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Soul Pilgrimage, Death, and Loss • Tamsin Grainger • Qi173

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Our western world hides death. We are taught to avoid it. Avoid thinking about, do everything medically possible to prolong life, and focus on “more time” without regard to more of “what.”

In this conversation with Tamsin Grainger we look into how death is inextricably entangled with life. How we care constantly dying to one moment as we emerge into a new one.

Listen in to this conversation on living into the surprising unfolding of life and how the mindset of pilgrimage helps us to transition through the seasons of our lives.

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  • We are always dealing with little deaths
  • Thoughts on a good death
  • Sympathy and empathy
  • The influence of pilgrimage
  • Sitting in and being moved by qi
  • Not knowing is part of the clinical encounter
  • The wisdom that unfolds within the field of collective qi

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When in the presence of death, never assume you know what is needed. Listen to the qi – theirs and yours – and allow time for the simple as well as the complex.


I am a Shiatsu practitioner, teacher and writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I learned the depth of Shiatsu touch on receiving my first session – I felt I was being danced by her. The result was good too – the curse was lifted! In 1989, I started a course and have been learning and giving Shiatsu ever since. My practice began around the time I became a mother and focused on Shiatsu during pregnancy and with babies.

I began to walk pilgrimage in 2016 as I neared menopause and my daughters had left home. There, I realised that I should write about death because the subtle and varied touch of Shiatsu can support people on all levels when facing this greatest of challenges.

 

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A short discussion on coherence, quantum physics and shiatsu.

 

 

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Acupuncture Cultivation The practice of practice

The Sunset of a Practice • Charlie Braverman • Qi172

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Our medicine teaches us that all things move through cycles of generation, flourishing, decline and disappearance. It’s the way qi moves through this world and so not a surprise that at some point there is an end to the practice that has sustained us and allowed us to help others along the way.

In this conversation with Charlie Braverman we discuss the sunset of an acupuncture practice. The opportunities that arise while you still have time to learn something new. The importance of having a kind of support when beginning that goes beyond getting the diagnosis right, and how success sometimes means it is time to move onto something else.

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  • What got Charlie’s attention that it was time to wind down the practice
  • Criteria for retirement
  • The magic of a letter to patients
  • Becoming an acupuncturist at 46
  • Not good at sales, but good at communication
  • Another “now what” moment
  • Lessons learned as a real estate agent
  • The importance of support and supervision after graduation
  • Knowing for yourself what success means
  • Getting comfortable with ambiguity

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I retired in July, 2020, after practicing for 20 years in Albany, NY. I treated the wide range of issues (and their patients) that present to most acupuncturists. I specialized in treating chronic pain, digestion issues and herpes zoster.

Like so many of us, I combined parts of several disciplines and modalities to create a practice that was uniquely my own. (1) Japanese palpation and pulse, to diagnose (in addition to conversations that would, ideally (but not always), clarify the main complaint and reveal things essential to knowing and treating the patient). (2) Japanese ion-pumping-cord EV treatments as a first, balancing step. (3) Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, an imaging system to treat pain. And (4) for the last 18 years, 80% of the time, the go-to workhorse modality I used was Frequency Specific Microcurrent Therapy.

Every treatment ended with The Explanation and The Expectation: I made sure my patient knew what we had done that day to move us closer to their goals. And I told them what gains to look for: pain that lessens or shifts or becomes more localized. This was to direct their self-observations and to mitigate their unexpressed expectation of complete relief.
I asked my patients to partner with me. and I would often take a few minutes to simplify and trim back complicated exercises that a physical therapist, or similar, had prescribed.

My belief was that doing some exercise was better than doing none (which was often the amount they were doing when the first came in). And doing a simple movement correctly was better than doing a more ambitious one incorrectly.

 

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I relied on 3 books over the course of my practice: Alon Marcus’ Muscularskeletal Disorders: Healing Methods from Chinese Medicine, Orthopaedic Medicine and Osteopathy, which expertly connected Asian and Western perspective on the same pathology.

