Joy of Living
I feel compelled to launch into the first of what will be many blogs coming through the perspective of an acupuncturist.
May I first begin with that I am an analog and hands-on kind of guy. This business of writing articles for the Internet goes against what I believe is my default setting of fear versus comfort and safety. Rather than my “factory setting” of trust, confidence, gratitude, and love.
And now more than ever, I need to view this discomfort, and all uncertainty, as information, or even a gift. I must experience the joy of living not only right here, and right now, but all of the time! Otherwise I must ask myself the question, what is the alternative?
For the record I will always speak in this article and all to come, from the first person perspective. If for some reason I speak in a second person narrative, meaning “you“, I am speaking about myself, talking to myself. These words are 100% my experience, from a place of my truth, and what I believe are immutable laws. I am not here to preach or proselytize.
My background from early teen years stems from a place of art,theater, and music. Which I still engage in to this day. But the question came about 30 years ago, what is “it“ all about? And what AM I doing? Looking back, it has always been a splinter in my mind.Problem was, I didn’t even really know I was asking myself the question fully.
I was indeed asleep.
I believe many people have these similar questions.Not so unusual.But what I find more compelling was the fact that in time I was even able to recognize that there was some kinda question.
It is the question that keeps me in the moment; the moment IS consciousness, consciousness creates freedom without judgment in my mind, which translates into optimum functioning of my systems and cells.
That’s it, real simple, awareness.
Long story short. I was in my early 20’s driving my sisters car when I fell asleep at the wheel, meaning I was daydreaming, and collided into a parked car. The accident left me in excruciating pain for the next couple of years. MD’s, allopathic and conventional medicine, did nothing to solve or alleviate the problem.
And although I believe it was the right way to go, and still with employ these methods to explore and treat possible physical conditions ie, herniated disc‘s, fractures, contusions etc. etc.I was left unsatisfied and confused. physical exams, x-rays, MRIs, and radio-graphs revealed “there was nothing wrong with me“ but yet the pain was intense and unrelenting through my body. I couldn’t take deep breath‘s. It felt like a gripping stabbing pain going through the back of my neck down to my low back. Severe headaches. You get the picture…
Fast forward a couple of years into my mid 20’s and I’m living in New York someone suggested I see a chiropractor. At that time I had heard of such an entity but never tried it. It was something that was never introduced in my world growing up. Mine was a very linear conservative background. But I believe that my connection to the arts allowed me to have an open mindedness and willingness to investigate an alternative approach.Yes, my back was adjusted and popped. Disks were alleviated of pressure. And I did begin to feel some relief. But… What I found far more interesting, More than the physical manipulation, was the “experience” in and of itself.
The world of alternative healthcare, New Age medicine as it was referred to at the time, came into my view with an intense interest. Not only highly respected disciplines like acupuncture, chiropractic, and osteopathy were at my fingertips, But things like yoga therapy, crystals, herbs, meditation, light therapy, remote healing, bio electrical spinal and treatments etc. began to bombard me in a powerful yet gentle way.
It was then around this time, I understood to the bottom of my soul, through and through, that emotions were trapped from early childhood and manifested in tension throughout the cells of my body a defense Physiology Or survival mechanism in the body was created. But only through this recognition would Healing be allowed.
The accident was just a catalyst to set off this new state of awareness and exploration.
I now understand, and strenuously stand behind the notion, there is no good or bad. Good or bad is simply just my interpretation, opinion, or judgment, of a particular emotion, or emotional state, at that particular moment in time. Good or bad is simply to me, “do I agree With this“, “do I like this or do I not like this“. Nothing more.
For example, one might think that going through a windshield is a “bad thing“. But it was that very experience that provided entrée into a new world of thinking acting and healing.
Through this emotional awareness and its connection to the physical pain, I also understood in that moment I am not unique to this. Many Other people may have the same experience. I also understood in this moment, I had the capacity to help translate this conception to others through touch and non-judge mental communication.
I had purpose.
I knew this was how in some small way I might possibly contribute to the construct of fabric of human existence.
Again coming from a conservative background I felt I needed a voice and a respectable,legitimate platform in which to speak from. I needed something that was both main stream for the lay person but yet had medical significance for Physicians and their community. It was there and then I decided to continue my graduate education in the “language” of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
Now… I would love to continue about my philosophies, treatment modalities, and postulates, but that would take some time. So I will use this platform going forward and break them down little by slowly into more easily digestible components.
If you,the person reading this, takes anything away from the small story it’s that I believe pain is the touchstone ALL growth.
Physical, mental, and spiritual. I believe the union of these three entities is what creates the most harmonious balanced and healthy components of a human experience. It is this very notion that drives me to begin even writing these articles and hopefully spark a potential that I believe all individuals are equipped with.
My goal is simply through the language of Acupuncture and my own experience, allow one’s connection to wellness, and self corrective strategies emerge and unfold in some weird and wonderful way!
I believe Acupuncture, and really all holistic healthcare approaches, at their inception were not meant to fix, change, treat, or improve any conditions, but really rather to allow an awareness and consciousness come into view. I believe from this perspective, ALL things are possible.
Robust physical health, serene states of mind, loving relationships, unlimited finances, and creativity, are all proffered as a result of connection, communication, and outlook.
Let us only utilize Acupuncture as a beautiful launching point for this journey together.
As always, Dr. Philip
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