Hallucinations and health problems
Type of Spiritual Experience
Incorrect stimulation can go wrong, which is why a system is needed and an understanding of the trigger points and their inter relationship and effects.
Although the example here is from Qigong, it would be wrong to single out this system as being the only source of health problems. All the systems from yoga to shiatsu, have resulted in much the same problems when people go too far too quickly and become obsessive about the approach, or when they try things without understanding the underlying theory. They go from nothing to an all out onslaught on a 2 week course and the results can be serious – damaging
A description of the experience
Qigong disease – Bob Flaws, Dipl. Ac. & C.H., FNAAOM
Although the term qigong is a relatively new one, as the Ma Wang Dui manuscripts prove, qigong exercises have been a part of Chinese medicine since at least 500 BCE. Qigong has likewise been a part of Chinese martial arts since Bodhidharma and the founding of the Shaolin monastery.
During the Cultural Revolution in China, people were put in jail for teaching and practicing qigong. However, since the end of the Cultural Revolution in the 1970s, qigong has experienced a huge surge in popularity in Mainland China. Similarly, here in the U.S., the word qigong is now as well known as yoga and taiji.
What many Westerners do not understand is that qigong is not necessarily a panacea. When l was an intern at the Lung Hua Hospital in Shanghai in 1982, l saw a small but steady stream of patients who were diagnosed with "qigong disease" or "taiji disease." Therefore, people need to be a little careful when practicing qigong.
In Case of Spiritual Emergency – Catherine Lucas
Case history Emma
To encourage my connection with Chi and improve my shiatsu I took up Qigong. I joined a summer 10 day Qigong camp on Dartmoor and that triggered another episode. Gathering in so much chi all day everyday was too much for me. I became what I’ve since heard termed a ‘Qigong casualty’