Category Archives: Alternative Medicine

Temazcal Tonantzin: Ceremony with the Virgen de Guadalupe

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Virgen de Guadalupe, Albuquerque, New Mexico, December 2013

The universe sends us some very interesting messages.  Some are reminders of our past and others are reminders of what our future may bring.  I have been very lucky to have been born into a indigenous faith healing tradition that blends my Native American, Tejano and Mexican roots.  I recently have had the opportunity to examine up close and personal some of those distinct details, speaking with and learning several ‘blessings’ from an older Cubano in his 90s who long practiced Macumba in Cuba before arriving on a raft in Miami in 1971.  To that extent, I ended up visiting several Botanicas in Los Angeles, California walking away with some lessons learned on ‘old school’ ways of doing ceremony. The following week I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico attending a Barral Institute workshop on brain and spinal cord injuries.  Of course this Curandero also met up with a group of very adept traditional healers in Curanderismo and was able to participate in a Virgen de Guadalupe celebration held in a traditional Temezcal– the type of sweat lodge that has been used by the Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs and those that came before.  What I learned was this:

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Manfred and Me

Very few of us have the opportunity to witness brilliant people in their prime.  (At least in the Bazi Suan Ming world of things.)  I know I “have the luck” when events like this occur.  I refer to these people as  “mad scientist”  brilliant. [read: in the loving and kind sort of way of the mad scientist] and I really do mean...brilliant. They are almost ‘monastic’ in their ways.  They throw caution to the wind and let the dendrites in their brain form.  They are in their craft and they build upon it. In public, most of the time, the Bazi master finds themselves surrounded by a crowd that resembles a paparazzi of sorts-which really defeats the purpose of this artist’s gift(s) to the world.  I had the privilege to host Dr. Manfred Kubny, Ph.D., a bonafide Bazi Master.  In most Bazi circles, many Asian Bazi masters consider him the #1 non-Asian Bazi expert in the world.  Dr. Kubny is a trained Sinlogist, and Chinese Classics linguist.  He reads and translates Chinese classics.  This is his “day job.” By night, he enters the Bazi. He is a professor at a university in Berlin, Germany.  He trained for eight years under two Bazi masters in Taiwan in the 1970s and early 1980s.  He visited Portland, Oregon recently to teach an advanced seminar on the Bazi SuanMing.   My family and I had the opportunity to host him and I got to ‘soak up the Bazi SuanMing.’

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Manfred Kubny, Bazi Expert

After Dr. Kubny’s second day here, all I could do was see Bazi table after Bazi table, chart after chart and look at the different classes of clash, combine and destroy elements in a birth chart. It was exhilarating and challenging all at the same time.  This is what I learned:

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Healer, heal thyself

A funny thing happened to me last week. I threw out my back.  For those of you who know me, it is almost laughable that this traditional medicine man of Mexican-Apache descent from South Texas, who is a martial arts expert,  has a sudden onset of back pain for no apparent reason.  Initially the pain “on a one to ten scale” was a 12. There was no heavy lifting involved.  There was no yard work or mixed martial arts cage fighting involved.  There were no other activities that involved my back that would lead me to conclude of one factor that precipitated a back injury.  All I could think of at first was “why me?” and “why now?”  As I start this road to recovery, it reminds me once again that I am only human.  Which is too bad…unfortunately.

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The emperor is not as forgiving…yes yes I know this.

Have you ever had pain you seem to revisit ever so often?  Have you ever had low back pain?  Do you want to know some helpful hints on your road to recovery?  If so, Please read on…

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The Molecules of Emotion: Candace Pert 1946-2013

Several weeks ago a light went out in the world of healing.  The scientific community lost one of its pioneers.  Women’s rights lost one of their true trailblazers for women in science and medicine.  The alternative medicine community lost one of its most powerful and respected voices.  I lost a friend, mentor, colleague and a patient.

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Candace Pert, scientist, mother, pioneer

Once in a great while we witness genius among us.  We often do not see this as it is happening, only when it has passed.  I was lucky enough to know Candace both professionally and personally.

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My Karma Ran Over Your Dogma

When you look for any kind of resolution to a problem we attempt to do one of three things- (or for the creative ones in all of us, a combination of the following: [1] shoot it [2] eat it [3] attempt a 9 month to 15 year relationship of codependency with this particular person, thought pattern or situation.

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Yeah, can I get that with two sugars?

Have you ever felt torn by a decision you had to make?  Between a rock and a hard place? Or just looking for a rock to put yourself under?  Have you ever been afraid or at the very least wary of a decision to make?  Open Your Door to Your Destiny. Here is how you can do this.

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Three White Horses

Are you having one of those weeks where it seems the saying “opinions are like…..” applies virtually everywhere?  Well, we can add whatever colorful expletive you care to add to the finish the phrase and it still comes down to an opinion.  The heart of the matter is that we do control our destiny, our fate- but that is only partially true.  We are born into this life and eventually we all pass away from this physical body.  So, in the meantime,  Are you tired of being tired?  Are you fed up with where you are?  Do you want to improve the quality of what you care for and not listen to any more excuses?

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Yes Mr. Bird, I am also “done waiting.”

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Who’s The Boss?

It’s that time of the week. You drive up to work and you find the construction project for the new supermarket store next door has somehow managed to ‘add a little of their own’ construction creativity- by ripping the phone line, power line, siding and gutters that are attached to the very office space you ply your trade, day in and day out.

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“Thank you Mr. PGE Man!”

Since the construction project next door was originally to begin in 2005, I cannot blame the guys for wanting to be in a hurry.  However, when you eventually are on a first name basis with the foreman of the project, the Feng Shui making for this Ju Ju Man can’t be good…

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But I digress.  Let’s face it. The salt mine can truly be grueling. I think there is a need to change the mode of thinking in today’s workplace world. Here are Five Ways to Help Your Toxic Workplace using the BaZi Suan Ming.

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