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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.

Listen into this conversation on the inner journey of becoming a Chinese medicine doctor.

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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 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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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • 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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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”
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  • 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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The Privlege and Burden of Practice • Rebecca Avern

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Spending time in the clinic seasons us. It exposes us to success, failure and unending questions about healing, wellbeing and connection that over time can help us to sit with our patients in the midst of deep difficulty.

In this conversation with Rebecca Avern we discuss the fortitude that must be developed to sit with the difficult to answer questions that arise in clinic. And how clinical work, while it deepens and enriches the lives of our patients and ourselves, does extract kind of price.

It would not be untrue to say doing our work is a privledge, and it also brings a certain kind of shadow.

Listen into this conversation on presence, inquiry, and listening with your qi. As well as a look at the shadow side of practice.

 

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • The surprising sense of relief of not having to practice
  • Our esteem for the luminaries
  • It’s better to listen with your mind than with your ears, better yet is to listen with your Qi
  • Working with our own emotions in the treatment room
  • How does the patient know they are better?
  • Mental models vs presence in the moment
  • That sinking moment we all must contend with
  • Moving beyond “I’m better”
  • Who is doing the “work”
  • The burden we willing bear
  • Beginner’s luck gives us a glimpse of possiblity
  • The right nudge at the right time
  • What is life and death about?
  • Sitting with the terrain
  • We airbrush out the difficulties the great doctors went through
  • Including that part of us that is burdened
  • Being with the questions
  • Entering the stream of life

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When I ‘found’ acupuncture, nearly 25 years ago, I felt as if I had come home.  Over the following years, I was privileged to study and work with several inspiring teachers.  I loved treating patients in clinic, the fact that every day involved deeper learning and at least a few surprises.  I felt honoured that people would share their inner worlds with me and was touched by seeing them evolve.  I thought I was the luckiest person alive to have found such work.

Then I gradually began to shift my focus to working with babies, children and teenagers.  Eventually, I decided to focus my clinical work solely on young people.  Now my clinic days consist of babies with eczema that is so bad they scratch themselves until it bleeds, toddlers who are on their sixth course of antibiotics for a persistent bladder infection, school-age children who have been labelled ‘difficult’ because they cannot sit still in class and teenagers who are having panic attacks on a daily basis.  My days are dynamic, challenging, sometimes heart-breaking and always uplifting.  To see a young person and their family transformed as the burden of illness is lifted, is truly magical.  Now I know that I really am the luckiest person alive to have found such work.

I am now on a two-fold mission!  The first is to help more practitioners feel confident and competent to treat babies, children and teenagers.  The second is to make more parents aware of what our medicine can do for their children, and that it can be delivered in a way that is acceptable, even enjoyable, to their child.

 

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Practice, Attitude and Success • Lamya Kamel

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Getting a practice started is hard. Part of the process is recognizing the strengths and skills we already have, and the other part is being open to allowing our experience to teach us.

In this Part Two conversation with Lamya Kamel we look at how our practices ask us to grow in challenging, yet essential ways. And that while we may not have confidence in the beginning, over time it can arise when we approach our work with integrity and passion.

 

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • Working with insecurity
  • Resonance shows up in all kinds of places
  • Maybe you don’t in the box
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Working through the first five years
  • Balancing optimism and realism
  • Being open to things you don’t see
  • Know your limits
  • Getting business help from SCORE
  • Working for others
  • Asking for help

 

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Lamya Kamel, DAOM, L.Ac
I'm your average Chinese Medicine nerd that wants to spend all of my free time reading and learning more about this phenomenal medicine I'm lucky to practice. Like many folks in this field my route here was circuitous. I majored in physical chemistry and quantum mechanics in undergrad, spent two years in medical school before having my first acupuncture treatment and finding my path.

From the day I graduated from my MTSOM program at Pacific College of Health and Sciences (formerly PCOM) I told myself I would never do any work that didn't move this medicine forward. My future wife Kate and I opened our practice within 3 weeks of graduating, and we never looked back. Soon after I started working at PCHS in Chicago I chose to get my post graduate DAOM to have the chance to reignite my passion in research. I am now faculty in the DACM program and chair of the Department of Professionalism for the Chicago campus.

