What's in the Summer 2022 Issue?

Swimming Dragon Qigong

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

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

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


 

Taijiquan Classic translation

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.


Departments:

Departments: Ping Pong

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.