January 2019 archive

Tanzan and Ekido

Tanzan and Ekido were once travelling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection. “Come on girl”, said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms he carried her over the mud. Ekido …

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Attaining Mastery

Mastery of Qigong - assembling the puzzel

The Master looked at his new apprentice…….. “Here, have these” he said as he handed over a lump of rough-hewn wood and a saw. He showed the apprentice how to use the saw and said “Go saw”. He was then taught how to keep his saw sharp and clean. When the apprentice got the hang …

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Course Feedback – Connecting Heaven and Earth

Students’ Comments From Cecilia “A thoroughly enjoyable, well presented and comprehensive course during which very thorough explanations and demonstrations were given. I particularly found being able to see the positions performed both from a front and side view very helpful and also the information given on the points on the meridians affected in each of …

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Using Imagery

using imagery within Qigong

When using imagery the pictures we form in our mind are one of our greatest inner resources.  In the past two decades there has been a growing appreciation of the integration of body, mind and spirit and that if we use any therapeutic practice that addresses each of these aspects, we have access to the …

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Medical Research on Taiji

During their medical research on Taiji, researchers in the United States, medical researchers analysed 47 studies looking at Taiji and the impact that it had on people with chronic health problems, like heart disease or MS. Their findings, published in The Archives of Internal Medicine, were that Taiji could improve balance control, flexibility and even …

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Qigong for CFS – manage your recovery

As part of my Shiatsu practice I usually teach/prescribe appropriate Qigong for CFS to patients who are suffering from this ailment. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis [ME] or Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease [SEID]) is extremely debilitating and care has to be taken during treatment so that energy is not drained any …

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Nothing hurts

Yamaoka Tesshu

Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen visited one master after another. He called upon Dukuon of Shokuku. Desiring to show his level of attainment, he said “The Mind, Buddha and sentient beings do not exist, the true nature of phenomena is emptiness, there is no realisation, no delusion, no sage and no mediocrity, …

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Taoist Wisdom

Lao Tzu - Taoist Wisdom

Taoist wisdom has, for millennia, given us hints and guidance for a successful, content and full life. Spiritually successful……………. I will, time permitting, be looking at a number of them and giving my own insight into what message I have received from each in regard to Qigong and Taiji. “When in stillness you should be …

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Living in the Present

Living in the present - Lao Tzu

How many times do we need to be reminded that we should be living in the present, to be 100% here and now? I have picked three of my favourite pieces of wisdom on this matter, each from a different background but each with the same message. From Taoism “If you are depressed, you are …

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Qigong Questions & Answers

I have had very many Qigong questions asked of me over the years and I wish that I had kept a note of all of them. That way I could follow my own progress as my answers must have changed over the years in line with my own understanding. These are the Qigong questions and …

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Taiji Classics – What do you get from them?

What do you get from the Taiji Classics? Do they give you any deeper insight into your Taiji? Chen Man Chin said “The Classics are our best link to our Taiji past. They are the basis of the art. By their nature they are discursive and redundant, but at the same time, profound. In the …

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Questions about The Five Taoist Yin

Working with the Yin Meridians - Metal

Over the decades I have had the opportunity to answer many questions about the Five Taoist Yin (AKA the Five Yin) Qigong that have been asked by my students. I’m sure that there are plenty of other questions out there and that some practitioners may already be asking some of the same questions so I thought that …

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Questions about Connecting Heaven & Earth Qigong

Over the decades I have had very many questions about Connecting Heaven and Earth Qigong asked of me. Many are repeated so I thought that it would be a good idea to add them to the Pro Holistic blog. That should, in theory at least, give practitioners who are not my direct students the chance …

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Questions about the Embroidered Brocade Qigong

embroidered brocade - white crane

These are some of the very many questions about the Embroidered Brocade Qigong that have been asked of me over the years and I wish that I had kept a note of all of them. Unfortunately I didn’t but these are some of the Qigong questions and answers that I do have on record. If …

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Working with the Yin Meridians

Working with the Yin Meridians - Metal

Qigong and the Yin Meridians When working with the Yin Meridians, Qigong can have a profound effect on specific ailments and help provide a route back to well-being. Each Element has its own qualities and governs certain aspects of our being. Therefore they have an impact on ailments that are associated with the things that …

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