Microcurrent Electro-acupuncture, by Darren Starwynn. And Acupuncture Point Combinations, by Jeremy Ross, which is my most dog-eared text. ACP is a comprehensive acupuncture text: the work is organized by Western pathologies, yet each disease is described in TCM terms with clear point combinations. It has a glut of single page summary tables, including Combinations for Burnout (p 449). My personal burnout syndrome was #4.

 

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Inner Development of the Practitioner • Peter Mole • Qi171

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Good cookware requires seasoning. A hearty stew takes heat and time. Good wine needs a few years; whiskey, that requires a decade or more. And to develop as a practitioner of Chinese medicine, that ripening can take a lifetime.

In this conversation with Peter Mole we explore the dynamics of doubt and certainty, along with the role of intuition and artistry in the development of an acupuncturist.

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • Peter’s path into Chinese medicine
  • Curiosity and an interest in people is a requirement for being a successful practitioner
  • We need to understand and work with a patient’s relationship with their illness
  • Getting through emotional times
  • If you are to heal the sick, first you must forgive them
  • The dynamics of doubt and certainty
  • Checking to be sure our treatments are being helpful to our patients
  • The role of a patient’s vitality
  • Working with Western medicine
  • Thoughts on practicing in the later stages of life
  • Having meaning in life

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As Albert Schweitzer put it “It is our duty to remember at all times and anew that medicine is not only a science, but also the art of letting our own individuality interact with the individuality of the patient.”


Peter Mole

After I finished studying Modern History at Oxford University I started training to be an acupuncture practitioner in 1976.  I studied and worked with JR Worsley until 1992, receiving his Master of Acupuncture qualification from him in 1984.

I studied TCM in the 1980s. I have been teaching acupuncture since 1983, first in Leamington Spa at the College of Traditional Acupuncture and later at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, where I am the Dean.

I am the author of a book for the general public, Acupuncture for Body, Mind and Spirit, and I am the co-author of the text book Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture. I have lectured on Five Element acupuncture in Europe, the U.S. and Israel. I was a founding council member of the British Acupuncture Council.

My style of acupuncture is an integration of the Five Element Constitutional style with TCM. I am particularly interested in psychological complaints and physical complaints that have arisen largely due to the internal causes of disease.

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The Spirit of Medicine • Elisabeth Rochat • Qi166

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There is a kind of poetry to Chinese characters. They gives hints and clues about the names we give to the world. They tell a story.

In this conversation with Elisabeth Rochat we explore, like you’d explore bottles of fine wine, some of the meaning and nuance in the characters 意 yi, 通 tong 命 ming, and 理 li. There are some delicious surprises in this conversation as I’m more conversant with the common meanings of these characters, and Elisabeth’s perspective gives me a whole new appreciation for Chinese language and thought.

Listen in to this discussion of characters, medicine and what it takes to be a human being.

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  • What it takes to be a human being
  • Humans require meaning
  • The strength of the bamboo is that it knows when to start and stop
  • Removing disturbances is what allows us to understand nature and ourselves
  • We are not reflections of nature, we are in companionship with nature
  • Ming as discernment
  • Humans desire zhi, knowledge
  • The coherence and patterning of 理 li
  • We need both the knowledge 知 zhi and emptiness 虛 xu
  • Don’t look too closely at the emptiness, doing so will ruin it
  • Our medicine does not just come to us, it requires our participation

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Find life in yourself to restore it in your patients


More than half a century ago I started out on an incredible journey across ancient languages and civilizations, striving to penetrate the root of life and the essence of existence. Quite early on, I was drawn in particular to the Chinese tradition, the wealth and beauty of which I was able to grasp thanks to my guides and mentors Claude Larre and Jean Schatz.

Ever since, I have continued to study the medical, Confucian and Daoist Classics, drawing from them essential and vital understandings which I try to communicate in turn as widely as possible to all those who share this passion.
My experience with study groups all over the world has shown that when a genuine exploration of traditional Chinese texts is constantly rooted in clinical practice and confronted with personal experience, it allows the practitioner to develop his art, invigorate his thought and raise his vision and conduct.

