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  • Sleep and Dream…

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Today I am exhausted again. I am learning so much about myself and my health. I went out last night to see dear friends and it was a much needed social time for me. But, I didn’t sleep last night. Today I have practice my Qigong twice–once alone and once with a friend. I did the Small Universe and the Peaceful Meditation. Now all I want to do is sleep and I can’t.

    The odd thing is that Sunday night after a full day of Yi Ren Qigong practice, I was able to sleep like a baby and woke up yesterday refreshed. I had a great day. I was full of energy and felt happy.

    So what does this tell me? Well, first of all, I know that I need to follow my intuition and what my body tells me. Still, even though I want to sleep in my cave for hours now, I think I will get up and go to the beach and enjoy being in nature. Then, I can come home and work more. I know that my work life is way out of balance and not good for my health. But, opportunities for work that I can do with my health limitations are few and far between. They cannot be passed up or ignored. Another thing I am seeing is that life is full of opportunities–some are unexpected and risky. But, they all are necessary for learning and personal growth.

    Time will tell where this journey takes me. So far, I have no idea of what will happen. I can only have faith that energy work, meditation practices and building strength in my core will help me live a longer, healthier life in the big picture.

  • Yin & Yang

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

    Yin and Yang!  I am learning so much about how we are affected by Yin and Yang energies. Today was the second and last day of the Level 1 Seminar Weekend at The Noble School of Tai Chi and & Qigong Training in Seattle. My teacher, Brendan Thorson, carried us through a long day of learning, sharing and building our skills and knowledge of Yi Ren Qigong. It was wonderful and I am glowingly exhausted! I feel good essentially, though my body aches and is tired. But, I just can’t shake my smile.

    You see, I slept very little last night–maybe two hours–due to a headache and back pain. I really wanted to stay home and rest today. But, I promised I would be there and needed to keep my word and have some faith in my ability to heal. I took pain pills with me and a heating pad. I had a blanket and some food and a pillow. I was sure I would need them! But, surprisingly I found that after about an hour of Qigong energy work and practice, I felt almost well. A wonderful new friend there also shared these exceptional certified pure and organic essential oils.
    So, I stayed all day and benefited by learning more than I can begin to remember tonight. Now, I am ready for an early night. My hip aches and I am sure that I will have my share of pain until my body adjusts. But, I am so happy and also more confident by the day that I will be able to be healed by this work. Someday, I will hike again and play music for hours without paying the price of pain. Yes!!! Thanks, Brandon, once again! And, gratitude to Dr. Sun, who was the beginning of this work!


  • Level 1 Seminar Today

    Saturday, July 20, 2013

    Wow. I learned plenty. I am so very tired, yet excited. I ache pretty much all over. But, I did really well. This practice is no or very low impact and perfect for people with scoliosis. I am amazed that I made it through the whole day. I really would never have thought I could and I am so grateful that the teacher, Brendan, encouraged me.

    At one point today, I could really feel the energy in my hands and arms. It felt thick and tangible. Of course, there were many exceptional moments during the day where I felt in awe and humbled by the strength of the energy all around me. I feel pretty overwhelmed and very sleepy. I think this is something that will take some reflection on my part after resting.

    I learned today that the Yi Ren Qigong practice is very complex in it’s development. It will take years to feel competent, if I want to really study and develop my energy and health. Yet, I feel so different already. It’s hard to explain. I feel so grounded and yet energetic. It’s also all encompassing–holistic in approach. I will become more wise, intuitive and in touch with my wild woman self. This is something I have been striving for during these past years. I need real transformation!


  • Three things I thought of today…

    Friday, July 19, 2013

    I woke up early  this morning with a pretty bad headache. I did all kinds of massage and heat treatments hoping I could beat it without much luck. I had tons of computer work to do because of teaching classes and such. So, I had a quick breakfast and got to work. Tougher than pig iron, I am! Meaner than a rattlesnake. 🙂

    Anyway, late afternoon I became tired of suffering and went outside to the back yard. I did some stretching, some reiki for myself and a bit of Qigong…what I could remember. Then I made myself a nice big plate of watermelon and blueberries. I felt so much better and went tonight to my second Yi Ren Qigong introductory session. I had a great time. I always have some pain, but so far nothing I can’t handle. In fact, I feel more grounded, present and relaxed after the class.
    But during the day I had a realization of three things that I have carried from childhood and still hold onto in my life. These are things I think I am preparing to transform. When I was young, I was told to take my medicine, lay down and that I can’t do the things other people can do. So, I realized that I never take medicine, I do everything and I am always pushing myself to go, go, go! It’s only been in the last two years that I have consciously been learning to care for myself instead of everyone else. I learned from my teachers that one has to care for and tend her own fire, before she can care for those in her family and the greater community.
    Now I need to go rest and rejuvenate myself with sleep so that I can practice all day tomorrow in my first level Yi Ren Qigong seminar. Namaste!
  • First Days Learning

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

    7/18/13****This is my healing journey. I hope to feel less pain, increased joy and more energy from learning Yi Ren Qigong.

