Empowering your health: Xinfa Centre Nov 2016

Xinfa Nov 16 calendar

November 2016 was the launch of the Xinfa Centre – an initiative of the Hunyuan Research Institute.

The Xinfa Centre brings valuable health knowledge to youdaily talks which can be accessed as recordings, as well as live chat, forums, social media and other features.

Join together with people from around the world to learn simple, powerful ways to enhance your health and deepen your wellbeing.

Teaching material is drawn from Hunyuan Medicine, the wider field of Chinese medicine, as well as complementary fields such as meditation, martial arts and modern health sciences.


Topics covered in November recordings

Dr Yaron Seidman, D.A.O.M., USA (Hunyuan Research Institute founder)

  • Xinfa Center Introduction
  • Xinfa Meditation
  • Easy Fertility
  • Coffee or Tea? How to choose


Tristin McLaren, USA

  • About Sleep


Teja Jaench, Australia

  • Breathing Basics
  • Drinking water
  • Taiji Principles
  • Sleep


Bastian Holscher, M.D., Germany

  • Western Medicine View on Hunyuan
  • Depression (Part I)


Lois Nethery, Australia

  • Raw Food
  • The Menstrual Cycle
  • Menopause


Andre Suwanda, M.D., Switzerland

  • Catching a Cold


Roni Naiss, Israel

  • View of Life


If you’d like to enrol, please visit the Xinfa Centre – we hope to see you there!


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Join our online health community



The Xinfa Centre is a member-only community where you can listen to daily talks by international Chinese Medicine experts, ask live questions, join in chats and forums and access resources.

The Centre is for you to connect with like-minded learners and learn how to take care of your own health, naturally.

Tips, advice, lessons and fresh viewpoints will give you a deeper understanding of health and life, rooted in the classical Chinese health preservation tradition and completely practical and relevant to modern life.

Topics offered will cover such areas as:

  • Home remedies
  • Breathing techniques
  • Understanding the root of life and health
  • Heart meditation
  • Tai chi and Qi gong exercises
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Self-massage and other at-home therapies
  • Focus on specific health issues such as fertility, depression etc


Every week day, following the 10-minute talk, there will be a chat room open for 50 minutes where you can ask the presenter any health related questions. The talks will be recorded so you can access them at any time.



For less than $1 per day*, this is an amazing resource to support the health of you and your family.

Join us now at http://hunyuaninstitute.com/index.php/xinfa-center




Affiliate declaration: I am a paid member of faculty in the Hunyuan Xinfa Centre

* Based on annual membership, in USD

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We are taught to always aim to out-shine others – rated and ranked and praised and awarded throughout childhood and schooling, and into the workplace – getting ahead and rising to the top, keeping up with the Joneses and all the rest. And if we can’t outshine then we are left in the shadows.

Think about it, this naturally leads to a feeling of isolation for anyone playing by such rules.

Human happiness is based on connection and trust.

Does it make sense to try to out-shine?

We can turn this around – and aim to “in-shine”. All of us are formed from the same “heaven principle”. Within each person, completely intact and unable to be harmed, is innate wisdom and universal love – connection is something we can never lose, only lose sight of.

When we change our story about the outside world, that it’s something to fear or conquer, and start to appreciate the natural goodness within ourselves and within others, then the world becomes our garden. Weeding and watering, tending and caring, it is a bountiful place for us all to enjoy.

Liu Yuan, philosopher and physician of the Qing dynasty, taught that the universe’s nature is heaven principle, expressing as both stillness and movement. When combined, all things are formed by this dual nature – stillness is the appearance of form and movement is form’s changing nature. Living things have movement, but even non-living things like rocks will change with time. But even though it has this dual expression, heaven principle itself is one – constant, unchanging.

This heaven principle is at the centre of life and when we experience it, it feels vast and gentle, it is kindness, warmth and generosity. Liu Yuan says, “the kind heart of heaven principle”. Upon conception, we are this pure heaven principle of the universe – pure stillness and pure movement – this is the “true nature” of the human being. Liu Yuan taught that by engaging in daily affairs with the proper measure, we can get closer to this “true nature” that is the basis of human life.

What is the proper measure?

Upon birth, we need to connect to material things like food, water, air and other humans, so that our life in the world is supported. To move us towards material things we have the human heart, with desires and aversions, likes and dislikes. If we take steps to support our life, this is proper – enough food, shelter, sleep and so on. Relationships are also essential to human life. If we respect and care for those around us, especially those closest to us, then this is the proper measure in human relationships. When everyone can respect and care for others, this is a world that functions abundantly well.

However, the only person’s respect and care that we can control is our own. So this is where we look within and ask ourselves in each moment, am I doing my best here to act with respect and care. When we can do it, we notice that this allows goodness in others to naturally take place – the heaven principle within each person fostering goodness in the world. Liu Yuan’s expression for this is “first cultivate oneself, then go about cultivating others”. “Cultivating others”, then, is tending the garden of the world.

Sydney Banks teaches something similar, that the formless principle, basis of all things, is universal – this aspect of human reality he called “mind”. Our capacity to experience this is called “consciousness”. What we experience is called “thought”. Our human reality is one principle with these three aspects – everything that is experienced is done so through mind, consciousness and thought.