By means of this rigorous research into the movements of the qi and in a constantly open exchange of knowledge and experience, I have relentlessly worked to cultivate a loving relationship to the other and to help the people I met improve their living experience. And I have been able to always maintain trust in the source without ever forgetting to smile.

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Elisabeth has a new eBook coming out that has nothing to do with technique, and everything to do with how we treat our patients.

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The Resonant Hum of Yin and Yang • Sabine Wilms • Qi164

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Chinese is not that easy, and the 文言文 (wen yan wen) the classical Chinese, that stuff is a whole other order of magnitude in challenge to the modern Western mind. 

And yet if we are going to practice this medicine with deep roots into a long gone time and culture, we need access to the stepping stones that have been handed down to us over centuries through books and writing. 

Translating language is one thing. But translating culture, bringing something of the mind and perception from another time, that is a whole other task. 

It helps if you can understand the poetry, the stories, the world view and beliefs of the time. And it helps if you can track the changes in the meaning of words and ideas across the centuries of commentary. 

In this episode we are sitting down for tea with Sabine Wilms, a self described “lover of dead languages,” for a discussion of Resonance from chapter five of the Simple Questions.

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  • Sabine loves dead languages
  • Medicine is a powerful way into culture
  • Farming is about fertility
  • Why Su Wen Chapter?
  • The importance of commentary on ancient texts like the Nei Jing
  • Thinking of the Five Elements as Dynamic Agents
  • Connecting macro and microcosm
  • The paradox of how not-knowing helps us to understand
  • Types of change
  • Understanding change is the key to being a doctor, a sage, a farmer or a ruler
  • Some clinical examples of Bian and Hua type changes
  • Treatment as interference
  • When you think of the element “earth,” think “soil”

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Sabine Wilms 

Even though I don't have a license to practice medicine and don't stick needles into people, I consider myself a practitioner of Chinese medicine in the true and grand sense of “medicine” as expressed in the Chinese classical literature: the harmonizing of Heaven and Earth in our pivotal role as humans. While I do have a serious academic background, with a PhD in East Asian Studies and Medical Anthropology, I have always been more interested in exploring the practical applications of what I read, study, and translate, both for myself and for clinicians. As a biodynamic goat farmer in the mountains of northern New Mexico, I learned many valuable lessons on agriculture in my younger years that I find eminently relevant to my ability to comprehend the classical medical texts. Managing waterways, ruling a country, freeing blocked flow, distributing moisture and nutrition, fending off external invasion, restoring fertility, or simply “nurturing life” (yangsheng)… all of these are reflections of the sage’s ability to attune yin and yang and to align her- or himself with the ever-changing transformations of qi that occur in the various microcosms in resonance with the macrocosm. 

I do love to teach and to share my understanding of Chinese medicine, and of classical Chinese culture, philosophy, literature, and religion, with modern Western clinical practitioners and students. So until last year, I was teaching full-time in the doctoral program at the College of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. These days, though, I prefer a much quieter simpler life and am happy as a clam in my new home on magical Whidbey Island north of Seattle where I write, translate, and publish (as Happy Goat Productions), and go for a blissful swim in the sea when my brain needs a break. In addition, I do some traveling for lectures and retreats and am in the process of building a mentoring program (ImperialTutor.com) for the more personalized instruction style that I love best, to teach Western practitioners of Chinese medicine how to read the classics.
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The Path of Journey • Daniel Schulman • Qi163

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We venerate the masters, hold them up as shining examples of what we would like to be one some day, but let’s be honest here— most of us will never be masters. Those rarified characters are few and far between. And the process it takes is not one most of us would willing sign up for. We do however have a good shot at being a fine journeyman or journeywoman

Why it’s hard to become a master? Master’s are usually forged in troublesome fires. They may be living through a time of war and disease and their medicine comes through the crucible of deep suffering. Perhaps they’ve gone through a terrible illness or accident of their own. Or they are acutely sensitive in ways that make every life difficult. 

