Lotus Flower

Fifteen minutes a day can change your life, create vibrant health. Five minutes of Qi Gong, five minutes of self-healing, five minutes of journaling. These are the core practices that are the foundations for a deeper dive into Vibrant Health. 


Vibrant Health is a program of empowerment, adventure and discovery. This program will awaken you to the power of Qi, alchemical acupuncture and stories to heal and create a vibrant life. There are two modules with three sessions in each module. All sessions are held in virtual space, one-on-one via Google Meet. 


I also offer In-Home acupuncture treatments. Contact me by email to discuss treatments. - mark@markrues.com

Module 1 - Qi Gong, Self-Massage, Journaling   

Module 2 - Alchemical Acupuncture  


Module 1 Qi Gong, Self-Massage, Journaling

The practice of Qi Gong cultivates Qi for vibrant health and aligning our life with what the ancient Chinese named the powers of Heaven and Earth. This alignment fills our life with light and wisdom.



Session 1

Qi Gong - Feel the movement of Qi

By experiencing Qi, you will feel more alive, more vibrant. 


Daily practice – Qi Gong. Feeling, listening to the pulsing Qi. Write of your experiences, begin to tune-in to your life story.



Session 2

Amplify the Pulse of Life

Learn simple self-massage and acupressure. Introduction to the meridians and acupuncture points. Begin to tap into the wisdom of the body for more energy, more compassion and more restful sleep.


Daily practice - Qigong, self-massage and journaling.



Session 3

Listen to the Story of your Body 

Stories help you heal. Dive deeper into the wisdom of the meridians and acupuncture points - Continue to feel the flow of Qi to reveal the stories your bodies hold. Tune-in to how those stories can help you heal, to know you are more than your physical body, that you live in a material and spiritual world. 


Daily practice - Qi Gong and self-massage, listening to the Qi flowing through the meridians and acupuncture points. Sit in quietude, in gratitude, allow your body's story to be heard.

If after completing this module you would like to continue your study and practice of Qi Gong, self-massage and journaling, additional individual sessions can be purchased.

You may be wondering What is Qi? There is no single answer. Qi is an expansive concept in Chinese medicine, philosophy, science, martial arts, art and literature. Qi can be described as ‘the authentic primordial breath of the universe, foundation of all things.’1


Lao Tzu, the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching asked the following questions.


What fills Heaven with light,

What calms the earth,

What enlivens the spirits,

What fills the valleys,

What brings the ten thousand things alive,

What causes nobles and kings to be good rulers?


Module 2 - Alchemical Acupuncture 

Today we are called to transform ourselves and our world. The ancient Chinese view of the world is one map that will help us navigate through these turbulent times of climate emergency and our uncertain future. I will build on the practices of Qi Gong and teach the fundamental principles of Alchemical Acupuncture. You will experience the natural flow of Qi - the Universal Breath - that creates and supports life and how to use Qi to transform your life.

Alchemical Acupuncture explores how the powers of Heaven and Earth live in us. As we tap into those powers our lives are enriched and we find meaning in the challenges we face in this time of change.



Session 1

The Five Spirits

Introduction to the Five Spirits of Chinese Medicine as explained in Five Spirits – Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing by Lorie Eve Dechar

The Five Spirits guide our physical, emotional and spiritual health and development. You will learn how to connect with the Five Spirits and start a conversation with the wisdom of your body. 


Shen – The Spirit of Fire,  Hun – The Spirit of Wood,  Yi – The Spirit of Earth,  Po – The Spirit of Metal,  Zhi – The Spirit of Water


Daily practice - Integrating the powers of the Five Spirits.


Session 2 

Conversing with the Five Spirits leads to Transformation

Through contemplation, dreams and active imagination we start a conversation that gives insight into our lives and a way forward to live a more fulfilling life. I will introduce you to practices that open you up to those conversations.

Session 3

Your Life Story, Your Favorite Things

Bring your favorite stories, movies, poems, songs that captures the story your body is telling you. Unleash your creativity to tell that story.  


Daily practice of contemplation.

If after completing this module you would like to continue your study and practice of alchemical acupuncture, additional individual sessions can be purchased.




The lotus is the symbol for Vibrant Health.The lotus roots reach deep into the mud with the flower rising out of the water at dawn to bloom and follow the sun. For the Ancient Egyptian the Blue Lotus was used in medicine and magic for health and used in ritual and ceremony to connect to the Divine. Ceremonies for the dead included the ritual use of the Blue Lotus to guide the soul to the afterlife, a rebirth. Vibrant Health is a program to create a new life, a life of renewal, a life dedicated to sacred living, a joyful life. A renewed life will help you navigate our challenging times, times that will force everyone to make decisions on how best to live a good life for you, your family and community.