Jack is currently working on a third edition of his book on meditation. It lays out clear instructions for how to meditate effectively. It also offers explanations of the underlying principles and an introduction to some of the rich traditions surrounding meditation.
|Level One||2000, 2002, 2002, 2004, 2004|
|Level Two||2001, 2002, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010|
|Level Three||2002, 2002, 2004, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010|
|Level Four||2002, 2002, 2004, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010|
|Level Five||2006 (Penang)|
|Level Six||2009 (Penang), 2010|
|Intensive meditation retreats||2010, 2011 (Penang), 2011 (Penang)|
|Personal training in Penang||Ten weeks, 2011|
Along with qigong Jack maintains an active practice of Chan meditation. He recently attended a ten-day silent Chan retreat at Dharma Drum Retreat Centre in Pine Bush, NY. In the 1990s he took Zen training at the Rochester Zen Centre.
|1||2005||St. Jacobs, ON|
|20||2008||Winnipeg Beach, MB|
|1||2012||West St. Paul, MB|
|2||2013||West St. Paul, MB|
|3||2013||West St. Paul, MB|
When I found out that I had cancer one morning in February everything around me was like it was in slow motion and people seemed like shadows walking by me. A fear in the pit of my stomach radiated through me. That night when my husband's brother and his wife came to see me her mission was to tell me about Qigong and Jack Risk. I had not heard of Qigong and was interested right away.
When I arrived Jack made me feel comfortable. He told me how to stay out of trouble with my thoughts and feelings and showed me exercises I could do every day. When I was lying on the table I felt comfortable. During Jack’s treatment, at one point I began to cough. At the end of the treatment I felt better then I had in some time. My husband said I looked ten years younger. I am not sure what happened in that hour but the fear faded. If it tried to come back I would do the Qigong exercises that Jack had taught me. I would often start my day with a walk in the woods. That’s where I would do my first lot of Qigong. As I went to more sessions and had more treatments by Jack he taught me more exercises and I added these to my day's Qigong.
After tests I had surgery. The doctor said that it would be a four-hour operation and that I would be in the hospital for three to five days. As it turned out I was only in surgery for two hours and the doctor told my husband that the tumour “just popped out.” I went in on a Thursday. Shortly after the surgery I went for a walk down the hall after which I ate a dinner. The next day I walked by my self at least sixteen times up and down the hall and refused any pain pill besides Tylenol. I was sore but I had no pain. On Saturday the surgeon came and said the drainage tube could come out that morning and I could go home that afternoon. I've been told I likely won't need chemo or radiation.
I keep up my daily Qigong and cannot see a time when I will not. I plan on taking more lessons with Jack.
Thank you, Jack!
Over the past four years I have had the privilege of studying under Jack in the art of CFQ. His knowledge, wisdom and dedication have proven to be exceptional. I have experienced significant improvements in several areas of my life physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. My pain, stress, sleep and overall well being have improved beyond my expectations and I will be forever grateful for his guidance. Thank you for everything, Jack. You truly are a godsend on my journey.
I've been practicing qigong and meditation regularly for several years with Jack and have seen a big difference in my life. It's a very effective way of dealing with stressful situations and for winding down after a hectic day. There are definite health benefits to qigong, and I always feel more relaxed after a good practice. Jack is always available to answer questions and help us with our practice.
Doing qigong movements and practicing meditation have helped me to experience the world with more serenity, clarity and joy.
Qigong has been a huge benefit to me and we are grateful for your teachings in Winnipeg, and, in particular, at Klinic.
I have participated in a weekly qigong practice group led by Jack for about two years. As well, I took a two-day qigong training and a weekend meditation training. All these experiences have been very beneficial, and meaningful to body, mind and spirit. I am a 70 year-old woman who practiced yoga for many years and also learned and practiced various mindfulness and meditation techniques. I have found that Jack's approach to qigong and meditation "sticks" and lends a lot of positive texture to my life.
