Qigong Workshops in Melbourne, Australia

We are pleased to announce that Long White Cloud Qigong will be presenting Qigong workshops in Melbourne Australia on 13th and 14th October 2017.

For full details go here.

We would love to see you there, and tell your friends – we would love to see them too!

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Passwords

You may have noticed that there are now passwords on many of the pages of the Long White Cloud Qigong website.

For several years all of the Long White Cloud Qigong online courses have been offered on a Give Freely Receive Freely basis. It takes a lot of work to maintain and run the courses that Long White Cloud Qigong offers, and even more work to create new course material for further courses. In order for us to be able to continue to offer these courses, we need to create a better balance between the giving and the receiving for these courses.

So as of now, all of the introductory material and the first two weeks of each course can be accessed openly. If you would like to proceed beyond the 2nd week you will need to email us for the passwords for week 3 and beyond. Of course people in one of the certification groups will receive the passwords automatically, but if you would otherwise like to follow the course without joining one of the certification groups you may – but you will be asked to make a donation of some type to support the work. The amount will be completely up to you, so the courses are still GFRF, but we hope that this little change will help to create the balance that we need between the giving and receiving so that we can sustainably offer these courses.

John Munro

Founder – Long White Cloud Qigong

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The Curse Of Always Being Happy

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be happy ALL the time? It might not be the blessing that you think it would be!  In this article I put forward a solid case for the controversial view that it is not natural, healthy, or even desirable to ALWAYS be happy. There are also some links to useful tools for helping you to release blocked emotions from your body that might be getting in the way of you living your life to the fullest…

TL;DR (sometimes these articles can get a little long, so here is the one paragraph version,, if you have the time I do recommend  reading the whole thing though 🙂)

All emotions are healthy for us. They are part of the tapestry of life and what makes life interesting and worth living. They only become unhealthy when we have them in excess or become stuck in an emotional pattern, otherwise there is benefit in experiencing and expressing every type of emotion.. Emotions are not just something abstract in our heads, they are our subjective interpretation of physiological changes in our bodies. Our bodies release different hormones and assume different postures and muscle tensions for different emotions.  For example when we experience FEAR our body releases adrenaline and pulls the shoulders up and in to protect ourselves. There are different characteristic responses for each different emotion. These responses are natural and healthy. Without them we cannot respond to different situations as effectively as possible.  When we try to have the same emotion all the time we do not allow ourselves to respond effectively to different situations and we can end up repressing emotions and holding them inside – literall as tensions in our muscles and organs and in the hormone profiles of our bodies. Qigong can be a great tool for releasing these deeply held emotions. Qigong Foundation Practices teaches a series of exercises that balances the posture and muscle tensions related to each of the different internal organs and emotions. Another tool from Qigong that is very useful for releasing blocked emotions uses sound to vibrate and massage the organs to release the tension held in them. A special mini course which explains this type of practice and shows you how to use it can be accessed by signing up to the Long White Cloud Qigong Newsletter using the signup box below. (If you are already subscribed, just put your email address in anyway – it won’t double subscribe you!).

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The Modern World and Social Media

I don’t know if you have noticed, but the world has changed a bit over the last decade or so. For one thing there has been the rise of social media. This is wonderful! It allows us to keep in touch with friends and loved ones all over the world more easily, and to communicate in rich ways using words, photos, videos and even an occasional emoji 😜. We can share news and information, and learn about things that are interesting and useful to us. But with this wonderful technology of social media also comes increased social pressure. We can feel like we always need to look a certain way, be doing certain things, and to even having certain emotions. In particular, now more than ever there can be pressure to ALWAYS be (or at least LOOK) happy.

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There is nothing wrong with wanting to put your best foot forwards. There is value in emphasising the positive in our lives and not dwelling on the negative. What we focus on tends to increase, so if we focus on good things that make us happy this CAN actually help us to experience more of these. Also, not everyone needs to know about every detail of what goes on in our lives, our ups and downs and different challenges. We may naturally want to share the ‘highlights’ of our lives, without going into the full story of everything that is going on.

