Face Your Fear and Do it Anyway

When you think of water, what is the image that comes to mind? A quiet babbling brook? Raging river? Cool glass ready for drinking? Or maybe it is your local swimming pool.

Whatever the image, they have one important thing in common. Water needs to keep moving or it will stagnate. The same holds true for us. It is our nature to keep moving, but in a balanced way, so we do not over tax our energy reserves.

Water is governed by the kidneys which maintains our energy reserves and the bladder which preserves our life force by keeping it pure. It asks the question, “What is the way forward?” or more accurately, “How do I face my fear and move forward wisely?”

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Who, Me?

Enlightenment is the easiest thing in the universe – you are already one with everything, you just don’t know it. ~ Ramesh Balsekar

A lot of studies about energy healing and the power of thought have focused on people with special abilities, people who have a proven record of healing or psychic ability. But is this really a limited phenomenon? Or can anybody do it? Can anybody project their thoughts in a way that influences the world?

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Rules of Alchemy

We usually think of alchemy as referring to the goal of somehow transmuting common metals such as lead into more valuable rare metals such gold or silver. Alchemy also refers to the process of transmuting one’s nature into a higher form. This is a primary theme of Taoist philosophy and this ancient Chinese alchemical thought is closely connected to the medical theories behind acupuncture and herbology. The key point is to understand how body, mind, and spirit are connected. The clearer our understanding is of these connections, the clearer our intention is when working with ourselves or others.

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Angry? Why Not?

All of the emotions play a necessary role in our life, and our challenge is to learn to express all of them well. Imbalanced emotional expression is one of the primary causes of both physical and psychological disease in Chinese Medicine, and much of my clinical practice revolves around limiting beliefs about the role of emotions in our life. A very common belief is that having anger is bad, or that anger isn’t spiritual. This leads to an inability to express anger in a productive way and ultimately leads to an imbalance in the Liver and Liver energy. Once the Liver energy is disturbed we are more prone to anger and if we don’t know how to effectively express it we just accumulate anger and imbalances in the Liver as opposed to using anger as a way to grow spiritually.

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Joy and Sadness: Healing Your Mind, Body, Spirit with Chinese Medicine Theory

Each new day we experience many different emotions that play an important role in our life. The challenge is to learn to express these emotions in a way that is conducive to our health and vitality.  According to Chinese Medicine theory, imbalanced emotional expression is one of the primary causes of both physical and psychological disease. Therefore, much of my clinical practice revolves around the role that emotions play in our life. It is through the understanding and ability to process each emotion appropriately that we become closer to our true self, to others, and to our connection to god.

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