Vlado Rashev

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Vlado (Vladimir Rashev)

Qigong (Chi Gong, Chi Kung) master teacher & therapist, MSc, Feng Shui consultant

Level III Advanced Instructor certificate with NZ Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine Association

Vlado founded the Qigong & Self Healing Centre in 2007.  The purpose of the centre is to promote a complete health and life cultivation system that anyone can use to not only improve and maintain their health and sense of wellbeing but also develop and elevate life as a whole.  Qigong along with the work on the level of consciousness are the main means used to achieve this purpose.

The services the centre offers can be of help to people who:

Vlado’s interest in natural therapies started in 1990 when he first met people with special (paranormal) abilities. In the next ten years he explored a variety of practices and systems of Qigong, Yoga, meditation and Reiki. These years of practice and experience helped Vlado acquire a wide range of skills and good understanding of the principles behind alternative healing and natural therapies.  However the pivotal moment in his life happened during the 3-year training he got from Yuan Tze (Liu Laoshi), one of the very few top level masters in the west who teach the art of life cultivation through Qigong.  That was when Vlado became confident he can offer tools and skills to help people not only work on and improve certain health conditions but also change their life as a whole and bring it to a higher level.

Vlado is happy to discuss and offer help for conditions that modern medicine doesn’t treat.

Teaching & Training:

Practice in Harcourt Park, Upper HuttThe main Qigong systems taught at the centre are Yuan Gong and Zhineng Qigong. The reason behind choosing Zhineng Qigong was its proven efficiency and safety. It is free of side effects and works in a very comprehensive way on all 3 elements of human life (Jing, Qi and Shen).  In 1997 Zhineng Qigong was recognized by China Sports Bureau as the best health enhancing practice amongst all major Qigong and Taiji styles practiced in China at that time.  At the moment Zhineng Qigong is still the only Qigong system that is clinically tested on a large scale (with more than 300,000 students/patients).  Another attractive feature of Zhineng Qigong is that both self healing and external qi-therapy are made an integral part of the system.  Students are taught how to perform self healing from the very start and only after few lessons they would even be able to do simple healing to others.

Yuan Gong on the other hand is an embodiment of the latest development in Qigong, Qigong science and the art of life cultivation. By many Yuan Gong is seen as the most comprehensive and complete Qigong system to date. It is an axcellent example of how something that is effective and efficiant can be also enjoyable, easy to learn and easy to practice.

Qigong practice at Petone beachVlado teaches all levels of Yuan Gong and Zhineng Qigong as well as number of traditional Qigong practices that complement well the previous two.

In addition to Qigong, the work on consciousness level is very important part of the training at the centre. It is impossible to go deeper in Qigong and make real progress in life if one doesn’t cultivate the consciousness and Dao De.  Right from the beginning of their training the students are introduced to some of the fundamental principles of human life and the relationship between humankind and nature.  The teaching follows the framework of Yuan Tze Ren Xue system (圆子人学) which is based on a holistic understanding of the human life and universe.  Work on consciousness (Shen) can help students to deal with their negative mental, emotional and behavioural patterns in order to transform them and achieve a more harmonious and fulfilling life.

Qigong retreat at Akatarawa, 2009The centre offers teaching and training in a variety of ways. Running workshops and courses is the most efficient and cost effective way to teach larger number of students.  To respond to the needs of people who live in remote areas or other countries, most of the workshops and courses are available also on-line via Internet.  The centre offers also one-on-one sessions that can be tailored to cater for the specific needs or health condition of the individual student.  One-on-one sessions can be done also on-line.

After students have learnt the basics of Qigong they can start to attend the regular classes for practice.  The duration of these classes is usually 1.5 hours and the content is adjusted to suit the level of the attendees. The classes start with some time for Q&A’s and continue with practice of Qigong methods and exercises.  All classes are internet enabled.

Every year the Qigong & Self Healing Centre in collaboration with other teachers organises one or two Qigong & Ren Xue retreats.  These are usually 2 or 3 day events held away from the city.  The places for the retreats are carefully chosen for their good natural qi according the principles of Feng Shui.  The programmes of the retreats are put together with the intention to create a harmonious balance between learning, practicing, healing and personal time for contemplation and interaction with nature.  Vlado was involved also with the organisation of the first two eight day national retreats held in Kaiapoi, Christchurch.

Vlado has been invited to teach and do healing in other cities and countries and he is happy to continue doing this in the future.

Another activity of the centre is to provide consultations, support and opportunities for learning and growth to the new teachers in the Qigong community.  Few of Vlado’s students have gone deeper in Qigong and Ren Xue and have become teachers themselves.  Most of the events of the centre are organised in a way that allows participation of other teachers in accordance with their level of experience and expertise.

Healing:

Individual Qi-therapyTo be effective, healing needs to address individual’s whole life, not just the particular problem in isolation.  This approach requires the student/client/patient/healee to play an active role in the process of healing.  Hence the focus of the work Vlado does is not only on promoting the healing process from outside but also to help the student bring about positive changes from inside.

Vlado offers both individual and group healing sessions and consultations.

