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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.

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