The journey we take with practicing medicine is not to become like one of the masters we idolize, but to become the practitioner with our particular  slant on the medicine that is our’s to become.

This episode is a discussion of inquiry over time. The discovery's that come not from understanding a book, but rather from the drip, drip, drip of experience from our clinical work that over time teaches us to focus in a particular way. A process that does not guarantee, but rather sets us up, so that one day we read something in the old books and get it. Get it not with so much with our minds, but rather our heart and being. Because it is something that we have grown into. And so we can better understand the writing of others who have also grown into their experience.

Listen in for a discussion how to become a good journeywoman or journeyman.

 

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  • The streams of tradition scholar-doctor and of modern integrative medicine
  • What to do when you know you don’t know
  • Knowing when there is a moment of graceful connection, when an opportunity has ripened
  • It seems like there is more to this medicine than protocols
  • Don’t get distracted by the symptoms, and don’t ignore them either
  • Grounding the work in palpatory experience
  • Approaching the six levels through palpation
  • A curious finding with the ren-ying cun-kuo pulse and six levels
  • A case study of severe anxiety and depression
  • Leaps of faith
  • How do you get from nothing to something?
  • The archetypical aspects of the six levels
  • Using palpation to access which of the six confirmation to treat
  • How do you know if you have been helpful when people just stop coming for treatment
  • The importance of attentive inquiry

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Daniel Schulman

I graduated from acupuncture school in 1999. My first week in practice I realised three terrifying things;

1. Anything can be anything (in other words, dysfunction in just about any channel or channel combination could be underlying just about any symptom)
2. Most of my patients exhibited no less than 12 ‘patterns’ and often more
3. At any moment in the clinical encounter, there were 10,000 things happening and at my utmost level of awareness and presence, I could become aware of at most 30-40 of them

Noise and ignorance! Immediate existential despair in the clinic! What do I hang my hat on? I could just needle Liver 3, Large Intestine 4, Spleen 6 on everyone. Surely there is more to this than that. I had just completed a full year of study and apprenticeship in the Kiiko Matsumoto/Nagano system. I am forever grateful for this gift. Thank you Kiiko! That gave me a solid palpatory basis on which to depend. And so I did. In the ensuing 20 years, I have reinforced that palpation-focused system with Nei Jing studies, the works of Wang Ju Yi and many other influences.

I now practice what I would call a ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ style of acupuncture. When a new patient arrives in my clinic, after no more than 5 minutes talking, I have them on the table, palpating them from their toes to their nose. Only after palpating and sometimes only after observing their initial treatment response, do I begin to ask questions more deeply and assemble ideas around what system dysfunctions are likely to be in play.

I have found this to be a tremendously rewarding approach that continues to grow, deepen and evolve in my clinical practice. Most recently in my clinic, a clear resonance between the six conformations and palpation findings has emerged – and I find it places me reliably and effectively well below the level of the ten thousand things, the symptoms, the veneer of things – at a level of complexity integration where I am finding Acupuncture seems to really shine. In this ‘reverse-engineered’ palpate-first-ask-questions-later process, most patients who come to my clinic appreciate almost instantly that I am paying attention to them in a very different way; that we are partnered in a very dynamic mutually engaging process. I almost never have a boring day in clinic – even after 20 years.

 

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Daniel is a writer in addition to being an acupuncturist, give this a read!

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Furthering the Path

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Spirals, Stems and Branches: The Structure of Unfoldment in Time and Space • Deborah Woolf • Qi162

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Stems and Branches are old Chinese science. Our medicine touches on it, but most of us rely on the more modern perspectives for our clincal work. The Stems and Branches speak to a perspective of the universe and our place in it that is foreign to our minds not because of language and culture, but because we live a world that focus more on humanity than cosmos.

