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Clouds of light are photographed as Qi gong healers "open the meridians" of participants of CHI Tour '96 in Beijing China. No special lighting effects were used.

Light of Consciousness: Shen

Shen, in traditional Chinese medicine, is the substance of consciousness. Just as water is the substance of a river, Shen is the substance of mind or awareness. To a Westerner, the whole idea that a “substance” of mind would exist seems absurd. We believe that the brain thinks through the sequential excitation of synapses. We don’t look further because we think that no addi­tional explanation is necessary.

A systems engineer by training, he moved early in his career from efficient use of fossil fuel energy to efficient use of human energy. Human consciousness is severely crippled in most all of us compared to the full potentials of consciousness so Richard has made studying and optimizing human consciousness into a 30 year career choice.

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