Books

There are six books that will be consecutively published in the next few weeks and months. They follow this order:

Medical Oneness:
The Way to Unite All Forms of Medicine Show Hide
 

Publishing date: July 2011
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Audience:Anyone (medical or not,) interested in understanding the broader context of medicine and a way of being which is totally inclusive, realizing that the roots of the tradition are still more vital than ever.

Summary:

No matter what your involvement in the medicine/ healing professions, the issues we face are the same. Though we treat the same patients and deal with their same issues we cannot see ourselves in context of all of medical/ healing practice and so we desensitize from common senses. We box ourselves into a particular mode of treatment, becoming separated from each other, and often are drawn into a particular brand of healing, branding ourselves with this identity.

Medical Oneness is a very simple book which clarifies the true meaning of healing, unifying it in a language that is, in essence, universal to all ancient and modern traditions. By having a common language and rooting our approach in a base-generality or Oneness, we can see how our own specialities or personal expressions of healing/ medicine fit into wholeness. As such, we can regard colleagues as fingers of the same hand and build sustainable ecosystems of healing. As Newtonian ways of understanding science die and we enter a new era, Medical Oneness offers direction to Unity from a fragmented understanding of health, for those who are interested now and for those in the future whose circumstances may make seeing this a necessity.

Discussion:

What is Medical Oneness?

Medicine today needs, once again, to be rooted back to its foundations. The foundations are ancient, and ancient is not necessarily “good” because it is old, but because the understanding at particular points in history had such clarity that they make it universally applicable in any subsequent age. The understanding of energetics has been lost for a long time, even within professions proclaiming to hold fast to them. However, due to dedicated practitioners and those able to understand the meaning of the ancient texts, a way has been found that embraces all styles and ideas. From this viewpoint, there is objectivity and a possibility for a totally different world of medical understanding.

Medicine can be described as a tree, having a root and branches. The root we can call classical principles, which are universally understood natural functions of energy that were clear to all ancient peoples and formed the bulk of their medicine. This was perhaps most profoundly expressed in Classical China during the Han Dynasty. This, once it is accepted that it is not country specific, can be considered to be the root of the universal medical tree.

East-Asian Medicine today is, in itself, in fragments, often caused by people who formulate it on their own terms or create stylistic viewpoints by which their own ideas can be heard. This has been done for centuries. However, a small group of people worldwide, who are not interested in stylistic approaches and want to understand medicine as a whole, have great interest in uncovering that which allows medicine to be seen in the naturalistic light from which it originated. If taken on board by other practitioners within East-Asian medicine, a universality of understanding could emerge which could then be a foundation for all medical knowledge in the future.

The second important aspect to tackle is that there are numerous natural therapies around, developed over the last 200 years or so, all having roots in the ancient heritage but unable to reclaim their heritage, as information and teachers have not been there. They are isolated and can become “cliques” in the same way as is happening within East-Asian Medicine, which is supposed to be a unified front! However, using the same base principles, it is possible for these therapies to find their way back, to root what they do in classical energetic understanding. This would enable them to see what they do in the context of other therapies and root medicine practices. This then enables us to see one another and realize that we are all healers with the same vision but just different expressions of this unity. The practitioners themselves are the leaves and branches of medicine.

Medical Oneness is a call to revolutionize medicine, to re-connect and re-unite,
without any reason. This is simply what is required.

The other purpose of this book is to help patients find their own way to understanding medicine and its energetic root basis. This is very difficult in the modern world, which has a strong “fix it” mentality; it is a mine field for patients seeking useful therapy that isn’t dogmatic and symptomatic. Medical Oneness aims to provide more clarity for patients to openly express their concerns, and to help them come to demand more cohesion within medicine. This in itself will bring practitioners of all medical ideologies either to root themselves and/or to come from the same unified understanding as expressed above. Medical Oneness is an opportunity for practitioners to see the reality of Oneness behind the shroud of separation in our practices.

