The moment still stands out so clearly in my mind that, looking back now, it almost seems fated.
I had been intrigued by the idea of qigong for a while –– it had inevitably been around the edges of my world, given my Chinese Medicine training –– but it wasn’t until I was talking with a colleague of mine that it really clicked. He told me how a friend of his had breast cancer, and after practicing the style of qigong with Master Liu, she no longer had signs or symptoms.
I was intrigued, and had to know more.
I started looking into it. With a healthy dose of skepticism of course –– because after all, pragmatism is a key part of my practice, not to mention my personality. And, over the course of the past several years, I’ve come to see just how powerful this type of work can be, and how grounded in simple realities, and science, it is.
In its most basic form, Hun Yuan Qi therapy is founded on recognizing the power of the mind. We use our thoughts to create our reality, and we can use them to impact our bodies. So far, so good, right? Even in Western medicine, the mind-body connection is well-recognized. Where qi therapy branches off is in its understanding that thoughts, and the information within those thoughts, don’t only affect your body, but can also affect others. There’s a lot of research backing it up (and some pretty cool quantum physics involved, if you want to look at it through a Western lens!) but again, in its most basic form, it’s the acknowledgment that we are more powerful than we often acknowledge.
And I think that’s where the hangups come in.
Yes, this kind of thing takes a leap of faith, if you’re new to it. But the reason I think so many people really struggle with it is that it requires an acceptance of responsibility for your health (and your reality), a belief in your own power. We can feel energy in our own bodies, a vibration when we are joyful or a rumbling when we are stressed or upset. And we also feel and energy when our partner / spouse / child is upset. Hun Yuan Qi therapy is a practice of moving this energy through strong intention and using it to heal our minds and bodies. It’s kind of like prayer without the religious baggage on organic, mindful steroids!
Accepting this reality requires a radical acceptance of responsibility for your health. It’s the ultimate anti-victim stance. (A lesson I’ve had to learn, myself, several times!) As I’ve said before, true healing takes change, and takes effort, and takes an acknowledgement of your role in your health. And that can be scary, because it’s the exact opposite of how we’re taught to approach our health, and our lives. But it’s well worth the effort. And, it can just start with a little curiosity.
I’d love for you to be able to experience the power of the “weird” too.
If you’re even a little bit curious about what qi therapy could do for you, I’d love to have a chat with you about it, or try out a session. I’m doing lots of distance work in the form of qigong, distance healing (for now, both are sliding-scale!), and telemedicine office visits that’s now likely covered by medical insurance, so click here to find out how I can support you.