Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Curriculum of the Yi Fa Society, Level 1

In order to complete level 1 of the Yi Fa Society Work and move on to Level 2, the following conditions must be met:

1. The practitioner should be doing Qi Breathing every day.

2. The practitioner should be doing level 1 Yi Fa Qi Gong exercises every day; if they are practicing the exercise 4 times a day, they need to do so for at least 100 days.  If they are doing less than 4 practices a day, they need to do so for at least 200 days.  Before moving to level 2, they should have a strong technical understanding of the level 1 exercise, able to easily do its movements in a flowing fashion.  They should be regularly engaging in self-testing for posture and form.

3.The practitioner should engage in a study program of the I Ching.  As a minimum, they need to have studied one hexagram per day, reading its entry and contemplating its implications and meanings, for 64 days (in other words, studying all of the 64 hexagrams in this manner).  Before moving to level 2, the practitioner should be able to draw the 8 trigrams from memory.

4. The practitioner should practice the sitting meditation of Yi Fa Qi Gong on a regular basis.

5. The practitioner should have practiced the vibration of the YI FA mantra on multiple occasions as a minimum, and have practiced the repetition of the slogan "For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect" on multiple occasions, and studied the effects both of these version of mantra practice have on their psyche and consciousness.

6. The practitioner should be familiar with the ceremony and method of doing an I Ching casting, and have performed a minimum of one I Ching casting on a question relevant to them before moving on to level 2.

In addition to this, practitioners should spend time particularly contemplating hexagram #52, which governs this level of practice. They should be trying to actively develop the four virtues within them, particularly the virtue of Discipline (which is essential to the beginner) but also Union, Harmony and Truth.  They should also keep a regular diary or record of their practices and experiences.

Any student can feel free to contact me when they feel they have fulfilled the conditions for level 1 work and are ready to move on to level 2.

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