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, we will work clinically with acupuncture and Sufi prayer to demonstrate and coach both healing and walking.
Thea Elijah, LAc, has been a student of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for over 30 years. She is the former director of the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at Tai Sophia Institute and the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. She has apprenticed and studied with some of the most influential Chinese medicine teachers in the West. Thea is also a Muqaddam of the Shadhuliyyah Sufi Order.
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