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Ken Cohen is a renowned health educator, Qigong Master, and practitioner of indigenous medicine. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing and Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing, as well as numerous Sounds True audio/DVD courses and more than 200 journal articles on spirituality and health. Ken speaks and reads the Chinese language, and his academic training includes graduate study of Taoism and theology.

Highly respected as a traditional healer, singer, and storyteller, Ken spent many years learning from Native American/ First Nation elders. He is a member of various medicine societies and maintains close ties with his adoptive Cree Indian family in Canada. In addition, Ken studied African Zulu medicine for five years with Fred Lee “Ingwe,” in the lineage of the High Sanusi (Holy Man), Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa and was one of four North American students of a master dibia (diviner) of the Igbo tribe, Nigeria.

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Ken is passionate about the dialogue between ancient wisdom and modern science. He was able to demonstrate extraordinary physiologic states in the laboratory of Ed Wilson, M.D. and was one of 9 "exceptional healers" studied in the Menninger Clinic’s Copper Wall Project.

Ken’s lectures and workshops have been sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Canadian Ministry of Health, the Mayo Clinic and numerous medical schools, conferences, and organizations. In 2003, he won the leading international award in energy medicine, the Alyce and Elmer Green Award for Innovation and Lifetime Achievement. Ken Cohen has been involved in these healing ways for more than 40 years.

Native American Healing Traditions

Native American or American Indian Medicine shares much in common with indigenous healing traditions worldwide. It emphasizes that we live in a polyarchy—the real power is everywhere, in us and around us. The powers are more than stone spirits, plant spirits, and animal spirits. They are lights reflected from the Great Spirit. From the Native perspective, a good person is in harmony with these powers but does not contact them out of curiosity, collect them, use them in the service of ego, or brag about them. Traditional indigenous spirituality is different from both shamanism and New Age flights of fancy. It is grounded in landscape, language, culture, and the wisdom of the elders.

Health is enhanced when we discover our gifts and life purpose—whether through intuitive insight or in dreams and visions—and when we have the courage to express and live these gifts. By learning traditional Native American values such as gratefulness, respect, generosity, and courage, we can walk a path of genuine “power,” balance, and beauty.

The Way of Qigong

Qigong (ch’i kung, chi gong), China’s ancient system of energy medicine, consists of exercises and meditations that stimulate the flow of qi, life energy. Qigong Master Kenneth Cohen personally teaches both the theory and practice of qigong and related arts such as Tai Chi (Taiji Quan) and Chinese tea culture and ceremony.
Qigong has many applications. As a healing art, sometimes called “medical qigong,” it includes exercises for personal wellbeing as well as “External Qi Healing” to transmit healing energy to clients or patients. Qigong is a powerful and enjoyable way to improve health, increase vitality, and develop a “contagious” healing presence.

As sports training, qigong improves strength, stamina, coordination, and other skills necessary for peak performance. As a spiritual art, rooted in Taoism, it deepens awareness of self and nature and creates a wonderful feeling of harmony, tranquility, and peace.

 

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