The problem arises when we feel the pressure to ALWAYS live up to this public persona and carry this over into our day to day private lives as well. So why would we not want to BE or even LOOK happy all of the time?

Emotions Arise From Real Physiological Changes In Your Body

Sometimes we can have a tendency to think of emotions as abstract things… ‘just’ emotions. But emotions are our subjective interpretation of physiological changes within our bodies. We make these changes to help us to better deal with different situations that occur in our lives. For example fear is an interpretation of the sensations we feel in our bodies when we release adrenalin. We release adrenalin to increase our heartrate, dilate our pupils, increase bloodflow to the external muscles etc to help us deal with something that could be dangerous to us. Fear is an appropriate response to such a situation.

Physiologically other changes also occur along with the release of the adrenalin hormone, our posture changes as different muscles contract in response to the demands placed on different organs, and as we instinctively shape our body in ways to most effectively meet the challenges of the situation we find ourselves in. If we do not allow ourselves to feel the fear, and even to look fearful, then we do not allow ourselves to fully adapt and respond in useful ways to the situation we find ourselves in.

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I can imagine some of you reading this starting to switch off or to object to what I am saying, because fear is bad right? Why would we ever want to feel or look fearful? We tend to put value judgements on different emotions, FEAR = bad, JOY = good, ANGER = bad, and so on. Well, FEAR will keep you alive sometimes. That’s not such a bad thing is it? As we develop a less simplistic view of emotions we come to understand that ALL different types of emotions are good and healthy for us. (It can help to also understand that we can control how we interpret the emotions we experience and the labels we put on them. If you haven’t read it before you might want to check out one of my previous articles that dealt with that here http://longwhitecloudqigong.com/2016/09/14/emotional-power-transmuting-your-emotions-as-a-source-of-power-in-your-life-aka-what-yoda-didnt-tell-you/  (do it, I think you’ll find it fascinating)).

All Emotions Are GOOD

Emotions are part of the richness of life. Can you imagine what your life would be like without emotion? Or perhaps with just one emotion? How much would you enjoy eating if every food JUST tasted sweet? Every emotion has its place within our lives, without the experience of all of them our lives would be unbalanced, incomplete, and healthy. Just a variety of flavours makes food interesting and enjoyable, experiencing the full range of emotions makes our lives full and worth living.

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Emotions only become unhealthy or harmful to us when we have them in excess, or if we become stuck in the emotion so that it persists for too long. These conditions can cause the physiological response associated with the emotion to be too strong – causing harm and imbalance; or to also persist for too long in the body – again causing harm and imbalance.

So what happens when we try to maintain the same emotion ALL the time?

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Well as a brief analogy, lets revisit what would happen if you tried to make ALL of your food sweet ALL of the time.  You could do this by just eating sugar which is great in that it would give you plenty of energy for activity, but what about the other nutrients that you need to support that activity, the protein for healthy muscles, the minerals for healthy bones, the fats for healthy nerves? Just eating sugar wouldn’t sustain your health very well. So you could try eating other nutrients as well, but just coating them in sugar so you can’t really taste them. You would be getting the other nutrients, but you wouldn’t be able to identify what it is exactly that you are eating from the flavour. You could easily end up consuming things that are very harmful to you and not even know it because everything is drowned out by the sweet taste. And still… all that sugar – not a recipe for health and wellbeing.

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So looking more specifically at the emotions what happens? Well… for a start it doesn’t allow us to adapt to different situations as effectively as we could. Our hormone profile and posture will not be permitted to adjust fully to the different demands placed on us.  We need different responses to be able to respond most effectively to different challenges, so our performance will be sub-optimal if our response to everything is just HAPPY.