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia over a year ago after suffering debilitating chronic pain, sleep disturbance and fatigue for over two years. I have always been a positive, active person and this diagnosis changed my world. I stopped working and enjoying activities that I had participated in my entire life. After many different doctors, medications and alternative therapies I was referred to Jack. I have participated in both Level 1 and Level 2 training sessions and they have changed my life. Jack is very passionate about qigong and compassionate about each person he works with. After several months of daily practice and weekly visits to see Jack for one-on-one healing sessions, I can truly say that I control my fibromyalgia and it no longer controls me. I am now weaning myself from medications that came with side effects and planning to return to my job. Qigong and meditation have helped my pain, my stress and my sleep and I will be forever grateful to have found them. Thank you, Jack.
Rev. Jack is a very patient and thorough teacher. The class is really meditative and very pleasant physically as you get into the movements. (Like Tai Chi but with less thinking.) Loved our class. As a Preacher he has a lovely way of combining the healing principals and stories of the bible and brings them to life in our church services. I am glad I got to find him.
Poplar Point, MB
I have found that the regular practice of QiGong quiets the mind, reduces stress and anxiety, boosts the immune system and provides an overall sense of well-being. Jack Risk is an experienced and dedicated instructor who is meticulous in his teaching of the dynamic movements of CFQ. He has an in-depth knowledge of the meditative traditions of the East and can ably assist his students on their inner journey. His weekly practice group fully supports the development of his students and his frequent offerings of Level 1 and Level II trainings are a wonderful opportunity to refresh and further assimilate the healing properties of CFQ teachings.
I just did a two day Level One qigong workshop presented by Jack Risk, with the able assistance of his wife, Chris. I highly recommend it to both new and old (like myself) practitioners. Jack is a brilliant teacher, putting himself in the student's place, anticipating problems and questions, meticulous yet relaxed. The weekend flowed—yet it was packed with information and learning. It left me recharged and inspired.
CFQ instructor and retired psychotherapist, Blockhouse, NS
In April of 2006 I took Jack’s two day Level One CFQ training programme. It was an entirely positive experience. Jack is a warm, engaging and highly competent instructor. His commitment to CFQ is infectious. I have since done a great deal of reading about CFQ and have attended a workshop with Master Yap, all of which has confirmed Jack’s mastery of the principles. I practise CFQ on a daily basis. It brings me serenity and a sense of control. I am indebted to Jack for the solid grounding he imparted.
CFQ is an extremely useful tool that I use to deal with stress, help increase my energy, reduce pain—from arthritis—and give me an all-over sense of well being. Jack is an excellent instructor—confident, patient, positive, and a true believer in the art of CFQ.
Nurse-Therapist, Dartmouth, NS
Practicing CFQ gives me a quiet time each day to get in touch with myself— the delicate inner self and spirit. In the few months that I have practiced CFQ, I have experienced an awakening of new knowledge about my body and myself. CFQ shows me there's the possibility to go much further in self- discovery, to explore the energy we have as humans that we often are not aware of. CFQ is what I use in preparing to give Reiki treatments. It helps the energy to flow and it makes me feel stronger. Jack provided a friendly, supportive environment in which to learn CFQ. The classes were relaxed and went at a pace and level that was accessible to everyone. We had lots of opportunity to practice all the movements many times so that we really learned them and could go home and do them. After the class I found I has able to do CFQ, derive benefit from it and improve my form on my own.
Video Producer and Reiki Practitioner, Glade, BC
I found Jack Risk to be a knowledgeable, caring and dedicated instructor of CFQ. I am in the business of healing and transformation and have attended many different workshops in that field over my 20 years in the healing arts and as a Registered Massage Therapist. Jack’s Level One workshop was practical and enjoyable and by the end of it I was impressed with the great level of Light and Love and Transformation among the participants. I feel that CFQ is a simple, helpful and gentle technique that is able to enhance and promote health, harmony and well being to all those who practice it.
