Tuesday, June 21, 2011



If you are African-American chances are you know of a family member, a friend, or an associate who has had a stroke. The reason is alarming: according to the National Stroke Association African- Americans are more impacted by stroke than any other racial group in America. Statistics tell us that one half of all African-American women will die from stroke or heart disease. African-Americans between the ages of 20 and 44 years old are 2.4 times more likely to have a stroke compared to Caucasians in the same age group.

High blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and obesity are four of the major causes of a stroke. Each of the four can be addressed, and education on ways to address these Big Four health issues can save lives. For the past three years The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) and Harlem Week Inc. have coordinated community-based programs and activities addressing health issues that lead to stroke.

On Sunday, June 12th, the directors, members and friends of GHCC

and Harlem Week hosted a benefit for Marko Nobles, vice

chairperson of Harlem Week Inc. Marko is in his early forties and

suffered a stroke a few months ago and is now in rehabilitation

therapy. It was a great event. If you know Marko and couldn't

be there you can still help by calling 212 862-7200 or visit


On Tuesday July 12th, Harold Sharp, a stroke survivor, will host

the first Harlem Stroke Survivors support group meeting, from 4-

6:30pm at the Harlem State Office Building, located at 163 West 125th Street. This will be the first of a series of meetings to provide stroke survivors and their families with information, speakers, and a network of support options.

Harold found Ki Energy treatments helpful in his rehabilitation

therapy strategy. He invited my wife, Laura Abadsantos-Rogers,

a Ki master, to speak at the July 12th event. I have treated a

number of stroke survivors at the Harlem Ki Energy clinic, located

at 13 West 122nd Street. For information on Ki treatments and

energy training call 646 329-6727.

Ki treatments can improve blood circulation and remove energy

blockages. A stroke occurs when the arteries that carry blood to

different parts of the brain become blocked or burst. Energy

moves blood through the body and energy treatments and training

exercises help balance the flow of energy.

There are a number of Holistic approaches that address the

prevention and treatment of stroke. Homoeopathy is an option

many turn to. Laura will also speak about the Homoeopathic

approach to stroke at the July 12th meeting. Laura is a

homoeopathic practitioner. You can learn more about this

approach if you visit www.nyshomeopathy.com. You can also find

holistic approaches to strokes at www.regenerativenutrition.com.

If you remember the word FAST - which stands for face, arms,

speech and time - you can save a life. If a person cannot smile, or

lift both arms or has slurred speech call 911 fast. Let's all learn to

educate and help each other.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Energy Movement

The transformation of the movement of earth energy can be easily seen by the trained eye, and can be experienced by the opening of ones heart. What many consider tragic events in nature and economics are the most visible signs of a major shift in the frequency of the earth and the beginning stage of the next level of human evolution. Learning to change one's internal energy frequency provides a strong foundation for staying on the positive side of the change in the universal energy shift we're now experiencing.

Internal energy movement exercises such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Qi Gong and Ki training are important vehicles for those interested in learning to control the movement of the body’s vital energy. The Harlem Ki Energy Center is now conducting Introduction to Ki Training Classes on Wednesdays from 6:30- 7:45pm. To learn more, or to make an appointment call: 646.329.6727. Ki Energy training is divided into three parts: vibrational chanting, energy movement exercises and meditation training.

The universal energy shift we're now beginning to experience will become more profound as we move into 2012. We have been living in an externally motivated world for centuries. We are returning to an energy frequency where internal motivational abilities will become necessary to maintain health, wealth and a balanced mind.

We all know that stress is the root cause of over 80% of most illness in the Western World. Understanding how to address and control the movement of vital body energy, also known as Ki, Chi or Prana, will be a key factor in health strategies as we move further into the 21st century. Nature is selective. Perhaps that's why you are reading this dialog. Many will not be able to make the adjustment from external to internal motivational living.

Love is the key to internal motivational living. Ki training can allow an individual to learn how to understand the power of unconditional love for oneself. It is a healing frequency. To have the ability to love others it is necessary to understand the human cultivation process of loving oneself. Most people have no idea of the amount of control they have over their internal body functions. Thus, they often allow the external environment to control their emotions, desires and thinking.

Every thought triggers an emotional energy charge that is directly connected to our vital organs. Negative thoughts also attract and shape our external environment. Our ability to manifest our reality through thought will become greater in this new universal energy shift. Which means you will get more of what you think about - and give.

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Power of Smiling

The Power of Smiling

Smiling is a very powerful and effective way of addressing stress and a wonderful way to improve your health.  The next time you feel depressed try smiling.  You will be surprised how this simple but powerful action can change your mood.  It takes 17 muscles to smile compared to 43 muscles to frown.  You can test this concept right now.  Frown for ten seconds then smile for ten seconds - you will feel a difference.

Research has proven that people who smile often are healthier than people who do not smile often.  Studies show that smiling helps boost the immune system; it can also lower your blood pressure.  If you have a blood pressure monitor at home, take a reading.  Then smile for about five minutes and take another reading while still smiling.  You will see a difference.  The human body is programmed at birth to relax when the muscles form a smile.

When I give Ki Energy stress management treatments I often suggest smiling as a way to get the most out of the treatment because smiling will release endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin, three natural energies that will allow you to relax and feel good.  Smiling is also contagious.  If you smile at someone long enough they will smile back.  Which means the power of smiling can also allow you to help others become healthy as well.

While studying Kendo, the art of Japanese fencing, I learned that many samurai would often smile in combat, and not for the sinister reasons one might think.  They smiled to relax the body and stay focused.  The legendary Japanese actor Tomisaburo Wakayama often smiled in his samurai fighting films.  It is said that Miyamoto Musashi, one of Japan’s greatest samurai, often smiled in the heat of battle.  And Musashi never lost a duel.

