Interview Hou Hee Chan / Medicine begins with me

Regelmatig geeft geeft Hou Hee (Frank) Chan, samen met Eva Lew workshops in Nederland. Frank Chan is bekend als mede-oprichter van Chilel, de organisatie die Zhineng uitdraagt in de VS. Frank Chan is ook de auteur van het boek Body and Mind Method. Deze workshops geven een mix van verschillende technieken uit de Lift Qi Up and Body and Mind en de focus ligt op genezing van jezelf en anderen. Het uitgangspunt is dat je zelf verantwoordelijkheid neemt voor je eigen gezondheid. Dus je wacht niet af tot er iets mis is om dan naar een arts te gaan, maar je bent actief bezig met gezond zijn (of worden) en gezond blijven. Zo’n sterk accent op healing is een nieuwe focus. Vandaar dat er ook een nieuwe website is ontwikkeld. Daar vind je meer achtergronden en ook informatie over de inhoud van de workshops: www.medicinebeginswithme.com. Omdat de workshop in het Engels is, is het interview deze keer in het Engels.

Korte introductie Frank Chan en Eva Lew
Hou Hee (Frank) Chan Laoshi has studied and practiced Qigong and Taiji for over 30 years. He is a co-founder of Chilel Wellness Foundation, an organization focus on health and wellness through self-empowerment. Since 1994, he taught Chi-Lel Qigong in medical conferences, retreats and workshops all over the United States and Canada.

Eva Lew, M.D. has been practicing Qigong since the 1990s and is a co-founder of Chilel Wellness Foundation. She studied Nei Yang Gong, Guo Lin Qigong, Taiji Rejuvenation Qigong, as well as Zhening (Chi-Lel) Qigong. In addition to conducting clinical research with Chi-Lel qigong in the past, she teaches Chi-Lel Qigong techniques to interested patients to improve function. She currently works as an Associate Physician in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California Davis Medical Center. She also presents medical qigong courses at medical conferences.

You did develop a new program, what made you feel like doing that?
Yes, we designed a new program for the individual who is interested in healing through enhancing his health. Much of Western and traditional healing systems rely on going to a doctor or healer to get well. Western health systems, in particular, focus on getting rid of illness or symptoms of illnesses and neglect the parts of the body that are well. We feel that Qigong practice, which enhances the wellness of the body, perfectly complements standard medical care.

What is it meant for and what can a practitioner expect?
Our program empowers an individual to take charge of his health instead of relying solely on others and/or medicine. The practitioner learns techniques from Qigong, Taiji, and other energy modalities to access his own inner healer. Our two-day and six-day workshops also explore ways to relax the mind exposed to daily stress, which is a part of Qigong mind practice.

Participants will learn and practice the Level 1 Chi-Lel™ Qigong form in the weekend workshop. The six-days workshop will introduce the participants to other parts of the of Chi-Lel™ Qigong healing system.

What are the advantages compared to the complete Lift Qi Up and Body and Mind?
Healing is an art. Lift Qi Up and B&MM are designed to move the qi in the body in different ways. You have to learn how to use each technique.

What is the best way to practice?
The short answer is: “Just do it!” The long answer is: there is no one answer to this question. Each form has different requirements and different ways to practice.

What is your most important message?
Just do it. Just practice 1 exercise that you are inspired to practice (or you don’t hate) to the best of your ability every day.

What exercises did you do yesterday and how much time did it take?
The idea of practice is 24/7.

Would you say you are enlightened? And what is enlightenment anyway?
Good question, what is enlightenment anyway? Tao te Jing says, “The Tao that can be described is not the true Tao.” The Enlightened no longer need to talk about it. Those who talk about enlightenment are usually speculating.

What is your relation with Dr. Pang Ming?
Dr. Pang is one of my teachers.

Do you think Zhineng should stay the way it is, or is it necessary to adjust it to modern times / new demands?
Qigong is like water. Moving water is full of life. Stagnant water gives birth to illnesses. Dr. Pang arranged some of the old Qigong methods to form Zhineng Qigong. It was another step in evolution of qigong art. He taught and interpreted Zhineng Qigong differently from year to year… it was evolving. Zhineng Qigong, like life, can NEVER stay the same.

How do you experience the qi-field?
Go to a football game or rock concert, feel the energy. It is the qi-field.

Are you ever angry, sad, in love, desperate and how do you handle these feelings?
Of course, I am human. Tao Te Jing teaches, “The Master does nothing!” Feel, observe, and release is the best way to handle any feelings.

Do you have a tip or an exercise that everybody should know about/do?
Everyone should learn La Qi. It is the simplest but the fastest and most effective technique in Zhineng Qigong. However, the best exercise or form is the one that you are practicing. If you don’t practice, it does not matter which form or technique is best, you will not have any benefit.

Is there anything important I didn’t ask and you would like to mention?
We believe that acknowledging and enhancing the innate wellness of the body is the best way to maintain health. Illness is naturally minimized in a healthy body. A large part of this process involves broadening our thinking (mind practice) as well as the actual physical practice. In addition to teaching participants techniques for mind and body practice, our program explores the relationship between qigong theory and what science is now informing us about the nature of reality.

Peter Veen – www.qiworks.nl