Feeling is the way that we can understand what quality of thought we are experiencing in any given moment. If I’m feeling at peace, expansive, generous and loving then this is the universal nature of mind – wisdom – creating my experience. If I’m feeling tense, judgemental, bitter, agitated or any other low state then this is an infallible indicator that I’m caught in a personal reaction, personal thinking about the situation.

Good states and not-so-good states move through us all the time, like the weather. If I hold onto a low state and try to “fix” it, or react to things from that low state, then mostly what will happen is I’ll just prolong it, causing more obstructions. On the other hand if I can accept that there’s a low state moving through, a “low pressure cell”, then of its own accord it will eventually pass.

Without noticing it, in the next moment I may feel a little lighter, or even have a moment of clarity – this is the power of wisdom. It is always operating, at a level deeper than the ups and downs. By letting personal thinking just go up and down, because that’s what it’s going to do anyway, and realising that we all have moments of insight where our innate wisdom shows up, naturally and spontaneously, then we can take our moods – and our judgements of the world through those moods – a little less seriously. When we can do this, wisdom has a greater chance to show up.

This universal wisdom is the very core of our nature, every one of us. When we relax our reactions and judgements, then it can shine – like the sun that’s always there, behind the clouds that come and go.

“Out-shining” others means being separate and distant, failing to “out-shine” means being in shadow. “In-shining” with others means seeking this true nature that is within, acknowledging that it’s within everyone. If I can experience my own wisdom then I have compassion for everyone else who is struggling with their personal thinking too. From this compassion naturally comes respect. Understanding how fallible we all are, the natural response is to care.

In the words of Liu Yuan, first cultivate oneself and then help to cultivate others. In-shining, valuing the wisdom within, we see it in others, and it grows. Water and sunshine, weeding and caring, we all tend the garden of life together.

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Women’s health survey Jan-Feb 2016

If you are female and aged between 18-48 then please complete this survey on women’s health, and/or share it with your friends and family: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSUwomenshealthsurvey

Teja Jaensch is director of the Hunyuan Research Institute Australia and Masters of Chinese Medicine candidate at Western Sydney University. This study aims to measure the prevalence of links between digestive and menstrual health, potentially helping Chinese medicine theory to add value to Western medicine approaches to women’s health.

The survey will be open until end of Feb, 2016.

WSU survey


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Yoga for Fertility course | 22 Nov

The delightful Melinda Rushe is holding the final Yoga for Fertility course for 2015 starting this Sunday 22nd November at Qi Yoga in Manly – over 4 Sundays.


Some words of praise for Mel’s teaching and wisdom:


“The Yoga for Fertility course was exactly what I was after. Sequences, breathing, mediations and affirmations, a meriad of tools to help me though this journey of having a baby. It’s such a unique niche, I’d recommend this course for anyone out there who is hoping to fall pregnant.”

“The ‘fertility journey’ is so loaded with hope and sometimes sadness; even with the most supportive partner you can’t help but feel that it’s a solo trip at times. Melinda’s course so astutely and gently raised all of those questions that were jumbled around in my mind, insecurities and doubt and delicately discussed each topic in such a way that it felt like a huge load had been taken off my shoulders. Even though I felt that I was doing as much as I could, this course turned out to be something I didn’t even know I needed. Thank you Melinda!”


See Mel’s Yoga for Fertility site for further information and for course bookings.


Mel Rushe

Melinda Rushe

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Red and processed meat – cancer, health and fertility


Evidence has been building for some time linking consumption of animal protein, and red meat in particular, to negative health outcomes such as increased risk of type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease and stroke.

A recent review by the cancer branch of the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that processed meats in particular pose a significant risk and should be considered carcinogenic (bacon, lunch meats etc). They concluded that ordinary ie unprocessed red meat is probably carcinogenic, with increased risk of colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer.

Harvard Chan School of Public Health released a review study in 2012 citing evidence from two large-scale longitudinal studies linking red and processed meats to adverse health outcomes as above, and recommending replacing protein from red meat with other sources such as:

Nuts (19%)
Poultry (14%)
Whole grains (14%)
Legumes (10%)
Low-fat dairy (10%)*
Fish (7%)

The numbers in parentheses () above indicate the estimated reduced risk from using these protein sources as compared with red or processed meat.


Diet and fertility

* For optimising fertility, studies suggest whole milk rather than low-fat milk

The diet recommendations for general good health and prevention of chronic diseases such as those listed above tend to match quite closely with advice for optimising fertility (see below – what is a good diet).

The way I look at this is that it’s not a coincidence:

  1. When the body is working harmoniously, the intelligence of nature is in place to re-create this optimum state via procreation
  2. When the body is working harmoniously, all of the intricate and inter-related systems of the body work in a self-supporting manner, allowing us to reach our full lifespan’s potential
  3. Making changes to “get pregnant” should not be the point. Diet and lifestyle measures that sustain life grant you both 1. and 2. above. You can procreate – create new life, and you can enjoy your family into your old age. It’s very well worth taking on these measures wholeheartedly and enjoying the feeling of living well. It is a gift to you and to your children.





