“Simple can be harder than complex,” he said. “You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
This echoes what I like about being a five element acupuncturist. One of my catchphrases when talking about my work is “the simpler the better”. We certainly do have to work hard for quite a few years to get to the stage where we understand what it means to practise in the simplest, purest way possible. This was a skill which JR Worsley so beautifully mastered and passed on through his teaching to us, his pupils.
I found it amusing and ironic, though, that the article in which I found this quote was entitled “We are at the mercy of devices we don’t understand”. It was all about how incredibly complex the latest version of the i-phone which the writer had just bought had become, so that he ended up losing much of his stored data because he could not understand all the hidden instructions embedded in it. This seemed to be hardly the kind of “simple device” which Steve Jobs had worked so hard to get his company to create.
But I like to think that our simple treatments can indeed move mountains.