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Tapping the tremendous healing power of Qigong and the expressive arts, this beautiful book invites the reader to contemplate the continuum of living, dying, and renewal within this life and beyond. The stories, Qigong meditations, and journaling/art processes, including collage and maskmaking, are invitations for you to engage them for your own healing, transformation, and wisdom. Authors, artists, healers, and teachers of Qigong and art, Elise and Kaleo Ching draw on their 23 years of experience working with others on their paths of personal transformation to present an approach to living and dying that is saturated with wisdom, compassion, and understanding. Through their work, the authors have witnessed many personal journeys of dying, transformation, rebirth--facing terminal illness or loss of a loved one, letting go of old lifestyles and embracing new, connecting with past lives and future dreams. The stories and processes in this book will inspire a wide range of people interested in using Qigong practices and meditations, journaling, and art for self-cultivation, mindfulness, spiritual awareness, and healing: artists, clergy, spiritual seekers, psychotherapists, hypnotherapists, social workers, chaplains, hospice workers, teachers, students and practitioners of transformative, shamanic, and healing arts.
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KALEO CHING and ELISE DIRLAM CHING have cotaught classes in Qigong and art for personal transformation at John F. Kennedy University Arts and Consciousness Program for the past 23 years, in addition to teaching at Ubiquity University, Naropa-Oakland/University of Creation Spirituality, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, Lucasfilm, and many others. They are the authors of five books, including Faces of Your Soul and Chi and Creativity. The authors live in Walnut Creek, California. ALEO CHING, MA, Art, CAMT (Certified Acupressure Massage Therapist), CCHT (Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist), and CMQ (Certified Medical Qigong Practitioner), has a private bodywork practice and teaches Qigong and Hawaiian massage at the Acupressure Institute and McKinnon Body Therapy Center. ELISE DIRLAM CHING, RN, MA Transpersonal Psychology, MA English, CAMT, CCHT, is an award-winning poet and was an RN at the San Francisco County Jail for 25 years.

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"In this profound and compelling book, Kaleo and Elise Ching present an original synthesis of practical wisdom traditions to help us discover the ethereal thread that links living, dying, and renewal."--Michael J. Gelb, author of "How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day" "A very beautiful, evocative, engaging, and inspiring work! Authentic living, dying, and renewal continually emerge in the eternal, ever-present now. This book is a holistic, interactive, reflective experience to rebirth your life across multiple dimensions. Engage this book and the next stage of your transformative journey NOW."--Kevin Cashman, CEO leadership coach, author of the best-selling business book "Leadership from the Inside Out" "An original, compelling book generously filled with life-transforming guidance using evocative stories, profound questions and engaging collage-journaling explorations. This book creatively opens many exciting doors to your spiritual growth with profound Qigong, healing sounds, acupressure, hypnotherapy, and meditation techniques for healing your body, emotions, and soul."--Michael Reed Gach, PhD, author of "Acupressure's Potent Points" "Elise and Kaleo have been my teachers, colleagues and co-explorers on the road of art and healing, energy medicine and guided imagery for many years. This incredible book is a real teacher and valuable tool for anyone interested in living, dying and rebirth."--Michael Samuels, MD, author of "The Well Body Book, Seeing with the Mind's Eye, " and "Healing with the Arts" "Kaleo and Elise's creativity and understanding lead the reader to connect with his or her own inner spirit and inspiration. Their voices carry the authenticity of those who truly walk the path of their traditions. True artists, Kaleo's mastery of energy work and hypnotherapy integrates seamlessly with Elise's inspired poetry and use of journaling and collage. Separately magnificent, together magical. A book to take time

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