Author: Sun Zexian
Qigong Teaching and Research Section, Liaoning College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shenyang, China 
Conference/Journal: 2nd World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong
Date published: 1993
Other: Pages: 154 , Word Count: 401
A new theory and technique of Chinese qigong will be discussed in this paper, which is a result of the study of Taoist and Buddhist qigong in terms of psychology.
It is understandable that a tree has its root, but it is not understandable that a person has his 'root” either. Every person has his own life experience. Each of the experience can be come a mass of information, called 'Root Complex”, laying in the body. A person's root is made up of such unaccountable Root Complexes. The concept of Root Complex is much wider and deeper than that of Sigmund Freud's 'Complex', for the Root Complexes of a person are not only from individual, but also from his parents, from his ancestor, even from every step of human evolution. The evidence can be found in qigong practice.
Among so many Root Complexes, a lot of them are not in order. For this reason people usually cannot fully develop his own personality. A special way of putting Root Complexes in order was found thousands years ago by Chinese ancestors to help people perfect himself. That is, Chinese qigong.
Qigong is complying with a kind of human instinct—Back to Root, which means returning to the source of life and to the source of universe. The Back to Root consciousness exists commonly and potentially in human beings. Human's Back to Root consciousness needs an expression, which is the process of putting the Root in order. The primitive way of the expression of human's Back to Root consciousness is sorcery or religion, and the modern way of that is Chinese qigong. Qigong helps people eliminate the interference with Back to Root consciousness from the concepts forming in the development of human consciousness. To transcend all the concepts means 'Enlightenment', the super experience of human, with which the person's Root Complexes can be thoroughly putting in order and his potential power can be fully developed. In this sense it is reasonable that Chinese qigong may be under the name of 'Oriental Enlightenmentology'.
'The Way of Back to Root', including some important principles and techniques, is from the study of the Taoist and Buddhist qigong, that would be helpful for people to get the super experience—enlightenment, and rebuild his personality to make himself more useful for the society. In this sense the Way of Back to Root can also be called 'Personality Rebuilding Engineering'.