• Joanne Chang

    May 23, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Beautiful, Lorie. This resonates with me so much. In my schooling (TCM) it was almost all technique. Point location, memorization, prescriptions, lists of symptoms — a very formulaic and westernized approach. We were encouraged to translate Chinese medicine into a language that would fit into the western model, to gain acceptance from our western medical peers. This never really interested me. I had faith in the medicine. I didn’t want to have to prove my faith.

    “Re-kindle the mystery” — yes! Why are we constantly trying to explain everything? Some things are beyond the realm of the rational mind. Magic is real.

    Instead of trying to put language to Chinese medicine so that it is “palatable” to the receiver, I can engage the receiver to believe in and experience the magic of Chinese medicine. Invite them into the world of the unseen, the unknowable, the imaginal. Invite them to trust something beyond the five senses, and in doing so, trust intuitively in themselves.