In the first year of my ‘proper’ Qigong training I often felt that what I was doing wasn’t very good. Because I was comparing my results with other peoples. Especially what I call the ‘light shows’.
I read the stories of fellow students who had visitations from past Qigong/Kung Fu masters, who received wisdom direct from the Buddhas, who saw Bodhisattvas and a whole host of wonderful experiences.
I never did and I felt that maybe I was doing something wrong.
Then I made two discoveries from discussing these feelings with my teacher.
1) All these type of experiences are still of the ‘phenomenal’ realm of existence, in our spiritual practice we are aiming to transcend the things of the phenomenal realm and therefore, whilst nice, we shouldn’t pay too much attention to them.
2) Such experiences can be a hinderance to further spiritual progress, especially if the practitioner gets hooked on them. For example always expecting something ‘special’ to happen when they practice.
Many masters have said that these types of experience are actually distractions and to exercise caution with them.
With this new understanding I was able to enjoy my practice even more and enjoy new found happiness and increased resistance to the stresses and strains of daily life.