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THE TAO

Religion - The Tao - Feng Shui
Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

The Message of all Religions
The “One” common message of all religions is essentially about "re-joining" or "re-uniting" with the Creator - this is by definition what "religion" means ("legare" or "ligion" in Latin means "to join" or "unite"). However, since this message was given to differing people with unique languages, cultures, temperaments, and spiritual evolutionary development (or lack thereof)... the methods and means to achieve this common 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 belief systems or religions. However, if one looks carefully - though the words are different - the underlying message is the same.

Prophets
Prophets acted as intermediaries - standing between the infinite and the mind of man. They received messages, interpreted and in turn, communicated into an accessible contemporary vernacular, understandable to their particular community of people. The goal of all true prophets (and spiritual leaders) then is not to keep power for themselves, but to bring people up to their level - to help open and empower them to receive the truth directly from Source, to eventually dispense with the outward teachings.. beyond the words, beyond the mind, and even, beyond the human intermediary.

Sadly, as people in this day and age find themselves stray farther and farther from Source (into the mind), they have identified themselves with more and more words and self identifying "labels" (I am Christian, I am Jew, I am black, I am white, I am Republican, I am Democrat, and so on). Such labels have only strengthened the feelings of isolation and separation from self, from others, and from Source. Identifying and thus aligning ones energies to these superficial differences has only caused more divisiveness, one which the ego-mind has taken advantage, stepping in to take control and reign its judgment. 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. Taoism is one of the "religions" that tries to step us back and away from this rampant ego mind so we can see the deeper truth.

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 within this website, that's really ok... just try to feel what's 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, question, doubt your conceptual reality and start sensing 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 explanation may help.

Yes, the "Tao" (nor this healing work) cannot (adequately) be put into 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 (the essence of what I wish to convey through the healing work and the message found behind all the scriptures of all religions).

Interconnections
Over the course of my own healing journey into energy and consciousness, I have found that everything is connected to everything else. For the sake of being able to communicate from one limited struggling mind to another (and we all know that the mind does try very hard to make sense of the nonsensical) I have used the mind and its many words to try to formulate and communicate the infinitely intangible... into some coherent conceptual format, which at first sight might not seem to make any sense (randomly put together as I mix and match one to another). No matter, the connections are there. And if you go deeper beyond the words, and open your mind, you may feel a spiritual energy and light flowing to you.

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 force within the body. Acupuncture works on the body by stimulating certain points upon energy pathways, lines or 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 these other levels of energy and consciousness. The inquisitive acupuncturist that I was (and to better serve my patients) I felt it my duty to find any other healing method that would affect a positive change.

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 than the effect acupuncture needles normally produced.
"Wow, this is interesting. How far can I go with this?".
I placed a bottle of herbs on the chest of another one of my clients, held the pendulum over, watched it swing, and my client reported feeling the energy of the herbs sink in, opening and clearing her chest (hmmmm).
"What would happen if I didn’t use the pendulum but my hand instead?"
Sure enough, I got a similar reaction.
What would happen if I did this energy work without touching the person?
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). From across the room i started, my arm hand and fingers naturally and spontaneously moving. After the session he asked me if I ever received any Reiki initiations or training as what I did (to him) felt similar and actually, more powerful. I said "no, I have never received any Reiki training 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 (beyond the conceptual teachings) without all those invasive needles? Does this make sense to you? (Sure did to me). Who cared what tools I used (or what the belief systems), just as long as I achieved the same if not better results, it's all good ! Eventually, I got the idea that I should let go 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 risk I was taking for the reward of being a better healer to my clients was 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. When I was a kid, one of the things I wanted to be was an archeologist and discover ancient mysteries and treasures (I also wanted to be like Dr Strange). What I am doing now (with this healing work) is not too far from that, but instead of outer... its inner mysteries and treasures of the soul and spirit. And here we are.

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