This past weekend I had the great fortune of having my injured shoulder treated by Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Taoist Master of the Jade Purity School, Yellow Emperor/Lao Tzu Sect, ordained by 87th Generation Taoist Master Yu Wen (Jeffrey’s adoptive Grandfather). I was invited to be a demonstration subject at his workshop, which was hosted by a good friend of ours, Kathryn P. White, Ph.D., DHM, MTOM. An incredible healer in her own right, Kathryn is the President and Founder of the American University of Complementary Medicine (AUCM) in Beverly Hills, California.
As the workshop focused upon the use of gems and stones in the practice of Classical Chinese Medicine, Dr. Yuen used stones and crystals instead of the customary needle upon certain acupuncture points. He did not pierce the skin but instead used the sharp points of the stones and pressed fairly deeply upon the points. He also used a scraping technique around the shoulder area called “Gua Sha.” The effects were quite remarkable as the flow of energy felt in the body was pronounced and gave much relief to my shoulder. He also recommended elixirs made up from specific stones as further treatments to be continued at home.
Dr. Yuen seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of Taoism and the Classics of Chinese Medicine and he artfully combines this knowledge with an intuitive understanding that enables him to connect quickly and deeply with underlying causes of illness.
Of great interest to me was his recommendation of the use of certain “animal” sounds for strengthening the tendons. Although the “Six Healing Sounds” in Classical Chinese Medicine are quite powerful, he recommended the animal sound of “huummph!” (I’m not sure this spelling is quite correct). He also recommended “Waah!” These reminded me of certain Japanese martial art “kiais” that I’m familiar with. The kiai is a way of generating and focusing powerful internal energy.
2009 seems to be building up to be a humdinger of a year! If one were to look only outwardly at the trainwreck of events as reported by the media, from the world economic crisis to the ongoing escalation of wars and violence, it would seem that 2009 augers a buildup of fear and thoughts of “how to survive the coming cataclysms.”
However, when looking upon all the chaos as the Universe’s way of destroying old and corrupt systems so as to make room for evolution to happen, then it becomes a matter of making choices as to how we want to live our lives: reacting to fear by “hunkering down,” or using the energy or excitement of fear to build momentum and awareness of the New Dimension of Consciousness that seems to be arising through the ashes of what is being torn down.
I don’t have a special “window” to the future, and I do know that pain and challenges are part of living on planet earth, and so my wife and I do our “due diligence” by keeping emergency supplies and some extra food and water…but we also know “in our bones” that our very purpose of existence is the simple awareness and act of “Being Love,” no matter how well or badly we may do from moment to moment. And there are times of course… when we get off course. It’s part of the drama that we’re learning to live with and not get so caught up in.
2009, for me, is not so much about “doing” as it is in “Being.” Both are important, but a little physical challenge that has shown up in my life in the last couple of months has won my attention and deep consideration. My left shoulder went out. Can’t use it. It happened right after an intense workshop that I participated in. Everything I do now has to be done slowly and with great awareness.
I’ve been seeing doctors but the healing may take awhile. My shoulder seems to be saying:
“Back off for awhile! Can you receive this and experience the opportunity that comes even with the pain? Listen and receive without grasping or fretting, without worrying about the future!”
The mind naturally thinks, “I need my shoulder to do my work and to be of service.” But of course the Higher Self is saying, “Just do your best and then relax in each moment, even if the moment is painful. Know that you are supported and guided even when it seems most dark and confusing.”