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Friday, September 16th, 2011

Nature elixirs for vitality are all around us if only we have eyes to see them

I think you should view life as one big coconut, hard on the outside soft on the inside,the hard shell is your point of view attitudes, and environment you live in.

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another,

The powerful yields to the gentle they both benefit!!

only man in his infinite arrogance confuses the two and often misses the truth!!

The gift of life natural rain water

This truth and clarity of mind is also called Enlightenment !!

This is a symbol for Harmony" the marriage of yin and yang forces!!

The soft nutritious part on the inside is your personality, your positive attitude, and flexible in  mind and body that allows you to adjust to any situation, and adapt and overcome  them. This is achieved by dispersing the build up of  too much negative  energy and stress with a positive solution and vitality.

This is a example of each one teach one !!!

 

The key to a full life is to discover a way to crack that coconut called life; and enjoy the nutritious soft inside called vital living. And now you have discovered the right  tools, for life you can teach others how to use it.

Then  the joy and peace of mind  that comes  sometimes by  sharing , will reveal this in its innate wisdom. Thereafter,  the truth and clarity can be passed on to  anyone that wishes to use it.

we are as much alive as we keep the earth alive!!

     Have a great day.

 

peace, Sifu Dennis p

 
 
Thursday, August 11th, 2011

** listen to this as you read   06 Unbroken Flow

The 8 principles for Taijiboxing and a healthy lifestyle

     Taijiboxing as both a Art form and a philosophy for life has 8 basic principles which when properly integrated into your personality gives a perfect treasure chest of wisdom and knowledge to deal with the ever turbulent ride that we call life.

    Just like in nature the ancient Taoist observed that running water is never stagnant or putrid.  Likewise we should observe the Tao and be as free flowing as a stream constantly adjusting to the underlying  and surrounding terrain.

 The first principle is: PATIENCE : 

"Patience through stillness and motion"

 

   The state or quality of being patient; the power of suffering with fortitude; uncomplaining endurance of evils or wrongs, as toil, pain, poverty, insult, oppression, calamity, etc.

    But like in the practice of taijiquan as both art form and a martial discipline you must endeavor to practice regardless of the outcome. That is to say that, the dedication and the discipline is the reward in it self  and as it was said ” He  who laughs last, laughs longest”, patience is a virtue that is rarely ascertained.

Patience is a virtue that most often never attained!!

The second principle is:   Practice:

"Practice patience and discipline Fuel for a true art form"

   Systematic training by multiple repetitions; “practice makes perfect”

 

Translating an idea into action; “A hard theory to put into practice”.  Skill or dexterity acquired by use; expertness:

Actual performance  is the application of knowledge  as opposed to theory.

 Systematic exercise for instruction or discipline;.[Websters   definition].

This incorporates a individuals application of knowledge , willpower and conviction to overcome a obstacle through consistent  patience.

The Third is:Perseverance

If a first you don't succeed stability in motion try try again Perseverance!!

 

 

     The steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties,   obstacles, or discouragement. this is the pinnacle to all personal enlightenment applying this in daily life make the world a brighter place. this in my opinion combination with hope is the light of the world.  it is said that the great sage s believed that  “In the midst of adversity all is clarity”.
 The Fourth is: Persistence

Persitance is the key Patience is the way,somtimes obstacles seem larger than life!!

Continued progress in a course of action without regard to difficulty, past failures, or opposition.

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

Benjamin Franklin

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.

Napoleon Hill

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge

These quote outline one of the few quality that can not be copied you must develop this trait, and make it part of who you are.

This is number Five:   Practicality.

He who hesitates has lost, sometimes the element of suprise is the best defence

 

 

This is exhibited in, or obtained through practice or action: Practical knowledge; usable, workable or useful and sensible: Practical proposals  relating to, or governed by, and acquired through practice and action, rather than just theory. Speculation and ideals can be  gained through the practical experience of .. life.

This refers to the implementation of knowledge ,experience and wisdom combined with adaption and innovation to make a idea concept technique or theory usable.

In the field of martial arts as within our daily life”s , many thinks may sound practical but are not necessarily feasible.      Many techniques form some of the traditional martial arts and may have seemed practical  some 20 yrs ago.

But not in  today’s environment application of that hidden ancient knowledge is now widely common knowledge.

Due largely to technology, and the world wide web  making information available form all over the world with the    internet.

Therefore; It  is much harder now a day for a female to say” knee a male attacker in the groin” than it might  have been 20 yrs ago, when the technique was not so commonly known or  employed.

