IX-NAY ON THE I-CHAY PART 3--BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN

Ron Goin's Blog - Sat, 2014-11-22 20:41
BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN IX-NAY on the I-CHAY PART 3
"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."Godfather 3
"Whoopi-ty-aye-yay
I go my way
Back in the saddle again"
Gene Autry


I thought I was done.  Didn't think I had any more gas in the tank.  But some recent articles I read really fired up the old engine.  So here I am, tired, but saddled up, and ready for the next rodeo.

What got the old motor cranked up was some articles on martial arts healing.  Now, I know what you're gonna say..."Give it a rest, Goin.  Live and let live.  Who cares what people believe?  It's harmless.  Who gives a rat's ass?"

But, here's what bothers me.  These people don't just write about it.  They don't just post information as a public service.  They're not altruistic, with a passion to help others.  Okay, some of them are, but the vast majority charge money, real money, to give out their guarded information.  Secrets that have been handed down for generations.

And here's just a few examples of what I read:

     "This is a practical course where you learn a special version of The Eight Brocades, an ancient Chi cultivation technique that help heal the body, prevent illness and boost your immune system while activating special pressure points."

     "Through spiritual intentions and connecting one’s spirit to divinity, we learn to let go in the practices and achieve meditative awareness as well as deep profound healing."

     "Through intensive research and personal experimentation, I finally realized that anybody could become a healer so long as he or she is willing to be one."

     "As far as I'm concerned, you don't have to wait until you have mastered a sophisticated or esoteric healing technique before you start aleviating other peoples afflictions. Some people scoff at the idea but prayer is a powerful healing tool. Pray for those who are sick whether you knew them or not. I don't want to look at prayer from a mechanical point of view, but science is beginning to realize its potency. It is now known by neuropysiologists that art, prayer and healing all emanate from the same source in the body, they are associated with identical brainwave patterns, mind-body changes and are connected in feeling and meaning."  

     "Martial arts training involves a process of strengthening the Yi, Qi, and Li: Yi is the mind, will, and spirit; Qi is the vital energy; Li is the inner force.  Yi, Qi, and Li are like the Three Treasures: Jing is Li, Qi is itself, and Shen is Yi. Human beings are made of these three substances (Jing, Qi, and Shen), which in English may be called as Essence, Vital Energy, and Spirit respectively. These Three Treasures are viewed in Daoism as the highest form of medicine for human beings."

     "I just wanted to let you know that many of the flowers and trees in our yards have been blooming beautifuly. And even plants I have had for YEARS, two of them have flowered! They never have had any flowers. I didn’t know they could flower!! My family as well as myself, are totally blown away. It took me a few days to finally realise it was you. Your Distant Energy Healing is having an amazing effect on the plants!" 

     "I have been enjoying the feeling of euphoria after each session. I initially signed up for your month long healing because one of my dachshunds injured his back slipping on ice. He couldn’t walk without pain. He didn’t want to eat and was sleeping all day. after the first session I noticed a marked change. My dog was walking a little. By the second session he was able to walk while on a potty break and his eating picked up. He also wanted to roll on his back outside. By the third session he was so mellow during the session that he was limp. The next day he was downright giddy! He was running and barking. His eating is back to normal and he is getting underfoot again. Thank you for helping bring my dog back! I can’t wait to see what happens with 2 sessions in one week."

     "Because I’ve been practicing for years, my energy field is larger than normal. It radiates from my energy center (called dantian) and spreads out in all directions. And when you step inside my energy field, your own energy begins to vibrate like mine.  This phenomenon is called entrainment, which is when smaller frequencies synchronize with a larger one (like when smaller grandfather clocks fall into rhythm with the biggest clock in the room). Modern studies have shown that entrainment happens not only with brainwaves, but also the electromagnetic frequencies that emanate from the human heart." 

     "All you have to do for your body to keep it is a disease free state until you die naturally, is to give it the right food, that which we were meant to eat." 
  
