The Only Illness There Is…

by Marcus on January 30, 2011

When we apply Yin/Yang theory to health we use Yin to represent our body’s natural ability to respond appropriately to our constantly changing environment and Yang to represent all the factors that may cause illness.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there is only one illness and that illness is Yin/Yang disharmony. Or put another way it means our body has failed in its natural ability to respond appropriately to disease causing agents.

From the TCM view of medicine there is no such thing as an incurable disease. If we can restore the balance between Yin and Yang we will restore health.

Caveat: This does not mean that TCM can cure all illness! If an illness has been left untreated for too long it may not be possible to fully restore Yin Yang harmony.

The brilliance of Qigong is that we don’t need to know the specifics of where this Yin/Yang harmony has failed. We just do our practice and let our Qi do the healing during energy flow. How does it do this? Because, when left alone Qi will always flow to areas of low energy, or where the blockages are and then work to remove the blockage and hence restore Yin/Yang harmony.

Simple and profound.

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Sarah Bentley January 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Master Li Junfeng always says “the Qi is smarter than you” thus the brilliance you suggest of not needing to know the specifics.

Marcus January 31, 2011 at 11:18 am

Thank you for sharing this Sarah, you are very lucky to be learning from such a gifted and joyful Master. There is a saying that a good teacher is worth their weight in gold!

fran weller January 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

i feel alot of anger and hatred towards other people.

Marcus January 31, 2011 at 11:50 am

You have my deepest sympathy for being in such a place and you would be wise to resolve this anger and hatred as quickly as you can.

Two pieces I’d share with you that might help get you started. One is a quote by Buddha, I don’t have the exact quote to hand, but it goes like this: holding onto anger is like holding onto a hot rock with the intention of throwing it at someone else, the only person who gets burned is you.

The second piece is I’d reccomend you take a look at this post on this website: A Powerful Metaphor.

Remember there is nothing wrong with feeling what we feel. The problems come when we can’t let go of how we feel.

Best wishes


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