Bentley Therapeutic Massage Clinic, Guelph, ON
CFQ is a wonderful addition to feeling good about yourself physically and mentally. It makes me feel meditative and relaxed. When I can't sleep I do the Butterfly Shake and it helps me to unwind. I found Jack to be very enthusiastic about CFQ. He was easy to follow and adjusted his pace to suit the class. After his one-day introductory session, I left knowing Flying Cloud Hands really well but relied on Master Yap's book to remember the rest. After the two-day session, I was much more comfortable with the technique and felt ready to practise on my own. When I first did Flying Cloud Hands 500 times, I could feel the energy emanating from my hands and feet. It was an amazing experience. Many of my patients have expressed an interest in learning CFQ and I have been teaching them the movements one at a time. Some are interested in learning more.
Qigong is a compound of two Chinese characters. The modern Chinese character for qi depicts a pot lid being lifted by steam. Earlier characters were based on an image for rising vapours. The suggestion is of something insubstantial and invisible that yet has the capacity to initiate change.
So soft and pliable, for emptiness there is no place that it cannot penetrate. The perfectly soft is unbreakable, and nothingness is inexhasustible. It is by pursuing this line of thought that we come to understand how the Dao of acting without conscious effort is advantageous.
The Classic of the Way and Virtue: A New Translation of the Tao-te ching of Laozi as Interpreted by Wang Bi, translated by Richard John Lynn. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995, p. 138, n. 2.
Combining this notion with gong—a word referring to work, cultivation or accomplishment—gives us the idea of practices for harnessing and enhancing the flow of qi. In particular, qigong is capable of developing the sort of energy flow ("real" or zhen qi) that is responsible for maintaining the health of the human body.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine qi is understood to be yang. As such it predominates over blood which is yin. These two fluids constitute the essence of healthy functioning. In this sense qigong can be seen to be the underlying principle of TCM.
Qigong can be understood as a system of holistic healing that encompasses psychological, philosophical and mental/spiritual cultivation. True health and happiness result from the harmonization of the body's systems and constituent parts. Qigong is not merely exercise. It consists of practical methods of dealing with the mind, in the form of thoughts and emotions, with the objective of enhancing the body's inherent resilience. Genuine qigong practice relies on calming the mind and freeing it from anxious thoughts. Essential principles of qigong include relaxation, stillness and naturalness. Qigong practice results in one's consciousness becoming clarified, emptied of impermanent objects, and as light and thin as clear air.
On the mental level, one should remain calm and avoid excessive desires and fantasies, recognizing and maintaining the natural purity and clarity of the mind. When internal energies are able to circulate smoothly and freely, and the energy of the mind is not scattered, but is focussed and concentrated, illness and disease can be avoided.
The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine: A New Translation of the Neijing Suwen with Commentary, Maoshing Ni, Ph.D. Boston and London: Shambhala, 1995, p. 2.
Qigong shares much with the ancient Daoist outlook that stresses emptiness, stillness, non-striving and non-contending. In these virtues one finds the secret to health and long life.
Keeping emptiness as their limit
and stillness as their centre
ten thousand things arise
we watch them return
creatures without number
return to their roots
returning to their roots they are still
being still they revive
reviving they endure...
Lao-Tzu's Taoteching, Translated by Red Pine. Revised Edition. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2009, p.32.
One should have the understanding that qigong movements produce changes. The underlying principles extend deeply into every aspect of one's life, including the sources of disease and the basis of healing. The movements cannot be perfected within a lifetime. They lead to continuous and deepening discoveries that cannot be exhausted even with a lifetime of diligent practice.