A year after graduating I joined Aligned Modern Health to become the Director of Acupuncture. At the time we had two Chiropractic focused clinics but we've grown to 17 multidisciplinary pluralistic clinics. It's been a humbling experience to grow with the company and be able to offer full-time roles to acupuncturists all over the country. I'm proud to be a part of such an incredible team of innovative clinicians who practice this medicine with integrity and passion.

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Social Connection & Knowing Our Essence • Panel Discussion • Qi141

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We are being invited, both by our conditions and circumstances and by people in our profession to “get online and do tele-medicine.” However much of what we do as acupuncturists does not translate well, as our most critical tool cannot be used in a digital form.

The questions that I’ve been noodling through for the past month plus are what is the essence of my work when I don’t have access to my kit of tools? And how would I describe what I do, when I can use my needles?

In this rebroadcast of a Lhasa webinar with Daniel Schulman, Alaine Duncan and Amy Mager as we explore the opportunities and challenges in this moment of transformation.


 

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Alaine Duncan has a unique approach acupuncture that integrates modern understandings of the neuro-biology of traumatic stress with ancient healing principles from Chinese medicine. This clinical fascination has carried her heart to places and people she never imagined when she graduated from acupuncture school in 1990, and completed Somatic Experiencing training in 2007.

She founded Integrative Healing, LLC in 2012 with a goal to integrate the wisdom of Chinese Medicine with the study of neurobiology and traumatic stress in both the classroom and the treatment room. Her research background includes studies assessing the impact of integrative medicine on compassion fatigue in military caregivers; acupuncture for treatment of combat-related traumatic stress, chronic headaches in Veterans with traumatic brain injuries, pain in Veterans of all conflicts, and Gulf War Veterans Illness.

Alaine was a founding member of the Integrative Health & Wellness program at the DC Veterans Administration Medical Center where she served as a clinician and researcher from 2007-2017.

 

Daniel Schulman graduated from New England School of Acupuncture in 1999.   He has been in private practice in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada since then.  He founded and chairs the Association of Registered Acupuncturists of Prince Edward Island.

For twenty years, Daniel’s clinical work centred around Japanese palpatory approaches, primarily those in the Nagano/Matsumoto lineage (but also including Keiraku Chiryo).  Following Nei Jing studies with Ed Neal, he expanded this into a more focused six channels perspective and in particular, an exploration of and fusion with Nei Jing Ren Ying Cun Kou pulse diagnosis.  This work involved what he calls a reverse engineered ‘palpate first, ask questions later’ approach.  More recently, Daniel has found himself in a radical clinical transformation via the elegant Sa’Am fusion of I Ching, 5 Phases and Six Levels.

Daniel has written many articles, published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine and more.  A full list can be found on his website, www.danielschulman.ca where he also blogs.

Daniel’s daily practice is guided by three existentially terrifying realizations;

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

Daniel marvels at the fact that even after two decades in practice, every day is novel, new and fascinating.

 

Amy Mager has been licensed to practice acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 1990. Amy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University, and earned her MS in Chinese Medicine from ACTCM in 1989 and her  Doctorate in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Integrative Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2017. She apprenticed with midwife and acupuncturist. Raven Lang L.Ac. for two years.  She has been in private practice in CA and MA for over 29 years. She serves as Vice Chair of the American Society of Acupuncturists and has served on the Board of the Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts as well as a board member at large of the Maternity Acupuncture Association. She has served on the board of uprooted, a Jewish response miscarriage and pregnancy as well as the Green River Doula Network. Amy is also a trained birth educator, birth assistant, lactation counselor and End of Life doula.

Amy has been published in the books Parenting From the Heart and Round the Circle as well as on Huffington Post. Amy has published two articles in the Pacific College of Oriental medicine newsletter and JASA with her writing partner Christine Cronin DACM, Lic.Ac.. One on postpartum care, and 11 heat therapy.  She has a bi-weekly radio segment with Bob Flaherty on WHMP, “Healing Outside the Box, Inside the Heart”.  For a more in depth bio please visit www.WellnessHouseNorthampton.com

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The Essence of Our Work: A Heartfelt Inquiry Into Knowing What You Have to Offer Online • Mary Beth Huwe • Qi138

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Somehow the idea of teaching acupressure leaves me completely cold. And as to helping people with their nutrition, well, most people I see don’t have much of an interest in that anyway. Add on to it, the fact that there are some things I know in theory, but from an embodied understanding I don’t have much to say.