Repression and Stagnation

Even if we try really hard to maintain the same emotion all the time, our body will still try to adapt to the different situations it finds itself in, but because of the desire to always SEEM to have a particular emotion, it won’t be able to fully make the changes to your hormone profile and posture as you try to hide them under a veneer of the “positive” emotion you are trying to maintain the appearance of. This can lead to the emotion becoming repressed or ‘stuck’ in your body. Because your body has not been able to fully express the emotion it continues to try to process it internally. Even though it is hidden, this can cause your body to maintain tension in muscles and continuous release of hormones for much longer than is needed. In fact this situation can persist until the emotion is uncovered and fully expressed so that the body can move on out of this pattern. Being stuck in this pattern of repressed emotion can of course lead to many health problems, but it also simply makes it harder to experience life fully. When we are stuck in one emotional pattern, whether it is superficially apparent, or buried and repressed, it is harder for us to then respond appropriately with other emotions as situations require them. We find ourselves at odds with life, and maybe not really sure why.

Communication

As humans we respond to the emotions of others around us. If we do not allow ourselves to express our full range of emotions, we rob ourselves of a valuable aspect of our communication. If our response to everything is HAPPY, then how will people know when they need to change their actions around us. Sometimes people need to see and feel expression of our ANGER in order to motivate them into action. Other times people need to experience our expression of FEAR in order understand our need for more reassurance and protection. Sometimes we tend to think that expression of these types of emotion is a sign of weakness, and there are situations where other people may perceive it that way. But in many situations, every aspect of expressing emotion, not just words, is important for communicating honestly and effectively. If we don’t allow full expression of our emotion, we won’t fully get our message across, and end up being misunderstood and frustrated by peoples lack of understanding and appropriate response to us.

Mental and physical health crisis

I think it would not be overstating things to suggest that a large part of the current mental and physical health crisis that we are experiencing in Western developed nations is due to our desire to always be HAPPY. This creates a fundamental mismatch with the circumstances of life and leads to all sorts of harmful coping mechanisms to try to achieve an impossible and not even desirable ideal. If we go back to our analogy of the flavour SWEET, what happens when you keep eating too much sugar for an extended period of time? Eventually our mechanisms for metabolising and dealing with the sugar (specifically our production and sensitivity to insulin along with some other factors) breaks down, and our body simply can’t process it anymore. Obesity, diabetes, and all it’s related health issues ensues (wait a minute, that sounds exactly like what is happening in the west at the moment…). Emotionally if we try to be HAPPY or EXCITED all the time… well the same thing happens. Eventually our ability to be happy breaks down leading to depression… (Oh dear, that seems to be very widespread now too…) ☹

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What can you do about it?

I’ve just painted a rather gloomy picture. It could cause an emotional response in you as you read it, maybe some feelings of unhappiness or worry. The tendency could be to brush over this and move past it because it is uncomfortable. But I would encourage you to let it sink in for a few moments. To truly deal with things properly, we need to first truly feel them. Let yourself dwell on the implications of our obsession with happiness for a few moments so that you can appreciate what it means on a deeper level within yourself. By doing this you are more likely to do something effective to change this in your life. What are some of those things you can do.

Change Your Expectations

For a start you can change your expectations. Don’t expect to be happy ALL the time, expect a range of different emotions. Look forward to them, embrace and relish them. Each emotion is part of the rich tapestry of our lives, to be celebrated for the beauty and contrast that it brings. Once you have changed your expectations you won’t feel like there is something wrong with you if your life is not one constant saccharine sweet parade of social media worthy happiness and excitement. You will be more ready to deal with the diverse situations of life authentically and honestly. Your body will be able to adapt more easily to the different circumstances you find yourself in, both physically and psychologically. And you will be less likely to want to bury or suppress an emotion because it is not ‘nice’ or ‘acceptable’, and in so doing be less susceptible to the attendant aches, pains, discomfort and health problems that can arise from such suppression.

A Neutral state

So if you’re not going to be happy all the time, how can you expect to feel? Well embracing your emotions doesn’t mean that life should be one continuous roller coaster of ups and downs and twists and turns as you swing from one emotion to another. Sure, it will have its wild times, but most likely, most of the time you can expect your resting state to be neutral. Not happy, not sad. Not angry, not fearful. Just neutral.

