It’s Real

Hi all,

 

I haven’t written here in a while, partly because of some Internet fatigue, as Lisa described (now that’s a syndrome!) and partly because of writing in other places. Community Acupuncture has been getting some media attention here in Israel, and more people are being exposed to the concept. An article I wrote on CA was published in the Leisure section of one of the largest news sites in the country about a month ago, resulting in the establishment of a new column called “Tales from the CA Clinic” by yours truly. I write there every other week, my focus being on raising the awareness to acupuncture and CA in the most down-to-earth fashion as I can.

But writing is one thing, and experiencing is another. I finally – finally – had the pleasure of being treated at a CA clinic here in Jerusalem. It was an amazing experience for me, on many levels. The biggest thrill was to actually witness a CA clinic in action, as a patient and as a colleague. It was as if some kind of mental bubble popped in me, and I was able to grasp the fact that this is real, it’s not all in my head… which might just lessen the amount of times I might ask myself what the hell it is that I’m doing. They’re doing it too! And the fact that my writing inspired the creation of this clinic and a few others… well that’s something I don’t think I‘ll ever fully comprehend. Sitting with the needles and experiencing the setting of the clinic felt so right, and it was so obvious to me that this is the right way to deliver and receive acupuncture. I felt it with my body and not just through my head, and this is something that really fired me up, playing an important part in the process of bringing my clinic up to the next level. I’ve known for a long time now that this passion requires true devotion, and being divided (holding a day job) is not allowing the growth I want. The time for bold resolutions is coming…

We’ve been trying for a few months now to organize some kind of get together of CA practitioners. Unfortunately, my organizational skills aren’t the best, though it seems that they will simply have to do, or it just won’t happen. We have to decide what sort of platform would be best in order to carry on the revolution, and any form of cooperation is better than none. I hope to give an update on this in the near future.

The site that hosted my blog on community acupuncture went through some changes, turning it into an online column. My next article is going to be on Muhammad Yunus. This is going to be fun… Searching CAN yesterday I came up with this entry that I think might be the first ever CAN blog post. Here’s to new beginnings!

      

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  1. Roy

    I love this post and I love you. I don’t know what else I can say about it. Oh, except “this is real…And the fact that my writing inspired the creation of this clinic and a few
    others… well that’s something I don’t think I‘ll ever fully comprehend” — I feel that way all the time, but you expressed it better than I have.

  2. Roy!

    You have been doing great stuff there – so glad you have local colleagues now!  It’s very helpful.  It’s also so cheering to hear of CAs opening in other countries, and I always look forward to your posts.  And THIS: “my organizational skills aren’t the best, though it seems that they will
    simply have to do, or it just won’t happen” I can *really* relate to!  =^)