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  • Maria Alda Gomez Otero

Why Dragonhead Qigong?

Updated: Apr 26, 2020

On Saturday 18th April, I taught my first online qigong class. It was lovely to see many familiar faces and I felt blessed to be able to share my knowledge of the immune system boosting exercises at this uncertain time, with COVID-19 around. My tai chi and qigong classes ended in January 2020 and I felt it was the end of House of Movement, name that I used for my "teaching business". I am now starting something new, and I needed a new name.

Finding a name

After class, I was pondering about a suitable name for a few hours, but nothing seemed right. An idea associated with dragons came to mind, but I wasn't sure how to express it. Dragons are known to bring good luck in China, and I liked the name, but it seemed so masculine. However, other more feminine names were already taken: Jade, Kuan Yin, Pearl. I was not sure what to do. Finally, as the end of the day approached, I decided to look for guidance in a book about the 33 images of Kuan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of healing and compassion. As I randomly opened the book, the image of Dragonhead Kuan Yin appeared and the explanation of its meaning resonated with my wishes for the online qigong classes. I had found a name.

Kuan Yin

"Kuan Yin is a bodhisattva, a being who refrains from entering Nirvana in order to come to the aid of others. There are many bodhisattvas, but the way she became one is unique to her. Kuan Yin had led such a pure, compassionate, and virtuous life that the gate to the highest enlightenment--Nirvana--at last lay open before her. But as she stood at the verge of this final threshold in contemplation, she heard shouts and cries of suffering emanating from all sentient beings, spreading about her like a great wave. So profoundly was she moved by the pain of the world's beings that her heart began to shake, and she knew that she could not yet leave the world behind. And so it was that Kuan Yin took the vow of a bodhisattva: " I will not reach final liberation until all other beings have been liberated."

Dragonhead Kuan Yin (Power)

"Kuan Yin glides through the clouds riding on a dragon. The dragon's head symbolises her magical powers, which help her free people from suffering. Her hands are lifted to protect against evil forces.

In Chinese culture, the dragon is a lucky animal. In fact, it is the king of the animals and represents wisdom, strength, transformation, and deep spirituality. Like Kuan Yin, the dragon can move in the sky, in the water, and on earth, transforming as required and undetected in the world of humans. We, too, share some of this ability to transform; for example, we change into the appropriate attire for our professions or for social occasions. This principle of self-transformation applies to our mental and emotional lives as well. In certain situations, we may change internally into unconscious and weak beings, allowing ourselves to be trapped, forgetting that we are in fact powerful dragons.

Contemplation - Turn to Dragonhead Kuan Yin when you want to escape from the prison of your thoughts and emotions. Ask her to free you, so you can regain your (dragon) power and open yourself to your true potential." (Schenker, D. Kuan Yin, Accessing the Power of the Divine Feminine)

This is what I read. This is what captivated me. With my online qigong classes, I would like to turn to Dragonhead Kuan Yin so that we can escape from our negative thoughts and emotions and regain our power. I wish to help you calm your mind, reduce your emotional overwhelm and stay present in your body so that you can follow your inner self and achieve your true potential as a physical, emotional and spiritual human being.

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