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Spiritual Autobiography
« on: May 21, 2009, 10:50:13 PM »
How would I define “spiritual”? It is a tough question. Since English is not my first language, I am not sure if the “spirit” and “spiritual” that people talk about in English are similar to the meaning we mean in Chinese. I, however, would like to share my definition; and leave the question to you about whether I am talking about the same thing with yours.

According to the Webster English Dictionary, spiritual means:
1: of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit.
2 a: of or relating to sacred matters  b: ecclesiastical rather than lay or temporal
3: concerned with religious values
4: related or joined in spirit
5 a: of or relating to supernatural beings or phenomena b: of, relating to, or involving spiritualism: spiritualistic

I agree with it. But then, what does spirit mean? According to the Path of life written by my father, our universe consists of four basic elements: time, space, matter, and spirit. The spirit here refers to the dynamic capabilities that surpass matter characteristic. It is the only element of the four that possess intentionality and has the ability to manipulate and use the other three elements. 

To sum them up, I believe that a person who is spiritual should be a person who is willing to and able to explore the action and the intention of the spirit. He/she should also be a person who is willing to and able to be moral. Some people argue about that moral codes vary from culture to culture, even person to person, while I believe that there are some underlying common moral codes which are not difficult to find. You may just simply ask yourself how you want to be treated by others, what kind of people you would love to stay along with, then you just be that person. It is what I mean by being moral.

Based on my definition of “spiritual”, many experiences can be considered as spiritual experiences other than just those relative to the supernatural phenomena that could not be explained reasonably and completely by the mainstream belief systems at any time. But of course, those experiences are more profound in terms of invoking spiritual growth.

Since I was three months old, I have been a witness of something mysterious yet real and sacred. I have been surrounded by many mysterious spiritual experiences even though I do not have many such experiences myself.

Three months after I was born, my father started his agonized yet sacred and profound spiritual experiences with Pan Gu. Pan Gu began to talk to him and show him images in his mind about the origin, development, and future of the universe. Pan Gu also taught him a brand new theory about human structure and human health, which led him to create a powerful self-healing system called Pan Gu Shengong later. I was not, of course, aware of the spiritual at that time; and it hardly can be counted as my own experience; however, I considered it as the most significant moment in my spiritual life.

Since I was seven or eight years old, I began to hear about some of my father’s extraordinary experiences from his conversation with my mother and a few others. I felt curious and fascinated about it, but I seemed not be impacted too much because of the education of materialism and communism in China.

In 1989, my father self-published one thousand copies of his book the Path of Life, which depicted the first three months of his mysterious experience, sending them to experts and specialist on various fields. One day, he received a letter from a doctor who practiced Western medicine in a famous hospital in Guangzhou. In the letter, the doctor told my father how he cured his chronicle shoulder inflammation, his wife chronic headache, and his grandson’s acute fever by simply putting the Path of Life on the sick areas. Along with many other positive feedbacks, my father determined to create Pan Gu Shengong for people to heal themselves physically and spiritually. Although I was impressed by all these experiences, I did not practice Pan Gu Shengong and study the Path of Life seriously at that time because of the education from school, laziness, and some other reasons.

As more healing miracles happened to those who kept on practicing Pan Gu Shengong regularly, as more people in different fields showed high appreciation to the philosophy contained in the book The Path of Life, as I got to know for sure that my father and some of his outstanding students are able to give accurate diagnoses on a patient’s health condition in just a few minutes through their special sensing ability, I had to re-examine the knowledge I learned from school and mainstream society. In fact, at that time, I did have a few funny “spiritual” experiences that I did not take it serious. For example, when I entered a full-occupied restroom, I was able to tell which sub-room would be available first. It did not catch my attention until I decided to re-examine my worldview. I then tried to apply my father’s theory on analyzing the experience. I began to understand that human being actually possess many innate abilities when we are just born. We ignore, bury, and deny those abilities as we grow up because we tend to prefer material enjoyment and accept the dominated belief systems without thinking. Luckily, through some spiritual practices, we would be able to recall some of those losing abilities. It advanced me in my spiritual path. A bigger shift happened after I came to the United States in 2001.
The year 2001 is an important transition point in my life; it is the starting point of my deeper understanding of my father and his Pan Gu Shengong; it is the starting point of the change in quality of my values and norms.

