Matthew, this is a great idea. Let me begin: (1) the task - Loosening the body and mind (2) the goals - Cleansing accumulated stress - so the body s naturalMessage 1 of 4 , Aug 23, 2001View SourceMatthew, this is a great idea. Let me begin:
(1) the task - Loosening the body and mind
(2) the goals - Cleansing accumulated stress - so the body's natural healing
ability is unobstructed by blockage.
(3) what is being trained - The consciousness, nervous system, and cells of
(4) what is involved with the training - Using the breath work and imagery as
biofeedback tools to become aware of where the mind and body are "squeezing
onto" stress, or old patterns of life. This then enables us to classically
condition the body to use breath and imagery to release these blocks. The
end result is replacing our human cellular memory that resorts to "fight or
flight" panic responses during each challenge in life, with a more healthful
and dynamic relaxation response that Qigong teaches the consciousness and
cellular structur of the body.
A note of explanation:
Why do I harp on stress? Because stress is the #1 problem facing humanity.
Why is stress a new problem? Of course its old, but the intensity we feel
has never before been faced by any human generation, because of the advent of
the information age, the speed of change is growing exponentially.
Why is this a problem? Psychological research shows that change is stressful
-- even good change.
What has it to do with Qigong? Qigong and Taiji are shown to be highly
evolved systems that can enable us to continually "let go" of what the mind
and body grip in consciousness and physical structures. This allows us to
re-form and re-define into newness every moment of our lives. We become
evolutionary creatures able to take on the escalating speed of modern change,
remembering to "breathe," and to "let go" so that we may become new, vibrant
and healthfully adaptive to change while all around us are being beaten down
by that flood of change.
When I began organizing World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, I was surprised to find
that Tai Chi teachers are among the "most wired" community, with websites,
and sophisticated hyperlinks, and email addresses even in underdeveloped
countries. This is an example of how the fluidity that Taiji and Qigong
teach and train us in, translates into an ability to flow and adapt to modern
Taiji and Qigong aren't tools for the desolate monk, but for the whole of
humanity in the evolving future.
Bill Douglas, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Inside humor, Mark. In brainstorming, the ideas should flow, unimpeded. Ideas and perceptions sometimes get stuck due to individual beliefs, experiences,Message 2 of 4 , Aug 23, 2001View SourceInside humor, Mark.
In brainstorming, the ideas should flow, unimpeded. Ideas and perceptions
sometimes get stuck due to individual beliefs, experiences, state of mind,
motivations, etc. The problem is that such controls limit
discovery/appreciation of anything new. It is sometimes difficult to let
ideas "flow forth" because we instinctively start evaluating/judging ideas
by comparing them to our currently-held belief system/paradigm. I liken
this deactivation process to limiting or stagnating chi. So effective
brainstorming is that which provides a structure to allow ideas to as freely
I chose to use a topic-specific analogy to facilitate understanding of the
concept of brainstorming to an audience that might not be familiar with it.
The analogy is free flowing ideas = free flowing chi. Since we all
naturally limit/control the flow of our ideas (mostly a good thing in
everyday life), it is a change to let them flow freely. So, the process of
conceiving of and sharing ideas freely = opening of chi foci/centers
(chakras). I guess the analogy didn't help in your case. All is good as
long as you get the main point I was trying to make.
From: Mark Adlington
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2001 11:04 AM
To: KLEE,MATTHEW (A-LittleFalls,ex1)
Subject: Re: [qiresearch] RE: definition brainstorm
One might liken this to "opening of the
chakras". Could you please explain this.
Just an update on the current status of our Qigong definition brainstorm: I ll move on to the next phase (discussion & amplification) when it looks like theMessage 3 of 4 , Aug 27, 2001View SourceJust an update on the current status of our Qigong definition brainstorm:
I'll move on to the next phase (discussion & amplification) when it looks
like the additions to the list are repeating or stopping.
Do what? (task)
* loosening the body and mind
With what? (resources)
* natural bio (field(s), forces(s))
* electrochemical, biochemical, bioelectric
* internal, external
* physical, mental, spiritual
* nervous system
* cells of the body
* body's vibrational rate
To improve what? (goals)
* sensitize perception/awareness of (internal, external, spiritual,
* increase control of
* amplify intensity of
* equalize, normalize, balance
* communication between
* increase emission (strength, focus, control, efficacy (for whatever
purpose it is being emitted))
* stress reduction
* cleansing accumulated stress
Context (constraints, biofeedback)
* mentally directed (active conscious involvement)
* experiential (active participation required)
* breath control (a tried & true path to reaching the goals?)
* focus on goals (which may include eliminating thought?)
* positive vs. negative (the love thing) [here is where the
consequences of negative approaches fit in]
Working definition development, thoughts to keep in mind in developing
* Keep it simple
* Qi is personal, evolutionary, and experiential, so complex
definitions do not work with those most in need of a definition.
* Multiple working definitions may be required based on the target
audience, context, and motivations (desired response of audience).
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