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

Healing and Beyond

Here is another video excerpt and transcript from a Whole Heart Connection: Making Connections workshop. It’s about Healing and Walking. If you are not familiar with these terms, you can watch the video and see if the transmission reaches you anyway… or you can review my video blog from July 31, 2020, which introduces these very important concepts.  https://youtu.be/4Cmu1P2o-Ew Healing and Beyond I've been thinking a whole lot about healing in the context of "healing and walking"—in the context of damage—in the context of that which can (or cannot) actually be healed.   I think that this is very important these days, because there's a lot going on, inside of and outside of individual humans, that I'm not sure is actually a candidate for ... Read more

The Art of Waiting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YJSCQhKm1A The Art of Waiting I love spending the first moments of a workshop waiting.For people who haven't waited with me before: I really noticed how completely I could destroy my health while waiting. The winds that would come up, the dust devils, the incredible things that would happen to me while waiting, that were really really awful. I could get just so much worse, in every way, from waiting. That's when I decided to start practicing the spiritual and medical art of waiting. Because if things can get that bad while waiting, how good could they get? I'm really feeling for it right now as we speak, and you can join me. Waiting, what an incredible opportunity. How is my whole ... Read more
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What is Trust?

What is Trust? Trust the Chair In the beginning of my Whole Heart Connection workbook, and at the beginning of any Whole Heart Connection workshop, I do a lot of talking about trusting your chair—and about trust in general as a relaxed and expanded sensory mode. There has been some confusion around my usage of the word “trust,” and I would like to explore it. Through a sophisticated research process (mostly interviewing my neighbors, who are used to my ruthless sense of inquiry) I am discovering that my understanding of “trust” is different than the norm, in ways that are completely typical of me. So… duh. As I explain, please keep that “duh” in mind. I am discovering that for most people, "I ... Read more

What is Safety?

What is Safety? Here is an excerpt from a recent Whole Heart Connection: Making Connections day. It was a revolutionary moment for us, and so I wanted to share it. The transmission is better if you watch the video while in your body, open and settled.  It’s followed by an edited version of the transcript, where I completed some sentences more clearly and spelled things out a bit more than I was able to in the video. So it's worth checking out both. https://youtu.be/YlU3syzhDp8 What is Safety? Safety, for many people, means "I won't get hurt." The problem is, we've all already been hurt, so it's too late. From then on, we never feel safe, because, "Okay, it does already hurt. Therefore I'm not ... Read more

The Engine and the Caboose Part II

The Engine and the Caboose Part II Top-Down and Bottom-Up Healing This engine and caboose concept (see previous blog, The Engine and the Caboose Part I) is related to Top-Down versus Bottom-Up healing. Top-Down Healing Top-Down healing means primarily connecting with The Light or The Absolute, identifying with that as completely as possible, and moving from that perspective. The Infinite is certainly the most powerful resource for a complete healing! The trouble arises when we insist on Top-Down healing methods only, and decry any hint of Bottom-Up (pathology-focused) healing.   In examples of the most extreme viewpoints, adherents of only Top-Down healing consider Bottom-Up healing methods to be a waste of time that prevents you from actually merging with the Infinite and achieving Enlightenment right ... Read more
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The Adab

The Adab, or the Deep Politeness At the bottom of my blog, over the months I’ve mentioned my Perennial Medicine listserv as a better place to continue discussions than down in the comments section below. The comments section is nice for short little comments, but it’s not really a discussion forum. Instead, I issue a general invitation to you all to join the Perennial Medicine listserv. Having issued that invitation, I would like to share about the culture of that community—and by extension, the culture of the Me-First School of Global Healing. Sufism is an influence that has shaped my outlook on almost everything. One of the Sufi cultural influences that I most welcome in my community life is the practice of ... Read more

Post-Pandemic Clinical Complexities

Post-Pandemic Clinical Complexities I don’t think I’m becoming a worse herbalist—I think that there are more and more truly complex and challenging cases out there. I think that everyday life has become not just more difficult, but in many cases more paradoxical and internally contradictory, than ever before in my lifetime as a healer. I noticed the first major change after 9/11. There were many fear and shock-related patterns, and over time, as the fear and shock were not resolved in most of the population, this led to a broad array of underlying complications. More and more people showed up in my practice with a wider diversity of co-existing patterns of disharmony. For instance, before 9/11, most of my clients were either ... 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

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
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