Spirit of the Points: Shénmén HT-7

In the second installation of the series, “Spirit of the points,” we examine acupuncture point Shénmén HT-7. As a Yuan-source point on the heart channel it is a potent access point to the imperial temple of the Heart to treat a variety of both physical and mental afflictions. Shénmén HT-7

The Spirit of the Points: 中府 Zhōngfǔ, Lung 1

Tang dynasty scholar and patron saint of Chinese medicine Sun Simiao stated that “the indications of an acupuncture point can be found within its name.” Modern TCM’s numeration of the acu-points has focused the study of acupuncture to point locations and indications, and where point names have been translated they are generally limited to the…

Circulating the Vital Breath: The Xíng Qì Jade Inscription

The Xíng Qì, or Circulating Qì, is a succint treatise of cultivating the Vital Breath, or Qì. Engraved on a dodecagonal block of jade in what appears to be Seal Script, the inscription dates to a conjectural 400 BC, before the establishment of Daoism as an institutionalized corpus of political and personal influence. 行氣 Circulating…

What are the Icaros and How do They Promote Healing?

Roughly every culture in known history recognized song and sound as a communicational medium of the spirit to the other world. It was also through song that a cultural paradigm could be narrated for the education of the young or healing of the ill. For the Shipibo-Conibo and other cultures of the Amazon, singing is the primary medium…

What is the dieta and How Does it Relate to Ayahuasca?

A common trend that occurs when westerners assimilate other culture’s spiritual traditions is the extrapolation of pinnacle teachings and experiences from the underlying cultivation practices that supports them, which often results in the misappropriate use of power that is inherently accumulated through rites of purification of cultivation. For example, Many people who practice “yoga” have never…

Folk Medicine in the Peruvian Amazon.

This is an essay I wrote in my undergraduate studies at The Evergreen State College (2013) concerning the art and science of traditional healing practices in the Peruvian Jungle, particularly amongst the Quechua-Lamista and Shipibo cultures. The essay covers a broad spectrum of subjects, from historical events that have transformed the cultural knowledge base to the…