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From the Editor by Michelle Wood welcomes you to the May-June 2015 issue of Yang Sheng Magazine with the theme of “Healer Within and Self-Healing.” As always, we bring you many fine articles by well-respected and knowledgeable members of the Chinese Medicine and Mind-Body Healing community around the world. We know you will greatly enjoy and receive much benefit from this issue of Yang Sheng.
The Miracle of the Breath By Roger Jahnke, OMD You can live for days without food. You can live for hours without water. But you can only live for moments without breath. Through the breath we sustain life! But here is the big question: Are you satisfied just to be alive, or do you want supreme vitality? Are you satisfied to be at the level of survival or do you want peak performance? Are you satisfied to operate at the level of usual consciousness, or do you aspire for enlightenment? If you say “yes!” to stress mastery, healing, peace of mind, and enlightenment, then this will be a powertool for you.
Master Yun Xiang Tseng: The Real Crouching Tiger by Anonymous Author The question that so many of us are asking now is ‘How do we access that [ancient] knowledge and use it in our daily lives?’ There are a few people today who have maintained a link to that ancient wisdom and learned how to vibrate at a higher frequency. One such treasure is Master Yun Xiang Tseng, (Chen). A childhood prodigy, Yun Xiang Tseng was trained from the age of 6 on China’s sacred Wu dang Mountain (made famous by the movie Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”) Master Tseng is a 25th generation Longman Taoist Priest and is of the 14th generation Wu Dang Zhang Sanfeng lineage. As a martial artist, Taoist Priest and world renowned healer of 30 years, Chen has been helping people change their lives for the better.
Simple techniques to promote self-healing by Lilian Kluivers The most beautiful thing about working with Chinese medicine, is to enable people heal themselves. There are so many things we can learn our clients regarding their health. And, as in everything, a holistic approach works best; involving nutrition, lifestyle, and exercises. This asks for some discipline of clients, because they need to work on themselves on a regular basis to feel the change. On the other hand, they will be able to hold on to the renewed energy balance obtained during the therapy. The feeling, and awareness, of being able to influence your own well being, can be relieving and empowering. Truly a beautiful present.
Basic Literacy of Chinese Citizen in TCM Yang-Sheng and Well-Being Translated and edited by Kevin W Chen, Ph.D. To each citizen, the 42 entries of Chinese medicine well-being literacy is not only the TCM health knowledge that everyone should be aware of, but also the healthy behavior pattern everyone should follow. The literacy of well-being refers to the capability of an individual to obtain and understand the health information, and use this information to change their lifestyle and behavior, to maintain and promote the health and longevity.
[Featured Article] Are You an Expert? Illustrations from Martial Arts, Art and Medicine by Marty Eisen, Ph.D. The mastery of any discipline can be broken into three stages. This will be illustrated from Chinese Medicine, Art and Martial Arts. Although seemingly unconnected, analogies between these subjects can be understood by means of Yin-Yang theory. The following excerpts of advice for Chinese physicians illustrates that they must also practice self-cultivation.
Riding the Phoenix to Penglai, a book review by Lauri Amidon — Riding the Phoenix to Penglai contains two sets of poems by a female Taoist Adept, Sun Bu-Er, with exceptional translations and commentary by Jill Gonet. As Ms. Gonet points out, Sun Bu-Er’s poetry is lovely as an expression of Art and can be appreciated for Art’s sake. The poems are so beautiful and the phrases are sublime, such as “From mountaintop and ocean bottom one hears the thunder after the rain” or “the person with a simple heart converses with the unadorned hearts of the flowers.” On another level, Sun Bu-Er’s poetry is also an instruction manual for Taoist cultivators.
Introduction to Chinese Taiji Five-Element Qigong by Kevin W Chen, Ph.D. Chinese Taiji Five-Element Qigong is a qigong system developed by master Binhui He, based on his years of clinical experience with thousands of patients. The purpose of this qigong system is to rapidly reveal practitioner’s self-healing potential and to boost immune function and internal healing capacity for various chronic diseases. It is one of the major qigong systems used in clinical applications of qigong anti-cancer therapy.
Early Summer Seasonal Harmony By Ellasara Kling, Generally, we “feel” healthier, stronger, better in the Summer, even if we are still dealing with an out of balance circumstance. Taking the time to attune to the season, feeling the energy of expansion and its incredible natural beauty is restorative. Self-healing always starts with us attuning to the natural of ourselves. In Summer, the Universe openly encourages us to go as far and deep as we can to restore our balance and harmony, allow our energy to flow freely, and to experience our connection to all things/people.
Scientific Qi Exploration. The Twelve Tendino-Muscular Meridians. Part 1 by Marty Eisen Ph.D. These Meridians are called Tendino-Muscular Meridians since their paths pass through (Jing) the depressions and planes between the muscles and tendons. The character Jin represents something forceful inside the body and so includes both muscles and tendons. These Channels were first described in the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (Huang Di Nei Jing). The second text, the Spiritual Pivot (Ling Shu), outlined the pathways and functions of the Jing Jin in Chapter 13. The description used the characters and terms that were in use at that time. This led to ambiguities in translations and so the theory of the Jing Jin is not as well agreed upon as for the other Meridians.
How to Relax Your Feet to Improve Your Martial and Healing Arts By Raven Cohan Arches and the entire foot are improved not by tightening feet, but by relaxing them. The challenge is that most people need to learn how to be very specific about concentrating on the placement of nine points of the feet. (In Chinese understanding, nine is a very important and empowered number. The nine points include: the heel, the the outer edge, the two balls and the five toes.) Here are four points to practice for relaxed feet and better balance.
A Renga Poem By Rene Navarro and Nadine Sarreal Traditional renga was a group activity in which each participant displayed his wit by spontaneously composing a poem in response to the poem that came before; the more interesting the relationship between the two poems the more impressive the poet’s ability. [Wikipedia]
Daoist Web Of Power by Dr Dennis Alexander Have you ever wondered about our connection to The Universal Life Force as Daoists? Think no more, here is The Web Of Power.” If you connect with a tree, a bush, a blade of grass, and request its aid in working or healing, you may be surprised to know that your power has increased. Each plant is connected to the plant next to it, and to every other plant, and to every plant on this Green Planet. How many Green Planets do you think there are in the vast Universe?!
The Journey and Its Goal in Women’s Religions by Brian Griffith Most goddesses of China have been saint-like or guru-like figures. They were “masters” who attained some sort of enlightenment, taught groups of friends, and were reported returning in spirit after they died. To their devotees, these women were perfected beings. The lives of most divine women were not just images of perfected womanhood, but biographies of goddesses in the making. The boundary lines between “mortal and immortal” or “human and divine” were permeable.
Mind-Body Medicine Research Update Compiled by Kevin W Chen, Ph.D. Research reports on the efficacy of Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, and Meditation as wellness techniques used for hypertension, fatigue, COPD, quality of life, anxiety and depression symptoms, breast cancer survivors, Parkinson’s Disease, balance in stroke patients, and others.
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