The same Viennese friend of my family, Dr Oskar Adler, of whom I wrote in my last blog, The disappearance of things (27 June 2016), was the author of several extremely interesting books on astrology. In them he often talked about life and the destinies life chooses for us and those we choose for ourselves. One of his sayings has inspired me over the years. He said that we have a duty to humanity to pass on to others anything we have ourselves learnt, however small and insignificant it may appear to be in our own eyes. We will never know who may be out there waiting to hear our thoughts, and how these may add something to their life, changing it in some way that we may be completely unaware of.
years ago, an acupuncture student who came to observe me in my practice
happened to say to me, somewhat frivolously I thought, “I think I learnt more
from you in this one day, Nora, than I learnt in a year at acupuncture
college”. However exaggerated this
comment was, it proved a turning point in my life, giving me, who was then a
rather uncertain only recently qualified acupuncturist, the necessary courage
and impetus to think of teaching others.
And that one remark has stamped itself on the last 25 or more years of
my life, as I have endeavoured, through one form of teaching and another, to
hand on as much as I have learnt from my own practice to as many people as
these years I have moved on from the first informal teaching of a few students
in my practice, to founding my own acupuncture college, where I taught 10
groups of students over a period of 12 years or more, to more postgraduate
work, running seminars and visiting practitioners’ clinics in various European
countries, before what I regard now as probably my final reincarnation as a
teacher of many hundreds if not thousands of Chinese practitioners.
Dr Adler’s dictum in mind, I have now decided that I need to grasp another
nettle, on-line teaching. I am thinking of running a webcast where I can reply to questions about five element acupuncture that are sent to me. I
should probably have been thinking of doing this long before now, as I know
that all the people I teach are completely at ease with their mobiles and their
tablets, and are used to the constant interchange of ideas which this allows
I would be very pleased to hear whether this of interest, either through comments posted in the comments section below or on my Facebook page.