The Creative Art of Living, Dying, and Renewal
Your Journey through Stories, Qigong Meditation, Journaling, and Art
Tapping the tremendous healing power of Qigong and the expressive arts, this beautiful book invites the reader to contemplate the continuum of living, dying, and renewal within this life and beyond. The stories, Qigong meditations, and journaling/art processes, including collage and maskmaking, are invitations for you to engage them for your own healing, transformation, and wisdom.
Authors, artists, healers, and teachers of Qigong and art, Elise and Kaleo Ching draw on their 23 years of experience working with others on their paths of personal transformation to present an approach to living and dying that is saturated with wisdom, compassion, and understanding. Through their work, the authors have witnessed many personal journeys of dying, transformation, rebirth–facing terminal illness or loss of a loved one, letting go of old lifestyles and embracing new, connecting with past lives and future dreams. The stories and processes in this book will inspire a wide range of people interested in using Qigong practices and meditations, journaling, and art for self-cultivation, mindfulness, spiritual awareness, and healing: artists, clergy, spiritual seekers, psychotherapists, hypnotherapists, social workers, chaplains, hospice workers, teachers, students and practitioners of transformative, shamanic, and healing arts.
About the Author
KALEO CHING, MA, Art, CAMT (Certified Acupressure Massage Therapist), CCHT (Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist), and CMQ (Certified Medical Qigong Practitioner), has a private bodywork practice and teaches Qigong and Hawaiian massage at the Acupressure Institute and McKinnon Body Therapy Center.
ELISE DIRLAM CHING, RN, MA Transpersonal Psychology, MA English, CAMT, CCHT, is an award-winning poet and was an RN at the San Francisco County Jail for 25 years.
“A very beautiful, evocative, engaging, and inspiring work! Authentic living, dying, and renewal continually emerge in the eternal, ever-present now. This book is a holistic, interactive, reflective experience to rebirth your life across multiple dimensions. Engage this book and the next stage of your transformative journey NOW.”—Kevin Cashman, CEO leadership coach, author of the best-selling business book Leadership from the Inside Out
“An original, compelling book generously filled with life-transforming guidance using evocative stories, profound questions and engaging collage-journaling explorations. This book creatively opens many exciting doors to your spiritual growth with profound Qigong, healing sounds, acupressure, hypnotherapy, and meditation techniques for healing your body, emotions, and soul.”—Michael Reed Gach, PhD, author of Acupressure’s Potent Points
“Elise and Kaleo have been my teachers, colleagues and co-explorers on the road of art and healing, energy medicine and guided imagery for many years. This incredible book is a real teacher and valuable tool for anyone interested in living, dying and rebirth.”—Michael Samuels, MD, author of The Well Body Book, Seeing with the Mind’s Eye, and Healing with the Arts
“Kaleo and Elise’s creativity and understanding lead the reader to connect with his or her own inner spirit and inspiration. Their voices carry the authenticity of those who truly walk the path of their traditions. True artists, Kaleo’s mastery of energy work and hypnotherapy integrates seamlessly with Elise’s inspired poetry and use of journaling and collage. Separately magnificent, together magical. A book to take time with, reflect on, and use to harvest one’s own inner wisdom and knowing.”—Cheryl Canfield, certified clinical hypnotherapist and author of the award-winning book, Profound Healing
“This important work arrives at a time when the human community is in need of a shift in consciousness and a healing of attitudes. In this beautiful book, Kaleo and Elise invite us to embrace change, make peace with loss, access our own inner guidance, and embody energy and the power of mystery through qigong and expressive art—practices we need for the next stage in our human evolution!”—Luisah Teish, Yoruba Lucumi priestess and author of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals
“Plato said that true spirituality begins with an awareness of mortality. In this superb and inspiring work, Kaleo and Elise take us on a journey that shows that life and death are but different dimensions of the endless flow of creativity. By participating in creativity, we empower ourselves to fill each of our life stages with meaning and purpose. As masters of Qigong, they embody the wisdom of which they speak!”—Jim Garrison, PhD, president and CEO of Ubiquity University, founder of the State of the World Forum, and author of Civilization and the Transformation of Power and Climate Change and the Primordial Mind