March, 2008
Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship
Raleigh, NC
Issue 228

Jay Dunbar, PhD

Taiji, Qigong, and Qi Healing ~ An Exploration of Qi
“In a healthy body, energy circulates freely and abundantly. Deficiencies or blockages in this flow can in time manifest as physiological and psychological problems,” Jay says. “My work as a qigong therapist is to determine the relative balance among the five elements in the body, clear blockages, and restore the full, natural flow of qi.”

Qigong, also spelled ch’i kung, is made up of two Chinese words: Qi (pronounced “chee”) refers to life force or vital energy; it literally is internal energy, often called bioelectricity, or breath-blood energy; it’s both nutritive and defensive, both yin and yang, formulated of air and food and essence. It is also the vibration that is the source of both change and continuance. Gong (pronounced “goong”) means work or effort, accomplishment or skill cultivated through steady practice. Together, qi + gong refers to any practice intended to restore, circulate, balance, or enhance personal life energy. It is an ancient Chinese health care system, an art of mindful exercise that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intention; it is the cultivation of internal energy for various purposes: health or healing, martial power, enlightenment. Taijiquan is a form of qigong.

Qigong practiced by individuals to improve their own health and well-being is known as “internal qigong.” A practitioner of “external qigong,” also known as medical qigong therapy or qi healing, uses the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to heal others.

Jay Dunbar, PhD, has been practicing qigong and taijiquan since 1975. He will demonstrate three styles of taijiquan (t’ai-chi) and lead us in some taiji and both external and internal qigong exercises—some designed specifically to strengthen “guardian qi” for winter. And, with a volunteer from the audience, he will conduct a qi healing session: sensing qi blockages, combing them out of the body, and sending qi into specific points on the body to restore health and balance. Healing must occur on an energetic level before a physical problem can truly be corrected, he says. He will also discuss the principles of traditional Chinese medicine on which these practices are based.

Dr. Dunbar is the founder and director of the Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School (, based in Chapel Hill, NC. His primary teacher was the late Master Jou Tsung Hwa, but he has studied with many others, including Dr. Yang Jwing Ming and Master Liang Shou Yu. His mentor in qigong therapy and qi healing is Lisa B. O’Shea, director of the Qigong Institute of Rochester, NY. He has offered courses and workshops in many settings, including Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Kripalu Center, the N.Y. Open Center, and the American Dance Festival. He was technical editor of Tai Chi for Dummies (Hungry Minds, 2001), and he wrote the foreword to Exploring Tai Chi by John Loupos (YMAA, 2003). He is on the Board of Advisers of the United States Kuoshu Federation and serves as USKSF Director of Taijiquan. His PhD is in Education from UNC.


Calendar of Events
April 3 , 2008- Tiffany Christensen
The Divine Healing of Dying

May 1 , 2008- Susan Reintjes
Unmasking your True Awareness

June 5, 2008 - Psychic & Healing Fair
Our annual fund-raising event

July 3 , 2008- No Meeting



This Month's Angel Door Prize
A 90-minute Qigong therapy session from Jay Dunbar—a $65 value!

SFF Raleigh Mission
At the Raleigh Chapter of Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship International, our mission is to enhance the spiritual, mystical, and metaphysical awareness and consciousness of our community by sponsoring programs that facilitate personal growth and development and a holistic approach to health and living.

Within the scope of our mission, we choose speakers who offer a variety of views and philosophies, but SFF does not endorse any speakers’ staements or beliefs. You are invited to come with an open mind and depart with all that feels true for you.

March 6, 2008

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall
3313 Wade Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27607

Doors Open: 6:45 PM
Lecture: 7:15 - 9:30 PM
Cost: $10
Seniors/Students: $8 with valid ID

Early Meditation: 6:30 PM
Cost: FREE


SFF Lecture Recordings
We generally record all of our lectures and you may purchase audio tapes of most lectures from the late 1980's through September, 2006. For lectures beginning with September, 2006, lecture recordings are now availble on CD.

Tape recordings are $10 which includes postage.
Cassette tapes are available of most SFF lectures dating back to 1988. They may be available for future events as well.

CDs are available in two formats.

Two disk audio CD sets are $15
Because audio CDs are limited to a maximum of 78 minutes, if you would like an audio CD of a lecture playable on any CD player.

One disk MP3 CD is $10
If you would like a CD using the MP3 format (playable on your computer and many new CD and DVD players but not on older CD players), it will be on one disk.

Our meetings are held in the lower level of the newly re-modeled and expanded
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
at 3313 Wade Avenue in Raleigh.

Healing Meditation
Lynette Marks
(See Below)

Time: 6:30 - 7:00 PM

Cost: Free

An open guided meditation will be held at 6:30 PM in the Ralph Waldo Emerson room (the upper building, lower level) at the UUFR

The lectures begins at 7:15 PM following the meditation. We look forward to seeing you!



Healing Meditation
Lynette Marks
Time: 6:30 - 7:00 PM

Cost: Free

Come early and treat yourself to the gift of a healing and centering meditation. The first few minutes are focused on sending healing love and light to Mother Earth and her inhabitants.

Lynette Marks will lead a guided meditation focusing on the ascension of Mother Earth and the ways in which we can help.

Lynette has been a full-time professional healer since 1994, and Earth healing is a major interest of hers. She spent 2½ years in Arizona learning techniques for helping the Earth. Her current practice includes massage, energy work, clearing present and past life issues and attachments, working with crystals and sound healing, and using advanced tachyon technologies—including a chakra balancing system she developed using crystal bowls, aroma therapies, and tachyon chakra discs.

Lynette has a master’s degree in science education and, before becoming a healer, she was a teacher and writer in a number of settings. Recently she visited Panama with other arcing radial light (AL) instructors—a spirit-guided adventure of wonderful proportions—and she plans to return this spring with several other practitioners to teach AL in Panama, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Lynette and Mark Hirschhorn have produced a series of meditation and healing CDs—Embracing Worthiness, Embracing the Divine Feminine, Embracing Empowerment—as well as several music CDs; see Learn more about Lynette and her work at Lynette and Mark live and work in Durham.

If coming from the front parking lot, go down the steps between the two buildings. There's an entry door on the right side of Peace Hall. Go in this door and down the hall, and the Ralph Waldo Emerson room is on the left at the end.

If coming from the back parking lot, go up the steps between the main building, which houses the sanctuary in front and Fellowship Hall in the rear, and Peace Hall, the building to the left. Entry door will be on the left a short distance up the stairs.

Please arrive on time to optimize the energies of the group dynamic.

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