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THE TAO

The Tao – Religion - Feng Shui
Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

The Tao

The very nature of life is constant change.
The truth revealed in this moment may not be the same in the next.
In Zen, this is "Beginners Mind" - where everything experienced is done so as if for the first time. This state of being is not something one can achieve with effort or force of will - it is something inherent to our very nature, existing below the "cultivated mind" (that part of us that takes the rawness of life and conceptualizes, reasons, interprets and judges). This is why it is said, children are closer to the Kingdom of Heaven - they have no preconceived training that cloud their perceptions of reality. "The Path" leads us through and beyond all the lies and illusions so that we may experience a "return to innocence".


A Transmission Beyond the Mind
Concepts, ideas, words - no matter how lofty - were all created by the mind to describe something beyond the mind.

Words are not "The Thing" but a symbolic representation of it. We imbue these concepts, ideas and words with power, and only this gives them meaning.

The "Truth" is not the words themselves, but in between, behind and beyond the words is an energy, consciousness and vibration carried along with and through them. As you read this web site, if you have a clear energy and open mind you may sense this.
If your mind disagrees with the concepts, ideas or words thats within this website, that's really ok... just try to feel whats being conveyed or transmitted between, behind and beyond. To do this, read a few lines, sit quietly, close your eyes and simply feel. What comes into your awareness, be it a sensation, a thought, a color, a sound, a knowing, or anything else... this is your perceived truth as it is shining forth from the between, behind and beyond the filters of your own mind.

I am not attached to my words "making sense" "being correct" or "being right". The intention here is to catalyze a shift in your thinking process. If I get you to ask questions, doubt your conceptual reality and start thinking outside your "comfort zones", I would have succeeded in making your time here worth while.

The other purpose in sharing all this information with you is to feed the ravenous ego mind that wants to know "How do I fit this healing into a workable frame of reference, into some sort of understandable “box’?" Once that mind is appeased (if even for a moment) then it will release its hold and allow you to drop down into that peaceful, still, quiet place of "No Mind".. to simply feel and be.

Those who live in faith and trust (not needing to know in order to act) can just do the work on an inner feeling or sense of its rightness. In the meanwhile, to coax the reluctant mind into going along with the "Spiritual Plan", some explanations are called for.

Yes, the "Tao" (nor this healing work) cannot (adequately) be put in words or understood in the regular ways things are known. However, the "Truth" of "It" - "Your Truth" - can be known through subjective experience and divine revelation (this being the essence of what I wish to convey to you through the healing work I offer). Perhaps this is the message found behind all the scriptures of all the religions.


The Message of all Religions
The “One” common message of all religions is essentially about "re-joining" with the Creator - this is by definition what "religion" means. All the different religious texts basically say the same thing along these lines. However, since this message is given to differing people within the unique language of their understanding, the context of their contemporary culture, according to their members individual temperaments, and finally, taking into account the spiritual evolution (or lack thereof) of the people of the time... the end result may sound, look and feel quite different. This was by design as the Great Spirit knows we are not all alike - many of us have very different ways of perceiving, feeling, understanding and expressing.

It is important to understand that we are not all at the same level of spiritual development. Each one of us is on a very different place on our path, and so it is no wonder than that (according to everyone’s unique needs) as the “One” common message from Spirit filters through the many different peoples of the world, it becomes codified into many different religions. However, if one looks carefully - though the words are different - the message underlying the different religions is all the same.

Messages and guidance were given to those intermediaries (prophets) who could pass it on to the greater masses of people (those who were not yet open or able to directly receive). Yet the goal of all true spiritual leaders has always been to bring people up to their level, to empower them to eventually receive the truth directly from spirit, dispensing with the outward teachings, moving beyond the need for an intermediary. What we see now in this era of confusion, fear, and uncertainty is a reversal of the prophets intentions. Where the people are holding on even stronger to the outward "mental" teachings, the true message of all religions is to open for the individual a direct connection to Source beyond the words, beyond the mind.

The labels that people have identified themselves with as they have aligned themselves to the superficial differences of the outer form (black, white, Christian, Jew) has only caused more divisiveness - as the ego-mind has stepped in to take control and reign its judgment one over another. As people of differing religious persuasions continue to argue and fight against themselves (isn't love, tolerance, kindness the message of all religions?) things are getting worse in the world, as the spread of rampant materialism, greed and fear grows.


