Sounds True Presents: Qi Gong for Health and Healing

An Online Course with Lee Holden to Unleash the Power of Your Life-Force Energy
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  • Lectures 78
  • Length 8.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
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Course Description

This course is an in-depth study into the practices of qi gong and Taoist meditation. Included are instructions for self-healing, stress reduction, energy enhancement, emotional balance, and spiritual insight. I’ve designed this program to give you lots of tools in your toolbox, tools that can take you from where you are to where you want to be—energetically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

There are three kinds of materials included in this course: written, video, and audio. The written materials are designed to combine historical, theoretical, and practical information in order to give you the map of the territory. Here, you will find explanations of the exercises and meditations found in the course’s video and audio components. In addition, you’ll find self-assessments, journaling exercises, and opportunities for reflection that will help you deepen your practice. As you go deeper into the material, you’ll be able to develop your own healing prescriptions simply by noting how your body, mind, and spirit respond to particular practices and meditations.

The video segments are designed to give you practical, everyday ways to utilize and dive into your qi gong practice. They are your workouts; they focus on the movement of the body as a way to circulate qi. These workouts use the body as a way to calm the mind, activate internal energy, and awaken spiritual energy for deep connection. The workouts in the video series should be used synergistically and as a way to cross-train.

The audio material serves as a deepening of your practice and as a complement to the videos. The videos are a great medium to experience and learn movements; the audio material is a great way to learn and be guided into the meditative aspects of the practice. Each session contains one or more guided meditations to deepen the spiritual aspects of your qi gong path.

Initially, you should follow the practices, both audio and video, in the order in which they’re presented. After that, you can use your own wisdom and the information gathered in your journaling exercises (using the online workbook provided with this course) to determine how to get the most out of the program. You may also wish to create a qi gong journal; that way, you can repeat the journaling exercises as often as you wish, and have space to create further practice plans.

What are the requirements?

  • With just a little commitment to your own internal energy, you will soon see what the power of qi can do for you. At this particular time in history, with health-care costs going through the roof, the health-insurance system in crisis, and medical doctors taxed and depleted, it’s reassuring to have the tools and resources to heal your own body and take charge of your health. It is an amazing experience to know that each and every one of us is our own best healer, and that we can discover answers within.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • I’ve created this program because I personally have benefited so much from this practice. There is nothing I’m more passionate about. When something works, you want to share it.
  • The benefits of this course will astound you. Imagine having the resources within you to start each day full of energy and vitality, and to end each day without stress or emotional tension. What’s more, imagine how amazing it would be to have the power to heal yourself, prevent illness, and feel connected to the universal energy all around you.

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in discovering qi gong’s secrets for more energy, less stress, and better health

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Curriculum

Section 1: The Journey of Qi Gong
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In Section One, we will investigate the many benefits of qi gong practice. Lee discusses the Taoist view of health, the power of prevention, and how qi gong affects body, mind, and spirit. We will learn how to conduct an emotional, physical, and spiritual self-inventory, and how to awaken the inner healer through a guided visualization with Lee. Finally, our first section includes a morning qi gong practice on video.

The Taoist View of Health
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The Power of Self-Reflection
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Self-Inventory Guided Practice
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Journaling Exercise: Physical Self-Inventory
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Journaling Exercise: Emotional Self-Inventory
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Journaling Exercise: Spiritual Self-Inventory
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Inner Healer Visualization
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Journaling Exercise: Reflections on the Inner Healer Visualization
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Qi Gong Practice for Energy
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Qi Gong Practice for Energy

Now that you’ve completed the Self-Inventory Guided Practice in order to assess your physical, emotional, and spiritual health, and also listened to the Inner Healer Visualization, you have a good basis to begin working with simple, energizing movement practices. Remember, the meditative and physical practices go hand in hand in order to increase your flow of qi and bring balance to the whole body.

The Morning Qi Gong Practice will provide you with greater vitality and a sense of deep inner calm that keeps you stress-free and full of energy throughout your day. It’s ideal for morning practice, but it’s also appropriate anytime you want to increase energy.

Section 2: Qi, the Breath of Life
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Section Two explores the history of qi gong and its various styles. We will consider the challenge of stress in contemporary life and how the practice of qi gong can transform stress and anxiety. Lee discusses the benefits of breath work practice, and shares basic exercises and insights into how the breath serves as a bridge between body and mind. Section Two also includes an evening qi gong practice on video.

