Miro Baricic, Shudo Denmei, John Dixon

A meeting with a powerful acupuncturist – Miro Baricic and my first experience of having spontaneous qi activated through an acupuncture session…

(Picture above – the famous Japanese acupuncturist Shudo Denmei (middle) with acupuncturists Miro Baricic (large fellow) and myself). 

I have received many acupuncture treatments over the years. Sometimes from professors at school, experienced TCM doctors, and several colleagues. I have been to non-descript Chinese shops for acupuncture and herbs.  I’ve had treatments from masters in Japan. With the exception of TCM, very few treatments are alike. Every practitioner brings their own skill, experience, ability (and flavor) to their treatment.

Whilst treatments can differ, I’d not had any unusual or out of the world acupuncture experiences. That was until I met Miro Baricic.

Setting off spontaneous qi reactions with acupuncture

Miro Baricic had the unusual ability to set off a spontaneous qi effect in his patients when he treated them with acupuncture. He did it too me. And it took my understanding of acupuncture to a completely new level.

The curious thing about Miro, is that he doesn’t really talk much about his ability. I had not been led to expect anything out of the usual from his treatments. So when it happened, it completely took me by surprise.

The spontaneous qi acupuncture treatment

I met Miro, whilst studying on the Toyohari basic course in Amsterdam some years ago. We were both classmates. Curiously, we both gravitated to the same part of the classroom for seating – far away in the corner and next to the window for air and sunshine. And although, we are very different people, we hit it off immediately, which is unusual for me. During the programme, we had numerous discussions about acupuncture and healing. At one time in the course, we decided to exchange treatments in our hotel room.

The treatment

He demonstrated one of his treatments on me and inserted a single needle into my Liver 8 point and manipulated it using Shudo Denmei’s SRI (Super Rapid Insertion Technique). And then he sat down.

‘That was it? Just one needle’, I thought. ‘Lazy b’stard’.

But, then within minutes, I suddenly felt all sorts of muscle twitches and movements slowly bubbling up in my limbs. At first, I tried to resist them feeling embarrassed about these spontaneous reactions, but he told me to relax and let it go. So I did.

The muscle movement became stronger and I found my arms and legs shaking and moving without any action on my part, I was quite surprised. Curiously I was more concerned with the needle dropping out of my leg, but I needn’t have worried. My friend simply sat and kept checking his smartphone (probably facebook). He was satisfied with the way the treatment was going.

The shaking continued for another 30-45 minutes and then just as suddenly as it had started, it seemed to gradually slow down and then came to a natural stop. I have no idea how this spontaneous qi had worked its own timing out.

Afterwards – feeling more charged

As I mentioned, I had not been told what to expect from this treatment. I honestly thought it was going to be a normal-type acupuncture session, where he puts needles in and I feel relaxed and maybe at best I may get over my hangover headache (although it was unlikely considering the amount of alcohol I had been drinking that weekend – did I mention we were in Amsterdam).

Afterwards, along with lots of questions regarding the treatment, I did notice one major physical difference… I felt massively energised and a lot more positive.

During that whole weekend I was fatigued with the travel, the training, eating out, socialising and the overall lack of rest.

But all that was gone.  I was charged – perhaps too much, but charged nonetheless. But was it a charge of energy that came from Miro, or was it my own unblocked energy freed from physical and energetic stagnations, giving me the boost?

Freeing-up suppressed energy

The spontaneous movements from the treatment must have freed up all sort of restrictions – like a mini-workout. It would have pumped my blood and lymph throughout my whole circulatory system. Feel-good endorphins would have been released. It takes a lot of energy to hold tension in your own body.

It is like one hand reaches out to grab an object, but your other hand grabs its and forces it not to move.  All of this suppressed energy that could be used for more efficient functioning. It was released. This is what happens with body armouring or stagnant qi.

Unusual reaction

The spontaneous qi activation effect is not a common thing.

Prior to it happening, I had experienced a milder form of the spontaneous qi effect myself when practicing regular qigong. However I did not know that such things could be set off by someone else with an acupuncture treatment. Nor did I know just how much stronger the spontaneous qi effect can be, when activated by someone else’s energy.

Since then, I have researched more into the phenomenon. In this series of articles and my 30 day spontaneous qigong trial, I have written many of my findings.

