Preventing Addiction - How is it possible

An energetic understanding of our body’s internal dynamics can provide early insight into maintaining a healthy emotional balance – the upsetting of that balance is at the heart of mind or body ailments.

To prevent addiction – a truly intriguing question and one worthy of finding an answer for. One cigarette does not necessarily lead to a smoking habit. The same is true for the occasional drink. Yet for some, the first try of reality-changing substances is the beginning of an addictive path. Our western chemical and technological medicine tries to find the answer, and though they help somewhat, it is mostly on a surface level. The same is true of psychology - helping, but solely on basic emotional grounds. Both methods of treatment enter the game when an addiction already exists, which is already late by energetic healing standards. They are reactions to the effects of addiction often long after the causes of addiction have taken up root in a patient’s body and mind.

The energetic wisdom of Chinese Medicine included in the Qi Gong practice connects our emotions with specific organs of the body to organize our physical and mental health into one system. If we look at the attached diagram, it quickly becomes clear that one emotion influences the others, with these relationships sometimes supporting and sometimes controlling another emotion’s development.

The kidneys of our body are associated with the emotion of fear. As we all have kidneys, we also all have the potential of experiencing this emotion. Fear is in us to warn against dangerous situations and unsound decisions. Most people have a strong enough kidney energy to live comfortably, embracing their fears as their lives progress. Yet not everyone is so lucky. Those who are born with weaker kidney energy are often inclined to give into their fears, often experience them for no apparent reason. Such a person lives on the edge of fear, not realizing what’s going on. Through our net of interconnected emotions, fear affects all other emotions to influence one’s thoughts and actions. We do not have many social outlets nor enough proper education on emotional understanding to allow sharing and exchanging of such information on our internal states. Such a person is left on their own or, even worse, falls prey to social expectation like “Men don’t cry, don’t be a chicken,” and so on. This causes even more damage, causing one to withdraw into our imaginary world where thinking that reaching for chemical substances will solve such internal problems. This is just one example, but imbalanced energy can effect every one of our organs, leading to emotional troubles.

In Qi Gong, we explore the connection between organs and emotions. This offers a possibility for changing the functioning of an organ to change its associated emotion. The liver in Chinese medicine is responsible for tendons, ligaments and muscle strength. The liver is also home to the emotion of anger. Therefore, practicing Qi Gong designed to release tension from one’s physical body will allow for the release of pent-up anger. In a similar way, Qi Gong also provides exercise for every organ, allowing for emotional balance and a feeling of internal integrity.

When something is threatening, we want to hide and hold our breath so that nobody will hear us. When we are about to cry, breathing is fast and shallow. If such a situation happens too often, the body will tense up and remain in that stressed mode of breathing. Over time, this restricts the amount of oxygen we take in, causing the brain to produce more fears, doubts, and uncertainties which further damage our emotional balance. Qi Gong recognizes this process and provides a method of training to restore our original, healthy breathing patterns.

There is yet one more element to be taken under consideration. The mind – the compilation of habits, memories, and thinking patterns which we create in response to social pressures and our external environment. The wisdom of Taoism recognized that mechanism more than two thousand years ago and have created systems of active meditation to face and transform it. These techniques should be included in a person’s Qi Gong practice to achieve internal peace, balance, and maintaining a healthy distance from the stresses of our everyday challenges.

Combined in Qi Gong training are those elements which allow us to smooth out our emotional flow and create a healthy distance from life’s obstacles. The knowledge and experience gained over the course of the training creates authentic self-confidence, willpower, and the courage to act on it. This includes achieving control over one’s internal emotions, external actions, and the elimination of harassing thought loops and nagging worries. A low kidney energy person, for example, will be able to act positively, to not succumb to the flow of external influences, and to keep their internal negativity in check.

The goal of this article is not to provide specific exercise examples, but an insight into why they are. As whole, important to our bodily and mental health. Qi Gong training requires experienced guiding as every person has different energetic dynamics which need to be approached accordingly.

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