"Transmitting Qi, I tap the potential of the universe to serve the healing and empowerment of others." –Roger Jahnke, Mind-focus Affirmation 10, from the Healing Promise of Qi. Phase 10, the final Qi cultivation phase introduced, explored, and illuminated by Roger Jahnke in his powerful book, is, like all of Qigong practice, potentially "way out there" and at the same time "right here." The "way out" part, to me, is his discussion and practice of remote healing, where "trans
"Dissolving Qi, I merge with the boundless universal field of being." Roger Jahnke, 9th Mind Focus Affirmation, The Healing Promise of Qi You probably saw this coming. At some point along the way, we were bound to arrive at a full-on "woo-woo" phase, and this one's sure getting close, if not all the way there. "Dissolving into Qi"? "Boundless universal field of being"? Some of you might think, "This is a phase too far." But stay with me for just a couple of minutes as we
"Transforming Qi, I am changed deeply, expressing my eternal nature and unlimited potential." Roger Jahnke, Phase 8 Mind-focus Affirmation, The Healing Promise of Qi. One of the new buzz phrases in learning & development is "transformational learning." Leaders are looking beyond the simple transfer of information, seeking instead to "transform" their people and thus their organizations. I get it. I first heard the phrase at a Steve Chandler seminar. More information doesn'
"Storing Qi, I create, maximize, and sustain an inner reserve of potential to optimize my health, life, and being." Roger Jahnke, Phase 7 Mind-focus Affirmation from The Healing Promise of Qi. We've arrived at Phase 7, and at first glance, it looks very much like Phase 6, "Conserve Qi." But Phase 7's the one mind-focus affirmation that begins with I create, which is my primary purpose in going through these phases here with you: Using Qi to increase our creativity. And u
"Conserving Qi, I protect my inner essence and accumulate the subtle ingredients for refining the inner elixir." Roger Jahnke, Phase 6 Mind-focus affirmation, The Healing Promise of Qi. For me, Phase 6 is the clearest, and the murkiest, of all the Qigong phases. It's pretty clear that any of the "standing meditations" that I've learned from San Bao and Lam Kam help conserve energy; after all, we're not "doing" much of anything. At the same time, though, we are concentrating
"Directing Qi, I transmit empowering resources to specific areas to accelerate healing and to restore balance and harmony." Roger Jahnke, 5th Phase Mind-focus Affirmation, The Healing Promise of Qi (5th Ax in the "Create!" Series) Before jumping into the fifth phase, a few more words on the 4th, "Purify Qi." My main Qigong teacher over the years, San Bao, teaches only a handful of Qigong exercises. That's part of why I love practicing with San Bao, who embodies the Bruce Le
"Purifying Qi, I restore inner harmony by cleansing and dispelling spent, toxic, and unneeded Qi and opening up to fresh, natural life force and power." –Roger Jahnke, 4th Phase Mind-focus Affirmation, The Healing Promise of Qi. The image I use in order to remember this 4th phase of "Qi cultivation and mastery" is a water purifier, with gunky muddy sludge going into one side and the purest fresh water coming out the other. I imagine the purifier on top of the concierge desk
"Circulating Qi, I deliver potent, restorative resources to strengthen and fuel my organs, glands, and tissues." –Roger Jahnke, Phase 2 Mind-focus Affirmation, The Healing Promise of Qi (4th of the Create Series) Of all the manifestations of Qi, I sense Qi most as it circulates through my body. And again, I don't know how much of this is mumbo jumbo, or how much credit I give to Qi for "fueling my organs, glands, and tissues," especially when I first started reciting the min
"Gathering Qi, I access and purposefully draw upon the forces of nature for healing and empowerment." –Roger Jahnke, The Healing Promise of Qi (3rd of the "Create" Series) Now that I had "discovered" Qi, I just played with it for about a decade, on and off. I didn't know any exercises other than imagining that ball of energy, and then hoping for the "electro-magnet" feeling between my arms to come back. Which it did, more often than not. I learned later, from San Bao in Ko
"Discovering Qi (Chi), I connect deeply with nature and become aware of a powerful new way of being and perceiving." –Roger Jahnke, The Healing Promise of Qi Are you creative? Steve Chandler taught me that if you ask a group of kindergarteners to raise their hand if they believe they're creative, every kid's hand will shoot up. "Me! I am!" Well, my hand would have stayed put. By then, I had already decided that I didn't know how to draw, couldn't mold clay into anything
