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.
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.
What brings us closer to our own dream? Religion? Great Sex? A really great piece of chocolate? I have friends that would respond that there is no difference between any of the above. All joking aside, some would say that life is a lot of work and hopefully filled with some “good luck.” In the BaZi Suan Ming there are many opportunities to help your self during times of stress, crisis and out right loneliness. How do you know you are in your dream? What makes you think things may not change- for better or worse? We live in a world where (it turns out) Area 51 exists, people can “hack” into your car while you are driving, a low fat diet early in childhood will make you fat later in life and John Lennon may come back from the dead.
Really? Damn and all those back taxes.
In order to get the most use out of your BaZi chart there are certain things to understand how a 5,000 year old algorithm can change your life. Let us start with “BaZi 101 Basics.”
These days it seems like I am hearing the same record (or CD or nano ipod) play the same loop over and over. Class warfare. Racial hatred. Gender discrimination. Howard Zinn’s book being banned once again in several states, (this time at the university level.) Now, don’t get me wrong: It’s not that I think the villains are lurking around every corner.
They just found out that their BaZi “consultant” is a hack.
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.