NEUTRAL??!? Coming from our cultural predisposition to constantly seek excitement and happiness that might sound a little boring. Surely just feeling NEUTRAL most of the time can’t be healthy?  Well actually it is very healthy. You see when we are already strongly set in one emotion, in order to properly experience another emotion we must first release and move out of our existing emotional state. This can take a little while, it slows our emotional reaction time, and because of it we can miss the more subtle emotional influences in life, because they are not strong enough to shift us from our set state. When we are neutral we are ready to more easily respond to the subtle experiences of life. We can more easily recognise and FEEL the emotional influence of small occurrences in our lives. Small pleasures and displeasures. Fears, worries, reassurances. We can truly experience and enjoy them because they are not blanketed over with one strong pervasive dominating emotion. Our life actually becomes richer and more responsive by allowing ourselves to have being neutral as our resting state.

How Can Qigong Help?

But how can you achieve this state of neutrality? First you are going to need to clear out the old emotional patterns you are holding onto in your body. Qigong is a great tool for coming to understand yourself and uncovering and clearing old buried and repressed emotions. You may have already gone through the Qigong Foundation Practices course on the Long White Cloud Qigong website. If you have, you will know how effective the exercises in this course are for releasing postural habits related to different emotions in our bodies. As the posture changes, the other aspects of the physiology, the hormone profile and activity of the organs also changes – helping you to become balanced and healthy, strong and resilient. If you haven’t already, you might like to check out these exercises in this course here. There is one exercise for each of the main internal organs and meridians, and their relationship to the different emotions is explained clearly as you progress into the course.

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There are other qigong practices that are also very good for clearing built up emotion trapped in your body. One such type of practice uses the vibration from sound to literally massage and loosen tension held in the different organs, allowing you to physically let go of the emotions effect within your body. Sound interesting? It is! And also very, very effective. Up until now I have only shared these practices with a few people, but I would like more people to benefit from these powerful practices, so I have prepared a short video mini course explaining them and demonstrating how to do them.

This is a little bit of a sneak peek into Emotional Alchemy, the skill of harnessing your emotions so that you can use them as a source of positive power in your life. I plan to release more comprehensive training material on this in the future.

If you would like to access the special mini course, you can get it by signing up to our newsletter below.

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Post-Script:

If you followed one of the links earlier in this article you would have noticed that it contains Star Wars references. Well there is some more relevant Star Wars news that relates to this. The upcoming new Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie will feature an older, wiser, Luke Skywalker who has mysteriously disappeared for many years. One of the prophesies about Luke was that he would bring balance to the force. There are rumours about what this could mean…

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You see, in the Star Wars universe the Sith tap into their emotions as a source of power, but they tend to strongly lean towards emotions like Anger and Fear, and this leads to them being portrayed as evil. The Jedi on the other hand do not let themselves give into their emotions like this. They go very much the other way and do not allow themselves to form relationships such as marriage etc.  While this is portrayed largely as being noble and good, it can lead to problems… such as the genocidal rampage Anakin Skywalker went on as a result of his failure to control his supressed emotions.  Did Anakin fail because his character was flawed, because he was simply weak and not good? Or was it also due to the poor advice he received about dealing with emotions within the strict rules of the Jedi order?

Well, some of the rumours are that Luke Skywalker has been enlightened during his mysterious absence and become what some are referring to as a Grey Jedi. That he has learned to embrace his emotions rather than repress them, while still walking a path of goodness. I find the prospect of this quite exciting, and if that was George Lucas’ intention for the series all along I would have to say that he has greater depth than I ever gave him credit for. If it is portrayed in a good way, this would be a very healthy example for impressionable people to replicate in their lives after watching the movie.

Post-Post-Script:

Yes… even though I am quite knowledgeable about qigong, I am still just a regular person with regular interests like Star Wars. Qigong doesn’t magically transform you into a robe wearing guru who sits in the mountains and meditates all day (although that can be nice from time to time). It does give you really useful skills and understanding that you can apply to your regular everyday normal life though. Skills that can help you to live that life with more health, peace, and satisfaction.

 

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Maybe tests aren’t so bad

Many people get nervous about tests, but… they are all part of the learning process. A valuable chance to check your knowledge and skill, identify weaknesses, and find out how to correct them.

