All posts tagged: dreams

An Outsider to Your Medicine: On Practicing Chinese Medicine

I am in a rare place in my life (as a primarily stay-at-home-mom) where I can spend time pondering my career path and calling in medicine. For a few months now, I have wondered if I will every truly understand one side of the medicine that I practice: East Asian medicine (a term I like to use for acupuncture and Chinese medicine). The answer deep inside me is a resounding NO. I will never really understand East Asian medicine. Because I am not of the culture from which the medicine is derived. It’s not of my ancestral line. And I haven’t been immersed in any aspect of Asian culture. I’d love to work at a hospital in China. I’d love to study the Classics with a knowledgeable teacher. I’d love to dedicate many years to learn a lineage of Qi Gong. I could read all the books and go to all the conferences and do all the things and get all the degrees…and I’d still never really know Chinese medicine. I can live with that. I …

Dream Messages from the Body

How many times have you had a dream that was related to  your health? Sometimes the dream images are literal; other times they are far-fetched but make clear sense in hindsight. Our intuitive guidance system regularly uses dreams to helps us deal with issues of our mundane, emotional and spiritual lives, but they also can help us with healing our bodies. After all, our bodies and mind/emotions can hardly be separated. Prodromal dreams are dreams that predict illness, whether it be a specific illness (thyroid problems, cancer, ulcers) or general areas where we are experiencing pain, discomfort, or are vulnerable to becoming sick. My whole mouth was sore and tender. I touched my cheek and went over to the mirror, where I saw a miniature conifer tree growing out from the root of one of my teeth. What would you guess the meaning to be? Luckily it wasn’t a root canal waiting to be had. I had a sunflower seed shard wedged under my gums, causing some tenderness and pain. The examples go on and …