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Master Hui Liu and her experience with Wild Goose Qigong

Hui Ju Liu was born in northern China, in a village, in Hopei province, 300 miles north of Beijing. Hui’s father, Ru Tung Liu, had such an astounding memory that he could memorize a thousand-word article in just 10 minutes, without dropping a single word. He was always appraised as the genius in his village. Mr. Liu had been the director of the Education Bureau, County Supervisor, etc., but had no interest in pursuing a political career. His interest was in brush painting. He spent 50 years painting plum blossoms in-depth, yet none of his paintings are the same. He had been honored as the “Master” of plum blossom painting. Hui Liu’s mother, smart and diligent, was known as a cooking expert among her friends and family. She often showed her talent in clothing design, by designing children’s and her own clothes. She was very creative with her designs. Hui Liu inherited the best from both parents. She had always won 1st place at school since her early years. Winning 1st place in China is being the honor student with the highest grade point average. As she grew older, a 20-mile walk between school and home became her daily routine. She was the only girl willing to continue school in her hometown. And she was the only one who was able to study out of town due to her academic achievement. Hui Liu also showed a strong interest in painting early on. She learned calligraphy at age 7, and brush painting at age 10. She first learned plum blossom painting from her father, then flowers and birds from Master Shao Yu Hsuan at age 14. At 18, she was admitted to National Teachers University in Taiwan as 1st place in brush painting. From there, she was exposed to many famous artists and professors who broadened her horizon in art. After earning her B.A. degree, she taught painting at home and at various high schools and colleges in Taiwan for many years. In 1976, Hui Liu and her husband, Dr. Yun-Chung Chiang, and their family immigrated to the U.S., residing in El Cerrito, California. Adapting to a new environment, the language barrier, four young children, and elder parents whom all needed care and help made Hui Liu’s health deteriorate quickly. At the onset of menopause, stress, worry, and anxiety were overwhelming. Grey hair quickly appeared and her teeth started to loosen as well as insomnia. ; she experienced insomnia.


Though she didn’t have a glorious full-time job, cooking 3 meals a day, caring for parents, driving the kids to and from school, housework, and helping with her husband’s business in her spare time, hardly gave her any rest during the day. By the afternoon, she was exhausted, feeling dizzy and weak, and often coughing and sick. Due to menopause, she had also experienced imbalance psychologically, such as being suspicious, daydreaming, jealousy inability to believe in herself. It was a difficult period for any family, not a peaceful house, and many quarrels. Imagine while the husband was focusing on establishing the business, the children are in their teenage years, the wife was exhausted from working all day.


A home wouldn’t be sweet anymore with frequent quarrels and poor communication. A broken family often starts in such a situation. Thinking back, the root causes are an unhealthy body without proper nourishment and adequate exercise, which leads to an unhealthy mind, impatience, and intolerance. During this unstable period, she drove her father to San Francisco for a dental visit one day and stopped at the tollbooth on the Bay Bridge. While the car in the front moved forward, she felt she was moving backward instead, and she slammed on the brakes hard trying to stop the car when her car wasn’t moving. Later on at a stop light, when the light turned green, she felt she was moving backward again while all other cars proceeded to pass her. She was so nervous and afraid to drive. But it was impossible without driving for her whole family.


Meanwhile, many martial art teachers from Taiwan and China often came to visit their business, Wen Wu School of Martial Arts. Her thought originally was to find an easy yet effective exercise for her elder parents. In 1978, a practitioner from Beijing came and demonstrated Dayan Qigong. Until then, Qigong had been secretly taught in China, because “Qi” can be cultivated after practice to help and hurt people. Dayan Qigong was first brought to the public by Grandmaster Yang Mei Jun in China. All of a sudden, many other forms of Qigong also appeared in public, and a wave of Qigong practice had finally been unveiled. Hui Liu followed a few movements during the demonstration; she then felt Qi moving between her fingers immediately. She knew this was the answer she had been searching for. The year after, Hui Liu went to Beijing to visit Grandmaster Yang. Through many obstacles and great difficulties, she finally met the Grand Master in person. Grand Master corrected every one of her 64 movements personally and officially accepted Hui Liu as her student. From then on, it was a great benefit to meet the Grand Master on every visit to China for both Hui Liu and her students who went along.