This is number 6    Pliability.

Roundhouse hook kick ,two opponents one move, stability in motion!

 

 

The quality or state of being pliable;

Flexibility, ie  supple enough to bend freely or repeatedly without breaking  : yielding readily to others :

This is what is meant by having a” flexible mind and body and a calm free flowing spirit”.

It is not rigid and can easily adapt conform and expand as necessary to maintain its structure.

A truly form less form.

This is number 7   Progressive.

softness subduing hardness,the water erodes the mountain.

Moving forward; advancing.  Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments: progressive change. Promoting or favoring progress toward . Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Moving forward; proceeding onward; advancing; evincing progress; increasing; as, progressive motion or course; — opposed to retrograde.  Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.

Many people  have  the idea that progress always means something brand new, and that new is always better.

I think there is very little knew under the sun, and it is only a matter of man’s arrogance to think we have some thing “Brand knew”.

Most theories are based on something they already have some knowledge off, and may have even forgotten.

"Wave hands like clouds" action and Inaction stillness and motion universal harmony!!

Wisdom”  is a innate gift that most of us never actualize because society tells us it is for a chosen few, experts genius, scientist, billionaires. but we all have the  capability to  access what used to be know as “common sense” but I think few of us may  remember how

Maybe we have become to reliant on the artificial information technologies as opposed to our own intuition.

But we are just people, and all  share  the same human frailties, and unique  qualities.

As they used to say in the olden days, “Necessity is the mother of invention”.

The difference only real difference between a Leader and a Follower  is luck,and opportunity??.

No matter what the “ Tabloids may try to say about self made Millionaires”

“just a thought!!!

This is number 8     Potential.

Practice ,patience persistance, pliability ,progression, and potential everything is possible

    1. that has power; potent
    2. that can, but has not yet, come into being; possible; latent; unrealized; undeveloped
    3. Gram. expressing possibility, capability, power,capable of development into actuality

The idea of potential is the greatest gift and secret know to mankind. since the origin of the species and the organization of the planet the potential or”Dunamus”, inherent power of the human being  may well be limitless!!

The problem is that we are limited by our own capabilities, we have a huge reservoir  for potential but due to today’s lifestyle and attitudes are somehow disconnected form the keys.

The door to this freedom may lie in the wisdom of the ages, the meditative practices of Buddhism, and the Taoist breathing and balance approach to food and respecting the planet.

This suddenly is being  “Noticed” by our great directors of the planet the so called “Scientific communities” .

The idea of a more synergistic approach to life on this planet, and the introduction to a concept of a sustainable planet .This stark reality is being  noticed by  Scientist and global suffering, through  mass starvation(Africa) and mass migration of people.

We are also  noticing devolution and the loss of too many species too quickly in quantum proportions.

This might suggest the Human  population is too large for what the planet can sustain  and we are running quickly running out of sustenance(Food and  living space).   Our habitat is quickly being eroded, and if we do not wake up and act now,Return to the natural Tao,we will cease to exist.

 Finally we may begin to understand our human heritage as  merely care takers  of the planet.

With time let us hope this message  may finally be hitting home….

   This idea of ” Harmony” and that of more “care takers” than simply” taker “  I hope will lead people back to a more balanced approach to living and things like Taiji and Yoga will be a normal part of life.

In the midst of stillness all is clarity, natures gift of meditation!!

Just like taking care of yourself, the planet, and of course paying bills and taxes.

I hope by applying some of these principles not only to your Taiji Practice but to your daily life will bring peace.

Harmony, Vitality and freedom of spirit in a sometime roller coaster world will help you  on  your daily journeys.

 

 

 

 

Peace and be well. I hope you enjoy my ideas, and can utilize some of the concepts to

have a better day!!   thanks for reading it.

sifu Dennis pounall.

 

 
 
Monday, August 8th, 2011

The  origins of Qi Gung

Play the fiddle"

compressing the Qi , ready to fa jin

Many people have many theories and methods on the origins and theory of the practice and usage of Qi kung.

taijiboxing golden palm training technique

I was taught and believe that it is simply a mindful integration of” breath work” and” spiritual clarity”: This however is not as easy as it may sound, and requires effort, and practice and lots of patient  persistence. One of the key factors which is required is a clear sense of ” Focus” “Intention “and” Attention” to the mind ,body, and spiritual aspect of ones self awareness.

