"True love is the recognition of the formless in the other –
which is the recognition of yourself in the other." – Eckhart Tolle

"Health and well-being can be achieved only by remaining centered in spirit, guarding against the squandering of energy, promoting the constant flow of qi and blood, maintaining harmonious balance of yin and yang, adapting to the changing seasonal and yearly macrocosmic influences, and nourishing one's self preventively. This is the way to a long and happy life." -- Huang Di Neijing

 



Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.
Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.

Ricardo's Story

Working at the Island Copper Mine for 20 years followed by divorce and separation from my children took its toll on my health with symptoms of fatigue, high blood pressure, failing left eyesight with soreness, and depression.

I had acupuncture treatments, psychological counselling, pranic healing, diet and herbal medicine to resolve my persistent health problems during that time but nothing helped me to cure the symptoms permanently. So I reviewed my books Huang Di Neijing (Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine) and Shen Nong Ben Cao (Divine Farmer's Materia Medica) which mentioned Qigong and Chinese superior tonic herbs, the spiritual growth herbs. I also read Ron Teeguarden's book Radiant Health, the Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs which mentioned the saying in Chinese tonic herbalism that "it is all right to become fatigued, but never to become exhausted" and that "medicine and food are of the same origin" -- food is the best medicine and the best medicine is herbal and in particular the indispensable transformative tonic herbs which are the richest source of adaptogenic phytonutrients and immune-boosting antioxidants in the world. All these books mentioned about the necessity of cultivating the Three Treasures Shen (Spirit), Qi (vitality) and Jing (essence) in the body for holistic healing and returning to oneness by balancing the yin and yang, removing the pathogens and strengthening the body holistically through Qigong, acupuncture and Chinese superior tonic herbs as opposed to medicinal and inferior herbs.

Initially, nine years ago, I persistently learned and practiced Wuji Qigong from Taoist Master Michael Winn, Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong from Master Li Jun Feng, and finally became certified as a Pan Gu Mystical Qigong instructor from Master Ou Wen Wei. I have noticed that my symptoms of fatigue, depression and high blood pressure gradually went away for good but my failing left eye with soreness seemed to still bother me. I started using EFT therapy, Zhan Zhuang Qigong, Qi Dao, Shaktipat Meditation, and Guru Yoga with Master Choa Kok Sui's Super Brain Yoga which greatly relieved the eye pain.

Realizing that I have to balance my heavenly yang practices like Qigong with earthly yin Chinese tonic herbs, I started taking the three main Chinese tonic herbs Reishi Mushroom (Ling Zhi), Panax ginseng (Ren Shen) and Schizandra fruit (Wu Wei Zi) with other tonic herbs, cannabis and Alkaline Water with Western herbs which eventually took care of my left eye soreness and blurred vision.

When the shoe fits, the foot is forgotten.
When the belt fits, the belly is forgotten.
And when the Heart [shen] is right,
"For" and "against" are forgotten.
                   -- Chuang Tzu, Daoist sage

According to Ron Teeguarden's book Radiant Health, the Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs, "This passage expresses quite exquisitely an aspect of Chinese Taoist philosophy that is absolutely central to the attainment of health. Very simply, Chuang Tzu is saying that one cannot attain high spiritual levels until one has learned the art of balance. Those who seek true happiness must achieve balance in their lives. Imbalance is the source of stress that distracts shen's attention away from its higher path. But when there is balance and harmony in one's life, then the Heart, or shen has an opportunity to develop and attain a state of enlightened, all-embracing acceptance of things as they really are, transcending the notions of good and bad, right and wrong, for and against.

"The great Chinese tonic herbs are some of nature's sublime gifts. They can help the "shoe to fit," they can help the "belt to fit," and ultimately and most important, they can help the heart become "right," allowing us to rise above the illusionary world of duality and to know nature as it is, as a complete, unified, harmonious being, of which we a part.

