Integrative Chi Kung

INTEGRATIVE CHI KUNG

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CONTENT

Theory & Guidelines

Principals of Motion Economy

What is Chi (Qi)?

Health Benefits

Three Levels to Mastering Integrative Chi Kung

Our Immune System(s)

Three Dantians

Anatomy of your Respiratory System

Shen Kung

Lungs Produce Blood Cells

Electromagnetic Polarity Alignment & Cancer

How fat leaves the body

Chi Kung Self-Healing

Cultivating the Right Mind for Practice

Kojosho

Recomended Books

Shi-Pa-Sho

Testimonial

Medical I Ching 9 Elements

Advanced personalized Shen Kung Session

Taiji

INTEGRATIVE CHI KUNG THEORY & GUIDELINES

Integrative Chi Kung (Qigong) is a progressive integrated approach that incorporates classic styles and philosophies with modern concepts of energy into a science. Chi incorporates awareness through movement, stillness, meditation, and breathing. Biophoton Weave theories, Harmony Chakras, DNA, Anatomy of Energy, Five Elements, Jing Shen Chi Kung, Kundalini, Meditation, Nutrition, Pranayama, Pranic Healing, Quantum Mechanics, Shi-Pa-Sho, Tantra, yoga practice into one practice for the community.

Integrative Chi Kung (Qigong) is the comprehensive integration of millenary understanding of energy management techniques dating to over 4,700 years and current science. Combining ancient intuition and new knowledge creates a solid foundation for a healing art to take us into the future in health, abundance, and joy. It compiles effective preventive, healing, and strengthening exercises derived from a long history of the Chinese people's experience as they observed the struggle of nature.

Ancient masters came to the understanding that everything is composed of the same energetic substance which vibrated in different quantity frequencies, which they called Chi (Qi). Traditional Chinese Medicine is primarily based on the understanding of the transformation of Chi throughout the human body. Today quantum physics proposes that all matter is composed of energy that is constantly vibrating at different quantity frequencies. Underlying all of this motion is a ubiquitous force (having the ability to be everywhere at once) that quantum physics has called zero-point energy (ZPE)―energy mostly undetected by some of our human senses but present in all things and space.

Zero Point Energy is a vibrational state in the atom molecule of reality at absolute zero temperature. Because the electrons move from one quantity state to another they emit photons. The photon energy is smaller than the atom energy and the atom energy is trivial in magnitude compared to the potential energy of the vacuum level of reality. The universe consists of 0.00001% matter, or what we consider normal matter, and 99.99999% vacuum, what we previously thought of empty space is like an invisible nervous system that runs throughout the universe connecting all things. Quantum physics explains that the fabric of the universe is composed of "void or vacuum" containing latent energy.

For instance, the Known Universe Density is 1055 gm/cm3 and the Renormalized Vacuum Density is 1093 gm/cm3, one centimiter cube of vacuum mass-energy exceeds the total mass of the observable Universe by 39 orders of magnitude.

Inner World, Outer World

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To put matter versus void into perspective, Scott M. Tyson tells us in his book The Unobservable Universe, "…empty space (void) represents the single largest component of our universe... Even supposedly 'solid' matter contains less than one part of matter by volume for every 500 trillion parts of empty space."

Latent-energy is what changes our reality from concrete into the possibility of consciousness itself. If reality is concrete then we are insignificant subjected to destiny. But if reality is a possibility, or latent-energy, then immediately comes the question of "how can I change it and create reality extending the image of myself." It allows us to have the actual experience as observers and creators. We choose the experience and literally create our own reality.

As latent-energy collapses into our observable universe photons manifest faster than the speed of light. In fact, it happens much, much, much faster than the speed of light, with best estimates suggesting 10,000 times the speed of light. Considering Einstein's relativity and Hendrik Lorentz transformation, space warps at the speed of light approximating time value to 0. At the speed of light and beyond both space and time become undefined and cease to exist. From the perspective of a photon, there is no space and time.

Paramahamsa Tewari demonstrated the generation of electrical power from the medium of space. The phenomenon of Space Power Generation shows that space is the source of energy for the generation of basic forms of energy.

In the human body, this energy is expressed in the form of biophotons (weak emissions of light radiated from the cells smaller than the atom) conforming potential Life Force Quantum Vital-Energy. Using intention through the observer we unlock the latent-energy to create reality.

Although the existence of this underlying force has been intuited since ancient times, science has recently measured and scientifically proven its existence. Currently, scientists are beginning to understand that DNA acts as a conduit for this all-pervasive energy field. It has been proven that DNA acts as a superconductor, transporting electrons down the length of its double helix. Furthermore, recent research has shown that DNA is affected by energy fields generated by the human body itself. Evidence of the influence of human being's electromagnetic field is found in scientific studies showing that energy emitted by human hands can directly affect wound healing, tissue growth, and protein formation.

DNA emits energy in the form of biophotons, which have been measured and scientifically documented. Based on this data, it has been postulated that DNA's base pairs, and their specific positions and shapes, act as antenna for specific electromagnetic frequencies, which determine what proteins or enzymes are produced. These emitted biophotons may actually be the energetic blueprint that directs the physical machinery of DNA to accomplish its task within our approximately 70 trillion cells.

Mitochondria

We are not a biologic creature, we are an atomic light energy being. We are not made from the material of cells, we are made from material of atoms. The mitochondria in your cells, which produce Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), 1 cubic centimeter of mitochondria are capable of producing 10,000 times more energy in the form of electrons than 1 cubic centimeter of the surface of the sun. We transfer light energy between our cells, this is life.

Mitochondria are tiny organelles (think of them as microorganisms) contained within nearly all your cells. One of their many critical roles is to produce energy by combining nutrients from the sugars and fats we eat with oxygen from the air we breathe.

Researchers estimate that mitochondria account for 10% of our body weight, with approximately 10 trillion within the cells of an average adult. If that number is hard to comprehend, consider that more than 1 billion mitochondria would fit on the head of a pin.

Mitochondria are non-human, they look like bacteria but their DNA looks like a virus. They can convert fat or sugars into Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) ― the only fuel that a cell can run on. We have borrowed life from the mitochondria. All your mitochondria is inherited from the mother, none from the father, in rare cases, the father might pass on his mtDNA to the offspring. They are 3 species with 14 quadrillion cells and 37 genes.

The word Chi Kung is made up of two Chinese words. Chi is pronounced Chee and is usually translated to mean the Life Force or Quantum Vital-Energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word Kung means skill that is cultivated through steady practice―mastering. Together, Chi Kung means cultivating or mastering human quantum vital-energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing, to becoming an increasing life vitality― the skillful practice of applying Life Force Quantum Vital-Energy.

The subtle energy is linked directly to the core of the body as well as directly connected with the energy of the planet and the universe. There is no separation from the environment, it is an energy continuum. Experience shows that subtle energy is not limited by matter, time, or space, as we currently understand it.

WHAT IS CHI (QI)?

Everything in the universe is energy and all things are a changing state of energy.

Albert Einstein discovered the relationship between energy and matter in his equation E = mc2 (energy is equal to mass times the speed of light squared). This means that energy and mass (matter) exist as a function of each other.

This energy is called Chi. The words ki and prana, among others, are names given by different cultures for the same thing. Chi is a state of transmutation of energy and matter flowing in the universe. Both spiritual and physical health benefit from the ongoing flow of the individual's Chi. Reduced movement of Chi can be the cause of illness in traditional Chinese Medicine: if the Chi moves, the body can be healthy; if it is restricted, the Chi stagnates and illness can set in.

Chi cultivation practice removes resistance from the flow of the Chi and assists the human system in sustaining an ample supply of Chi. Moving the body gently in an optimized posture and alignment, deepening the breath and clearing the mind open the pathways of Chi flow, which allows Chi to circulate to organs, glands, and tissues, therefore maximize function.

When we say that someone is healthy, it is because the functioning of their body, the physical manifestations of their Chi, are in a coherent flow and without dysfunction. Every movement, every thought, and emotion, our metabolism, every movement of life and consciousness, is a manifestation of Chi.

Chi cultivation dilates the blood vessels to carry a larger volume of oxygen and nourishment to cells and tissues of organs and glands. The breath increases the availability of oxygen to the blood, feeding Mitochondria producing ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and accelerates the lymph which delivers the immune cells and eliminates metabolic byproducts from the cells.

The gentle body movement of Integrative Chi Kung accelerates the metabolism slightly and the posture opens the spaces through which biologically active fluids are flowing. The relaxation or mind-clearing triggers a shift from the primarily sympathetic function of the autonomic nervous system (fight or flight) to a parasympathetic function (relaxation and regeneration), creating a shift in the profile of neurochemicals and hormones from action into self-healing function.

When the body is aligned and connected internally and externally to our original source (between water and fire), we access the universal Chi around us reducing work for the Kreps Cycle (a complex series of chemical reactions that produce carbon dioxide and Adenosine triphosphate). This relaxes the body allowing a smooth flow of Chi through tense muscles, joints, and limbs. When Chi flows smoothly, we can achieve more with less effort and we have an increased awareness of our proprioception and interoception.

The Motive Force: Chi

That which animates life is called Chi. The concept of Chi is absolutely at the heart of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Life is defined by Chi even though it is impossible to grasp, measure, quantify, see, or isolate. Immaterial yet essential, the material world is formed by it. An invisible force known only by its effects, Chi is recognized indirectly by what it fosters, generates, and protects—in our case, life.

