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Heal Mind and Body with Qigong
by Master Mingtong Gu


Qigong uses the conscious mind to guide the body to relax while remaining alert.


Spring is a season of new beginnings and new life; therefore it's the perfect time to revitalize our lives. For the person feeling symptoms of discomfort, low energy, pain, depression, anger or fear, springtime shows us how to follow the way of nature to health and happiness. There are many ways to follow the way of nature to have new energy and a renewed sense of purpose. For example, yoga, meditation and spiritual practices all work with the energy field, however, the ancient practice of Qigong is one of the most effective. For over 5,000 years, Qigong has helped millions of people overcome dis-ease and find joy, vitality, and health.
  
Chi (Qi), the energy that sustains all life, holds the key to health and longevity. Gong refers to the daily practice and ability involved in cultivating mind and energy. Wisdom Healing™ (Zhineng) Qigong, one of the most powerful systems of Qigong, means, "cultivating wisdom energy." By practicing Qigong, we can heal ourselves in all dimensions-physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
  
During the last 25 years, Zhineng Qigong was researched clinically through experiments in the largest Qigong Medicine-less Hospital (a.k.a the Center) in China. The Center's high success rate, treating over 185 wide-ranging diseases and curing over 200,000 patients, has been documented in many scientific journals. Diseases often thought incurable by Western medicine, such as many cancers, Multiple Sclerosis, and kidney disease, were cured by Zhineng Qigong.
  
Working with chi (qi), we recognize that we can connect more deeply with our body and mind. Indeed many layers within the body become apparent: organs, glands, blood vessels, tissues and cells, including the many energy centers in the body. The five organ systems, heart/cardiovascular, kidney/reproductive, pancreas/digestive, liver/purification and lung/respiratory, are made of physical, emotional, and spiritual energy. Like five members of one family, the organs support each other and communicate with one another. Our emotions are the energetic experience of the five organs while the psychological emotions are only the mind/brain interpretation of the deeper emotional experience within the organs. By associating the emotions with corresponding organs, we can begin to understand the properties of transformative healing through Qigong.
  
In springtime, the liver is the organ system most challenged and yet most key to wellness. When the liver is vibrant, we feel more courageous and have a clear purpose. When the liver is challenged, we are clouded in our goals, frustrated, and even angry. These emotions are not just in our thoughts-their energy is trapped in our liver. Qigong releases this energy, opening new beginnings of bravery and clear purpose.
  
Qigong uses gentle movement, meditation, and sound to perceive and direct this energy within. Practiced in a state of awareness, Qigong uses the conscious mind to guide the body to relax while remaining alert. In this awake, yet completely relaxed state, one can amplify the energy to promote well-balanced functioning of the physical body.
  
The same universal coding that awakens seeds in the spring, is built into our energy body, so spring is a natural time for us to clear away the winter blues, become more balanced, harmonious, creative, and courageous or to begin a new regime for a once-thought incurable disease. And of equal importance, spring is a time to revitalize our life's purpose. Wisdom Healing Qigong helps us discover increased balance in emotions, vitality, and health. This spring can be the time to discover more joy and wellness that continues through summer, fall and winter.

Master Mingtong Gu is an internationally recognized teacher and healer who received his training from a variety of Grandmasters of China and Tibet, and at the world's largest Qigong hospital. Master Gu is the founder of The Chi Center, which offers online and local courses and retreats. Visit www.chicenter.com or call (707) 347-6489.

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