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Veterans with PTSD Love Qi

by Jeff Primack
Throughout the country, Qi Revolution has empowered thousands of people to practice qigong under one roof, which forms a massive group energy field. It accelerates everyone’s ability to feel qi and progress, and is particularly healing for veterans. Open to the public, all are invited to experience Qi Revolution and join expert healers, doctors and even teenagers, with smiles and lighter spirits at this life-changing event. Qi Revolution will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, April 7 to 9.

Energy is tangible in the hands, like a magnetic field, pulsing with life. Qigong stops mental thinking immediately and mind becomes energy-aware. Veterans who are missing an arm practice qigong and feel the other arm’s qi. Bullets that have passed through bone create lifetimes of real pain, yet qigong allows people to eliminate pain in a matter of minutes with holding postures.

While battlefield memories are not erased, their grip on muscles, jaw and mind is lessened long enough for veterans to realize they have control over their mind and body through their breath. For example, the technique “9-Breath Method” oxygenates to the core, creating a wave of peace that shuts down over-thinking.

Breath training is the first thing vets and active soldiers can choose to learn. A revered qigong master was imprisoned by the Chinese government for years, yet he practiced qigong and was strengthened by qi in the air. Those who know him see his incredible energy, even in his mid-80s, which further reveals qigong’s potential use in military training and reintegration of soldiers back into society.

According to Alina Mayo, M.D. of the Veterans Affairs Bay Pines Inpatient Unit, in Florida, “Qigong is a very positive natural modality we are proud to offer for our men and women who have served our country.” She notes that qigong with senior instructor, Todd Nichols, has been highly successful. When vets practice qigong breathing with Nichols in a group, trust issues, whether he is a vet or not, becomes less important. Old mind patterns are temporarily bypassed as the feeling of qi is strong enough to give a natural high. Many vets report this has been invaluable to replace harmful addictions.

Nichols is a brave teacher sharing “Breath Empowerment” and has shared this with more than 1,000 veterans. Sometimes in lock-down facilities, where chairs are held down with bags of sand, it can be challenging to lead qigong breathing. Frequent outbursts and flickering florescent lights compound the difficulties of teaching in the VA buildings and veterans are guarded and apprehensive. Nichols draws them in and challenges them to take huge breaths, swallow it and hold it in their belly. A crammed room becomes momentarily silent, smiles and then scattered giggles erupt. All it takes is participation and the vibration is assured.

Nichols is my student but he now trains me and all our top instructors annually, passing on his wisdom about teaching veterans. He notes that “without the breathing techniques, many veterans would give up.” The speed at which the qi is physically felt spurs further interest. Although teaching qigong at the VA was not very respected in the beginning, it now has grown from a single class to two classes each week and the doctors, nurses and social workers respect Nichols’ group. He has now been teaching at the VA, undisturbed, for three years.

Qigong training is helpful for every person, not just veterans. The Qi Revolution is offered at a low price, because people (now more than ever) require this knowledge to prosper. Additionally, the training is free for all military, firefighters and police officers.

Jeff Primack has practiced qigong for 20 years and trained more than 50,000 people at Qi Revolution seminars across the United States. 200 Veterans attended free last year and their profound transformation with Qigong inspired this article.

Cost: $149 for 3-Days Training, with fire, police and military free. For more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit

July 2021


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