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.
Register before August 15, and receive a $50 discount on a personal phone consult with Thea.
Saturday and Sunday
September 19-20, 2020
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
(8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT)