This is a recording from a class right before seeing a client in front of class together. It is a narrative describing my customary inner process of centering and opening before engaging with a client.Read More
This is an emotionally challenging (and liberating) doosey of a lecture on love and sex and many of the other forms of madness that we unwittingly bring into the mix, like jing thievery.Read More
This is about the sharpness and particularity of grief’s most private moments, and how they can drive us into twisted fanaticism, or into the keenest appreciation for life’s most precious of details. (The transcript is on the web site, but the audio transmission is so much stronger.)Read More
A discussion of love, sex, romance, pain, betrayal and healing– to be listened to after watching Janis Joplin sing “Cry, Baby.”Read More
This is the beginning of my class of Assessing Emotion. So many 5 Element practitioners have had bad experiences with this form of training that they would rather almost any other fate than actually attend a workshop on this subject– but I promise you, this is different. It’s not about manipulation. It’s about communicating clearly to someone that you are listening to them even more deeply than words alone can convey. Listen.Read More
Here is the heart of my approach to teaching 5 element herbal studies. Included is a description of the difference between working with herbs from the paradigm of Western medicine, Chinese medicine, and Shamanism.Read More
There are many different aspects of falling in love. Here I am talking about the kind of falling in love that is like the Wood Element in springtime: a time of rapid growth and healing. This excerpt is taken from my intro to teaching the herbal formula Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang and contains a few herbal references (chai hu, bai shao) but is appropriate for all audiences.Read More
This is a guided meditation/transmission/exercise best done standing or sitting with your feet on the ground. It is an empowerment of our secure sense of beauty, agency and belonging as a child of Heaven and Earth, designed to help us to be able to be powerful without dominating or being dominated, and be filled with awe and appreciation for others’ finest qualities and achievements without feeling lesser in ourselves.Read More
This is a sermon that I preached at a Unitarian church on Sufi peacemaking skills.Read More
Here is an audio sample of a recent intro session for Medicine Without Form.
(Class exercises are edited out, since they are experiential and don’t make good listening!)
This is my keynote speech at the Building Bridges conference in 2007. I have posted the written form, but it is much more powerful to hear it.Read More
This CD, Integrating 5 & 8, is the second in a pair with Comparison OF 5 & 8. In Integrating OF 5 & 8 Thea Elijah shares with us the richness and power that come from the integration of 5 Elements and 8 Principles. We are able to see how every person has a 5 Element Destiny and an 8 Principle Excuse. By sounding the resonances of the 5 Virtues we can bring about deep levels of healing. Integrating the treatment of “constitution” and “the daily weather report” allows us to broaden the range of our healing work.Read More
This CD, Comparison OF 5 & 8, is the first of a pair with Integration OF 5 & 8. In Comparison OF 5 & 8 Thea Elijah takes us on the evolutionary journey that is numerology. We move through the stages of consciousness that are “1″ through “12″ and start to see how these movements inform Chinese medicine. Thea gives us the setting in which “5″ and “8″ reside so that we may begin to understand them. By comparing the energetics of “5″ & “8″ we are given a starting place of difference and comparison from which we can then move on to the second CD — Integrating 5 & 8.Read More
This is the essential statement of my perspective on healing and the healing traditions.
Medicine reflects the cosmology of the culture out of which it arises. In this CD, The Perennial Medicine, Thea Elijah elucidates and compares two broad categories of medicine. These categories are what she calls Perennial Medicine and Annual Medicine. Chinese medicine is a form of Perennial Medicine and Western allopathic medicine is a form of Annual Medicine.
Both Perennial Medicine and Annual Medicine must answer the questions: What is the highest good? What is the causative power or agency for change? What is the meaning of life and why are we here? What happens after this life? Each system of medicine answers these questions very differently.
Practitioners of Chinese medicine who were raised in the culture of Western allopathic medicine need to understand the differences between the paradigm of the medical system in which we were raised and the paradigm of the medical system that we have chosen to practice. This CD, The Perennial Medicine, elegantly makes these distinctions clear and thereby empowers and encourages us to develop ourselves as practitioners of the resonance medicine that is Chinese medicine.Read More