This  requires continuous effort and mindful practice this can only be attained through “passive detachment from ones Ego, and one self perception of our  “emotional shackles” this is very difficult as most of us are not aware of this “clutter” that we call our personalities, opinions, ideas, or thoughts..although all of us are aware of and accept breathing as a natural extension of life. Qi and breathing are integrally connected but are not one and the same.

 Generally most of us do not breath efficiently, or actively: unless under duress, or in competitive sports, or a fearful situation;  Hence the development of ill health, dis-ease and of course finally death  through expiration( out of all breath and qi ). some people believe “Breath is life” and it may be possible to achieve all  your sustenance through the balance and control of your breathing ie, yogi masters, Qi gung Master, etc.  after all if you look at the christian faith it states,

New International Version (©1984)
the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.New Living Translation (©2007)
Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.

so who really knows the truth!!!

      Here are a few popular theories and interpretation form other sources. on it usage and application. enjoy!!!.

Stillness and motion natures osmosis

 

The history of Qigong can be grouped into four periods of growth. It has a rich past with contributions included from Buddhism, Taoism, martial arts and medical scholars.

Qigong’s history developed from observation of chi to cultivation of chi for health purposes and enlightenment. It has influenced martial arts and is one of the foundation stones for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It continues to evolve and enhance the life of millions of practitioners every day.

Qigong is an ancient healing practice with its cultural roots in China. It is likened to certain practices from Indian yoga that can be found in pranayama,dhyana and asana.

Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming translates Qigong as the “kung fu of internal energy circulation” in his book Chi Kung Health and Martial Arts. Kung Fu is the study of excellence of any activity that requires time, energy and discipline.

 

How Old is Qigong?

Although Qigong is sure to have been practiced before texts documented its existence, history can only speculate for just how long Qigong has been practiced in China. Bill Douglas, author of The Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi and QiGong suggests Qigong is 2000 years old, whereas the website of Shen-Nong suggests that its 5000 years old.

Dr. Yang, one of the great Qigong scholars who have shared their learning and experience with the Western world in the past thirty years divides the history of Chinese Qigong into roughly four periods.

The First Period of Qigong

The first era documenting Qigong begins with the Yi Jing (Book of Changes) written sometime before 1122 B.C. Dr Yang in Qigong The Secret Of Youth writes that Qigong can be “traced back before the Shang dynasty (1766-1154 B.C.). However, documents that explain training practices are hard to come by.”

The first period also includes information recorded in the Nei Jing that during the reign of the Yellow Emperor (2690-2590 B.C.) pebbles were used to adjust chi circulation. Lao Tzu wrote about cultivating chi in the Tao Te Ching and later in 300 B.C., Chuang-Tzu wrote a famous sentence “the men of old breathed clear down to their heals.”

The Second Period of Qigong

The second period of Qigong heralds the merging of original Qigong methods with Buddhism and different meditation techniques. It could also be called “the religious qigong era.”

Dr. Ying writes in A Brief History of Qigong, “It was during the Eastern Han dynasty (c. 58 A.D.) that Buddhism was imported to China from India. […]The Buddhist temples taught many Qigong practices, especially the still meditation of Chan (Zen), which marked a new era of Chinese Qigong.”

Ying explains that while Buddhism kept the secrets of qigong training within the walls of their monasteries, there were other streams of qigong being taught and learned, including the meditation techniques of Dao Jiao, different schools of thought from Tibetan Buddhism, and the awareness that Qigong could be used for more than just health benefits, but to “escape from the cycle of reincarnation.”

It was during this period that the famous Daoist Jun Qian observed and incorporated the movements of animals to create the Wu Qin Xi (Five Animal Sports), “which taught people how to increase their Qi circulation through specific movements.”

The Third Period of Qigong

The third period of Qigong is initiated by a famous Indian called Da Mo who is credited with kick starting a fusion of Qigong with martial arts, “martial qigong.”

It is also a effluent time for the growth of Qigong in literature, with Chao Yuan-Fang gathering together 260 ways of enhancing chi flow in the Zhu Bing Yuan Hou Lun (Thesis on the Origins and Symptoms of Various Diseases), Sun Si-Mao writing the Qian Jin Fang (Thousand Gold Prescriptions) and Wang Tao compiling the Wai Tai Mi Yao (The Extra Important Secret) wherein he discusses the use of breathing and herbal remedies for maintenance of health by enhanced chi circulation.

