Healing and Walking
New York, NY — November 23-24, 2019
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 Practitioner Peer Mentorship.
Practitioner Peer Mentorships
In a half-day (mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., or afternoons from 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) practitioners can bring clients to be seen together with Thea. 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 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 Thea — 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. Sometimes practitioners team up and do half days together (one is practitioner in the morning while the other assists, then switch).
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 Master Teacher of the Shadhuliyyah Sufi Order, and a teaching assistant at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism.
Saturday and Sunday
November 23-24, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuition for this workshop is $450.
Bleecker St Wellness
650 Broadway 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Students of this workshop qualify for 14 NCCAOM-approved Core CEUs.
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.