Hui Liu’s first experience learning Dayan Qigong was a hot and swollen feeling in her palms. Sometimes she could feel cold air between her fingers. Qi also felt like a thin thread moving upward on the inside of her legs, sometimes downward on the outside. Sometimes cold, sometimes hot. When she felt the Qi had stopped moving, she would experience small problems in her body, either a cold sensation or pain. Hui Liu also felt Qi traveling along outside of her arms, but not as often. Later she realized that Qi was moving along the meridians, and the cold air feeling indicated the expelling of bad Qi. Often when she stood in the kitchen working, she would feel strips of cold air exiting from the Yongquan point at the bottom of her feet, which is very comfortable. She insisted on practicing morning and night. When her schedule was tight, she would rise early and go to sleep late, doing basic exercises whenever time allows, and massages before going to bed. Only the 64 movements need to be practiced quietly for about 10 minutes. It’s much cheaper and more convenient than any retreat or spa! Hui Liu said, if practiced daily, it is quite easy to relax and meditate anytime to help recuperate both the body and the mind. Gradually, she felt Qi moving among the organs, especially during meditation. For example, sometimes it’s in the lung, then the large intestine. Just like what Chinese medicine said, the lung and large intestine are paired. “If I had a sore throat, I could feel a slight tickle at the sore spot, followed by Qi movement in the lung or kidney. And the sore throat would be gone the second day. These fine observations can only be felt during practice or meditation, which is evidence of Qigong in process of self-adjustment and healing the body. My strongest and most interesting experience occurred when a mass of heat formed on my back while practicing the form. The mass grew bigger and hotter gradually. First about 2-3 inches wide, then 5-6 inches, always traveling from the tailbone upward slowly. It feels very comfortable but disappears when the practice was done. Another miracle appeared once during practice (at the standing meditation movement). An irresistible itch happened at the Baihui point. It had a diameter of a pencil and yet a mile long. Meanwhile, my whole body including my hands, arms, legs, and feet felt clear and transparent as a crystal, a very pleasant feeling. I continued to practice until the end wondering why. Later I got an answer from Grandmaster Yang about this unique experience. She said, “Congratulations! That was Qi moving through the xiao zhou tian. The small xiao zhou tian means the Ren & Du meridians are connected and healthy. Big, da zhou tian, means all meridians are connected to Ren & Du meridians, and big change is about to happen physically.” Truly, since the incident, my body felt light and easy, like losing 30 pounds all of a sudden, my head and thoughts are clear and much more energetic.


Other improvements noticed were:

  1. Workload increased, but don’t feel tired

  2. Back pain & soreness disappeared. My back felt much stronger. Soreness in knees and finger joints also disappeared.

  3. Don’t get sick when others around me are sick, hardly cough anymore.

  4. Menopause symptoms disappeared all at once.

  5. Boost confidence. With the help of black sesame seeds and green tea, my hair loss stopped and my teeth were stronger.

  6. More Cheerful, especially after practice every morning, feeling like a fully pumped ball with endless energy. People and things around appear more attractive and friendly, and so is the atmosphere at home.

  7. More benevolent and generous since practice.

  8. Became a vegetarian

  9. Much healthier and younger, with fewer wrinkles and spots on the face.

  10. Through the appreciation of Grandmaster Yang’s teachings, I am pleased to follow the tradition and teach Dayan Qigong to the whole world.

I think these are the biggest benefits why monk Dao-An invented Dayan Qigong, and Grandmaster Yang brought it to the public.” This explains Hui Liu’s reasoning for teaching Dayan Qigong with Grandmaster Yang’s support to all of the students and instructors at Wen Wu School.

Grandmaster Yang Mei-jun with Shifu Chiang and Master Liu
Beijing, 1998
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