In Chinese Medicine, there is a concept of the “heavenly mandate” or “heavenly contract”. The heavenly contract is that which is most important thing in your heart of hearts, the thing that you must accomplish in this life – if you do not accomplish it, avoid it or ignore it, you will be fraught with […]
Lately it seems that a lot of talk around me is about meditation. A client requested that I write a post about meditation and how I practice. I am striving to write as little as possible about a big subject, and it is indeed a subject that many people have many different viewpoints, techniques […]
When something happens to you, your responsibility is not in that it happened: it’s already happened after all, you cannot change what happened no matter how much you wish you could. Your responsibility is in your choices, actions, decisions and response after the event, now in this moment. What are you going to do with […]
I’ve been meaning to share a list of “getting started” books on herbs, herbalism and homeopathy. As I live in a small apartment, and have limited book-shelf space despite my desire to the contrary, I try to keep my books pared down to the must-haves. Here are some of my must-have herbal books for the […]
Prima materia: the common, elemental substance or “first matter,” “found in filth,” the “orphan” sought by the alchemists in their attempt to create the Philosopher’s Stone. The original “chaos” or “sea” that constitutes all matter. Alchemist Gerhard Dorn saw it as a substance within man: “Transform yourselves into living philosophical stones!” Jung interpreted the prima […]
As I delve into learning more about trauma and PTSD, I am learning how the best of intentions can lead a person astray in a regressing or damaging way. Working through trauma, trauma release, or PTSD, is very scary and exhausting for the person suffering. Everything feels like it is out of control: the mind, […]
In the last post, I discussed what happens to the person (body-mind-soul system) who is in a state of unreleased trauma and shock. When these walls are broken down, we may be left in a delicate state for a while. I am not a therapist, or an expert in this type of work, but I […]
Last week I mentioned that if we are unable to filter an experience in a way that is healthy for our individual needs and psyche, we get into a state of resistance and set forth a cycle of disruption that creates imbalances elsewhere in our bodies, minds and souls, thus preventing the potential for a […]
Ah, the TCM Five Elements. Where would I be without them? When I first started learning TCM and the Five Elements, a light bulb went off in my head. It is time I give you a very brief review of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Five Elements and their paired Organs. This is by no […]
Lately I’ve been thinking about how we filter our lives, what we take in and digest, what we let go, what we resist, and the images that define us. My hope is to explore, without purpose, ambition or goal, what comes from our experiences and how they inform our health and well-being. Quaternity is a […]
I know, it’s been a long time since I last posted. I’ve been working on changes, being in liminality, and being more comfortable with vulnerability. Here goes! Let’s see if I can quickly bring you up to speed about my weight-y issue: I have been working out I have lost fat I’ve gained muscle The […]
Not too long ago, I decided it was time to work with a trainer at my gym, with the specific goal of learning how to do a deadlift, squat, bench press and military press. It was a lesson in “know thyself” and also a nice little reminder when working with others: trust me, I know […]
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