I have to admit it! I have been struggling with finishing my second book. It’s been six years now. The book needs to get done. But I find myself procrastinating, dealing with emails, checking on the presidential polls, going down to the garden to harvest our bumper crop of string beans when I should stay […]
Yesterday, a patient I’ve been working with for stress-related anxiety walked into my office and made an exciting pronouncement. After a year of incapacitating insomnia connected to massive life transitions, including starting her own new business, a move, and the death of her partner, she stood in the middle of the room and told me, […]
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 […]
Last night I dreamt that I was out at sea in a speeding boat. As the boat rushed, I held tight to the string of a red helium balloon that was sailing along behind me. Suddenly, with a gust of wind, I lost my grip and the balloon went flying off into the clouds … The red balloon of my dream cautioned me to slow down. Upon waking, I remembered that we are entering the Season of Water, the time of year when the life force settles down into the roots. It is a time to rest, to gestate and restore. It is time to honor the things we cannot fathom.
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.