I work for my father’s organization in the United States as a volunteer.  Among my many duties, I work as a consultant.  The counseling topics are varied, ranging from overviews of Pan Gu Shengong, to explaining what kinds of attitudes and actions a person should have for better healing results, to suggesting methods for better relationships, and even to talking about how to understand life and our universe.  I consider this duty is a very profound spiritual practice and experience. It pushes me to practice Pan Gu Shengong daily and study its theory sincerely. As a result, I feel myself having spiritual growth year by year.

Doing Pan Gu Shengong exercise everyday is a very spiritual experience. Whenever I do the exercise, I can feel the qi/energy get into my body and move inside my body. I have many different sensations to the qi, such as warmth, coolness, numbness, and magnetism. After the practice, I feel vigorous, calm, centered, and grounded. More importantly, the daily practice of Pan Gu Shengong gives me healthy physical condition and happy mind-set. I haven’t been sick for the last seven years, not even catching a cold. 

Another significant spiritual experience is the experiences in my father’s guided-imagery classes. In my father’s guided-imagery classes, I am able to see some scenes in my mind. His guided-imagery is different than most other guided-imagery. He guides people experience things by his intention instead of verbal guidance. Here is one of my experiences. We settled down in any position we preferred with eyes closed. I sat down on a chair with my palms up on my legs. After guiding us climb a ladder onto a bright heaven, he stopped the verbal guidance and started the intention guidance. I felt I was inside a strong energy field right from the beginning, then I felt warm—first with my hands, then my feet, then my entire body. I felt calm and peaceful deeper and deeper, then I saw a huge golden chrysanthemum. Suddenly my heart felt deeply touched by something and I burst into tears. A few minutes later, I was in a very beautiful environment where a vast glacier surrounded by shining red rocks. I also saw an eye and a pink heart at some point. These experiences make me realized that it feels so different between the experience that you really see something in your mind and the experience that you just have a thought about something in your mind. The more I experience, the more I believe that materialism is not enough to explain everything in this world. It is dangerous, however, according to my father’s teaching, to accept and believe everything you see or hear or feel from your spiritual experiences without rational analyzing. In fact, from a certain point of view, these kind of spiritual experiences are not more special than other normal daily life experiences. They are both experiences that you may study rationally with for your personal growth. With this understanding, I therefore do not consider my dreams as something I would brag about.

I start to dream before I fall into sleep. Therefore, there are at least a few minutes every night that I am aware of what I am dreaming about. For a few times, I was able to control the storyline of my dream as soon as I found out that I didn’t like the origin. I am able to remember one or two dreams every night if I want to. The contents of the dreams are very interesting too. For example, in January in the year 2008, I dreamed of Hilary Clinton would not become the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party. I felt surprised about why I had this dream. Even though I did pay attention to the election, I was more like an observer with no preference on either Clinton or Obama. The fact does match my dream, but I do not consider I am psychic that I will believe all the information I dream of in the future. What I learned from this experience is that it is possible that human being has the potential ability to foresee things in the future and unbiased researches on this topic are needed. And certain spiritual practices could induce and develop this kind of potential ability.
With my own spiritual experiences, and especially with the observation on my father’s experiences, I believe that it’s possible to be spiritual and rational at the same time, and it’s necessary to be spiritual and rational at the same time in order to discover the truth behind the phenomena. I also learned that we must be humble, open-minded, and tolerant in order to make progress in our spiritual path. This explains why I suggest that being spiritual should mean being moral too. I noticed I become more patient, thoughtful, and soft these few years. It is a very productive relationship between my personality and my spiritual part.

I will continue to pay attention to my spiritual experiences and learn from them humbly.
Moreover, as I wrote this article, I recall quite a few profound spiritual experiences. I will share them with you soon ^_^. And I wish I can hear your feedback and your spiritual growth stories as well.
Wish you well-being and happiness!

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2009, 12:21:03 PM »
Great post! And thank you for sharing your stories with us! I am posting a personal "spiritual" experience I have had, and I put quotation marks around spiritual, because it is my experience that every moment is spiritual in nature. It is whether or not we choose to accept it and welcome it.

I was on a conference call with a gentleman by the name of Michael Bernard Beckwith. He was a featured speaker in the movies "The Secret" and "Living Luminaries", and is the spiritual leader and director of the Agape International Spiritual Center headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Being aware of my spirituality for the first time, I asked him, "What one practice would you recommend individuals to perform everyday to release the gifts of their soul?" And I was so eager for his answer, as I expected him to convey an ancient and secret technique, coveted by a few. Instead he ushered one word, "Gratitude."

