Qi Gong

Qi Gong (pronounced chee gung) is a Chinese practice of energy cultivation whose roots go back many thousands of years. Qi means “life-force” and Gong means “work, dedicated practice, or persistent effort”. Learning to play a musical instrument, for example, requires Gong.

So Qi Gong is really a way to upgrade your life-force through regular, devoted practice. It is a method of becoming re-attuned to nature. Practicing Qi Gong means, above all else, learning to be natural.

Like Tai Chi, Qi Gong involves a series of flowing movements coordinated with breath. Some forms are done standing, some sitting and some walking. But Qi Gong is more than a personal pursuit. It has applications in medicine, martial arts, spiritual development and even, in past times, the military.

Qi Gong has physical, mental and spiritual levels of practice. If you are weak, Qi Gong can be used to revitalize and strengthen your body. It can generate great stamina and inner calm.

Qi Gong can also be used by a healer (one possessed of powerful Qi) to direct outwards towards a recipient. The healer’s strong spiritual, mental and physical Qi is emitted into the ailing body of the patient to stimulate self-healing.

The roots of Qi Gong lie in Taoism. Over the centuries, many styles and variations have been developed. Our Infinite Body practice draws from authentic Taoist tradition as well as from direct, unimpeded observation of nature: animals, clouds, whales, insects, birds, stars, galaxies, wind, leaves and above all the movements of water in its many shapes and forms.

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Fluid Body, Grounded Mind

In my groundbreaking book, The Power of Letting Go, I explain that the essence of health is composed of two simple basic factors:

1) Good circulation

2) Calmness of mind

This elegant but simple formula accounts for how healthy (or not) we are.

Optimal circulation of our blood, lymph, glandular secretions and emotions alongside a sense of inner calmness and tranquility determine how healthy we are, and even how long we may live. These two factors also determine our possibilities of happiness and success.

In our ongoing Qigong, Yoga and Tai Chi classes, workshops, and special trainings, I also came up with another unique phrase:

Friday Harbor Holistic Health is a clinic in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. We specialize in a practice of holistic healing and we offer courses and treatments in yoga, healing, retreat, teacher training, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, holistic medicine, traditional

   

The concept of Fluid Body, Grounded Mind™ also developed independently out of my patented, futuristic medical modality, Vibropuncture®. By using highly precise, non-local input signals into the patient’s body, even through a computer webcam, amazing therapeutic benefits can be generated. We have seen nothing but exciting and extraordinary results all over the world with this new technique.

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Fantastic as this may sound, it still relies entirely on the fundamental formula: Fluid Body, Grounded Mind

But it is not simply the presence of  good circulation and calmness of mind that determines the quality of our health. It is how these two components interact. For they must not be seen as separate components, they are entirely complementary and reciprocal.

In fact, good circulation (communication) and calmness (tolerance/patience) are also the basis for any healthy relationship, whether between individuals, groups of people, or even nation states.

It is also well known that all excellence, whether in sports, the performing arts or, indeed, any discipline whatsoever, relies on the optimal combination of fluid movement (circulation) and mental focus (calmness).

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“Being in the zone” means what exactly? It means optimal, unblocked, circulation of energy, blood flow, and inner power, and it means, at the same time, to feel completely grounded, centered and free of delusions and mental chatter.

An image, or icon, of this interface between fluid body and grounded mind is the famous Tai Chi symbol:

 

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Here, at the center of the outer octagon known as the Ba Gua, we find the circular Tai Chi symbol, with its interrelated swirls of black and white. Notice that within the black swirl is a white dot, and within the white swirl is a black dot.

The sinuous interface (look at the curved line between the white and black areas) looks very much like the shape of the human spine, with the natural curvature exaggerated. This  sinuous “midline”, evoking that part of the central nervous system embedded in the spine, is the exact location where true integration occurs.

That is to say, the place from where a fluid body and a grounded mind can be generated.

It is the very basis of energetic understanding, excellence and self mastery. And it accounts, not just for the possibility of optimal health, but also for the development of internal spiritual development.

This is the real meaning of Tai Chi which, literally translated means, “The Great Ultimate.”

 

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It is when we expand the essential formula including its mirror image that we get the closest to genuine truth, power, health and expansion of consciousness.

We then arrive at a specific, logical sequence, capable of re-generating coherence in our bodies and kinds, which have become “scrambled” by incoherent signals derived from all sorts of sources, from physical to emotional: sources such as toxins, infections, postural impediments, even our subconscious feelings and delusional holding patterns.

Therefore, our most essential formula, and the very basis of our techniques which is built upon the idea of:

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becomes expanded into:

Grounded Body, Fluid Mind / Fluid Body, Grounded Mind 

The precise sequence you see here Grounded Body, Fluid Mind/Fluid Body, Grounded Mind™ is the very basis of our revolutionary system for health and self development, which we have called the Infinite Body System™.

This system has taken us decades of research and development, and is anchored in the ideas laid out in The Power of Letting Go, our multiple award winning publication.

Learning the entire system itself requires a 12 step program of workshops, study and practice. Stay tuned, as we are now making ready to launch these workshops very soon!