It was also during this third period that the famous brass man was designed and built by Dr. Wang Wei-Yi who also wrote and accompanying text entitled Tong Ren Yu Xue Zhen Jiu Tu (Illustration of the Brass Man Acupuncture and Moxibustion). Dr. Yang writes, “he explained the relationship of the 12 organs and the 12 Qi channels, clarified many of the points of confusion, and, for the first time, systematically organized acupuncture theory and principles.”

The Fourth Period of Qigong

The current era of Qigong began in 1911 when the Qing dynasty came to an end. This heralded a moment in history when China was forced to open its doors to the world and it resulted in Chinese Qigong becoming enriched with practices from all across the world.

Shamanism and Qigong

In many countries the Church condemned and irradiated many traditional beliefs about energy, whether it be of the spirit, or the body, or the after world. However, there has been a revival of traditional shamanic practitioners who have benefited from implementing the newly released information about Qigong.

At a time when China opened its doors to the West, the Church was losing its authority in many countries across the world. The combination of increased information with open minded seekers has resulted in hybrid creations such as a North American shamanic qigong healer for animals, or a native of the former Soviet Union who became a Tibetan Qi Dao Lineage holder living in North America.

Qigong has its roots in awareness. New forms, new hybrids, new ideas are being created from a combination of different systems from many back grounds. Qigong’s history is in the making.

For more information about Qigong, read Origins of Lohan Qigong.

Sources:

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming Qigong The Secret of Youth YMAA Publication Center, Boston, 2000

Chia, Mantak Chi Self-Massage Healing Tao Books1986 USA

Chia, Mantak Taoist Ways to Transform Stress into Vitality 1985 USA

Kaptchuk, Ted J. Chinese Medicine Rider, London, (1983) 1997, London

Douglas, Bill The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi and Qigong 2002, USA

Mechanism of Action According To Its Own Theory

What is Qi? It is the Life Force (bio-force, or matrix of primal energy) that underlies all existence, from subatomic particles to galaxies to empty space itself. Within humans it is the very substance of our aliveness that pulsates at varying rates within our vital organs and cells. Different qualities of qi define and regulate different biological functions, just as a stem cell differentiates into specialized functions.Qi is NOT mechanical energy, it is the intelligent mind substance that crystallizes into our thoughts, feelings, sensations, desires, and cells. It’s the motive force of DNA replication and immune system function. Qi is the functional level of the body’s innate intelligence.

Qigong shares the same philosophical foundation as Traditional Chinese Medicine (which is actually modern) with its theories of Qi and Blood, Yin/Yang, Meridians & Zang-Fu Organs, Five Elements, and the pathogenesis of disease. It also embodies the older Classical Chinese Medicine which focuses on the alchemical transformations between Shen (mind), Qi (energy), and Jing (body essence) and the shamanic concept of the Five Jing Shen (“vital organ souls”) that govern one’s health. Beyond the overlap of theory, the methods of Qigong differ from those of acupuncture, herbology, and massage.

When Qi becomes deficient or excessive, stagnant or blocked in different parts of the body, or unable to ward off pathogenic factors, a pattern of imbalance is set up that can lead to disease. Imbalances in Qi can occur as a result of improper diet, over strain, stress, lack of physical exercise, traumatic injury, toxins, environmental factors (wind, cold, summer heat, dampness, dryness), or the seven emotions (anger, worry, sadness, grief, fear, fright, joy). When the bodyÕs natural equilibrium is overcome by any of these factors, disease can occur.

One type of qigong therapy employs “external qi emission”. The qigong healer may tap into either his personal or universal energy which is then focused and radiated into the patient’s body lying on a table or while sitting. This alters the energetic matrix of the patient’s meridians, and causes their physical body to be regenerated. The patient may feel a gentle warmth or tingling begin to flow in different parts of the body. Depending on the skill of the healer, it can be used with great success on anything from mild headache to broken bones to sexual dysfunction as well as chronic illnesses such as cancer and aids. Some healers can work at a distance, even hundreds of miles away.

The second type is for a patient to self-practice qigong. The patient is taught how to do qigong movements and meditations that will benefit their particular condition. Some are specifically designed for different illnesses, i.e. asthma, a special anti-cancer walk or for joint disease, and others are meant to balance the qi of summer, winter, or the heart or lung meridian, etc. All are easily performed even by the elderly or by people in a weak condition. The patient usually feels improvement immediately and a general sense of well-being.

