Published on August 31st, 2015 | by Debra Rosenman0
Finding Ageless Health through Wisdom Healing Qigong: An Interview with Master Mingtong Gu
Does the fountain of youth really exist? Millions of people are searching for a magic bullet to make them look and feel younger. According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 12 billion dollars was spent on cosmetic procedures last year in the United States. This figure does not include the megabucks consumers doled out on anti-aging creams, lotions and potions. All of these 21st Century accoutrements focus exclusively on the external, advocating that a younger looking body is the ticket to eternal happiness. However, the real elixir lies inside the body.
I recently spoke with Wisdom Healing Qigong Master Mingtong Gu about the search for the agelessness elixir, the illusion of finding happiness in external circumstances, and how the practice of qigong unlocks the mystery of agelessness. Renowned teacher, healer and founder of The Chi Center in Petaluma, California, Master Gu talked candidly about the ancient healing art and new science of Wisdom Healing Qigong. He trained with many Chinese Grandmasters including Grandmaster Ming Pang at the world’s largest medicine-less Qigong hospital in China and is wholeheartedly committed to teaching people how to heal themselves, and, subsequently, the world, through the practice of Wisdom Healing Qigong (WHQ).
Debra Rosenman: What is the meaning of agelessness?
Mingtong Gu: Agelessness from a qigong point of view is a living experience of wholeness that transcends the perception of impermanence. It’s a state of energetic oneness in which we feel connected to ourselves beyond concepts, beyond story, beyond personality and beyond the limitations of the physical body.
DR: How do we grow younger to support optimum aging?
MT: All spiritual practices, particularly qigong, invite us into the internal dimensions of ourselves, especially the heart, to find lasting happiness. When we access the ageless aliveness of our heart energy through the practice of WHQ, we transform fear and anxiety—the root causes of many illnesses and death—into joy, love and compassion. Living in the energy of the heart, we then grow younger and live longer because we feel fully alive, present and connected to our own life and life all around us.
DR: What are the secrets to achieving agelessness?
MT: Number one—keep your energy moving to access the energetic feeling of youthfulness. No matter our age or health condition, the gentle movements of WHQ keep our life energy moving and alive. I will be teaching Lift Chi Up Pour Chi Down at the Santa Fe workshop so people can access their life energy and experience the fullness and abundance of life in the present moment. This energy activates the feeling of youthfulness which then animates the mind, body and heart.
Number two—be happy! Taoists believe the secret to immortality is returning to an open-hearted, child-like state. WHQ directly activates the vibration and energy movement of the heart. Only when our hearts are open can we experience the timeless wisdom of life, a child-like joy and love which are the keys to health, longevity and unconditional happiness.
Number three—access the abundant energy of the ageless universe. When we practice qigong we are connecting with source energy, bringing it into the physical to heal all conditions of the body, mind and heart. WHQ teaches us how to experience a deeper connection with the universe so we can move beyond the impermanency of the physical body. It’s important to reconcile this particular paradox of life where we are impermanent as well as ageless and eternal. The truth is that when we embrace the spiritual dimensions of source energy our physical bodies are nurtured and rejuvenated. Tasting immortality by fully embracing mortality is a profound way to live.
DR: Do you have any concluding thoughts about growing younger and longevity?
MT: When we experience the subtle energy of the body, heart and mind, we not only connect with the wholeness of our own lives, but to the wholeness of the next generation, to life of planet earth, and the life of the universe. The ageless elixir is only found in the present moment of life which contains all experiences of the past and potential of the future. It’s all an inside job!
More Energy, More Life with Master Mingtong Gu is being held September 26-27 at the Institute of American Indian Arts. To register, call 800-959-2892 or visit ChiChenter.com. 12 CEs available. See Calendar for details/Taos event.
Debra Rosenman is a writer, media consultant, Certified Rubenfeld Synergist and Somatic Archaeologist. Her first book, The Chimpanzee Chronicles, will be published in 2016. Debra is currently studying with Master Gu. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.