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.
Some of my friends think that there is a fundamental biological imperative to propagate our human species. Back in college, this was usually an alcohol-induced activity that have had repercussions to this day. Sex is something that is fundamental in the reproductive process of the individual in order to ensure species survival. An often common quote you can find on the web by the late Lewis Thomas compares humans to ants:
“Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into war, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves, engage in child labor, exchange information ceaselessly. They do everything but watch television.“
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.
I have been fortunate to hear and share the stories of those around me. These stories affect our lives everyday. This past week has been a reminder that people live with death everyday. The stories of this past week that were shared with me about death vary in nature and circumstance.