Zhineng Qigong research: Towards a Life of Contentment
by Maarten van Opstal
Maarten is an organizational Psychologist and coach/counselor. He has always played with ideas of non organization very much alike the Qi field, and a Taoist principle. Let life flow, and during the meetings online he created in 2015, called Qi Channel, he indeed is able to lead online practices and co-host meetings with all interested in Zhi Neng Qi Gong.
Drawn from life and back to himself, the idea of ‘everyday starts a new life’ is certainly not imaginary for Maarten. In 1997 his inner feeling of something wrong from a young age, was confirmed by a fatal diagnosis that required him to rely on medical care for his survival. Keeping his independence from frequent hospital visits he began meditating. At the same time that his kidney transplant started to fail he became a psychotherapeutic Coach/counselor, a Zhi Neng Qi Gong teacher and Qi healer. Trained by Master Yuantong Liu he accepted the inevitable and went on dialysis. It is then when he felt lonely and isolated from the Zhi Neng community. Life is amazing!
His local community offered him a place to teach. He chose to teach for free, now for the 5th consecutive year. By creating Qi Channel he reached out to all continents, almost immediately recognized by some 30 Huaxia trained Chinese teachers. When life seemed to end and dialysis didn’t help anymore, he went for a last trip with his wife Hester to France. The amazing thing happened. After a call from the Antwerp hospital in Belgium, Hester drove him back through the night. Next night he received a life saving transplant from an anonymous post mortum donor. Now he is expanding his teaching again, he is writing a book that will be published in 2020.
I am taking a step back, by looking into what I have been taught by Qi Gong teachers, how before that I both naturally and consciously chose a path to healing, and what makes sense and what not.
Zhineng Qigong research: Towards a Life of contentment – abstract of this talk
At this conference I hope to share with you my insights. Disease and aging are probably caused by defective genes according to western healthcare. My insights have to do with the helplessness created by the focus on cause and problems related to disease, by only focusing on the physical and manifested in the body. By pointing at the shortcomings of human beings we will become them. Fear and death are something to be looked at and not underestimated in a disease process. Not by supremacy, denial or avoidance, humanity is part of nature, we cannot see ourselves. I am taking a step back, by looking into what I have been taught by Qi Gong teachers, how before that I both naturally and consciously chose a path to healing, and what makes sense and what not.
Our culture, how we look at health, social values and our own social circle have a major impact on our individual existence. In a social context, listening to yourself is the only and unique thing that nobody can teach you. You can only heal yourself. Dr. Pang says: ‘The fact is that we constantly see a struggle between what is a fact and what an illusion’. The nature of this struggle, can greatly disrupt our progress. Leaving the struggle behind is an inward process only we can do ourselves. Once we do, we will be able to progress in our practice experience. Our shared challenge is to do more and become more aware by doing less or meditate. Then true awareness will appear. This is the way to living a life of contentment.