In the first round of integrative and root-cause medicine, I apparently hadn’t gone deep enough. Down below the environmental and social factors that cause disease or promote health, lies this subtle but powerful qi field. Qi surrounds and infuses everyone and everything, seen and unseen. Its potential, however, depends on two things: the capacity to tap into this qi field with your consciousness (the mind and heart), and the ability to activate its flow within your trillions of cells (the body). So qigong—a practice that wasn’t integrative per se, but integrated in mind, body, spirit at once—wasn’t a mere slice of the health pie. It had the potential to be the whole pie itself.
A few months in, something shifted in me. I went from doing the practice as transactional—I should practice in order toget better—to transformational—I want to practice because I feel the inner flow when I connect to the energy source of life. Qigong came to feel like eating. If I went too long without it, I felt hungry for it. After all, what is food but a source of energy? The same goes for qi.
It’s not a matter of blind trust. Rather, of direct experience. I experience, therefore I know. Qigong has something to do with sacred geometry: the movements, sound vibrations, and consciousness practices can activate in our bodies basic patterns of life, like spirals and pyramids and infinity waves. They can also activate energy codes, which inform our bodies the same way genetic codes do. And by going directly into our bodies, we can transform entrenched subconscious patterns and connect to our truer, whole selves.Dailygood What Qi Gong Taught One Doctor About Healing, by Cynthia Li, MD