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An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
September, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 09
Stay in Touch With ... Energy Medicine
By K.G. Stiles
"Stay in Touch With..." is a periodic column designed to provide an overview of a particular technique or modality. If you would like to contribute to this column, please e-mail .
This installment of "Stay in Touch With..." features an article on "Energy Medicine," by K.G.Stiles.
One of the simplest definitions of energy medicine I've come across is, "Something that affects well-being at the deepest level of our being." Since the advent of Einstein's unified field theory, ongoing research has shown the exquisite interconnectedness between body, mind and spirit. Scientific discoveries reveal that all life is made up of networks of matrixes (Latin for womb). We have entered an energetic era, one in which we are redefining our understanding about our world and ourselves. We are residing in an age when energetics, not just of the body, but of all of life, are reshaping our world.
Developing an awareness of and learning to manage and integrate one's energy systems are primary skills to develop in order to experience well-being in life. The following is a helpful exercise for those wishing to initiate an awareness of working with the energetic realm of experience.
Exercise: As you are falling asleep tonight, repeat 20-30 times to yourself, "I will wake up feeling great!" Combine a mental picture with the feeling you would enjoy experiencing feeling great. Upon waking in the morning, repeat the affirmation to yourself, "I feel great!" Over the next three weeks, use this same affirmation before going to sleep and upon waking. You will begin to notice a shift in your level of energy at the start of your day, which you can maintain throughout your day simply by reaffirming, "I feel great." You are taking steps to reprogram and reinforce your subconscious mind (one of your most powerful resources) with positive habit patterns.
How does energy medicine work? Applied quantum physics. The science of quantum physics views us as incredible multidimensional networks of vibrating waves that intersect in points of light, to be seen as a quantum particle when in focus - an idea, or image in matter - and when unfocused, as a moving wave of infinite possibility.
The truth quantum physics reveals is that we can choose our perception of reality. Problems arise when we get stuck in our perceptions. We become addicted to seeing life in a particular way, repeatedly creating the same experiences for ourselves. Simply put, our bodies, minds and emotions don't heal because we forget to let go and allow the particle to become the wave once again. How do we free ourselves from this situation and help our clients to do so as well?
The importance of intention and focus. Intention refers to one's motivation; it in no way implies force, or involving your will in the outcome of a session. It must be noted that a practitioner is not responsible for how a client responds to treatment. There are many variables influencing a client's response ability. Two important variables are attitude and life force (the capacity for healing).
Focus refers to a practitioner fully engaging in the present moment, opening to serve the client's needs and allowing for the possibility of healing to occur. The greatest skill a practitioner can develop is the ability to observe without attachment to outcome. In quantum physics, we know nothing happens that isn't first observed. So, your focus should be observing your client without judgment. This act creates the space for healing to occur.
Exercise: Over the next three weeks, practice attuning and being fully present with your client, observing without judgment, allowing the free flow of information to guide you in a session. Notice changes in the quality of results and ask clients for feedback about their experience. Notice how energized you feel at the end of your workday.
Fundamentals of practice. From both the metaphysical, traditional literature and current scientific hypotheses, we understand that the physical form has an underlying energetic crystaline form or template, and that this template can be identified, measured and mapped. We also know that certain vibrational patterns correspond to particular areas of the body. Vibrational or energetic forms of bodywork, like homeopathy, require minimal amounts of stimulus for optimal results.
The body, like any intricate musical instrument, requires adequate tuning for correct function. When tuned properly, the body will resonate to create a distinctive tone and vibrational pattern that correlates with its own unique frequency. All musicians know locating the exact pitch at which a note is to be held is critical. Any small deviation creates a totally different frequency or tone. Also, the quality of the tone is affected by the way an instrument is played. The body is as sensitive to touch as a fine Stradivarius.
The message of touch with clear intention is basic to energy medicine. A two-way channel, or loop of communication, occurs between the energy medicine practitioner and the client; musical alchemy, if you will. To work effectively with the body, a depth of sensitivity to the subtle dimensions of a client's being must be developed. Mastery in the field of energy medicine requires the practitioner to develop the art and skill of an accomplished musician; subtlty of feeling and touch is essential for creating the safe space required for facilitating powerful shifts within the client. The client will respond and fully process energetic shifts over varying amounts of time. This wise way of working adds depth and dimension to the quality of healing possible for our clients.
Exercise: At the start of a session, place your left hand on your client's solar plexus/diaphragm and visualize a shimmering light or energy surrounding you both. Allow the energetic contact between you to vibrate. Notice any sensations. Instruct your client to breathe deeply and relax, allow yourself to naturally synchronize with your client's energies.
Through exploring some of the philosophical concepts related to the body, we begin to see how the physical form represents a reflection of all levels of the human energy fields. An understanding of these subtle fields also provides a theoretical basis for understanding how and why energy medicine works. Just as one studies anatomy and physiology of the gross human form, so too can we explore the anatomy of the subtle dimensions that link the human form. In terms of a "human energy system," the body is a well-ordered technical structure of emotional responses. Our emotional anatomy is as real and organized as our physical anatomy. Through the revelations of quantum physics, we now know our thoughts and emotions have creative authority within our cell tissues; this realization is fast becoming a central governing principle in our lives. Energy medicine recognizes the power of our thoughts and emotions. Our perceptions about the way things work are undergoing a profound shift. We can, through the intention and focus of our thougts and emotions, co-create our days and influence the future we experience. The science of quantum physics teaches us we can access and change our past through a shift in our perceptions.
Developing a 15-minute daily practice of envisioning - clearing your energies and concentrating your mind - can enhance your ability to focus your energies. You will release stress and reprogram your habits of mind, or attitudes. Engaging your body in some way through various forms of movement and exercise will further enhance your ability to focus and help establish new, healthier emotional patterns. There are many techniques you can employ; the following are only a few suggestions:
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