Matter is Chi taking shape. Mountains forming, forests growing, rivers streaming, and creatures proliferating are all manifestations of Chi. In the human being, all functions of the body and mind are manifestations of Chi: sensing, cogitating, feeling, digesting, stirring, and propagating. Chi produces movement and heat. It is the fundamental mystery and miracle.

Life cannot be separated from the way it manifests. When the heartbeats and the breath is warm, it is understood that life exists within the body. When the heart stops beating and the body becomes cold, the Lifeforce, or Chi, is no longer present. Life force and Chi are one. Like fresh air, healthy Chi moves freely; like stale air, stagnant Chi is heavy, oppressive, constrictive, and congestive.

Like air, Chi has its own movement and also activates the movement of things other than itself. Just as the wind moves the trees, grasses, and water, so Chi moves the chest causing inhalation and exhalation. People do not inhale Chi. Rather, Chi is the motive force that establishes respiration. In this way, Chi is the cause and also the effect.

The essence of food is also a form of Chi. This highly refined essence is the source from which the material form of the body is constructed. When the Chi of food and the Chi of air enter the body, they become one entity known as "pure" or "righteous" Chi. Air Chi represents the immaterial motivating aspect of Chi and Food Chi the material or construction aspect. Chi is both the foundation of structure and the catalyst of transformation and movement.

Medical understanding was generated from ideas about nature. According to the ancient Chinese art of practical ecology, known as Feng Shui ("Wind Water"), the earth has veins of energy that course through it, hold it together, and act as a grid from which all life derives its power. The movement of wind and water reflects the activity of Chi.

The forces of Chi can work to our advantage or disadvantage. By closely observing the formation of mountains, growth of trees, the flow of water, movement of wind, and patterns of light and shadow, the practitioner of Feng Shui places us in a favorable relationship to these forces, to derive maximum benefit from the environment. The object is to align human dwellings, objects, and activities with the current of Chi. The point of focus is the relationship between the person and the patterns of Chi. This protects and enhances our power and good fortune. The doctor, a gardener, practices Feng Shui in that he seeks to place human beings in a beneficial relationship to Chi.

THREE LEVELS TO MASTERING INTEGRATIVE CHI KUNG

There are three levels or steps (Dantians) to mastering Integrative Chi Kung and practitioners of Integrative Chi Kung regard its methods as the practice of internal alchemy by strengthening enough to cultivate and transform: Jing (essence or matter) into Chi (transmutation energy) and then Chi into Shen (mind/consciousness/spirit).

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Basic level training ― Jing Kung

It is primarily more physical than the other levels and it requires the practitioner to condition their body by coordinating mind and breath with movement. There are three anatomical points of the body called Dantian (Dan=medicine, Tian=a field) which the lower point is activated and strengthened first. Jing is the essence of life, the fundamental raw material that makes up the human body, the material foundation of life. The human body is born with innate-jing inheritance from our ancestors as the foundation for acquired-jing. As we make choices in life we develop the acquired-jing resulting from food and water converted by the stomach and spleen and stored in the kidneys along with the innate-jing. This is why vitality and Chi are affected by what we eat.

Intermediate level training ― Chi Kung

Includes the basic training methods but advances to mentally visualize this intrinsic energy (Chi) circulating around the center back and front meridians (Du and Ren meridians) point by point, coordinating each Chi progression with slow unlabored rhythmic breathing while maintaining minimal soft tissue tension.

The Du Mai (GV) meridian runs in the back of the body, from the perineum over the head to the upper lip. It is often referred to as Sea of Yang meridians because the three yang meridians of both foot and hand converge into the Du meridian at GV 14. It regulates the circulation of Chi and blood in the yang meridians functioning as a governor to all yang meridians. They also regulate the functional activities of the brain and the spinal marrow and regulate the function of the urinary and reproductive systems.

Ren (CV) meridian runs in the front of the body, from the perineum to the lower lip. This meridian dominates the yin of the whole body. Because of this, it is also known as the Sea of Yin meridians. The three yin meridians of the hand and the three yin meridians of the foot, all join at CV 3. This meridian originates in the uterus and is especially connected with conception—hence its name of Conception vessel.

Its function is to regulate the circulation of blood and Chi in the yin meridians. It regulates the menstrual flow, dominates the reproductive system and the fetus. Regulates the Chi circulation of the chest, promotes the function of spleen and stomach and generally strengthens the body.

This level is completed when the practitioner can qualitatively "feel the Chi" point-to-point around the meridians and has reached a point of qualitative increased physical vitality and awareness. Next, extremity meridians (both center and extremity meridians are part of the 8 extraordinary vessels) are activated until enough energy is generated to "emit" the Chi through an acupoint located on the palm.

Developing Chi is the only path to evolve into Shen-Kung, the next stage. It is undertaken when the practitioner achieves a consistent state of higher body and mind energy level and transcendent awareness.

Advanced level training ― Shen Kung "śāmbhava-upāya" (Tantrik tradition)

Shen, or the Energy (spiritual) body, is no subject to "Spacetime." The combination of Space and Time defines "spacetime" or the "4th dimension" as conceived by Albert Einstein. Motion through space affects the passage of time, and spacetime is experienced individually.

Shen Kung uses the intent, intuition and higher clairvoyance of the Heart to communicate through the Planck Energy in the structure of space-time of the Void. Shen loosely translates as Spirit and it is closely related to the function of the Heart-Intuition-Crown-Source alignment. Shen is derived from innate-jing and relies on acquired-jing and Chi for nourishment to maintain its function. With abundant Shen, the body will be strong and the human system will function harmoniously. A way to interact intentionally with Akasha, the "etheric field" that extends throughout all things.

The Shen Kung practitioner, while in a transcendental state of awareness and subjective connection with the universe, simply connects and non-verbally communicates specific corrective directives to their target, e.i. someone's body. For example, rather than using the hand to emit Chi over a sprained ankle to disperse stagnant Chi and blood, the practitioner will directly connect and communicate directives (Preferred Result Directives or PRD), to achieve the desired effect.

Integrative Chi Kung Practice

Through the study and practice of Integrative Chi Kung, one can cultivate an awareness of Chi and its individual pathways, learning to influence and control, in a conscientious and focused manner, its energy power. Integrative Chi Kung practitioners use these skills to alter the energy of organs and pathways creating an environment where the body can reestablish balance and heal itself.

The goal of Integrative Chi Kung is to correct bio-energetic imbalances and blockages in the body that accumulate throughout our lifetime. These imbalances derive from poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, injuries, surgery, toxic influences, suppression of emotions, and aging. Medical Integrative Chi Kung therapy and Integrative Chi Kung self-treatment both enable the body to return to its natural state of health and harmony, relieving pain and stress and regulating hormones. Deep-seated emotions, which are considered a major root cause of illness, maybe purged and released. This strengthens the body and regulates the internal organs, the nervous and the immune system.

As preventive healthcare, Integrative Chi Kung may be utilized as part of our regular regime to protect the practitioner from both acute diseases as well as chronic degenerative conditions by strengthening immunity and resistance, regulating vital functions, enhancing vitality, and keeping the human energy system in perfect balance.

After several centuries of working to conquer disease with chemicals, drugs, radiation, radical surgery, and other technological solutions, and attempting to prevent disease with vaccinations, synthetic additives to fortify food, and all-out chemical warfare against germs, medical science is beginning to realize that 'the best offense is a good defense', and that the best defense is a strong, well-balanced energy system.

ELECTROMAGNETIC MEMBRANE POTENTIAL & CANCER

During Integrative Chi Kung electromagnetic polarity alignment, body cells increase their membrane potential. The electromagnetic field increases during Integrative Chi Kung practice, promoting a good and strong cell membrane in which only certain substances can penetrate. They both take-in and give-out, it is an active absorption and secretion; it is a cellular active function. This increases the electric gap between the inside and outside of the cell, to an electromagnetic membrane potential of about 80 millivolts.

Not so in the cancer cell, they have a very thin and fragile cell membrane. They are more sensitive to influences like heat and oxidative influences; they can get destroyed by them. A cancer cell only functions because it has a very low electromagnetic membrane potential.

All cells are electromagnetically charged (chi, prana, kundalini), they need to exchange ions of Sodium (Na) and Potassium (K) to create an electromagnetic membrane potential to get nutrients inside and excrete toxins.

By inducing a stronger magnetic flow in the body, we can recharge the cell electromagnetic membrane potential, enhancing cell function and cell health. The cells activate creating health, motility, and separation, where white blood cells (leukocyte) increase in size when they cycle at about 8 Hz/sec becoming more active, reducing inflammation. Red blood cells (erythrocyte) increase their distribution of hemoglobin and oxygen to the body when they cycle at about 25 Hz/sec, reducing the environment for cancer cells.

By practicing a more active Integrative Chi Kung outside in the light, in which body temperature increases (hyperthermia), macrophages become active (phagocytosis) to engulf particles of cancer, even cancer cells and then digest them. It also promotes active transpiration helping detoxify the body.

* Cancer = "Immune System Overload"

INTEGRATIVE CHI KUNG SELF-HEALING

The art of Integrative Chi Kung self-healing and Medical Integrative Chi Kung is a comprehensive aspect of Traditional Oriental Medicine involving coordination of meditation, relaxation, breathing patterns with physical postures and motions of the body for spirit-mind-body alignment that has healed hundreds of thousands of people for thousands of years. With easy gentle movements, visualizations, and guided imagery, regeneration of every organ and cell of the body is possible. Integrative Chi Kung is taught for health maintenance, longevity, and energy (spiritual) benefits. Practitioners of Integrative Chi Kung develop awareness of Chi sensations in their bodies and use their minds to guide the Chi. Integrative Chi Kung can be divided into "Medical", "Martial", or "Spiritual" categories depending on the purpose of the practice. When the practitioners achieve a sufficient skill level, they can direct or emit external Chi to heal others. These techniques are widely used in Pranic Energy Healing, as taught by Grand Master Choa Kok Sui.

