My Path with Qigong

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My Qigong path began when I contracted mono as a toddler while living in a mold-infested room. The attending stress on my immune system caused me to develop systemic Epstein-Barr Virus in early childhood that plagued me with prolonged bouts of illness through the first forty-plus years of my life. I also accrued many injuries, many of which left me with chronic pain and alignment issues. I treated my illness and injuries first with western medicine, and then with acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy, and various self-healing modalities. Starting in my early twenties, I began studying and working with western herbs, nutrition, Yoga, Reiki, Chinese medicine and Qigong meditations and practices, Buddhist meditation, and shamanic techniques. 

By my late twenties, I had learned so much about healing through nature, Qi, and meditation that I felt called to teach and offer healing sessions to others. The bulk of my work with others involved channeling Qi through meridians, organs, and acu-points. At the time, I didn't know I had accidentally reinvented medical Qigong. It was simply how I was drawn to work as a Reiki practitioner.

There is another thread to this story. I had a lifelong draw towards martial arts, perhaps inherited from my grandfather. I studied fencing, Jeet Kune Do, and Aikido, but was uncomfortable with the inherent possibility of causing harm through fighting. I enjoyed Butoh dance, but did not continue with it when my teacher died. Yet the sense it gave me of channeling energy stayed with me. 

In my late thirties, I damaged a sacroiliac joint and a couple discs in a Yoga class. I couldn't practice almost any Yoga after that, so I turned to Qigong. I deepened the practices I knew well, and learned new forms. It was during this time that I came upon Wild Goose Qigong and fell in love. Through this deepening of my Qigong practice, not only did I mostly resolve the Yoga injuries (I finally resolved these injuries completely in my mid-forties by going through an Anusara Yoga teacher training, which deepened my understanding of how to work with the muscles, connective tissues, and joints of the body), but I also found that all of my symptoms related to Epstein-Barr had immensely improved. For the first time in my life, I wasn't sick and exhausted for 10 months of the year.

I was so inspired by this transformation that I deepened my studies of Chinese medicine, and intensified my practice of Qigong. In 2018, I began studying with the late Dr. Bingkun Hu. It was a profound inspiration to work with a master of his level. His depth, knowledge, and power completely transformed my practice, and my sense of what is possible not just with Qigong, but with a human life. I made a commitment to be an inheritor of his approach to the Wild Goose tradition, which focuses on whole body movement, "3-D movement," and variations in rhythm. Dr. Hu called Wild Goose "the encyclopedia of Qigong," and indeed it is. In this one form, I find the essence of all the other forms I've studied merged in centripetal motion. 

 

On Dr. Hu's encouragement, I began teaching and healing with Qigong more, and have been deeply moved by witnessing the transformation that Qigong can bring to people's bodies, minds, hearts, and lives. 

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"The space between Heaven and Earth is a bellows;

Empty, yet inexhaustible.

The more it is pressed, the more pours out."

- Lao Tzu

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