I spent my weekend at the Qi Activation workshop in San Diego, which was lead by Jeff Primark and his Qi Gong crew. I received a postcard in the mail for the event and had made my decision to enrol after spending some time on their website and reading the testimonials that gave me the impression that miracles were about to happen. The fact that I would receive credit towards my Continuing Education for massage therapy was certainly a plus.
While there were no conscious miracles that happened for me during the workshop, I really enjoyed coming together day after day to a room full of 300+ people with the intention of cultivating qi. Qi, according to traditional Chinese philosophy, is the fundamental life energy responsible for health and vitality.
We practiced the form, Qigong, an ancient Chinese system of postures, exercises, breathing techniques, and meditations designed to improve the body’s qi. The purpose for it is to increase overall health and well being, as well as for disease prevention and longevity. It can be used to increase energy and reduce stress. Qigong is to be as old as 5,000-7,000 years old and is said that is was passed in secrecy among monks and teachers for many generations.
These days, Qigong is so prevalent that you can see people in Central Park, New York practicing this ancient art movement.
I practiced Qigong 15 years ago with a group of seniors at the Jade Dragon Centre in San Diego. While I was obviously the youngest one there, I remember I was the only one who had bones that cracked as I moved in certain positions. I always looked forward to the hour of practicing Qigong as it helped me quiet my mind.
Jeff Primark brings a modern feel to the ancient art. He is a middle-aged man from Florida, who has worked with many Qigong masters. With his laid back sense of humour and matter of fact, no bullshit speaking style, the enrolments seemed to easily connect with him the whole weekend. Along with his other knowledgeable and funny teachers, they brought a lot of life to the weekend as it makes sense since we are cultivating our qi after all.
Jeff Primark also lectures about Food Healing, something very prevalent in California. I can say that I have been spoiled with the amount of convenience of healthy super foods for the past 13 years. I began my study of medicinal foods beginning with Macrobiotic cooking, which originated with Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland, a German physician and Japanese military doctor, Sagen Ishizuka. The diet is presented as a means to cure diseases, similar to what I learned this weekend in the Food Healing lecture. However, the foods represented in the Qi Activation workshop, is based in Naturopathy, which also incorporates the yin and yang energy to foods. The information provided was rich and I felt energized with gaining more knowledge around foods.
The rest of the weekend was well rounded with a lot of Qigong practices and other lectures, including one on the 5 Elements, rooted in Chinese philosophy and what many Acupuncturists abide by when they treat clients. On one of the evenings, we were even treated with having Dr. Michael Beckwith come and speak. He is the Spiritual Director of Agape Church in Los Angeles. He is most known for being featured in the movie, Law of Attraction. I have attended his church in Los Angeles a few times. It is a spiritual church, so it is not the place to go if you were looking to read scriptures, but you will not be disappointed if you want to bask in positive energy. He and his wife are beacons of light bringing dynamic energy wherever they go.
A few people, who were at the event, had attended the workshop before. I don’t know if they truly enjoy it or they thought they were getting a great price for their Continuing Education Units. Whatever it was, it’s hard not to feel present and involved with the teachings. I don’t think I will be one of the ones to return again, unless they add something new to the program, but I am happy I went to this one.
If you want to know if there is a Qi Activation near you, check on the website www.qiactivation.com.
Thank you Jeff and the Qi Gong crew for a fun and energetic weekend.
This Blog Post Was Written By Liza Lim owner of Revive Touch.
Photo courtesy of Shawn Rossi (cc $ flickr.com)