In this conversation we touch on the influence of numbers, the spiral nature of unfoldment and change, a few things about the Hun and Po that will surprise you, how time and space give us different glimpses into reality and how a sense of playfulness wtih medicine and philosophy just might be a most wise approach.

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  • Closing of the heart septum and its relation to Imperial and
  • Ministerial Fire
  • Are we looking from heaven or looking from earth. From the creative or the created?
  • Chinese medicine and philosophy is numbers based
  • 五運六氣 five movements and six qi, Su wen 66-74
  • A deeper look at Hun and Po
  • The three in one
  • Orienting in Time and Space
  • How to read the Su Wen
  • Considering the extraordinary fu
  • Latest interests and projects
  • Advice to new practitioners

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Keep it simple; if you can immerse yourself as much as possible in classical Chinese way of seeing the cosmos/body then you will always do things better!

Keep going back to the basics: what everything is based on gives you ALL the clues… that's why theory and study of classical Chinese history/culture/language helps acupuncturists to be much better practitioners


Deborah Woolf, L.Ac

I am crazy keen acupuncturist and super enthusiastic lecturer, who, by chance, have discovered and loved the cosmology and numerology inherent in Chinese Philosophy and Medicine. I was lucky to start studying (10 years after I know I wanted to be an acuouncturist) at the UK college that teaches the most philosophy and theory, based on Five Phases, wuxing 五行, and Stems and Branches, wuyun liuqi 五運六氣. My course was a 5 year long extravaganza, and I came out the other side, exhausted, changed and driven. Since then (20 years ago) I have not stopped treating, teaching and studying: these three activities interact fruitfully with each other, allowing me to deepen my understanding and practice of this amazing approach to health, the body and the cosmos.

As I am the daughter of academics I took what I was taught and read around the subjects, so that I was able to immerse myself more fully in ancient Chinese culture. I have followed Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee for 25 years, and have studied classical Chinese for at least 15 years. I may not be able to ask for soup, but I can make a stab at translating very obscure classical Chinese texts! This immersion and reading and teaching has allowed me to apply my ‘apprentice' style learning to my practice. I thoroughly appreciate and love what I do and am grateful daily for the opportunity to learn more and more and so be able to help my patients even more!

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Number six in the Umbrella Academy is Ben, the dead one. Or is he?

We talked in this episode about the magic square, here's more intel on it. We also discussed other ways of divining the cosmos.

Su Wen 11
“Brain, Marrow, bones, vital circulations (mai), Gall Bladder, Uterus: these six are produced by the qi/Breaths of Earth. They store the Yin and they reflect the image of the Earth. Their name is ‘the extraordinary and permanent fu’ (qi heng zhi fu).

The St, Co, Si, Th, Bl, these 5 are produced by the Breaths of Heaven; their Breaths reflect the image of Heaven; this is why they make flow and do not store. They receive the unclear Breaths of the 5 zang. Their name is ‘the fu for transmission and transformation’. They cannot keep for a long time without transmitting so as finally to flow out/evacuate… Thus the 5 zang store the essences/Breaths [Jingqi] and do not make flow… The 6 fu transmit and transform and do not store.”

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Vitality, Attention, & Sensing: Learning to Listen in Stillness • Chip Chace • Qi161

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There are many ways to attend to our patients in clinic. We can work through mental models that we’ve acquired from our schooling, study, and clinical experience. We can also use our innate human ability to touch, palpate and sense.

In this episode with Chip Chase we discuss the importance of down-regulating our nervous system. Along with the use of palpation and sensing references to anchor our ideas about what might be going on for a patient, and to track the progress of the treatment as it unfolds.

Additionally we touch in on the use the eight extraordinary vessels and their relation to internal cultivation, take a look at the relatively new emergence of using the divergent channels, and discuss the difference between intending and attending during the treatment process.

