World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Saturday, April 7
By Bill Douglas
World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day 2001 will take place on Saturday, April 7th, at 10 a.m. local time (worldwide). This event began four years ago when 200 people demonstrated Tai Chi in downtown Kansas City, and it was picked up by CNN News. The result of this Kansas City event was that several hundred people learned the health benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong.
Many of these people found dramatic relief from chronic health problems they had for many years. Among those people were health care professionals, such as a surgeon, a pharmacologist, a clinical psychologist, and many others. Their results were so dramatic, we began to realize that if there were several hundred people in Kansas City who were suffering needlessly with health issues that Tai Chi and Qigong could cure or help, there were hundreds of millions in the larger world who could benefit. So, we began to contact other Tai Chi & Qigong enthusiasts around the world.
The event’s idea caught on like a global wildfire. It was as if people worldwide had been waiting for this. The very first contact we made was with a large Tai Chi organization in Hong Kong, and then we spread across all continents. The next year 18 countries participated, then last year 50 countries participated, and in 2001 we expect 80 countries to be involved.
Events were held at the United Nations Building and the U.S. Capitol Mall as well as capitols of other countries. Last year 1,300 people did Tai Chi in downtown Los Angeles, joined by 600 in downtown Tel Aviv, Israel, 1,000 in Hong Kong, and 300 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In response to our worldwide events each year, we have just learned that the People’s Republic of China will officially proclaim May as Tai Chi Month in China.
In conjunction with these spectacular visual events which have been covered by CNN, Fox National News, Israeli TV, German International Radio, and China’s Xinhua News Agency, we provided institutions worldwide with medical research on Tai Chi & Qigong benefits. We contacted every U.N. Mission worldwide, every British Consulate, every International Health Organization, all U.S. Governors, Senators, and Congress-persons, as well as the International Red Cross, the Vatican, and Mental Health associations worldwide.
Our goal being to encourage the integration of mind/body health tools like Tai Chi, Qigong, TM, Yoga, and biofeedback into our health, education, business, government, penal and drug rehabilitation institutions worldwide in a effort to save trillions of dollars in unnecessary health expenditures, as well as reducing recidivism rates for criminals and drug abusers.
Another goal of WTCQD is to encourage international cooperation to celebrate and promote personal empowerment and world health across racial, geo-political, and economic boundaries, bringing home the commonality of humankind. In World War I, during a Christmas ceasefire, German and British troops emerged from the trenches and played football (soccer) with one another. Some historians believe this affected the world psyche and hastened the end of the war.
WTCQD works to bring all Tai Chi & Qigong practitioners together for the sole purpose of celebrating and promoting health. We hope the Israeli event will grow from its massive event of last year and bring both Israeli and Palestinian Tai Chi practitioners together for this day of global healing.
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day’s date floats each year so it will always fall on a Saturday, the Saturday of the week of United Nations World Health Day. Ironically in this first WTCQD event of the new millennium, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day falls EXACTLY on U.N. World Health Day. This is a powerful coincidence, and fills us with hope that our profound message will be heard in a big way this year. According to the National Institute of Health, 70% of ALL illness is due to unmanaged stress.
Therefore mind/body tools like the ones mentioned above, already proven to treat or prevent these illnesses, could save the U.S. $700 billion per year, and save trillions per year worldwide. The world health care crisis could end next week if these tools were actively promoted and widely practiced by humanity.
This is not an unreasonable dream. It is perfectly simple sense. By envisioning this simple solution each year, a wave of change will wash across this planet, just like the gentle global Tai Chi wave does each year. At 10 a.m., on Saturday, April 7th, 2001, thousands of Australians will come out into public squares to do Tai Chi & Qigong, and as the earth turns they will be joined by hundreds of cities in 80 countries, time zone by time zone, all the way around to end at the Hawaiian event. Each of these events will provide the latest medical and scientific research on Tai Chi & Qigong to their local health media to pass on to their communities.
Anyone who would like to become involved in changing the world with this healing event, may contact www.worldtaichiday.org or www.worldtaichiqigongassn.org , or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Or contact Bill Douglas, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Founder at (913) 648-2256.
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