Life at Atlanta – Part IV

A message from at 8:45am about Dad, Lung Cancer. 3 responses.

Enough for the theory about the Zijiu method, now let me talk about myself.   My daily life here looks like this: wake up at about 8 or 9 AM for breakfast and then back to bed for 1 or 2 more hours if there is no other activity.   Then do some reading or record the progress of practice for self evaluation.   Then we will take a walk for about a mile  on the Yellow River campus of the institute before lunch.   After lunch, more reading and personal business before the afternoon  nap for 1 to 2 hours.   This usually takes us to about 5 PM.   Then do a little exercise, have dinner around 7 and prepare for the workout.

We typically arrive at the campus around 8:30 and prepare for the class.   On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we have general group discussion.   Everyone share with their experience, difficulties and problems and we’ll discuss and try to resolve them.   On  Tuedays and Thursdays, they will show tapes of previous teachings or Master’s Q&A sessions.   The content typically covers the health issues and their relationship with  one’s personality and daily life, and how to be a “good and healthy” person – not just consciously but subconsciously.   Saturday nights are reserved for Master’s Q&A.   On Sunday nights, there is a special small group discussion for cancer patients.   We talk about any special needs, share successful stories, and  cheer for each other.   The survivors  also share with us their experience and point out ways to success.   Every Thursday afternoon there is a group discussion about the theory of the  Zijiu method and chinese medicine.   The class typically ends at 9:30 and then we move to the Yellow River campus for warmups and the workout.   After 10, the workout begins.   All these teachings are free of charge.

I belong to the so-called “the 4-hour club” which currently has 8 members.   This group is composed of the most serious cancer patients – not just in physical conditions but also the will to get better, where the demands for quality and quantity (i.e. time) are the highest.   We practice for 4 hours.   The less serious group, with some survivors, practice for 3 hours.   For the rest, including some survivors, healthy people, patients’ families, etc, practice for 2 hours or less.   We typically arrive home around 2:30 in the morning, hit the bed and pass out.

I have made progress steadily.   When we got here in May, they described me as a “numb” person with a sad face, dull eyes and low voice (hard to  be heard),  no smile, and walking with difficulty.   In July, I was able to get through my daughter’s wedding.   Now my eyes are twinkling again and  my face is turning normal with  more shining  dark hair on my head.   My vocal cord which was damaged during the second chemo therapy is half recovered.   I’m able to sing again, although still with some difficulty in high notes.   Now I can sing for more than 10 seconds continuously with one breathe, compared to about 24 seconds before I got sick.   And I don’t have to yell to be heard.   This is a huge step.

A  mid-forty lady known as the “big sister”, who was one of the Master’s first students, occasionally will show up and cheer for us.   She is a very nice looking lady, full of energy and always wearing a smile.   She, looks like in early 30′s, is a general manager of a local company and have been with Master for 11 years.   According to her, she follows Master not because she has had any disease but is pursuing a healthy life.   Since she started, she discovered, through pains, many little problems in her body.   As she progressed, these problems went away one by one and she became a healthy person, not just in body but also in heart.   Since then, she has  never seen a doctor or taken any pill.   She is our role model.

Yellow River campus is a very beautiful place.   In front of the practice rooms, there is a brook.   Sometimes a crane and some ducks will stop by and several turtles will climb up a rock to enjoy sunshine.   Shu and I often sit on a flat rock at the shore to enjoy the peace and the beauty of nature.   I took some pictures.   Posted here are the scene of the brook, the room we practice Zijiu and one of our recent pictures taken by the swimming pool on the campus.   My next CT is scheduled on 9/25.   This will be the examine of my efforts.   Stay tuned.


Life at Atlanta – Part III.

A message from at 5:41pm about Dad, Lung Cancer. Comments Off.

