Guo lin gong
Guo lin gong was founded by a Chinese woman named Guo Lin (1906-1984).
In 1949 she was diagnosed with uterine cancer and had surgery to remove it. In 1960 she had a reoccurrence and found it had mestatasized to her bladder. Another operation was done to remove the cancerous portion of the bladder. Again she had relapsed and was given only 6 months to live. Not willing to give up her fight, she remembered the books on qi gong her grandfather had shown her as a child. She researched and practiced, but did not seem to improve. She did more research of the ancient writings and then developed her own form of Qi gong, Guo lin gong.
Guo lin gong is now practised extensively throughout China and has helped many people who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Guo Lin was born in 1906.
There are many stories about how she came to qi gong. From learning on her Taoist monk grandfather's knee to discovering his books after she was diagnosed with cancer.
It is not important how she first learned about qi gong. What is important is that she obviously understood the essence of qi gong and was able to harness it to develop her own form.
In 1949 she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She followed orthodox medical treatments by having a hysterectomy and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. She had many operations.
During the operations and the treatment she felt she was not improving and turned to qi gong.
However the traditional forms did not seem to help her. So she developed her own Qigong style, calling it 'The New Qigong'. After she died (of natural causes, many years later) it became known as "Guo Lin Qigong" in honour of her memory.
While she was developing 'The New Qigong' her cancer went into remission. After tests showed the all clear, she decided to help other people by teaching her 'New Qigong'.
The 'New Qigong' focused on the breath and the mind.
When people came to her to be taught the 'New Qigong' she would ask them if they believed in it. If they said no, she would send them away. She knew that it was essential that you believed it would work. That the mind was as important as the body.
In the early 1970's she started to practice and teach in the park. However, qi gong was discouraged during the period of the Cultural Revolution.
The political situation in China changed after the death of the Chairman Mao in 1976. The traditional disciplines were recognised once again and Guo Lin was able to teach her new form of Qi gong.
Excellent results were soon being achieved, which attracted the attention of many journalists in China who wrote about how this new form of Qi gong was so effective. People from all over China started coming to Beijing to be taught by Guo Lin.
Soon, classes were being held in parks throughout China.
Guo Lin passed away in 1984, 35 years after she was first diagnosed with cancer. She died of natural causes.
Today Guo lin gong is practised by millions of people throughout China and is recognised by the Chinese government.
Guo Lin Qigong performances in the Beijing Olympic Cultural Festival