The powerful Qi meditation methods known as “neigong” create “internal qi movements” using the mind to flow qi in the meridians. Most famous is the “microcosmic orbit”, which circulates qi up the spine and down the front of the body. Others might use sub-vocal sound frequencies focused on the vital organs (the “six healing sounds”), or by evoking positive feeling states (the “inner smile”). There is even a sexual qigong for redirecting sexual qi to alleviate impotence, PMS, and stimulate the production of hormonal per-cursors in the bone marrow.

The self-practice approach requires self-discipline on the part of the patient, but because the patient is taught how to take responsibility for their own healing it generally produces the most effective and lasting results. Once the patient learns to generate “qi” within themselves, the results are not limited to self-healing. You may continue to practice the qigong to achieve ever higher levels of wellness and spiritual awareness. Qigong is so simple yet powerful that many healers use qigong to repair themselves from “healer burnout”.

Biologic Mechanism of Action

The physiological effects of Qigong have been extensively scientifically studied in the past twenty years. The Computerized Qigong Database (Qigong Institute) has over 1300 studies. Qigong has been shown to decrease blood pressure, decrease oxygen consumption, increase respiratory efficiency, improve cardiovascular functioning, alter and integrate brain wave patterns, decrease stress hormone levels, and improve cellular and humoral immunity . These changes are characteristic of effects on central and autonomic nervous systems, hormones, and neurotransmitters. The overall relaxation response is believed to play a significant role in the mitigation of the devastating effects of stress, and the prevention and treatment of illness.There are seven aspects of emitted qi that have been quantified scientifically. Qi emission resulted in significant changes in infra sound, electromagnetic, static electricity, infrared radiation, gamma rays, particle and wave flows , organic ion flows, and light. Most dramatic were human infrasonic frequencies that leaped from 60 MHz to 400,000. MHz during qi emission.

In experiments on externally emitted qi from Qigong masters on various biological substrates and chemical compounds, emitted Qi was found to affect DNA synthesis and structure, protein synthesis, artificial cell membranes, chemical reactions, and polarized light beams. In similar experiments involving long-distance Qi emission and its effects on molecular structures, evidence was found to suggest the existence of such a phenomenon.

Research into emitted Qi is still in its infancy, but it is rapidly expanding our knowledge of human bio-magnetic energy. Study of emitted Qi on biological systems has the potential to unsettle the foundation of modern science and thinking. Qigong does not appear to behave entirely according to the laws of linear physics, but rather to the advanced concepts of quantum and chaos theories.

Demographics

Qigong exercises and meditations are practiced on a daily basis by an estimated 100 million people in China and in growing numbers throughout the world. The profile of those utilizing Qi healing outside of China is not well known. In the authors’ experience, the typical profile of a client seeking Qi healing is: woman, professional, higher education, between age of 30 and 50.

Qigong teachers and self-practitioners are now relatively easy to find in North America, especially in large cities with Asian communities. Contact national Qigong associations, Qigong (Chi Kung) or Tai Chi Schools, acupuncture schools, Chinese associations, herbal pharmacies, health food and martial arts stores, alternative health publications.

Forms of Therapy

internal (self-practice) and external (qi emission) qigong are the two broad divisions. Internal Qigong consists of meditation and movement exercises which are practiced by individuals to regulate their own Qi. External Qigong is performed by a trained Qigong practitioner to detect and correct imbalances in the circulation of Qi in another person.

Indications and Reasons for Referral

Most older children and adults can learn to practice simple Qigong to increase their sense of well being, decrease stress, improve health, prevent illness, and especially to treat chronic and difficult conditions. Qigong is a valuable adjunct to Western medicine in that it supports a pro-active, preventative approach to health.Qigong therapy alone is not appropriate for acute or emergency situations unless the Qigong therapist is highly skilled and experienced.

Common reasons for referring someone to Qigong instruction or therapy:

  • Management of chronic illness
  • Wellness promotion/preventative medicine
  • Stress management
  • Inability of Western medicine to clearly diagnose an illness or condition i.e. strange or bizarre symptoms that donÕt conform to any known Western pattern of disease.
  • Patient requests Holistic or natural treatment options
  • Unacceptable risk (to patient or physician) of proposed medical interventions
  • Terminal illness: palliative or therapeutic stages

    Research Base:

    Most of the research on Qigong in the past 30 years are in abstracts in proceedings from international scientific meetings or published in Chinese. Many are now available through the Qigong Institute research database.