Chaoyi Fanhuan Qigong is pronounced phonetically as follows:
chow yee fon hun (as in "honey") chee gung
A rough translation of Chaoyi Fanhuan follows:
Chaoyi: Beyond the thinking mind
Fanhuan: A return to the truth or origin, rejuvenation
The name Chaoyi Fanhuan Qigong arose in the context of a poem that emerged from a particular meditation experience of Master Yap's. The poem is written ou below with English transliteration (second line of each stanza) and English translation (third line). The first and last words of each of the first two lines yield the words that are put together to form the name of Master Yap's style of qigong.
chāo fán tuō sú xū wú yì
Beyond the ordinary, shedding the norm—void and detached,
făn pŭ guī zhēn zì xìng huán
Returning to origin and truth—the self-nature is revealed.
wú guà wú ài wú wéi fă
No worry, no hindrance, and unbounded,
miào zhì miào jué miào zhēn rú
Excellent wisdom, excellent realisation—excellent suchness of truth.
Yap Soon Yeong
Master Yap turned his natural talent as a healer into a full-time career in 1984. His healing practice was supported by meditation, qigong and martial arts training that he had followed since childhood. His practice grew. By 1991 his qigong powers had grown considerably, he was innundated with clients and he was beginning to burn out. His body was becoming drastically congested and constricted. One night he underwent an intense experience in which he moved spontaneously in feverish and dancelike patterns. Energies were dispelled, new energies were engaged. He described patterns on his body with insence sticks. He went through a series of physical movements, sixty-four times, that caused patterns to be laid down on the floor. When he had finished he could see that there was a large hexagram drawn on the floor. He realized he was unconsciously moving in concert with the hexagrams of the Yijing. Afterward he found his healing abilities were greatly increased. He speaks in his brief autobiographical sketch of later having significant spiritual breakthroughs in the course of meditation.
The Yijing, or Classic of Changes, originated around three thousand years ago as a divination manual consisting of sixty-four six-line hexagrams. It was organized and commented on in Confucian and Daoist schools over several centuries and took shape as a philosophical work. The goal of human activity was seen to lie in harmonizing with the natural patterns of change in the universe. In 136 BCE the Chinese emperor declared the Yijing to be one of the classics. Until well into the 20th centurey it held a central place in Chinese culture. It was held to contain the explanation for everything in the universe. It possessed universal scriptural authority influencing philosophy, religion, art and literature, as well as political and social life. It is second only to the Bible in numbers of printed editions.
Yap Soon Yeong and Chok C. Hiew. Energy Medicine in CFQ Healing: Healing the Body, Transforming Consciousness. Lincoln, NE: Writers Club Press, 2002, Chapter 1.
Richard J. Smith. The I Ching: A Biography. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.
Alfred Huang. The Complete I Ching: The Definitive Translation. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 1998.
The roots of Qigong extend thousands of years back in Chinese culture. Qigong is the basis of traditional Chinese medicine that later developed more directly applicable techniques such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion and massage.
Taijiquan (t'ai chi ch'uan) is a martial art that developed out of Daoist qigong circles. There are legends that tell of its origins in Buddhist and Daoist monastic experience. After bringing the meditation school of Buddhism to China in the 5th Century, Bodhidharma is said to have introduced exercises to his students in order to build their stamina for meditation. The name of his monastery has been associated with the Shaolin traditions of martial arts (kungfu) training ever since. At the beginning of the 13th Century Wudang Mountain was founded as a base for Daoist training and Daoist principles of searching for the ultimate through harmonizing with nature were applied to martial practices. The family styles that have come down to us — Wang, Wu and Sun — derive from the late 18th Century and 19th Century although their roots reach back at least a thousand years.
Spiritual fulfillment is the ultimate purpose of both qigong and taijiquan. Taiji has genuine healthful benefits and considerable philosophical foundation. However, taiji requires lengthy instruction and practice to master the forms. One practices taiji to develop physical power and a defensive awareness. It can also be practiced to cultivate energy flow and to calm the mind. Unlike taiji, qigong movements are easy to learn. One can realize healthful benefits immediately. The calming effect on the mind and the healthy release of blockages can come with minimal training although they certainly increase with practice.
Pregnant women ought not to begin qigong training until after the birth has occurred. There is a small but real chance that enhanced blood flow to the uterus may increase the possibility of a miscarriage. Those who become pregnant after commencing the practice, however, are encouraged to continue. Qigong will make for an easier delivery, healthier baby and reduced post-partum depression.