He stated that practicing Gratitude in one's life would help remove the veil that covers them from seeing their true nature, and that love, happiness, joy, harmony, etc. would be realized. At first I was taken back by his answer as I was looking for more of a step by step exercise, but I made the intention to live his words.

Daily I did and still do practice Gratitude exercises, but it has transformed into a way of life, rather than a routine performed at certain points in my day. During one of the exercises, Love flowed from my heart to every area of my body. Joy rained down on me. Intelligence radiated throughout my being. Harmony became my new essence. I was in a place of total Freedom!

My mind was completely silent, and my movement was entirely still; I was in a whole new world. I was glowing, and I knew that this was my natural state of being.

For years I always thought that my dream car (Mercedes Benz S550), my dream house (a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Single Family Colonial), my dream income ($25,000 per month), my dream vacation (Atlantis in the Bahamas), my dream watch (Breitling), and I could go on and on and on; would be my true source of happiness. It was not until that moment, I realized that “true” happiness already lived inside of me. With every day, every week, every month and every year, I always looked and went exploring for “things” that would bring me happiness. I never found it. I found state’s of happiness where I was elated for a period of time, like when one month I made $28,000. But that state of happiness was a roller coaster ride, because the next two months, I made $3,000 and my happiness disappeared.

At that moment my heart was open and I felt a sensation inwards that I believe one cannot truly depict through relative words but only thru direct experience.

Thank you for allowing me to share this experience with you!
« Last Edit: May 22, 2009, 12:22:45 PM by Jordan »
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2009, 07:17:41 AM »
Hallo Olivia,

thank you to be so open and share with us your personal experience.

A very interesting definition of moral which actually give a sense to such an abstract word.

(people of the forum pls forgive my english, It is not my first language too)

On the base of your definition of spiritual "..other than just those relative to the supernatural phenomena..."
I would like to share some experience I had when I was a child. I Cannot remember exactly the age, maybe 6 years old.

I was laying on the bed in the room of my parents. I was sick with high temperature, 39-40. However I was conscious, body was painful, but my mind was fine, completely awake. I have started to listen voices. Deep voices. I cannot remember the words or the phrases. The voices (maybe one voice) was surrounded by something like echo....hard to explain with words.. voice was coming from everywhere... It was not pleasant. Contemporaneously I felt a strange smell. A smell does not exist in the world we know. I mean, I have travelled enough and I never felt something like that. I cannot completely evoke the smell in my mind, but It was pungent and It was .....how to say, everywhere and coming from nowhere. Sometimes I have the feeling I am near to evoke that smell by some experience, however never happened again.
In the same period, but not during my illness, I had many similar experiences before to fall asleep. I had visions of my father fighting and arguing with people... I mean, I could see with my eyes those events when I was laying in my bed. He was somewhere, far from the room, fighting and arguing ... I did not call those visions, I was six years old and I did not know what is spiritual or meditation or the word vision.
Other time from one side of my bed was coming out a thin and orrible hand... scaring me...
I think somebody could start to think I am mad, but I remember those things they were not in my mind, they were clear and terrible visions. I always screamt and call my mother. Obviously my parents brought me to the phsychiatric, but It seemed everything in my mind was ok... they have said I had only a strong immagination.

I do not know if my experience is properly related to the post, however I would like to say that those visions never came to me again...  and honestly, no matter if It was spiritual experience or anything else, but I am happy to not have such a terrible visions... I am so afraid sometimes to feel again that unpleasant smell..

what do I ask to myself is.. why such a thing? What is the meaning? I never found an answer to that..

thank you everybody for the attention.

Francesco

p.s. Jordan, may I ask you to teach me that "special spiritual exercise" to learn and get $28,000 per month? ..ahahahahahaha...  ;D










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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2009, 02:01:03 PM »
Hi Francesco,

Thank you for sharing your childhood spiritual experience. Oh Yes, of course your experience is definitely very spiritual. And I think most of us had such experience (or similar) when we were younger than 5. It is too bad that kids were usually told that it was just an illusion or imagination; and as we grow up, most of us tended to accept that we were just had an illusion back then…because we don’t see anything like that anymore.