 

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  • What it means take qi seriously.
  • The importance of down regulating our own nervous system.
  • How action happens against a background of stillness.
  • Building a palpatory vocabulary.
  • The recent archeological find has the Dao De Jing not starting with “The Dao that can be named is not the true Dao,” but rather “First there are fluids.”
  • Dao De Jing is a Chinese book that transcends culture
  • The ways in which not-doing is not the same as not paying attention.
  • The importance of settling, suppling, integrating and opening when attending to the engagement of vitality
  • How with practice the yang qi of the body is palpable, as are the fluids.
  • The eight extraordinary vessels and internal cultivation.
  • The lack of historic reference to the channel divergences, and the relatively recent emergence of their use in clinical treatment.
  • The difference between trying to attend to the patient’s qi with our attention as opposed to our intention.

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Anything worth taking seriously is worth examining critically. If you have the courage to try to disprove your fondly held ideas, then you’ll find you arrive at the right approach more quickly.


The guest of this show 

My abiding interest is in the dynamic between clinical practice, textual analysis and palpatory experience. I’ve spent the past 30 years studying the pre-modern Chinese literature and trying to bring it to life in my practice. In the process, I’ve done a far amount of translation work, most notably the first textbook of acupuncture from 100 C.E., from 100 C.E., The Yellow Emperor’s Systematic Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (Huang Di Zhen Jiu Jia Yi Jing) with Yang Shouzhong, and with Miki Shima, Li Shizhen’s Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao, the seminal text on the extraordinary vessels.

Textual study can be very abstract and intellectual. Palpation is a way for me to ground those heady ideas in something I can touch and feel. The first class that I took when I got out of acupuncture school in 1984 was in cranial osteopathy. It was immediately apparent to me that osteopathic palpatory sensibilities have a lot to offer the practice of Chinese medicine. I’ve been exploring that ever since, most notably in the Engaging Vitality work that Dan Bensky and Marguerite Dinkins and I have been developing. We now teach this approach in the US, Europe and Australia.

I’ve been a meditator since I was 18 and this has nurtured a long-standing interest the way that internal cultivation practices inform what I do in the clinic. The palpatory tools I’ve developed make accessible lot of material that would otherwise seem pretty abstract. That too is an ongoing area of research for me. Finally, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time alone in the back-country. That has been a life-long practice in its own right. The older I get, the more I’ve come to realize that it's the soil in which all these other interests have grown.

 
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Engaging Vitality is a way to listen to the qi and learn to follow the intelligence of the body.
Investigating The Shape of Qi
Considerations when needling:  The Pivot of Nothingness
Merging of the Ways: Understanding Channel Divergences
A Synopsis Of The Eight Extraordinary Vessels In The Chinese Literature of Internal Cultivation

Practicing Alone In The Wild

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Listening, Non-doing and Appreciative Attention • Alice Whieldon • Qi158

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Medicine is a curious business. The “agreement” is that the patient has a problem and we as practitioners are going to fix it. It’s not an unreasonable expectation in our fee for service world. And after all, we are the experts that are supposed to know how to resolve a medical condition.

But what often gets left out of the conversation is the question of “what is healing?” Along with “who” is responsible for that and “what” is to be done?

Healing is a curious business. And while patient and practitioner both play a role, more often than not, it’s an inside job.

In this conversation with Alice Whieldon we explore what is helpful, the invitation that arises from dropping expectation and agenda, and the connective resonance that arises from simply seeing how it is for another.

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • The World of Sei-Ki
  • Looking for the experience of deep change
  • Clearing practices
  • Sei-Ki Soho, guidance and harmony
  • Kishi's background and brilliance
  • The relief of being in a safe, expanse and solid presence
  • What are we when we stop applying theories?
  • Connecting clearly and well
  • The prison of diagnosis
  • What is help?
  • The medical model is a trap
  • Dropping expectation and agenda so as to “just see”
  • “I see how it is for you…”
  • The power of appreciation
  • You don’t have to be a fulltime xxx patients
  • We have to unfix ourselves
  • Letting it be
  • Intention vs Agenda

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Things are never quite what you think they are.  So the discipline of remaining open to your client and listening acutely to how it is for them, is crucial. Diagnosis, naming the condition, works against this and should be approached with caution.