The one-on-one healing sessions usually starts with a casual chat about the issues one wishes to address and the way this can be done using qi-therapy, Qigong and Ren Xue.  The student might be given some Qigong exercises to practice as well as some suggestions on improving their everyday routine (eating, sleeping, working etc) so that these activities can facilitate rather than hinder the healing and self-healing process. One may also get some advice on how to deal with any negative emotional states and thinking patterns.  Although the healing part comes last, the process of healing starts the moment the student enters the prepared in advance qi-field of the healing space.  Being open, relaxed and natural will allow healing qi and information to enter the body and initiate the healing process even before the actual healing start.

Since qi and consciousness are not limited by space, healing can give good results even when done from distance.  Two thirds of the healing sessions Vlado does are carried out via Skype, phone or web-casts.  The results are no smaller than when doing healing in-person. To connect with the students and include them in the healing qi-field Vlado may use their voice, video image or photo.

The centre organises also group Qi-therapies on a regular basis.  The Qi-field during group qi-therapy sessions can be very powerful – one contributing factor is the synchronised effort of many minds (consciousness) working together.  Another factor is the presence of other experience teachers who support the qi-field and the healing process.  These group sessions are also an excellent opportunity for everyone to develop qi-awareness and strengthen the ability to work with qi both internally and externally.  The group healing sessions are open to both beginners and advanced practitioners.  To allow more people to attend these sessions are usually broadcasted over Internet.

By combining qi-therapy, Qigong practice, optimal nutrition and work on the consciousness level, one can successfully address most non-acute health problems.  In addition, the Feng Shui consultations Vlado does can suggest ways to optimize student’s living and working environment and thus contribute further to positive changes in life.

Vlado is happy to discuss and offer help for conditions that modern medicine doesn’t treat.

 

Qigong in New Zealand – general observations

National Qigong and Ren Xue retreat in Christchurch, 2012It’s not a secret that Qigong stands out amongst all other natural health therapies and practices by its total holistic approach to life, unlimited potential and wide area of application.  It can heal and strengthen the body and mind, prolong life and help develop human’s untapped potential.  Everyone who has learned Qigong and is doing the practice in a correct and consistent way will experience benefits on many levels of life.

Hearing the above one would expect that Qigong should be one of the most popular practices nowadays.  However, the reality in New Zealand is still far from that.  Vlado’s experience is that about 95% of the population of the country is completely unaware of what Qigong is.  Vlado’s preference is to do teaching and healing work in-person, however the number of the local people who come to the centre is very small.  It sounds paradoxical but more than half of the people who use the services of the Qigong & Self Healing Centre are students from overseas.

Another reality that can be mentioned here is that most of the people come to Qigong because of a certain health issue and the average age of the students is around 50.  The healthy and young people who seek Qigong in order to gain better understanding of life and develop their potential are still very few – only recently their number slowly started to increase.

There is probably no one reason for this situation.  One of the factors on global level is that China became more open to the rest of the world only in the last century and there were virtually no English books in Qigong till the 1950’s.  Another reason for the slow spreading of Qigong is that in our western culture there is nothing that comes close to the Chinese concept of Qi.  So there is no wonder that Qigong, which theories and application are completely based on the understanding of Qi and its laws would sound very foreign, mysterious and even weird to the average person in the west.  There are also regional factors related to the local culture and society here, in New Zealand, remoteness of the country being one of them.

To change the current situation doing only teaching and healing work would not be sufficient.  To deal with the lack of information, understanding and acceptance one should focus also on spreading the word about Qigong so that more and more people hear about it, try it and eventually be able to benefit from Qigong and the wisdom of the teachings behind it.  Spreading the word in a world that is overloaded with information is not an easy task and is almost impossible to be achieved solely by individual efforts.  Making a difference requires lots of perseverance and joint forces.  Even when the information is there, it will take a lot of time for people to understand and accept these “new” ideas and way of thinking that are so different from the mainstream.  To help this process the Qigong & Self Healing Centre has sought collaboration with the local city councils, cancer, arthritis and MS societies, organisations and support groups and has organised and took part in lots of free of charge promotional events like introductory workshops, open classes in the parks, demonstrations and talks at health festivals and fairs and public group healings.  Vlado also wrote few articles for the local community newspapers, participated in the promotional documentary film “Planet of Wisdom” and the two hour free telecast “The Magic of Qigong”.  He produced and published a number of Qigong videos as well.

With Internet being a main source of information for the kiwis, Vlado is confident that the interest in Qigong in New Zealand will increase and eventually catch up with the rest of the world.

It is a very positive thing that the number of the Qigong teachers in New Zealand is steadily increasing and this inevitably will lead to an increased number of those who will hear about Qigong and try it themselves.  There is also a positive tendency of more and more Qigong teachers and instructors working together.  It is worth it mentioning the work done in the last two years by NZQTCMA to organise a Qigong day in the two biggest cities of the country as well as the two national Qigong and Ren Xue retreats in Christchurch where more than twenty teachers worked together as one team.

Vlado believes strongly that there is a way to compliment the ancient cultures wisdom and art of qi-healing with what the modern science can offer.  Vlado’s wishful thinking is that the future belongs to the so called integrative medicine and Qigong medicine will be a very important part of it.

 

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