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The Healing Mind and the Busy Mind

The conscious mind is the mind that is aware of our beingness, our sensory perceptions and our gut feelings (intuition). That is, we are aware of our state of being and can think and act based on sensory inputs (five senses) and our intuition. The subconscious mind is the mind of automation and control in the body. It regulates bodily functions automatically, like blood pressure, hormones, body temperature and many, many other functions without conscious thoughts.

In Qigong, when we talk about developing a healing mind, we are referring to developing the conscious mind. So what are the characteristics of the “healing mind”? These characteristics include, but are not limited to, being positive, open, loving, kind, compassionate, generous, conscious and focused in the present moment, relaxed (yes, the mind can relax, we explore this idea later) and trusting.

In the Chinese language, the word for heart, xin, means "heart-mind". The heart and the mind are considered one. Being heart-centered is important for developing a healing mind. When these characteristics are used for the purposes of healing, then we are using our healing mind. Our healing mind is most effective when our thoughts, feelings, visualizations (imagination) and actions are congruent or in alignment with healing principles.

The healing mind is often limited by our busy mind. The busy mind starts when our conscious mind habitually repeats thoughts about what we are dealing with in life. There are so many things to think about these days. It is more likely that we will go over things and circumstances that are stressful and negative because of our fears. We may find ourselves going over the “What If” scenarios to protect ourselves from pain and misery. What if I get an illness? What if I lose my job? The thoughts of the busy mind become unconscious over time. These thoughts are more difficult to change once they are programmed into the subconscious (unconscious) mind.

While it may be difficult to quiet the busy mind, it is important to replace the negativity with positive and uplifting thoughts. Then, when the busy mind takes over (consciously or unconsciously), the thoughts will be positive. And with patience and repetition, we can reprogram our subconscious mind by staying conscious, living in the present moment, and being consistently positive  and trusting in ourselves.

Qigong provides techniques that empower the busy mind until you get to the place where you can completely relax it. A relaxed mind is a quiet and trusting mind. Being relaxed means letting go of unnecessary and unbeneficial thoughts and being in the present moment. Once our mind is relaxed, the healing mind becomes more effective and healing results begin to manifest in the body. I invite you to find out how Qigong can feed and nourish both your conscious and subconscious minds. It's never too late to begin your journey and develop a healing mind.

I would love to share more insights about Qigong and/or healing with you. If you have had any healing experiences related to practicing Qigong or any other form of healing practice, including meditation, please leave a comment. Or if you have any questions, leave a question and I will do my best to answer it.


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