Tao of Bioenergetics: East-West

Overview

The Tao of Bioenergetics is the first comprehensive study of the use of Energetics as a scientific model (paradigm) in both western and eastern thought.This book traces the history and uses of Qi (Chi), the bioenergy of China, from the I-Ching through physics, astrology, Feng Shui and alchemy.The author demonstrates how the findings of the ancient Chinese Qigong masters were paralleled and confirmed in the early works of Hippocrates, Parclsus and Mesmer. He then shows the confirmation of Qigong theory in the ...
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Overview

The Tao of Bioenergetics is the first comprehensive study of the use of Energetics as a scientific model (paradigm) in both western and eastern thought.This book traces the history and uses of Qi (Chi), the bioenergy of China, from the I-Ching through physics, astrology, Feng Shui and alchemy.The author demonstrates how the findings of the ancient Chinese Qigong masters were paralleled and confirmed in the early works of Hippocrates, Parclsus and Mesmer. He then shows the confirmation of Qigong theory in the modern clinical and experimental discoveries of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen. Also included are extensive excerpts from the published works of notable eastern scholars such as Yang, Ni, and Lu.Special attention is given to the experiments of Wilhelm Reich to show the objectivity of the energy paradigm, and his experiments are quoted at length as scientific confirmation of eastern Qigong.Finally, a synthesis is suggested and conclusions drawn for the future use of the broader energy paradigm in global science and human development.
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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming
"Katchmer provides an insightful and exhaustive explanation of the differences between eastern and western scientific disciplines, and lays the foundation for a bridge between the two."
Dr. Thomas Gutheil
"In the remarkable attempt at synthesis represented by the book you hold, the author tries to link eastern and western traditions of science and physiology through their separate yet parallel attempts to describe the highly abstract concept of energy."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940871281
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.15 (w) x 10.07 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

George Katchmer, Jr. is a longtime Qigong practitioner, martial artist, and practicing Buddhist. Mr. Katchmer has a B.A. in Philosophy from Villonova University and a B.A. in Divinity from United Theological Seminary.He is a student of Master Hiroshi Tajima at the U.S. Headquarters of Genwakai Karate in Dayton and a member of Karma Thegsum Choling, Buddhist Temple in Columbus, Ohio.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Biography
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Energy Paradigm in China 1
1 China: A Society Based on Energetics 3
2 Macrocosmic Qi 21
3 Human Qi and Chinese Medicine 46
4 Uses of Qi: Qigong 74
5 Uses of Qi: Alchemy 89
Pt. 2 The Energy Paradigm in the West 107
6 The West: The Avoidance of Change 109
7 Western Medical History 126
8 The Theory of Libido 142
9 Wilhelm Reich and Bio-Physics 157
10 Alexander Lowen - The Spirit in Reich's Body 189
11 Pictures of Energy - Jung Revisited 203
Conclusion 214
Bibliography 219
Appendix A Translation of Chinese Terms 224
Index 226
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