In my head, the classic yin-yang symbol is black and white and flatter than a pancake. But there’s nothing flat about the yin-yang symbol created by Vincenzo Lalli to publicize the Institute of Qigong and Integrative Medicine’s upcoming conference.
Vincenzo’s yin-yang symbol bursts from the surface, and the little “eyes” that represent the presence of a little bit of yin in the yang, and yang in the yin—well, those little eyes seem as ready to pop from the page as the symbol as a whole. Which seems fitting since, as I understand it, the “eyes” are constantly expanding and becoming the fish-like bodies of the symbol, as the fish-like bodies are shrinking and becoming the new eyes, as yin becomes yang and yang becomes yin, ever-changing and definitely never flat.
Anyway, I love it! And the bolts of electricity and the power cords! My first thought was “Wow, Vincenzo must have an awesome qigong practice!”
However, Vincenzo says he was just trying to connect a symbol of qigong with the theme of the May 18 conference, which is “Empower Yourself with Energy-Based Integrative Healthcare.”
The long-time Yi Ren Qigong practitioner chose the color blue to represent water, and green to represent wind, so that his yin-yang symbol also represents the Yi Jing trigram “water over wind,” which can mean “the well,” or “the source.”
And he liked the notion that the yin-yang symbol might be a power button, like the power button on a computer.
If you go to www.iqimconference.org, you’ll see the image in full and also some images of yin-yang buttons as perky whirling dervishes that almost seem to be smiling.
The May 18 “Empower Yourself” conference is a day-long, “Yi-Ren-Qigong immersion” event that will include:
- Introduction of the Institute’s new clinic in Bothell, which will open this fall.
- A luncheon speech by Hilary Hart, presenting from her recently published book, “Body of Wisdom: Women’s Spiritual Power and How It Serves.”
- Talks on healing chronic pain and Type 2 diabetes and preventing cancer and the recurrence of cancer.
- Workshops, practitioners’ stories and opportunities to practice Yi Ren Qigong.
I heartily recommend the conference to anyone interested in qigong in general, and Yi Ren Qigong in particular, who will be within reach of Seattle on May 18. It’s being held at the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington starting at 10 a.m. and ending with a reception at 5 p.m.
The cost is $100 ($120 after May 10), with discounts available to people on fixed incomes. To register, go to www.iqimconference.org.