"Chi" = Mist that rises from the earth to form the clouds

Integrative Chi Kung relies on the understanding that the body has an energy field generated and maintained by the natural respiration of the body, known as Chi―analogous to Prana and Pranayama in Yoga. For thousands of years, millions of people have benefited from Integrative Chi Kung practices and understand that improving the function of Chi maintains health and heals disease. In Traditional Oriental Medicine, good health is a result of a free-flowing, well-balanced energy system. Regular practice of Integrative Chi Kung cleanses the body of toxins, restores energy, reduces stress and anxiety, and helps individuals maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

Daily exposure to sunlight outdoors without glasses or contacts (ideally grounded to the earth) for several minutes within an hour of sunrise is a powerful stimulus to normalize your circadian rhythm.

Medical Integrative Chi Kung, one of the four main branches of Chinese medicine, is a complete system of medicine that recognizes the root causes of symptoms or disease and treats the patient as a whole. Practiced as an excellent adjunct to Western medicine, Chinese medicine may successfully treat conditions which Western medicine finds resistant or ambiguous.

The goal of Integrative Chi Kung is to correct bio-energetic imbalances and blockages in the body that accumulate throughout our lifetime. These include poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, injuries, surgery, toxic influences, suppression of emotions, and aging. Medical Integrative Chi Kung therapy and Integrative Chi Kung self-treatment, both enable the body to return to its natural state of health and harmony. Pain and stress may be relieved and hormones regulated. Deep-seated emotions, which are considered a major root cause of illness within Chinese medicine, may be purged and released. This strengthens the body and regulates the internal organs, the nervous and the immune system.

Energetic medicine developed in China for thousands of years. Although the art and clinical skill of Medical Integrative Chi Kung is considered an integral and critical component of modern Traditional Chinese Medicine, its historical origin can be traced back further than the invention of written language.

In ancient China, energetic medicine and all forms of healing were the exclusive domain of the tribal shamans. Integrative Chi Kung was then known by other names, for example, Xingqi (aiding the flow of Chi), Tuna (exhalation and inhalation), and Daoyin (harmonizing the body, breath, and mind through moving the limbs and torso).

According to tradition, the origination of Integrative Chi Kung practices and acupuncture has always been linked to Huang Di (the Yellow Emperor), whose surname was Gongsun. The Yellow Emperor ruled over a confederation of tribal clans in northern China from approximately 2696-2598 B.C. The Yellow Emperor is said to have practiced Integrative Chi Kung breathing exercises and meditation, internal alchemy, herbology, and sexual alchemy, and lived to the age of 111 years old.

In China and more recently in the United States, doctors have applied Integrative Chi Kung in hospitals and clinics to treat individuals suffering from a variety of ailments. Medical Integrative Chi Kung therapy and prescriptions can be used to treat people with cancer and help reduce or eliminate side effects from radiation and chemotherapy. It will help in treating cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, and post-stroke syndrome. It is especially useful in treating any kind of chronic pain, and chronic disorders of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems. This branch of Integrative Chi Kung is known in China as Emitted Chi (fa-chi) using the energy from the three Dantians (three energy centers).

As preventive health care, Integrative Chi Kung may be utilized as part of our regular regime to protect the practitioner from both acute diseases as well as chronic degenerative conditions by strengthening immunity and resistance, regulating vital functions, enhancing vitality, and keeping the human energy system in balance. After several centuries of working to conquer disease with chemicals drugs, radiation, radical surgery, and other technological solutions, and working to prevent disease with vaccinations, synthetic additives to fortify food, and all-out chemical warfare against germs, medical science is beginning to realize that 'the best offense is a good defense', and that the best defense is a strong, well-balanced energy system.

Like any other system of health care, Integrative Chi Kung is not a panacea but a highly effective health care practice. Many health care professionals recommend Integrative Chi Kung as an important form of complementary medicine.

Although there is not yet an instrument that can measure the strength of Chi and that we may not fully know what Chi is physical, research has shown that external Chi of a Chi Kung master could produce significant structural changes in water and aqueous solutions, alter the phase behavior of dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) liposomes, and enable the growth of Fab protein crystals (Yan et al. 1999). It has been said that Chi Kung is one of the most powerful healing traditions ever developed in human history.

KOJOSHO

Crane

Kojosho is one of many systems said to derive from the Southern Shaolin that traces its lineage back to Hua-T'o, the Chinese philosopher, acupuncturist, herbalist, and Chi Kung doctor. Hua-T'o lived in the third century and is credited with the creation of a series of exercises based on the movements of animals. The discipline of the animal postures, breath, and mind was regularly recommended and practice for strengthening deficient Jing, Chi, and Shen.

The Shaolin monks worked Hua-To's original five animal movements adding more animal and element movements creating the Eighteen Lo-Han Postures―Shi-Pa-Sho. The Eighteen Lo-Han Postures were said to be both a means of physical culture and an effective fighting art―a combination of health benefits to the physical, emotional, mental and energy (spiritual) bodies and self-defense applications in the same exercise.

The Dao-Yin-Tu postures silk, relic from the King Ma tomb

The original five animal movements create a set of systematic Dao Yin physical training known as the Wuqinxi (Five Animal Play). These five exercises mimic the various movements and gestures of the Deer, Bird, Ape, Tiger, and Bear. The initial goal of these five exercises is to help the practitioner improve his or her health and counteract disease by opening the channels to cultivate Essence (Jing), Energy (Chi) and Spirit (Shen). Each of the original Five Animals relate to a specific internal organ, function and/or system, for example:

  • The Deer form stimulates and strengthens the function of the Liver and Gall Bladder, strengthens the head, brain, spinal cord, and the central nervous system.
  • The Hawk form stimulates and strengthens the function of the Heart and Small Intestine, nerves, sensory system, motor system, the sympathetic nervous system, the lower extremities, the tendons, gallbladder, and liver yang improves balance, opens the joints, relieves congestion and helps cool the body.
  • The Monkey form: stimulates and strengthens the function of the Spleen and Stomach, head and skull, upper back, neck, and shoulders in particular and the joints in general.
  • The Tiger form stimulates and strengthens the function of the Lungs and Large Intestine, digestive system, the spleen/pancreas and stomach, the female reproductive system, the feet and legs, and subcutaneous tissue.
  • The Bear form stimulates and strengthens the function of the Kidneys and Urinary Bladder develops rooted power, strengthens the bones, and helps warm the body.

Kojosho works a series of exercises based on the Eighteen Postures (Shi-Pa-Sho). Oral Kojosho tradition maintains that the Eighteen Postures of Kojosho are derived from the Eighteen Postures of the Shaolin as taught at the Cai Ji Quan (Kojo Family Dojo) in the port city of Fuzhou, Fukien Province China.

The Philosophy of Kojosho embraces the inseparable bond between martial application and artistic expression. In war, the soul must become the warrior. In peace, the soul becomes the artist.

The core training involves two primary features: the first being the solo-form, a slow sequence of movements which emphasize a straight spine, relaxed breathing and a natural range of motion; the second being the two-man-form or pushing-hands a styles of pushing hands for training the reflexes through various motions from the forms in concert with a training partner to learn timing, distance, intersection, leverage, and coordination and positioning when interacting with another. Pushing-hands is necessary not only for training the self-defense skills but by demonstrating the forms' movement principles experientially.

The solo-form takes the students through a complete, natural, range of motion over the body's center of gravity, the lower Dantian. Accurate, repeated practice of the solo-form retrains posture, encourages circulation, opens energy chakras, maintains flexibility through joints and further familiarizes students with the martial application sequences implied by the forms.

The International Kojosho Karate Federation is directed by Dr. Fred Absher, Hanshi, Rank: 9th Dan. This organization has twenty-seven clubs located primarily in the western United States and representatives in fourteen countries. In 1973 Dr. Fred Absher was named Captain of the United States team to the First World Tae Kwon Do Championships in Seoul, Korea.

Dr. Fred Absher was officially inducted into the Taekwondo Hall Of Fame in the most prestigious event in United States Taekwondo history in April of 2007.

SHI-PA-SHO CHI KUNG Grace is the economy of motion

Shi-Pa-Sho translates as Eighteen Postures originally created by the Shaolin monks in China based on the observation of animal motion as they evolved in the survival of each species. Conscious training of the Eighteen Postures teaches us to move with this grace―effortless beauty.

Shi-Pa-Sho Chi Kung training is intended to teach awareness of one's energy balance. It creates an appreciation of the practical value in one's ability to moderate behavior and attitude at physical, emotional, mental and energy ( spiritual) levels. This applies to effective self-healing principles maintaining health, beauty, endless youth and spirituality.

Shi-Pa-Sho Chi Kung studies the application of Yin/Yang energy flow in the internal body as well as the surroundings. Chi Kung is, in literature preserved in the oldest schools, said to be a study of yin (receptive) and yang (active) principles in all things―female/male, passive/active, dark/light, yielding/forceful. As yin (dark) grows inside yang (light), yang grows inside yin. The eternal change creates/becomes its opposite. Internal Chi Kung is the practice of gathering energy, where external Chi Kung is the practice of projecting energy. Internal Chi Kung is self-healing, where external Chi Kung is healing others.