    By Dreama Blankenbeckler

    Today I feel like celebrating and I really hope it stays with me. It’s such a new feeling for me. My journey with scoliosis has been difficult through the years. It started when I was ten years old and has continued to be a huge burden for me. Here I am at nearly sixty years old and most days I suffer from chronic pain in my back, neck, hips and legs. I have a double curve that is over 67 degrees at the L4/L5, and about 43 degrees in the thoracic region. Those of you who know anything about scoliosis will know what I have been going through most of my life. Braces and shoe lifts. Hundreds of sessions of physical therapy. Fear of surgeries needed. X rays galore. But, getting back to celebrating……

    I woke up this morning late for me and realized that I had slept straight through the night for the first time in years. And, though I am not pain free today, my pain is tolerable and my mood is light. Both of my feet feel like they are on the ground! Like I am balanced. It’s amazing and I am so very grateful! I had a sweet day with my favorite  ten year old singing and making art with elders in Adult Family Homes. Then, I flavored and stored a new batch of ginger kombucha I brewed.
    I believe this new feeling of wellbeing comes from my first Yi Ren Qigong introductory class last night from a wonderful teacher in Seattle, Brendan Thorson, at The Noble School of Tai Chi & Qigong Training. It’s a pretty complex practice and I am going to have to work hard to learn. Because of my scoliosis, standing causes me pain. Laying down relieves it.  I admit I had a difficult time standing for a little over an hour last night.
    Well, time will tell! I am going to another one and half hour class tomorrow night. And, then on Saturday and Sunday, I will train all day! I just hope I can make it. Whenever I have my doubts, I push those thoughts away and act “as if” Qigong has already begun the healing process. Of course, my scoliosis will not go away. We rattlesnakes will always be curvy! But, I really expect to have much less pain, more hope for living a full life and plenty of more growth and learning!
  • 8/11/2013 Seminar reflections by The Peaceful Warrior

    It was the week of the 4th of July and I ventured down to Seaside Oregon. I took the usual stroll down the promenade to downtown proper, where as usual, I encountered the store with no sign that sells Chinese goods. The store with the semi-cantankerous Asian women sitting behind the counter with an old television on, talking to someone on the phone in Chinese, while occasionally telling a customer, “Be careful, do not touch the swords. Please read the signs.” A young, teenage kid then giggles and smirks at the rest of her fresh, smart-mouthed friends as one remarks, “She can be so mean.”

    Perhaps this lady’s mean demeanor is because she feels that some of the more precious items on display are not appreciated by the younger and/or more naïve patrons. I was one of them apparently.

    “That item is for display only, you cannot take it off the wall.” She scolded me as I then read the sign and a description by the item, a sort of Devil-dispelling mirror depicting the yin yang symbol with the ancient 8 trigrams surrounding it. I had seen this symbol on the cover of a book I bought, “The I Ching Workbook.” by R.L. Wing.  I tried to impress the woman.

    “Ah, I am very sorry. I just recognized this symbol as being part of the I Ching (or Yi Jing), and was very intrigued.” (I would later learn that the proper name of this symbol is the I Ching Oracle.)

    I thought she would give me a big and approving smile but she did not understand. Maybe it was that she did not understand English very well, and my question got lost in translation. Unfortunately, I do not speak Chinese, which I hope to one day be able to do.

    “I do not know. That is for Feng Shui. You put it over the door of a room.”

    “Oh, so this is not related to the I Ching?” I asked, thinking she was holding back what she knew. She then looked at me this time, not quizzically, with pursed lips, but rather with a slight smile and impish gleam in her eye. I just dropped the subject. I left the store-with-no-sign feeling, as was routine ritual, both excited and a bit bemused.

    Part of a note contained in the box of the devil-dispelling mirror reads: “Since ancient times, ordinary mirrors and wooden Eight Trigrams have been used to dispel the aura of death. These have a certain effect but cannot dispel it thoroughly. Now in order to bring benefit to mankind, the Taoist priest of the eight generation from Mount Wudang has designed meticulously a convex, devil-dispelling mirror after many years of studying with great concentration. There is power of Buddha and magical incarnations inside the designs, which can dispel the aura of death, and keep away from unlucky positions, ward off calamities thoroughly, and turn ill luck into good.”