I talked to a friend in Boston yesterday. He told me that his 3 years old daughter told him twice that she saw something that was not supposed to be in their house. He comforted her and told her to take it easy and be friendly to whatever she sees. I asked him if he told his daughter to say the password of pgsg “take kindness and benevolence as basis; take frankness and friendliness to heart” to the things. He said that he didn’t, but he will.

Doing pgsg practice, especially the nonmoving form, will build up our innate abilities again. I will talk more about it later…


Hi Jordan,

Your experience is definitely very spiritual. The gentleman did tell you the secret. It’s “Gratitude”, or  “Love”, or “Kindness”. That is why my father emphases so much on the maxim “take kindness and benevolence as basis, take frankness and friendliness to heart”, and makes it the “password” to enter PanGu ShenGong practice. Once your heart and soul really reach to the high level of kindness, you will achieve the state of “心无恶念,其气自善” (if your heart has no thoughts of evil, your qi will be totally fine); as a result, you become oneness of the universe. At such a moment, if you have illnesses, your illnesses will just be gone as it never existed. It’s not a myth, we have such cases. Below is one of the typical one:

“In Bandung (It means the stone city in Indonesian.), again I met Ms. Soedaryono, a retired airplane worker, who had achieved wonderful result from practicing PGSG.  I very much wanted to know why her hand, which couldn’t move for six years because of the stroke, could raise all of a sudden, and I wanted to know how she felt at that moment.  Therefore, I asked her these two questions.  Ms. Soedaryono told me and other practitioners how the miracle happened that day:  In 2003 Master Ou gave her a treatment in her home.  After Master Ou left, she saw his cigarette end and she sincerely picked it up and wrapped it with a piece of paper—she wanted to collect it as a precious souvenir.  When she hanged up this precious souvenir on the door, the miracle happened: her hand which had been hemiplegic for six years rose in a second.  Her introduction stimulated my thinking: In China, the practitioners also greatly valued the things used by Master Ou, but why did the miracle fortunately happen to this Indonesian lady?  The answer was the quality of the soul.  This Indonesian practitioner never intended to get anything from the cigarette end, but she respected Master Ou sincerely; that was, she respected the spirit of the universe from the bottom of her heart.  As a result, within a second she connected with the energy from the universe and the miracle happened.  This was what Master Ou taught us about the quality of the soul, the foundation of the soul!
” (an excerpt from a news report by Donnel in 2005, more at http://www.pangu.org/english/news/indonesia200502.html)

At such a moment, of course you will feel very happy—true happiness! :D

The problem is that for most of us, such a moment usually doesn’t last long. So we must cultivate our heart and soul more diligently to earn a longer “peak” moment, and eventually make it last forever.

Wow, you guys open up a lot of topics that I want to talk about. I will write more after I come back from the east coast in a few days. Please share more… :D
« Last Edit: May 28, 2009, 02:19:09 PM by Olivia »
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2009, 04:25:01 AM »
Hi Olivia,

thank you for your words and especially frankness. I am really surprise to hear that many other persons (you wrote most of us... oooohh...) had such experiences. Amazing.
I am happy to be able to write things so open and not be considered like a mad guy :-) ...however, I am quite interesting why a child should have such a awful experiences. Maybe I will get the answers in your future posts.

I knew about Indonesian lady... It was a nice story I read on the web and touched me quite enough. At the same, made me think this : "would I be never able to get such a pure heart??..". Sometimes I talked to Vincent (Chu) about the spiritual cultivation and He told me.. It is difficult, there are so many temptations today. Somehow I agree and somehow not. What is a temptation? How can I recognize the bad thoughts? .. mmmm... maybe the answer is in your definition of moral.

Hope you have enojoyed your coast-to-coast :-)

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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2009, 02:19:10 PM »
Hi,

Thank you all for sharing your personal spiritual experiences. 

Here is something I've read out of a qi-running exercise book from a book store with regards to spirit and material:

"Spirit needs material to be substantial.  Material needs spirit to be meaningful" - unknown

As I was reading Olivia's vision from her guided-imagery classes, I remember I "saw" something from one of the guided-imagery classes from Master Ou.  After settling down to a comfortable position and recited the password.  My hands started to get warm; Master Ou's stopped talking after guiding us up to the ladder.  I remember seeing many faint colors on the sky, mostly light pink(in a smoky, airy form), more like the colorful cloud just before sunset.  Some how, I was under water and I started seeing lots of thin seaweed floating around.  It didn’t feel cold, but quite cool and smooth on my face. 