Original Qi
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Qi, the Breath of Life
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The Problem of Stress
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Journaling Exercise: Understanding Stress
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Breathing: The Bridge between Mind and Body
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Breathing Exercise
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Journaling Exercise: Reflections on Breathing Practice
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Now I’d like to guide you through four additional breathing practices. Deep Abdominal Breathing helps to reduce tension and fatigue; the Cleansing Breath also reduces stress and tension; the Wave Technique helps to harmonize and regulate the body’s qi; and Fanning the Fire helps to increase vitality and move toxins out of the body. While listening to the audio, note how your body responds to each practice.

Journaling Exercise: Reflections on Additional Breathing Practices
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Before we move into our stress-reducing, Evening Qi Gong Practice, let’s take a few minutes to center ourselves with the breath. This basic centering practice is a great way to begin any qi gong session, and you may want to return to it throughout this course.

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Evening Qi Gong Practice

Now that you’re familiar with the key breathing techniques, let’s finish this session with an extended Evening Qi Gong Practice. The evening requires a completely different kind of energy than morning. When evening comes, we need to let go of the busy energy of the day, and then fill up with a more relaxed, tranquil energy.

My goal in sharing these routines is to give you something that you can do in your own home on your own time, no matter what pressures and commitments you might have in your life. This practice will help you to end the day joyfully by clearing stress and tension, and by getting centered for life at home. Whether you have children to watch, dinner to prepare, or other activities, this routine will help refresh and relax you as the day comes to a close.

The Evening Qi Gong Practice is a sequential unfolding: first relaxing the body, then deepening the breathing, then washing away mental turbulence, and finally arriving at a refreshed place of spiritual tranquillity.

Journaling Exercise: Stress Check-In
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Section 3: Self-Healing Practices
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In Section Three, Lee instructs us in the use of acupressure for self-healing. We explore the meridian lines that carry qi throughout the body, and learn how to use acupressure points to regulate the healthy flow of our life energy. Lee offers guidance for specific health challenges, from anxiety and depression to headaches, back pain, memory loss, and much more. Section Three also features video instruction in acupressure for self-healing.

Qi Gong for Self-Healing
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Working with the Pressure Points
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About Qi Gong for Self-Healing
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Self-Healing: Sitting Practice
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Journaling Exercise: Self-Healing Seated Practice
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Acupressure Points for Self-Healing
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Section 4: Emotions as Energy
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Section Four investigates the practice of qi gong for transforming negative emotional energies. Lee explains the Taoist perspective on emotions, and how meditation practice can help you stay centered and connected to your inner resources for healing. Section Four includes a guided meditation, “The Inner Smile,” along with a seated evening qi gong practice on video.

Meditation: Coming Back to Your Center
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How Meditation Heals
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The Inner Smile
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Dissolving Meditation with the Inner Smile
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Journaling Exercise: Dissolving Stagnation and Blockages
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Journaling Exercise: Sending Love to Yourself
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Evening Qi Gong: Seated Practice

This routine helps us to cultivate a relaxed and tranquil energy. It’s great in the evening before sleep, but it’s just as useful anytime we want to relieve stress and cultivate emotional balance in our lives.

We’ll begin by first relaxing the body, then deepening our breathing, then washing away mental turbulence, and finally arriving at a refreshed place of spiritual tranquillity. These slow qi gong flows are continuous and demand mindfulness, as well as moment-by-moment intuitive alignment that integrates body, mind, and breath.

Use this evening seated practice anytime you want to steady yourself in the present moment and unwind back to a place of being centered and balanced. Qi gong clears the doorway to compassion.

Journaling Exercise: Reassessing Your Emotions
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Section 5: The Five Elements and the Six Healing Sounds
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In Section Five, we explore the Taoist five-element theory and the two transformational cycles whereby the elements of earth, metal, water, wood, and fire interact. Lee discusses the relationship between the five elements and various organs and organ systems in the body, and instructs us in applying the five-element theory in our qi gong practice. Section Five also includes qi gong practices for emotional balance on video.

Internal Organs: Your Body’s Reservoirs of Energy
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Introduction to the Healing Sounds
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Kidneys and the Water Element
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Livers and the Wood Element
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Heart and the Fire Element
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Spleen and the Earth Element
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The Five Elements as Applied to Principles of Qi Gong
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Journaling Exercise: Five Element Principles in Your Life
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Healing Sounds Seated Practice

There are several ways to make the healing sounds, which we will explore in more detail in next week’s session. In a nutshell, fully vocalizing the sounds is often best done when working with physical issues in the organ systems, while subvocalizing or whispering the sounds tends to work more on associated emotional issues.

