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.
We are blessed to work with remarkable men and women in our Alchemical Healing Mentorship who share our vision of healing.
Below is a list of practitioners who have completed certification within our program, arranged alphabetically by state.
Isela Cueva Rizzi, MFT – San Francisco, 415-267-3903 holistically-oriented, bi-cultural and bilingual Spanish-speaking integrative psychotherapist serving children, families, and adults.
Helen Bet Givargis New Britain Chinese medicine with a focus on fertility, nutrition, and lifestyle changes
Sonia Rivera Oak Park/Chicago acupuncture for body, mind and spirit, Chinese medicine, women’s health, fertility, emotional disorders, pain management
Colleen LaSota Minneapolis acupuncture, individual Qoya sessions and group classes
Phyllis Bloom Manhattan and Woodstock acupuncture, herbal medicine, and contemporary Chinese pulse diagnosis
Connie Coker Nyack midwifery, women’s health care, herbs, energy healing
Lindsay Fauntleroy Brooklyn and Manhattan acupuncture and flower essence therapy
Jipala Kagan Kingston Transpersonal Acupuncture
Christine Nichols Brooklyn acupuncture, certified yoga and Pilates instructor
Lawrence Palevsky, MD Northport and Manhattan Holistic Pediatric Primary Care and Consultation Practice, helping parents address the root causes of their children’s acute & chronic symptoms by identifying contributing stressors at the level of body, mind & spirit, counseling & education in pediatric nutrition, nourishment, supplementation & spiritual development
Paulette Pettorino Manhattan acupuncture and Chinese herbs
Elaine Retholtz, Manhattan, 212-967-6261 acupuncture, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and other Mindfulness-based interventions
Jessie Shaw Manhattan acupuncture, Chinese herbs, specializes in gynecology and helping move life to a new place
Therese Sibon New Paltz and Manhattan acupuncture for body, mind, and spirit
Jane Pearce Charlotte acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Chinese nutrition
Liz Roseman Asheville acupuncture, fertility, women’s health, Chinese herbs
Ariella Meinhard Toronto Japanese acupuncture, Alchemical Healing, pregnancy and post-natal care
Mari Ane Anderson Portland Five Element and Alchemical Acupuncture, cupping/moxa/laser therapies, acupuncture without needles
Kate Pagliasotti Portland Alchemical and Sports Medicine Acupuncture, cupping and guasha
David Tara Medford acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine
Jo Whitsell Portland acupuncture, cupping and guasha, aromatherapy
Beth Weaver, LMT – Lancaster, 717-333-9224 intuitive bodywork
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Dagmar Komarkova Prague, Czech Republic acupuncture, Alchemical Healing, flower essence therapy
Leah Shadwick Austin acupuncture and herbal consultations
Catherine Cerulli Montpelier, firstname.lastname@example.org acupressure, aromatherapy, Jin Shin Jyutsu
Bridget Boylan Bellingham and Everett Five Element acupuncture, sound therapy, cupping and moxibustion