Healing Despair and Resignation
Healing Loss of Heart
Clients come to us, generally speaking, because they want to feel better. What it means to “feel better” is layered, all the way from just having the pain or illness go away, to addressing the imbalance that is behind the pain or illness. As acupuncturists, most of us were trained to see symptoms as rooted in underlying patterns of disharmony, which are in turn rooted in constitutional causality: on some level, your illness is your conversation with your life.
For many practitioners, our practice is increasingly populated by clients whose primary underlying issue is actually loss of heart, in the form of resignation or despair.
In resignation, the qi is difficult to mobilize. Despair significantly diminishes ming men fire. No matter what the client’s presenting issues, unacknowledged despair and resignation compound the challenges of successful treatment, and make it that much more difficult for the needles and herbs to do their work.
When we as practitioners are not intimidated by despair and resignation, we can address them just like any other pattern of disharmony: First we re-establish the Emperor (the Heart) on the throne. Then we consider the transformation of virtue inherent in the pathology, as well as this client’s pathway home to the One.
We will consider acupuncture and herbal strategies, as well as how the practitioner’s quality of presence affects treatment. No previous experience from any particular school of acupuncture is necessary. We will refer to some Sufi concepts and practices which have application to the practice of Chinese medicine — but no previous familiarity with Sufism is necessary, either.
This course is going to be a mixture of lecture, demo, and plenty of experiential exercises. Please come to this workshop ready to think, feel, and engage with others. It’s the best way to learn skills that we will be using with real people in the treatment room.
Monday Mentorship Day
March 18, 2019 — 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
After covering a lot of ground over the weekend, it’s helpful and nourishing to have a day to integrate the material in a small group (no more than ten students). Thea and Nur will use this time for small group exercises and individual coaching of participants. There will be plenty of time for questions, with an emphasis on helping all participants find individual ownership of the material in their own practice.
Thea Elijah draws upon more than 30 years of study and practice in Chinese medicine, as well as almost 20 years of Sufi healing work. She integrates lots of exercises and practical embodied experiences into her teachings, so that participants will leave feeling nourished and supported.
Nur Preston holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and graduated from the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism with an emphasis in Spiritual Healing, as well as the ancient practice of Hijama. He has a thriving healing practice and has helped support hundreds of individuals on their healing journey.
Saturday and Sunday
March 16-17, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday Mentorship Day
March 18, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuition for this workshop is $350.
Register by February 16 for a $50 discount!
New York, NY
This course is pending approval for 14 NCCAOM 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.
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