Ancient Chinese art and science of breath, motion, sound and
visualisation to cultivate Qi, the vital force throughout
the body [see universal life force].
Translated Qi gong literally means to 'work on qi [chi], and
involves the expelling of toxins by forceful breathing; a
kind of ultimate physical and spiritual detox. It typically
involves the coordination of sound with breath, movement,
vibration, visualisation and intention to purify the major
organs of the body.
Medical qi gong is often referred to as 'acupuncture with
the needles', and qi going doctors allegedly possess remarkable
abilities, such as the ability to heal from a distance by
projecting intention on acupuncture points.
A variation of self-healing and mind/body medicine advanced
by physician and writer Dr Deepak Chopra. Quantum healing
draws its inspiration form the interconnectedness or wholeness
of universe, mind and matter suggested by quantum theory.
Deepak Chopra, a respected New England endocrinologist, began
his research for explanations when we saw patients in his
own practice who had completely recovered after being given
only a few months to live. In the mid 1980s he returned to
his native India to explore Ayurvedic medicine and immediately
began to see connections between Western medicine, neuroscientist,
physics and Ayurvedic theory. He put forward the theory that
the human body is controlled by a network of intelligence
grounded in quantum reality, and that this intelligence can
change basic physiological patterns and has the potential
to defeat cancer, heart disease and even ageing itself.
According to Chopra, quantum healing is :
"An alleged process of peacemaking wherein one mode of
consciousness - the mind - correct mistakes in another mode
of consciousness - the body. Quantum healing is healing the
body and the mind from a quantum level. That means from a
level which is not manifest at the sensory level. Our bodies
ultimately are fields of information, intelligence and energy.
Quantum healing involves a shift in the fields of energy information,
so as to bring about a correction in an idea that has gone
wrong. So quantum healing involves healing one mode of consciousness,
mind, to bring about changes in another mode of consciousness,
Is the theoretical basis of modern physics that explains the
nature and behaviour of matter and energy on the atomic and
subatomic level and, by so doing, opens up the possibility
of interconnection between mind and matter.
In 1900, physicist Max Planck presented his quantum theory
to the German Physical Society. While attempting to discover
why radiation from a glowing body changes colour as its temperature
rises, he made the assumption that energy exists in individual
units in the same way that matter does, rather than just as
a constant electromagnetic wave [as had been formerly assumed],
and was therefore quantifiable. The existence of these energy
units became the first assumption of quantum theory. Planck
called these individual units of energy 'quanta' and so began
a completely new and fundamental understanding of the laws
Over the next thirty years or so a number of scientists made
their own significant contributions to our modern understanding
of quantum theory. In 1905, Albert Einstein suggested that
not just energy but radiation itself was quantized in the
same manner. In 1924, Louis de Broglie proposed that there
was no fundamental difference in the makeup and behaviour
of energy and matter; or the atomic and subatomic level either
may behave as if made of either particles or waves. This theory
became known as the principle of wave particle duality. In
1927, Werner Heisenberg proposed that precise, simultaneous
measurement of two complementary values, such as the position
and momentum of subatomic particle, is impossible. This theory
became known as the uncertainty principle.
The two major interpretations of quantum theory's implications
for the nature of reality are the 'Copenhagen interpretation'
and the 'many worlds theory'. The Copenhagen interpretation
of quantum theory suggests that a particle is whatever it
is measured to be [for example, a wave or a particle], but
that it cannot be assumed to have specific properties, or
even to exist, until it is measured. The emphasis here is
placed on the act of observation, which alters that which
is being measured. The second interpretation of quantum theory
is the many worlds theory. This holds that as soon as a potential
exists for any object too be in any state, the universe of
that object transmutates into a series of parallel universes
equal to the number of possible states in which that object
can exist, with each universe containing a unique single possible
state of that object. Furthermore, there is a mechanism for
interaction between these universes that somehow permits all
states to be accessible in some way and for all possible states
to be affected in some manner.
Quantum physics revolutionized scientific and philosophical
thinking by challenging the fundamental Principe of cause
preceding effect, and assigning as much importance to the
observer as to his observations. It gave reasons to suppose
that life is more than just a complex arrangement of physical
matter brought about by chance and provides a more optimistic
view of things. It opened up many possibilities by suggesting
an interconnectedness or wholeness to the universe reminiscent
of the teachings of many mystics. In itself it does not postulate
the existence of soul or spirit, but it does provide a mechanism
in which mind can affect matter, as is the case with ESP and
psychokeinesis, and a mechanism in which non physical entities
such as ghosts, spirits and other paranormal phenomena could
exert their influence upon the physical universe by slightly
shifting the probability distribution associated with individual
Jung : "The quaternity is an archtype of almost universal
occurence. It forms the logical basis for any whole judgement.
If one wishes to pass such a judgement, it must have this
fourfold aspect. For instance, if you want to describe the
horizon as a whole, you name the four quarters of heaven.
. . There are always four elements, four prime qualities,
four colours, four castes, four ways of spiritual development
etc. So, too, there are four aspects of psychological orientation.
. . In order to orient ourselves, we much have a function
which ascertains that something is there (sensation); a second
function which establishes what it is (thinking); a
third function which states whether it suits us or not, whether
we wish to accept it or no (feeling), and a forth function
which indicates where it came from and where it is going (intuition).
When this has been done, there is nothing more to say. . .
The ideal completeness is the circle or sphere, but its naturall
minimal division is a quaternity." ( Psychology and
Religion: West and East, Coll. Works, Vol. II, p. 167.)
quaternity or quaternion often has a 3 + 1 structure, in that
one of the terms composing it occupies an exceptional position
or has a nature unlike that of the others. (For instance three
of the symbols of the Evangelists are animals and that of
the fourth, or St. Luke, is an Angel.) This is the "Fourth,"
which, added to the other three, makes them "One,"
symbolising totality. In analystical psychology often the
"inferior" fucntion (i.e., that function which is
not at the conscious disposal of the subject) represents the
"Fourth" and its integration into consciousness
is one of the major tasks of the process of individuation
( q.v. )
C.G. Jung 'Memories, Dreams and Refelections p 416