Interconnections
Over the course of my own healing journey, I have found that everything is connected to everything else (esp in regards to energy and higher levels of consciousness). However, for the sake of being able to communicate various concepts from one mind to another (and we all know that the mind does try very hard to make sense of the nonsensical) I have compartmentalized or categorized various topics which by all appearance might not seem to make any sense (seeming to be randomly put together as I mix and match one to another). No matter, the connections are there.


Feng Shui

“Feng Shui” is an intuitive sense of placement, working with symbolic meanings, magnetic influences, energetic dynamics, and the 8 directions. For example, a tree has a different energy field (and symbolic meaning) than a statue, and things placed in the North have a different energetic affect than if oriented to the South.
Feng Shui has some similarities to "Geomancy" (which is of Celtic origin) both integrating terrestrial meridian flows – lay lines and such (a sort of “Planetary Acupuncture” application). I believe Feng Shui (and Geomancy) originated from direct revelation and further evolved with scientific observation, yet like many religions, it has become an outer teaching disconnected from its intuitive roots.


Acupuncture

The underlining principle behind acupuncture is that all life is made up of energy, and that diseases are generally caused by an imbalance and blockage of this life energy within the body. Acupuncture works on the body by stimulating certain energy points and lines of force (meridians) thereby restoring the natural healthy flow of life energy. As the physical body mirrors or manifests the deeper imbalances present in the energy-mind-spirit, it is thought that by merely manipulating the meridian flows one can affect a complete healing of the body, mind and spirit. However, the meridian flows only exist on one energetic dimensional level, whereas the human soul exists and functions on many dimensions of energy and consciousness. In my own studies, I intuited that many causes of disease come from levels not connected to or affected by the manipulation of the meridian flows alone, but from other levels of energy and consciousness altogether. The inquisitive acupuncturist that I was (and to better serve my patients) I felt it my duty to find any other healing methods that would affect a change on these other levels.

A Curious Experiment
A short time after I graduated from acupuncture school, I began to experiment with energy healing without using needles. A friend had given me a crystal pendulum (see Dowsing), and while I was holding this over the points and meridians of his body, the pendulum would swing clockwise, counter-clockwise, longitudinally... and my friend would feel the energy move in ways that were similar if not more powerful to the effects the acupuncture needles normally produced.

"Wow, this is interesting. How far can I go with this?" (I thought).

I held a box of patent formula herbs on the chest of another one of my clients and held the pendulum over it and watched it swing, and my client reported feeling the herbs sink into her chest, opening and clearing it (hmmmm).

"What would happen if I didn’t use the pendulum but my hand instead?"

Sure enough, I got the same and some different results. What would happen if I did this energy work without touching the person? From across the room I started to practice.... I approached one of my friends (who did Reiki healing) and asked if he would be so kind as to be my guinea pig for this mad experiment (I have practiced on a lot of trusting souls these past few years... haven't lost anyone yet). After the session he asked me if I ever received any Reiki initiations or training as what I did with him felt similar to it and actually, even more powerful. I said no, I have never received any Reiki before. Another interesting piece of the puzzle.... 

Why I Left Acupuncture
So... if I could work with the energies of the body without needles, why do acupuncture? (In China, this method of healing is called "Chi Kung" - Chi=energy, Kung=work). Why not just focus directly on the energies without all those invasive needles? Does this make sense to you? (Sure did to me). Who cared what tools I used, just as long as I achieved the same if not better results. Eventually, I got the idea that I should let go of the old form of using needles in my healing work, and just focus on practicing and developing this new way. It has taken a lot of courage and faith to let go of 3+ years of schooling (plus the legitimacy my licenses gave). Many people think acupuncture is far out there on the fringes of medical practice... yet the energy and higher consciousness work I was about to step into was beyond even that (but I just knew that the risks I was taking were worth it). With oriental medicine, I found I had reached the ceiling of its effectiveness and would only take me and my clients so far. When I discovered the existence of this inner spirit world, and then found out I could work with it... a whole new mystery opened up before me to uncover. And here we are. (When I was a kid, one of the things I wanted to be was an archeologist and discover ancient mysteries... what I am doing now is not too far from that, but instead of outer its inner mysteries).

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