This was the title of an article that appeared in the New York Times on May 6, 1933, when the newspaper announced the death of Li Ching Zuen, a Chinese healer, born in 1677. Documents of the time attested that the Chinese government congratulated him on his 150th birthday, and then on his 200th birthday.
“At the time of his death he looked like a 50-year-old man,”
as evidenced by a photograph taken in 1927.
“This healer joined the Chinese military at the age of 71 as a martial arts instructor and tactical consultant
,” says Susan Shumsky in the book titled “Ascension – communion with immortal masters and beings of light” (Ed. For You). The same source cites the description of the amazing man, made by General Yang Shen in a military report, entitled “A real account of a 250-year-old man, a carrier of luck”: “He can move very quickly through the mountains, even though he is almost 250 years old. (…) At one meal eat three plates of rice, chicken and other meats“. The secret of the long life, described by Li Ching Zuen herself, is this;
“Man must have a quiet heart, remain as calm as a turtle, walk as brightly as a dove, and sleep as deep as a dog.”
The secret of the long life, revealed by a man who has lived an unnaturally long life, contains three essential elements: inner peace, the calmness of the “turtle”, the quick gait, so movement and good sleep. But most important of all, the one from which all are born, and the quick movement, and the good sleep is, in fact, the inner component; “peace.” “If people had a quiet heart and always stood in a state of inner peace, they could also live for a century,” the same healer said. Looking at his biography, however, we find that he was trained in the field of healing with the help of medicinal plants and, perhaps, that this is another indispensable ingredient for the long life, but one that he did not mention in the description cited before. It is likely, however, that nature’s pharmacy is just what God has given us for cases where we lose our inner peace and, with it, we lose our vitality, our ability to move quickly, as well as good sleep.
We acquire energy and vitality through movement, through constant physical effort, done day by day, but also through sleep, where we charge our used batteries in a waking state. Essential wear does not come from physical movement; energy consumption and lack of vitality do not cause in a physical excess, but in a mental, inner one.
It makes us tired and we’re worried about anxiety, not movement. It overshadows our care and stress, not work. Hatred and irritation, anger and dissatisfaction age, we lose our energy and vitality through nervous consumption rather than physical consumption. A good night’s sleep refuels us physically and mentally, nourishes us with energy and power because in sleep we reconnect with the source of life, with the power of “inner peace”, which the mind no longer breaks, nor disturbs our emotions and worries. If we manage to remain in a state of inner calm and peace during daily activities we remain in contact with the “source of life”, with the truth that guides and cares for us.
Pthat inner one is our natural state, how the tendency to worry continuously and irritate us, to feel dissatisfied and unhappy indicates precisely that we “unplug” ourselves or disconnect from our Self. Not only are we less inspired by dissatisfaction and anxiety, not only are we strangling our own energy, not only are we disrupting our relationship with life’s natural batteries, but we are aging faster and living less. “Do not worry for tomorrow, for God knows what you need and will give you,” Jesus said, and in a way said that our minds do not bring us the things we need, but contact with inner peace can do it. For in this peace the mind is silent, but God speaks. In this peace, the Ego melts, but the power of the energy that sustains life in the entire universe is heard and seen. Perhaps that’s why the Bible says, “Peace be with you.”
For if peace is with us, it is all we need for life, including what we need for a long life.