Wayne Chandler

Wayne Chandler

Is it possible to change your circumstances and worldview by practicing Qigong?

According to Wayne Chandler, who is an author, martial artist, motivational speaker and photo journalist, not only is it possible to change your life through the cultivation of energy practices such as Qigong, but it can also boost your health and wellbeing too.

Mr Chandler is best known for his book Ancient Future: The Teachings and Prophetic

Wisdom of the Seven Hermetic Laws of Ancient Egypt. He also regularly holds lectures and speaking engagements throughout Europe and America.

He said he initially became interested in Qigong following his research into ancient civilisations across Asia and Africa.

“My research came after looking into different cultures and exploring the type of insight that they had into all of the internal powers. I was intrigued by their ability to take that body of information and apply it in a practical way,” he said, “The cultures that they created were very sound spiritually and morally.

“I discovered that a lot of what they did was through these specific types of internal practices that they would adhere to on a daily basis. That got me curious about what happens when you really step into the act of doing, the act of practicing something, the act of embracing a certain transformative discipline. I was curious about exactly what that does in terms of body, mind and soul-force.”

Qigong is a practice which has been in existence for thousands of years and can be linked to ancient shamanic meditation and gymnastic exercises.

Shamanic rituals and ideas eventually evolved into Taoist beliefs and were incorporated into the field of traditional Chinese medicine.

It also has its roots in metaphysics and philosophy. Qigong is widely believed to have health benefits for the mind and body and many report feeling more relaxed and less stressed after continued practice.

Defined simply, Qigong is a Chinese system of physical exercises and breathing control related to tai chi.

It is based upon a belief that there are energy centres (meridians) both around the body and inside the body. Certain forms of Qigong are designed to activate the energy stored in the organs as well as the surrounding meridians.

But it can do so much more, according to Chandler who said that it also has the ability to transform the physical body itself.

“It repatterns you from your genetic level on up,” he said, “Albert Einstein made the statement that no problem can be solved at the level of consciousness in which it occurs. This means that if you are not consistently developing or evolving, then you will never be able to step outside of your problems and see exactly what is needed to give you the tools to shift yourself of these conditions you find yourself in,” he added.

Chandler is both a teacher and a student of Qigong and has trained with notable figures within Chinese martial arts such as Mantak Chia.

Mantak Chia is a Taoist master who is is best known for teaching Taoist practices under the names of Healing Tao, Tao Yoga, Universal Healing Tao System and Qigong.

He has taught in many workshops and is the founder of the Universal Healing Tao school in Thailand, which was established in 1974 and the Universal Healing Tao Center.

Chia is also the author of several books such as ‘Healing Love through the Tao’ and ‘Awaken Healing Energy Through the Tao’ among others.

After initially practicing Qigong by himself after learning the techniques set out in Chia’s books, Chandler eventually went on to teach Qigong to both novices and established healers in places as far afield as in Jamaica, Florida, Costa Rica, Maui, and Fiji. He has also practiced Iyengar Yoga under the instruction of John Schumacher and reached the advanced levels of that system.

Chandler said: “The way that I teach these practices is very different to how most people relate to them. I relate to these practices on a very holistic level. If you take a group of people who live in survival mode that have a very difficult time manifesting wealth and prosperity for themselves, it spills over into what they attract into their world.

“So it really matters how you lay intention over the things which you attract, and manifest. It deals with your physical health, it deals with your emotional health, it deals with your spiritual health. All of this is key to creating a certain level of success in one’s daily endeavours.”

Although Qigong, along with other Eastern practices is growing in popularity in the West, the benefits of it are often overlooked.

The idea that practicing a few exercises a day can have such a profound effect on the body is not only dismissed by the mainstream in the West, but often ridiculed.

The key to it all says Chandler, is to step outside of established wisdom and look beyond our perceptions in order to live the kind of life we desire – unhindered by limitations or restrictions.

He adds that the education system does not sufficiently prepare us for these kinds of practices and is designed to produce obedient workers – not unique individuals.

But those who are able to harness and utilise the power of magnetism – which many Qigong masters describe as feminine energy – are able to create whatever reality they desire even within the confines of a male-dominated, Western system, which does not always recognise these metaphysical concepts of creativity.

Another Qigong master who has spoken about the benefits of the practice is a man called Dr YK Leung PhD, (aka Shi DeLon) who claimed to have helped thousands of patients by using QiGong.

One of the forms he practices is known as ‘spontaneous Qigong’ which taps into the energy meridians surrounding a person in order to encourage their body to heal itself.

The idea behind this is that the practitioner is able to initiate such a reaction by focusing his energy or intention towards patients, which in turn causes such a reaction.
Often it is accompanied by physical reactions such as strange noises, movements and strong outbursts of emotion, the release of which is said to stimulate the body’s healing mechanism.

The results of which can often be quite startling to the uninitiated.

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