Alice Whieldon MA PhD SFHEA, worked with Kishi from 1997 until his death in 2012.  Together they collaborated on a book, Sei-ki: Life in Resonance, the Secret Art of Shiatsu 2011 Kishi & Whieldon, Singing Dragon, London, with the assistance of his wife, Kyoko.  Alice offers Sei-ki workshops and sessions internationally. 

In addition, since the 1980s, she has been involved with the work of Charles Berner and Lawrence Noyes in Clearing and the Enlightenment Intensive workshop – a fusion of the zen sesshin and western communication techniques – see Mind Clearing: the key to mindfulness mastery 2016, Whieldon, Singing Dragon, London.  Alice was Senior Faculty Manager in Arts for the Open University and remains an Associate Lecturer in Arts and Humanities.  She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Chair of the Shiatsu Society (UK) 2016-18 during which time she oversaw a major restructuring and renewal.  With degrees in philosophy and religious studies, Alice is adept at offering the explanations often welcomed in learning Sei-ki.

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Untangling Emotion • Lillian Bridges • Qi153

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We often think of emotion as one thing. That we are sad, or angry, or frustrated, or joyous. But often it’s more complicated than that. Many times there will be an entanglement of emotion. Love and anger, grief and guilt, or excitment and anxiety. It’s when emotions get entangled people can really get stuck as it is hard to sort work through one emotion when it’s intimately connected with another toward which you’re not attending .

In this conversation with Lillian Bridges we explore our emotional makeup, how it shows on the face, and how we can use the dynamics of the five phases to better understand and sort out these deep internal influences that can so dramatically effect our physiology and relationships.

Listen into this conversation that goes into our “internal weather,” the right use of Will and how our feelings can strongly influence our perceptions and perspectives.

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  • The problem of overusing or underusing emotion
  • It is the nature of emotion to seek expression, for it to go out and come in
  • Emotions are often tangled together, which is what makes resolving some difficult at times
  • Sadness may reside it the Lung, but it can come from the Heart, or the Liver for that matter
  • Dread is a combination of worry and fear
  • Wood goes to the past, Metal looks toward the future with ideas and ideals
  • How to tell if someone is introvert or extrovert
  • Opposites tend to look alike
  • After the age of sixty you can’t use your Will in a way that goes against your higher good
  • Be careful with your metrics for comparison
  • Chinese medicine is amazing for adapting to new circumstances
  • Wood and Fire have a difficult time with isolation
  • How to use face reading if you don’t know how to face read
  • To love someone else is to forgive them for not being you
  • If you find the emotion underneath the action, you’ll know what element it is
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  • Nothing is missing
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I learned about Daoist Philosophy, which includes the ancient science of Face Reading and the ancient art of Feng Shui, from my Chinese family, most specifically from my Grandmother, Mary Chien Lowe and from my uncles. I was taught in the apprenticeship method from the time I was 5 years old until I was in my early 20’s.  I actually thought that every family knew such things and when I discovered that it was not common, I decided to write a book about my family’s teachings. It took many years as I had to connect the things I learned in the holistic Chinese way with the Western need for details. My first book, Face Reading in Chinese Medicine came out in 2003 and the 2nd Edition was published in 2012.

I have spent many years traveling around the world teaching Face Reading and Facial Diagnosis to Doctors, Acupuncturists and other Health Practitioners at conferences and schools and  to Business Management teams. I have also taught and practiced Five Element Feng Shui, working with developers and individuals utilizing the principles of Daoist Design to enhance the “outer body” of homes and offices. In addition, I’ve read thousands of wonderful faces and enjoy helping people recognize more about who they are, what’s wonderful about them and where they can potentially go, and they can do in the world, which I call their Golden Path.  It makes me very happy to help people and encourage them to become their best selves and live their best lives.

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