From that point onwards, for the past 20 more years or so I have had the responsibility of running a group clinic. For the first 10 years this formed part of the school, and provided a student clinic as well as giving students the opportunity to observe a thriving professional practice at first hand. The last 10 years started when I closed SOFEA and moved to a clinic in
Having now been forced by circumstances (a steep rise in rent, difficulties with our landlord) to decide whether to move this practice elsewhere or simply just move myself, the decision almost made itself. It was, I realised, time for me to step back and look after my own needs rather than continually taking on the administrative responsibility for others. So as of January I will find myself walking to a small clinic not far from my home for the few hours a week I still want to practise, where I will continue to treat my long-standing patients. It is good that the other
What then will I do with the time I will now have available to do other things?
The New Year, as every New Year should, will bring new challenges with it, and some remnants of things which need to be completed from the old year. For instance, the draft of my 7th book, A Five Element Legacy, is already with my publishers, Singing Dragon Press, who have promised to get the book published in time for me to take copies with me to
Then, as promised by my hosts in Beijing, the translation of what I call my first blog book, On Being a Five Element Acupuncturist, will be ready for distribution to all those attending the seminars we will be holding there at the end of April. These will now consist of a development on what we have done before. The Foundation which Professor
I have been told by
Finally, there is one thing hanging over from 2017 which is still very much under discussion, and that is a book I want to write dedicated simply to the elements and to the many tips for learning to recognize them I have devised over the years. I realise that I have included in each of my books something about the elements, but often it has been interwoven with other topics. For example, in the Handbook it takes second place to the practicalities of being a five element acupuncturist, and in my other books I often concentrate upon aspects such as practitioner qualities. Recently I looked through my blogs and realised that that they contained many useful tips dotted here and there which could well be drawn together to form a more complete picture.
My lovely publisher,
These are the good things which lighten my mood when I am forced to contemplate the political shambles of 2017, with, I fear, much, much worse to come. I feel like John Cleese in
I thank all who have helped me in my acupuncture work over the past year:
A Happy New Year to everybody. I hope to see some of the readers of this blog at our next seminar on 2 March (http://www.sofea.co.uk/content.asp?page=seminars).
andbook, . I thank all those.