By Jane Barthelemy. You’re invited to my Qigong, Taichi, and Meditation classes in Santa Fe. For details and my teaching schedule, click on my healing website FiveSeasonsMedicine.com.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice that balances and harmonizes the body-mind-spirit. It is more than five thousand years old. Qigong consists of two words – Qi and Gong. Qi means energy or life force. Qi is manifested in all things in the universe, both visible and invisible. Qi exists in and permeates everything. Gong means practice or cultivation. So Qigong means energy cultivation.
Qigong movements are graceful and deceptively simple for anyone to do at any age. The movements are linked together seamlessly in ancient and powerful forms that help to balance the 12 meridians and the internal organs. They facilitate a person’s overall health by harmonizing the body with the forces of Nature around us and inside us, and by cultivating awareness of our true life path.
Qigong is finding true simplicity amid the complexity of human life.
It is about birthing clarity and wisdom through movement, to balance and harmonize our body rhythms to the rhythms of the Cosmos. In modern society we have become so separate from Nature that the native wisdom of our bodies becomes blocked; and this is the cause of disease. Qigong helps us re-connect and revitalize the energetic pathways that have become fragmented for so many years. The physical movements of Qigong give us greater awareness of the energies around us so there is no separation between Humans, Earth, the Elementals, and the Cosmos. The powerful Qigong forms help to reunite our true selves with the forces of Nature so that we can live and thrive in the 21st century.
Life is Change in Equilibrium
Life is a psycho-physical-spiritual process of constant motion and change. When the expansions and contractions of Yin and Yang are harmonized within certain bounds, health reflects this dynamic equilibrium. But when the balance is broken by extremes, disease occurs. In modern society we have come to accept a slow and painful decline of health in the latter half of life, limiting our enjoyment, and completely blocking the genesis of spirituality in our wisdom years. Daoist masters lived in vitality and health to a very old age without disease, proving that it is possible for us as well.
Daoist Philosophy: “Heal before Illness Can Come”
Huang Di, Chinese doctor and author of first known Chinese Medicine book 4,500 years ago says: “In the old days the sages treated disease by preventing illness before it began, just as a good government or emperor was able to take the necessary steps to avert war….If someone digs a well only when thirsty, or forges weapons only after becoming engaged in battle, one cannot help but ask: Aren’t these actions too late? By making the appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes for each season, it’s possible to prevent illness.”