Life Under a Purple Cloud

Healing the Eastern Way

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Just like Winnie the Pooh, I’ve always viewed The Dude as a bit of a Taoist due to his overall easy going manner and his ability to stay cool under a lot of pressure. As a matter of fact, this character (and well interpreted by Jeff Bridges, by the way) is profoundly similar to how Chuang Tzu would be if he were alive today.
So this morning I searched google for “Taoism and The Dude,” and found that there was actually a version of the Tao Te Ching written specifically as The Dude would have written it. They also added a translation of the actual Tao Te Ching next to each chapter so you know what he was talking about.
How amazing is that?! If you don’t think so, then “that’s just… like… yer opinion, man.”
It’s $0.99 on kindle.
Dudeism, LOL… incredibly cheesy, but brilliant at the same time. That is, if you’re a fan of The Big Lebowski.

Just like Winnie the Pooh, I’ve always viewed The Dude as a bit of a Taoist due to his overall easy going manner and his ability to stay cool under a lot of pressure. As a matter of fact, this character (and well interpreted by Jeff Bridges, by the way) is profoundly similar to how Chuang Tzu would be if he were alive today.

So this morning I searched google for “Taoism and The Dude,” and found that there was actually a version of the Tao Te Ching written specifically as The Dude would have written it. They also added a translation of the actual Tao Te Ching next to each chapter so you know what he was talking about.

How amazing is that?! If you don’t think so, then “that’s just… like… yer opinion, man.”

It’s $0.99 on kindle.

Dudeism, LOL… incredibly cheesy, but brilliant at the same time. That is, if you’re a fan of The Big Lebowski.

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Taoism and Science are compatible. 
So much so that when Danish physicist and Nobel Prize recipient Niels Bohr was knighted by the Danish king, he designed his own Coat of Arms featuring the Taiji symbol, also known as the “Yin-Yang” symbol. He saw that particles of opposite polarities complemented each other in the exact way that the two opposites of Yin and Yang complemented each other, which is one of the fundamental principles of Taoist thought. Bohr understood this ancient wisdom and often spoke of the harmony of opposites in the realm of atomic theory and quantum mechanics.
"For a parallel to the lesson of atomic theory…[we must turn] to those kinds of epistemological problems with which already thinkers like the Buddha and Lao Tzu have been confronted, when trying to harmonize our position as spectators and actors in the great drama of existence." - Niels Bohr

Taoism and Science are compatible.

So much so that when Danish physicist and Nobel Prize recipient Niels Bohr was knighted by the Danish king, he designed his own Coat of Arms featuring the Taiji symbol, also known as the “Yin-Yang” symbol. He saw that particles of opposite polarities complemented each other in the exact way that the two opposites of Yin and Yang complemented each other, which is one of the fundamental principles of Taoist thought. Bohr understood this ancient wisdom and often spoke of the harmony of opposites in the realm of atomic theory and quantum mechanics.

"For a parallel to the lesson of atomic theory…[we must turn] to those kinds of epistemological problems with which already thinkers like the Buddha and Lao Tzu have been confronted, when trying to harmonize our position as spectators and actors in the great drama of existence." - Niels Bohr

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My favorite Sex Pistols song is “God Save My Muscles And Joints.” 
Here are my favorite acu-punks showcasing Zheng Gu Shui (“Jung Goo Shway” = meaning “the Fixing Bone fluid”), which is in my opinion the strongest external analgesic for joint sprains, deep muscle/tendon strains, and for helping speed up the heeling process of broken bones and torn ligaments. It does so by reinvigorating blood flow which helps to speed up the healing process and relieve pain. 
I think it’s way better than Tiger Balm for the above conditions.
Ingredients: Pseudo-ginseng, croton seed, cinnamon bark, angelica root, gentiana, inula flower, menthol crystal, and camphor crystal, all drenched in alcohol to bring all of the active ingredients to the surface.
These are all natural products, but just because it has alcohol in it doesn’t mean you can drink it, okay Sid Vicious?  
You can find this anywhere online, and you can definitely find it here in my clinic :)

My favorite Sex Pistols song is “God Save My Muscles And Joints.” 

Here are my favorite acu-punks showcasing Zheng Gu Shui (“Jung Goo Shway” = meaning “the Fixing Bone fluid”), which is in my opinion the strongest external analgesic for joint sprains, deep muscle/tendon strains, and for helping speed up the heeling process of broken bones and torn ligaments. It does so by reinvigorating blood flow which helps to speed up the healing process and relieve pain. 

I think it’s way better than Tiger Balm for the above conditions.

Ingredients: Pseudo-ginseng, croton seed, cinnamon bark, angelica root, gentiana, inula flower, menthol crystal, and camphor crystal, all drenched in alcohol to bring all of the active ingredients to the surface.

