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.
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…
Through the last several weeks I have been doing some soul searching about life and thinking of my own mortality. The passing of Dr. Pert gave me time for some reflection- (albiet abrupt reflection) – however it was also a renewed vigor on what it means to live. The past holds many gifts- some negative, some positive and some in between. While living in the moment is the thing to do, knowing when those singular moments of clarity is upon us is something else. Why settle for silver when you can attain gold?
Wait..you are telling me this is possible?
The path to healing begins with you and your BaZi. If you feel stuck, have decisions you need to make or really just want to generally Open the Door to Your Destiny, please read on.
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:  shoot it  eat it  attempt a 9 month to 15 yearrelationship of codependency with this particular person, thought pattern or situation.
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.
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?
There is an old Apache saying that says “The hardest thing to do in life is to know yourself.” Understanding your inner self will create a successful life regardless of the endeavor. In the BaZi, knowing yourself is as important as knowing others. If you truly understand yourself, you have a better ability to understand those around you.
My BaZi chart never revealed to me the fact that, one day, I would be instructed, (by my dog’s veterinarian) to brush the teeth of my pets, (2 dogs and 2 cats.) Don’t get me wrong. I like animals. I do not think pets are four-legged chores. In fact, my children have even named the chickens we have in the backyard. (To clarify I do live in a northern-tier city known as Portlandia.) But brushing their teeth? (The pets not the children.)
In the last several years I began a research project that involves rethinking some fundamental concepts of the evaluation and application of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. My focus has not been trying to ‘downgrade’ or judge the way people do acupuncture in the United States. My goal is not to limit acupuncture to a form of “physical medicine.” Rather, my focus has been to develop a set of practical, clinically tested acupuncture protocols in the treatment of pain.