Monthly Archive for: ‘April, 2014’

  • Intent and Letting Go:


    I was lying on the couch, watching TV when I noticed that my right kidney area began to spasm vigorously. I have heard of this happening to other Yi Ren Qigong students, but never experienced it myself. It lasted about five minutes, off-and-on, and when it was through, I noticed that I felt much more relaxed and freer from the anxieties that had been ailing me throughout the week.

    My experience might have been similar to what an ancient Qigong practitioner might have felt when connections were being made between the body’s organs and certain emotions and virtues. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, some of the emotions that the kidneys are associated with are self-confidence, self-esteem, fear, willingness and inner freedom. When my kidneys (mostly the right kidney) began to spasm, my first reaction was that of worry, but as time went on, I noticed that I could actually feel my lower back loosen up and the area where my kidneys reside began to feel stronger, less vulnerable and relieved—as if I had released bad energy from them.

    I am currently taking the Level II Yi Ren Qigong class taught by Brendan Thorson. During the first session this week, we did an exercise that included the following mantra “I am ready to explore the inner world and I look forward to experiencing the process of internal healing and development. I will be growing stronger and wiser from this energy practice and enhancement.”

    To me this mantra has to do with intent. In the past, I have recited this mantra, but did not fully absorb the words and let myself believe in them. I noticed that as we repeated these words and I put my intent into believing them, that afterwards, the exercises seemed to penetrate Qi into my body on a deeper, more beneficial level. My conclusion is that if you let yourself go and trust that Yi Ren Qigong is a real therapeutic way to heal and nurture your mind, body and spirit, then then you will make greater positive strides in your practice and ultimately your life.

  • Fears and Limitations

    I was thinking about something seemingly trivial the other day: When I was a teenager, I had a friend who could do a backflip on a large backyard trampoline. When I was younger, it bothered me that I thought I could not do the same. I wondered, could I not do a backflip because I was too scared to attempt it, or I had physical limitations—my back not being flexible enough, or my legs not being strong enough, etc.—that disallowed me from successfully completing a full backflip?

    To me, now, this query does not cause me any personal distress. I have always been a pretty competitive person, and this is probably why I wanted to be able to do what my friend could do. However, I have since learned a few things about life. For one, you often choose your own battles. But even more importantly, there is a very fine line between fear and limitations and that those who are successful are not afraid to toe that line, often failing many times before finding success.

    However, you also have to incorporate into this equation costs and benefits: Is it worth taking the risk to complete the task? Let’s say that I attempted to do a backflip on a trampoline and my intuition was correct: my back is not flexible enough and I don’t have the type of coordination it takes to do a backflip on a trampoline. The result could be me severely injuring by body, including breaking my neck. However, let’s say that I successfully completed the backflip, overcoming my fear. All in all, a successful backflip really has no major impact on my own life. Therefore whether I attempt the feat or not does not matter and I get to choose my own battle. For the record, I have never attempted to do a backflip on a trampoline and because of the possible negative result, I have no desire to.

    On the other hand, I know that everything carries some measure of risks. For instance, I know that every time I write a piece of text or a piece of music, someone could have something negative to say about it, and that could upset me. But what are the costs and what are the benefits? If I write something that a critic or friend dislikes, that is a cost. However, that same piece could give a person an insight into his or her own life, and that person could make better life decisions as a result. In this situation, although I sometimes become fearful and feel vulnerable before writing something, I know that the potential negative costs are well worth the potential positive benefits.

    This whole thought process was spurred by what Michael Jordan stated during his controversial 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame Speech. Although his speech at times seemed rather pompous and self-absorbed, he did end it with something that has stuck with me. Jordan stated:

    “Although I’m recognized with this tremendous honor of being in the Basketball Hall of Fame, I don’t look at this moment as a defining end to my relationship with the game of basketball. It’s simply a continuation of something I started a long time ago. One day you might look up and see me playing the game at 50 [audience laughs]. Oh don’t laugh. Never say never, because limits (limitations) are often like fears—an illusion. “

    So starting this week, I personally pledge to stop negative self-talking myself out of doing things I desire and believe I have the capacity and facility to do. I could be wrong, but if I keep in mind the costs and benefits—the risks involved—and that failure is not a bad thing as it will steer me towards success, then what is to stop me? What is to stop you?

  • Continuing Education for Health Care Providers

    Working as a health care provider can be an extremely fulfilling career. However, at the same time the costs of the unhealthy energy exchange that naturally occur between client and therapist will also drain one of their vitality and pollute one with toxic energy that slowly degrades one’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. Whether beginner or master, Acupuncturist or healer, the Level 1 Part 1 workshop can allow one to take their health and healing career to a higher level. One will learn:

    1. Self-care for internal energy refreshment, recharge and cleansing
    2. Engineer and upgrade energy protection and release of unhealthy energies
    3. Increase and balance Yin/Yang, organ, endocrine and nervous system energy levels for improved health and healing of one’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health
    4. Learn the intellectual framework to program and manage our internal energy system
    5. Integrate Qigong Healing into massage or healing practice- *A natural byproduct of the qigong development
    6. Refine healing skills- *A natural byproduct of increased awareness levels that come from the qigong development

    This course teaches the foundational exercises for internal Qi-energy activation, cultivation, grounding and circulation. We will learn the internal energy activation exercises, which involve activating the “lifegate” or battery pack of our energy system, followed by cultivating our energy centers and grounding our internal energy. These Qi-energy based exercises will increase vitality and creativity, enhance immunity and self-healing, and improve the quality of practitioners’ lives.

    Additional Benefits Available from Yi Ren Qigong include:

    • Release of undesirable client/ foreign energies
    • Build & strengthen Protection and Security to undesirable client/ foreign energies
    • Release and transform excess emotional, mental & physical stress that have built up in your system
    • Upgrade and balance Parasympathetic and Sympathetic nervous system to increase internal strength and to nourish and calm the nervous system and organs
    • Improve sleep quality-(REM Cycle), less sleep will be necessary to feel refreshed and recharged
    • Overcome anxieties
    • Balance and nourish endocrine glands for higher vitality and youthfulness
    • Increase stress & work Capacity
    • Become grounded, centered, deeply aware and connected to oneself & others
    • Restore the health of the Adrenal and Thyroid glands
    • As one becomes more centered & aware then one can significantly refine their massage & healing skills
    • Empathetic’s become less sensitive and build resistance to foreign energies
    • Strengthen immune system & resistance to colds, flus & germs
    • Increase & balance energies
    • Learn self mastery of one’s emotions
    • Transform & release excess emotions like fears, anger, frustration, depression & worries
    • Achieve a higher level of inner peace, self esteem, confidence, courage & happiness
    • Learn self mastery for ones self care: Foods, Thoughts, Activities, Internal Conflicts…
    • And much more…