So who are they?
Well, there were 35 students in our four-day advanced seminar in
And finally, at two packed days of clinical seminars at different acupuncture clinics in our last two days in
All in all, a truly prodigious feat for all three of us, Mei Long, Guy Caplan and me. We shared each teaching day, with a surprising level of harmony between us, as well as a surprising degree of agreement about people’s guardian elements. We have developed into a very cohesive and effective teaching unit, each with our own particular expertise. Guy concentrates on helping students with what we call their CSOE skills (those of recognizing the colour, sound, smell and emotion of the different elements). He has developed many interesting and innovative ways of teaching them how to start diagnosing the elements through their senses. Mei offers both sound clinical skills and the relief for our audiences of not needing to have to wait for each word to be translated into Chinese. I offer my 35 years’ experience and whatever else is needed, often concentrating on helping students observe me in my interactions with patients as I carry out diagnoses in front of the class.
All three of us combine well in diagnosing participants’ elements, something eagerly sought by all, and so essential for any five element practitioner. We have become increasingly skilled now at bringing together our different insights into the elements to form a preliminary diagnosis which is then confirmed or amended as we get to know the participants. Each person is then given a treatment, starting of course, with an AE (Aggressive Energy) drain, and finishing with the source points of the chosen element. We are flexible, too, about amending our diagnosis if time with the students leads us to change our minds.
All this helps the students develop their own insights into the elements, as well as confirming the need to ensure that they retain the humility necessary for anyone working with the elements, to allow the elements, those elusive agents of transformation, to teach us and prevent us from becoming too fixed in our ideas about their different qualities.
I started writing this blog at
And now I am just about to finish reading an excellent introduction by Heiner Fruehauf to the long-awaited English translation of
As part of this trend is the recent inauguration of the Beijing Tongyou Sanhe Traditional Chinese Medicine Development Foundation, under the aegis of