Were Born a Healer
By Chunyi Lin
You were born a healer. You
were born with the gift of healing.
In fact, each and every one
of us is born with this amazing gift. We are all born with the ability to help
ourselves to heal and to help others heal; physically, mentally, emotionally
Think about that for a
minute. Think about how wonderful that is. You were born a healer. You have the gift of
healing. You simply need to be made aware of your
gift and learn how to use it.
find that hard to believe. Most people do. If I hadn’t experienced it
for myself I know I never would have believed it. But, I know it’s true from
what I have experienced in my own life and from what I see in the lives of my
students every day.
are many ways to awaken your natural healing
ability and put it to use to help yourself
and to help others. The way I prefer, and the way I know
best, is called qigong.
I was born in China where the study and practice of qi-gong began more than five thousand years ago.
But when I was growing up you could have
been imprisoned or even killed if you were caught practicing qigong. Qigong was
just one of many things that were outlawed during the Cultural Revolution which lasted for ten years.
just eight when the Cultural Revolution began and during the next
decade I suffered great physical and psychological abuse, as did many millions of others. I survived but I grew into an angry
and depressed young man.
in my early twenties when my life would be totally transformed by
qigong and all because of a freak accident that severely damaged both of my knees. The injuries were so
severe doctors offered little help and no treatment was effective. The pain was
so severe at times I wanted to cut my legs off.
heard of a qigong master who was coming to my town. I was ready to try anything
so I went to see him.
I sat on the ground at a soccer field with thousands of others and followed the qi-gong master’s guidance, doing exactly what he
said to do for a full seven and one-half
hours. At the end of that time a miracle had happened, my knees were
healed. The pain was gone. I could walk. I could run. I could jump. I thought
it was a miracle. I would learn it was the power of qigong.
From that moment on I
devoted myself to learning everything I could about qigong and sharing what
I’ve learned with others. And one of the things I’ve
learned is that qigong is simply a technique for awakening
and focusing the natural healing ability each of us is
means energy or life force. Gong means to work or master. Qigong
literally means working with your body’s energy. Let me give you an example of how your body’s energy system works. You can experience
it for yourself right now.
Here’s what you do. Sit up
straight. Take a long, slow, gentle,
deep breath and notice how your sinuses feel. Notice
how your lungs feel too. Now exhale but remember the feeling of your
sinuses and your lungs.
Next extend your left arm,
palm up. Then you pat or cup the inside of your left arm from your shoulder down to your wrist. Start at your
shoulder and pat firmly all the way down to your wrists and then repeat. Do
this five times. It should take about five seconds.
Now extend your right arm,
palm up and do the same thing. Pat or cup the inside of your right arm from
your shoulder down to your wrist five times.
have done both arms take another long, slow, gentle, deep breath
and notice how your sinuses feel now.
Notice the difference? Your sinuses are more open now, yes? Your lungs feel
isn’t it? But, it’s not magic. It’s your body’s energy system at work.
It’s also a simple qigong technique.
You see, energetically speaking, your skin is part of your breathing
system. The lung energy channel runs through your arm and is very close to the
surface on the under side of your arm. By patting your arm you are stimulating
the lung energy channel and in doing so you open up your sinuses and your lungs
take in more air.
While you may not be able to
see your body’s energy system you’ve just
experienced how it works.
This is one simple example
of how you can learn to awaken and utilize the natural healing ability you were
And I hope it is helping you
to see why I believe that you were born a healer.
Chunyi Lin is a certified
international Qigong Master with a master’s degree in holistic healing. He is
the founder and creator of Spring Forest Qigong and director of the Spring Forest Qigong
Center in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He is co-author with Dr. Nisha Manek of the
Mayo Clinic of a chapter on
Qigong in a medical school textbook, The Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Second Edition. His vision is “a healer in every
family and a world without pain.” The Spring Forest Qigong Center will hold an
event in Encinitas, CA on February 19-25. For more information, visit http://www.springforestqigong.com