What is Spring Forest Qigong?
The Spring Forest Qigong is an influential but simple form of healing strategy that was developed in China. The knowledge has been in use in the Chinese community for thousands of years. When translated from the Chinese language, `Qi’ means energy while `gong’ refers to work. This means that Qigong can literally be translated as `work the energy’. Qigong works with the body’s energy. Ancient Chinese wisdom calls this energy "Qi" (pronounced "chee," sometimes spelled "chi"). Qi has been called the "mother of blood."
"It is believed that by moving Qi through the body, you can heal yourself of many ailments," says medical doctor Richard Gerber, author of the definitive text for energetic medicine, "Vibrational Medicine: New Choices for Healing Ourselves" as well as "Vibrational Medicine for the 21st Century".
For thousands of years Qigong had been a guarded secret of the Chinese elite. Only in the recent half century has it become known to the Chinese people and the rest of the world. Today, over one hundred million people practice the healing art of Qigong.
Qigong is the grandfather of Chinese medicine, Tai-chi, acupuncture, Shiatsu, and Reiki. The Qigong exercises look similar to the meditative movements of Tai-chi. Many try to cloak Qigong in mystery. A Master often teaches just a little at a time, giving the student, the grasshopper, only what the Master feels he should learn. Spring Forest Qigong takes off the cloak to de-mystify Qigong because of its potential value to the health and well-being of people who practice it
The healing method is gaining popularity across the globe as more people are recognizing benefits of the medication. Many experts in the health industry have recommended use of this Chinese traditional healing which has shown high effective results.
The founder of Spring Forest Qigong is Chunyi Lin, who is a Chinese Qigong Master. He has learned the art alongside other reputed Qigong masters practicing the art in China. He took the basic skills of the initial art and modified it into his own Qigong which he named SFQ or Spring Forest Qigong.
Master Lin introduced Spring Forest Qigong in the US back in the late 1990s. The SFQ or Spring Forest Qigong is mainly suitable to the Americans since it is simple and clear enough to complement the busy lives of the Americans. Master Lin is a former English professor hence understands perfectly the language, culture and American lifestyle.
As a young man in China, Master Lin was stricken with debilitating arthritis. He reluctantly tried Qigong. Within hours of beginning his first workshop, nearly all pain was gone.
Master Lin spent the next 20 years studying with China’s advanced Qigong Masters. He uncovered secrets of Qigong that had even eluded the Masters. His discovery led to the development of a new form of Qigong called Spring Forest Qigong.
Master Lin introduced Spring Forest Qigong in the US back in the late 1990s. Master Lin has been here in Minnesota since 1995 practicing the healing power of Qigong with persons individually and also teaching Qigong to thousands of people. He has also been working with medical researchers to establish the efficacy of Qigong.
The Spring Forest Qigong functions through keeping the energy system flowing and clear. The humans are healthier when their energy systems have no blockages. The energy channels, called meridians, traverse throughout the body like `rivers of energy’. According to the Chinese model, sickness, pain, and other health anomalies are caused when Qi energy is blocked. When Qi cannot flow through the body, two things happen:
First, excess Qi builds up where it is not needed or wanted. This is like water damming on a river and flooding a neighborhood.
Second, other parts of the body do not receive enough Qi. This is like the riverbed drying out on the other side of a dam, destroying river life.
Qigong exercises remove blocks and increase the flow of energy through your body. When it flows free, Qi energy heals and restores the body.
Blocked meridians cause discomfort and illnesses too. This means that the body’s natural ability to heal itself is boosted when the energy channels are clear and open. The systematic application of Spring Forest Qigong ensures clearing up of the energy systems thereby bringing resolution of several emotional and physical issues that are attributed with increasing strong physical energy and happiness. The technique has a lot of powerful benefits.
There are generally three main ways that Spring Forest Qigong can influence your life and that of your loved ones positively. The first way is through taking Level 1 Spring Forest Qigong workshop which trains you on energy breathing. You will also be introduced to certain `sitting meditations’ that help in transferring energy throughout your body. Expect also to get trained on active exercises that are similar to Tai Chi to help in clearing your channels for better flow of life throughout the body.
Extended use of Spring Forest Qigong helps in keeping your channels clear and also contributes in changing your life for the better despite the ups and downs that may be caused by stressful episodes. You will realize that you have increased circulation, more vitality and inner peace. The mood lifts up gradually allowing you to acquire higher connection to your spiritual nature. Your self-awareness gets improved and the image you portray in your at workplace, relationships and other areas of your life is changed positively.
The second kind of benefit can be acquired from a trained Spring Forest Qigong expert. The treatment helps in eliminating specific blockages and re-educating the energy system. People suffering from either emotional or physical illnesses benefit most from this kind of treatment program.
Thirdly, you can utilize level 1 Spring Forest Qigong for the sake of your loved ones, the knowledge and skills you will acquire from the workshop help in bringing prompt positive change to other people.
"I am glad I attended his workshops and completed Qigong I, Qigong II, Qigong III, and Qigong IV courses. My experiences were so surprising and profound. I found Qigong compliments and supports everything else I have learned through the years."
Chunyi’s ability to move energy is awe inspiring. Master Chunyi Lin has said many inspirational things, but one that sticks with me and has become a form of mantra is this:
"A healer in every family, and a world without pain." It is my hope to continue his legacy of helping my clients find better health, be led to healing methods that include the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Most importantly, allow clients to be a part of their own healing and decrease the pain or “dis-ease” in their life.
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