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Bagua Applications: From Martial Arts to Healing
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..........................................................................Table of Contents From Martial Arts to Healing . 6 Beijing: The Next Shift .... 7 .................. 5 Energy Healing: Same Game with Different Goals and Rules ... 5 Overview .........................................................................................................
From Martial Arts to Healing Overview People come to practice internal chi arts for many different reasons. Often times. As I've written in my books many times. they shift their emphasis as the events in their life change or they address whatever the initial issue was that started them practicing in the first place. My training began with martial arts at age twelve. my interest in healing others didn't really start to emerge until my twenties. 5 © 2011 Bruce Frantzis-AII Rights Reserved. I contracted a severe. I had never before understood the pain and suffering of sickness. As a youth. case of hepatitis while in India. . Although as a teen I studied shiatsu and worked extensively on large numbers of people. almost lethal. I beat the odds and brought myself back from the brink of death. but the hepatitis hangover lasted for many years.
I noticed the similarities and connections between martial arts and healing work. now the © 2011 Bruce Frantzis-AII Rights Reserved. which creates a fighter who has a better chance of winning against an opponent. So the learning progression is the same: first. The reality of pain. Instead of inflicting pain and destruction. At times.6 Bagua Mastery Program Through this period. Essentially. they work on the opposite side of the continuum to promote healing. In the beginning. For example. internal martial arts seek to move chi through your body. . you practice to promote vibrant health otherwise you can get hurt. it wasn't until this time that I began seriously studying the medical arts of chi with the same intensity as my internal martial arts training. reflexes and speed. I would have intermittent experiences of shifting. cultivating chi helps to increase power. I watched as all of my strength completely left me. imbalance and suffering was much different than my intellectual ideas about what it was and was not. from being a very physically strong person to suddenly becoming humbled and weak. Some years later. Initially. Although I had been exposed to qigong tui na training before. My experiences gave me a glimpse ofthe impact illness and injury had on people's lives. seemingly out of the blue. I came to know the unrelenting pain of an unhealthy liver. Anything less than good health supports internal weakness rather than strength. However. In coordination with physical techniques. I was told rather than asked to learn healing or withdraw. you upgrade your own chi and then you can apply it to some end. Energy Healing: Same Game with Different Goals and Rules Energy healing practices basically use the same process with a twist. internal martial art training evolves into developing chi inside your own body to manipulate and direct it externally. as though all of my blood was drained from my body. as part of my Taoist priest training.
It requires compassion. Otherwise. It is a selfreinforcing. positive feedback loop. Good healers somehow find a way to drive forward by the motivation of the healing potential rather than getting stuck in human suffering. You knock out deranged chi inside a patient's body to ultimately defeat it and thereby heal the health problem. So rather than focusing on techniques to control or deflect a punch or kick. the next step is to learn to do the same with the energies of the patient's mind and emotions. the physical aggressor (martial arts opponent) becomes the disease. emotions and mental actions to smoothly link and flow between with each other. Equally. Then. a major glitch at one level can interfere with the smooth functioning of the other two levels. Helping a sick person get better requires more than just skill. Cool. healing work has a series of challenges to overcome. which shifts your focus. upgrading the functioning of their physical body enhances their mental and emotional dispositions. It was the final and most © 2011 Bruce Frantzis-AII Rights Reserved. like martial arts.Module 9: Bagua Applications-From Martial Arts to Healing 7 context of the "opponent" changes. it shifts to techniques for increasing strong. . Exploring these perspectives has been one of my streams since my twenties. As the skill of the qigong tui na practitioner gradually upgrades and he is able to heal unbalanced chi in others. As a patient becomes more emotionally and mentally healthy. In energetic healing work. at least to the degree required to enable the patient's physical body. can it be done and. liu Hung Chieh. injury or dysfunction that you seek to control or defeat. It still floats my boat to find myself thinking: "This is really difficult. if so. free flowing bodily chi. it can help their physical illness improve. how well can it be done?" Beijing: The Next Shift The next major shift in my life occurred in Beijing in my thirties during the time I spent with my primary teacher.
my road from healing and the road to meditation began to merge. During this time. but the ongoing onslaughts accumulate like ongoing post traumatic stress. Now. To see it once or twice in your lifetime is one thing. Many young doctors/healers must ask themselves. Just realizing the importance of making contact with a suffering human being and using the opportunity to somehow further the human condition is a good beginning. If you have any kind of a heart whatsoever. Where will you go? © 2011 Bruce Frantzis-AII Rights Reserved. This caused a shift in me where it ceased to be all about the challenge. as I did:"How do I help people without it hurting me?" The Taoist Inner Dissolving practices really helped me. but they weren't the whole story. which is the suffering of human beings and the great opportunity I have to reduce it. After these experiences. For me. He helped me see the most important consideration. I primarily worked with cancer patients and some others with equally serious conditions. you're basically in the same position as a doctor. Compassion completes the cycle for me. my teacher Liu awakened in me a genuine sense of compassion. the road to compassion is a bit more encompassing than this. it was good that I initially had the martial arts training because it inured me to the rough stuff of life. it can really affect you. . however. when you work to physically heal people. As when you deal with very difficult and truly heart wrenching conditions. it can be very painful constantly watching people die or undergo the most incredible suffering you can possibly imagine.8 Bagua Mastery Program difficult phase of my formal qigong tui na training.
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