I just completed an intensive four day training in a powerful healing modality called Qi Gong. Something about it was so familiar. Many years earlier, while studying Massage Therapy at the Swedish Institute in New York City, I had received a few training sessions of Qi Gong. In recalling that previous introduction to Qi Gong, all I could remember was how utterly tedious and boring I had found these slow and meticulous movements. But I knew I had studied something similar prior to this current training.
It is amazing how selective our memory can be. Many years ago, in the early 1990’s, I had experienced a severe back injury. In fact, I was actually lying on the floor, unable to move due to indescribably painful contractions, for over 4 hours, Very, very, very slowly I was finally able to maneuver my body so that my back faced toward a nearby heater while I used one hand to stimulate the reflexology points in the other hand that corresponded to the spine. When I was eventually able to sit and then stand up, I headed straight for a local emergency room. As much as I had studied healing modalities and spiritual awareness, I was never so happy to receive medicine in the form of pills to relax my muscles and dull the pain.
After several weeks of painful physical therapy exercises, the intense pain in my back had lessened. At that point, I began receiving private Pilates lessons on the machines which helped me to restore the strength of my core and to more easily move by using only the most necessary muscles for the particular movements. As I became stronger, I added Pilates floor exercise classes and Bikram (heated) yoga classes.
In recalling my back injury and the subsequent healing process, I have always attributed my healing to those wonderful Pilates lessons and my knowledge and use of Pilates and yoga exercises. I had completely forgotten a strange and wonderful training program I had attended for almost a full year – a powerful healing modality that revitalized my body and my immune system beyond just healing my back problem.
During the weeks and months of slow recovery from my back injury, while living in Stratford, Connecticut, I was still feeling tension, pain and stiffness in my back. One day, I passed by a center for healing called Chun Do Sun Bup. Curious to learn more about this I stepped inside into a different world. I was greeted by a friendly Australian lady, the supervisor, and a few male and female instructors wearing white karate-like outfits. This center had been opened to introduce this powerful Korean Qi healing method to America.
Chun Do Sun Bup, which literally means “the heavenly way to recover body, mind and spirit” is based on a 6000 year old Taoist system of martial arts training that was secretly passed down for many generations. Dr. Haeng-Yong Mo and his wife, Gui-Dai Park, revitalized this ancient tradition after studying “The Way of the Taoist Immortals” and attaining extraordinary healing abilities. Today there are over 200 nonprofit International Chun Do Sun Bup Ki Energy Centers operated by Korean and Western Masters, located in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, South Korea and America.
Chun Do Sun Bup treats the mind, body and spirit, utilizing the vital energy around us, called Ki in Korea, the deeply spiritual belief in connection with our ancesters, Ki Energy Training and Ki Energy Healing (Chunsoo or “Heavenly Hands”). The overriding concept is that we are all born with healing power which can only be accessed when our mind and body are in balance and aligned with the energetic frequency of nature. Realigning our minds and harmonizing our bodies with nature is a long, slow healing process. Nature heals slowly and cannot be rushed, but nature heals best and more thoroughly.
The Chun Do Sun Bup Ki Training consists of a series of 100 hour long, small group, classes. The lessons are divided into 12 steps. Each class consists of chanting and breathing exercises to purify the mind and revitalize the energy, ki movements to strengthen the body, improve the circulation, and increase the ki energy, and silent meditation to still the mind and enhance spiritual awareness. Students learn how to receive, increase, circulate and retain ki energy.
Ki Energy Training and Healing is believed to be a natural and lasting solution to many common health problems. Ki or vital energy, when circulating freely, eliminates blockages and impurities in our body and mind. Once the blockages are removed, our immune systems can take over and complete any healing that is needed.
An additional component of this powerful healing system, is the Ki Ancestor and Family Healing ceremonies. Eastern philosophy attributes some of our current physical, emotional and spiritual problems to energetic blockages inherited from our ancestors. These highly ritualized prepared food, movement, meditation and prayer ceremonies are designed to heal our ancestral blockages and to restore health and wellness to our families as well as ourselves.