"The tonic herbs can help restore that balance, harmony, and energy and are themselves the very essence of moderation. They can also help us sense our limits, to maintain our center, and to have the strength and wisdom to stop when we need to." See Chinese Tonic Herbs to Cultivate Shen, Qi and Jing

Nowadays, as a 60 year middle age natural healing exponent, I remain physically active regularly climbing 15 floors, swimming over ten laps in the pool, and walking uphill everyday to keep and maintain my health and stamina. Another unexpected benefit besides the improved vitality and immune system, and better adaptability to stressors that I have noticed with practicing Qigong, Dantien breathing with postures and meditation, and taking the Chinese tonic herbs which both cultivate my Three Treasures (Shen, Qi and Jing) is the continuous experience of a sense of well-being, calmness, peace, overwhelming love, joy, and happiness which are all symptoms of oneness with the universe which I have longed for all these many years. Finally, I had come to a holistic understanding and validation of the Shiva Sutras of the Siddha Lineage of Kashmir Shaivism and of the Taoist concepts of Classical Chinese Medicine taught in the classical texts, Huang Di Neijing and Shen Nong Ben Cao, through my body-mind-spirit healing and spiritual experiences. Truth can only be known by experience, not by beliefs or thoughts.

Therefore, based from my personal natural holistic healing and life-saving experience and from my clients with stress-related disorders who benefited from the integrated modality of Qi-healing, Qigong, acupuncture, EFT and Chinese tonic herbs, I decided to initialize the Vancouver Qigong Mastery to share with the public and the fellow health practitioners in the palliative truncated Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture profession its health-promoting longevity philosophy to heal stress-related disorders by returning to the 3,500-year-old ancient wisdom of classical Chinese art of radiant health by way of tonic herbalism, Qigong and acupuncture.

"Health and well-being can be achieved only by remaining centered in spirit, guarding against the squandering of energy, promoting the constant flow of qi and blood, maintaining harmonious balance of yin and yang, adapting to the changing seasonal and yearly macrocosmic influences, and nourishing one's self preventively. This is the way to a long and happy life." -- Huang Di Neijing

Thank you for reading this story of mine and my other Articles. May it's message benefit you in some way. May you have a long, happy and healthy life!

 

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"The independent state of supreme consciousness is
the reality of everything." - Shiva Sutra 1.1

This first sutra, caitanyamatma, states that individual being is one with universal being. The reality of this whole universe is God consciousness. It is filled with God consciousness.

In this sutra, the state of complete independence is indicated and accomplished through the use of the word caitanya... It is only this one aspect, svatantrya, that is revealed by the word caitanya. This indicates that the word caitanya means "the independent state of consciousness."

The independent state of consciousness is the self. It is the self of everything, because whatever exists in the world is the state of Lord Shiva. So Lord Shiva is found everywhere.

 

Golden Body of Shiva
Golden Body of Shiva

The joy of his samadhi is bliss for the whole universe. - Shiva Sutra 1.18

Whatever joy he feels while he is in samadhi is said to be the insertion of bliss for the whole universe. This yogi doesn't have to do anything. He only has to remain in samadhi and he will carry the whole universe into that supreme bliss.

According to Kashmir Shaivism teachings found in the Vijnana Bhairava, when a yogi resides with full awareness in the state of subjectivity, with the full joy of experiencing his own nature (camatkara), this is said to be the joy of his samadhi (mystical rapture).

There is another explanation of this sutra given by masters and that is, "Whenever this yogi, who is always residing in his own self (svatmarama), is introverted and established in his own self, then he naturally enjoys the bliss of samadhi. Anyone who sees this and thinks that this yogi is enjoying the bliss of samadhi will, at that very moment, also enter into samadhi. This is just like seeing a cobra not from distance, but face to face.

When you see a cobra and it bites you, you will be filled with the poison of that cobra. In the same way, when you observe a yogi who is established in the joy of samadhi and you understand that he is experiencing the joy of this samadhi, you will at once also relish the joy of samadhi. This reveals how this bliss is bestowed on the whole world.

 


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