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Finding a Sense of Belonging: Practicing Chinese Medicine in America Today CEU


2 Core PDA points / CA CEUs

1 MP3, 46 min

“Now look around. What was that about all this so-called EMPTY SPACE around here? There’s NO empty space; the room is full of all of us, and in fact on a physical level as well as on the level of our mingling spirits, we are literally shedding millions of molecules every second; they are floating out around the room. Who knows how many people in this room are now physically part of us? Were they ever separate? We are one body; we always were; but we only know it when our pores are open.

Even more importantly, when our pores are open, we are open to subtly sensing atmosphere. This is a big issue with my six-year-old son, Joshua, and it is the essence of hipness on a Wei level.

An example is when my son is very aware from within his own skin of the incredibly exciting thing he has just figured out how to do with chop stick, but has no awareness of the ambiance of the restaurant we’re in, or the other people around us quietly eating dinner.

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And what a HUGE DIFFERENCE it makes to my six-year-old son, to be reminded to open his pores and feel the restaurant and everyone in it—and thereby naturally find his place within it—rather than being told, ‘Cut that out! If you do that one more time we’re leaving the restaurant! Did you hear what I just said!?’

That doesn’t cultivate hipness—it cultivates revolution, or at least a desire to head out west or across an ocean and put plenty of space between us so as to have unimpeded access to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

In terms of the experience of fitting in, ‘Put down those chop sticks!’ is a kind of square peg in round hole kind of fitting in, whereas the former—opening up to atmosphere—is based on an expanded sense of Wei-level hipness, and finding our natural place in the flock.

Open your pores right now to feel the atmosphere of this room—this room in which there is no empty space. How does it feel? How would it feel different if you were surrounded by people waiting for medical test results? How would it feel different if you were surrounded by people silently praying for peace? How would it feel different if you were in this room alone?

This is the basis of wei-level universal hipness—keeping your pores open, so that you know what’s in the air. How else does every wolf lift its head into the wind and turn in the same direction at the same moment? The skill of Wei-level hipness is a deep attunement to what we are all part of: the living changing breathing world around us.

With your pores shut, you are aware of only your own internal experience. That’s fine in an environment that you are trying to shut out, like maybe a sandstorm or a blizzard. But if you want to be hip and identify truths that we can all hold to be self-evident, tune into what is greater than us all—the truth of the Heavens above us and surrounding us, and our awareness of what each moment is being carried on the wind.”