These are all natural products, but just because it has alcohol in it doesn’t mean you can drink it, okay Sid Vicious?  

You can find this anywhere online, and you can definitely find it here in my clinic :)

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When my patients ask for lifestyle advice to handle stress, anxiety, and depression, I give them advice from the perspective of the Taoist lineage that I practice (Longmen Pai), because sometimes “Don’t Worry Be Happy” just doesn’t cut it.
Of course, it’s only if they ask.
I don’t want anyone to feel as if I’m trying to “convert” them into another belief even though the beauty of practicing Taoism is that it already strengthens what your beliefs (or non-beliefs) are, because there’s no deity, and there’s no belief system. There is only “you” and “now” and “reality.” [1] 
The photo above is me practicing the fundamental aspect of Taoism that I practice called Zuowang, or “Sitting in Oblivion” (sometimes translated as “sitting/forgetting”). Through that practice, the only things that exist are my breath and “now,” which then merge into one. It allows me to fully realize this moment, and allows my peace of mind to rise back to the surface after years lying dormant beneath turbid layers of fear and anger after human society has sunk their claws into me for such a long time.
And because I practice Taoism, I rather enjoy speaking from that point of view to prolong the acupuncture treatments for stress, anxiety, and depression. In the same way that we acupuncturists give material advice (usually in the form of a specific diet and exercise) for a long-lasting treatment of physical pain, I give spiritual advice for a long-lasting treatment of emotional pain. 
But be careful here, when I’m talking about spirituality, I’m not talking in terms of religion [2], but I’m referring to it as opposed to materialism. While the latter focuses mostly on external influences to reach a balanced state, such as taking herbal medicines, eating a healthy diet, or going to the gym… spirituality is all about finding a healthy balance from the within the mind. 
Life from the Taoist point of view (with the help of Zen) is how I choose to help others (again, only if they ask), because it continues to help me. As I said before, it has no deity nor a belief system, and it’s only “goal” is inner peace through the liberation of your mind from the shackles of society. So no matter whether you’re an atheist or a devout Christian, it can help you tremendously.
After all, acupuncture theory has its roots in Taoism.
***Footnotes:
[1] All three concepts are basically the same thing, but it’s a pretty advanced concept that I’m still working on, and it’s well outside the purposes of this post.
[2] Taoism is a “religion of non-religion.” This means that even though it’s a religion, [and for the third time lol] it has neither a deity to worship, nor a group of people who’ll get on your case if you don’t worship him (or it) correctly. I can’t reiterate this enough. It’s only really considered a “religion” because of its dedicated daily practice towards the individual’s inner peace, because nothing comes without hard work. And yes, meditating is hard work. Ever try getting your mind to quiet down for a few minutes?!

When my patients ask for lifestyle advice to handle stress, anxiety, and depression, I give them advice from the perspective of the Taoist lineage that I practice (Longmen Pai), because sometimes “Don’t Worry Be Happy” just doesn’t cut it.

Of course, it’s only if they ask.

I don’t want anyone to feel as if I’m trying to “convert” them into another belief even though the beauty of practicing Taoism is that it already strengthens what your beliefs (or non-beliefs) are, because there’s no deity, and there’s no belief system. There is only “you” and “now” and “reality.” [1] 

The photo above is me practicing the fundamental aspect of Taoism that I practice called Zuowang, or “Sitting in Oblivion” (sometimes translated as “sitting/forgetting”). Through that practice, the only things that exist are my breath and “now,” which then merge into one. It allows me to fully realize this moment, and allows my peace of mind to rise back to the surface after years lying dormant beneath turbid layers of fear and anger after human society has sunk their claws into me for such a long time.

And because I practice Taoism, I rather enjoy speaking from that point of view to prolong the acupuncture treatments for stress, anxiety, and depression. In the same way that we acupuncturists give material advice (usually in the form of a specific diet and exercise) for a long-lasting treatment of physical pain, I give spiritual advice for a long-lasting treatment of emotional pain. 

But be careful here, when I’m talking about spirituality, I’m not talking in terms of religion [2], but I’m referring to it as opposed to materialism. While the latter focuses mostly on external influences to reach a balanced state, such as taking herbal medicines, eating a healthy diet, or going to the gym… spirituality is all about finding a healthy balance from the within the mind. 

Life from the Taoist point of view (with the help of Zen) is how I choose to help others (again, only if they ask), because it continues to help me. As I said before, it has no deity nor a belief system, and it’s only “goal” is inner peace through the liberation of your mind from the shackles of society. So no matter whether you’re an atheist or a devout Christian, it can help you tremendously.

After all, acupuncture theory has its roots in Taoism.

***Footnotes:

[1] All three concepts are basically the same thing, but it’s a pretty advanced concept that I’m still working on, and it’s well outside the purposes of this post.