    Evidence Based

    Several studies suggest Qigong can reduce both systolic and diastolic high blood pressure, decrease the amount of medication required to stabilize hypertension. It reduces excessive responses to stress and improves the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.In an impressive twenty-two year controlled study of 244 hypertensive patients, Qigong practice was shown to decrease overall mortality (19.3% Qigong vs. 41.7% controls), decrease the incidence (18 % Qigong vs. 41 % control) and mortality for stroke (13.9 % Qigong vs. 24.7 % controls), improve control of systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and help reduce anti hypertensive medication dosages (47.7 % of the Qigong group in contrast with an increased dosage requirement in 30.85 % of the control group). Qigong also helps offset cardiovascular lesions such as progressive retinopathy and abnormal ECG findings.

    Studies suggest Qigong affects hormonal balance, decreasing estradiol levels in hypertensive men and increasing estradiol and testosterone levels in post-menopausal women. It improves left ventricular function, increases cardiac output, and decreases peripheral vascular resistance in patients with essential hypertension and coronary heart disease.

    Hemodialysis patients reported subjective improvements in appetite, increased frequency of bowel movements, increase in general well-being and physical strength, improved sexual activity, and sleep quality.

    Basic Science

    The existence and measurement of Qi has been the object of many studies. Seto et al. measured an extraordinarily large magnetic field (10-3 gauss) emanating from the palms of three individuals emitting Qi. This is one thousand times stronger than the known, naturally occurring human bio-magnetic field (10-6 gauss). The frequency of this unusual magnetic wave was 4 to 10 Hz (29).Chien et al. documented the effects of emitted Qi on human fibroblast cell growth, DNA synthesis, protein synthesis and boar sperm respiration.

    Studies suggest several possible mechanisms for the physiological effects of Qigong. Emitted Qi is able to affect RNA and DNA UV absorption , change artificial phospholipid membranes , and alter molecular compositions of non-living substances similar to those found in the body. Similar results at long distances defy our current understanding of physical laws.

    The effects of Qigong on the nervous system have been well studied. The Qigong state is different from the waking state, resting with eyes closed, drowsiness, sleep, or any state in between. EEG studies show slowing of alpha peak frequency and increase in alpha-1 (8-10 Hz) components in the anterior-frontal regions (7, 12) .

    Qigong meditation with active abdominal breathing is a method common to many schools. In one study, this was found to improve ventilatory efficiency for O2 and CO2 by about 20%.

    Risk and Safety

    Qigong enjoys an enviable and remarkable safety profile, but is not without possible side effects. Side effects are infrequent and are usually not due to the techniques themselves, but rather to incorrect practice. Patients with acute infections should avoid vigorous types of qigong which may circulate the infected blood. Some White Crane styles with rapid fluttering of limbs have been reported to overstimulate frail individuals, causing nervous breakdown.Qigong “deviation syndrome” — dizziness, headache, nausea, palpitation, feeling hot or cold, dissociative feeling — is easily corrected by the practitioner with relaxation and correct mind set, body posture, or breathing. Qigong induced psychosis has been described in rare cases with auditory hallucinations and delusions. This is usually self-limited and resolves soon after stopping Qigong. When this fails, an experienced Qigong practitioner or master can help.

    Efficacy

    The percentage of patients who respond to Qigong vary according to the level of experience and skill of the practitioner. Common estimates of benefits run from 80 to 90 %. With greater length of practice and experience, the benefits appear to increase.Efficacy is enhanced if people fully commit to practice on a daily basis. In a study of hypertensive patients, the overall mortality rate of people who practiced>3/4 of the timewas 11.2 % compared with 29.3 % in the inconsistent group.

    Future Research Opportunities and Priorities

    Further research will likely be directed toward demonstrating effectiveness rather than understanding why and how Qigong works.

    Office Applications

    Qigong can infuse Qi into everything that acupuncture needles can, and reach even deeper into the mind-body relationship. This makes it a premier treatment choice for most chronic conditions:Hypertension: benefits include improved blood pressure control (systolic and diastolic), decreased medication use, decreased mortality, decreased incidence and mortality of stroke, offset of the progression of cardiovascular lesions and retinopathy .

    Asthma: disorders which are affected by emotional components or stress are very amenable to Qigong,which improves respiratory efficiency.

    Allergies: Studies show Qigong can affect the immune system and stabilize the effects of stress and emotions.

    Stress and stress-related disorders: (e.g. fatigue, tension headaches, poor concentration, difficulty sleeping, problems with appetite, vague aches and pains, etc.) Sitting and moving Qigong are excellent tools to mitigate the devastating effects of stress on the mind, body and spirit.