Miro Baricic: An empowering presence

Miro stands at well over 6 feet tall. He is strongly built. A Croatian, who immigrated to Norway. I imagine he is the result of hardy Eastern European stock. I see him as coming from a long line of ancient warriors. He has the physicality of Dwayne Johnson (aka the Rock) and the masculinity of Sean Connery.

In his youth, he enlisted in the army in Croatia and told me he had experience of blowing things up. After that he became a professional kickboxer until an injury ended his career. It was then that he turned to the healing arts. He trained as a physiotherapist and  a nurse. After that he became an acupuncturist.

Rabbit hops

Miro belongs to the rabbit sign in the Chinese zodiac. What I take this to mean is that he has the tendency to hop from one thing to the other. However, he has the uncanny ability to master whatever he puts his mind to.

The downside is that he becomes bored and wants to move on to the next thing. Which he in turn will master. His latest interest is deep-sea diving. And again, just to give an example of the talent inherent in him, he somehow managed to find a 500 year old sword at the bottom of the ocean.

He and his colleague donated the sword to a museum and the finding was reported in the local newspaper. I asked him jokingly why he didn’t keep the sword. He told me it was bad karma to keep it.

miro baricic acupuncture sword

Miro Baricic Acupuncture sword

What next Miro?

Smart

I was always surprised at his knowledge and memory of acupuncture. Though English is not his first language (He speaks at least two other languages). He has studied many acupuncture textbooks (mostly in English) and would discuss them with me. He remembers facts and theories that had passed by my head completely.

Miro is also very cultured. He enjoyed visiting museums in Amsterdam and loves art and poetry.

That last part is a joke. He hasn’t yet discovered an appreciation of art and poetry. Perhaps later on…

Respect

More importantly, is that he has a good sense of justice. He is open to everyone. From my observations, he accepts people as they come. This leads people to open up to him and trust him. He is not truly motivated by crude things like money. This makes him a better person than me.

How?

But what of this ability? Where did it come from? This is not a normal ability. There is something clearly preternatural about it. A past life as a healer? Or does he come from a generation of healers and energy workers. A witch? Should we burn him?

Miro told me he doesn’t really know where these abilities came from. Early on, when training in acupuncture, it just happened during a treatment and it totally surprised him.

One Punch Man

Actually, this reminds me of the cult Japanese anime – One Punch Man.

One Punch Man has unlimited superhuman powers. He is a hero who can kill everything (absolutely everything) with just one single punch. The problem is that it has made him bored with life, because there is no excitement, when you are able to kill everything with one punch. In One Punch Man’s case, we also don’t really know the true secret behind his powers. I don’t think it was from doing push ups, squats and running.

Setting off spontaneous Qi without the needles

I have somewhat sensitive qi-energy, which makes me a useful candidate for spontaneous qi experimentation. Miro has a wicked sense of humour and wanted to try out if he could set off the same qi reaction in me, without actually inserting the needles.

It sounds like a good experiment to do. The only problem is he decided to test it whilst we were in the middle of a workshop, which we were assisting on.

He was sitting behind me while one of the senior acupuncture teachers was giving a lecture. Suddenly, I felt a sudden flinch in my arm. And then again. And again. It was rather unusual, and then I had an ominous feeling about what might be causing this.

I turned around and saw Miro, with a needle in hand and a dastardly smile on his face. He had just tested out his experiment on me. I swore at him. He has not inserted the needle. He had held it over my clothing and applied qi energy.

Unstoppable spontaneous qi movements in a classroom

There was no stopping the spontaneous qi movements. Fortunately, the movements were not as dramatic as when he treated me directly by inserting a needle. However, they were strong enough for me to have to leave the room for the rest of the lecture as I could not stop any of the involuntary movements.

Either my arms would shake or my legs would. There was no stopping the energy movement. All I could do was direct the qi-movement into a limb or my hand and keep it out of sight, but even then they would move the limb spontaneously. For example, my hand would have to shake rapidly. I had to leave the room and wait for the effects to wear off.

Miro even made a joke out of me to the other class mates during the tea break. He said ‘look at you, you are moving like a crazy man’. A couple of the student gave me a scrutinising look. After about an hour, the movements slowed down and then stopped. He is such a comedian – Miro Baricic.

Funny guy

This may sound irresponsible, but Miro is a good friend. And we both have a mischievous nature. I suppose that as we become older, people are not supposed to show that side. But isn’t that how we grow old? – by losing our sense of humour and not being able to laugh at childish pranks. With Miro, I have laughed many times. It reminds me of when I was a kid messing around in school.

