Earth Rx - Elemental Acupressure: Spleen 21 The Great Enveloper

Image: Kyle Thompson

Image: Kyle Thompson

Debra Kaatz, in the resplendent ‘Taoist Tales of Acupuncture Points’, translates Spleen 21 ‘Da Bao' 大包 as ‘A Vast and Extensive Containment’ or a ‘Big Cuddling Embrace’.  This is the point I choose when my patients need to remember that they are nourished, safe, contained, and held, supported by both the vast reserves of their bodies and the grace of the all-encompassing tao. The energetics of some points are subtle, but this one has a rich, warm, spreading sensation, almost as if Earth herself was holding you close in a bower of leaves and mulch. I liken it to the arms of a lover around your waist as the sun crowns in a late summer meadow, except better, because romantic love never lasts but the ardor of Earth is eternal.

Located on the mid-axillary line below the holy hallows of the armpit in the 6th intercostal space, you can rest your palms here whence engulfing yourself in an embrace of devotional self-love. Or, you can declare your body a safe space + sovereign nation by activating this point with self-qigong, rubbing your hands together until you feel flickers of electric qi shooting betwixt them, and then placing them upon The Great Enveloper whilst ensconcing yourself in a gravity blanket of protective Earth qi. If you want to hear me wax poetically on the hot tech of Spleen 21, I lead a guided acupressure meditation on its majesty at the close of my episode on the @magickvibes podcast, which you can find in the ethers here.

Kaatz sermonizes on the services of Great Enveloper, describing it as the point where “we can dive deep within the wonders of our Mother Earth and feel her vast and extensive containment. It is here the spleen enriches us with all its great vitality and dynamic movement, the place that everything within us is connected to the Mother Earth with her great care, stability, warmth, and nourishment. In this great enveloping embrace we can feel secure and come back into balance to receive the warmth and care that we need.” Acupressure re-parenting, anyone?

Fire Rx - On Shacking Up In The Heartbreak Hotel

Image ::: @tinnedpineapple

Image ::: @tinnedpineapple

For those whose joy is blocked by heartbreak, or those who’s boundaries have been breached leaching joy hither and thither, this work can be eased on down the road with the help of acupuncture point Heart Protector 8: Lao Gong ‘Palace of Weariness’. 


One of my favorite writers on the Taoist lore of acupuncture points, Debra Kaatz, says this of Pericardium 8:


”Here is the fire point of the heart protector meridian where it is in its home and official residence. It is where our fire can be truly nourished and cared for when the way has been long and hard. When we have enough loving fire then the ashes of old hurts and trouble fade away on their own.  Lao Gong is a palace or temple of the ancestors. It is where we can go and be cared for when there has been weariness, trouble, overwork and when suffering has been long. It is for someone who needs this special care. This point is even more effective in its own time and season where the heightened fire energy of summer can enhance the fire energy of the point. Lao is drawn as a lamp that flames with a gentle fire at night. It means to exert one’s self in an extraordinary manner, work, labour, suffer, weary, make, encourage, give trouble to, reward and consumption. Gong is drawn as several rooms under a roof. It means the Imperial palace, temple of the ancestors, palace rooms, and college. At Lao Gong is all the love, nourishment, and luxuries of a great palace for the weary heart to regain its lost trust, and ease its hurts. Here the Emperor himself gives tender care to the troubles of the heart so its doors can open and fill with the joys and laughter of the world again.”


Located at the point on center of the palm where the tip of the ring finger lands when we make a fist, Lao Gong is the energy center where qi is transmitted in martial arts, qigong, and pan-cultural traditions of energy work. This is an excellent point to ‘seal’ after giving too much of yourself, pushing past your boundaries, performing extensive work with your hands, and not being able to access pleasure on account of exhaustion. Though flower essences and essential oils can be excellent allies on this point, I prefer to use an acupressure magnet as a great condenser and refractor of qi. While applying the magnet or oil, visualize a great seal containing and condensing your precious resources as you direct your energetic flow inward.


Pleasure is a gateway drug; Once you tap into it, you have access to the entire prism of embodied emotion, the well of human experience, the arcanum arcanorum.


