There’s a saying that what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. Maybe. I suspect that it has something to do with the capacity of your 意 Yi to make meaning, and the vitality of the 志 Zhi to take that meaning and marry it to the sense of what you’re here to do in this post-heaven formed world of the created. 

In this conversation with Chris Shelton we hear how his troublesome childhood laid the groundwork for a qi gong practice that would not only help him to heal himself, but to be of service to others as well. We’ll touch on the impact of emotions on our physiology, the central practice of accountability and the importance of being both present and non-attached in the face of difficulties. 

Listen into this discussion of troubles, trauma and transformation.

In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • Chris Shelton's difficult childhood and career paths
  • Qigong and Chinese medicine as a tool for healing
  • The impact of emotional traumas on physical health
  • The importance of non-attachment
  • Techniques to release pent-up emotions
  • The role of face reading in treatment
  • Non-attachment, taking accountability, and becoming your own superior doctor
  • Chris Shelton's film and new book

A superior doctor is one who can prevent disease before disease sets it. My goal is that you become so aware of your body and how you’re feeling that you become your own superior doctor.

Chris Shelton

After studying with many masters and applying Qigong, Chinese medicine and Tai Chi in his clinical practice; for over 30 years, Chris Shelton has helped thousands of people across the United States and around the world reclaim their health and enjoy lives free from chronic pain. Chris has worked with Special Olympics teams, professional athletes, and celebrities looking for deeper meaning in their lives.

Chris’ work has appeared in blogs, newspapers and magazines and he’s been featured on radio, television, and even a few movies. He is the founder of Morning Crane Healing Arts Center with offices in Los Angeles, San Jose and Seattle.

He’s the author of Qigong for Self-Refinement. Total Health with the Five Elements, the producer of the award-winning YouTube series, 30 Days Qigong to Better Health, as well as the co-founder of The Qi Club and



Links and Resources

You can find Chris on his website, his teacher training site and at the Qi Club.

If you're keen on social media, you'll find Chris on YouTube and Tiktok.

Here are a few videos that touch on practices Chris touched on in this conversation

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Shop Talk with Jeffrey Dann
Attending to the Qi, Blood and Fluid Dynamic at Kidney 3


In this Shop Talk presentation Jeffrey Dann discusses the importance of palpation as part of the assessment and treatment of patients. He emphasizes the importance of relying on our hands to improve our palpatory skills which in turn help to deepen our understanding of the physical body.

In this presentation he focuses, as an example, on the Yuan Source point Kidney Three, and takes us through the process of palpating for blood, qi, nerves and fluids. And then suggests ways to intervene using acupuncture, moxibustion and gentle bodywork.

Jeffrey’s long experience as a practitioner and his study of various palpatory modalities gives him a unique perspective on directly sensing into the body using our hands. Not only does this aid with diagnosis, but it also gives us a way to see how our interventions are being received by the body.

Join Jeffrey for an exploration of Qi, Blood and Fluids in Honolulu this August.

You can listen to Jeffrey’s conversations in Episode on Qi, Blood and Fluids and the conversation on Tradition and Innovation.


Jeffrey Dann PhD, L.Ac has been a student of Japanese culture and traditional medicine since 1972 when he did doctoral work in anthropology at the Mito Tobukan dojo in Ibaraki Prefecture Japan. Later he studied acupuncture in Hong Kong and Beijing where he was in the first foreign student group of the famed channel palpation physician, Dr. Wang Ju-Yi. After gaining his NCCAOM license in 1984, he worked with Dr. Chieko Maekawa in Hawaii for 15 years to run the Traditional Japanese Acupuncture Foundation (Hawaii) where they brought numerous master Japanese teachers to the US. Later, for 10 years , with Stephen Brown sensei he ran the annual In-Touch International Acupuncture and Moxibustion seminars in Japan.

He has been a teaching assistant for the introductory courses of French osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral’s Visceral Manipulation programs. In addition, he has been a regular contributor and editor to the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine.

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