    So what is the point of this lengthy preface to what should be a succinct journal entry? Well I guess my past experiences with inquiring about and attempting to study the I Ching or Yi Jing have always been stymied somewhat by the arcane nature of the I Ching itself and being overwhelmed by the aesthetics of the 64 hexagrams. What do they really mean? I know that there must be some vast wisdom contained in a book that is probably the oldest text known to man, at 5,000 years old, and has been revised and expanded and expounded upon by such great Chinese personages as King Wen—founder of the Chou Dynasty (1150-249 BC)—and the highly revered Chinese Philosopher, Confucius (551 – 479 BC). Confucius stated, “Whoever knows the Tao of changes and transformations, knows the ways of the gods.”

    However, my fears and frustrations were quelled when I learned from Yi Ren Qigong instructor Brendan Thorson that even Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, a molecular geneticists and the inventor of Yi Ren Qigong, was intimidated by the I Ching at first. Dr. Sun discovered that one of the best ways to best understand the I Ching is to practice the 8 mediations affiliated with the 8 trigrams. And at a one-day seminar on August 11, 2013, Brendan Thorson taught us how to do just that: practice the meditations associated with the eight natural figures represented by the trigrams. Those figures are: heaven, earth, mountain, lake, thunder, lightning (fire), wind, rain(water).

    Before I get into what I experienced and realizations I got during the seminar, let me start by stating that I will not get into an academic examination or even summation of the I Ching, because anyone can find that sort of information online or even by reading the actual I Ching. This is similar to the Tao Te Ching: You can read the words of wisdom from that Taoist book, but, from my own experience, and from what other Qigong practitioners have testified to me, to really feel and fully understand the deep meaning of the text, you must also practice the internal martial arts associated with the text.

    During Brendan Thorson’s Yi Ren Qigong seminar, I learned how the different trigrams and their natural figures also relate to different parts and organs of the body. For instance, lightning(fire) corresponds to the eyes and  rain(water) corresponds to the ears.

    During the seminar, when we practiced the Water Trigram mediation, (Pure Water and Pure Fire Energy Meditation)  I noticed that I felt more grounded. Even more interestingly, I suffer from eye floaters and heart palpitations (even shortness of breath) when I am stressed. I even visited a doctor once who told me that oftentimes when he sees patients that suffer from chronic stress, or especially patients that have anxiety disorders, they often tell him that they suffer from eye floaters and heart issues (these are not related to having a bad heart in my case, as I have gotten EKG—electrocardiogram—scans and my heart is very healthy.) Also, Brendan Thorson once told me that the reason some people may have heart palpitations is not necessarily because there is something wrong with the heart, but an imbalance between the heart/fire and kidneys/water energies. Deficient water energies of the kidneys unable to balance the fire energies of the heart. As a result, the heart becomes overactive and begins to display signs of overactive imbalances like– Pulmonary Hypertension/high blood pressure, Enlarged Heart, Chest Pain and Irregular/Rapid Heart Beat. Commonly the kidneys/water energies can become depleted from their yang partner the Adrenal Glands (that are located on top of the kidneys) –Thus, excess stimulation of the adrenals can burn out the water energies of the kidneys beginning a domino affect of all the five elements including the heart energies.  The kidneys are associated with the element of water, and the heart is associated with the element of fire. In relation to the I Ching Oracle that contains all the eight trigrams that surround the yin and yang symbol, the kidneys and heart are polar opposites—the kidneys are yin and the heart is yang—and therefore their relationship is very important. My eye floaters mystified me for years. I knew I got them during periods of excessive depression, worry and anxiety, but was not certain as to why. Well, I have concluded that my eye floaters could very well be attributed to a large imbalance between the heart and kidneys. If there is not enough water from the kidneys, then the fire of the heart is too great and could cause both heart palpitations and those pesky eye floaters. This was a very important realization to me. My eye floaters subsided slightly during the Pure Water and Pure Fire Energy Meditation.

    One last major personal realization I had during the one-day seminar was during the Pure Wind Energy and Pure Thunder Energy Mediation I could not get beautiful melodies out of my head. I was not sure why this was at first. However, being a musician and my affinity for music made me appreciate this very much. The worksheet Brendan handed out to us states that the Thunder Trigram corresponds to music, trees, dragon, horse, eldest son. I really enjoyed this mediation and plan to practice both of the previous mentioned exercises frequently in my personal practice.

    The I Ching can be used for many things: a Devil-dispelling mirror (which is not a common use), to make personal predications relating to finance, relationships, political decisions et-cetera. Although I have not yet consulted the I Ching to guide me at a mathematical/scientific level, Yi Ren Qigong mediations associated with the I Ching(Yi Jing) have helped me gain a more intuitive understanding about the I Ching.  I hope to one day soon supplement these mediations with consultations of the I Ching and the eight Trigrams of the Oracle that create the 64 Hexagrams used for making predictions and decisions in one’s life.

    Confucius once stated. “Instead of indulging in empty talk, I consider it more meaningful and enlightening to express myself in definite actions.”  These mediations are part of the actions I will take to keep me in line with my own Tao.

