Welcome to The Me-First School of Global Healing

A blog dedicated to exploring the experience of healing in all domains

On the Computer, In My Body

On the Computer, In My Body Here you are reading a blog on a computer— Are you in your body? Stop reading for a moment just to check. What did you discover? If you are like most people, you may have found that you are craned forward, that you are barely aware that you even have a body, that your feet seem very far away (a sign that you are totally in your head), and that energetically you are being sucked into the computer. Hold it right here. Take your hands away from the keyboard, just for now. Later we will focus on writing on the computer while being in your body. For now, put one hand on your chest, one on your lower body. Experiment ... Read more

Water Seasonal Resources

Living the Elements: Water Winter Seasonal Resources Water is associated with Winter, the season of stillness, solitude, courage, fear, and deep wisdom in the face of the unknown. Water is life’s greatest resource and it takes many forms. Water is the element of rest and re-charge. Through deep listening, we engender a connection to our hidden resources. To do this, we must get enough sleep, cultivate peace and stillness in our busy lives, and learn to develop our inner quietude. Winter’s darkness creates an acute awareness of all the mysteries that surround us. A person who has strong Water in their constitution often can’t help but be aware, all the time, of just how much we don’t know. When Water people develop ease ... Read more

Exit-Entry Blocks–Re-opening the Doors of Knowing

Exit-Entry Blocks:Re-opening the Doors of Knowing Here’s an acupuncture-related post, but remember, you all have fingers—you can treat yourselves any time! There is a difference between cognition and knowing. Cognition is a process of working with input in order to get to clarity. With cognition, we go through a process of arriving at knowing, and we can tell that we’ve gone through a process. At other times, we seem to arrive instantly at the knowing. Usually, there was a process; it was just so swift and efficient and transparent that we don’t notice it. Both of these processes—cognition and the seemingly instantaneous knowing—are important for us to look at, and to be able to troubleshoot. We do this by assessing the ... Read more

A HAPPY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

A Happy New Year's Resolution For a few years now, I’ve had an Economic Redress policy at Perennial Medicine. I do this in part because it feels good to stand behind what I believe in, but also because I want to introduce the Economic Redress concept to my community—especially to other anti-racist white people who often wonder what they can actually do to help end racism.  What is Economic Redress? It is an attempt to redress the economic aspects of racial injustice upon which this country was founded, by disrupting and re-patterning the way that our resources are currently being distributed.  As a white-bodied person in America, I am aware of my economic privilege in comparison with people who have darker skin than my own. However, ... Read more

A Life of Deep Happiness

This blog post is taken from Thea's CEU of the same name, "A Life of Deep Happiness." If you enjoy this post and would like to earn 3 CEU credits, purchase the self-guided CEU here offered at a 50% discount through December 24, 2020. A Life of Deep Happiness It’s so dark, it’s dark, it’s dark, it’s really dark, it’s so bad. There’s a giant octopus of darkness and it’s got all of its tentacles wrapped around me. I’m doomed! Can you hear me? I’m doomed. I’ve got to stay where it’s really bad, because if I don’t stay here, where I go from here could be worse. There’s actually nothing that can be done about it. I’ve already figured out. I’ve ... Read more

Metal Seasonal Resources

Living the Elements: Metal Autumn Could we take a moment to remember that autumn is not just about grief and loss? Yes, it’s about that too—but it’s also about the beauty, and about what is essential, and what lasts forever inside of us. It’s about what we treasure, and how we keep our treasure clean and polished inside of us.  What do you love, what do you value—not just on good days, but when it’s all really hitting the fan?  What reminds you of your values, and brings you back into alignment? That’s what autumn is about—not just grief! Of course, grief can be a doorway into beauty and transcendent value.  But let’s not forget that it is a doorway so that we ... Read more

October 30, 2020

Healthy Anger, in Autumn What is healthy anger?  That’s an easily politicized question—and I‘d like to disrupt the binary of healthy/unhealthy anger by instead suggesting that we consider anger along the polarity of healthier anger and less healthy anger.  This is important for many reasons, chief among which is that anger is a dynamic process, and health is a moving target.  Anger that is healthy right this moment will not be healthy after a few days, or weeks, or months at the most—it is part of a transformative journey.  It has stages, just like grief.  Passing through a stage is healthy; getting stuck in that exact same stage is not. The most important question in considering anger is, where is it ... Read more

October 2, 2020

Online Health and Hygiene How many people have had the experience of spending too much time online, but not realizing it until later, when you stop? How many of us are having the experience, these days, of knowing full well that it’s time to get off the computer, but we can’t—it’s part of our job? I’d like to discuss this because our relationship with computer (and phone) usage is very important to everyone’s health during this time of accelerated online engagement. We need to learn how to be online in ways that are not detrimental to our health—and we need to be aware of when it is becoming unhealthy so that we can shift before we’ve depleted ourselves.  First, I would like to ... Read more

September 17, 2020

Healing Loss of Heart We are all very different in many ways, but at the core, there is a commonality of consciousness which Chinese medicine refers to as the Heart. The Heart is the place in all of us that consciousness streams through from beyond us, the way that light comes through the stained-glass windows in a cathedral. All the windows are different, but the same light comes through them.  Many ancient medical traditions, as well as spiritual traditions, teach about the Heart as a place that is beyond individuality, a place of connection that is transpersonal. There are many different words, in the languages of many different cultures, for this experiential reality. When we connect from this transpersonal space, “I” ... Read more

August 28, 2020

Alternatives to Trauma Very often, despair and resignation may be a manifestation of unhealed trauma—specifically trauma that is no longer healthy. What is healthy trauma? Healthy trauma is a state of complete or incomplete dissociation from an injury that we do not have the resources to heal. This is why injuries that took place years ago—or centuries ago—can still remain unhealed. That is the nature of trauma—to remain unhealed, until we have the resources to heal. But what if we do have the resources to heal? When we do have the resources to heal, and our bodies recognize it, healthy trauma begins to heal, often immediately. However, there may be parts of us that are stuck in “trauma mode,” and do not recognize that ... Read more
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