I recently received the following from a student who has completed some tests with Long White Cloud Qigong:

Taking an exam with John Munro: an inspiring experience

I have had the pleasure to take two different exams with John, one “live” one, the Level One Certification and one by Skype, the Qigong Walking Unit.

In both cases, especially the first one, I was nervous and I had some thoughts of self doubt: Am I good enough? Did I practice enough? Did I really understand the movements from the videos? These were thoughts that I had encountered in other types of exams where, by definition, you are being assessed if not judged.

My experience with John as a teacher/examiner was so different. The exams started with a talk in which I was able to relax. I remember John opening the Level One Certification Exam by asking: “Do you have any questions?” That allowed me to delve into the things that I was not entirely sure of and explain some of the difficulties with some movements. That is something that I would have thought impossible in other exams because I would have thought that addressing uncertainly and difficulties might have put me into troubled waters. But in those exams with John I was able to be myself.

The exams proceeded with John telling me what he saw and how things could be improved but what was different was the philosophy his exam exemplified. I got the distinct impression that John was there to help me and not so much judge me. He would use sentences such as:

“You know, when you teach some students and they have that kind of difficulty I want to show you a modification…”

So, it was a learning experience for me as well as an exam. John wanted to share his knowledge with me and the exam was one more opportunity for him to do that. 

I think that John gives the exams in the same way he teaches: it is a sharing, an offering, another way to share the joy and value of Qigong.

John, I am very grateful for everything that you have brought into my life with your teaching. Taking exams with you has proven an invaluable way to experience that teaching.

Thank you.

Elisabeth Pomès

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Parkinson’s symptoms gone! – from regular Qigong practice

The following is from John Curtis who has been practicing qigong in Savannah, Georgia, with Clayton Crosley, a level two Long White Cloud Qigong instructor.

Personal Story of Qigong and Recovery

I am 69 years old and about 5 years ago I started to experience some difficulties, most specifically I was developing a slight tremor in my right arm and my muscles in my left leg were losing their coordination. When walking my legs wouldn’t make the minor adjustments that it normally would and my balance was affected as a result. The gait of my walk was also being impacted by the loss of balance. I continued to have other problems as well, my right shoulder began to have some muscle atrophy and I was having constant intense pain in the AC joint. My normal movements became restricted and the involuntary tremors and loss of muscle coordination were having a compounding negative affect on other areas of my life.

A year and a half ago the answer was clear as I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The doctor immediately noticed the gait in my walk was off and we also identified other problems that were in line with the Parkinson’s diagnosis. Two major effects that my joints were stiff and that my energy was extremely low. A lot of this was due to the Parkinson’s disrupting my sleep. I was experiencing restless leg syndrome and was not going into a deep REM sleep. As these conditions continued my poor sleep made the energy even lower. I know all of this sounds severe and it was but there is a happy ending.

I started doing Qigong with Clayton Crosley twice a week in Savannah GA. I also began a regular practice of my own of at least 30 minutes a day. I added a boxing drill program to my regimen. You’re probably thinking “Boxing” at my age but this program was designed to help improve motor skills and specifically people who suffer from Parkinson’s. I can tell you that even after my first session with performing qigong that I noticed that my energy was increased. My energy continued to increase incrementally and this resulted in a huge increase over time. The mobility of the joints improved and the horrific pain that was in my right shoulder became nonexistent. I found that on the days I did an hour of qigong and then went to boxing that I performed at a higher level. The boxing was easier due to incorporating the qigong. I also recovered quicker and could sustain a higher level of energy. I have really been able to feel the “flow” of the vital Qi in my body. Even when I just begin to think of the Qi the flow is apparent. The mind and body connection is a reality and not a myth. I have been more in tune with myself on a deeper physical and mental level.

It has just been a year since I started the daily practice of qigong and the results have been remarkable. I must emphasize that I do a group class which is wonderful in its’ own right but that I also participate in a one on one setting in nature which is completely different. Being in a natural setting tapping into the energies of the environment really made a difference.