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  • What is below the service you provide and the tools that you use?
  • The palpable difference between theory and experience
  • Before we can answer the question of what, we have to answer the question of essence
  • Discovering one’s essence is less a process of identifying and more a journey of revealing
  • Non-action is not inaction
  • Grandmas and pies
  • Looking at what you do from the perspective of an impartial observer
  • The importance of polarizing your offer
  • What are the things in our profession that bother you?
  • It’s not that there are things to do on the Internet that are wrong— but rather they might be wrong for you
  • When you are following the path of heart, few doors open, because only the right ones do
  • The opening and enlivening power of questions
  • Revisiting the influences in writing and art that have been pivotal for you in the past

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Mary Beth Huwe, L.Ac, Copywriting Wordsmith

​Part of what drew me to Chinese medicine – and what holds me here – is its endless emphasis on thoughtfulness and presence of mind. There is nothing dull or rote about acupuncture and herbal medicine; they are both at once timeless and spontaneous.

Understanding the universal ways of life – birth, growth, sickness, wellness, aging, death – and holding that knowledge while treating the individual person is a defining characteristic of practicing this medicine.

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Mary Beth Huwe is, among other things, a writer from (and in) the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. Her unique, strategic process helps business owners discover and clearly communicate the essence of their work in the world. To connect with Mary Beth visit marybethhuwe.com

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Abundance, Perspective, and Practice • Lamya Kamel • Qi136

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The opinions we have about “doing business” can dramatically affect the kind of practice we have, the opportunities we recognize or are blind to, and how we feel about ourselves as we begin to generate some momentum and success in our work.

Success brings its own issues. And it does not guarantee your insecurities will go away. The more successful you are, the more responsibility comes your way— and there is more to lose if it all comes apart. Sometimes it might seem “safer” to stay small, but our practices ask us to show up with spirit and resiliency.

In this conversation with Lamya Kamel we look at how our practices ask us to grow in challenging, yet essential ways. And that while we may not have confidence in the beginning, over time it can arise when we approach our work with integrity and passion.

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  • Abundance is no joke
  • Letting go of insecurities
  • The higher you go, the further you can fall
  • The importance of accountability
  • We are not in competition with each other
  • Confidence comes from a combination of time, integrity and passion
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Lamya Kamel, DAOM, L.Ac

I'm your average Chinese Medicine nerd that wants to spend all of my free time reading and learning more about this phenomenal medicine I'm lucky to practice. Like many folks in this field my route here was circuitous. I majored in physical chemistry and quantum mechanics in undergrad, spent two years in medical school before having my first acupuncture treatment and finding my path.

From the day I graduated from my MTSOM program at Pacific College of Health and Sciences (formerly PCOM) I told myself I would never do any work that didn't move this medicine forward. My future wife Kate and I opened our practice within 3 weeks of graduating, and we never looked back. Soon after I started working at PCHS in Chicago I chose to get my post graduate DAOM to have the chance to reignite my passion in research. I am now faculty in the DACM program and chair of the Department of Professionalism for the Chicago campus.

A year after graduating I joined Aligned Modern Health to become the Director of Acupuncture. At the time we had two Chiropractic focused clinics but we've grown to 17 multidisciplinary pluralistic clinics. It's been a humbling experience to grow with the company and be able to offer full-time roles to acupuncturists all over the country. I'm proud to be a part of such an incredible team of innovative clinicians who practice this medicine with integrity and passion.

 

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Lamya has these book recommendations  and why she likes them:

Meta Human by Deepak Chopra (audible version) – love his voice, and the concerts are at once mind blowing and tangible

Returning to the Source by Z'ev Rosenberg – a lovely bridge between the classics and our current practice

Energy Medicine by Jill Blakeway (audible version) – a beautiful and tangible way of communicating and understanding the intangibles of our medicine and energy

Sports Medicine Acupuncture by Matt Callison – a ridiculously complete text for understanding, diagnosing, and treating physical medicine

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Curiosity in the Time of Corona • Greg Bantick • Qi134

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Some of the difficulties faced by many of us in this time of pandemic are the disorientation, anxiety and fear that arise from uncertainty. But if you look more closely, you’ll see that there never is in this life the guarantee of certainty. It can feel that way because of habituation, but when you strip away the daily habits and sense of continuity, then the profound and often unbearable uncertainty that all self-aware mortal beings share, is always there.

