To be free from emotional manipulation requires care, attention and simple daily actions.
Among these daily exercises there is the practice of one or more holistic disciplines, which you can choose from those that you like the most and consider the most effective for your case and for your personality.
Let us know them better.
Today it is the turn of the Qi Gong of Michelangelo.
Michelangelo Fedi has a university degree in Modern Literature and graduated in Physiotherapy, for over fifteen years he has been practicing Taijiquan and Qigong. He is III duan black belt with the qualification of Wushu Instructor (kung fu) recognized by F.i.wu.k. and by CSEN. He holds the Qigong teacher credential with the association OTTO. He teaches Taijiquan of the Chen Xiaojia style and Qigong in different locations in Naples (Italy). He is a member of SIPNEI (Italian Society of Psiconeuroendocrinoimmunology). He is president of the Association Piccoli Cerchi (Small Circles).
Question: “How, when and why have you approached this discipline?”.
Answer: “My approach to Qigong occurred around the end of the Eighties without knowing it: at that time I practiced karate and my teacher suggested the class to go over the kata again – a sequence of techniques that you practice on your own – to improve the coordination of movements and balance. Following his advice, I found myself feeling sensations that struck me much: a deep relaxation associated with a perception of vigor, a strong heat in my hands and the sensation of moving in a fluid, into something that was denser than air. For a while, I , instinctively, continued to train this way, fascinated by this manner of moving that had something intimate and mysterious in it at the same time, leaving me with a pleasant wellbeing at the end of the practice. A few weeks later, in a bookstore, I came across a book about the Tai Chi Chuan (or Taijiquan), a martial art that differed because of the slow execution of its techniques, it was a real encounter and that, I believe, was the first book published on Taijiquan (which is a martial art as mentioned, but also a form of Qigong) published in Italy on the subject”.
Question: “What are its main benefits?”.
Answer: “The benefits of Qigong, which in a first approximation can be translated as “exercise of the vital energy” are many, but we must remember that there are many styles and variations, then the effects can be different depending on what you practice. In summary, I partially anticipated them in the previous answer: relaxation, recovery of energy, well-being, but also an improvement of the immune response and a contribution in solving various psychosomatic disorders. Not only. It is currently receiving increasing attention from the Western science, which is evaluating its effects also in the treatment of pathologies such as rheumatoid arthritis. In China in the Fifties of the twentieth century, they began to adopt it in hospitals in the treatment of tuberculosis and in the acceleration of convalescence from various diseases. Moreover, Qigong is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine and then, in its variation of Medical Qigong, it is potentially included in every therapy formulated on the basis of its diagnostic criteria. For myself and in relation to the style that I practice more, the Zhan Zhuang Qigong, it is essentially a way to get closer to myself and to my own internal resources”.
Question: “What simple exercise could you suggest us for a daily practice?”.
Answer: “Highlighting that in general it is appropriate to learn Qigong from a qualified teacher and that the exercises must be calibrated on the individual person, I can suggest a very simple and effective one that brings great benefits when regularly practiced: to rub your hands until they become hot, then to keep them resting on your abdomen feeling the warmth of your hands on it. Five or ten minutes of this practice regularly done are an excellent approach to Qigong”.
Question: “What is your personal message for those who want to break free from manipulation?”.
Answer: “My personal message is: “Do not fall from the frying pan into the fire”. Qigong is an extraordinary and natural practice, however, like other disciplines originating from the East, it is often surrounded by an aura of mysticism and of generic spirituality, which leads to see the teacher as a kind of guru, of an outstanding figure. This distorted investment on the teacher is so much easier when you are fragile, as it happens when you are involved in dynamics of emotional manipulation. In such cases, you have to remember that the solution of your discomfort does not lie in investing unrealistic expectations in the practice of a discipline, whatever it would be. In the same way, you should distrust those teachers, who want to be celebrated as “Masters” and establish manipulative relationships, of control and power, on their students. Realizing it is often not easy, but if you see them as superior beings and they introduce themselves this way, something is wrong and it would be a good thing if you change your path”.
About ten years ago, for a few months, I had enthusiastically practiced Qi Gong with another very good teacher. It has been a pleasant surprise to find it again with Michelangelo. I have been also able to better appreciate and understand it, with the experience and the practice acquired over the years in the field of holistic disciplines. Now I can feel its nuances, which before I could not appreciate. It was like finding again a dear one, whom I had lost sight of.
Paola Morgese, PMP
Civil Hydraulic Engineer
M.S. Sanitary and Environmental Engineering
Translation of the Italian blog post: Paola Morgese, Il Qi Gong di Michelangelo