[2] Taoism is a “religion of non-religion.” This means that even though it’s a religion, [and for the third time lol] it has neither a deity to worship, nor a group of people who’ll get on your case if you don’t worship him (or it) correctly. I can’t reiterate this enough. It’s only really considered a “religion” because of its dedicated daily practice towards the individual’s inner peace, because nothing comes without hard work. And yes, meditating is hard work. Ever try getting your mind to quiet down for a few minutes?!

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Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
Alan Watts, from the book “The Way of Zen.”

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This point works for anxiety, nausea, and motion sickness (and other conditions as well). I actually wore a bracelet that constantly pressed on this point throughout a cruise ship vacation and it relieved my motion sickness so well that I was able to party pretty hard throughout! This acupuncture point works :)

This point works for anxiety, nausea, and motion sickness (and other conditions as well). I actually wore a bracelet that constantly pressed on this point throughout a cruise ship vacation and it relieved my motion sickness so well that I was able to party pretty hard throughout! This acupuncture point works :)

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Just and update on last weekend’s Wushu/Tai Chi Chuan performance competition, I earned 1st Place on all three categories! Tai Chi Chuan empty hand form, Tai Chi Chuan sword form, and Traditional Wushu short weapons form (Wudang sword). All of them in beginner’s levels.
It was really exciting, and I was encouraged to compete in the intermediate skill levels next year! 
And to be completely honest, I wasn’t really looking to earn any medals or win anything. The beauty of individual performance competitions is that you’re completely free to believe that the only person you’re competing against is yourself… or your “self.” So my secret to training is actually meditation and Qigong. 
Apparently, the flow of my movements were so smooth and serene that someone even asked me if I was a monk LOL! I actually am, just not in the way he thought I was. I’m a Longmen Pai monk, not a Wudang warrior monk :) 

Just and update on last weekend’s Wushu/Tai Chi Chuan performance competition, I earned 1st Place on all three categories! Tai Chi Chuan empty hand form, Tai Chi Chuan sword form, and Traditional Wushu short weapons form (Wudang sword). All of them in beginner’s levels.

It was really exciting, and I was encouraged to compete in the intermediate skill levels next year! 

And to be completely honest, I wasn’t really looking to earn any medals or win anything. The beauty of individual performance competitions is that you’re completely free to believe that the only person you’re competing against is yourself… or your “self.” So my secret to training is actually meditation and Qigong. 

Apparently, the flow of my movements were so smooth and serene that someone even asked me if I was a monk LOL! I actually am, just not in the way he thought I was. I’m a Longmen Pai monk, not a Wudang warrior monk :) 

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Journey into the Void

For those of you interested in my posts about Taoism, I started a separate blog for it on Wordpress. I’ve reconnected with my teacher, and am once again on the path to Taoist Priesthood. 
So the new blog is my practice journal.
On there, you’ll get my honest to goodness views on Taoism and “spirituality” in general, how I started on that path, and how it’s evolving throughout my daily life. 
I promise, it’s not cheesy or preachy. I hate that cheesy and preachy. I’m not trying to convert anyone to anything. I just love talking about the point of view of life that I enjoy the most.

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Acupuncture for Weight Loss and Smoking Cessation

One of the most common questions that I get is if acupuncture can help someone lose unwanted weight or to stop smoking. To be honest, I really don’t like answering that question only because people don’t really like my answer.

In short… yes and no. If your question actually is whether or not it can help you lose weight or quit smoking then yes, it can help. However, that’s usually not what many people are asking. Many people are asking whether acupuncture can lose weight or stop smoking for them. And the answer is a big fat no.

The bottom line is that the goal of acupuncture is to assist the body in reaching its homeostasis. Whether it’s to increase blood flow where it’s lacking, inhibit certain neurotransmitters or hormones, block pain receptors, etc…. acupuncture is not going to stop you from picking up that Big Mac or Newport.

However, what it can do is balance out your system and create an environment in order to readily invite whatever changes that you want to make in your life. For example, I utilize acupuncture to help relax your body and flush out all those stress toxins that are circulating in your system thereby reducing your cravings for cigarettes or certain types of food. I can also teach you how to meditate in order to relax your mind and reinforce a healthy lifestyle change. In summary, I can assist you to want to make good lifestyle decisions, but acupuncture isn’t going to make those decisions for you.

This is why I don’t advertise acupuncture for smoking cessation or weight loss. Those things involve mostly patient compliance. If I advertise that acupuncture works for those things, and the patient does nothing to change their own lifestyle, then the end result is “acupuncture sucks and doesn’t work.” Acupuncture can help you some of the way, but the patient has to do the rest of the work on their own in the form of improved lifestyle changes and discipline.

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Here’s my little video for ALS Awareness :)

Please excuse my horrible presentation I am awful on camera!