You are the center of your personal universe. You are. Your body-mind is. Whatever your state of mind- body is today, so will it be tomorrow. Tomorrow is an extension of today. It is only an extension of today’s attitude, today’s mood, today’s state of energy, today’s particular outlook. If today is a day of fear, then tomorrow is fearful. If today is a depressing day, then tomorrow will be depressing too. If today your energy is low then tomorrow it will be even less, unless you do something about it today.
If you want to experience joy, happiness, peace, inner freedom then you must
master your mind- body- emotions. To me, this is what the practice of Qigong is. Traditionally, Qigong means the skilled practice of gathering universal life force or what is called Chi. Chi is energy. Energy is everywhere. Physicists say that energy cannot be created or destroyed but it can be transformed from one form to another. The chemist does this in the laboratory turns liquid and chemicals into plastic. The Qigong master’s laboratory is her life and at the center of her life is her mind-body. In her laboratory she turns pain into pleasure she turns hardness and anger into liquid love, forgiveness.
To me, Qigong is the conscious practice of exercising mind in order to organize the energy in you, around you. On the most subtle levels we are talking about the Chi that runs in, around and through your body. On the more physical level it is about using your mind to master your breath and body so as to purge negative emotions, stress, anxiety, fear, etc. and calm the mind-body, creating greater clarity.
Forget about a future freedom. Forget about hope. I am not saying do not ever hope I am just saying that hope alone does not get you very far, it keeps you wanting rather than having. In order to have freedom ever, you have to create it today. In order to have peace or compassion, or loving-kindness you have to actually create it today. This is a practice. The great philosopher Aristotle once said, “You are what you repeatedly do…therefore excellence is not an act but a habit.”
Every day we are practicing something and we are either, practicing consciously and organizing our life consciously, or we are at the whims of other people and other influences. In other words we are shaken every time the wind blows. We cannot control everything around us, it is a common mistake to try, but we can control, with practice, our attitude towards it, our reactions to it and in doing so we come to realize that we do have the power to influence it. That is right, influence it. No, we cannot control it through force but by changing ourselves we begin to influence others and therefore the situations around us.
If through your practices you become more centered and more clear, then you bring that clarity to all of your relationships and all of your business meetings and love affairs and to each of your children. In fact there is no situation that you do not influence. This is why the planet at large is in such a pickle because most people are trying to change everybody else rather than actively changing their own self.
If you want healing, if you want greater love, or peace, or purpose then you have to create it within. If you want greater wealth it must be created within. Life is a mirror that is, what it is. If what you are seeing in the mirror makes you happy then keep doing whatever you are doing. If you are not happy with what you are seeing in the mirror then observe your mind, observe your thoughts, the words you speak, the feelings you regularly feel. If they are on the “negative” side of things and you want health, wealth and happiness then you have to change them.
So many people think that they are at the whims of their thoughts, bodies, their lives, their relationships, their emotions. They do not live as if they are the master of their own life and yet this is an illusion. You do have the power to master yourself, your mind, your body. As you master yourself you begin to influence the world around you. Just like a bad mood is contagious, so is a good mood. As masters we cannot afford to sit around and wait for the others to be in a good mood, we have to create it ourselves. First we create it for our self and then we share it with others. This is why it is said that this path is the most selfish and simultaneously selfless path.
Once you have a clue into how it is that you organize the energy around you. How your thoughts, words, breath, intentions influence your energy system, your hormone flow, your cells, tissues, brain and other organs, once you get this you know how to bring healing to others. The same practices you do for you, can be done for others who desire your assistance. By moving energy around them, through the use of intention, prayer, sound, speech, etc. you begin to influence the cellular energy of their entire being.
The better a practitioner you are for yourself, the greater you will be at facilitating healing for others. Many people call themselves doctors or healers but do not care for themselves, their minds, their bodies, their energy systems. This is called the blind trying to lead the blind. Talking about spirit or spirituality or healing or love is empty, that is to say there is nothing of value there unless the speaker or healer is feeling spirit or feeling love.
So if ever you desire to bring healing to another do not try so much to heal them. Instead be loving, be kind, hold the intention for healing energy to move through you and then feel the healing energy yourself, become a conduit for it. This is the true meaning of “what you give so shall you receive” for you receive it in the moment you give it. And what you give today, what you create today, you will also receive tomorrow, for tomorrow is an extension of right now.
To me a “true healer” brings healing to others by embodying a frequency, be it love, or compassion, or peace, or forgiveness, or light. You feel it, you become intimate with it, all the while you are holding someone’s head or you are meditating for them and praying for them so to speak while they are 3000 miles away suffering with an illness. Or you are pointing your hands toward them and holding the intention that the Chi or love you are channeling, that this energy flows through you to them. It has to flow through you to them! If it does not come through you and it does not come through them, from whom is it going to come?
To me, Qigong is the core practice. Be it for you, or for other people. Medical Qigong masters may have a wide body of knowledge about healing, about the mind, the body, energy pathways, herbs, etc. but the greatest power is in the unspoken energy! From a Chinese Medicine standpoint all dis-ease in the mind-body comes from a lack of Chi flow in, around and through the mind-body. It is also understood that states of health and vitality are directly associated with states of both consciousness and energy. It is understood that the two are intertwined and that they cannot be separated. This is why healing cannot be merely intellectual for the intellect cannot ever move, the Chi, enough to bring healing. Healing must involve a change in both consciousness (higher mind) and energy (Chi).
A Medical Qigong Master can use what can be called higher mind to gather and transmit large currents of energy. This energy has most recently been measured scientifically and it has been shown that Medical Qigong masters transmit a current of energy that is 100 times greater than the current of electricity of an average person and 1000 times the current of someone who is severely ill or elderly. There have been no negative side effects of this work reported that I am aware of and this Medical Qigong has a profound healing affect on people. It literally energizes the immune system and other natural aspects of the mind- body system. For people who are too ill or weak to practice Qigong for themselves Medical Qigong is quite a wonderful gift. For students who desire to feel greater levels of both Chi and the higher levels of consciousness and increased clarity that come with it, a Medical Qigong treatment from a master healer, gives a profound boost to our own practice.