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Any Willing Volunteers for Qi-healers Without Borders?
Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.

I have tried many times to act on my perceived solutions to the common problem of most health professionals -- to make a living from a job I believe in and to make a difference to the health problems of my clients. Let me share with you my latest perceived solution to that ideal and problem by initiating the Qi-healers Without Borders (QWB).

Donna Rasplica's article on Katrina's disaster with the Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) inspired me a month ago with an idea that if the US based AWB can do it, a Canada based QWB can do it too. After analyzing the problems to be resolved and acted upon in fulfilling QWB's charitable and educational mission, the following two problems have been acted upon and resolved:

  1. Forming an organization of Canada-based Qi-healers without borders -- as opposed to US-based acupuncturists without borders -- according to the tenets of Classical Chinese medicine, i.e., with Qi-healing and Qigong as its grandparent and pillar. Heiner Fruehauf's article "Chinese medicine in Crisis: Science, Politics and the Making of TCM" and my article "Qigong is the Grandparent /Pillar of Classical Chinese Medicine" are the best references to support the idea of training practitioners of TCM to become self-realized (zhenren) Qi-healers.

    Some people may think that QWB is formed for my benefit only. Nothing is further from the truth. QWB is an organization which means that it operates under an organizational structure for it to function and is composed of like-minded practitioners. The only requirement for acupuncturists or TCM practitioners who wish to become QWB's Qi-healer practitioners is to become Pan Gu Shengong (PGSG) instructors. Of all the Qigong styles out there, why chose PGSG? It is simple but powerful enough to learn and practice with speedy results. See Pan Gu Shengong, A Mystical Qigong for Returning to Oneness

    If it is not for my own benefit alone, then why do it with all my expense and time with discord and disappointments from others included? The realization of the mission of Qi-healers without borders is my legacy to the Qi-healers of the future whose survival depends on the present survival of the spiritual (quasi-religious) holistic Qi-based Classical Chinese medicine which is being eroded to its roots by its westernization in the name of science. Secondly, I have realized that I can't accomplish this mission alone with all my resources, and despite the discord and disappointments from others, I need their cooperation and assistance as like-minded practitioners and volunteers who have the same voice of dissent: the call for a renaissance of Classical Chinese Medicine. Somebody has to do it, and I volunteered as its messenger. Whatever the outcome of this endeavour, I can only say that I have tried despite the opposition and egos that will come my way which is expected in this world of opposites. See Ricardo's Story

  2. Getting QWB's name registered with its website explaining its mission in assisting needy people locally or internationally with drug addictions, and stress related disorders arising from traumatic events and disasters.

The most important third problem that has to be resolved with the assistance of other TCM practitioners is getting QWB registered as Canada Registered Charity so that funding from charitable donors is made possible. After consulting with the Canada Revenue Agency, I was told that a board of directors has to be formed. To resolve this last hurdle in making QWB's mission a reality, a group of Canadian traditional Chinese medicine or acupuncture practitioners who are not QWB practitioners have to volunteer to become members of QWB's board of directors. To this end, I have contacted by email or telephone several TCM practitioners. That is also the other main reason why I wrote this article.

For those who are interested to volunteer to become a member of QWB's Advisory and Liaison Committee or its Board of Directors, please email me at qi-healer@qiwithoutborders.org

 

Ricardo's Story

Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.
Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.

Ricardo's Story

Working at the Island Copper Mine for 20 years followed by divorce and separation from my children took its toll on my health with symptoms of fatigue, high blood pressure, failing left eyesight with soreness, and depression.

I had acupuncture treatments, psychological counselling, pranic healing, diet and herbal medicine to resolve my persistent health problems during that time but nothing helped me to cure the symptoms permanently. So I reviewed my books Huang Di Neijing (Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine) and Shen Nong Ben Cao (Divine Farmer's Materia Medica) which mentioned Qigong and Chinese superior tonic herbs, the spiritual growth herbs. I also read Ron Teeguarden's book Radiant Health, the Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs which mentioned the saying in Chinese tonic herbalism that "it is all right to become fatigued, but never to become exhausted" and that "medicine and food are of the same origin" -- food is the best medicine and the best medicine is herbal and in particular the indispensable transformative tonic herbs which are the richest source of adaptogenic phytonutrients and immune-boosting antioxidants in the world. All these books mentioned about the necessity of cultivating the Three Treasures Shen (Spirit), Qi (vitality) and Jing (essence) in the body for holistic healing and returning to oneness by balancing the yin and yang, removing the pathogens and strengthening the body holistically through Qigong, acupuncture and Chinese superior tonic herbs as opposed to medicinal and inferior herbs.

