Teaching through Direct Experience
Making the Intangible Tangible
Dr. Shannon was featured on the NQA's Qi Talks on Thursday, October 13, 2016 to discuss the intricacies of teaching Qigong. You can listen to that recorded interview here.
The world of Qigong is simultaneously simple and yet challenging. At its simplest, it is the combination of movement (or lack thereof), breath, and intention to create a desired energetic outcome. At its most complex, it still is the combination of movement (or lack thereof), breath, and intention to create a desired energetic outcome.
To manifest the energetic potential of qigong completely requires tedious refinement of subtle mechanics. These refinements can be taught but may take years for the student to truly integrate. Only through diligent effort and awareness on the part of the student and the instructor can this be achieved.Medical Qigong is a progressive science that with skill becomes an art form. As the student's understanding and energetic awareness increase, their training can be refined through subtle physical mechanics as their levels of awareness and qi emission are honed.
The challenge for a qigong instructor is to learn how to take these vital details that are so subtle as to be almost invisible, and learn how to translate them into a direct and reproducible experience for the student. To take the intangible and make it tangible.