Qi as a bridge between mind and body

“The hypothesis is that Qi, the energy that fills the Universe, could constitute a sort of bridge (one of the possible bridges) that connects mind and body”: thus Dr. Sabina Natali, co-author of “Psychosophy. A bridge between psychology and spirituality” introduces us to the theme he covered in his contribution to the book.

30 December 2022

«How can Qi be used in the context of synergetic psychosophy and with what role? Many authors, including Von Bertalanffy in his general theory of systems have underlined the importance of the holistic view of the human being. Systems are a set of parts that create relationships between them so that the behavior of each is characterized by the link with the others»: explains Dr. Sabina Natali, co-author of “Psychosophy. A bridge between psychology and spirituality” which introduces us to the theme he dealt with in his contribution (entitled “The Qi between East and West”) to the book.

«Westerners, however, being more prone to categorization, tend to lose the link between the parts. From this point of view, the hypothesis is that the Qi, the energy that fills the Universe and which differs in the Qi of Heaven, of the Earth (influenced and governed by the first) and of Man, could constitute a sort of bridge ( one of the possible bridges) that connects mind and body – explains Dr. Natali – The purpose of well-being is in fact to maintain a constant balance in the flow of Qi. We are therefore far from many theories, first of all that of JBWatson who banned concepts such as “mind” and “soul” as useless to explain human behavior. No longer a linear problem-solution vision, but the awareness of having a complex (uncomplicated) system that with its malaise is showing a blockage in the flow of Qi through which it wants to communicate something to us. It can present itself through a real physical illness or as a moment of “crisis” in activities or behaviors that until then were considered completely normal”.

«There is therefore a “Krisis”, in its ancient Greek connotation, or rather a choice and not as we are used to understanding it, with a negative connotation. It is only starting from the prenatal Qi, the one deriving from our ancestors since, as Bertold Ulsamer affirms in the title of one of his most famous books: “Without roots, one cannot fly”, that we can find “our Qi” the one called post-natal which depends on what happens in life after birth and on the interactions one has with the world – continues Natali – But to get to do this it is necessary to question, listen and welcome those ancestors. In fact, the block can also reside there, without the person even being aware of it. Instead, people often ask to be “fixed”: once the discomfort has been removed, the problem has been resolved. Once again the Eastern world comes to our aid with the kintsugi, the art of repairing pottery by highlighting the crack. We are far from a Western world in which wounds should be eliminated if possible without leaving scars. And above all, they must be eliminated as soon as possible. For the psychosophist, time is not important, “you sit down on the carpet” and listen “from Qi to Qi”, through a subtle listening made up of vibrations, balms through games, words and small gestures up to emotion and to tears. An interweaving of “subtle energies” that can resonate with the Qi of the psychosophist and that of his ancestors, a Qi that has already been taken care of and towards which one is always very attentive and welcoming».

«It is above all in the encounter with the synergetic psychosophist that the traveler does not find the “expert who knows everything” but another human being who does not have “all the knowledge of the world” in his pocket but who, through the relationship, places himself at the service of the other and helps him overcome that block to find his true path (even if it were for the first time)» concludes Dr. Natali in explaining the theme of her speech in the book “Psychosophy. A bridge between psychology and spirituality” .


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