The other day, a patient thanked me for reminding her that it wasn’t her fault that she has Hashimoto’s Disease. That fact seemed obvious to me but for her it was a revelation. “Thank you for helping me to see that my thyroid gland is not my enemy,” she said, “for recognizing that my symptoms […]
Last weeks of Autumn. The multi-colored patchwork of the early fall is now a straggling of gold leaves rattling on bare black branches. In Chinese Medicine, this is the season of the Metal Element. At the time of Metal, yang energy wanes and the yin ascends. The veil between the worlds grows thin and we […]
Recently, a member of our community shared this reflection, “My main challenge is not getting impatient with the recovery process. It’s different for everyone and I have to learn each person’s tempo as we work together.” Bingo! She’s getting at one of the key skills in spirit-level healing: timing. How do we know when to […]
Earth Season arrives … expected but still taking my body by surprise. I walk out into the cooler garden and I feel a heaviness come over me. The sunflowers can barely hold up their dark heads. The squash have swollen overnight to inedible sizes. The ghosts of autumn are still hidden behind the curtain of […]
If we are to practice our medicine to its fullest potential and allow it to heal and transform the suffering of our modern world, we ourselves must become “they.” We must be like the “healers of old” who know with our hearts as well as our minds. We must learn once again to speak with the plants, to touch the spirits who reside in the acupuncture points, to see the streaming of the rivers of life that flow through every aspect of the cosmos. We must discover again our own capacity to see, to know and to heal the soul as well as the body.