Since our previous session was all about working with emotions, I’d like to guide you now through a video meditation using subvocalized sounds. This routine will give you another tool in your toolbox as you work with emotional issues.

Before you begin the meditation, take a close look at the material above that explains the relationship between the organs and emotional states. Look also at your responses to last week’s journaling exercise on your emotional inventory, and pay particular attention to how your body and emotions respond to the healing sounds related to the emotional issues topping your list.

Journaling Exercise: Reflecting on the Healing Sounds Meditation
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Section 6: Exploring the Six Healing Sounds
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Section Six presents the Six Healing Sounds practice, which brings healing energy into the internal organs by balancing the five elements in the body. Lee discusses the history of the healing sounds practice, how sound and frequency affect the body, and the healing sounds and their associated organ systems. Along with a healing sounds guided meditation, Section Six also includes additional qi gong practices for emotional balance on video.

Sound Volume and Resonance
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About the Healing Sounds Audio Meditation

In the audio tracks “Making the Healing Sounds” and “Healing Sounds Meditation,” I’ll guide you through the Healing Sounds Practice, sound by sound, and then incorporate the sounds into a longer meditative practice.

The Healing Sounds Meditation combines sound and color to heal the organs and dissolve associated emotional blockages. The healing sounds themselves are essentially a breathing exercise, which can be vocalized, whispered, or made internally (subvocally). Vocalizing the sounds affects the physical organ directly, while whispered sounds have a greater effect on the emotional patterns associated with the organ.

The healing sounds have the effect of detoxifying the organs, while the visualization of associated colors tonifies and energizes the organs once the detoxification is completed. This meditation also uses the Inner Smile Meditation, a technique for sending love and appreciation to various systems of the body, thus transforming negative emotions into positive ones.

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About the Healing Sounds Audio Meditation

In the audio tracks “Making the Healing Sounds” and “Healing Sounds Meditation,” I’ll guide you through the Healing Sounds Practice, sound by sound, and then incorporate the sounds into a longer meditative practice.

The Healing Sounds Meditation combines sound and color to heal the organs and dissolve associated emotional blockages. The healing sounds themselves are essentially a breathing exercise, which can be vocalized, whispered, or made internally (subvocally). Vocalizing the sounds affects the physical organ directly, while whispered sounds have a greater effect on the emotional patterns associated with the organ.

The healing sounds have the effect of detoxifying the organs, while the visualization of associated colors tonifies and energizes the organs once the detoxification is completed. This meditation also uses the Inner Smile Meditation, a technique for sending love and appreciation to various systems of the body, thus transforming negative emotions into positive ones.

Journaling Exercise: Working with a Healing Sound
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Reflecting on Stress
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Quick Guide to the Healing Sounds
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Healing Sounds Standing Practice

This practice takes you through the healing sounds in conjunction with gentle stretching and movements. This is a great stress-reduction practice for both physical and emotional stress, and it can also be used as an evening practice in place of the Evening Qi Gong Practice you received in an earlier session.

Section 7: The Microcosmic Orbit
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Section Seven immerses us in the human energy system as understood by traditional Chinese medicine and qi gong practitioners. Lee illuminates yin and yang, or the field in which matter and energy engage in “their ceaseless play of formation and dissolution, interaction and transmutation.” We then explore what he calls the most powerful way to circulate and balance yin and yang energy in the body: the Microcosmic Orbit meditation, which is taught on both audio and video in this session.

Microcosm and Macrocosm: The Universe Within
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Introduction to the Microcosmic Orbit
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Practicing the Microcosmic Orbit
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Journaling Exercise: Tracking Energy in the Body
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Microcosmic Orbit Meditation
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Journaling Exercise: The Natural Flow of Qi
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Microcosmic Orbit: Movement Practice

In this video routine, we will be focusing on the flow of internal energy through the body in order both to quiet the mind and to awaken higher states of consciousness. This practice cultivates internal power, and helps practitioners develop a personal connection with the universe. This practice also delivers high levels of physical vitality, boosting the immune system and overall health of the body. In addition, it helps to calm and relax the mind, allowing practitioners to move beyond repetitive thought patterns, and to open up to deeper levels of creativity, intuition, focused intent, and a higher state of conscious awareness.

