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Wisdom Guild: Listening to Our Practice •  Njemile Carol Jones, Laura Christensen, Esther Platner • Qi114

Wisdom Guild: Listening to Our Practice • Njemile Carol Jones, Laura Christensen, Esther Platner • Qi114

What gets us started is not what sustains us over the long haul. The energy of beginning is essential at the start of any new endeavor. But what got us to here, will not get us to there.

It’s easy to think that we are broken because what brought us success does not help us in managing success. Nor does it help us to move through the stages of development as we age and face the challenges slowing our practice down, passing it along or letting go of it altogether.

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Nov 26, 2019
Ripples in the Flow: Pulses, Nanjing and the Questioning Mind • Z'ev Rosenberg • Qi113

Ripples in the Flow: Pulses, Nanjing and the Questioning Mind • Z'ev Rosenberg • Qi113

The classics are helpful not just because they contain pointers to how medicine works. They are helpful because of the discussions they have generated amongst practitioners over the twin distances of time and space. They are a kind of thread that connects us with the doctors of the past who have gone to this well for the wisdom within.
Listen in to this conversation on the pulse as seen through the perspective of the Classic of Difficulties, how the principle of 理 (coherence) shows up in the work we do, issues of free will and that troublesome question of what constitutes a cure.

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Nov 19, 2019
Spirals, Stems and Branches: The Structure of Unfoldment in Time and Space • Deborah Woolf • Qi109

Spirals, Stems and Branches: The Structure of Unfoldment in Time and Space • Deborah Woolf • Qi109

Stems and Branches are old Chinese science. Our medicine touches on it, but most of us rely on the more modern perspectives for our clincal work. The Stems and Branches speak to a perspective of the universe and our place in it that is foreign to our minds not because of language and culture, but because we live a world that focus more on humanity than cosmos.

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Oct 29, 2019
Outside the Box and Inside the Heart Medicine • Amy Mager • Qi108

Outside the Box and Inside the Heart Medicine • Amy Mager • Qi108

The medicine we practice doesn’t just help us to help others. It can help us to live more deeply into our own lives. The challenges, adversity and difficulties we encounter show us what we are made of and build resiliency. The practices we create are a living expression of who we see ourselves to be. Furthermore, the process of creating a successful practice that we want to work in, it’s an on-going process.

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Oct 22, 2019
Rhythm and Motion: The Magic of  Bamboo Moxa • Oran Kivity • Qi106

Rhythm and Motion: The Magic of Bamboo Moxa • Oran Kivity • Qi106

The characters for acupuncture in Chinese, 針灸zhen jiu, literally translate as needle and moxa.

You surely were introduced to the cigar-like pole moxa and large cones of smoldering mugwort on slices of ginger or aconite in acupuncture school. Perhaps you also were exposed to the Japanese rice grain moxa techniques or burning balls of moxa on the head of needle. Not surprising there are a variety of forms of using Ai Ye to bring a kind of simulative heat into the body.

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Oct 8, 2019
Posture, Structure, Function and Knife Needles • Brian Bowen • Qi105

Posture, Structure, Function and Knife Needles • Brian Bowen • Qi105

Musculoskeletal issues are the bread and butter of many acupuncture practices. Many people only think of acupuncture when they think about the treatment of pain, and not without good reason. Acupuncture is helpful in the treatment of pain. And as acupuncturists we know we could probably do a lot better too.

In this conversation we explore the use of the Dao Zhen, the knife needle. But more importantly, we take a look at how the body is put together. And how to “see” the story of a person’s physiology.

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Oct 1, 2019
Resonance and Vibration • Mary Elizabeth Wakefield & MichelAngelo • Qi103

Resonance and Vibration • Mary Elizabeth Wakefield & MichelAngelo • Qi103

Resonance, 感應 gan ying, is an aspect of Chinese philosophy that runs through many aspects of our medicine.

We see resonance as we look through the unfolding of life through the five phases. The way we see east, spring, liver, green, beginnings and wood as having shared energies; the way they resonant the phase of wood.

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Sep 17, 2019
Aligning Purpose, Resources and Spirit: An Exploration of Business, Wealth and Wellbeing • Matt Ludmer • Qi101

Aligning Purpose, Resources and Spirit: An Exploration of Business, Wealth and Wellbeing • Matt Ludmer • Qi101

Perspective changes everything. 

We can approach the business and financial aspects of our practices a distasteful task that we’d prefer to delegate to someone else. Or we can take it as the opportunity it is to work through our shadow material around the issues of money, power, authority and integrity. 

In this conversation we explore how wealth allows us to interact more fully with our world. How finances are just one aspect of a balanced and integral life.  And how the relationships with community and ourselves are not separate from our relationship to money and purpose. 

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Sep 3, 2019

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