Do you have a chronic “medical” problem that seems resistant to anything your doctor suggests? Have you sought out multiple second opinions from highly qualified doctors yet year after year, find that nothing changes? You may have gone to a naturopathic doctor, changed your diet and tried a whole host of vitamins and still no results. Do you find yourself reading more about Eastern Medicine? Have you heard about Qigong?
Integrating Faith Into Medicine
I am trained in western medicine as an internist and psychiatrist. I have always advocated for the role of spirituality in our lives and after 30 years of practice have seen just how important this can be. In my experience, integrating faith into your life results in greater life enjoyment and, when sick, a speedier and more complete recovery. This is one of the reasons I created and teach the “Oneness Approach”. It helps you to integrate your faith into your personal life, relationships and the world; Oneness Within, Between and Beyond.
Early in my career, many considered talking about a person’s faith taboo. However, I now notice a growing movement away from spirituality being considered “an opiate of the people” to the many advantages spiritually based life. In our podcast together, Andrew Newberg discussed how neurobiology is documenting the advantages of guiding your decisions by life concepts you hold dear. Psychologists are documenting the many benefits of self-compassion in all manner of illnesses. Self-compassion asks that we develop a sustaining moment-to-moment sense of compassion towards ourselves. Spiritual practices call this “praying continuously”.
Clearly, our western ideas of healing and our individual spiritual practices are works in progress. Western medicine continues to explore your subconscious powers and how you can better wield them. Spiritual practice develops your wisdom as you apply your faith to your life. No one today lives perfectly, we are all growing “one day at a time".
The World of Eastern Medicine
This brings me to the world of Eastern Medicine and more specifically a young man, Robert Peng, who practices Qigong in New York City. Robert was trained from early childhood by Xiao Yao, a senior monk from the Juiyi temple during China’s cultural revolution. Robert's training included many other Chinese masters and Robert himself trained several hundred thousand students in China. His healing techniques in Qigong became more broadly known, first in Australia, and now in the US.
His techniques carry the training from multiple well regarded masters. He too is well regarded in the Qigong community. His mastery of this ancient art seems unquestioned. This would be the kind of person that I might refer to or go to myself if I had a seemingly unresolvable issue. These techniques seem to require a personal predilection and a sustained practice of many years. He works with “Qi” or “life force” in ways that relieve blocks and allow a flow of your life energies. Much of this may sound pretty strange to western ears. However, with all we are learning about our mind-body connections, I believe we will soon be integrating these and other Eastern strategies. Already, major medical centers offer Qigong as part of their services.
I recommend you talk with your doctor. Have you really done all you can? If so, and there is still little relief, ask about alternatives like Qigong. Then, ask around, do a search and find someone with the background, training and experience to meet your needs. As always, your trust in the process is a part of the process.
To learn more about this Ancient art, go to the Oneness Approach Podcast.
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