Why root natural therapies? What does this mean?

It seems clear that for natural medicine to be taken seriously, modern bio-medicine and natural methods of medicine need to be joined and come from the same foundational unity. This does not mean that we all have to be doing the same thing. Being different expressions with the same united sense is very different from being an individual, isolated and attempting an impossible self-sufficiency. Coming from the same direction means understanding the same root principles in the process of diagnosis and therefore seeing how one’s own and other people’s ways of treatment could benefit a patient. Instead of seeing the patient as “under the control” of a specific practitioner, Medical Oneness looks into the real possibility of being a community of people, coming from a universally accepted diagnosis, finding the best solution for the patient’s situation, and therefore, the appropriate response. This means that all medicine and methods are viable, but only what is appropriate is applied.

How can there be such a thing as universal diagnostic principles when theories of treatment are so different?

However different each theoretical understanding that we learned is, universal principles will always be the same because they are based in our natural senses. Diagnostic principles are about understanding heat and cold. Signs and symptoms relating to a person being too hot or too cold will always follow a standard pattern. If we have an understanding of this, two or more practitioners will always have agreement regarding diagnosis, whatever their background. It will also refine and clarify different treatment approaches for different people. This allows appropriate treatments and/or referrals to be made.

Where do these universal principles come from?

I have expressed them in terms of Classical East-Asian Medicine, which has its roots in the Han Dynasty (300 BC) in China. However, these same root expressions can be found in Ayurvedic medicine of India and also in the base principles of ancient Greek medicine. It is also the origin of all natural medicines worldwide, but the three above have been more clearly systematized, with Classical Chinese Medicine used as an example.

Tao Te Ching:
“The Classic of - Naturalness and it's Innate-perfection” by Lao Tsu (“Old Man”)
An Interpretation of the Classic Text of Taoist Non-Duality Show Hide

Publishing Date: Sept. 2011
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Audience: This book is open to anyone. It is an interpretation of the simplicity that is now perhaps only known by indigenous communities, that of total Oneness with all of life. The book repre
sents a clear expression in poetic verse of the nature of human suffering, and the end of it. It is one of the most profound works of literature to ever have been written.

Summary:

The Tao Te Ching is the key-stone work of Taoist understanding. It is the reinstatement of this work as the foundation to medicine and the foundation to life that is really key to all of the work associated with this website. The message of the Tao Te Ching is simply a deep understanding of the way of Nature and the understanding of this in contrast from the way of sufferance and separation, which although too is part of the same Oneness, believes it is not. Humanity is in great struggle and suffering based on the belief in separation as the fundamental layer of causality, the Tao Te Ching simply exposes the myth of this and offers possible interest in another  deeper inner way that is know to all of life and every person whatever creed, colour, size or shape. There is nothing given to "do" or task to perform, no list of things to "do" to "get somewhere" the Tao Te Ching is really an offering of insight into the nature of things being totally at peace when nature is listened to and simply accepted , allowing instinctive life to be heard again and so the sounds and colours of the world coming back into focus after a long dark mist of madness.

This interpretation draws out the essence of Non-duality/Taoism which the text was originally about. Often this is lost within Confucian/dualistic interpretations of the text, thereby losing sight of the message coming from the heart of Nature: fundamental absence of legalistic, hierarchical, religious and moralistic ideology. This interpretation endeavours to serve as a rememberance of our infant days, of the instinct of the Naturalness/ Oneness that is all of life. Unlike the dualism of modern scientific theory, non-judgmental clarity emanates from the realisation of Oneness, where object and subject can no longer be divided. Herein lies the possibility and openness in which the constant seeking ends.

The Nature of Classical Chinese Medicine:
The Foundational Context to Re-unite Myriad Styles Show Hide

 

 

 

Publishing Date: June 2012
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Book 1 of 2 - Foundation and Constitution, Energetic Anatomy and Physiology   Paperback:      eBook:      

Book 2 of 2 - Classical Energy Medicine         Paperback:          eBook:   

Audience: This book/ thesis in a foundational-text-style, is for anyone interested in investigating the foundation principles of Classical Chinese medicine.

