Qi and Complexity

Submitted by Ken Rose on February 20, 2007 - 12:22pm.

One of my favorite images from the 20th century is Magritte's ceci n'est pas une pipe. In this spirit, what you are reading now is not an advertisement. It is a not a finger not pointing at an object that is not the moon. What I mean to say is that we are now beginning what will hopefully be a long and drawn out project of defining and exploring a territory that we have labelled in almost surrealistic fashion qi and complexity. You can find it in the members' area. There is a bit of a history to this territory...or is it a story? Perhaps it is a poem. I think of Kavafy's Ithaca and want to invite and welcome you, if you are reading this and wondering what it is all about, to come set out on a voyage that we pray will be a long one. If you have ever dreamed of the integration of the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine within contemporary circumstances, you might come and encounter, as the poet put it,

The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the angry Poseidon - do not fear them:
You will never find such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your spirit and your body.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not set them up before you.

If you would like to be a collaborator, contact me and we'll make the necessary arrangements.

Submitted by Zev Rosenberg on February 22, 2007 - 10:46pm.
Ken, Again, count me in. I've been excited about this subject since you started a Yahoo group for it a few years back. Let me know what you need. I'd also like to ask you to contribute with editing and comments when I finally get around to posting my Nan Jing project here as well. I'm a bit backlogged with my daughter's college application process and writing a book forward this weekend. . so we'll see. . . Z'ev Rosenberg