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The First Method Cures The Spirit

ShenThe above title is a quote from the ancient Chinese medical text, “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine.”

The quote refers to priorities in healing. It means that the first place to correct disease is in a person’s spirit.

Grandmaster Lew apparently agreed with this idea. When asked which of the many qigong exercises he taught us we should do when we had time for only one, he responded,

“If you can do nothing else, do the Shen.”

I should mention that “Shen” is the Chinese word most commonly translated as “Spirit.”

And these Shen exercises are, indeed, quite powerful. But you might not guess that from looking at them. From the outside, they seem quite simple.

This is in line with the saying about qigong exercises, “If it’s big on the outside, it’s small on the inside. If it’s small on the outside, it’s big on the inside.”

The Shen exercises are quite big on the inside. They support a gradual, but powerful shift of consciousness.

One way to describe this shift is to say you sweep away the cobwebs from your awareness. Imagine thinking, and especially seeing the world, without your usual filters in the way. They free you to directly perceive the world.

And because of this, you have an advantage. You can more easily notice what is going on around you. Your insight into the meaning of people’s words and actions increases. And, of course, you are also clearer about your own.

Why am I mentioning this? Because next month, in May, 2017, I will be teaching the Standing Shen exercises.

The class will be on two Saturday mornings for 3 hours each. If you want to learn more about the class, click here:

All the best for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

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