I am 100% pain free now, my balance and muscle coordination have recovered and my strength has made gains too.  I am no longer lethargic and my sleep has been better. All of these factors have made a huge impact in my quality of life. I feel better now than I have in the last 30 years. I cannot emphasize enough how beneficial this program has been for me, it has truly changed my life. I am a regular practitioner of the Waking the Qi and Between Heaven and Earth exercises of Long White Cloud Qigong. I also had the honor of attending an intensive workshop with John Munro which deepened my understanding of the exercises. Now here is the most amazing part I must share with you; on my last visit to my Neurologist the Doctor told me if she didn’t already have previous knowledge of the Parkinson’s condition she WOULD NOT have given me the diagnosis. This is a remarkable development, one year of committed practice has changed my body in ways I could have never believed if it hadn’t happened to me personally. I have continued my daily qigong practice and I really enjoy doing it. It is a structured part of my life that I will keep doing. I hope that if you read this proclamation that you will be inspired to add qigong to your lifestyle too. My deepest thanks to John Munro and Clayton Crosley for showing me this wonderful rejuvenating and healing exercise system.

John Curtis

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Qigong in Israel – Visit Report

The following is from Louis Hammer, a qigong instructor in Israel:

I want to thank John Munro so much for his program. He has made the learning of Qigong so accessible.

I would never had gone so far with my own personal study and practice without the LongwhitecloudQigong web access to his teaching.  I started teaching after first reaching a level one certification and now have also received the level two teaching certificate.

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At first what was the most important factor for me is that I live in Israel and the only certification system here would  be taught in Hebrew. As an expatriate from America I could only really understand the nuances and fine points in English. I later see that even if I was in an English community this web site is the greatest.   I first started learning just for myself. With John’s motivation, I then started teaching in a local English speaking community center and in a private home in my city of Netanya, Israel. People heard about my classes and now I have interest to start three other classes.

Israel Class One

Some time ago while reading of John’s first tour to parts of the world teaching Qigong I sort of jokingly asked if he would like to make a stop here in Israel on his next planned trip. I had not even started teaching yet at that time and when he said yes, the panic set in.  Oh no! what am I going to do? Who will he teach?  I tried to make contact to a few other Qigong centers in Israel. The ones that taught in Hebrew. I never did make headway. Soon I started my own classes and we decided to have one special workshop and combine my two classes together for the special event. Well that took care of one day of his 8 days in Israel. I still felt a bit scared that John would feel like he might have made a mistake coming all the way here for one class.

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As we talked about his expectations I learned what was important to him. It was to experience a new country. We planned a trip to see what Israel had to offer in the way of people, nature, history and spiritual Qi.

Looking back, it couldn’t have been better in my mind. In addition to the one workshop which was well attended John joined our family at our Passover Seder meal. He is now part of the family.  It was great to all be together

20170407_16281520170405_17025920170409_13254220170408_092502We  then traveled the country. We tuned into the Qi as we travel the countryside. I was so honored to learn firsthand how to experience qi while standing on the stones of the Megiddo archeological site where 24 civilizations were build one on top of each other over history.   Watched people get baptized in the Jordan River.  Walked the Stages of the Cross in Jerusalem. Seen religious sites like the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall also in Jerusalem. Saw Roman ruins and Crusader’s stone walls. We felt the sounds of history every day.  Not only did we feel the energy at sea level on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea but also went to the lowest point on earth, The Dead Sea. We stood on pure salt, we stood on high cliffs, we stood on sand, we stood on volcanic rock and we stood on limestone.  In between all this I am so thankful to have experienced just a glimpse of how John is able to tune into the different elements either human, organic, spiritual or otherwise. I even watched him teach a group at one of the locations we stayed at in the desert and how they left changed after just one session. On top of all this, both my wife Debby and I learned what it means to be a humble and caring human being just by traveling and observing John Munro. What an experience. I cannot thank him enough.

 

This all gave me a sense of pride to have been able to host John. It has kindled an already lit flame to further my own study of Qigong through the LongwhitecloudQigong site. More importantly it has given me the confidence that I have the tools even at my level of understanding to help others learn more about the benefits of Qigong.

