What's in the Summer 2022 Issue?
Swimming Dragon Qigong
"Channeling the Sinuous Movements of the River Spirit". Similar to other forms of Qigong, Swimming Dragon Qigong is based on the Five Elemental Phases and is composed of four components of practice: Moving and Meditation as well as Standing and Sitting Meditation Shapes and Healing Sounds. All four components of practice are based on Wu Xing, or the Five Elemental Phases, and adheres to a mutual creation order of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Attention is paid to posture and spiraling for the optimal flowing of qi. By Gerald A. Sharp
Refinement of Jing and Qi in Nei Gong
Everybody who encounters Chinese internal practice of any sort will no doubt be familiar with the basics of Jing and Qi. Jing is commonly translated as the body’s "essence" and it is viewed as a somewhat finite energetic substance that gradually depletes over the course of our lives until we age and pass away. Qi is translated as "energy" and a large degree of internal study within arts such as Nei Gong is concerned with the cultivation of and development of this enigmatic "substance". Though these are indeed solid starting points with regards to our understanding, we can take these ideas further and so let us look at each of these two in turn from the point of view of Chinese alchemical training. By Damo Mitchell
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Those who are interested in learning more about Chinese Herbal Medicine or are considering trying it should be fully aware of its history as a form of medicine. The more enlightened one is on a topic, the more comfortable they will feel trying it. If you are interested in the world of medicine, perhaps you are a doctor or have been looking at online nursing degrees, then you will find this fascinating. Even those interested in history should enjoy this. In traditional Chinese households, the kitchen serves not only as the family hearth for cooking food, but also as the family clinic for preparing herbal remedies. By Daniel Reid
A New Translation: Taijiquan Classic
Grand Master Chan Tin Sang (陳天生) [1924-1993] requested that when the time was right, this text should be translated into the English language to assist all future Taijiquan practitioners in the West to perfect their art. This is a new English translation of the Chinese language text entitled (太極拳經) 張三丰) or Taijiquan Classic by Zhang Sanfeng, which comes through the Yang (楊) School of Taijiquan. The particular text used in this translation is preserved within the Ch’an Dao Martial Arts School, and acquired through the Yang Chengfu lineage of the Yang School. Original Chinese Language Text By Zhang Sanfeng (張三丰) and translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles, PhD.
Department articles include "The Love and Light of the Fire Element" by Marie Theriault where she explains the symbolism of fire in traditional Chinese medicine and how it affects our lives in so many ways. The cultural tidbit from Steven Luo entitled "Pingpong Qiú: Table Tennis" may be a surprise to many of you. "Five Feng Shui Tips to Enhance Healing at Home" by Maureen Calamia answers the question, ‘what does health (body-mind-spirit) and feng shui have in common?’ Then Caroline Hatfield shares her personal story entitled "Grounding Schizophrenia Through T’ai Chi" of how taiji and qigong helped her heal and recover from a serious mental illness. She now uses that experience to help others. One quote from her article that sticks in my brain is "As my taiji and qigong grow, I grow". "Taijiquan and the Healing Arts" by Dr. David Shuch as he combines Western science to understand the body, Eastern philosophy to understand energetics and Faith-based knowledge to understand miracles and prayer. And Rose Allen shares a heartwarming story entitled "Appreciating Elders", where she describes teaching qigong to elderly students in a senior center.
I hope you enjoy this, our 126th consecutive issue of our journal.
What's in the Autumn 2022 Issue?
Shaolin Eighteen Lohan Palm Qigong
Shaolin 18 Lohan Palm is considered one of the Shaolin tradition's foundational practices alongside the muscle/tendon change and the bone marrow washing practice. The muscle/tendon changing practice requires a great deal of muscular power and energy while the bone marrow washing method is performed slowly and deals with intention and internal energy exclusively. The 18 Lohan Palm therefore is the balance point between the two practices. It is not a dangerous qigong unlike the other two nor is it necessary to have decades of deep training in other practices to understand it. By Neil Ripski
Tian Zhaolin and Yang Taiji
The experience of k'un, i.e., the life changing experience of learning via painstaking, excruciating effort, conditioned all the inquiries of Luo Qin Shun, philosopher who lived 1465 to 1547 AD. Like the philosophical endeavors of friend and colleague philosopher, Wang Yang Ming, these slowly, painstakingly come to maturity only through the "one hundred deaths and one thousand sufferings". In a real sense, such also was the knowledge and experience surrounding early taiji boxing and the lives of Yang Luchan and his son Yang Jianhou and Jianhou's adopted son Tian Zhaolin. Translated by Tian Yun and Yuan Yongrong; Compilation & Edits by LeRoy Clark
Understanding Qigong from the 'Daodejing'
Did you know that Laozi's teaching in the Daodejing offers deep understanding about how to work with our Qi? Laozi tells us: "Flowing life energy and becoming supple, can you be like a newborn baby?" When Laozi mentions "flowing life energy"—he means turn around or circulate the Qi. "Can we circulate our life energy so much that we become like a baby." The Daodejing is full of hidden wisdom that can help us make the most of our Qigong and Taiji practice. Once we understand this wisdom, we'll know more about how we're built, where our Qi comes from, and what Laozi meant by becoming soft again. By Master Waysun Liao
The Five Organs:
Cosmic Dimensions of the Daoist Body
The five organs form an integral part of body and mind, which in Chinese understanding are different aspects of the same underlying flow of qi, often described as cosmic or vital energy. This is not a bounded substance or limited force that can be explained as a stable structure, but works continuously through relationships and correspondences. Qi is a process, and so are the organs as they function on the interface of body and mind, described less in terms of existing qualities and more through the way things function. By Livia Kohn
Departments include "Pulse Analysis in TCM—A Layman's Perspective" by Don M. Tow where he describes why a TCM doctor often performs a pulse diagnosis and what they can determine from the results. Mike Sigman shares "Jin as part of the Qi", where he examines the definition of jin in Chinese literature as "the physical manifestations of qi". Then "Living in Harmony with the Earth Brings Good Fortune: Working with the Five Elements" by Maureen K. Calamia explains the five elements or phases known as WuXing. Brian Anderson describes five basic benefits of studying taijiquan as he shares "5 Practical Health Benefits of Taiji".
I hope you enjoy this, our 127th consecutive issue of Qi Journal.