As I began to give qigong in workshops and small classes, I noticed that people had very different needs. Interestingly, qigong brought out the particular issues that people confronted—whether health problems, physical limitations or difficulty understanding the subtlety of qigong. As one begins to practice more deeply, a greater sensitivity and awareness is required and this important aspect leads one towards a unique approach. (As my teacher in his lighthearted way would remind me, qigong is not just flapping one's arms around!) Additionally, within the group class, interests varied and it felt after a time that I was herding cats. The classes that seemed the most satisfying for myself as well as for student's happened one-on-one. So, I gave in to the impulse and began to teach individualized sessions.
Qigong has some 3000 different styles and I wondered whether this vast number has something to do with its adaptability. The principles of the qigong forms are specific and derive from the same source, but the ways to these principles are manifold. As I began to look at this aspect, I saw similarities with the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching (The Book of Change). As one consults this ancient book, one sees that it conveys ideas grounded in the principles of nature and laws of the universe, yet it also relates to each moment and each individual uniquely. I am awestruck each time I confront lines from this book, as I often feel I am being spoken to directly, yet the ideas are related to a source beyond time and space. If I open to this wisdom, I learn something utterly new. As I have begun to learn the different styles of qigong, I see that they are more related than they are different, but each is needed and has its place depending the person and circumstance. And as with the I Ching, each time I practice qigong and if I try to open to where it is leading me, I also discover something utterly new.
Could it be that our uniqueness is close to our innermost natures? And yet, paradoxically as we discover our individual-ness, we find that which connects us?
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has studied qigong and taiji with Sat Chuen Hon, a Taoist and native of China for several years. Mr. Hon has asked her to carry on this Taoist healing tradition to help benefit others. Ms. Fox received her MFA in painting from Yale University in 1997. Her studio practice, writing as well as her study of dance and movement have been woven together over many years into a rich exploration and inner search. She is a published poet and has recently helped prepare and edit Sat Hon's writings on Qigong and Taoist stories for publication.