In ancient Daoism, the Dao creates Yin and Yang, which in turn give birth to further subdivisions of Yin and Yang, manifesting as four phases of universal energy (Great Yang, Lesser Yang, Great Yin, and Lesser Yin). These four phases of universal energy form the energetic bases of the Prenatal and Postnatal transformations manifested in the form of eight energetic actions. The eight energetic actions (also known as the Bagua Trigrams act as a template for all creation and can further be manifested through the ever-changing energetic form of the 64 Hexagrams of the Yiling (I-Ching).

Taiji

The later symbol for Yin and Yang (which became popular in the Song Dynasty) still expresses the energetic concept of the Dao transforming into Yin and Yang. However, unless an individual has received competent instruction, the subtleties are easy to overlook.

Successful practitioners who train and master the art of balancing the body's Yin-Yang energies were considered "Tian Shen" or "Xian", meaning "immortals". They were able to harmonize the body with the mind, the mind with the will, the will with the breath, the breath with the spirit, the spirit with motion, and finally, motion with the surrounding environment (Earth), the universe (Heaven), and the divine (Dao).

The Taji has three aspects:

  1. Yang (the white side)
  2. Yin (the dark side)
  3. The circle represents their integration

These two complementary energies that exist together represent the relativity of all existence.

Located within each energy there is a small circle. The circle in yang is called "the yin in yang," and the circle in yin is called the "yang in yin." Further integration is brought forth in each energy as the small circle increases into the other.

From the smallest element in the universe lo the largest, the Taiji represents the integration of the universe in its totality. Each energy stands complete and independent while at the same time being one small part of the larger whole. This precept can also be applied to the model of human life. The universe is a unified existence like an individual human being, and an individual human life is a unified existence, just like the universe.

Dual Torus / Yin and Yang in 3D animation

A 3D Dual Torus/ Yin Yang symbol in motion. Cool animation from Nassim Haramein that shows how the dual torus and the Yin Yang are describing the very same dynamics

The Cycle of Creation Anu Yin Yang I Tjing Torus

The "ANU" or Ultimate Atom. A higher physics view of the Ultimate Atom

Shi-Pa-Sho Chi Kung, as it is practiced in the West today, can perhaps best be thought of as a moving form of Yoga and Meditation combined. Several forms consist of a sequence of movements originally derived from the natural movements of animals. Similar to T'ai Chi, they are performed slowly, softly and gracefully with smooth and even transitions between them.

UCLA August, 2007

One of the aims of Shi-Pa-Sho Chi Kung is to foster the circulation of this Chi within the body enhancing health and vitality. This Chi circulates in patterns that are related to the chakras, nervous and vascular system and thus connected with that of the practice of Acupuncture, Pranic Energy Healing, and other oriental healing arts. Activating the Chi opens all the body's chakras allowing the release of congested energy and replenishing them with fresh clean energy.

This techniques foster a calm and tranquil mind, focused on the precise execution of these exercises. Learning to execute them correctly provides a practical avenue for learning about balance, alignment, fine-scale motor control, rhythm of movement, distance, timing, and intercession. Thus the practice of Shi-Pa-Sho Chi Kung contributes to a better body posture, cleaner energy, and overall health. Furthermore, the meditative nature of the exercises is calming and relaxing in of itself. It develops lean muscle and sinew, nourishing the internal organ.

The meditative state produces a remarkable reaction in the hormonal system. Instantly, the alkaline enzyme chyle is released throughout the body via the lymphatic system. Chyle alkalizes the body, strengthens every muscle, and organizes the thought processes. This will make you both relaxed and empowered. The chyle enzyme is, in my opinion, the major alkalizing substance created in the physical body.

Breathing exercises Nei Kung are designed to develop Chi or "breath energy" in coordination with physical movement and the form postures, and combinations of the two. These forms were formerly taught only to disciples as a separate, complementary training system. In the last 60 years, they have become better known to the general public.

PRINCIPLES OF MOTION ECONOMY Use of the Human Body

  • The two hands should begin and complete their motions at the same time
  • The two hands should not be idle at the same time except during rest periods
  • Motions of the arms should be made in opposite and symmetrical directions and should be made simultaneously
  • Hand and body motions should be confined to the lowest classification
  • Momentum should be employed to assist whenever possible to reduced muscular effort
  • Smooth continuous natural motions of the hands or body are preferable following the shortest distance from point A to point B
  • Ballistic movements are faster, easier, and more accurate than restricted (fixation) or "controlled" movements
  • Rhythm assists a smooth and automatic performance

HEALTH BENEFITS

Recognizing that the body heals itself is the basis for understanding that enhancing the flow of Chi (Life Force Quantum Vital-Energy) by opening the chakras promotes all healing processes.

UCLA August, 2007

The Norman Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA studied the effects of regular T'ai Chi practice on a group of older adults who carry the Varicella virus. The virus is leftover from chickenpox and causes shingles in one of five adults when their immune systems weaken with age. The group was separated in half, and one half was given tai chi instruction for two hours a week.

T'ai Chi is an offshoot of Integrative Chi Kung and operates on similar principles. It is often more complex with some forms containing over one hundred-eight movements and is generally geared for martial arts applications. T'ai Chi usually takes more time to learn and to become proficient.

The results of the study will not be surprising to those who have seen the abundant literature and research on the incredible health benefits of Chi Kung and T'ai Chi. The T'ai Chi group, before taking a Varicella vaccine, showed a positive immune response comparable to younger adults who had taken the vaccine. After taking the vaccine the T'ai Chi group's immunity continued to improve by 40%, reaching nearly twice the strength of the none T'ai Chi group.

This rigorous new study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. It is the first of many more to come that will examine the health benefits of T'ai Chi. The LA Times reported on it here and the National Institutes of Health reported on it here. Researchers have also found that long-term Integrative Chi Kung practice had favorable effects on the promotion of balance control, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness and reduced the risk of falls in elders. The studies also reported reduced pain, stress, and anxiety in healthy subjects. Other studies have indicated improved cardiovascular and respiratory function in healthy subjects as well as those who had undergone coronary artery bypass surgery. Patients who suffered from heart failure, high blood pressure, heart attacks, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis have also benefited from Integrative Chi Kung and T'ai Chi.

Integrative Chi Kung and T'ai Chi reduce the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The gentle, low impact movements of these practices surprisingly burn more calories than surfing and nearly as many as downhill skiing. Integrative Chi Kung and T'ai Chi clearly boosts aspects of the immune system's function very significantly and has been shown to reduce the incidence of anxiety, depression, and overall mood disturbance.

A pilot study has found evidence that T'ai Chi and related Integrative Chi Kung helps reduce the severity of diabetes.

Grounding prevents Chronic Inflammation

Integrative Chi Kung helps prevent chronic inflammation by grounding. Your skin, in general, is a very good conductor, so you can connect any part of your skin to the Earth, but if you compare various parts there is one that is especially potent, and that's right in the middle of the ball of your foot; a point known to acupuncturists as Kidney 1 (K1). It's a well-known point that conductively connects to all of the acupuncture meridians and essentially connects to every nook and cranny of your body.

When you're grounded there's a transfer of free electrons from the Earth into your body. And these free electrons are probably the most potent antioxidants known to man. These antioxidants are responsible for the clinical observations from grounding experiments, such as beneficial changes in heart rate, decreased skin resistance, and decreased levels of inflammation.

Furthermore, researchers have also discovered that grounding thins your blood, making it less viscous. This discovery can have a profound impact on cardiovascular disease, which is now the number one killer in the world. Virtually every aspect of cardiovascular disease has been correlated with elevated blood viscosity. It turns out that when you ground to the earth, your zeta potential quickly rises, which means your red blood cells have more charge on their surface, which forces them apart from each other.

This action causes your blood to thin and flow easier. It also causes your blood pressure to drop. By repelling each other, your red blood cells are also less inclined to stick together and form a clot. Additionally, if your zeta potential is high, which grounding can facilitate, you not only decrease your heart disease risk but also your risk of multi-infarct dementias, where you start losing brain tissue due to micro-clotting in your brain.

Reference: Dr. Oschman, widely recognized as an authority in the biophysics of energy medicine.