Seasonal Alchemy: The Waking Of The Insects

Lorie Dechar’s Spring Altar at our Alchemical Healing Retreat

Lorie Dechar’s Spring Altar at our Alchemical Healing Retreat

“If you listen closely, you can hear the daffodils open”

My teacher Lorie Dechar whispered this incantation into the circle on the eve of our Alchemical Acupuncture retreat, and morning brought this bellowing bouquet of awe to our altar. Where there were silent stalks, loquacious lemon florets arose, punching the clock for their job as heralds hearkening the shift from stillness to aliveness. Etheric high fives all around - we are the lucky ones that survived winter.

Yesterday marked an exquisite pivot in the Taoist alchemical year, the stirrings of Water into Wood. The shift from the chthonic consolidation of winter’s watery repose, to the courageous leap of wood bursting through dark matter, is in full effect. It’s a moment known as The Waking Of The Insects, signaling the burgeoning aliveness that happens as we collectively wake. Any and every thing in nature that has become stagnant will be re-energized by the unexpected. If you eavesdrop a little on your psyche + soma, you can hear the sap rising, the insects finding their hum.

This seasonal shift is related to Hexagram 51 of the I Ching - The Shock of the Thunderclap. Thunder brings arousal, stirring the primal forces from deep within, waking up the senses and bringing heightened awareness through the medicine of fear and the unexpected. Truly auspicious that those of us that live in the plastic pastures of LA were greeted by a thunderstorm as the insects roused from their slumbers. Do you feel the stirring?

I’m offering my patients an alchemical treatment to align with the seasonal shift - waking up the stagnant slumbering + coaxing forth the juicy sap from within to initiate momentum and moxie for the season ahead. Let’s play in the verdant field of qi together!

Community Acupuncture 🌑 Healing Circle

Community Acupuncture

Join Carolyn Barron L.Ac of Botanarchy Herbs and Acupuncture for a community acupuncture healing circle using the power of acupuncture and the wisdom of herbs to shift minds and bodies. In this healing circle, you will receive group acupuncture tailored toward your individual needs and constitution, in a nurturing and supportive environment. We will sip healing elixirs and talk shop about how to support and empower the body using the numinous dynamism of herbalism and traditional Chinese medicine. This is an excellent opportunity to try a new healing modality, receive low-cost holistic healthcare, and to engage with community in a healing and proactive way. Please sign up in advance through the BE Hive at www.thebehive.us, and email carolyn@botanarchy.com to schedule your time slot. Let's get (meta)physical!

Community Acupuncture Healing Circle 

6/7/17 from 6:30-8:30 pm

The BE Hive

6427 W. Sunset Blvd.

Hollywood, CA 90028

$40 pre-sale, $50 at the door

Botanarchy on 'That's So Retrograde'!

Botanarchy

Thank you to the budding Botanarchist babes of @soretrograde for having me on their podcast this week!  Such a pleasure to while away the afternoon discussing Botanarchy and how to 're-wild' medicine by waking up to the wonders of internal and external nature, reminding ourselves of our ferocious latent powers and reconnecting with the seeds of our quieted magic. If you long to hear me natter on about dismantling cultural conditioning and accessing our true natures through traditional Chinese medicine, have a gander on iTunes or the That's So Retrograde website!

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Scalp Acupuncture

Scalp Acupuncture

Scalp acupuncture is gaining notoriety for its ability to help stroke patients regain motor function after an ischemic event. Scalp acupuncture prevents and reduces edema in the brain, stopping further damage to brain tissues. It also promotes perfusion in the brain, restoring blood and oxygen to brain cells to save them from dying after an ischemic attack. It also helps break down blood clots! While a wondrous therapy for stroke patients that I have had the slack-jawed honor of witnessing at the Emperor's College Stroke Clinic, scalp acupuncture can benefit any condition with a neurological component, from Parkinson's to Multiple Sclerosis to Anosmia and Migraines. I even use it for depression! The entire human body is mapped out on the curves and crevasses of the cranium... as above, so below!