One Hundred Days of Darkness and Light
is the first section in Robert Peng's book,
The Master Key
Be Xiao yao
“Come visit anytime, Robert,” Sue Hawke said. She was on the phone calling from Australia. “You can stay with my husband and me. The Qi here is great. I’m certain that you will love Sydney and that Australians will love you and your work. And if you decide that you’d like to settle down here, I can help.”
Although I was pleased with my life on Hainan Island, I soon became increasingly drawn to the idea of living in a westernized country like Australia where I could speak English freely and learn more about the world. Xiao Yao’s vision of my destiny was global in scope, and despite my success on mainland China as a teacher and healer, I sensed that my future extended beyond the borders of my homeland. This feeling grew increasingly stronger, and three years after Sue’s phone call, I finally accepted her open invitation.
By that time Wuhui was happily settled down on Hainan Island with a wife and son. Since he was not interested in exploring the world beyond China, I flew to Sydney with another Qigong healer named Zhao on a three-month trial basis to determine how we would fare in a foreign country.
Sue greeted us at the airport and drove us to her home, where we stayed for the remainder of the trip. Prime Minister Hawke organized a welcome party for us at his own seaside house, and I made many new friends overnight. I was struck by the good-natured warmth and openness of the Australians.
Zhao and I opened up a small clinic in a secluded wing of Sue’s home. We were pleased by the high demand for our treatments and delighted by the respect our patients showed for our ancient healing art.
“I have a surprise for you,” Sue told us one day. She drove us to Sydney Harbor, and we went to a little port where a bobbing sea- plane awaited us. It looked like an oversized toy. I had never been so close to a small plane before, and to see one that floated on water thrilled me.
“Are we really going to fly in it?” I asked. “Climb aboard,” Sue smiled.
As we rose in the air, I stared out the window. From above, the multipronged Sydney Harbor looked like outstretched fingers stroking the blue water. We flew along the coast for half an hour and then the seaplane spiraled down, landing smoothly in a small, secluded bay nestled against lush mountains. The exotic colors of the setting summer sun danced upon the greenery. We got off the plane and I breathed in the fragrant sea breeze.
In the serene quietude of the late afternoon, we followed Sue to a restaurant that was cradled by thick vegetation on one side and rippling water on the other. We sat at an outdoor table on the porch and ordered fresh seafood. While we were dining, a laughing kookaburra bird landed on a wooden post a few feet away from me. We looked at each other, and he let out a cackling chirp that made us all laugh. He came closer to me. I extended my arm and he bounced off the railing and onto my finger. With the bird roving along my hand, sur- rounded by the lush trees and flowers, I felt like a little boy playing in a fairyland.
In China birds fear humans because they usually hunt them for food, so it’s impossible to get close to a bird unless it is caged. Growing up, I commonly experienced a solid wall separating the animal world from the human world. But as this wild bird bounced around on my arm, that wall melted away and both worlds united. This feeling of oneness was as profound and liberating as any spiritual realization I had ever had.
Sue’s kindness, the good-heartedness of the Australians, and the natural beauty of the land made me seriously consider moving to Sydney, but it was that funny little bird who finally convinced me to stay.
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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 download 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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Click here to watch and participate in Robert’s 8-minute Qigong practice, Scooping Universal Qi to Empower our Wisdom, Love & Vitality.
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This article appears in: 2020 Catalyst, Issue 24: Energy Medicine & Healing Summit