    1. Between Heaven and Earth, Harriet Beinfield L.Ac. and Efrem Korngold L.Ac.. 1991, Ballantine Books, New York.

  • Self-Healing & Self-Care for Health Care Providers

    Regardless of what one understands or believes there is always and energy exchange that occurs between two people–Recall how you have been affected positively or negatively from meeting a friend or associate whose is in great spirits or whose mood is down in the dumps. Molecular Diffusion shows us that everything goes from high concentration to low concentration until an equilibrium is reached between two objects.1 there is always an energy exchange that occurs when two people meet including when a health care practitioner meets with his or her client or patient. This continuous interaction between health care practitioner and patient can begin to compromise the health care practitioners health and quality of life. Through Yi Ren® Qigong one can learn to release foreign energies, create stronger energy protection and improve energy levels. The main topic of discussion in this class will be how health care practitioners can use Yi Ren Qigong and Taichi for their Self-Care. There will also be a focus on group qigong/ taichi practice so participants will have an opportunity to experience the internal energy activation and energy field activation–for improved energy levels, grounding and awareness.


  • Melissa

    My life has made a 180 degree turn for the better since I’ve been taking Qi Gong / Tai Chi classes from Brendan. I can’t even describe it. It has been a source of stability for me in my life, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When I started Brendan’s classes my life was in a whirlwind. I was dealing with the death of my father, and loss of my job. My mind was in constant chaos; my health was starting to suffer from stress and weight gain, which then started reflecting on my relationships with my family and friends. Looking for alternative healing solution to cleanse my mind and body, I decided to take a few of Brendan’s free introductory Qi Gong class, to my surprise I started feeling relaxed and peaceful after each class, so I decided to sign up for Brendan’s Level 1 A class.

    I’ve been studying and practicing Qi Gong / Tai Chi with Brendan now for five months, I am constantly amazed of the changes and improvements I feel in all aspects of my life. It has been a life changing experience with positive results. The benefits for me are internal, which changed my body awareness and internal strength.

    ~Physically -I feel more balanced, more stamina, and able to sleep through the night. I have learned much more about how my body feels from the inside, the connection with each individual organ. To listen within. I’m continually losing the excess weight I’ve been caring around for years.

    ~Emotionally – I am able to attain a balance of my emotions and physical sense of well-being which allow me to deal with the everyday stresses and demands of life in a much more positive light.

    ~Mentally – My mind is becoming clearer and more peaceful each day, the constant chatter seems to disappear from my mind, as I breathe in more energy. With this I am now able to acknowledge the concepts and beliefs that are no longer useful in my life. Giving me the ability to clear out these old programs from my deep consciousness, and replace with new concepts and beliefs that are in harmony with my mind, body and spirit.

    ~Spiritually – I have noted a renewed enthusiasm for my ‘self’ and appreciation on many levels. Realizing the more I surrender and allow myself to flow, the more opportunity is presented. I feel a beautiful connectedness more consistently throughout each day. More and more experiencing the vibrancy of my own spiritual energy, the unique treasure of awareness, knowledge, wisdom, talent, power and potential that reside within myself.

    I encourage more and more people to step into their power and use techniques like Qi Gong to claim their divine birth right of perfect health on all levels of being.

  • The Noble School of Taichi & Qigong Video Testimonials

    Chiropractor W/ a Background in Yoga & Martial Arts

    Reiki Master W/ Severe Scoliosis

    Seattle Acupuncturists W/ Previous Background in Qigong & Yoga

    Director of Athletic Training @ U. Idaho

    Martial Artists Sharing Experience of Tai Chi Style Training

    Chiropractor Shares His Experience From His Level One Seminar

    Martial Artists Sharing Experience of the Muscle & Tendon Class

  • Massage Therapist & Acupuncture Student


    Like a sacred circle, Brendan’s qigong class has provided me with a safe place in which to do my healing work. Just 48 hours before I happened to find myself in one of his introductory classes, my marriage had fallen apart. Even though I was in shock, I instantly knew that I needed to practice this style of qigong in order to help myself through this crisis. After each class I attended, I could feel a glimmer of chi energy growing within me. Brendan shared his personal experiences of self healing in such a positive way that I felt motivated to keep going through my struggle to find myself again. I found his classes helped me to develop and maintain many healthy habits.

    Yi-Ren Qigong prevented me from going down into despair or into any type of long-term negative thinking or activity. Instead, it helped me to grow a stronger sense of wellness than I had ever felt before. Building my qigong practice has helped to benefit me in all areas of my life, especially in my emotions, my thinking and my sense of place in the world.
    I am truly grateful to Brendan and to Dr. Sun for teaching us these ancient yet powerful exercises that I have found to be so life enhancing.

    Thank you!

    Tonya Rehder, LMP
    August 20, 2013
    Des Moines, WA

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