Born in the Shaanxi province of China in 1956, Zhi Gang Sha became interested in healing as a young child. He observed people in his immediate and extended family with a variety of illnesses. He went on to study at Xi’an Jiaotong University and received a Doctorate in Western medicine. He is also certified in the Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques of acupuncture and moxibustion. In Beijing, he taught acupuncture and Qigong to foreign physicians.
He has appeared in two documentaries that have aired on the Public Broadcasting Service: "Qigong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century" and "Power Healing with Master Sha." In 2002, he was named Qigong Master of the Year at the Fifth World Congress on Qigong in San Francisco. In 2006, the state of New Jersey presented him with the Commemorative Commission Award recognizing "his outstanding achievements as a world peace leader, selfless healer and inspiring teacher whose mission is to create a peaceful and harmonized world through universal service, healing and soul wisdom."
Through discipleship beginning at a young age, Sha became a Grandmaster of Tai Chi, Qigong, I Ching, Kung Fu, and Feng Shui.
In 1994, he was named sole Worldwide Representative of "Zhi Neng Medicine" in the West by its founder, Dr. Zhi Chen Guo in China, who Dr. Sha considers to be his "spiritual father".
Sha is the 373rd generation lineage-holder of Peng Zu (??), the title being conferred by Professor Dehua Liu (372nd generation Peng Zu Qigong Grand Master) in 2002. Peng Zu is a “Daoist immortal” who was the teacher of the founder of Taoism, Lao Zi (??), and whose “life-long anti-aging system” has been passed down through oral tradition; Dr. Sha trained 80 lineage holders in the 374th generation.
Divine Channel and Servant
Dr. Sha states that he became channel for the Divine in July 2003, when the Divine appeared to him at a retreat in Toronto. He was taught how to download “soul software” into people and was given authority as a divine channel to download new souls from the Divine, clear personal karma and ancestral tree karma, and create divine healers, divine writers, divine editors and more.
Master Sha states that his total life mission is to transform the consciousness of humanity and all souls in the universe and enlighten them in order to create love, peace, and harmony for humanity, Mother Earth, and all universes.”
His core teachings include that everything has a soul, including, organs, cells, cells units, spaces, DNA, and RNA etc., and also businesses, finances, relationships etc. The soul has the power to heal, with power over the mind and body. The soul must be healed first to heal the mind and body or for any other kind of healing. Chanting mantras are used to heal the soul, which can be used for self-healing, healing others, healing a group, and remote healing. He teachers four methods to accomplish this, which include: soul power, mind power, body power and sound power. Thousands of stories from those who say he and his teachers have healed them are available on his website and on his Facebook page under Dr. Sha. There are also examples of his numerous healings in the movie, Soul Masters, featuring Dr. Sha (called Master Sha by his followers) and his spiritual father, Master Guo. Dr. Sha also teaches that bad karma (from many lifetimes of reincarnation as stored in the Akashic Records) is the root cause of all blockages (illnesses, financial issues) etc. in life, and that it takes many lifetimes of “universal service” to work off bad karma. He tells the public and his followers that there are ways to speed up the process of good karma and receive virtue through universal service to humanity by using the secrets of ancient wisdom. He makes this information available in his books, on his website, his teleconferences and webcasts, seminars, and on his Facebook page. One of his quotes includes: "If you want to know how sweet a pear is, taste it," intended to encourage people to try some of the chants and exercises to see if they can feel a difference.
Dr. Sha teaches that depending on a person’s soul standing, the soul resides in different chakra’s of the body, and to receive enlightenment is to uplift one’s souls standing into a higher chakra. Individuals whose soul resides in their sixth chakra have third eye capabilities. Individuals whose soul resides in their eighth chakra are considered to have reached the divine realm of "Tian Wai Tian", or "Heaven beyond Heaven" (also known as the Tao) and stop reincarnation. Until the beginning of what Dr. Sha calls the "Soul Light Era" on August 8, 2003 only two saints were in Heaven-beyond-Heaven (the Tao), but since Dr. Sha became a Divine Channel, six more saints (e.g. Jesus) have entered Heaven-beyond-Heaven.
Dr. Sha's devotees can register to become a “Universal Servant”, a total GOLD (Gratitude, Obedience, Loyalty, Devotion) unconditional universal servant to the Divine. The requirements of the program include attendance of a weekly teleclass, and the provision of four hours of weekly volunteer service for the Institute of Soul Mind Body Medicine.
Upon making the vow of unconditional servant (devotee), one is expected to experience spiritual testing.
Dr. Sha offers “Divine Transmissions” for those who seek to become Divine Healers by becoming a channel of divine healing power, participating in Master Sha’s healing channel; they can also be trained for “Divine Direct Communication”. There is an application (soul reading bow-down) process and certification is required.
Dr. Malcolm Ing, an ophthalmologist who researched patients with severe eye problems treated by Shasaid "As an objective scientist, you have to look at the real results. Frankly, none of the patients got any improvement. But they all appreciate his efforts."
Book reviewer Araminta Matthews described the Power of Soul book "as wildly commercial, created of shoddy workmanship, and suspiciously simplistic... of Kevin Trudeau proportions ", and that it "offers up some very laughable concepts that I fear could sway a lesser intellect to start a cult of the computerized and downloadable soul, selling flash drives for spirits and $5,000 soul transplant requests from the author's professional assistants"
Book reviewer Deborah Adams pointed out that his status as bestseller is influenced by orchestrated book campaigns wherein followers buy books in lieu of payment for "Karma Cleansings and other blessings (see 'Works).
Dr. Sha has written a number of books, for which some of the writing and editing is completed by "Divine Writing Channels" who enter a contract with Dr. Sha. In exchange for writing a book, a Channel receives four "writing treasures" from Sha as well as an honorarium.. According to Dr. Sha’s website, the Divine “borrows the mouth” of the Divine Writer to flow and write out the divine teachings in the books.. The books state "I would like to explain clearly that I am flowing this book from the Divine. Every sentence, every word flows from the Divine’s heart."
Each of the book releases has been accompanied by a Book campaign, wherein followers could obtain services by purchasing an equivalent value of books on a certain day, and have achieved bestseller status on Amazon.com, New York Times, USA today etc. for a few weeks each, summarized and sourced as in the following table. Dr. Sha claims that the Divine directly told him about/how to do book campaigns on May 24, 2004, a process he calls "soul marketing". However, promotional material for “Author Market Service” provider Peggy McColl attributes the bestseller status of Dr. Sha’s book “Power Healing” to services she provided for Dr. Sha in 2004.
Other books include:
Sha’s Golden Healing Ball: The Perfect Gift (1997) ISBN 0-9680595-3-8
Soul Study: A Guide to Accessing Your Highest Powers (1996) ISBN 0-9680595-1-1
Zhi Neng Medicine: Revolutionary Self-Healing Methods from China (1996) ISBN 0-9680595-0-3
Living Divine Relationships (2006) ISBN 978-0-9780790-0-0
Music as an Expression of the Divine (2006) ISBN 978-0-9780790-2-4
The Divine Educational Process of Adolescents (2006) ISBN 978-0-9780790-1-7
Soul Masters is a documentary movie about Master Sha and his Chinese teacher, Master Zhi Chen Guo, produced by Sande Zeig .