Well folks, I finally “came out of the closet” so to speak. Last month I was asked to write an article in one of the most important websites for practitioners of Chinese medicine in Israel about my experience with CA. It’s a website mainly for graduates of the field, but many senior practitioners write there and it serves as a platform for finding out about seminars, new articles, books and interesting cases, and is mainly a way to stay in touch with what’s going on and with each other.
The reactions and comments were amazing. Many were very happy to hear about this model. Being quite a newbie to CA (as far as practical experience goes) it felt a little weird to be the one to give advice to many practitioners who were quite moved by the whole concept. Some heard of it before, but were happy to hear that someone is actually doing it and wanted to hear more. Others felt it was like a breath of fresh air to them. It definitely struck a chord with many, and I felt utterly happy to be the one to deliver the message.
On the site’s blog I had further discussions and debates. One practitioner perhaps defended the BA way too strongly, and the fact that she mentioned considering doing CA kind of gave her away… But she did have some good points. One was about frequency of treatments – the fact that some who practice ancient Chinese medicineuse only one needle every 3 weeks and still get results. Or that many prefer the privacy of one-on-one. I could only reiterate what I said many times: whatever works for you… and that goes to practitioners and patients. The healing process is mysterious and personal. It’s just that acupuncture has the advantage of creating a healing process for many in a short time… so take it from there and decide what you want…
The amount of feedback I got felt like there was a sigh of relief coming across – many practitioners I think were appreciative of the fact that their problems are real, that there is nothing necessarily wrong with them….. It was like what I felt when I first read Lisa’s words. I had many questions regarding the nuts and bolts, and encouraged them all to check out CAN and The Remedy. Others were intrigued by Jingei.
I’m still working slowly on my twice-a-week CA in the community center here. Some bureaucratic issues are slowing me down lately, but that’s okay. I’m gaining the experience I need, one way or the other.
But stirring up the conversation here……damn that felt good!
I have to end this with a nike ad I saw yesterday that I just love:
“Not fitting in, gave me a reason to stand out”………