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Tai Chi: An Ancient Practice for the New Age

by Jill Jardine, M.A. Counseling Psychology

Today I visited my Acupuncturist, an esteemed Chinese physician and professor of Acupuncture, and he made a comment that caught me by surprise. He asked me, "Are you feeling the vibrational shifts?" I looked at him in disbelief and replied "You are aware of this?" I was excited. A traditional Chinese medical professional was confirming a metaphysical belief held by myself and many of my colleagues in esoterica, regarding the upcoming vibrational shifts currently affecting Planet Earth. We then chatted about some of the manifestations of this shift that we both recently witnessed including increased traffic accidents, a collective malaise, and anger or confusion. He told me that in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) they have a name for this phenomenon: "separation of body and spirit in living human being." This malady seems rampant in the Boston area during the onset of the 21st Century. I felt encouraged to receive a confirmation of this phenomenon from someone skilled in Traditional Chinese Medical perspective. In the holistic health / metaphysical movement we refer to this as "being out of your body" or "not being grounded." Based on this theory of upcoming vibrational shifts in the planet, it is more important than ever before to stay grounded in order to weather these changes.
Since the Harmonic Convergence of August 1987, many of us in the holistic health/ metaphysical movement anticipate the arrival of the "Aquarian Age." According to various astrological source, teachings of indigenous peoples such as the Hopi Indians, and most notably the Mayan Calendar (of the Mayan civilization of Central and South America), between August 1987 and December 21, 2012 this planet will be experiencing a "shift in vibration." There are many different ideas circulating on the nature of this vibrational shift, but earth changes and shifts to to the personal and collective consciousness seem to be the predominant views. During the Summer of 2000 we reached the midpoint of this galactic timetable and the cosmic energies are now apparently speeding up. You don't have to be an astrologer or metaphysician to sense the acceleration of this planetary shift. Many people are feeling this on a subconscious level. Just take a look at the weird weather patterns, increase in car and airplane accidents, erratic driving behaviors (always a problem around Boston), and the phenomenon of time rushing by very fast. Some theorists believe that our whole time/space continuum on this planet is changing which explains why linear time seems to be moving so fast. According to the Mayan Calendar, on the winter solstice, December 21, 2012, time runs out, the calendar stops . . .
But, don't start panicking, this is not an Armageddon scenario. Astrologers and optimistic futurists and prophets believe that all these planetary changes open the doorway to a shift in the collective consciousness for the better. However, our work is cut out for us: we must heal ourselves and heal this planet so that we may enjoy the fruits of these predicted outcomes. If Mother Earth feels burdened at this time when she is ready to take her rightful place in the galactic grid as a higher vibrational planet, she may shed certain layers and this leads to earth changes. It is important to live in harmony with the earth, which hails back to ancient teachings known as the Way of the Tao.
Performing practices of Tai Chi and Chi Kung are essential at this time to stay rooted. A fundamental precept in Tai Chi is rooting your energy into the earth. Chi practices including Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Martial Arts, Yoga, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Polarity Therapy are some proven modalities to enhance the personal energetic system. In the Chinese practices of Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Acupuncture and Acupressure, the focus resides in building "Chi" or life force energy, and circulating this "Chi" through the meridians (energy channels of the body). In Yogic practices, the goal is to build "prana" or life force energy, while engaging breath and sometimes postures or meditation. The desired result is enhanced energy flow through the body, and raising the "Kundalini" or deep spiritual core life energy. When one is in touch with their own life energies, connecting to the earth and maintaining a spiritual practice, it is easier to stay grounded and weather any vibrational shifts hitting this planet. Staying connected to the earth and developing our own root enhance our ability to move forward. How many times does Sifu need to tell us: "connect to the ground through Kidney 1 point; don't lose your center."? Learning how to "run energy" through your body allows you to flow with the universal energies. Tai Chi and Chi Kung are gifts from the Taoist past. By employing these skills we build up our own "source energy" and become a beacon of light stimulating the collective energy field or collective consciousness. Consciously enhancing your own energy system through Chi or Yogic practices will allow you to gracefully embrace changes and participate in the new consciousness movement from an empowered position.

"Jill Jardine is a professional astrologer and nationally certified by the AOBTA in Oriental Bodywork including Acupressure, Shiatsu, oriental magnetic therapies and extra-vessel acupressure."

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