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IQ&IM (did you notice we're changing our name to the Institute of Qigong & Integrative Medicine?) kicked off the Inspired Self-Healing Program at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. Guest speaker, Susie Hayes, LAc, gave a fascinating talk on the importance of kidneys and will in the pursuit of health. Jan Medaska, our guest Yi Ren® Qigong practitioner, shared her emotionally charged, transformative experiences with Yi Ren® Qigong. Her dedication to her practice helped free her from chronic fatigue and relieve her of debilitating headaches. Jan also led a group practice with her favorite grounding exercise.


Please take a moment to read the recap of The First Conference on Medical Qigong & Integrative Medicine, held January 7th & 8th, 2011! If you attended the conference, we would also appreciate your completing our survey by Monday, January 31st, 2011, as it will help us greatly in our preparations for next year’s conference!


We are happy to announce that Dr. Sun’s article about Detachment appeared in the September / October issue of Qi Dao. Read the article!


Dr. Sun’s research on the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes using Yi Ren® Qigong was recently showcased in the Bastyr University Magazine. Read the article!


After over six months of intense and sincere service in IQ&IAM, Maggie Seymour has informed the Board of her intention to leave her position as Executive Director. Maggie's service to the Institute is greatly appreciated. We wish her well and all the best in her future endeavors.


New article by Dr. Sun and Jill Gonet accepted by the
Qi Journal.

Congratulations to Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun and Jill Gonet, M.F.A. on the acceptance of their article, The Art of Internal Observation and Panoramic Knowing: Laozi's Classic on the Way of Virtues, into the Qi Journal.

The authors provide easily accessible reading of the Dao De Jing which is so practical and so vivid, you can feel and experience the state of "Xuan" in your body and your mind while you are reading this article. They bring to our attention fresh perspectives and unique interpretations that are helpful and provocative for internal cultivators. The commentary is stimulating and inspiring. Reading this new translation of the part of the Dao De Jing by Dr. Sun and Ms. Gonet gives a sense of joy, peace and surprise on the depth of meditation and spiritual development.

The De, or the development of virtues, is central to Laozi's teaching about the Dao or the Way. The core teaching of the Dao De Jing is about understanding and following the Dao for establishing virtues. Much of the teaching of the Dao De Jing has been lost in the many and various translations, since most of its translators have not been, generally, well-versed in the tradition of internal cultivation. In this article, the authors elucidate an interpretation of the Dao De Jing as a profound guidebook on the internal cultivation process and how the process of internal cultivation deepens, and communion with the Dao deepens, as a way of developing virtues. In part one of the article, the authors present the text as a guidebook for internal cultivation; in part two, the focus is on the Dao De Jing as a guidebook for the development of virtues, and on how the virtues are the embodiment of realized Dao.

The Qi journal, Volume 18 Spring issue, 2008 will be coming out next week. I hope you will enjoy reading this new translation of part of the Dao De Jing...

Lauri Amidon-Dinces

Director of Communications and Outreach


KOMO news, World Diabetes Awareness Day, on YiRen® Qigong treating type 2 diabetes.

The pilot clinical trial is sponsored by NCCAM, Seattle Foundation and conducted at Bastyr University (http://www.bastyr.edu). Bastyr University is currently enrolling study participants who are 18 to 65 years old suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. Participants must use diet or oral medications to control diabetes, not be taking insulin, and be able to maintain a consistent diet during the 12 week study. Ongoing YiRen® qigong seminars as well as weekly classes are available through IQ&IAM (http://www.redwoodsmuralsociety.com/index.php) in Seattle, WA.