One Hundred Days of Darkness and Light

is the first section in Robert Peng's book,
The Master Key

Installment #22

Chapter Five
My World Opens Up

Hainan Island

After each of the Qigong demonstrations, my popularity on campus surged higher, and an increasing number of students signed up for Wuhui’s and my Qigong classes and healings. Mr. Liu was also indirectly responsible for spreading our reputation as healers beyond the university. He had an influential friend who was involved with the local television station. Her situation was desperate, and he asked me to help her. The woman sent a car to my dormitory, and Wuhui and I were driven to her apartment.

Mr. Liu’s friend was an attractive woman in her early forties who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a big lump on her left breast, and her physicians had already scheduled surgery to remove the breast. Ironically, she displayed the same disapproving haughtiness Mr. Liu did when we first met, but behind the arrogance was extreme fear.

Wuhui and I treated her together a total of three times.

Less than a month later, she drove to the university and knocked on my door.

“May I come in?” she asked.

“How are you feeling?” I asked once she was inside my office. “The lump has gradually shrunk. This morning I checked again. I looked everywhere. It’s completely gone!” she exclaimed.

“Are you sure?”

“I’m absolutely sure. I check it every day. I check it ten times a day!”

 “That’s wonderful news.”

“Robert,” she said, holding my hand warmly, “thank you.”

After her healing more people from beyond campus began to come to Wuhui and me for Qigong treatments, and the number of students signing up for Qigong training continued to increase. We were spending more time practicing Qigong and healing patients than teaching our university classes. However, not everyone approved of our activities. During one of our Qigong classes there was a knock at the door. The president of the university came in with a group of security guards.

“We received an anonymous complaint that you’re involved in dangerous activities,” he said. “I insist that you stop immediately. I won’t allow anyone to get injured on my watch.”

We argued with him and explained that despite some of the dramatic feats performed for demonstration purposes, Qigong was safe. Finally, he relented and allowed us to continue, but the incident made Wuhui and me realize that the university campus was still not an ideal place for us to practice Qigong openly.

“The next time someone files a complaint, they could make us stop teaching,” I remarked.

Wuhui made a radical suggestion, “We should quit our jobs and move to Hainan Island. We can open up a healing clinic there safely and charge for our services.”

He was right. If we truly wanted to teach Qigong, Hainan Island was the best place to go. Back in 1988 Deng Xiaoping, the leader of China, had declared Hainan Island a “Special Economic Develop- ment Zone.” Government restrictions were loosened and millions of free-spirited Chinese flocked to the island in search of wealth and glory. Wuhui’s suggestion fired up my imagination, but I also questioned its practicality.

“Look,” he said, trying to convince me, “we won’t be accepted as professional Qigong healers here anytime soon. There’s still too much resistance. We’re young and talented. This is the time to make our move.”

“Wuhui, you’re absolutely right,” I told my friend after thinking about it. “They won’t accept us here. Not for a long time. Let’s do it!”

To be continued in the next issue of Catalyst...

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Robert Peng is a world-renowned Qigong Master, healer, and author of the book, The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom.

Click here for a free access of the audiobook, 100 Days of Darkness and Light, which is the first section in Robert's book, The Master Key.

Robert's companion resources include:

The Master Key Video Series (4 DVDs of Qigong practices)

The Master Key Audio Series (5 CDs of Qigong practices)

Qigong Ecstasy (45-minute Qigong practice video)

AM/PM Qigong (Two 30-minute Qigong routines video)

Robert was born and raised in Hunan, China. At age eight, he began an intensive apprenticeship under the close guidance of the legendary monk Xiao Yao, an enlightened master known for his profound healing ability and martial arts skill. At age 15, Robert performed a 100-day water fast in a small dark room at a secluded monastery in the remote mountains of Hunan province. He underwent a radical spiritual transformation and awakened amazing healing powers. Master Xiao Yao encouraged Robert to develop his healing skills by studying with other Chinese masters.

After pursuing his training quietly while attending university in Changsha, where he majored in English Literature, at 29 years old he began to teach publicly, and within five years had trained over 150,000 students all over China, Australia, and the U.S. 

With his deep understanding and practice of Qigong, and with extensive life and teaching experience in the western world, Robert has developed a unique way to teach Qigong that people from different cultures can easily understand and follow while enjoying the real essence of this ancient Chinese healing art of wisdom, love, and vitality. 

Robert has been a regular presenter at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, The Esalen Institute, Integrative Health Symposium, and many other organizations and schools.

Together with Bishop Desmond and Pema Chodron, he was honored as one of "Top Ten Heroes of 2013" for his contribution to transform "the ancient Chinese healing art of Qigong into today's fast-growing holistic practices — in addition to use as a spiritual practice for inner balance and peace, Qigong movement is gaining acceptance as a gentle movement for chronic illness and pain."

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This article appears in: 2020 Catalyst, Issue 21: Qigong Global Summit