| 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.
Photo © Cheryl Wiles
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
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,
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
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