The Vibration of Fear and Gratitude

Outer chaos, inner calmness, and healing 

Master Glenn Tobey

Addressing your emotional response to the pandemic.

March 30, 2020 



My topic today is fear, gratefulness.   


In this crisis of virus, there are so many fears about it. Let me explain some of the dynamic of fear and what from Spring Forest Qigong perspective we can do about that.  


Fear is actually a body reaction. If a tiger is coming after me, the body is so beautiful. It reacts to it right away. The energy goes up to the brain. What am I going to do? The breathing becomes shallow. The pace of the breathing. The immune system shuts down. The digestive system shuts down. Escape. Run. Fight. Beautiful. If I imagine a tiger coming at me, it does the same thing. If I once see a tiger twenty times a day, I think I see a tiger. The body exhausted because it doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what is imagine. 


In this time of crisis, we turn to leaders, and we turn to experts to help. Help us to understand what is the real danger, what is the real fear, and what is a imagine. The difficulties sometimes is having leadership that is deceitful, dishonest, distrusting. Then you really don’t know what is the fear and what to do about it. 


All of us kind of have an understanding. If a car mechanic says, “This is what is going on with your car.” You trust that. You know what to do with the problem.  


If you don’t know, then you draw out that fear. Draw out that body. The immune system is always wondering, “Should I get back in again?” The digestive system, “Should I get back in again?” The body doesn’t know when to relax. The body doesn’t know what is real or what is imagine. What is exactly the fear?  


Don't get the leadership in tangled. A leadership you cannot trust. But there is always something you can do. That's why I love so much about Spring Forest Qigong.  


The energetic systems in our body, the kidney system. The energy task of the kidney system is to move out that fear energy. The kidney is always responsible for the body’s vitality. With all the doubts – what is real or what is imagine or what is all this going on, fatigue. The vibration of fear drains.  


The energy task of the kidney system is to move out that fear energy. There is a movement goes like this. Prayer posture. Slightly bending the knees and bowing forward. The bowing doesn’t need to go very deep. Then move back up. Open up the body just a little bit. Bending the knees and bowing. Standing back and coming up. Doing that repetitively. Here is the vibration. Here is the beautiful thing about Spring Forest Qigong.  


The vibration of fear is low so that the vitality gets depleted. But if you say, “I feel grateful. I feel thankful.” If you practice the gratefulness thankfulness, here is the movement you can practice with it. Guess what you can do the rest of the day. Practice the gratitude. Practice the thankfulness. You might be sheltered at home. Be nice to your kids. Be nice to your partner. Be nice to your neighbors. Be thankful. Be grateful to things. How can I be thankful when I am sheltered? No, it’s not an evaluation again. This is about feeling the vibration of gratitude, feeling the vibration of thankfulness.  


If I say, “Thank for this.” Feel the vibration. “Thank you for this.” Feel the vibration. This is the movement for you to feel the vibration. The kidney system needs this high vibration in order to increase its strength, increase the vitality of the body. I feel grateful. I feel thankful. You can find a way increasing and expanding this foundation. Whether the outer chaos, whether the leadership knowing what to do or not, what is real, what is not real, you have a role that you can play. Expand this foundation. Expand this calmness in you. I feel grateful. I feel thankful. You can even go around and say, “I feel grateful for this sidewalk. I feel thankful for the stoplight. I feel thankful for the stop sign. I feel thankful for the crack of the window.” It is the practice of that vibration. Feel that vibration. The foundation is so deep. You always have this to come back to if you need it.  




Qigong Master Glenn Tobey




Master Glenn Tobey

Master Glenn Tobey, M. Div., M. A. in Management, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Duluth, Minnesota.

He has almost forty years of experience in the Human Service field and has worked in both urban and rural settings, and values the collaborative community-based model.

He has also taught at the college level, and conducted numerous SFQ workshops and trainings in various community settings. Glenn continues to teach and to share his knowledge and wisdom of Spring Forest Qigong which is at the center of both his professional focus and his personal passion. 

Glenn is a member of the SFQ teaching team. He teaches Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Instructor Certification, and other workshops.





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Qigong Master Chunyi Lin

My life mission is to create "A Healer in Every Home and a World without Pain and Suffering." I am very grateful for Master Glenn Tobey for sharing Spring Forest Qigong in his community and helping achieve this vision.
-Chunyi Lin, Qigong Grandmaster, The Founder and Creator of Spring Forest Qigong



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