could immobilise them.
They could not move or speak, then he waved his arms at
them again and they were able to move again.
"Fixing Body" was frequently mentioned in Chinese
myth and legend. Seeing these demonstrations, made many
people speculate that there had to be something in them.
(For more information regarding the Research into Qigong
Psychic Abilities, please refer to Qigong Chinese Health
magazine - issue 4, page 22-25)
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