The video takes you through each of the body’s energy centers, and teaches you to circulate energy through each center. Use this Microcosmic Orbit Practice to open your mind, tap into the infinite energy around you, and access your untapped potential.

Section 8: The Three Treasures
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In our final section, we dive into the Taoist concept of the Three Treasures—the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Lee explains “jing, qi, and shen” (or essence, energy, and spirit), and our interconnection with all the energy of the universe. Section Eight includes a guided Three Treasures meditation on audio, and additional Microcosmic Orbit video practices.

Jing: The Essence of Life
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Qi: The Energy of Life
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Shen: The Spirit of Life
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Three Treasures Meditation
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Journaling Exercise: Reflecting on the Three Treasures Meditation
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Microcosmic Orbit Seated Practice

This final video takes us through the Microcosmic Orbit Seated Meditation. This practice is a great way to center yourself, as well as increase vitality and the flow of energy throughout the body. I’ll also teach you the technique of spinal cord breathing, a combining of breath and movement that draws energy into the spine, relaxes the body, and prepares us for deeper meditation.

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Blended Meditation

Now I’d like to take you through a final meditation, which combines the Inner Smile Meditation, the Microcosmic Orbit Meditation, and the Three Treasures Meditation in a single, continuous practice. This blended practice allows you to experience the benefits of these three practices together in only twenty minutes, and gives you another meditation option as you continue to develop your personal daily qi gong practice.

The Promise and Potential of Qi
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Journaling Exercise: Setting Your Healing Goals
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Exercise: Developing Your Weekly Practice Plan
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Instructor Biography

Sounds True, Publisher of book, audio, and video titles in the fields of self-development, personal growth, and spirituality

Sounds True was founded in 1985 by Tami Simon with a clear mission: to disseminate spiritual wisdom. Since starting out as a project with one woman and her tape recorder, we have grown into a multimedia publishing company with more than 80 employees, a library of more than 600 titles featuring some of the leading teachers and visionaries of our time, and an ever-expanding family of customers from across the world. In more than two decades of growth, change, and evolution, Sounds True has maintained its focus on its overriding purpose, as summed up in our Vision Statement:

Sounds True exists to inspire, support, and serve personal transformation and spiritual awakening.

Sounds True is an independent multimedia publishing company that embraces the world's major spiritual traditions, as well as the arts and humanities, embodied by the leading authors, teachers, and visionary artists of our time. Our approach to publishing is not dependent on a single format or technology—rather, we strive with every title to preserve the essential "living wisdom" of the author, artist, or spiritual teacher. It is our goal to create products that not only provide information to a reader or listener, but that also embody the essential quality of a wisdom transmission between a teacher and a student.

Throughout the years, Sounds True has developed a guiding philosophy that we call "multiple bottom lines." Our dedication to this principle is embodied in our Mission Statement:

The mission of Sounds True is to find teachers and artists who serve as a gateway to spiritual awakening and to produce, publish, and distribute their work with beauty, intelligence, and integrity. We treat our authors, vendors, and partners in the same way we would want to be treated. We work flexibly and efficiently together to create a cooperative, loving environment that honors respectful authenticity and individual growth. We maintain a healthy level of profitability so that we are an independent and sustainable employee-owned organization.

The three essential bottom lines for Sounds True are the integrity of our purpose, the well-being of our people, and the maintaining of healthy profits. All three of these priorities are important in the decisions we make as a company. It is our conviction that each of these bottom lines must be healthy for the company to prosper as a whole.

In our history as a publisher, Sounds True has produced a wide variety of formats in order to fulfill our goal of disseminating spiritual wisdom.

Instructor Biography

Lee Holden is an internationally celebrated Qi Gong master. He is also a well known television personality who has appeared regularly on PBS. In 2009, he was honored by the International Chi Gong Association. Lee is a licensed Chinese medical doctor and acupuncturist and the co-founder of the Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine and Chi Center.

An instructor in meditation, t’ai chi, qi gong, and stress management, he has recorded dozens of audio and DVD programs and also written a book Seven Minutes of Magic: Recharge Your Body Each Day with Qi Gong. He lives in Santa Cruz, California. For more information about his classes, workshops, and teacher training program, please visitwww.LeeHolden.com.

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