The practice of Shi-Pa-Sho Chi Kung can:

  • Accelerate metabolism, weight loss, and decreased need for sleep
  • Activates biomagnetism and sex energy
  • Activates Brain function by alignment and motion of the vertebra
  • Aligns our bodies with the larger body (planet) for effortless flow of information
  • Balances neural activity, blood & lymph flow, and muscular contraction
  • Balances the flow of cellular intelligence and cellular metabolism
  • Balances Thyroid and Adrenal function
  • Benefits changes in heart rate
  • Bolster the Immune System by reducing Cortisol, a known inhibitor of cytokine production
  • Corrects cumulative body structural displacement
  • Counteracts neuronal loss and behavioral deficits
  • Decreased skin resistance and inflammation
  • Eliminates Brain fog and Memory loss
  • Enhance mental acuity, focus, and concentration
  • Enhance the functions of nutrition, immunity and tissue repair
  • Enhance the human respiratory system
  • Empower adult brain plasticity
  • Encourage more vigorous release of accumulated toxins through better blood circulation
  • Facilitate cellular communication throughout the living matrix
  • Harmonize right and left brain hemisphere interaction and cooperation
  • Harness the power of the energy facilitating energy (spiritual) growth
  • Help us to calm down, relax, become more peaceful and aware
  • Improve dexterity, reflexes, and has shown to prevent osteoporosis in clinical studies
  • Improve motion of blood, warm the blood and enhance whole body circulation
  • Improve coordination and coherent signals
  • Improves healthy Hormone production
  • Improve gravitational biology, joint alignment & structural integration
  • Improve oxygenation and vitality
  • Improve perineural connective tissue regulating neuron activity
  • Increases angiogenesis, neurogenesis, synaptogenesis, and the synthesis of neurotransmitters
  • Increase blood flow increasing nutrients necessary to keep brain cells
  • Increase blood flow to your brain
  • Increase cell growth, DNA & protein synthesis, and cell respiration
  • Increase density of collagen fibers in all body tissues
  • Increase functions of flexibility, movement, and strength
  • Increase oxygen supply to your brain
  • Increase the size of hippocampus and improves memory
  • Increase Theta healing brain wave (4-7Hz)
  • Increase zeta potential or electrokinetic potential in the body cells
  • Influence cellular immune function
  • It is neuroprotective
  • Opens arteries allowing greater brain-based microcirculation to prevent Alzheimer's
  • Positively influences cognitive function
  • Prevent chronic inflammation
  • Promote all neurological responses
  • Promote balance of sympathetic-parasympathetic nervous system
  • Promotes larger gray matter volume in the elderly
  • Provide body facial structural support & protection: enhanced tensegrity
  • Provide collective electromagnetic coherent harmony pulse for self-healing
  • Provide progressive alignment to body and gene structure
  • Red blood cells have more charge on their surface, which forces them apart from each other. This action causes your blood to thin and flow easier. It also causes your blood pressure to drop.
  • Reduce Alzheimer's disease
  • Reduces risk for Alzheimer's disease
  • Reduce DNA damage and mutation functioning as Anti-Aging strategy
  • Reverse hippocampal volume loss in late adulthood
  • Reverse normal brain shrinkage by 2%, effectively reversing age-related hippocampal degeneration by 1 or 2 years
  • Speed up tissue repair and ease muscle pain
  • Stimulate appetite, sexual function, assimilation of nutrients, digestion, and elimination
  • Thin the blood, making it less viscous, reducing cardiovascular disease risk
  • Benefit:
    • Bones, Muscle & Tendons System―increases muscle and tendon strength as well as overall flexibility
    • Central Nervous System―switches the autonomous nervous system from the stress-related ' fight or flight' mode of the sympathetic branch over to the restorative healing mode of the parasympathetic branch
    • Skeletal System―increases bone strength as well as overall flexibility; generating better posture for the spine with half the amount of bone loss and more flexibility
    • Respiratory System―increasing the oxygenation of the blood in the lungs, deep-breathing restores normal pH balance to the blood, while movements improve the delivery of the oxygen to the cells, significantly enhancing the overall respiratory efficiency and oxygen saturation, as well as swapping oxygen and carbon dioxide
    • Sensory System
    • Endocrine System
    • Circulatory System―a dramatic improvement in the blood circulation throughout the body, particularly microcirculation in the brain, extremities, and deep tissues of the vital organs
    • Digestive System―enhancing digestive secretions, saliva, stomach secretions, intestinal fluids
  • The Organs
  • Immune Response―activates the innate healing mechanism known as psychoneuroimmunology mediated by positive biofeedback between the nervous system and the endocrine system
  • Acid/Alkaline balance (pH)―balances the pH level of the blood, digestive juices, and other bodily fluids
  • Free Radical Scavenger―laboratory analysis shows an increase of superoxide dismutase (SOD), one of the most important free radical scavengers, by 50%

OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM(s)

Excerpt reproduced from "Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness" by Thomas Cowan, MD, with his permisssion

I currently run a practice in San Francisco, and I've noticed that when my patients come to see me, they often refer to their "immune system," usually to point out that they have been sick a lot lately, which for them means their "immune system" is weak. They often don't have much of an understanding of what the immune system is or does and, to be fair, even what scientists thought they knew about the immune system (but mostly didn't) has been upended over the past decade or so by research on the microbiome and the critical role of bacteria to human health. That said, there are certain fundamentals that haven't changed and that are relevant to a discussion about the cause of autoimmune disease. What follows in this chapter is, admittedly, an extremely simplified introduction to an incredibly complex topic, but one that I hope will suffice in order to present a framework for a new understanding.

The first thing I tell my patients about the immune system is that we actually have two systems, which, when working together, create robust good health. The cell-mediated immune system is characterized by the activity of the white blood cells. As organisms evolved, this was our first immune system to develop. As such, it is in some ways simpler and more primitive than our other immune system, the humoral immune system. The function of the cell-mediated immune system is to respond, both chemically and by sending in white blood cells, to areas of the body that have been "invaded" by a foreign substance. The foreign substance could be a microbe, such as a virus, bacteria, or fungi, or it could be a toxin, such as aluminum or mercury.

The chicken pox (varicella) virus, for example, typically infects thousands of cells, mostly in the respiratory tract, the first time a child is exposed to it. The body produces chemical messengers to send white blood cells to the area of infection to eliminate sick and infected cells. The white blood cells may simply engulf and digest the infected cells or they may "spray" the cells with nitric oxide to kill or disable them before digesting them. The white blood cells then excrete this waste, usually via elimination through the skin, hence the pox rash, or through the formation of mucus, which is then sneezed or coughed out of the body.

The crucial point is that with the cell-mediated immune system, the white blood cells' response is the first step in the clearing of an infection or toxin from our tissues. And it is significant that the white-blood-cell reaction involves elimination. The elimination, which may involve a fever, rash, mucus, or a cough, is what we commonly call being sick. In other words, it is the activity of the cell-mediated immune system that gives rise to the symptoms that we associate with being sick. This distinction is vital to understand: It is not the virus, bacteria, or toxin that makes us "sick." These external agents stimulate a response in us, specifically a response of the cell-mediated immune system, and it is the response that we call being sick. It is the elimination of the inciting event (i.e., an infection) that equals sickness.

A person with a dysfunctional cell-mediated immune system will not get acutely sick. She may die from an overwhelming chicken pox infection with no sign of the infection because her body was unable to mount a defense. And yet thwarting the cell-mediated response is precisely what doctors do when they prescribe medicines or recommend over-the-counter remedies. We need a cell-mediated response to clear unwanted invaders from our bodies; that is how we are designed. When patients are unable to mount an effective cell-mediated response or when the cell-mediated response is thwarted with medicines such as prednisone, antibiotics, or antipyretics such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen (Motrin), the outcomes can be devastating.

As organisms became more complex and, in particular, developed hollow digestive systems that were susceptible to invasion by flukes, worms, and other parasites, cell-mediated protection became insufficient. These parasites were often too large for white blood cells to engulf them, and spraying them with large amounts of nitric oxide gas would have been too toxic for the surrounding tissues. So we developed a second immune system. This is the humoral immune system characterized by antibodies that attach themselves to specific proteins, or antigens, on the invader and either destroy them or mark them for destruction by other cells.

With chicken pox, the cell-mediated immune system first clears the invader along with the dead, infected cells from our bodies. This usually takes seven to ten days. Then, through the humoral immune system, antibodies form in response to an antigen unique to the chicken pox virus. This usually takes six to eight weeks. If the child then ever encounters the chicken pox virus again, the antibodies will quickly neutralize the virus before it has a chance to infect any cells. Without infected cells the cell-mediated immune system never needs to get involved, meaning the person won't experience symptoms from chicken pox again.

This twofold response is the basis of our immune system. It is incredibly precise; it is exceedingly rare for a person to contract one of the common childhood viral diseases more than once in his or her life. The antibodies, or at least the blueprint for the rapid production of those specific antibodies, stay with us our entire lives, protecting us from the misery of experiencing the same diseases over and over again.

This twofold response is also the result of millions of years of evolutionary fine-tuning. Interfering with such a precise immune response that has developed over such a long period of time carries with it massive risk of unintended consequence, and should only be undertaken with a great deal of forethought and consideration. Unfortunately, the practice of medicine over the course of the last century is a story of reckless interference with our immune system and, in particular, interference with our cell-mediated immune response.

We have been taught to fear this cell-mediated immune response (i.e., symptoms), or at least to see it as a nuisance. In traditional cultures, the activity of the cell-mediated immunity was often approached with a kind of reverence. Today, we stop it by any means necessary. However, when a child has a fever, cough, mucus, rash, or other symptoms, that tells us that the cell-mediated system is active and could be supported with hot liquids to encourage sweating or herbs to promote expectoration of the mucus and dead cells. Rashes might be encouraged―or, in recalcitrant cases, even provoked―to "come out." Support for the cell-mediated immune system can take many different forms, but the principle is the same: Native Americans' use of sweat lodges; rubbing nettles or Spanish fly on painful joints; venom therapy for arthritis; panchakarma in Ayurvedic medicine; and the ointments and liniments of Chinese medicine. Homeopathy developed as a framework that used small doses of medicine to help the body's cell-mediated immune system clear out the debris, toxins, and killed microbes from our tissues. Traditionally, if a patient was suffering from a chronic disease, curing it involved activating the cell-mediated immune system to "detoxify" the body.

Detoxification is nothing more than a description of the channels the cell-mediated immune system uses to clear debris. As fever treats cancer, the cell-mediated immune system (and its attendant symptoms) is our inner healing channel. And there is a precise process through which this detoxification comes about. All of this changed with the ascendance of modern pediatrics and the introduction of vaccines.

