2017-04-01 / Health & Fitness

Qi Gong’s four principles said to unlock the unconscious self

HEATHER THOMSON

When Eddie Rose was 19 years old in 1977, he was already a black belt in martial arts. He was young, strong, wired, and in the best shape of his life. Then, he met the man who would teach him Qi Gong (pronounced CHEEKung), the 5,000-year-old Chinese health and spiritual practice that integrates physical postures, breathing and meditation.

At first, Rose used Qi Gong to stay in shape. For him, it was just another martial art to master. “What really changed it all for me, though,” says Rose, “is the fact that I got sick. I got really sick.” While working as a police officer, his colon ruptured. He developed peritonitis and his organs began to fail, requiring removal of a part of his colon. He was pumped full of so many antibiotics that, had he required more, the medications could have killed him.

Luckily, he survived. Says Rose, “Medical science saved my life. Eastern medicine helped me heal my body and my mind.” Now he teaches Qi Gong. Using the four principles of the practice – mind, breath, movement and vibration – Rose teaches his students to apply the healing effects of Qi Gong to their everyday lives and to be more mindful of themselves. The idea, he says, is to master the principles so that you can tap into the next level of the self.


Instructor Eddie Rose strikes a typical Qi Gong pose at Shangri-La Springs. 
Staff | staff@swspotlight.com Instructor Eddie Rose strikes a typical Qi Gong pose at Shangri-La Springs. Staff | staff@swspotlight.com As an instructor, Rose starts with movements, because most people find them the easiest to follow. The next step is breath; since it is involuntary, it is more difficult to control. He follows with vibration and mind, which are the making of sounds and meditation. It is, in a way, an active relaxation, he says. The goal is to unlock your unconscious self.

“The mind has as many neurons as there are stars in the sky,” says Rose. “You are more than your physical body. We have so much potential that we are not accessing.” When people can master themselves, then they can master Qi Gong, and their lives. This applies not only to Rose’s story, but also to his students’. Whether they are yogis, boxers, runners or weight lifters, interspersing a Qi Gong practice can allow people to unlock their highest potential.

Qi Gong is about keeping the mind and body fit, so Rose recommends sticking to your regular fitness regimen and including some meditation. He believes physical health begins with the health of the mind and the potential it holds.

For more information about Eddie Rose and his classes, call Shangri-La Springs at 239-949- 0749 or visit shangrilasprings.com to see a class schedule.

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