Mantak Chia describes a wonderful exercise called the Inner Smile in his book Chi Nei Tsang.  According to Master Chia “The inner smile is a powerful relaxation technique that utilizes the expanding energy of happiness as a language to communicate with the internal organs of the body; because a genuine smile transmits loving energy that has the power to warm and heal’.  I teach the inner smile technique at the Harlem Ki Energy center’s Ki training classes every Wednesday evening.  For more information on the classes call 646 329-6727

Smiling is a very powerful tool that we all have, even babies who are born blind smile.  The best time to smile is when you feel unhappy or stressed. Use your God given tool to improve the quality of life, not only for you but for the people you interface with, especially the people you love.  Studies tell us that adults smile about 15 times a day while children smile about 400 times a day.  Which suggests that perhaps adults can have a less stressful life if they allow themselves time to remember what it is like to have a child’s mind.

The Art of Aging

The Art of Aging

All things that exist in our material world is in the process of returning to the non-material, invisible world of energy.  Living creatures return to the invisible world of energy faster than objects, but all solid energy returns at some point in time to non-solid energy.  Humans, the highest form of life on earth, have developed many concepts to explain the process of aging.  We all age differently, but your concept of aging - or getting old - will determine how you deal with the blessings of aging.  There is an art to aging well and the foundation of that art is learning to balance the mind, the body and the spirit.

The mind controls our thinking, and we are what we think.  And we also attract that on which we think about often.  If you say to yourself,  “I am too old to exercise”, then your mind will convince your body to make you feel that you are too old.  If you say, “I am going to find a way to exercise my body”, the universal law of attraction will attract an internal thought (idea) for developing a way to exercise.  That thought will also attract an external opportunity that will assist you in getting the exercise you need.

 More than ever, learning to be in the present is an important element found in the art of aging.  If our thoughts linger too often in the past, or in the future, your ability to appreciate the beauty of the now can be lost.  It will also bring on depression and other stress-related health issues.  Ki Energy Treatments and classes will often give one the ability to experience being in the present.

The body is often neglected as we grow older.  We need to exercise.  As the saying goes - “If you don’t use it you lose it”.  We also have to be careful about what we eat.  I often recommend Peter D’Adamo’s book Eat Right for Your Type.  Understanding that foods can be helpful, or not helpful, to different blood types is important to master the art of aging.  If you are like me it is important to know the foods that are beneficial to my blood type, which is O.  It is important because the foods that I like are usually not good for me.  Over the years, knowing what not to eat a lot of has improved the quality of my life.  At the Harlem Ki Energy Center www.kienergycenter.com  an Energy Constitution Analysis, that is based on blood type, is used to help improve our client's health.  Call 646 329-6727 for more information.

The spirit, I believe, is the most important element in the art of aging. Gratitude and unconditional love are the two pillars of the human spirit. We all have a purpose in life.  Unconditional love will always allow one to find that purpose by influencing others - perhaps many, or perhaps only one. Gratitude allows use to be thankful for having the opportunity to do so.     

Wood Energy

Wood Energy

If you were born between March 20th and June 21st, you were born under the energy of spring.  Ancient Taoist sages created a healing system that reflected the energy of each season.  The foundation of this healing system were the Five Elements: Fire, Water, Metal, Wood and Earth.  Each element had a direct connection with a season and vital organs in the human body. Wood is connected to the season of spring.  The vital organs influenced by the spring energy of wood are the Liver (a Yin organ) and the Gall Bladder (a Yang organ).

While everyone is affected by the energy of the seasons, those born in each season should pay attention to the vital organs connected to the element of that season.  In the spring we all should pay attention to the Liver and Gall Bladder.  The Liver stores and filters the blood; it also regulates the blood supply and stores the body’s toxins.  The gall bladder aids digestion and stores bile produced by the liver.  A weak liver can cause problems with
eyesight, and issues with fingernails, toenails and muscles.

Extreme anger and depression can also be a sign of an imbalance of liver energy.  A balanced liver is conducive to kindness, creativity and clear mindedness.  Two excellent books that have helped me better understand this Taoist healing concept are Mantak and Maneewan Chia’s Chi Nei Tsang: Internal Organs Chi Massage and Daniel P. Reid’s The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity.  I also write about the five elements in my new handbook Reflections on Self Empowerment: By An Urban Taoist Ki Master.  You can get the above books at www.Amazon.com.

I will also start Ki Energy training classes on Wednesdays, from 6:30pm to 7:45pm, starting Wednesday May 4th.  The Ki training classes will focus on balancing internal energies and the vital organs connected to each of the five elements.  The classes will be held at the Harlem Ki Energy Center located at 13 West 122nd Street.

Spring is the time for new beginnings.  The time to create a better reality for you and yours - by developing your internal energy, reducing stress and improving the quality of your life by learning vibrational energy chanting, energy balancing movements and meditation skills in a Ki energy training class.
We also provide Ki Energy treatments at our center, which is another way to address negative physical, mental and spiritual issues caused by stress.  
For more information and appointments call 646 329-6727.  You can learn more about Ki Energy training and treatments by visiting www.kienergycenter.com or my blog at www.theartofwarogers.com .

I would like to thank everyone who participated in last Saturday’s Harlem celebration of World Tai Chi and Qigong day.  Over one hundred people participated in this event, along with hundreds of thousands of people around the world in 60 countries, at the same time.  Energy movement for peace was the theme.  This 4th annual Harlem event, organized by Dr. Robert Woodbine, was a great success thanks to you.