Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing
At the core of Chinese medicine is a nearly forgotten wisdom tradition based on the ancient art of Taoist alchemy. According to this tradition, spirit – the invisible yang energy of the divine – is not waiting to be discovered after death. Rather, this energy is present, here and now, in our lives on Earth. Spirit may be hidden, yet it can be known and worked with through its manifestation in the cycles, movements, and forms of the natural world, including our human lives.
This belief led the ancient Chinese to a reverence for the yin – matter, the Earth, nature and the body. They called the natural world the Mysterious Feminine and referred to it as “the visible face of Tao.” Taoist alchemists believed that all transformation as well as all healing depended on the healer’s ability to understand and work with the divine energies that stream through matter. Only through our devotion to the ways of the Mysterious Feminine – the body, nature and the Earth – can we experience healing that brings us back to the wholeness, authenticity, and spontaneity of “our own perfection.”
Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing opens the doorway to this ancient tradition as it introduces a vision of acupuncture as an alchemical art. From this perspective, acupuncture is much more than an effective treatment for physical pain. At its best, this system supports profound and lasting changes at the level of behavior, awareness and our life experience. It offers tools that are effective for psychological and emotional problems as well as complex psychosomatic and psycho-spiritual symptoms that do not respond to modern Western medical or psychological approaches. An understanding of the Five Spirits is the key that opens the doorway to the mysteries of Taoist psycho-spiritual alchemy.
This condensed eBook primer of the Five Spirits provides an easy to follow overview of causes, symptoms, and treatment of common psychological and psychosomatic problems associated with each of the Spirits. You will recognize aspects of yourself and other people you know in these five portraits of the Shen, Hun, Yi, Po and Zhi. For practitioners, this eBook will be useful to introduce your patients to spirit level work and to alchemical healing. We’re offering this eBook for only $10 for a limited time to celebrate the launch of our new site.