Dr. Guan-­Cheng Sun: The Meaning of Life and The Authentic Self

sun04Excellence Reporter: Dr. Sun, what is the meaning of life?

Dr. Guan-­Cheng Sun: From the perspective of internal cultivation, the meaning of life is to fulfill the destiny of the authentic self.

The authentic self refers to the prenatal intelligence and wisdom as the original light of consciousness. Everybody’s authentic self is unique, with special inherited gifts and talents. It is significant and meaningful to realize the inherited gifts and talents and, especially, to share them with others for the betterment of humanity.

One of the important goals in Yi Ren® Qigong practice is to increase one’s awareness with authentic Qi cultivation for self-­awareness and realization regarding the properties of the soul, the relationships between the soul and the body, as well as between the soul and mind.

The soul is the owner and master of the mind and the body. The mind and the body should provide great services to the soul for fulfilling the soul’s destiny. However, with the modern life style and its high-­speed rhythm and intense intellectual activities, many people’s lives are directed by postnatal intellectual activities and disconnected from their soul and authentic self. In addition, many people are living with different health conditions and great suffering; perhaps their minds are hijacked by unhealthy thoughts and programs, and their authentic self may be repressed or abused by postnatal unhealthy consciousness and programs.

It is important for people to live a healthy and happy life with great joy and success, but in order to achieve a healthy and happy life, it is necessary to be aware of one’s inherited properties and to realize the authentic self. According to traditional Daoist teaching, authentic Qi cultivation plays an important role in the process of self‑awareness, self‑realization and self-­fulfillment.


~Guan-­Cheng Sun, PhD is the founder and executive director of the Institute of Qigong & Integrative Medicine (IQ&IM). Dr. Sun earned his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Japan in 1993, and was awarded a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. From 1994-­1997, Dr. Sun conducted postdoctoral research in molecular endocrinology at the University of Washington. Dr. Sun is also a Qigong teacher with over 40 years of practice in a program which he began learning at the age of nine from his granduncle in China. He has spent over 20 years refining his skills and has developed a new system of Qigong called Yi Ren® Qigong. His understanding of modern molecular genetics and scientific principles, as well as his experience with internal cultivation, allowed him to create a unique bridge between cultures. Dr. Sun is currently teaching a Medical Qigong Self-­Care Certification Program at Bastyr University and a Yi Ren Qigong Teacher Certification Program at IQ&IM. He is also engaged in Qigong and Integrative Medicine research at IQ&IM and Bastyr University.

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