Okay, I get it, some of it anyway.  Meditation and deep breathing can reduce stress and calm high blood pressure.  Massage is relaxing and can help alleviate pain and make sore muscles and joints feel loose.  A session with an 'energy worker' in a tranquil setting with New Age music and candles and aromatherapy can help minimize worry and anxiety and make you feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the madness of modern living.  And if long-term health problems stem from nervousness, too much worry, intense anxiety, high blood pressure, and relentless tension, then a session of Tai Chi, or some Yoga or Qigong can help you feel younger, refreshed and renewed.  

I'm not arguing any of that. 

Fresh fruits and vegetables, clean water, regular exercise, and a sensible diet can help you lose weight and feel more energetic.   I actually like Tai Chi and some of the Chinese Qigong exercises.  Senior citizens like me can benefit from this type of training.  

So, what's my issue?  That's NOT healing.  Not really.


You can show me a hundred articles about the alleged research of all of these esoteric practices, and they'll each confirm their ability to make people feel better and more relaxed.  You can find me lots of articles that talk about the placebo effect that you'll use to justify your so called mind-body practices.

But that's not healing.  It's just not.

Unless your mind power, and your natural energy manipulations, and your fancy hand-waving motions, and your deep breathing, and your incense, and your gongs and your drums, and your odd-sounding metaphysical terminology, and your once-lost esoteric practices passed down for centuries can accurately and consistently cure the mumps or measles, set a bone, git rid of strep throat, stop an ear ache, arrest infection, reverse pneumonia, help with an abscessed tooth or long-term liver damage, remove the pain from a sprained ankle, and stop the spread of infectious diseases, and a million other things that modern medicine can do, it's just not healing.

And quit acting like chi is some spiritual or supernatural life force. 

Biology researcher Steven Salzberg, at the University of Maryland at College Park, calls complementary and alternative medicine (often referred to as CAM) “merely cleverly marketed, dangerous quackery.”  He says that clinics who 'integrate' these practices with evidence-based modern medicine that is built upon scientific principles simply “throw together a little homeopathy, a little meditation, a little voodoo, and then they add in a little accepted medicine and call it integrative medicine, so there’s less criticism.”

I agree with Salzberg who says that there is really only “one type of medicine, and that’s medicine whose treatments have been proven to work.”  CAM has not been proven to work, says Salzberg, but proponents of the practice will never admit it because “they are making too much money on it.” 

The Skeptic's Dictionary says that "When examined under controlled conditions, the seemingly paranormal or supernatural feats of masters of chi turn out to be quite ordinary feats of magic, deception, or natural powers."

Sure, you're gonna want to share with me an anecdote about your own or a friend's or family member's miraculous healing from this or that chi-based CAM treatment.  

But isn't that a little like the sharpshooter who shoots the side of a barn and then afterwards draws a bull's eye around the bullet holes? 

You're gonna feel obliged to tell me about 'big-pharma' and corrupt medical practices, and the horrors of malpractice.  You're gonna want me to read about Western medicine's mind-boggling profit margins.  And you know what?  I can't argue with any of that.  It makes me sick what has become of our medical industry.    

But, c'mon.  Putting your faith in bogus practices.  Pretending that the fantasies of chi and shaman magic are real is simply embarrassing.

If even after all of this you remain convinced that there is a Star Wars type energy that permeates us all, and that it can be manipulated by masters with special training, then go for it.  Knock yourself out.  Flush your money down the toilet.

But please keep the martial arts out it.  Don't pretend that martial arts is about something more than personal protection.  There might be secondary, indirect benefits of the training.  But that's not the point.  Martial arts IS about fighting whether you want to believe it or not.  The new agey folks have tried to infiltrate the martial arts and turn them into something they're not.  

Please, PLEASE, do me a favor, I beg of you...IX-NAY on the I-CHAY.

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