 

Summary:

This book (in two parts) was originally a project for myself as a student trying to decipher the world of numerous styles of Chinese medicine and longing for an instinctive connection of clarity with something that was expressed in the Tao Te Ching. I had no idea why the simplicity and Oneness expressed in the Tao was almost completely undermined by a very Confucian dualistic outlook that I found in the styles I sifted through. Everyone seemed to want a “piece of the action”, and this I found to be true of all of medicine in general. There didn't seem to be an interest in a unified language or way of understanding energetics that meant that no matter who you were or what your natural expression it was understood to be part of a whole. It seemed all about individual teachers and there egos, which it continues to be.

The result of over 10 years of research is in these 2 volumes which I offer simply as one persons investigations and discoveries concerning the process of tracing and clarifying the nature of Classical Chinese medicine to its roots. This process drew me to Japan and a connection to the very few practitioners left who are looking at a unified understanding of medicine that one could say is truly indigenous and therefore resonates with all indigenous medicine worldwide, something that is a distinct rarity.

This book is a sifted through and rendered down thesis and is very long but has much information which at the very least points towards people who are looking at unified understanding in energetics and at most offers a model which clarifies many anomalies in the current study and education of Classical Chinese medicine or whatever style (see example questions below). I am only as experienced as my experience and I don't offer anything beyond this, but I do ask questions that are difficult to answer and I investigate these questions to the ends of what was possible for me at the time.

While I am sure this book doesn't offer the whole picture of Classical Chinese medicine it attempts to provide a way of differentiation of what is useful and what isn’t along the student’s own investigations and suggest a way of broadening our horizons from the terminal illness of teacher-student relationship and male hierarchical control of common-sense, and the snobbery of scholarly prowess involved in “interpreting” medical literature. It is a movement towards being open and innocent about questioning and following an instinctive track when considering the nature of investigation of the Classical literature directly or in translation.


Discussion:

Why does East-Asian Medicine need unification? And what’s “classical”?

By “East-Asian Medicine” I mean ancient Chinese Medicine that has been kept alive in various small corners of the East Asian region, particularly in Japan. By “Classical’ I mean literature that originates from the Han Dynasty period of China founded in Classical Taoism of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (Approx. BC500). East-Asian Medicine is currently in tatters, with numerous stylistic ideologies, from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to the various stylistic ideas that include Toyohari, Manaka style, Stems and Branches style, etc. The numbers increase each year. The key is to realize that there are as many styles as there are practitioners, but the foundational principles remain at the heart. The Ancient way is always about non-contention and unification towards Oneness, this is within the work of the vital understanding expressed by Ikeda Masakazu and Edward Obaidey within East-Asian medicine. Here there is a possinility to stand back from stylism and simply point direction towards the Classics, and so, the Inner sense. This key, expressed throughout the Ancient world, goes beyond deification, secularism and lineage, but is purely natural and without boundary.

In what way is Classical Chinese Medicine different from how I practise?

This is a difficult question, as it depends on which style you practise. However, what this text aims to do is provide a format, to allow you to find the closest to the original ways of practising, as expressed in the Han Dynasty literature. It will enable you to understand the body, based not in an individual’s approach but through the classical material, which is immediately obvious and practical to our senses, rather than theoretical and prescriptive to either a system or a style of practitioner.

The problem is that what we have been taught at school is not the whole picture, and the whole picture is exactly what we need in order to see all the styles of medicine in context, to see the benefits of what is useful and to discard what isn’t. This will confirm the universality of practice and therefore join us to the natural therapy community, holding the energetic foundation principles, which will eventually direct the whole of natural medicine to a sustainable future.

Why bother with this? Why can’t we all be different?

