"A beautifully written introduction to an ancient Eastern discipline. This engrossing tale provides an adventure more authentic than the Castaneda book.
--Stanley Krippner, PhD, co-author, Becoming Psychic
"Sparkles with wit, wisdom, and facts found nowhere else. If another book on chi kung is more engaging, I haven't read it." -- Alberto Villoldo, PhD, author, The Four Insights
A Great Book about a Qi Gong Apprentice
Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2008
I thought I would really enjoy this book and so it proved. Qi Gong can be a bit of a dry subject. Studying Qi Gong is a lot of still postures, and lot of patience cultivating your Qi. One needs a really good reason to do it and some inspiration. Stories like Peter Meech's apprenticeship with his Qi Gong Master is inspiring and motivating. Above all this is very readable. As I said in the beginning I find Qi Gong books quite dry and difficult to bring about self-motivation. Nearly all of them I've been unable to finish. This book for me was a personal account that made it very interesting.
There is no Qi Gong program in here but a lot about Qi Gong, the benefits and the mysterious. If you've read any Carlos Castaneda's books then you'll enjoy this one as well.
I found Meech's Master to be presented as very modest and Peter is also this way. This is a true transmission of knowledge and energy I highly recommend it. -- Stephen Luff, Tai Chi Instructor
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2007
In 1985, the author encountered the world of Chi Kung, an eastern discipline which supposedly involves tapping into a mysterious and immensely powerful "Life Force".
In MYSTERIES OF THE LIFE FORCE, the author is not trying to convince us that Chi Kung exists nor is he attempting to proselytize us with a "Why You Must" tract nor is he offering us an illustrated "How You Can" manual.
The book is more of a "Let me tell you a story about some strange things that happened to me." In the end, it is up to the reader to make of the account what he or she will. The story relates the author's experiences as he enters a rather weird and magical landscape filled with things that Western science can not contemplate, let alone explain.
Because of the author's intelligent, articulate, engaging, non-judgmental and very witty approach, we gladly accompany him along on a journey which traverses a landscape somewhere between GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THE DANCING WU-LI MASTERS. -- Ronald M. Lieberman.