At Budding Spring Healing, our focus is on health. Our mission is to help people strengthen the natural, inborn connection to the creative Life Force, Qi. We want you to know how to acquire, increase, and use this energy wisely in order to manage stress and live with greater purpose and contentment. Grand Master Nan Lu has given us permission to bring these programs and services to you; healing really is in your hands.
Grand Master Nan Lu and Wu Ming Qigong
“The invisible is more powerful than the visible” — Grand Master Nan Lu
At Budding Spring Healing, our focus is on health. We bring you healing methods that have been refined over thousands of years. We offer them to you in ways that are relevant to modern life. It is our hope that you will learn how to use energy wisely to gain strength, rebuild your health and become more content. Closely associated with Grand Master Nan Lu and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) World Foundation, we carry Grand Master Lu’s healing message to you, so you discover your healing gifts and that healing really is in your hands.
My lifelong focus has been on helping my clients discover how they can thrive when faced with serious life challenges, like trauma, loss, pain, and life-threatening illness. To best help my clients, I’ve deeply studied both Western and Eastern healing systems. This has led me to my current teacher, Grand Master Nan Lu, an authentic Taoist Qigong Grand Master. A highly trained energy healer, I am among a small group of students who have been given permission to offer LifeForce Tao of Medical Qigong by Grand Master Lu. Along with being a Dragon’s Way® instructor, I am also one of only 2 students allowed to offer Qigong for Men’s Health.
I know that when we find each other and form a healing partnership, we can open up almost infinite possibilities for change. This is a beautiful and unique experience.
My work is a central passion in my life. Since my teens, I’ve believed it was my mission to help people. I found that my point of view was different from my peers. I wanted to know what allowed people to thrive when faced by apparently crippling life challenges, like coping with severe trauma, loss or catastrophic illness. The idea that we had to be permanently limited by illness and life circumstances never clicked for me.
My early work experiences solidified these beliefs. I worked as a social worker in a small town that suffered a terrible terrorist attack and saw resilience in individuals who rebuilt shattered lives and in the community that committed itself to rebirth. I was part of the Free Clinic movement; I worked providing services to sexually abused women–one of the few men who were invited to work with this population. Again, I saw resilience, courage, commitment to personal change in these women who were betrayed and violated. I was involved with the Cancer Wellness Center from its inception and led their first men’s group. I saw how peer support, humor and a loving community helped people outlive dire prognoses.
I needed to learn more about the how healing happens. I studied healers and healing to validate that healing was possible even though it wasn’t understood by current science. I learned the latest mind-body healing practices and integrated them into my work as a social worker and then psychologist.
I worked for 15 years at WholeHealth Chicago, one of the country’s leading integrative medicine clinics.
The work I do today traces directly to my learning energy psychology (EP) in 1996. EP refers to methods that use the body’s energies to promote transformation. I treated clients and saw them recover from severe trauma in 1 session. I was so passionate about energy psychology that I became president of The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, an international non-profit organization.
It was clear that I needed to learn more about energy. This led my to studying Qigong. After 10 years of practicing Qigong, I met Grand Master Lu and became his student. I am on the staff of the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation, Grand Master Lu’s not-for-profit educational organization, where I coordinate speakers and help run the Building Bridges for TCM annual conference.
As a result of my training with Grand Master Lu, I’ve been able to deepen my healing gifts and share them with others. I see how fortunate we are to be living now when the discoveries of modern science and ancient secret wisdom closely parallel each other. I know that oneness, consciousness, energy and Love are the real foundation of our lives.
After all these years, I remain curious and passionate about our capacity to heal ourselves. It is my greatest honor to help you discover that you too have the power to heal yourself.
Aside from work, I live in Skokie, IL with my wife, Amy. We are proud parents of 3 and now grandparents of 3 amazing children. I love jazz, trumpet music, ecstatic chant. I enjoy photography (I’ve taken many of the pictures used on the site) and visiting sacred sites. And I am a dog person!
- BA: Oberlin College, 1974
- MSSA: The School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, 1981
- PhD: College of Health Professions, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 1990
I came to Wu Ming Qigong in 2009 on a journey of personal healing. The amazing outcomes I received far surpassed what I had ever thought possible for my physical and emotional health. These benefits compelled me to eventually pursue Dragon’s Way® Instructor Certification by the TCM World Foundation in 2014. I’ve since received permission from Grand Master Nan Lu to demonstrate several Wu Ming Qigong healing programs. I’m inspired by the remarkable – and often unexpected – healing benefits that flow to Wu Ming Qigong students!
A friend once remarked to me, “You work on yourself more than anyone I know.” I think she meant this as a compliment.
I’m a lifelong learner. I’ve searched for meaning through years of dedicated practice of yoga, Weight Watchers, metaphysics, Kabbalah, alternative treatments and traditional psychotherapy. I’m a very lucky wife and parent, travelling with my bunch across the country and around the world. I graduated of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and have made nonprofit development my professional center.
It was not until I completed my first Dragon’s Way® program in 2009 that I experienced many physical and emotional changes at the deepest level of healing. Remarkable benefits appeared and endured. Neither my doctors nor I had dreamed this would be possible. I was at a point of learning to “live with it.” Depression, anxiety, weight gain, fatigue. Blech!
Whatever your “it” is, please know that you have the power to change. Enduring change.
My study with the TCM World Foundation and building a qigong practice led to my eventual certification in the Dragon’s Way® and Women’s Breast Health programs, and to be given permission to demonstrate other sets of movements as well including the Metabolism Function and Four Energy Gates. Each permission is an honor requiring years and months of learning and practice.
I am honored to have been accepted as a student of Grand Master Nan Lu at the Tao of Healing school in New York, and continue to work with my amazing teachers at TCM World Foundation. To be a student and Budding Spring Healing practitioner are great gifts.
Life has given me a deep understanding of tools and strategies used by people and organizations in times of great transition and growth. These times are often marked by chaos, confusion, frustration and often physical symptoms of illness. Gateways to creativity and the “oomph” it takes for a shift to take root often come in these guises.
These understandings are part of why I love my full-time position as Director of Development for Evanston’s Learning Bridge Early Education Center (previously the Child Care Center of Evanston). We are an award-winning non-profit organization, rated among the top 6% in Illinois for both our outstanding teaching to children aged 0-5 years and our support to families. Complicated, difficult work to help every child start kindergarten ready to learn.
But – watch a very young child if you have the chance. Nature has wired them from their first breath to learn, to freely express themselves and their purpose. Move, sing, and dance like a young child and you’ll tap into the innate joy that resides in your heart.