Between August 2018 and March 2019 Ive done 9 weeks of full time intensive Qi Gong training. This life changing experience has reinvigorated and pushed to an entirely new level, the interest that I've had in Qi Gong since 2006 when I was first introduced to it.
My teacher, Tevia Feng, has emphasized in his training, the Taoist focus on nature, and harmonious living with the earth. This is something that I too have been passionate about for a very long time. I remember as a young person thinking I was a nature spirit, sent here to protect the environment from ignorant human destruction. I dont think its that far off really. I feel more at home in the forests, and I find connecting with animals easier than people. I can't sit still for a whole movie, I dislike driving, bars, malls, crowds etc. So essentially Ive felt pretty at odds with the human world at times..well most of the time. I told a girl once that I couldn't date her because I had to save the dolphins. That might have been a bit of a diversion, but part of me believed that I simply didn't have the time for a girlfriend as there were bigger, more important things to do! But really, how can we care for another person, if we arent also caring for ourselves and aligned with our own sense of harmony and empowerment.
In this Qi Gong training I met many other people who shared my love of nature and Qi Gong. Many of them with big challenges in their lives, motivating them to try something new. Humans are generally good at adaptation, responding to the conditions in a creative, positive way; by changing the conditions, by changing themselves or both. Change is the most common condition of nature, and our ability to change is what allows us to stay vital, and thriving; our ability to stay active in our lives. However many elements of our modern world, lock us into negative repetitive patterns, and in the process disconnect us from nature.
Activists are usually people who are acting out of normative social behaviour in an attempt to effect change in the collective behavioural pattern. They are acting out, intervening, demonstrating, protesting some condition, usually perpetrated by the local government. They also may protest in solidarity with people elsewhere on the planet. They are agents of change. I also want to suggest that activists are anyone who is active in creating the world that they want to live in.
Most of the activists that Ive met are very compassionate people. They are caring people, and are impacted because of their empathy, their sensitivity for other people, or animals, or environments, that are also affected, oppressed, injured by some force that they are appealing to. They are using their personal energy, to bring awareness to what they perceive as an injustice.
Protesting is hard work. To do it you essentially have to maintain that negative feeling of outrage to demonstrate, to make enough noise as to draw attention. That's exhausting. For every protester, there's many other people who feel similar, but just cant muster the energy to stand up and shout "THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY!"
There are different ways of protesting, creating change in the world such as facebook petitions etc..but how much effect do they have. No, to really protest something, takes rallying energy, and bodies, and showing up in a big way. But whos got the time, and energy for that? And whos willing to take the toll on their health, and energy when perhaps they're just coping as it is. These are challenging times, and we need to be on top of our game to fully participate.
Well this is precisely why I am offering a workshop for anyone who wants to activate their spirit of activism, their outspoken warrior, to nurture their health in the process, to tap into universal energy in protecting the sacred things; because we need this now more than ever.
Even if you're not interested in being a protester, or rallying for change, being activated in your own life, to be engaged in creating change for yourself is where it starts I believe, and this I know, is where Qi Gong can be so immensely useful. It all starts from that foundation of empowerment.
In April, I will be presenting a workshop called Qi Gong for Activation, at the Ignite festival in Vancouver, April 19th to 21st.
Even if youre not an activist, but feel like you would like to learn how to feel more empowered in the face of oppression, and global calamity, then come to my workshop and learn some powerful tools for empowerment. https://www.ignite-fest.com/