Last night while I was asleep, I awoke with a vision so bright and clear, it was all I could do to keep from dashing to my keyboard to plunk it out.
I was recalling a trip I took to New York City, some two years ago now. I was going to a NADA conference, (short for National Acupuncture Detox Association, or nothing), an appropriate name for such a humble but determined group of health care providers. I had spent a number of weeks in Vancouver prior to this, working at a Drug rehab center and felt called to know more about NADA and the people behind it.
I remembered being so inspired by a number of presenters at the conference in NYC – people from all over the world, doing fantastic work through acupuncture. Towards the end of the weekend, one individual’s words really stuck with me, he said: “with great knowledge, comes great responsibility.” Now I have never considered myself to possess “great knowledge”, but I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of this new emerging peloton.
For many months, even years after that conference, I kept the yeast of those ideas close to my heart, where they could stay alive and multiply. And then one sunny day, while googling, I came across something that caught my eye; the website of Working Class Acupuncture. As I read about them and their work it was liked getting pricked in the head at a certain location (GB20, for all you acupuncturists out there). Feelings of passion and desire that I had been harboring began to awaken once again.
I signed up for the first available workshop on Community Acupuncture and two months later was driving down a rainy highway towards destiny. I will never forget that weekend; I was once again back in the peloton that I was born to ride with. I never felt more at home with a group of strangers. What’s more their ideas were beyond inspiring. I sensed I was amongst a group of political agitators who are the yeast of revolution.
I returned home from this inspiring journey and set to work. Six months later hemma; the home of yoga and acupuncture, (or was that the home of acupuncture and yoga)(that’s another story) had become a reality.
This past week, we hit 50 patients again, and I am already planning for 100, and then 150, and then CANADA!