Today rambles has turned into a bit of a rant.
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of qigong teachers being interviewed and PBS is showing “Qigong Flow”. They are offering the Complete Qigong DVD library as a gift when you donate to the public TV station.
Now, my first reaction to this was “main stream qigong” Yay!
However, I am disappointed by all the bliss ninny crap, that is presented along with the information.
The man speaks well about the art of Qigong. I agree with a lot of what he says. Simple movement and breath awareness are good things.
But, what makes me crazy is how the “package” sold.
First off …… the setting of the practice is outside in a “magical” place. There is old growth forest, high mountain water falls, pretty steams of water running, and out of nowhere – flutes and gongs provide spacey music. Then of course there is the hypnotic way the instructor speaks; super slow and sickly sweet, add the uniform of a silky robes and of course… bare feet!
Then the guy says, HE took over 7,000 basic moves and created this simple form for “regular” folks. Lucky for us he has taken “all that knowledge,” and created a DVD that is now perfect for everyone!
Now, I don’t begrudge the guy making a living. I’ve sold the art too. I actually made a good living teaching the practice. Qigong is an extraordinary healing art. I know for a fact that raising your hands can change your life….
BUT… it’s not magic! So, why do we have to make it sound so fucking mystical, ancient, and weird?
It isn’t rocket surgery!
Here’s a fun tension relieving exercise you can try right now in your own home. All you have to do to change negative energy into positive is …. Hit delete after spilling your heart on a page!
P.S. We teach what we need to learn!