It is one of the quietest meetings you will ever attend. It is also one with roots in medical practices long used in Chinese culture.
The Chinese Energy Healing Group meets at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave., where students of Chang Sen Xue help those with health issues. Chang Sen Xue (pronounced chow SEN shay) translates to the study of long life. There are an estimated 2 million longevitologists worldwide. They believe in a simple concept - that by opening the channels within the body, a person can help heal himself.
"It's the closest thing we have to the fountain of youth," said Paula Perrino, a follower of the discipline.
Group coordinator Ben Chen said all one has to do is tap into universal energy and allow it to enter the body through one of seven chakras, or energy centers. He led the group in a 10-minute meditation. Immediately afterward, students of Chang Sen Xue approached those there for healing.
"Do you have pain? Do you have a medical concern?" they asked in hushed tones.
Specifics were not needed. For a woman with allergies, the student, Nancy, had her close her eyes. "Do you know how to meditate?" she asked.
"Yes," the woman said.
"The more you meditate, the more you'll open your chakras," Nancy told her.
The next 20 minutes were spent in silence as Nancy's hands hovered above the woman, one hand above her head, the other floating over her back. She, too, had her eyes closed and was meditating.
All around the room, followers of Chang Sen Xue mediated silently beside their subjects, their hands hovering above them. The work was referred to as making "adjustments" to one's energy pathway.
Patti Kramer was there for the first time. A dedicated yoga practitioner, she said she has investigated various types of self-help disciplines.
"There are so many modalities, you have to find the one that resonates for you," she said.
"It's not Scientology," said Jasmine Dior, who came to embrace Longevitology after her sinus allergies were alleviated through the modality. "You don't have to be spiritual or be Catholic or anything. It's mind, body, spirit, all working together."
She said she liked that no money was expected, which told her there was no ulterior motive. "It's not a scam," Dior said.
Chen said there are roughly 250 students in Las Vegas, and 15 to 20 show up to volunteer at the twice-monthly meetings. About 30 people come seeking help with medical issues.
Chen said Chang Sen Xue is best done with daily meditation, at least 20 minutes, and the more, the better. The practice works off the understanding that the body did not get this way overnight, so a person can't expect it to be fixed overnight.
"We encourage people to come to the class and learn the skill," he said. "And then they can do the healing at home."
The group operates in conjunction with Longevitology USA, under Master Teachers Tzu-Chen Lin and Yu-Feng Wei.
In November, Lin is slated to teach three-day classes at the library. The beginner class is planned for Nov. 1-3 and the intermediate class for Nov. 5, 7 and 8.
There is no fee, but preregistration is required by visiting longevitology.org or calling 686-9728.
The group's next meetings are set from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and Oct. 8 and 22.
Contact Summerlin/Summerlin South View reporter Jan Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 387-2949.