Modern pediatrics is essentially an assault on the cell-mediated immune system. Nothing illustrates this better than the administration of vaccines. Rather than allowing a child to contract chicken pox, we inject him with an antigenic piece of the virus hoping it will stimulate an antibody response without the cell-mediated response. Actually, the catch is that the antigen on its own produces no appreciable antibody reaction, so vaccine researchers have to link it to an adjuvant. This adjuvant can't be a harmless substance like saline because the combination won't produce an antibody response either. The adjuvant has to be an irritant, better known as a toxin. This is the blueprint for all modern vaccines: Isolate an antigenic piece of a virus, combine it with a toxin, and hope for a lifelong antibody response.

As a public health strategy, this leaves a lot of unanswered questions. The first is: If you inject a child with a toxin to provoke an antibody response and at the same time suppress the cell-mediated response with acetaminophen, how will the body clear the toxin? A number of studies have shown that giving acetaminophen, aspirin, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs at the time of the vaccine increases the risk of negative outcomes (and this is also true when they are given to a sick child rather than allowing the illness to run its course). It's the same explanation in both cases: The cell-mediated reactivity is our only way to clear these toxins from our tissues. If we thwart the process, the impact of the toxic exposure is far worse.

And is the vaccine-induced immunity identical to the immunity provided by natural exposure to the disease? No, it's not. For starters, vaccine immunity wanes over time, necessitating booster shots. In the mid-1960s, public health officials promised that one measles shot would create immunity for life. We now know this is wrong. You can't bypass the cell-mediated response and at the same time create lifelong immunity.

And, perhaps most importantly, if you're continually stimulating the humoral immune response at the same time as you are suppressing cell-mediated reactions as much as possible, what will the long-term consequences be? Is it possible that stimulating antibody production at the expense of the cell-mediated immunity will result in excessive antibody response? An overstimulated antibody response is what characterizes autoimmunity. Autoimmunity is a situation in which, for unknown reasons (at least unknown to most doctors), a person's immune system has been activated to produce an excessive amount of antibodies, which react not only to a targeted virus but also to the body's own tissue.

In autoimmune thyroiditis, or Hashimoto's disease, antibodies in the blood see the body's own thyroid gland as foreign tissue, as if it were a virus. The thyroid is tagged and targeted with the same destructive tactics as if it were a worm or a fluke. The symptoms are the result of the inflammatory, destructive response against the tissue and its subsequent dysfunction. Is it so outlandish to ask whether autoimmune disease is a natural consequence of overstimulating the humoral immune response, precisely as we do when we administer a vaccine?

In 2009, researchers at Kobe University in Japan tried to answer this question. They did trials in which they vaccinated different animals according to the current vaccine schedule, and concluded that "autoimmunity appears to be the inevitable consequence of over-stimulating the host's immune system by repeated immunization." This study, while never carried out in such a systematic way in people, complements numerous studies showing that vaccines can cause autoimmune disease and that vaccinated children have higher rates of autoimmune disease than unvaccinated children do.

The connection is straightforward: The deliberate provocation of antibodies without prior cell-mediated activity produces an imbalance in our immune system and a state of excessive antibody production. This excessive antibody production actually defines autoimmune disease. So with millions of people suffering from autoimmune disease, at a number unheard of before the introduction of mass vaccination programs, how can this connection be deemed controversial? Vaccines aren't the only mechanism for provoking this state of excessive antibodies, but they are certainly one mechanism and, I'd argue, the dominant one.

In this light, changing disease patterns of the last five decades aren't in any way surprising; it's hard to imagine how we could expect anything else.

The Immune System, Understanding how it works

The first thing I tell my patients about the immune system is that we actually have two systems, which, when working together, create robust good health. The cell-mediated immune system is characterized by the activity of the white blood cells. As organisms evolved, this was our first immune system to develop. As such, it is in some ways simpler and more primitive than our other immune system, the humoral immune system. The function of the cell-mediated immune system is to respond, both chemically and by sending in white blood cells, to areas of the body that have been "invaded" by a foreign substance. The foreign substance could be a microbe, such as a virus, bacteria, or fungi, or it could be a toxin, such as aluminum or mercury.

The chicken pox (varicella) virus, for example, typically infects thousands of cells, mostly in the respiratory tract, the first time a child is exposed to it. The body produces chemical messengers to send white blood cells to the area of infection to eliminate sick and infected cells. The white blood cells may simply engulf and digest the infected cells or they may "spray" the cells with nitric oxide to kill or disable them before digesting them. The white blood cells then excrete this waste, usually via elimination through the skin, hence the pox rash, or through the formation of mucus, which is then sneezed or coughed out of the body.

The crucial point is that with the cell-mediated immune system, the white blood cells' response is the first step in the clearing of an infection or toxin from our tissues. And it is significant that the white-blood-cell reaction involves elimination. The elimination, which may involve a fever, rash, mucus, or a cough, is what we commonly call being sick. In other words, it is the activity of the cell-mediated immune system that gives rise to the symptoms that we associate with being sick. This distinction is vital to understand: It is not the virus, bacteria, or toxin that makes us "sick." These external agents stimulate a response in us, specifically a response of the cell-mediated immune system, and it is the response that we call being sick. It is the elimination of the inciting event (i.e., an infection) that equals sickness.

A person with a dysfunctional cell-mediated immune system will not get acutely sick. She may die from an overwhelming chicken pox infection with no sign of the infection because her body was unable to mount a defense. And yet thwarting the cell-mediated response is precisely what doctors do when they prescribe medicines or recommend over-the-counter remedies. We need a cell-mediated response to clear unwanted invaders from our bodies; that is how we are designed. When patients are unable to mount an effective cell-mediated response or when the cell-mediated response is thwarted with medicines such as prednisone, antibiotics, or antipyretics such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen (Motrin), the outcomes can be devastating.

As organisms became more complex and, in particular, developed hollow digestive systems that were susceptible to invasion by flukes, worms, and other parasites, cell-mediated protection became insufficient. These parasites were often too large for white blood cells to engulf them, and spraying them with large amounts of nitric oxide gas would have been too toxic for the surrounding tissues. So we developed a second immune system. This is the humoral immune system characterized by antibodies that attach themselves to specific proteins, or antigens, on the invader and either destroy them or mark them for destruction by other cells.

With chicken pox, the cell-mediated immune system first clears the invader along with the dead, infected cells from our bodies. This usually takes seven to ten days. Then, through the humoral immune system, antibodies form in response to an antigen unique to the chicken pox virus. This usually takes six to eight weeks. If the child then ever encounters the chicken pox virus again, the antibodies will quickly neutralize the virus before it has a chance to infect any cells. Without infected cells the cell-mediated immune system never needs to get involved, meaning the person won't experience symptoms from chicken pox again.

This twofold response is the basis of our immune system. It is incredibly precise; it is exceedingly rare for a person to contract one of the common childhood viral diseases more than once in his or her life. The antibodies, or at least the blueprint for the rapid production of those specific antibodies, stay with us our entire lives, protecting us from the misery of experiencing the same diseases over and over again.

This twofold response is also the result of millions of years of evolutionary fine-tuning. Interfering with such a precise immune response that has developed over such a long period of time carries with it massive risk of unintended consequence, and should only be undertaken with a great deal of forethought and consideration. Unfortunately, the practice of medicine over the course of the last century is a story of reckless interference with our immune system and, in particular, interference with our cell-mediated immune response.

We have been taught to fear this cell-mediated immune response (i.e., symptoms), or at least to see it as a nuisance. In traditional cultures, the activity of the cell-mediated immunity was often approached with a kind of reverence. Today, we stop it by any means necessary. However, when a child has a fever, cough, mucus, rash, or other symptoms, that tells us that the cell-mediated system is active and could be supported with hot liquids to encourage sweating or herbs to promote expectoration of the mucus and dead cells. Rashes might be encouraged―or, in recalcitrant cases, even provoked―to "come out." Support for the cell-mediated immune system can take many different forms, but the principle is the same: Native Americans' use of sweat lodges; rubbing nettles or Spanish fly on painful joints; venom therapy for arthritis; panchakarma in Ayurvedic medicine; and the ointments and liniments of Chinese medicine. Homeopathy developed as a framework that used small doses of medicine to help the body's cell-mediated immune system clear out the debris, toxins, and killed microbes from our tissues. Traditionally, if a patient was suffering from a chronic disease, curing it involved activating the cell-mediated immune system to "detoxify" the body.

Detoxification is nothing more than a description of the channels the cell-mediated immune system uses to clear debris. As fever treats cancer, the cell-mediated immune system (and its attendant symptoms) is our inner healing channel. And there is a precise process through which this detoxification comes about. All of this changed with the ascendance of modern pediatrics and the introduction of vaccines.

Modern pediatrics is essentially an assault on the cell-mediated immune system. Nothing illustrates this better than the administration of vaccines. Rather than allowing a child to contract chicken pox, we inject him with an antigenic piece of the virus hoping it will stimulate an antibody response without the cell-mediated response. Actually, the catch is that the antigen on its own produces no appreciable antibody reaction, so vaccine researchers have to link it to an adjuvant. This adjuvant can't be a harmless substance like saline because the combination won't produce an antibody response either. The adjuvant has to be an irritant, better known as a toxin. This is the blueprint for all modern vaccines: Isolate an antigenic piece of a virus, combine it with a toxin, and hope for a lifelong antibody response.

As a public health strategy, this leaves a lot of unanswered questions. The first is: If you inject a child with a toxin to provoke an antibody response and at the same time suppress the cell-mediated response with acetaminophen, how will the body clear the toxin? A number of studies have shown that giving acetaminophen, aspirin, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs at the time of the vaccine increases the risk of negative outcomes (and this is also true when they are given to a sick child rather than allowing the illness to run its course). It's the same explanation in both cases: The cell-mediated reactivity is our only way to clear these toxins from our tissues. If we thwart the process, the impact of the toxic exposure is far worse.

