Contemplations

This column by Will Regan will discuss all aspects of Qigong practice, theory, philosophy from the simple and traditional to the wilder side of this art and its claimants.

Nothing Special

December 15, 2011
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Nothing Special

Please don’t fall into that category of people who are simultaneously self-impressed and casual. That’s why I hate terms like “running energy”, “bad qi”, and such.

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The Three Interpretations

December 8, 2011
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Unlike our compartmentalized view—which certainly has a power of its own, along with a danger—the Chinese view embraced a more “holographic” approach. Chinese medicine was coupled with Feng Shui and Zi Wei, or some other form, of astrology. Everything was placement, pattern and path. Qigong might be described as the Feng Shui of your...

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Don’t Expect Roses

November 29, 2011
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If you are of the persuasion, as I am, that there is something out there as yet unconsummated in our range of knowledge, it can be a little disheartening to be seen this way...

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Said: Proust

October 19, 2011
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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

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Spirit and Qigong

May 13, 2011
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Spirit and Qigong

I often hear people say “I am spiritual.” I believe that, in many cases, what they mean is that they are spiritual and NOT religious. The difference between these two states lies here: being spiritual is a reflection of one’s individuality and participating in religion is an exercise in one’s community.

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Faces of Qi

April 21, 2011
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It’s easy to become confused about qi if you don’t have any experience with the Chinese language.

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The Trembles

April 7, 2011
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The Trembles

You stood there a few minutes and then something new and slightly alarming happened: you began to shake all over like a juicer...

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Spiritual Progress

April 5, 2011
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Spiritual Progress

To make certain types of spiritual progress we have to fool the demons, divert the mischevious elementals. There are many ways to do this. One of the best, if you wish to empty the mind of thoughts, it to fill the mind with thoughts. How can this be? After all, you might say, the...

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Why Ghosts Hop

March 28, 2011
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Why Ghosts Hop

The idea of qi is far deeper than most modern people suspect. This energy has been seen as traveling through everything, moving between our atoms, wrapping our bones and circling the planet in the stars.

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Bigfoot and QG

March 26, 2011
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Bigfoot and QG

There’s a great scene in Close Encounters that perfectly shows the dangers of speaking out loud about the fringes of normal reality.

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Fire and Water

March 24, 2011
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Fire and Water

Chinese philosophy can be like a labyrinth in the dark.

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“Medical” Qigong

March 23, 2011
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“Medical” Qigong

The power of words and the problems.

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Change Everything without a Blink

March 22, 2011
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Change Everything without a Blink

Have you done Qigong today? Even if you “don’t have the time” take a moment to glaze your eyes and pretend to look at the distant mountains.  If you can actually see distant mountains, so much the better. People always talk about getting out of the box and changing your viewpoint. It’s easy, just...

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Life Purpose

December 28, 2010
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“A person’s life purpose is nothing more than to rediscover, through the detours of art, or love, or passionate work, those one or two images in the presence of which his or her heart first opened.” Albert Camus

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The Qigong Cosmology

December 25, 2010
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The Qigong Cosmology

Analogies between human experience and scientific thought may have limited practicality.

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