Note to Self: The flow of a healthy, abundant life cannot be experienced fully when one has a rigid mind, emotional blocks or a tense body.
Over the course of my lifetime, I have become aware of myself at deeper and deeper levels to the point where I am now aware that my “real” self is not the body that appears in the mirror, but a “spirit” which is composed of three components: a physical part, an emotional part and a mental part. These three components are so intricately linked that the state of one matches the state of the others. In other words, they all change together whenever they change at all.
The physical part of ourselves is an indicator of how we are in the present moment, while the emotional part indicates the influence or momentum of our past on our current situation. The mental part is the part of ourselves that can create our future and possibly change the course of our momentum through the use of imagination and visualization.
I have noticed a “natural flow of influence” between these three parts. The emotional part (our past) fuels change in our physical part (our present) which, in turn, fuels change in our mental part (our future) which, in turn, fuels change in our emotional part. As you can see this natural flow of the parts of spirit matches the flow of linear time (i.e., past to present to future). However, the flow of influence has an additional influence, namely that the part of spirit associated with our future influences that which is associated with our past! This ultimately makes our experience of time not linear, but cyclical.
So how does one heal from a health challenge? Traditional methods in American and European culture have focused so much on the physical level, often to the exclusion of the mental and especially emotional levels. As a result, healing is short-term, at best. In addition, it appears to me that traditional healing methods are sometimes backwards, with respect to the natural flow of influence. If one has a physical challenge, traditional methods may focus on a mental approach to force physical change (for example, surgery is employed to force a patient’s physical body to conform to an ideal image, such as being “cancer-free”). If one has an emotional problem, drugs (i.e., physical substances) may be prescribed to force one’s emotional tendencies to be in alignment with what is deemed ideal. If one is deemed to have a mental problem (which is sometimes the case with geniuses or those who see things differently), then one may be treated with guilt to conform with a custom or with “the way things have always been done” (i.e., those with mental problems will be “cured” when they emotionally please those who embrace the status quo). Another way to summarize these three examples of traditional healing is: Use the future to change the present, use the present to change the past and the use past to change the future. See how backward that is?
When a client comes to see me for a qigong healing session, the client’s focus is typically on a physical challenge. Inevitably though, I quickly see corresponding challenges at the emotional and mental levels, too. So, my approach to the healing process is to not only honor the natural flow of (cyclical) time and the natural flow of spiritual component influences, but also look at all components simultaneously in order to maximize the long-term effectiveness of the healing. This is what holistic health is all about, after all! So, in general, clients leave a session with me with new ways of thinking or looking at their situation (to continue the momentum of the session at the mental level), recommended exercises (to continue the momentum at the physical level), and a new energy state from my work with their qi (which closely corresponds to the emotional level).
My healing practice is based on what I have learned in my studies of qigong. I have learned much from others as well as from my personal experience and insights. What I have been taught is that the human body has three major energy centers called dantians. The lower dantian resides in the belly, the middle dantian resides in the heart area and the upper dantian resides in the head. What I have recently realized in this teaching is that the trinity of energy centers just described respectively serve as a kind of “seat” to the emotional, physical and mental components of a person’s spirit. The linear flow of time from past to present to future, therefore, corresponds to the lower, middle and upper dantians, respectively. The upper dantian is the seat for the mental part of spirit because this is where one exercises visualization, imagination and thought, in general. The lower dantian is the seat for the emotional part of spirit because this is where one stores up qi and where one checks in with how he feels (“My gut says tells me that I should…”). The middle dantian is the seat for the physical part of spirit because this is where one experiences being alive in the present moment (Nothing is more indicative of being alive than a beating heart). I have also noticed organs that correspond to the three components of spirit: The kidneys and ears correspond to the emotional level, the gonads and eyes correspond to the physical level and the lungs and nose correspond to the mental level. These organs, unlike the dantians, reflect the quality of interaction with others (i.e., they are relationship-oriented). So, by tuning in to the qi of these various organs, I can get a picture of the overall state of a person and gain insight on what is the best way to heal them.
One of the gifts that the three components of spirit provide is that if one is oblivious to the condition of one part of spirit, chances are he will notice the condition of at least one of the other two. Usually the component which is easiest to notice is the physical component because it is hard not to notice when physical pain or discomfort is present! The physical is easiest to notice also because it is the most dense and lowest energy of the components (Likewise, the mental component is the hardest to notice because it is the least dense and highest energy of the components). So, healing is really about acknowledging the whole spirit and transforming all of its components simultaneously. If one component is “out of whack” in some way, look for the other two components to be “out of whack”, too. By treating all three components simultaneously, one can gather insights about the challenging condition at hand, and thereby, heal faster.
So, the healthier one’s spirit is (as indicated by the health of its three components), the better shape that one is in to conceive, allow and manifest experiences in a flowing manner. Thus, life becomes more fulfilling and abundant and demonstrates a most amazing principle: What one experiences in the outer world matches what one experiences in the inner world. Of course, this amazing principle is true even if one’s spirit is not in a healthy state. The results are just not as pleasant. Hmm…Perhaps I have the beginnings of another blog here…