    Cancer: with experimental data about the effects of Qi on DNA, protein synthesis , chemical reactions, cell growth, the immune system, emotional well-being, and improved quality of life, Qigong should be an integral part of all programs dealing with cancer. Many studies have been presented at scientific meetings about the beneficial effects of Qigong on cancer cells and tumors.

    AIDS: Same reasons as for cancer.

    Gastro-intestinal: Irritable bowel, peptic ulcer disease, poor appetite, constipation, hemorrhoids, etc. The effects of Qigong on the functional aspects of digestion are well recognized by research.

    Chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia: These syndromes can be frustrating to treat with Western medicine. Qigong can help these patients rebuild their stores of Qi and balance their energy circulation.

    Diabetes: There is evidence that Qigong can alter hormonal levels in the body. Specific Qigong techniques exist for diabetes mellitus.

    Arthritis: Qigong is often used for arthritis. It appears to benefit rheumatoid as well as osteoarthritis. The exercises are gentle and generally easy to learn.

    Musculoskeletal pains and sports injuries: Acute or chronic musculoskeletal injuries. Best used under the guidance of a trained Qigong practitioner to avoid further injury.

    Low energy states: If Western medical investigations reveal no clear cause for fatigue or low energy states, it is likely due to Qi deficiency.

    Hepatitis: Anecdotal reports of benefits. Some schools have specific Qigong techniques for hepatitis/liver problems.

    Practical Applications

    Most Qigong schools or instructors in the United States teach Qigong self-practice, which include meditation and/or gentle, movement exercises. For patients who practical methods to promote well being, deal with stress, Òrecharge their batteriesÓ, balance their mind-body-spirit, or handle functional complaints or disorders, Qigong is a great tool.As for Qigong therapy (external Qi emission), most physician initiated referrals (authorÕs personal practice) tend to be for conditions that do not respond to standard medical treatment, for strange symptoms that do not fit into the Western model, or because of requests from patients for more Ònatural or holisticÓ approaches. A Qigong practitioner should be used as any other consultant when a physician needs a fresh look from a different theoretical healing model, and his/her patient is open to it.

    Drug-Like Information

    Qigong works very well with Western medicine and does not interfere with medications. Numerous studies in China show patients on chemotherapy and radiation recover faster and survive longer when qigong is practiced.

    Self-Help vs. Professional

    Basic Qigong meditation or movement exercises can be learned through books or videos, but it is preferrable to learn from a trained instructor. External Qi healing requires a therapist with experience.

    Visiting a Professional

    l If a patient is passively receiving “qi” from the therapist, the key requirement is that they simply relax, keep an open receptive attitude, and do not interfere with the process. Qigong therapists will ask the client some questions to determine what is going on and then go on to their form of assessment and treatment. This varies significantly from tradition to tradition. Clients remain clothed during the session, and may be sitting or lying down.The healer may read the pulses on the wrist or neck, to diagnose the condition of all the meridians and internal organs. They will look at the appearance and demeanor of the patient. The healer may be able to feel inside their own body the exact problem in the patient’s body. The healer can do this by resonating the qi in his body like a tuning fork that is ringing at the same frequency as the patient. The healer often scans for Qi imbalances by passing their hands over different meridians, points, or vital organs at a distance of 3 to 12 inches from the body. They may or may not touch the body during treatment.

    Some healers may utter certain sounds to vibrate the internal organs or expel the “sick” or “perverse” qi that is causing the illness or psychosomatic symptoms. Some may stamp their foot to activate earth chi or move their hands over the client’s body to stimulate or sedate the flow of qi.

    Other healers utilize “spontaneous” qigong. They emit a certain frequency of qi that helps activate the qi of the patient to begin moving. The patient’s body, usually in a relaxed standing position with eyes closed, may begin to undulate or begin to dance or sing, rhythmically releasing physical, mental, or emotional tension that has been locked in the body for years. This is not hypnotic suggestion, as the client may choose to stop the releasing movement at any time.

    Group lessons may be given in an office, school, home, or e park, or customized for a specific condition privately. Some Qigong movements use the walking, sitting, or lying positions, but most are performed standing. All share the same underlying principles. The visible physical movements of the arms and waist are usually very gentle and circular in nature, and are often accompanied by rhythmic breathing methods and subtle shifts in body weight between the left and right foot or between the toe and heel.

    Most clients report a wonderful sense of relaxation, warmth, and lightness after a session. Chronic onditions, severe or life threatening illness require more work. The interval between visits is usually lengthened as Qi imbalances improve and the system remains balanced.