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Thanks John for our friendship, your visit and your motivation. Hope to see you soon again if not just your next video.

Louis Hammer

Netanya, Israel

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More online course feeback

The following comments are from Linda, who recently completed several of the Long White Cloud Qigong online courses.

I made up my mind that I wanted to study Qigong. I started searching locally, but I couldn’t find anybody teaching in my town. I started searching online. I found several offers but I chose Longwhitecloudqigong.com with owner and instructor John Munro.

What helped me to make to chose John Munro and his website?

From the very beginning I found the website very user friendly no matter which page I entered from. All the information and lectures are in a highly logical order. Everything is explained in writing and demonstrated by videos. It is very easy to understand and to follow his instructions.

It didn’t take long to realise that John Munro lives every word he says and teaches. His passion is Qigong. I must say he very humble and I truly would like to discover more about the real extent of his knowledge.

I started learning by myself in August 2016 and it was good. But I got real acceleration when the courses were offered not only to individuals, but being a part of a group. There were weekly videos from John and also weekly ‘questions and answers’ that was shared with everyone within the group. This gave an extra element of learning. Whenever I had a private question, John replied me within hours. I really felt like I was being looked after.

I completed 3 courses within 12 weeks and I gained huge benefits. These courses were Qigong Foundation Practices, Between Heaven and Earth, Qigong Walking.

I learnt a great deal about Qigong and the philosophy of Qigong. I found that John’s Books that he wrote were extremely helpful and it is something I will keep revisiting.

I learnt all of the exercises.

One of my main reasons were wanting to learn Qigong was self healing. I had a lot of healing during the 12 weeks. I have a lot less pain today and I am a lot more flexible.

My interest in Qigong is greatly increased and I am looking forward to continuing on this path.

Many thanks to John Munro, keep up the amazing work!

Linda Knight
Nutrition Consultant

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Feedback from the Qigong Foundation Practices online course

Below is some feedback from one of the course participants from the recent Qigong Foundation Practices online certification course. We have another one of these courses starting on 15th May 2017. Get n touch if you would like to register by emailing us here.

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Enter the Flow – New book available!

I know what you’re thinking. Another book? Really? That’s three books in three months… while travelling… and teaching workshops… and also supervising Online Instructor Training courses…!?!?

What can I say, qigong makes you more productive 😉

Actually these books have taken a lot more than three months to write and publish, it is just that I have managed to complete them and make them available over the last three months. I am committed to providing good training materials for people to learn the art and science of qigong. So there will be more new books in the future, and additional online training materials as well. It will probably be a bit longer than a month before the next ones become available though… 🙂

The practices contained in Enter the Flow aim to help you develop skills and awareness of energy that will allow you to maintain energy flow through your body and in every activity you do. This energy flow brings health and vitality to every part of your body and develops efficiency and grace in your movements. With practice even the most mundane activities can be turned into a kind of gentle moving meditation.

ETF Cover Final crop smallAvailable from Amazon in Kindle/electronic version here, and as hardcopy here.  If you have another preferred online retailer, try searching for the title and you are likely to find that it is available from there as well within the next few weeks.

 

 

 

 

The video below talks about how the practices in Enter the Flow fits with other practices from Long White Cloud Qigong. Some people say that Enter the Flow is their favourite kind of qigong practice!

 

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Between Heaven and Earth – New Book Available!

Yes another one! I am hoping to write several new books over the coming months and years to offer further insights and act as a companion to practice for many of the different wonderful qigong practices available through Long White Cloud Qigong.  This one is about the ‘Between Heaven and Earth’ practices which activate the extraordinary meridians and activate the energy fields.

The movements in this set of exercises are very simply, but energetically very powerful. I regularly get feedback from around the world about how much people enjoy these exercises and what a difference they have made in their lives.

You can find both the hard copy and digital edition of this book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Between-Heaven-Earth-Extraordinary-Meridians/dp/1543041272/

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This is a video of the practices below:

I hope you enjoy the book if you choose to check it out. It would also be really awesome if you could leave a review on Amazon.com after you have read it! 🙂

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