This past week, Benjamin and I hosted the Rhizome Theater Company at our home in Maine. The Rhizomes describe themselves as “a group of artists committed to sowing the seeds of social cohesion, awareness and empathy through live documentary theater.” But what the Rhizomes really do is listen. The Rhizomes listen to people talk about their […]
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Alchemical Acupuncturist and Healer, Author, Teacher
Founding Director of A New Possibility, Astrologer, Bodyworker
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THE DESCENDING PATH: A TAOIST ALCHEMICAL APPROACH TO PSYCHOSPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION
feat. Lorie Eve Dechar
Feb 9, 2019
The Taoist alchemical map of the psyche – the Five Spirits – offers clinicians and laypeople a model that affirms our understanding of chaos and descent as fertile ground for healing and transformation.
What is the chaos of our time inviting to consciousness? Turning to ancient alchemical traditions, we discover clues that help us navigate the impasses of dualism to more potent possibilities for our future. While Western religious traditions and psychology generally pursue an ascending path toward consciousness and spirit, the tradition of Taoist alchemy regarded descent as a crucial aspect of “The Way.” Taoists recognized the value of obscurity, darkness, disorder, and the messy business of embodiment. Taoist sages understood that the opposites – yin and yang, soma and psyche, feminine and masculine – were two sides of a single unity.
Lorie Eve Dechar will introduce participants to the Five Spirits, the Taoist mythical map of the psyche. Moving from the Upper to the Lower Spirits, we enter the caves of the Dark Goddess Xi Wang Mu, the Queen Mother of the West, and explore her realm of life, death, and rebirth. Drawing on diverse sources, we explore how the alchemical appreciation of descent and disorder can shift our attitude and approach to personal, clinical, and planetary healing.
Five Spirits, the book
The Five Spirits have been capturing the hearts and imaginations of practitioners and patients all over the world since the publication of Lorie’s book in 2006. Five Spirits introduces readers to the little known Taoist “chakra” system and returns the sacred to the domain of healing. Through myth, symbols, dreams, and real-life case examples, the Five Spirits will open you to Chinese medicine as alchemy and offer a view of your body and our planet as vessels of spiritual transformation.