How to start

There are plenty of delicious recipes available online, from vegetarian-only sites to others such as Teresa Cutter Healthy Chef. If you find a site you like, remember to bookmark it so you can return for new ideas – some will let you sign up to receive fresh recipes to keep you inspired. Many sites such as AllRecipes, Taste or BBC Good Food will let you search for vegetarian options or by specific ingredient.

The team at Harvard recommends consuming red meat as you would lobster – just for special occasions, a couple of times per year.


What about iron?

One of the mechanisms of red meat and risk of disease could be haem iron. For a description of the way the body handles haem iron versus non-haem iron (animal vs plant sources), see the Huntly Centre article on Iron. The body’s regulating mechanisms to keep iron levels within safe limits are much more sensitive to non-haem (plant) iron than haem (animal) iron. This article will also help you identify plentiful sources of iron, often the biggest worry for people who are reducing their meat intake.


What about B12?

Vitamin B12 is essential for health and is needed in very small amounts in the human body. It is produced by bacteria, and from there makes its way into certain foods. While meat, fish and poultry are good sources of B12, it is also available in eggs and dairy. For those following a vegan diet (no animal foods), fortified foods are available, such as cereals fortified with B12. This, however, is still a processed food. A better option is savoury yeast/ nutritional yeast, which is a natural whole food high in certain B vitamins and Lotus brand Savoury Yeast Flakes is grown with B12-generating organisms, a good dietary source of B12. Vegans can also supplement with B12  – on an optimal diet and with normal health, this is the only supplement needed by vegans.


What about my energy?

People who cut down on meat intake often feel as though their energy levels drop. There can be a period of adjustment as your body switches on the systems that gather life energy from a primarily plant-based diet. The feeling of living with a plant-focused diet is lightness, and this lightness can be an unfamiliar feeling – lacking a familiar heaviness associated with high meat intake, people can sometimes think they are feeling light-headed or tired.

If tiredness continues, however, this is an indication that the body needs help “recharging”. This is a crucial aspect of how we connect to life, maintaining the flow of life energy and material into and out of the body. The Hunyuan form of Chinese medicine is ideal for recalibrating our “recharging instrument” so that we sleep soundly, wake refreshed and have ample energy throughout the day, feeling clear and calm.


So what is a “good diet”?

It’s low-tech and simple: a plant-based, whole-food diet.

Plant-based means loads of fruit and veggies as the bulk of each meal, with lots of colour (varied colour means you’ll be getting a good spread of micronutrients).

Whole-food means as close to its natural state as possible. If it could grow, you’re on the right path – for example, you could plant a tomato and get some seedlings but you couldn’t get this from a tinned tomato. You could plant brown rice and get shoots but you couldn’t get the same from white rice (as the germ/seed has been removed). Get your oils from seeds, nuts and avocado (and whole-milk dairy if you choose) rather than adding oils and fats.

Whole-food is the opposite of processed food. For an eye-opening account of the food processing industry, see this article from the Huntly Centre. Also from the Huntly Centre, the human’s anatomical features that strongly suggest we are configured for a plant-based diet and explanation of the meat-colorectal cancer relationship.

Eat to Live is a great book that outlines the nutrient-dense plant-based diet and how it supports optimal health.

Remember the food pyramid, with bread and grains at the bottom? Nutrition organisations throughout the world are slowly revising this image, based on decades of mounting evidence. See the revised Healthy Eating Pyramid below from Nutrition Australia – click the image to go to their site for further information.


Healthy Eating Pyramid | Nutrition Australia

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Pregnancy open day 8th Nov

Free Pregnancy Open Day

Join us for a beautiful day of sharing and learning about various facets of pregnancy and birth.


Venue: Zen Collective

November 8th: 11am-2pm

Price: Free Event

Registrations essential: ZenCollective.com.au


Are you looking to conceive? Or are you pregnant and confused about all the choices that lie ahead?

Zen Collective presents a free holistic pregnancy open day. Join us for an opportunity to connect with local experienced health practitioners who can support you along your birthing journey.

This is open to women who are preparing to conceive or already pregnant. Partners are welcome and booking essential.





Pregnancy Open Day Timetable

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Free Hunyuan courses starting in July

If you’d like to know more about Hunyuan medicine, please sign up for one of these free one-hour live webinars presented by international Hunyuan practitioners:



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Qi Gong courses


Learn the incredible art of Chinese Qi Gong (“chee goong”).

Qi is often translated as “energy.” Or it is the way that energy forms itself into everything that we can see, feel and experience. Now, from our most advanced science, we know that everything is made from energy.  Somehow, the ancient Daoist practitioners knew this many thousands of years ago!

Learning Qi Gong is one of the most valuable gifts that you can give yourself.



In Master Zhao’s one-day Basic Workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of Qi Gong, including exercises to clear and strengthen your own Qi. By the end of the day, you will already be able to feel this Qi – it is a wonderful experience to understand how this special practice is within the reach of all of us!

See this page for details – the next Basic Workshop is in early July – book now as places fill quickly:  http://www.tiandiqigong.com.au/id22.html



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