And is the vaccine-induced immunity identical to the immunity provided by natural exposure to the disease? No, it's not. For starters, vaccine immunity wanes over time, necessitating booster shots. In the mid-1960s, public health officials promised that one measles shot would create immunity for life. We now know this is wrong. You can't bypass the cell-mediated response and at the same time create lifelong immunity.

And, perhaps most importantly, if you're continually stimulating the humoral immune response at the same time as you are suppressing cell-mediated reactions as much as possible, what will the long-term consequences be? Is it possible that stimulating antibody production at the expense of the cell-mediated immunity will result in excessive antibody response? An overstimulated antibody response is what characterizes autoimmunity. Autoimmunity is a situation in which, for unknown reasons (at least unknown to most doctors), a person's immune system has been activated to produce an excessive amount of antibodies, which react not only to a targeted virus but also to the body's own tissue.

In autoimmune thyroiditis, or Hashimoto's disease, antibodies in the blood see the body's own thyroid gland as foreign tissue, as if it were a virus. The thyroid is tagged and targeted with the same destructive tactics as if it were a worm or a fluke. The symptoms are the result of the inflammatory, destructive response against the tissue and its subsequent dysfunction. Is it so outlandish to ask whether autoimmune disease is a natural consequence of overstimulating the humoral immune response, precisely as we do when we administer a vaccine?

In 2009, researchers at Kobe University in Japan tried to answer this question. They did trials in which they vaccinated different animals according to the current vaccine schedule, and concluded that "autoimmunity appears to be the inevitable consequence of over-stimulating the host's immune system by repeated immunization." This study, while never carried out in such a systematic way in people, complements numerous studies showing that vaccines can cause autoimmune disease and that vaccinated children have higher rates of autoimmune disease than unvaccinated children do.

The connection is straightforward: The deliberate provocation of antibodies without prior cell-mediated activity produces an imbalance in our immune system and a state of excessive antibody production. This excessive antibody production actually defines autoimmune disease. So with millions of people suffering from autoimmune disease, at a number unheard of before the introduction of mass vaccination programs, how can this connection be deemed controversial? Vaccines aren't the only mechanism for provoking this state of excessive antibodies, but they are certainly one mechanism and, I'd argue, the dominant one.

In this light, changing disease patterns of the last five decades aren't in any way surprising; it's hard to imagine how we could expect anything else.

The Immune System, Understanding how it works

by Dr. Thomas Cowan, MD

ANATOMY OF YOUR RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

Oxygen is a necessity by all living organisms. Your metabolism, or burning of nutrients, depends on the oxygen we breathe. It releases the energy needed to grow, reproduce, and maintain life through many reactions. What we breathe out is a waste product formed by the combination of carbon from food and oxygen during the metabolism process, also formally known as carbon dioxide. Your breathing is accomplished through the functioning of your respiratory system. Your respiratory system is your apparatus for bringing in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide and water vapor. We take 15-18 breathes per minute, 960 times per hour, 23,040 times per day, 8,409,600 times per year and more than 590 million times by age 70.

Your respiratory system consists of the nasal cavity, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe), bronchi, and the most known one, the lungs. Now, when the process of breathing begins, air is taken in through the mouth and nose up through the nasal cavity. Breathing through your nose is best for you since it has a layer of hair in it. This collects any dust or other particles keeping them from reaching your lungs. After the air has traveled through your nose and mouth it all comes together in a point of your throat called the pharynx. At this point, there are two routes, one for food and one for air.


BLOOD CELLS PRODUCTION Surprising New Role for Lungs: Making Blood

Cells in Mouse Lungs Produce Most Blood Platelets and Can Replenish Blood-Making Cells in Bone Marrow, Study Shows — By Nicholas Weiler on March 22, 2017

Using video microscopy in the living mouse lung, UC San Francisco scientists have revealed that the lungs play a previously unrecognized role in blood production. As reported online March 22, 2017, in Nature, the researchers found that the lungs produced more than half of the platelets—blood components required for the clotting that stanches bleeding – in the mouse circulation.

In another surprise finding, the scientists also identified a previously unknown pool of blood stem cells capable of restoring blood production when the stem cells of the bone marrow, previously thought to be the principal site of blood production, are depleted.

"This finding suggests a more sophisticated view of the lungs—that they're not just for respiration but also a key partner in the formation of crucial aspects of the blood," said pulmonologist Mark R. Looney, MD, a professor of medicine and laboratory medicine at UCSF and the new paper's senior author. "What we've observed here in mice strongly suggests the lung may play a key role in blood formation in humans as well."

The findings could have major implications for understanding human diseases in which patients suffer from low platelet counts, or thrombocytopenia, which afflicts millions of people and increases the risk of dangerous uncontrolled bleeding. The findings also raise questions about how blood stem cells residing in the lungs may affect the recipients of lung transplants.

Blood Cells Production

Surprising New Role for Lungs: Making Blood Cells in Mouse Lungs Produce Most Blood Platelets and Can Replenish Blood-Making Cells in Bone Marrow, Study Shows

Lungs Produce More Than 10 Million Platelets Per Hour

The new study was made possible by a refinement of a technique known as two-photon intravital imaging recently developed by Looney and co-author Matthew F. Krummel, Ph.D., a UCSF professor of pathology. This imaging approach allowed the researchers to perform the extremely delicate task of visualizing the behavior of individual cells within the tiny blood vessels of a living mouse lung.

Looney and his team were using this technique to examine interactions between the immune system and circulating platelets in the lungs, using a mouse strain engineered so that platelets emit bright green fluorescence when they noticed a surprisingly large population of platelet-producing cells called megakaryocytes in the lung vasculature. Though megakaryocytes had been observed in the lung before, they were generally thought to live and produce platelets primarily in the bone marrow.

"When we discovered this massive population of megakaryocytes that appeared to be living in the lung, we realized we had to follow this up," said Emma Lefrançais, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in Looney's lab and co-first author on the new paper.

More detailed imaging sessions soon revealed megakaryocytes in the act of producing more than 10 million platelets per hour within the lung vasculature, suggesting that more than half of a mouse's total platelet production occurs in the lung, not the bone marrow, as researchers had long presumed. Video microscopy experiments also revealed a wide variety of previously overlooked megakaryocyte progenitor cells and blood stem cells sitting quietly outside the lung vasculature – estimated at 1 million per mouse lung.

Blood Stem Cells in the Lung Can Restore Bone Marrow

The discovery of megakaryocytes and blood stem cells in the lung raised questions about how these cells move back and forth between the lung and bone marrow. To address these questions, the researchers conducted a clever set of lung transplant studies:

First, the team transplanted lungs from normal donor mice into recipient mice with fluorescent megakaryocytes and found that fluorescent megakaryocytes from the recipient mice soon began turning up in the lung vasculature. This suggested that the platelet-producing megakaryocytes in the lung originate in the bone marrow.

"It's fascinating that megakaryocytes travel from the bone marrow to the lungs to produce platelets," said Guadalupe Ortiz-Muñoz, Ph.D., also a postdoctoral researcher in the Looney lab and the paper's other co-first author. "It's possible that the lung is an ideal bioreactor for platelet production because of the mechanical force of the blood, or perhaps because of some molecular signaling we don't yet know about."

In another experiment, the researchers transplanted lungs with fluorescent megakaryocyte progenitor cells into mutant mice with low platelet counts. The transplants produced a large burst of fluorescent platelets that quickly restored normal levels, an effect that persisted over several months of observation—much longer than the lifespan of individual megakaryocytes or platelets. To the researchers, this indicated that resident megakaryocyte progenitor cells in the transplanted lungs had become activated by the recipient mouse's low platelet counts and had produced healthy new megakaryocyte cells to restore proper platelet production.

Finally, the researchers transplanted healthy lungs in which all cells were fluorescently tagged into mutant mice whose bone marrow lacked normal blood stem cells. Analysis of the bone marrow of recipient mice showed that fluorescent cells originating from the transplanted lungs soon traveled to the damaged bone marrow and contributed to the production not just of platelets, but of a wide variety of blood cells, including immune cells such as neutrophils, B cells, and T cells. These experiments suggest that the lungs play host to a wide variety of blood progenitor cells and stem cells capable of restocking damaged bone marrow and restoring the production of many components of the blood.

"To our knowledge, this is the first description of blood progenitors resident in the lung, and it raises a lot of questions with clinical relevance for the millions of people who suffer from thrombocytopenia," said Looney, who is also an attending physician on UCSF's pulmonary consult service and intensive care units.

Lungs as Resource for Platelet Production

In particular, the study suggests that researchers who have proposed treating platelet diseases with platelets produced from engineered megakaryocytes should look to the lungs as a resource for platelet production, Looney said. The study also presents new avenues of research for stem cell biologists to explore how the bone marrow and lung collaborate to produce a healthy blood system through the mutual exchange of stem cells.

"These observations alter existing paradigms regarding blood cell formation, lung biology and disease, and transplantation," said pulmonologist Guy A. Zimmerman, MD, who is associate chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine and was an independent reviewer of the new study for Nature. "The findings have direct clinical relevance and provide a rich group of questions for future studies of platelet genesis and megakaryocyte function in lung inflammation and other inflammatory conditions, bleeding and thrombotic disorders, and transplantation."

