Healing By the Water, For the Water, and Through the Water
Meditation and healing movements every Wednesday by Lake Hiawatha, Minneapolis
Each of us is on a healing journey towards deeper connection with unconditional healing love energy. Whether you are healing an illnesses, navigating a life change, or wanting to build your longevity – each of these challenges can be seen as an opportunity to open our hearts more deeply.
Qigong is a practice that helps us work with the ups and downs of life and find a way to balance, heal and become more loving. Qi (pronounced “chee”) means “energy” and Gong means “to work with.” Qigong literally means to work with the energy in our body, in our world, and the universe. As a certified Spring Forest Qigong practice group we focus on the meditations and healing movements developed by Master Chunyi Lin. This style of qigong is special because it is so simple and also so powerful. It is designed to activate our own ability to heal and to help us put our love into action to heal others.
Practicing in a group magnifies the healing energy. Getting into a rhythm of meditating and doing healing movements every week helps you build positive momentum in your life.
No experience necessary. Newcomers can and do join us any week. If you are concerned about your limitations, take heart that there is no bad way to practice qigong; there is only good, better, and best. If it is not comfortable to practice the healing movements while standing you can do them sitting down. Or you can simply visualize yourself doing them.
Clean water is also essential for the renewal of life. Praying for the water is a way to pray for the source of a beautiful future. Unfortunately our waters are polluted in many ways, physically and energetically. Our planet is experiencing an increased number of extreme water events like floods and hurricanes. Spring Forest Qigong founder Master Chunyi Lin encourages each person to send their healing love into the water every day to help purify the water and bring it into balance.
Every week the Healing Waters Qigong practice group blesses a vessel of water. We are inspired by Masaru Emoto’s research on the healing effect of our prayers on water, creating beautiful crystals. Each week we offer some of this healing water to Lake Hiawatha.
Water helps us carry our prayers into the world. As the water flows through Lake Hiawatha, through Minnehaha Creek, into the Mississippi, down to the Gulf of Mexico and ultimately through all the oceans, (or as it is carried through the skies), it is carrying our love and compassion. Through the water our healing love can reach all beings.
By drinking love-infused water we can open ourselves more deeply to unconditional healing love. Every practice group ends with a toast “To love and healing!” and a drink of the best glass of water of the week.
A Healing Story
Something to love about the weekly Healing Waters Qigong practice at Lake Hiawatha is that some regular members have chronic and/or serious illnesses, and occasionally others come with aches, pains, injuries, heartaches. The group healing practices, during which the folks suffering most on that occasion sit in the middle of the circle while the energies of the whole circle are summoned to raise spirits and heal pain, seem to be opening for everyone present. This must be part of the continuing action of Spring Forest Qigong in the world, because Emily is part of that lineage.
When I was the person in the middle of the circle, undergoing a flare-up of fibromyalgia, feeling weak and unsteady on my feet, I found the sense of energy flowing in startling, warming, even giving rise to laughter. And unexpectedly, I was later able to get up on my own two feet (thank you, feet and legs) and walk away with strong balance. That strength from the healing moments took me through the rest of the day. Which in turn gave me enough mental clarity to think again (something that fibro fog robs one of), and to work out what further healing steps to take. More bows of gratitude to Emily and all the members! – Terri
Certified Spring Forest Qigong Practice Group Leader
I sometimes laugh that I now lead a Spring Forest Qigong practice group. I practiced Spring Forest Qigong exercises for 7 years before I went to my first practice group and I am sorry I spent all those years missing out. Practice groups are invaluable for conquering our own resistance, staying inspired, growing confidence and finding a community of support.
I live in the neighborhood of Lake Hiawatha and it is my love of this lake that inspired me to start this practice group dedicated to healing by, for and through the water.
To learn more about my healing journey and relationship to the water click here.
Drop in for any session year round!
May 20 – September 2: Wednesdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Our live outdoor class is also broadcast on this Zoom link (audio only).
We meet among the pines overlooking the lake near Minnehaha Parkway and 27th Ave S., Minneapolis. If there is rain or too much wind the class will meet only on Zoom.
To prevent the spread of infection, please bring your own chair and your own water bottle. Class donations by check or through GiveMN are less likely to transmit disease than cash.
Our location is often slightly cooler and breezier than a sheltered backyard – bring that extra layer! Many bring bug repellent.
September – May: Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Non-pandemic location: Lake Hiawatha Recreation Center, 2701 E 44th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Suggested donation: $5-10. Give what you can. All are welcome regardless of ability to pay. Healing Waters Qigong is a Minneapolis Park Program. Donations go towards both the park and program leadership. Checks payable to Minneapolis Finance.
Healing Waters Qigong Practice Group$5.00 – $10.00