The theory of the subconscious as formulated by Freud is familiar to most people today. During meditation, when the mind is in a state of deep relaxation, thoughts and images rise to the surface from the subconscious, allowing "awareness" to take place. Throughout my career I have continued to study Freud's theories of the subconscious, Jung's collective unconscious, and works in transpersonal psychology by Ken Wilber and Stanislav Grof. I believe that qigong training involves much more than just becoming physically healthy. It is an effective method to pursue the question that is so central to transpersonal psychology, " Who am I." To my way of thinking, the study of transpersonal psychology is essentially the study of the exchange of qi. When you realize that qi is present everywhere—not only within yourself and everyone else, but also within many other life forms—and that you can understand other beings more profoundly by exchanging qi with them, you are likely to find the field of transpersonal psychology very interesting.
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