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Ren Yuan is the third method of the Yuan Gong system. It belongs to the First Stage - External Transformation Stage - and is designed to work on Qi at a deeper level than the first two methods of this stage. Xing (the body and the movement), Qi and Shen are important in this method. The method requires the integration of the consciousness and Qi, the body movement being activated by Qi and the unification of Shen and Xing. So this is a method using Xing, Qi and Shen together in a special way.

This method is mainly to work on the physical level, including the skin, muscles, tendons and sinews, blood vessels, bones and all of the organs by opening the channels in the body and promoting the flow of Qi in these channels. This method effects deep change of Qi directly in these physical parts and structures and so is very beneficial for the prevention of illness and improvement of overall health.


1)      The design of this method draws mainly on traditional and modern Qigong, along with a wide range of disciplines, including traditional Chinese medicine, martial arts and exercise and sports science. As with all Yuan Gong methods, the laws of life (especially the laws of the consciousness and of Qi) are the foundation for Ren Yuan. Although it draws upon various sources, much innovation is brought into the creation of Ren Yuan, making it an unprecedented method.

2)      Ren Yuan is in principle a Xing-Shen unification method. Traditionally there are various ways in which Xing-Shen unification practice can be done. They can also be seen as different levels of practice. Where they differ is mainly in the so-called ‘xin fa’ (mind method). Ren Yuan has selected a traditional ‘xin fa’, which has long been kept secret and almost completely lost. It is adapted into this special ‘mind method’ that goes: ‘Shen being extremely calm, consciousness coming alive, Qi moving itself, body following Qi movement, all unified and becoming one’. In Chinese, it is summed up in 15 words: ‘神静极.意灵动.气自动.形随动.合为一’.

3)      Through the practice of Ren Yuan, the channels in the body can be opened so the Qi and blood can flow smoothly and reach every part of of the physical body, including the skin, muscles, tendons and sinews, organs, bones and marrow, even the cells at the level of the nuclei and genes.

4)      Ren Yuan has a clear structure and is made up of a variety of techniques. Let’s look at this further.

           I.     It is a comprehensive method.

Ren Yuan is designed to work on every part of the body (all the joints, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, nerves and organs). The important parts are especially emphasized during practice. The channels of all levels (main channels and branch channels) have the opportunity to be unblocked and Qi of the whole body gets a thorough workout.

         II.     It has a clear and sound structure.

Ren Yuan is made up of the opening, five main segments and the ending. The opening is to help the practitioner get into the state of unification in which she is unified with the universe and her Jing, Qi and Shen are unified. This is a necessary preparation for the five main segments that follow. The five main segments work through the five main parts of the body one by one, from head to toe, bringing the work of Qi deeper and deeper as the practice proceeds. The method provides the opportunity for every part of the body to benefit directly from the change of Qi that occurs in it and indirectly through the positive changes of Qi in other parts. The ending is to consolidate the positive changes that occur through the practice and conclude the practice by regulating Qi in the whole body.

       III.     It is made up of a range of individual techniques that can be used in a variety of ways.

There are three sections (techniques) in the combined opening and ending, and three in each of the five main segments. This makes 18 sections altogether. Each section is for working on a specific part of the body, and therefore can be used to address the problems in that part or to strengthen it. The three sections that make up a segment work together in an organic way to make the segment a comprehensive method in itself. In other words, each of the 18 sections and each of the six segments (five main and one combining the opening and the ending) can be used as an individual method and practised in accordance with the needs of the practitioner.

      IV.     It is an effective method for health improvement.

This method can be effective in making positive change to health problems. It can also work well to prevent illness and improve the overall health condition.

Ren Yuan is also a good method for the practitioner to improve her ability to work with Qi, including experiencing Qi, activating Qi, moving Qi and making positive change to Qi. The practitioner can therefore effect change of Qi on the level that is not easy to reach – the channels. This ability can also be very helpful for conducting external Qi therapy.

This method involves stretching every part of the body on a deep level and so is effective for improving the physical body, including the physique, the flexibility (suppleness) of the body and its ability to balance. 

This method is also very effective for cultivating the calm, relaxed and natural state. Practising this method, the practitioner can get into this state within a very short time and experience the interesting changes of Xing, Qi and Shen and the wonderful feeling brought about by their unification. This method is also very useful for developing the ability to maintain balance on the emotional and mental levels. 

Sustained practice of this method will yield many positive effects and is necessary for building the foundation for subsequent Yuan Gong methods.

This method is suitable for all. It has the potential to become a method that the general public will use for their health maintenance.