As I am writing it out, I could recall some of the images. 

I wish I can attend another one of Master Ou's guided-imagery class.

Have a great day you guys!

Cheers,
Rachel

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« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2010, 08:56:56 PM »
Hi Olivia:
It was nice meeting you in New York Chinatown.  Wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

Thank you for sharing your experiences in your Spiritual Autobiography.  To read them from the Master’s daughter, your stories certainly have plenty of weight. I would like to add my two cents to this topic.  Through the years I have observed spiritual people and they generally possess these characteristics (I believe the more items one owns the more spiritual he/she is; and Master Ou possesses every single one of these.):
1.   They are friendly and kind to other people and in return others love and respect them.
2.   Their conducts follow certain ethical guiding principles strictly and these principles help them achieve very high standard of morals.
3.   They are humble -- they don’t compete with world and they don’t compete with themselves.
4.   They honor and/or worship a higher authority/being.
5.   They understand the world yet they continue to seek knowledge beyond their own limits.
6.   They practice certain activities and hobbies that give them enlightenment and fulfilment.
7.   They share openly and generously with others about their principles, knoweledge, skills, and  life stories.
8.   They envision love, peace and harmony for this world and urge everyone around them to work toward this vision without incurring conflicts.

Eleanor Roosevelt said: Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. That is so true – people do things for themselves or for others, if the results exceeded their expectations, then happiness is automatically there.  Hopefully as we the students become more adapted to the PGSG way of life, and we follow Master Ou’s teachings and guidance, we will some day reach that spiritual well-being that we all wish for.

- Raymond Oh(區韶华)
My PGSG motto: May Pan Gu, via his Spirit and Qigong, grant us the strength to achieve healthy bodies and happy minds; the kindness to heal the sick; and the will to spread it to every corner of the world.
Happy practice to all!
Raymond Oh

Master Ou, PGSG, along with the book Path of Life, are full of timeless and grand wisdoms for us to learn and to practice.  We will be benefited for life even if we just take into ourselves a small fraction of them.

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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2010, 03:48:47 PM »
Hi Raymond,

It was nice meeting you! Thank you for your input!

Happy New Year!!!
Wish you well-being and happiness!

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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2011, 06:13:05 AM »
  Hi Olivia, Happy New Year!

  Well, it's too late for me to read such inspiring post! You really have a fantastic spiritual experiences. I totally agree with you, particularly your conclusion "I believe that it’s possible to be spiritual and rational at the same time, and it’s necessary to be spiritual and rational at the same time in order to discover the truth behind the phenomena. I also learned that we must be humble, open-minded, and tolerant in order to make progress in our spiritual path."

   To your point, I must say, my spiritual experiences come because of practicing Master Ou's Pangu Shengong, his wisdom of the books, and healing music, and the recent poetry chanting. I remember, Master Ou says that every single person has his or her instituition ability when born, but it's hidden as grow up particularly influences of the education, the living environment and society.

   However, when I'm willing to keep practicing PGSG, and try to behave what Master teaches, I have found great changes happen to me both body and spirit. These two years, I can feel something better or say foresee. For example, when I'm hungry or want my family member to cook some food for me, just the time thinking, they did it!! Last night, I slept very late, but my brother was still in front of the computer, and the light was still on. I thought, if closing that would be great for my sleeping. After a while, he closed the light, kept his playing on the game of computer though I did not say anything. Maybe you say, he considered my side. Actually, he always kept lights on when I went to bed years ago, before I practiced PGSG. Another spritual experience, that happened in my company, that I could feel my colleagues thinking before the action. I was so suprised with my sensibility and feeling! Because working in China, it's a little complicated human relationship, but I begin to master like know-how. One more thing, that I often chat with my friend in Malaysia online, several times we ran into the same time, say Hi!  ;D

   Thank you Olivia, you remind me the spritual experiences! In fact, Path of Life is really a miracle book! After reading, there are more mysterious and wonderful dreams that I experience :)
 
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2012, 03:12:58 PM »
Hello Olivia,

  It has been 3 years since you wrote this. I want to thank you for opening your heart and personal experience to us. Reading your post helps me understand, at least intellectually, the essence of Pan Gu. Yours is the best testimonial I have read!

   Irwin