Qigong and Creativity

Qigong and Creativity

In this article the connection between qigong and creativity is approached mainly from three different angles: Chinese traditional culture, modern psychology, and multiple insights given by different artists. The first part addresses the connection between qigong and Chinese traditional arts through the philosophical background they share. In the second part we see the similarities and differences between qigong and modern expressive psychotherapy, as well as its connection with the notion of flow in psychology. The last part consists in a compilation and analysis of quotations from famous Chinese and Western artists, as well as the results from a survey taken among 24 Western people who practice qigong and have a consistent creative practice such as painting, music, dance, etc. We conclude that the practice of qigong and that of creativity share the same function when viewed from the highest pursuit of humanity: finding our life balance by being in the service of the primordial creative force that extends though us.