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    The International Journal for Healing and Caring
    Spirit Relationships Mind Emotions Body # #

    The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi

    by Jahnke, Roger
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    New York: Contemporary/McGraw-Hill 2002. 315pp 11pp Notes and Refs, 2 1/2 pp Resources $24.95

    Roger Jahnke brings us an outstanding discussion of subtle energies as Qi. His explanations are interesting and his style easy reading. Richly punctuated with parables, qigong and t'ai chi exercises. Lovely accompaniment of Chinese ideograms in the margins, with English translations.

    A few of the many points of interest:

    Chinese numerology

    ...the One (Tai Yi - Supreme Unity), the Two (Tai Chi - Great Harmony of Yin-Yang), and the Three (San Bao - Three Treasures) are fundamental... the four directions and four seasons; the five elements (Wu Xing) and five energies; the six causes of disease and six levels of Qi; the seven emotions; the eight principles of nature (Ba Gang) and eight original Qi channels...
    Nine is one of the most important numbers to the Chinese; it represents the nine bodily openings, the nine inner chambers, and the nine heavens. The "nine times refined Golden Elixir" is a spiritual medicine that is cultivated internally through advanced Qigong called Inner alchemy or externally in an alchemist's laboratory...Nine Phases of [Qi] Cultivation and the Tenth Phase of Compassionate Expression... (p. 51)

    The Three Treasures correspondences
    There are three worldly domains: Earth Treasure, Life Treasure and Heaven Treasure. They find myriads of expressions, as in Body, HeartMiind and Spirit; Yin, Harmony and Yang; Lifestyle healings of Nutrition and exercise, emotional resolution, and spiritual practice/meditation; Food, Qi and Spirit; etc.

    Mind and Spirit

    ...In Chinese, there is no discrete concept for mind, nor is there a discrete concept for heart. One single concept, Xin (pronounced "shin"), embraces both. Confused Western translators have struggled with this, often translating Xin only as "heart" or only as "mind." There is no heart and there is no mind, there is only Xin - HeartMind.

    ...The conditioning of life and all its traumas causes us to believe that the brain and mind are the directors of life, but when the thinking self is allowed to be integrated with the feeling self in the HeartMind, everything changes... (p. 65)

    Conserving Qi

    Sexual orgasm depletes Qi. Jahnke suggests that sex that stops short of orgasm builds Qi energy and, when one is used to this, is more pleasurable than orgasmic sex.

    Many forms of qigong

    There are many variations on the theme of qigong. An unusual one is to move intuitively, freely, allowing the flows of Qi to guide you.

    This book is warmly recommended as a thoughtful and informative read.

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