I suppose, this experiment was unethical after all I didn’t consent to it. In fact, I wasn’t even asked. However, I consider Miro a teacher of sorts for me. And it was a curious result to see what was possible with this type of qi energy and acupuncture.

From that point on, I did have to be more careful where I position myself in relation to him, just in case he ever got bored again and wanted to try out another of his experiments again.

Strength of spontaneous qi activations

I have noticed a few things about the spontaneous qi activation. When I received this kind of acupuncture treatment by someone else, I could not switch off the spontaneous qi reaction. All I could do was let it run its course until the energy had finished doing what it was doing.

Perhaps what he gave me was a ‘charge’ of qi-energy – like a shot, which needed to be discharged in my own energy system. This shot moves and clears all my energy channels, widening the channels and enhancing the flow of qi-energy.

How did these abilities develop?

Naturally I wanted to hear more about this ability. Did it come from training? Is there a special technique?

However, it seems that the ability did not come from any special training or spiritual practice. In his case, it seemed to be a natural gift.

He told me that the first time it happened came as a complete surprise to him. He was at acupuncture school and inserting needles into someone and then suddenly it happened.

Any needling technique

He also does not need to use the Shudo Denmei SRI (Super Rapid insertion) technique to achieve this effect. He told me he could achieve the spontaneous qi activation with regular TCM needling. It just so happened, that he was influenced by Shudo’s needling technique at the time he treated me, after having done a recent seminar with him in Europe.

A form of exorcism?

Miro also told me about some of his other cases of treating patients with this kind of spontaneous qi activation treatment.

One of his patients would make the most extreme type of facial expressions, grimaces and growling when he was treated.

Miro said the whole experience made him wonder if his patient had been possessed and was expelling whatever it was that was in him.

In fact, he even observed that after these wild movements and grimaces had finished, it was like a ‘calm after the storm‘. The patient’s whole countenance had changed for the better.

Before the patient had come in with lots of tension and inner stress and his eyes were described as ‘black’. After the treatment, he transformed. He became more relaxed and a calmer person. More importantly, his eyes had become bright.

Removing pathogenic qi – A type of Exorcism?

This does echo some of the passages from the Bible, where Jesus casts out the devil possessing certain people.

Perhaps in a way it was a form of exorcism. After all, stress, anger and inner tension could be described as a form of possession making our lives miserable and causing our body’s not to function well.

Not everyone gets the reaction

Miro did tell me that the effect does not happen to everyone who has a treatment with him. And that also he is unable to set off the reaction in himself with needling. Although,   he would very much like to experience it for himself.

Despite this, it is a very uncommon occurrence and I suspect it is more related to having powerful healing energy rather than a specific acupuncture skill.

Meditation practice

A few observations can be made about Miro, which may be relevant. He does regular practice qigong and meditation – probably more so than most people. This seems to be an important factor in order to build up your qi-charge.

The other thing was that he is an extremely strong and physically robust person. He was born and endowed with an abundance of yang and yin qi. Coming from very strong and natural Eastern European stock, there are probably other spiritual reasons for his gift, but these possibilities are beyond my current understanding.

Other healers with similar abilities

John Chang also mentioned that he meditated every day in his documentary, which I wrote about. So this seems to be a factor.  John Chang said that we all an “undreamed of power sleeping within us” and that he is nothing special. So then, what kind of teaching is needed to unlock this ability in us? What kind of meditation?

Perhaps, Dr Skakov in Russia may hold the answer to that question. He learnt from his teacher – Dr Aleksey Falev, a special and secret teaching from China. He has the ability to set off the spontaneous qi reaction in his patients and has documented several examples of his spontaneous qi activation treatments on video. These recording are available on his website and share the possibilities of human healing ability. Though I have written about Dr Skakov before, I have not personally met  him.

Unlocking this ability

It seems that one way to unlock this ability is learning a secret technique from a teacher versed in this ability. This way likely involves a long training in meditation and qigong techniques.

However, it is apparent that this ability can be unlocked in people without any formal training. It seems that it can be an innate ability in certain individuals. This is the case for my friend Miro Baricic. He first discovered the ability at acupuncture school. Though I have not asked him, I will assume that he would have started training in qigong and meditation at the same time. As far as I known, he did not have any apprenticeships in the mountains with Chinese masters. I know that later on he did go to China to train with a master, but I assume that came after he had discovered his ability.

