I was always an observer as a child. Always questioned and re-questioned the answers that I was given. Never satisfied with matters of facts that are void of satisfactory backing. Always believing in what I could see and touch. At some point along the way, I realised that what I saw and touch were only a very small part of the whole story. I was lucky enough to learn some valuable meditative techniques that triggered my perception to things that were more profound to me. This turned my world around, it went against all my understandings, but at the same time made perfect sense to me. Chinese Medical theory came later in my life. Within it I found my theories imbedded so perfectly. The more I read, the more I was intrigued by the richness and depth of exploration of our reality as portrayed by masters, physicians, herbalists, and scholars over thousands of years. So beautifully crafted, a masterpiece that provides a remarkable perception the universe, and discusses the place of humankind within it. Thousands of years of wisdom unfolding further and further. A field of study that finally fulfils my thirst for knowledge, a bottomless well where questions are asked, answers are given and more questions arise. One life is not enough.
Chinese Medicine is a way of life, a way of being. It’s a medicine that requires the practitioner not only to observe other individuals as they are in their world, but recognise one’s place in one’s own world first, so as not to influence the reality of others while observing them. Only in this way can we begin to understand another individual’s place within the world in which they live, and only from that place can one even start to consider helping another.
At the age of 22 I went on a quest to further understand my intimate connection to the world around me. I tried to comprehend my conscious, subconscious and unconscious world. Using deep trances and meditative techniques, I was propelled to further understand the world in a more holistic and open-minded way. This journey took me to places that I could not have anticipated, it put me on a journey to an ever-deeper understanding of my self, and provided me a little more insight into the human condition.
With a deeper understanding of the immense depth, and infinite nature of the mind, emotion, spirit and the human condition as a whole, I started to appreciate each person’s complexity and uniqueness. This made me appreciate the endless aspect of each and every person, for who they are, and how they came to be where they stand at the present time in their life. Naturally, I began to see all people as equals, and became humble to the little real knowledge that we could possibly posses in respect to each other, or in respect to anything at all.
Since I couldn’t grasp people’s thoughts, nor could I touch them, I turned to physical therapy and took a comprehensive study in Diploma of Health Science, specialising in Remedial Massage, Japanese Shiatsu, Sport Therapeutic Massage and Traditional Chinese Pressure Point Therapy (Tui-Na). I soon realised that people’s bodies very much reflected the states of their minds, their emotional states, and even their spiritual stance in life. I learned that through physical therapy I was able to help them further understand themselves, and gradually gravitated to teach meditation and self-awareness techniques. I was amazed to see the transformations that people were experiencing as a result of my treatments and approach. This drove me to learn more. It never seemed to be enough to help just a few people. As a young practitioner I wanted to reach as many people as I could, and for that, my knowledge never seemed to be enough. It is no wonder then, that I found myself captivated by the long-established, ancient and elaborate writings of the Traditional Chinese Medicine.
After several years working with Physical therapy, I was introduced to Acupuncture. A book named “The Web That has No Weaver” was handed to me, and a peculiar journey of self-discovery and Chinese Medicine began. I found a sense of familiarity with the contents of that book, which seem to validate so many concepts that I found comfort in, and that so many people around me found so strange. With great excitement, I took up my field of study in Bachelor of Health Science, a course in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Once I completed my degree I was lucky enough to travel to China for an internship there. I returned to Australia ready to continue my work as a seasoned Physical Therapist and a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) -Acupuncturist. The studies may have finished, but the learning just began.
Integrating these two disciplines allowed me to reach a wider variety of clients, and help so many more people than before. Clients presented with more complex issues than in the past. A few years past, and I became aware of a missing element in my ability to treat some individuals. This made me question the depth of my knowledge. I started to question what it was that is missing in my work. It was the more substantial, the deeper and more earthy element of Herbal Medicine. While reading book after book, I discovered ancient formulas for very specific and complex patterns. Herbal medicine seemed to require a deeper understanding of fluid physiology, and a greater comprehension of TCM physiology and organ inter-relationships. It was then that I decided to complete my Masters in Applied Science specialising in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Each Herb has its own character, just like individual acupuncture points. Understanding their individual energetic imprint, and physiological influence upon the body, is like understanding the unique temperament of a given person. Combining these herbs together to form a formula, or using individualised acupuncture points in a given combination, can be likened to placing people of different characters in the one room and letting them work synergistically to correct a presenting imbalance.
Practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine is like a constantly shifting puzzle. It requires in depth attention to detail and analysis. Having to grasp a moment in time where I can understand complex underlined patterns and treat the person as a whole. The first aim is to simplify the presenting complexities to enable a thorough understanding of the underlined condition. Keeping my finger on the pulse and observing the changing process as the treatment process unfolds. The aim of Chinese Medicine is to make significant change by influencing the right place, at the right time, in the right way and for the right reason. To influence the right Acupuncture point, and when necessary to prescribe a herb to affect the right level within the body. To enable a change to occur where an individual can get unstuck and help him/her to move forward in their personal journey, and thus gain better health. It is like pushing the right domino piece to influence all the dominos that follow.
Today, my treatments are personalised for every individual as Traditional Chinese Medicine intends. I endeavour to provide a wide range of possibilities in treating many given conditions. I achieve this by relying upon as many ancient and wise modalities as I possibly can, with as much expertise in those streams as I can master. I always maintain that one can never know enough and learning confronts us every day with new challenges.
Each modality and technique requires constant cultivation and refinement. I take both ancient and modern modalities seriously and work to deepen my theoretical understanding, whilst refining the technical skills required in these fields.
I find it important to explain to my clients the techniques that I use, in terms that are easily understood and the steps required to achieve better health. Understanding one’s own condition and the aetiology (reason) behind the pathology where possible. A greater understanding provides the client with the tools that they need to overcome their health issues more effectively, and to empower them so they can transcend their condition. Better health is a process of change. It requires patient participation in his/her own process, and patients must be engaged in their own process. Together with the expertise and insights that I have derived from Chinese Medicine along with the patient’s desire for change, wonderful things begin to happen, and the healing of some serious conditions can be achieved.
This is how I arrived to where I stand today. I hope to be here for a very long time to come, practicing the medicine that I love so much and to help the people that find me along their path.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my journey.
Perhaps we’ll meet some day.