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Sunday September 25, 2005
Art of Qi : By AMIR FARID ISHAK
THERE is presently a wave of new energy spreading across the world, and it all started in Japan. It’s called Hado.
While qi is the life-force of Chinese medicine and philosophy, Hado is a similar healing life-force, but it also has transformative powers beyond the physical. It is said to be able to make jewellery sparkle, and even change the taste of water and foods. It is claimed that if enough Hado is sent to a painting, the colours of the painting become more vivid and embossed – literally “three-dimensional”.
Hado may be a new concept to us, but it has existed in the Japanese language for centuries.
Literally, Hado means wave motion or vibration. There are three aspects of Hado – vibration, resonance and the most important aspect, the flow or circulation.
Once we become aware of it in our daily lives, Hado can cause changes in our selves and our surroundings, and affect our health, relationships, business, and ability to cope with problems.
Hado is being introduced to the West by a scientist, Dr Masaru Emoto, and a former opera vocalist, Hado Master Toyoko Matsuzaki.
“Hado is the intrinsic vibrational pattern at the atomic level in all matter, the smallest unit of energy. Its basis is the energy of human consciousness.” – Dr Masaru Emoto
The true power of water
Dr Masaru Emoto is also the author of the bestselling book, The Hidden Messages in Water, and has travelled across the world educating people on the special properties of water – that it has memory, and can capture emotions and respond to our thoughts, feelings and prayers.
For example, in June 1999, 350 people gathered at a lake in Japan and prayed for world peace. Crystals of the water before and after the prayer changed significantly. Similar experiments also resulted in the formation of beautiful water crystals in many places in the US and Europe.
Water shows us objectively that our prayers can change the world!
All the special properties of water are due to its unique Hado. Although Hado is present in everything, water Hado is exceptional in that it is connected to our consciousness. This is not surprising as we are in fact 60-70% water!
Hado has a spiritual element. Desire, ego, selfishness, all impede its flow. Conversely, the altruistic and spiritual values of caring, sharing, selflessness are synonymous with a good flow.
When you walk into a room of happy people, their mood is “infectious” and you feel happy too. Being greeted, complimented, or hugged makes you feel good. That is the power of Hado, too. It is the vibrational energy that is transferred in all these occasions.
The healing power of Hado
Each person has the potential to tap the Hado power, but the natural ability varies. Some are gifted, but others have to study and practise a long time before becoming a Hado Master. Hado Masters can heal physical ailments and discover their latent clairvoyant abilities.
Hado Master Toyoko Matsuzaki discovered her own Hado ability after her mother suffered a severe stroke. One day she was massaging her mother’s paralysed body and felt a miraculous sensation welling up within her, and her mother was healed! She was sending her own Hado power to her mother without knowing it.
To learn Hado power, you can try this simple first step: Become aware of the space around you – its feeling, temperature, and density of the air. Start to do this everywhere you go: your home, office, the grocery store, your friends’ houses. You will begin to notice subtle variations in Hado. Become attuned to Hado that feels good and Hado that feels bad. The most important principle of Hado is to practise it every day to feel your energy improving.
Whenever we are close to nature – in the forest, near a stream, lake or beach, or even in the garden – we receive good, pure natural Hado. Homes that are filled with living plants also give out good Hado. The concrete jungles we live in give out bad Hado, so try to get close to nature as often as possible. Or at least have plants in your home and office. Artificial ones don’t count!
Qi vs Hado
Qi itself has so many different forms, as explained in previous articles, and is important in healing, feng shui, and many other aspects of our lives. Hado is probably connected to several or all of these forms together.
Qi is also a wave-form energy inherent in all things. But the Hado concept has added many more dimensions to this life-force energy. I am sure there are other energy concepts that I have yet to discover. All this will enrich our understanding of ourselves, our lives and our universe, and there is no end to learning and discovering this immensely complex experience called Life.
One thing for sure, energy – qi or Hado or whatever you may want to call it – is the driving force behind it.
Dr Amir Farid Isahak is a medical specialist who practises holistic medicine and has been teaching qi gong for more than 10 years. He is the former president of the Guolin Qi Gong Association, Malaysia. You can e-mail him at starhealth@thestar.
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