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Falun Gong - The Force is With Us

By M.E. Brines

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2011 by M.E. Brines

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Falun Gong is a Chinese sect that claims to be an offshoot of Buddhism. Originally founded in 1992 by Li Hongzhi, a clerk in the Jilin provincial grain bureau of China. Li combined elements of Buddhism and Daoism with a bizarre leavening of UFO-ology into his own variant of quigong (energy cultivation.)

Quigong (Not to be confused with Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-wan’s mentor) is a system of exercise and meditation whereby a practitioner is believed to increase their spiritual or psychic energies, increase vitality, improve their health, well being and even gain paranormal powers. According to the teachings of Falun Gong, practitioners can undergo a transformation and gain supernormal powers such as levitation, psychokinesis and “fixing power,” the power to command those with a weak mind to obey. [Source: Falun Gong: The End of Days, Maria Hsia Chang, 2004]

If those powers sound like the sort of thing you’d see practiced by Jedi in a Star Wars movie, you’re right. What Falun Gong teaches is nothing less than mastery of The Force. Known as Chi or Qi or Vril, an inner energy “force” present in all living things, the concept has been around since ancient times. George Lucas just dressed it up in science-fiction trappings. [For more detail see Vril - A Force to Reckon With]

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