Greetings, Ax Readers. Long time no Blog! 4.5 months to be nearly exact. Alas, it's not for lack of issues to address, nor thoughts to express. No, not that. I was busy writing the 3rd book in the Get a G.R.I.P. series, Get a G.R.I.P. on Remote Work, now available through Enlightening Press on Amazon.wherever-you-are (.com, .co.jp, .uk, etc.). Kindle and Paperback. And I've been recording a podcast series that'll drop later this winter or early spring–and I was interview
I won a VLUV balance ball at a charity event, and I've enjoyed using it as my desk chair ever since our move this summer. It took a little getting used to, feels a bit like exercise, but who doesn't need more exercise? So thanks to Karl Hahne and Hafele Japan for turning me on to this modern office addition. I'd used balance balls for workouts in the past, and "Balance" is one of AMT Group's Action Values (the others being Creativity, Empowering, Encouraging, and Listening),
I struggled with this title. I don't want to make light of a stressful time, and yet I do want to make light of just about everything. After all, "Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly." Business communications today are focused on a key question: How can we perform better on video conferences? Recently I presented for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan's (ACCJ) "SME Roundtable," a virtual event hosted by the SME CEO Council. This was my second ACCJ e
I debated with myself over the title of this blog entry. On the one hand, I don't want to make light of a very stressful time, and on the other hand, I absolutely do want to make light of just about everything. After all, "Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly." Just as the world is gripped by one story, the business communications world is also gripped by one subset of the story: How to work effectively online, with video-conferences replacing nearly all face-
Last week, I joined a Zoom webinar, sharing a laptop with my wife. We had logged in an hour after the session had started, and I wanted to eat a sandwich, so I thought we should be off screen. Unfortunately, we clicked "hide self," not "stop video." The result? We couldn't see ourselves, but everyone else still could. How did I know? A private chat: "Bon apetit, Andrew!" Embarrassing, yes. Not as bad as this Spanish news anchor: https://www.the-sun.com/news/755792/news-
Last week, I joined an online community for a Zoom meeting/webinar, and I was sharing a laptop log-in with my wife. We used the "change name" feature to indicate we were both there on one account, and then quickly learned that we had joined an hour after the session had started. I wanted to eat a sandwich, so I thought we should be off screen. Unfortunately, we clicked "hide self" rather than "stop video." The result, for those of you who don't know, is that we no longer s
"What we've got here is a failure to communicate." Cool Hand Luke
Everyone's an actor. Popular Youtubers teach how look better on video. This makes sense, since how you look contributes more toward a positive response than how you sound or what you say.
A quick summary: 1) Set your camera at eye level; 2) source light in front, 3) frame yourself so you won't look too big–or too small. There's more to learn. Start with the difference between a "meeting" and "webinar." W
"What we've got here is a failure to communicate." Cool Hand Luke Once upon a time, companies like Disney were outliers, calling their theme park staff "actors." How the tables have turned! The parks are all closed for now, and like it or not, every professional taking part in video conferences has become an actor. Some of the most popular Youtube videos are those focusing on lighting, hardware, and software designed to make us look better. In a way, this makes sense, since
"Live is Life." -- Opus (Austrian band), 1985 How I miss the "Live House." On stage or in the audience, nothing compares to packed rooms, Marshall amps, and high fives. Coming in a distant second: Watching Shine a Light, Bohemian Rhapsody, or Ray. Or a music video. Before editing today, I watched the original Opus music video, Live is Life, Europe's Number 1 song, summer 1985. A corny video for sure, and accurate too: Live music is transformative. I turn to the screen
"Live is Life." -- Opus (Austrian band), 1985 How I miss the "Live House" experience! Whether it's up on stage or in the audience, nothing compares to the sensory overload that comes with a packed room, flashing lights, spilled drinks, and Marshall amps blasting at a real live performance. Coming in a distant second place is watching an amazing movie like Shine a Light, Bohemian Rhapsody, Great Balls of Fire, or Ray, four of my favorites. Or how about a great music video?