In the city of Hangzhou, I was introduced to the practice of Qigong. I was led into a room where a very old woman was lying on her back. I was told through a translator that she had a paralyzed right arm. Then Dr. Huang Rui Sheng walked into the room. He spoke a few words (in Chinese), took her pulse and then stood behind her, out of her sight. Without saying one additional word, various parts of her body began moving in concert with the doctor’s arm movements. She held her legs in positions that would be hard for younger people. The doctor moved his arms left, right, up and down and the legs moved exactly with his movements.
Six months later in 1988, my organization was holding our second world congress on energy medicine, so I invited Dr. Huang and two other Qigong doctors to Las Vegas. None of these doctors had ever been out of China and none of them even had showers in their own homes. Only one of the doctors spoke English and acted as our translator. To say it was quite a change from their homes to Las Vegas would be a gross understatement. They had never seen a television remote or shower fixtures that were in the hotel.
Here was my plan to investigate Qigong. We had approximately 1500 people attending our conference. I would ask some of the American doctors (local attendees) to bring their patients to the conference. The patients were not to have ever heard of the practice of Qigong, and I would not allow the doctors to see the patients until they were on the stage of the Sahara Hotel. Also, the doctors themselves were not versed in Qigong.
I selected the following people: A woman with multiple sclerosis, another woman (wife of one of our presenters) could not walk without assistance and needed a knee replacement, and another person who would be used to demonstrate what could be done with Qigong. The two women needed to be assisted to reach the stage and to lie on a table. This had all been arranged by me personally, so there was no deception.
Dr. Huang stood behind the table where the patients were placed, at times more than fifty feet away, and completely controlled their bodies. Arms, legs, torso would lift and remain suspended in the air for as long as the doctor orchestrated their movements. After it was over, the women walked off the stage shaking their heads in amazement regarding how they were feeling. I followed up with the doctor’s wife three years later. She never needed a knee replacement, and the woman with MS made a remarkable recovery. The third person had been placed into positions that even an athlete would find hard to hold for the length of time she exhibited.
A group of my friends, all doctors, continued to press me during the conference asking if this was just a show. Most people who know me realize that I love to joke and have fun. I told them it was real. They asked if I would allow them a private test with the Qigong doctor. They brought a healthy woman into a room and she laid on a bed. The Qigong doctor was located in another room on the other side of the wall. From where the doctors and I were standing, we could see the doctor working through the wall as well as the woman on the bed. With each movement he made, she made a corresponding movement at the same time, suspending her body parts as he held his hand steady. The exhibition was awesome.
Since I was in Las Vegas, I had one final thing to investigate. For experimental purposes only, how would the doctor do at gambling? We went to the gaming area of the Sahara, and I asked the translator to see if the doctor could sense any energy coming from a machine. Dr. Huang moved to a quarter machine and pointed. I placed in the five quarters and we hit for $75. I remained calm as the quarters continued to pour out. For further experiments we went across the road to Circus Circus. This time we went to the dollar machines and I waited for him to point at one. First time, first pull, we won $275. This was great since the doctors monthly salary was $15. Now that was exciting! (I did it for science.)
When the conference was over, the doctors were staying for another week, so I brought them back to Los Angeles. They wanted to see the desert, which is a four hour drive, but this gave me time to think of a little joke to play on my visitors:
I asked the translator, had they ever heard of American Qigong? I heard Chinese being spoken in a hurried manner. The response was they had not. I decided to take them to my condo in Granada Hills. I stopped my car in front of the garage door, and I grabbed my remote with my left hand, out of their sight. I raised my right hand as I pressed the hidden remote. I moved the door up and down in short movements demonstrating my version of American Qigong. As they piled out of my car I asked if they had ever moved something that size. They had never seen a remote control in their lives and didn’t know how I did it.
Now I stopped the translator and said, "You mean the prisoner left through the door." The translator said, "The wall."
I got up and touched the door and the wall. "You mean door."
"No, we mean wall."
The doctor asked the prisoner, "Why did you return?" The man answered, "I was placed here, but I had things to take care of." (Sounds like the old Kung Fu television series.)
The doctor asked, "How did you do this?" "Qigong." was the reply.
So, the Chinese doctor had learned from the prisoner after his release. "Also," the doctor stated, "anyone could learn this same thing." The doctor explained that he had two directions he might take in his training: One would be for the ability to produce phenomena, the other for medical.
Before they returned to China, they shared many of their techniques and unique exercises with me.
We are energy. The doctors were regular people, who were not deeply philosophical, but they live in a culture that accepts what they do. We are all capable of many things.
To inspire and empower.