In the concept of Chinese medicine, life has two forms, the spiritual form and the physical form.   The activity of  spiritual part is exhibited through the physical part.   Without the spiritual part, the physical part of life  can not act by itself.   After birth the spiritual form of life, which has the self-healing capability, stops growing  while the physical form continues to grow until mature.   In other words, while the physical  form can be repaired and regained,  the spiritual form is gradually  used and  can not be regained unless one knows the method.   Once the spiritual form is exhausted, life ends.   The driving force of the spiritual life is called “chi”.   A similar word is  used to describe gas.   “Chi” exists in the universe.   One can feel it  but nobody knows its actual form.    Life exists between the  inhalation and exhalation, i.e. when  one can still breathe, one form of “chi”, not necessarily just oxygen.    If the  flow of oxygen  stops, life functions can’t continue for long.  If the “chi” is weakened because of stress, fluctuation of the mood, and doing beyond one’s capability, the spiritual life is used.   The more spiritual form of life is used, the less ability is the body’s defense system.   Among the factors consuming the spiritual form of life, the fluctuation of the mood plays the most important role.   If the range of fluctuation goes beyond what the body can tolerate, internal organs get damaged and weakened.   Then  desease will follow and attack the damaged  organ.

In theory, there are seven different moods which directly affect the health of the five major organs, which govern life,  and their corresponding parts in the digestion system, which support life.   Too much pleasure hurts heart.   You must have heard the story that people had heart attack  after winning a lottery.   Heart governs distribution of blood, speech, taste  and respiration.   Conditions of the heart affect the small intestine.   So, people who are easy to get excited may have a weaker heart, more circulation problems, less ability of the small intestine to absorb nutrients and problem to deliver the nutrient.   The  body opening which reflects the  conditions of heart is tongue.   Discolored and/or rough tongue usually indicate a weakened heart.   Athletes who do not  perspire well usually have a weak heart or lungs (see below).

Anger hurts liver, which in terms affect the function of gall.   Liver stores and regulates blood, decomposes toxins and governs  tendon which connects bone and muscle for body’s physical motion.   The bile released by gall helps digestion.   So, angry people tend to have less ability to regulate  blood circulation  and  digest food.   The conditions of liver are shown through its opening,  the eyes.   Strong liver leads to bright and shining eyes.   On the other hand, teary and slow  eyes can  mean poor liver functions.   Functions of liver also show through the nails, the extension of tendon.   Dull and fragile nails usual show poor liver functions.

Sadness and anxiety hurt lungs and function of the large intestine.   People known to  have better ability to “handle” pressure, if not let go soon, can cause damage in lungs in the long run.   Lungs govern the “chi” or in simple form the respiration, perspiratin, skin  and  regulation of upper  body water.   The opening reflecting the conditions of lungs is nose and the gateway of lungs is throat.   The representer of lungs  is the skin.   Long and deep breath, shining  skin usually indicate strong lungs.   Dry, blocking, or  bleeding nose, easily infected throat  are some warning signs of weakened lungs.   Long term diarrhoea and  constipation are also  signs of weakened lungs, shown through its corresponding part of the digesting system.

Annoyance and/or too much concerns hurt spleen and the corresponding stomach.   Spleen’s main functions include digestion, absorption, delivery and storage of carbohydrates, absorption of water, synthesis of proteins, and regulate channels of blood circulations.   It also plays a role in the nerve system, the incretion system  and the  immune system.   It governs the limbs, muscles and release of slavor.   The opening of spleen is mouth.   The representer is the lips.   These are in the upper end  of the digest system.   Bad breath, digestion problems,  less ability to move, cold hands and feet  are some signs of weakened spleen.

Frightening and fear hurt kidneys.   Kidneys govern the growth, reproduction, and energy of the body.   Its functions, corresponding to the function of lungs in the upper body, includes regulation of lower body water.   If kidneys can’t disperse the liquid through its corresponding part, i.e.  bladder, the lower parts of  body, particularly the legs,  swell.   Kidneys controls bones and marrow, and are represented by hair.   The openings of kidneys are  ears.   The extension of bones are teeth.   As we become older, the functions of kidneys decay, and the results show up as loose teeth, less hearing ability, less energy,  gray hair, etc.

Understanding the relationship between mood and the health of the five life-controling  major organs is just the beginning of the recovery process.   One has to dissect himself/herself to find out the flaws in his/her personality which lead to mood fluctuation and cause the disease.   Then he/she has to make changes to get rid of the flaws.   Otherwise, the disease will never go away.   For some people, to touch the heart and speak out is very difficult.   Unfortunately, without honestly facing himself/herself and making corrections, the best one can get is extention of  the fighting process, not cure and recovery.   It takes faith,  courage,  hard works and persistency to get through the recovery, or to be exactly, the reborn process.   Not every one can do that.   Stay tuned.