    Many people experience significant changes after one session. Clients with significant challenges may feel some kind of shift in their symptoms or improvement in their quality of life within 10 visits. Others may take months or years to heal. It may depend on whether they practice at home or make lifestyle changes to support their Qi cultivation process.

    As with any other healing modality, Qigong may not work all the time. It is not meant as a Òquick fixÓ. However, it can lead to long-term healing, greater insight, self-discovery, and improvement in quality of life.

Suggested Reading

The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing.
Kenneth S.  Cohen. Ballantine Books, NY. 1997.
Scholarly, yet readable book on Qigong.
Great overview of the subject and introduces  basic theories,
meditations, and exercises.

 

 
 
Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

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08 Ta Lu – The Four Corners

taijiboxing golden palm training technique

The way of Perfect Harmony!!

Books are what the world values as representing the Tao.

But books are only words, and the valuable part of words is the thought therein contained. That thought has a certain bias which cannot be conveyed in words, yet the world values words as being the essence of books.

But though the world values them, they are not of value:as in which the world values them is not the sense in which they are valuable. (Chuang Tsuz, 4th century b.c.e(1)

Chuang Tzu – From the Beauty category:

All existing things are really one. We regard those that are beautiful and rare as valuable, and those that are ugly as foul and rotten. The foul and rotten may come to be transformed into what is rare and valuable, and the rare and valuable into what is foul and rotten. (Chuang Tzu)

Han Dynasty jade ring of a chi ?

Easy is right. Begin right, and you will be easy. Continue easy and you are right… The right way to go easy is to forget the right way, and forget that the going is easy. (Chuang Tzu)

Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate. (Chuang Tzu)

Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness. (Chuang Tzu )

If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation. (Chuang Tzu)

Ancient Seal Script for chi ? “a dragon; a demon”

The Chinese character ? for chi “hornless dragon” combines the “bug radical? (typically signifying words for insect, reptiles, and dragons,

Those who do not interfere and leave nothing undone are in harmony with the Tao. those who know tranquility and are content,devoid of conceit, are in possession of harmony, even though they may live in the midst of diversities. all things are in accordance with their various natures.

The energy of Tao operates in the smallest thing and yet compels the mighty universe. Its power molds the universe and harmonizes the masculine and feminine, the light and the dark:it forms the four seasons and brings the elements of nature into accord. ( The Huai Nan Tzu,2nd century b.c.e(5)

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The mind is the origin of all things

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The mind is the root from which all things grow. If you van understand the mind,everything else is included. it is like the root of a tree. All a tree’s fruit and flowers,branches and leaves depend on it”s root. If you nourish it’s root,a tree multiplies.

If you cut its roots,it dies. Those who understand the mind reach enlightenment with minimal effort.Those who don’t understand the mind practice in vain. everything good and bad comes from your own mind. to find something beyond the mind is impossible. (Bodhidharma,5th century b.c.e.(9)

According to legends, Lao zi leaves China on his water buffalo.[11]

If you think things are done easily you may find them hard to do: if you face trouble sanely it cannot trouble you. (Lao Tzu,6th century b.c.e.)

because of desire and craving,stress and anxiety arise. because there is anxiety and stress, body and mind are afflicted by tensions.(Lao Tzu.6th century b.c.e.)

producing and developing,producing without possessing, doing without presuming,growing without domineering: this is called the mysterious power!! (Lao Tzu 6th century b.c.e.)

To the mind that is still the whole universe surrenders. To know, yet to think that one does not know is best; not to know, yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.

File:Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea - Project Gutenberg eText 15250.jpgoriginal nature is the essence of all goodness.

be natural in your action and you will always be be pure and still!! (Lao Tzu 6th century b.c.e..)

stillness and motion" Standing Wei Qi training"

Enlightenment!!

The Hidden Presence 

The Tao is based on harmony between emptiness and abundance, it is the deep source of the myrad creatures, it softens their sharpness, it releases  their confusion,it lessens their lustre , it merges with their dust.

The Tao is so clear and so transparent that it is nearly invisible, nearly formless, no onecan know it”s origin,

for it came before all creation.

This poem was taken from "The Tao Te Ching" translations by Chao-Hsiu chen.

 Lao Tzu quote   

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.”

“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still”

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be”

Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”

One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.”

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”

Bruce Lee: Quotes!!

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”

“All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.”

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

  “I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.”

                                                                                  “Simplicity is the key to brilliance”