Whole Heart Connection — Healing and Walking
with Thea Elijah and Nur Preston
for Chinese medicine practitioners who want to bring more Heart to their practice
What Is Healing?
Healing, when it is not merely symptomatic, is caused by re-alignment with Tao both inwardly (original nature) and outwardly (unfolding of circumstances). When we are not living in accordance with our own original nature or with the actual unfolding of circumstances in our lives, there is illness, and there is suffering.
Chinese medicine is a subtle and powerful medium for re-accessing original nature, and adapting with integrity to unfolding circumstances. In Taoist terms, this is known as facing south, which is the path of Sovereignty in our lives.
What Is Walking?
“Walking” is a term borrowed from Sufism, but applicable to Chinese medicine. Walking refers not to the outward manifestations of healing, but the inward spiritual transformation associated with deeper connection to Source via the Heart. Different traditions have different names for this journey from individuality and separation to greater and greater oneness with the One.
Beyond words, beyond doctrine, Chinese medicine can be a potent aid to spiritual transformation or walking. In Taoist terms, this is known as facing north, which is the path of Sageliness in our lives.
Healing and Walking Workshops
These workshops will consist of direct experiential work. First we will have a short group review of Whole Heart Connection practices especially focused on creating the levels of safety necessary for deep work. Then, using volunteers from the class, we will work clinically with acupuncture and Sufi prayer to demonstrate and coach both healing and walking.
Once students have taken a Healing and Walking workshop, they will have the chance to deepen and implement this experience in a half-day of Practitioner-Client Mentorship.
Healing and Walking Practitioner-Client Mentorships
In a half-day (mornings from 9am – 12:30pm, or afternoons from 1:30pm – 5:00pm) practitioners can bring clients to be seen by all three of us (Nur, Thea and the practitioner). We will do a diagnostic assessment of the client with an emphasis on not just healing, but also “walking”. In each session’s treatment, there is often a bodywork component, an acupuncture component, and traditional Sufi prayer invocations. Practitioners do their own needling with very extensive coaching from Thea and Nur in how to embody the transmission and hold a very wide, very steady connection between the client’s heart, the practitioner’s heart, and Source.
An important part of the work is that we are all in the same boat together — the treatment room is a field of prayer in which we all heal and all walk. Frequently during sessions, if one of us is stuck or closed in some area that is not allowing the healing to come through for the client, we will gently but directly support each other to step through it and open more fully to the healing. When we work with another practitioner, they join us in this dynamic, so we will support them in opening to healing as it comes through them — for the sake of the client, but for themselves also.
Because of how much healing and walking occurs for the practitioner in the course of a mentored session, we suggest doing only half-days rather than full days of seeing clients with us — but any practitioner can do more than one half day if they like. We find that the amount of healing and walking for the practitioner in one half-day is usually plenty to integrate.
The fee for the Practitioner-Client Mentorship is $500 per half-day, each half-day allowing for two clients. Clients can pay $250 per treatment to offset the fee, or the practitioner can pay all or part of the fee.
Thea and Nur
Thea Elijah is a Sufi healer and a Five Element acupuncturist, herbalist and teacher, and Nur Preston is a bodyworker and a highly skilled intuitive spiritual healer of the Shadhiliyyah Sufi tradition.
What we love about Chinese medicine is that it can be engaged at so many different levels, from the most simply physical to the most spiritually catalyzing. What we find is that this has much less to do with point selection than with the practitioner’s own alignment as they needle the point. Thus much of what we do is mentor practitioners as they treat their own clients with our coaching.
In the (very rare) event of a workshop cancellation, all tuition will be refunded. Otherwise, any refund is at the sole discretion of Perennial Medicine.
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