The observation that blood stem cells and progenitors seem to travel back and forth freely between the lung and bone marrow lends support to a growing sense among researchers that stem cells may be much more active than previously appreciated, Looney said. "We're seeing more and more that the stem cells that produce the blood don't just live in one place but travel around through the bloodstream. Perhaps 'studying abroad' in different organs is a normal part of stem cell education."

The study was supported the UCSF Nina Ireland Program in Lung Health, the UCSF Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a division of the National Institutes of Health (HL092471, HL107386, and HL130324).

"It has been known for decades that the lung can be a site of platelet production, but this study amplifies this idea by demonstrating that the murine lung is a major participant in the process," said Traci Mondoro, Ph.D., project officer at the Translational Blood Science and Resources Branch of the NHLBI. "Dr. Looney and his team have disrupted some traditional ideas about the pulmonary role in platelet-related hematopoiesis, paving the way for further scientific exploration of this integrated biology."

Additional authors included Axelle Caudrillier Ph.D., Beñat Mallavia Ph.D., Fengchun Liu MD, Emily E. Thornton Ph.D., Mark B. Headley Ph.D., Tovo David Ph.D., Shaun R. Coughlin MD, Ph.D., Andrew D. Leavitt MD; David M. Sayah MD, Ph.D., of UCLA; and Emmanuelle Passegué Ph.D., a former UCSF faculty member who is now director of the Columbia Stem Cell Initiative at Columbia University Medical Center.

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: HOW FAT LEAVES THE BODY

The vast majority of doctors, dietitians, and personal trainers believe that when you burn fat during exercise, that fat is being used up as fuel for energy or heat. Some believe it's excreted through urine or feces, while others think the fat is turned into muscle.

All of these ideas are to some degree incorrect, according to Ruben Meerman, a physicist, and Andrew Brown, a biochemist specializing in lipids, who say there's "surprising ignorance and confusion about the metabolic process of weight loss."

Their calculations, showing where the fat goes when you lose weight, was recently published in the journal BMJ.1,2 As explained by Medical News Today:

"Excess dietary carbohydrates and protein are converted to a type of fat called triglyceride. When people attempt to lose weight, they are attempting to metabolize these triglycerides while keeping their fat-free mass intact...

Respiratory System: How fat leaves the body

Triglycerides are comprised of three types of atoms: carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Triglyceride molecules can be broken down only by unlocking these atoms, through a process known as oxidation.

The researchers chose to follow the path of these atoms when leaving the body. They found that when 10 kg of fat were oxidized, 8.4 kg were converted and excreted as carbon dioxide (CO2) via the lungs, and 1.6 kg became water (H20).

For 10 kg of human fat to be oxidized, the researchers calculated that 29 kg of oxygen must be inhaled. Oxidation then produces a total of 28 kg of CO2 and 11 kg of H20."

The researchers note that this is not new to science—rather the process has simply been misunderstood. The equation does involve the release of energy; it's just that the process isn't as direct as one might think. According to the law of conservation of mass, it's quite difficult to convert matter into energy.

According to their calculations, you exhale 84 percent of your lost fat. The remaining 16 percent is metabolized into water, which is excreted through sweat and urine.

CULTIVATING THE RIGHT MIND FOR PRACTICE

Right Mind is one of the basic precepts taught by the Buddha as a way to end suffering and achieve spiritual energy liberation. Without the right attitude and a wholesome outlook on life, no practice in the world can bring you peace of mind, physical health, happiness, and longevity. There is a very strong tendency today to believe that everything can be accomplished entirely through science and technology, modem medicine and diet, physical exercise and various other external methods, without the slightest consideration for the most important factor of all―consciousness.

Above, the Joyous Lake. Below, the Creative Heaven. When Yang energy is allow to grow, fulfillment and true achievement result.

One of the main purposes of Integrative Chi Kung is to cultivate the right energy as a functional basis for the "right mind". When our energy systems are deficient and imbalanced, clogged with stagnant energies, obstructed with toxins and tensions, and out of tune with the forces of nature and the cosmos, not only does this cause physical disease and degeneration, it also gives rise to mental distress and emotional imbalance. When your energy is pure, strong and well balanced, so are your body, emotions, mind, and spirit. On the other hand, since "spirit commands energy", it's equally important to cultivate energy (spiritual) virtue as a basis for energy work.

As we already know, spirit is the ultimate authority in the human system, and therefore it has the power to overrule energy. Thus a conscious effort must be made to cultivate energy ( spiritual) virtue as a basis for practice. No matter how much energy is harvested from the universe and how well it is cultivated within the human system, if the human mind deviates from the path of wisdom and compassion paved by primordial spirit and defies the universal laws of nature and the cosmos, then energy will heed the same deviant call and manifest the same delinquent activity, for energy always follows the intention.

Positive thinking includes one's entire outlook on life and cultivates an optimistic point of view, precluding the cynical attitudes and dark pessimism which have become so fashionable these days. All too often people discount positive thinking as mere "wishful thinking" because they're afraid to trust the power of spirit and unwilling to cultivate " right mind" as a basis for life. There is, however, a tremendous reservoir of transformative power locked inside the mind, and the key to unleashing this power is a positive attitude towards life. What this means is that your energy is capable of accomplishing whatever you believe it can do, for "spirit commands energy." A positive attitude always propels energy in a positive direction, and the "right mind" naturally guides energy the "right way."

All true Integrative Chi Kung masters make a strong point of teaching their students that their ordinary behavior in daily life sets the tone for their entire practice and that private practice and public life can never be separated. If you truly understand and accept the view that all phenomena in life reflect the interplay of universal energies and that all relationships are governed by the interaction between the personal energy fields of the individuals involved, then you must realize the truth of the statement that 'no man is an island'. In terms of energy, there are no concrete boundaries between objects or between people, because all energy fields radiate outward infinitely, and therefore they ultimately intersect with everything else in the universe.

Thus, if half the people on the planet are suffering and unhappy, that negative energy is bound to affect the rest of the people on the planet, whether they are aware of it or not. Unhappy minds project unhappy energies, and unhealthy bodies generate unhealthy energy fields, and those energies and fields broadcast a miasma of misery out in all directions, producing a planetary pall that ultimately affects everyone else in the world. Building high walls and installing steel gates around your home may keep out burglars and protect your material possessions from theft, but they won't keep out the negative energy of other people's misery nor protect you from its negative influence.

According to this view, greedy, selfish behavior towards others is always counterproductive because it causes others to project negative energy that bounces back and harms the perpetrators of greed. Similarly, whenever we help others and make others happy, we thereby also help ourselves and make ourselves happy, because the happiness we bring others with our helpful behavior is projected straight back to us from their minds.

Even if we cannot bring ourselves to be overly helpful to others, at the very least we should refrain from being harmful and thereby avoid invoking the negative impact of others' enmity. If we go one step further and go out of our ways to help others, we then earn their everlasting gratitude. Gratitude and enmity are very different qualities in terms of the type of energy they generate and project on to others. If you earn the enmity of enough people, there is no question that the cumulative effects of the negative energy they project to you will have a strongly negative impact on your life, just as the energy of gratitude can be of tremendous benefit. This point goes beyond moral considerations: it's a basic fact of life, a universal principle of energy, and therefore an important point of practice.

It is due to the primacy of energy in life that human relationships provide such fertile ground for training in energy work. This is especially true of personal family relationships, in which emotions come into play. As everyone knows, the Chinese put great stock in family relationships, viewing the family as a microcosm of society, the state, and the entire cosmos. The energy dynamics between parents and children and among siblings is a training ground for how personal energy is expressed in the world at large. Relationships between teacher and student, master and disciple, were also regarded as sacred because the teacher or master taught younger people how to harness their instinctive animal energies to serve the higher purposes of Heaven, Earth, and Humanity. All such relationships in life may contribute valuable lessons in Integrative Chi Kung practice, and all the precepts of balance and harmony which govern Chi Kung may be applied with equally beneficial results to human relationships.

Perhaps the most important element of all in cultivating the right mind for life on the path of spiritual practice and energy work ( Shen Kung) is love. Love, in the altruistic sense of selfless unconditional compassion for others, seems to have gone completely out of style in the modern world, and few people today attribute the rapid decline in human health throughout the world to the absence of love. It is not an accident that all of the world's great religious and mystical traditions consistently stress the overriding importance of love. The great martial artist Chang San-Feng, who is credited with developing Tai Chi Chuan six hundred years ago, summed up his entire approach to life by saying, "Therefore, to those who want to know the way to deal with the world, I suggest, Love People."

This is not a goody-two-shoes, pie-in-the-sky moral injunction to be a nice guy or girl, but rather a very basic lesson in energy work and spiritual power. The universe from which we harness power when we practice Integrative Chi Kung is a living organism with spirit, and that spirit is guided by wisdom and compassion. All of our energy comes from the universe and ultimately returns to it. In order to fuel our lives, we borrow as much energy from the universe as we need or as much as our practice permits, but in order for it to work positively for us, universal energy must be utilized in accordance with the other two universal virtues with which it is inseparably linked at its primordial source―wisdom and compassion. In this pragmatic age of science and technology, people are prone to overlook the power of love, but it doesn't take much vision to see very clearly that science and technology, which can be said to represent energy unbridled by love, have certainly brought neither health nor happiness to the world. If love were taken seriously as a guideline for utilizing energy, then atomic energy would never have been allowed to be used to produce weapons of mass destruction. This may seem obvious, and perhaps naive, but the fact remains that love is the best safeguard against the deviant use of energy, and spiritual self-cultivation is the best way to understand how wisdom, love, and energy are inseparable virtues that must always be cultivated together.

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