CFQ is the abbreviation of Chaoyi Fanhuan Qigong, or in Chinese. The roots of qigong and meditation extend back thousands of years in Chinese history. The term qigong consists of two parts. Qi refers to bioenergy or the life force that flows through and around the body. The term gong indicates cultivation or training that develops a healthy flow of qi through the body. To generate a healthy flow of qi is to release blockages in the body's energetic system and to remove sources of disease and discomfort.
CFQ is a complete system of holistic healing which draws on the dynamic (movements) and quiescent (meditation) aspects of qigong to provide a basis for physical and spiritual healing.
CFQ is particularly helpful for the relief of stress, trauma and anxiety and the treatment of chronic diseases. However, it can be recommended as a means of dealing with virtually any problem—emotional or psychological, as well as physical.
CFQ is the creation of Master Yap Soon Yeong. Based in Penang, Malaysia, Master Yap is a world-renowned healer and teacher who has taught extensively in Canada, Spain, the UK and Greece and has a following around the world as well as in his own country. The impressive and powerful CFQ movements are not Master Yap's only contribution to healing. He has revitalized and modernized the tradition of Zen meditation and instructed a generation of healers in the techniques of CFQ healing. This is all in addition to maintaining a vital healing practice out of his CFQ Centre in Penang to which people from around the globe come for healing of the most serious diseases.
Master Yap has acquired a reputation for his remarkable, authenticated healing record.
Master Yap is the author of Energy Medicine in CFQ Healing: Healing the Body, Transforming Consciousness (Writer's Club Press, 2002) and several articles and manuals on dynamic qigong and meditation.
As a teacher of qigong and meditation his fame has spread to various parts of the world. Large communities of CFQers exist in Canada, the USA, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, Greece, Australia and, of course, southeast Asia. The number of certified CFQ instructors is over 200 and growing rapidly. Thousands of people have received CFQ training.
Beyond the ordinary, shedding the norm
Void and detached
Returning to Origin and Truth
The Self-nature reveals itself.
No worry, no hindrance and unbounded,
Excellent wisdom, excellent realization—excellent suchness of truth.
Master Yap Soon Yeong
Fibromyalgia is difficult to treat and requires the use of multiple approaches. This study is a randomized controlled trial of CFQ qigong in the treatment of fibromyalgia as compared with a wait-list control group.
One hundred participants were randomly assigned to immediate or delayed practice groups, with the delayed group receiving training at the end of the control period. Qigong training (level 1 Chaoyi Fanhuan Qigong, CFQ), given over three half-days, was followed by weekly review/practice sessions for eight weeks; participants were also asked to practice at home for 45 to 60 minutes per day for this interval. Outcomes were pain, impact, sleep, physical function and mental function, and these were recorded at baseline, eight weeks, four months and six months. Immediate and delayed practice groups were analyzed individually compared to the control group, and as a combination group.
In both the immediate and delayed treatment groups, CFQ demonstrated significant improvements in pain, impact, sleep, physical function and mental function when compared to the wait-list/usual care control group at eight weeks, with benefits extending beyond this time. Analysis of combined data indicated significant changes for all measures at all times for six months, with only one exception. Post-hoc analysis based on self-reported practice times indicated greater benefit with the per protocol group compared to minimal practice.
This study demonstrates that CFQ, a particular form of qigong, provides long-term benefits in several core domains in fibromyalgia. CFQ may be a useful adjuvant self-care treatment for fibromyalgia.download study download poster
I just did a twoday, Level One qigong workshop presented by Jack Risk, with the able assistance of his wife, Chris. I highly recommend it to both new and old (like myself) practitioners. Jack is a brilliant teacher, putting himself in the student's place, anticipating problems and questions, meticulous yet relaxed. The weekend flowed—yet it was packed with information and learning. It left me recharged and inspired.
Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada
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