Initially, three years ago, I persistently learned and practiced Wuji Qigong from Taoist Master Michael Winn, Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong from Master Li Jun Feng, and finally became certified as a Pan Gu Mystical Qigong instructor from Master Ou Wen Wei. I have noticed that my symptoms of fatigue, depression and high blood pressure gradually went away for good but my failing left eye with soreness seemed to still bother me. I started using EFT therapy, Zhan Zhuang Qigong, Qi Dao, Shaktipat Meditation, and Guru Yoga with Master Choa Kok Sui's Super Brain Yoga which greatly relieved the eye pain.

Realizing that I have to balance my heavenly yang practices like Qigong with earthly yin Chinese tonic herbs, I started taking the three main Chinese tonic herbs Reishi Mushroom (Ling Zhi), Panax ginseng (Ren Shen) and Schizandra fruit (Wu Wei Zi) with other tonic herbs and Alkaline Water with Western herbs which eventually took care of my left eye soreness and blurred vision.

When the shoe fits, the foot is forgotten.
When the belt fits, the belly is forgotten.
And when the Heart [shen] is right,
"For" and "against" are forgotten.
                   -- Chuang Tzu, Daoist sage

According to Ron Teeguarden's book Radiant Health, the Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs, "This passage expresses quite exquisitely an aspect of Chinese Taoist philosophy that is absolutely central to the attainment of health. Very simply, Chuang Tzu is saying that one cannot attain high spiritual levels until one has learned the art of balance. Those who seek true happiness must achieve balance in their lives. Imbalance is the source of stress that distracts shen's attention away from its higher path. But when there is balance and harmony in one's life, then the Heart, or shen has an opportunity to develop and attain a state of enlightened, all-embracing acceptance of things as they really are, transcending the notions of good and bad, right and wrong, for and against.

"The great Chinese tonic herbs are some of nature's sublime gifts. They can help the "shoe to fit," they can help the "belt to fit," and ultimately and most important, they can help the heart become "right," allowing us to rise above the illusionary world of duality and to know nature as it is, as a complete, unified, harmonious being, of which we a part.

"The tonic herbs can help restore that balance, harmony, and energy and are themselves the very essence of moderation. They can also help us sense our limits, to maintain our center, and to have the strength and wisdom to stop when we need to." See Chinese Tonic Herbs to Cultivate Shen, Qi and Jing

Nowadays, as a 55 year middle age natural healing exponent, I remain physically active regularly climbing 15 floors, swimming over ten laps in the pool, and walking uphill everyday to keep and maintain my health and stamina. Another unexpected benefit besides the improved vitality and immune system, and better adaptability to stressors that I have noticed with practicing Qigong, especially Pan Gu Shengong, and taking the Chinese tonic herbs which both cultivate my Three Treasures (Shen, Qi and Jing) is the continuous experience of a sense of well-being, calmness, peace, overwhelming love, joy, and happiness which are all symptoms of oneness with the universe which I have longed for all these many years. Finally, I had come to a holistic understanding and validation of the Taoist concepts of Classical Chinese Medicine taught in the classical texts, Huang Di Neijing and Shen Nong Ben Cao, through my body-mind-spirit healing and spiritual experiences. Truth can only be known by experience, not by beliefs or thoughts.

Therefore, based from my personal natural holistic healing and life-saving experience and from my clients with stress-related disorders who benefited from the integrated modality of Qi-healing, Qigong, acupuncture, EFT and Chinese tonic herbs, I decided to initialize the Qi-healers Without Borders to share with the public and the fellow health practitioners in the palliative truncated Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture profession its health-promoting longevity philosophy to heal stress-related disorders by returning to the 3,500-year-old ancient wisdom of classical Chinese art of radiant health by way of tonic herbalism, Qigong and acupuncture.

"Health and well-being can be achieved only by remaining centered in spirit, guarding against the squandering of energy, promoting the constant flow of qi and blood, maintaining harmonious balance of yin and yang, adapting to the changing seasonal and yearly macrocosmic influences, and nourishing one's self preventively. This is the way to a long and happy life." -- Huang Di Neijing

Thank you for reading this story of mine and my other Articles. May it's message benefit you in some way. May you have a long, happy and healthy life!

 

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