These are some of my favorite books, CDs and DVDs related to the practice of qigong. I own and have read, listened to or watched them all. The books have copious underlining, with stars and exclamation marks in the margins; the CDs are probably wearing out.
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Body of Wisdom: Women’s Spiritual Power and How it Serves by Hilary Hart. Hart says that women’s spirituality, like their physical and energetic bodies, is different than men’s. Women connect with the power of the earth through their bodies, and they express it in such undervalued but sacred acts as giving birth and nurturing babies, families, the community at large and ultimately the earth.
Traditional Acupuncture: Law of the Five Elements by Dianne M. Connelly. I fell in love with this book and through it, with acupuncture. It puts heart in the use the needles.
The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing by Kenneth S. Cohen. This is the first book I bought after I decided I needed to study qigong. It’s a solid, comprehensive book to which I still refer.
The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi by Roger Jahnke. This book was published five years later than Ken Cohen’s and feels somehow more poetic. It was the source of the quote I used to begin and end “A Doubter’s Journey,” the account of my first two years of practicing qigong. The quote begins: “When you find the Qi it will amaze you. When you cultivate Qi you will discover something new every day.”
A Tai Chi Imagery Workbook: Spirit, Intent, and Motion by Martin Mellish. This is a taiji book, not really one about qigong—but then, how separate are these two things? Martin was my taiji teacher for eight years before moving to China. I love this book because I can hear him talking when I read it. But I think anyone would appreciate what he is trying to do here, which is to create modern imagery to enhance the study and practice of an art developed in a pre-industrial era.
Liquid Mind X: Meditation by Chuck Wild. This music is relaxing and uplifting when played in the background while doing qigong—and close to cosmic when the amp up the volume a bit.
Liquid Mind IV : Unity by Chuck Wild. Also very nice if a bit lower key than Liquid Mind X.
Bamboo by PC Davidoff & Friends. This is the CD I use most often when practicing qigong. It is quietly, beautifully present without demanding your attention through lyrics, phrasing or a relentless beat.
The Essential Qigong Training Course: 100 Days to Increase Energy, Physical Health and Spiritual Well-Being by Ken Cohen. This is a boxed set of three DVDs, five CDs and a 58-page guide. Although I ultimately decided I wanted a live teacher and a community of fellow practitioners, it was a good, inexpensive and safe way to get started.
Living Matrix: Film on the New Science of Healing. This is not a Hollywood fantasy but rather a scientific look at how the body has, or is, an energy field and how the mind might be able to heal the body by changing that energy field.