Can regular acupuncturists develop the same ability?

I would like to hazard a guess and say yes, it is possible. Perhaps, this is wishful thinking or just my inner ‘Rocky’ speaking.

Most of us do not have the opportunity to seek out a master in the jungle or mountains to teach us this technique. This path means leaving our lives, families, obligations behind. Is this the only way? It seems similar to the shaman path.

Self experimentation

However, I think that some of us can come close to it. After experiencing this treatment, I ramped up my own personal qigong practice for a while.

And after doing this, I was able to set off a mild spontaneous qi effect in myself by needling myself on my Liver 8 point. However, I have not been able to set it off in other people, although there have been occasions, when my patients have had some unusual energetic sensations – like feeling underneath a waterfall, or a strong continuous pulsating feeling after inserting the needles.

However, these reactions are quite rare and for the most part, I do not get any kind of unusual effect. And certainly no spontaneous qi activation effects like Miro. Also, these reactions are usually dependent on just how much qigong I am practicing at the time, which fluctuates. Often, I do not practice qigong or meditation at all for months at a time.

Cultivating energy

However, I think that it may be possible if an acupuncturist was to practice qigong and meditation for several years and do a lot of work on building not just their energy levels but also improving their physical health. Their yin and the yang qi needs to be strong.

One of the reasons I think that physical health is as important as energetic is because I think that in order to set off a spontaneous qi reaction in someone, your energy level must be much higher than the person you are treating.

I wonder if it is related in some way to thermodynamics.

Difference in qi-energy potential?

For example, within the arena of thermodynamic, it is recognised that energy flows from a higher temperature to a lower temperature. Energy flows from a higher pressure to a lower one. And energy flows from a higher voltage to a lower voltage potential. (Source: FTExploring.com). The first law of thermodynamics also states how energy can be transferred from one form to another, but cannot be destroyed.

My understanding of science is not great and my interpretation likely flawed. Despite this, I would consider that qi energy is a form of energy that is no different to any other energy in the universe and that it can be transferred from person to person.

And as in the definition above – I would also conjecture that it more easily flows from ‘a higher pressure to a lower one’, and from a ‘higher voltage potential to a lower one’.

What I mean is that if someone has an abundance of yin and yang qi, like my friend Miro, then that qi will far more easily be transferred from him and into his patients even without any conscious effort on his part. The needle he inserts is simply the opening up of the pathway for the energy to flow, but the energy charge comes from him.

Building up a strong enough charge.

I think it is same thing for John Chang. In his documentary, he had undergone years of meditation practice, which I believe built up his qi, yin and yang energy so his energy potential was so much stronger than his patients.

And I think it is the reason why most acupuncturists or healers will not achieve the same effect. Our qi potential is nowhere near high enough. The only exception may be if you treat someone who is already very energy-sensitive – e.g. they do lots of energy work like meditation, yoga or qigong and so do you. Then a similar reaction may occur.

How does this fit with traditional acupuncture theory?

The question then is, does this kind of strong spontaneous type qi activation help with healing? In his patient’s cases I would suggest it does. But how does this fit with the principles of Chinese medicine as recorded in the classic texts the Huangdi Neijing? It may be that this spontaneous qi activation is more a kind of qigong ‘healing’ as opposed to a normal acupuncture treatment.

Although I suppose some qigong practitioners would disagree and say that the Huang di Neijing is a book aimed at energy healing and that acupuncture was more appropriate to qigong healers than the modern way it is practiced today.

Continuous learning

Though Miro has this ability, I do not think he defines himself by it. He has many talents as well as a strong-minded nature.

Despite having this natural ability, it hasn’t stopped him from continuing to improve his technical acupuncture skills and theoretical understanding. Miro went on to do Toyohari training to learn one system of Japanese acupuncture and also came to Japan to the In-Touch seminar to learn from the Japanese acupuncture master Shudo Denmei and other teachers. He has attended many types of training and workshops.

He currently lives in Norway. If you are interested in receiving a treatment from him, contact me, and I’ll pass on a message. Or you could probably find him on Facebook yourself.

Future amendments

As I am still in contact with Miro and see him about once a year or so, I may update this article with more information on Miro or maybe even write a new article about him sometime. At some point, I hope to include a video of one of his treatments.