These past few months in Asia and past few weeks in the western world have been tearing away at our sense of certainty and security. We fear for our lives, our livelihoods, families and increasingly… our communities as well.

In this conversation with Greg Bantick we look into how this ever-present moment arises from innumerable causes and conditions, and how curiosity can help us to more fully inhabit all the moments in which we find ourselves.

This is an episode that is not just for practitioners, your patients, family and friends could benefit from this conversation as well.

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  • Living into the uncertainty
  • Grief for a way of life that is gone
  • Empty stores wake us to our connection with each other
  • The unrootness that arises without our usual problems and routine
  • The web of causes and conditions that lead to anxiety
  • Not adding the extra burden of self-criticism
  • Dealing with fear
  • Curiosity and gentle inquiry about our experience

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Greg Bantick, L.Ac

Greg Bantick, B.Ac., M.T.O.M. In 1975 he started studying Chinese medicine in Sydney, Australia. In the late 70's he was part of a small group that started the first Acupuncture college in Brisbane, while maintaining an active private practice. In 1982 he spent the year studying in China and Japan. On his return he arranged trips by several leading Chinese and Japanese scholar practitioners to Brisbane. I

n 1986 he moved to San Diego, where he began teaching at the new Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Greg served in curriculum advisory roles and as a senior faculty member and clinical supervisor for over 14 years. He helped develop the Masters Degree program. In 2001 he was invited to be Academic Dean and Clinical Director of the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. He returned to Brisbane in early 2005 where he maintains a clinical practice and teaches to the profession.

 

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Acupuncture

Attending to the Field of Healing • Esther Platner • Qi124

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There is something about connection that goes beyond words. There is a way of engaging with those who seek our help that goes beyond the ten questions. Connection is not something we do, it’s a way we are.

In this conversation with long time practitioner Esther Platner we explore the spaces that don’t quite fit into words. Tread into territories without maps. And sit for a bit with the curiosities and surprise that arise in clinic when we attend with an open awareness.

Beyond our theory, and beyond understanding there is a way we can meet our patients with a wide-open sense of inquiry that asks us to bring everything we have, and leave behind our preconceptions. Chinese medicine has its scholarly tradition, but we don’t so often hear from the poetic.

Here’s your opportunity.

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • Zero Field Theory
  • Landing on what’s true
  • A field is a region of influence
  • Sympathetic flight and flight lands us squarely in manifest reality
  • Recognizing outdate adaptations is the first step in releasing them
  • One way to strengthen and lengthen telomeres
  • Attachment is not helpful
  • Defining Health
  • How can I help today?
  • Grounding and practitioner fulcrums
  • Some words for new practitioners

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 Follow the scent of what sparks your Interest and Joy. Practice Presence. Along side the infinite study of our Medicine, is the necessity to cultivate deep listening from stillness.


Esther Plater, L.Ac
The calling to enter the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine came my way in 1982 as a result of being catapulted out of a professional dance career, due to a severe injury and even worse surgery.  What appeared to be a devastating blow was in fact the gift that directed my attention towards seeking help through acupuncture. During nine months of treatment not only did my body find a newly elevated equilibrium, my mind became enthralled with the natural beauty of this medicine and my spirit was reignited, recognizing that this was to be my path.

I graduated from ACTCM in San Francisco in 1986. Once licensed I zoomed into practicing and learning, which continues to this day.  Thirty three years down the road, my awe and appreciation for the depth, brilliance and mystery of our medicine continues to grow. Learning to be a Quantum Physician is an ongoing adventure! Currently I have an eclectic approach to treatment.

My central focus is assisting those whom I have the opportunity to work with in returning to their Essential Selves.  There are a number of windows of study that have become mainstays in my tool box including; SAAM, various Japanese styles, Worsley, Classical 5 Element, Cranial Sacral, Somatic Experiencing, and Nutritional counseling. What happens in the treatment room is a synthesis guided by the current need of each person, allowing for the creative process to unfold in the alchemy of presence.

At this juncture what I love the most about our medicine is that it is alive, informing us in all aspects of life, laying the foundation for living harmoniously whether working or drinking a cup of tea. It permeates my awareness that indeed, “everything is everything.”

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