The Heart and Awareness

The Heart plays the central role in awareness, and in all aspects of human psychology. The spiritual force of the Heart is dominant in the development and function of all the other energetic forces related to the mind, spirit, and soul. The Heart controls the mind;...

Stress and Vulnerability

Stress, trauma and shock begin at least at conception, depending on the life-style of the parents. Drugs and deleterious habits that affect sperm and ova, emotional strains, and especially age, have a profound effect on the sperm-egg viability and on the ‘terrain’ of...

Root

A dichotomy encountered endlessly in Chinese medicine exists between those treating symptoms, and those who treat conditions. It is my practice, described elsewhere, to acquire exhaustively all symptoms through an organized interview process that includes a...

Terrain

Dr. Shen used everyday analogies to explain his concepts. With regard to lifestyle, he used one involving an object familiar to all of his clients: a car. He said that there were four kinds: one is good and well cared for, one is good and overused, one is poor and...

Ecology as Universal

Ecology is a subject with which I have been consciously engaged for almost fifty years on the most elevated, and most banal, planes. The lesson that I learned about the interrelatedness and interdependence [does this sound like Yin/Yang] of all existing phenomena,...

Touch as Therapeutic

Within the first five years of my psychoanalytic training, it was increasingly clear to me that touch was the key ingredient missing from the otherwise overly-intellectual exercise of psychoanalysis. This awareness had several roots. In my own therapy, my life was...

The Five Internal Agents of Disease

According to Chinese medicine, the aetiology of disease is systematized according to internal agents and external agents. It is the internal causes that are relevant to our discourse. While many texts list these inner agents of disease as being seven in number, some...

Homesickness

Several years ago I received an e-mail from a young man in British Columbia, stating that he was an émigré from Thailand who had been living in Canada for about a year. Shortly after arriving in Canada, he developed all of the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue. These...