It is not that difference is a problem, but that difference, unless backed by unity, is not going to produce appropriate or fundamentally healing approaches. Differences, unless backed by unity, cannot form communities of practitioners who are able to see each other as potential referrals and colleagues rather than potential threats. If we are able to see our strengths within ourselves and see this in others, referral is easy. And if diagnostics are unified, we are able to match patient to practitioner, the style of working to what the patient needs, rather than attempting an impossible self-sufficiency, which inevitably leads to authoritarian hierarchical ideology.

Classical Medicine should be the root of all natural medicine, but this can only occur if there is unity within the root structure itself; otherwise we are just as fragmented and root-less as other forms of natural therapy.

I practice TCM. I don’t see how you can say that what I do is a “style”; also, what could possibly be added from the “classical” view that is not already in TCM?

TCM is the main style of acupuncture practiced worldwide. I say “style” because it was formulated from the end of the Han Dynasty right up to the 1950s, when it was formalized and boxed into what it is today. While TCM does indeed hold many of the original aspects of medicine, it still has fragments that are missing and also a missing universality, which it cannot see from within itself. Instead of being a unified understanding, it ends up being an eclectic integration of parts. This is very different from Classical Medicine which only comes from the base Han classical material (we contextualize any other additions to this material, such as stylistic material that was clipped onto the Han classics around AD 762 onwards by Wang Bing et al.). As a result, this has the root foundation of TCM within it and links to all the natural medicines all over the world in Oneness. This makes for a more complete picture, and so practice becomes like this as well. It is the true Taoist medicine of the ancient world. Individuals attempted to “take over” and turn Classical Medicine into a very subjective process only after the Han Dynasty. Prior to this and for the short enlightenment period of a few hundred years during the Han, material was collated, often by numerous practitioners, to form a body of work that had no individual authorship. Even towards the end of the Han, this began to change, but the idea was always about passing on a root of healing, rather than formulating a theoretical position which glorified the inventor or the inventor’s ideas. This came a little later on, in force.

As with all subjects, at their origin is an honest attempt to put things into a clear form, to make them understandable; this drives the process. Then, when something is seen to be valuable, it is often claimed or owned or altered for this effect (this also occurred with all of the ancient mystics from Buddha to Lau Tzu to Christ). If we look at the bare bones or the essence of just the Han classics, we have a chance to see the unadulterated origin, which at the outset can seem confusing, like the process is “in the mix” and not absolutely formalized, which one finds is its profound strength, total clarity and quality. In seeing things from a broad perspective, not a narrow one, we can see the whole image being rendered, much like a painting of Georges Seurat where points make up the picture; come too close, and you lose the whole:

The Health Instinct:
The innate nature of health Show Hide

Publishing Date: June 2015
Available: Amazon.com, worldwide
Audience: This book is focused on those who do not have a background in medicine of any kind, but who have an interest in health and in understanding it.

Summary:

The Health Instinct is a book about the nature of innate health. What is presented here expresses the difficulty we have as seeming “individuals” of a society, seeking methods of understanding health external and separate from us, when health from the meaning of the word itself means “wholeness”. A true sense of Oneness would utterly change the way human life is from the modern world. That which we are desperately seeking to free us from bondage of social norms is a change from nuclear individualism into something quite different. This book looks at how medicine really is the call back to the instinct and the instinct a call back to nature; we look to what the future holds as the natural entropy of “civilization” transforms towards unity with nature again.

 

Mists of Eden:
The rise and fall of the "individual" Show Hide

Publishing Date: TBA
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Audience: This book is for a broad audience interested in the roots of medicine and beyond, to the roots of the questions we have about existence and the “self”. It is for all those interested in what is now called “self-development” or “self-perception” although in many ways it is a re-examination of this whole notion. It is an explanation of the basis of religion and spirituality, and it is about being able to guide one’s way through the sea of possible directions to what is really very simple: the notion of Oneness.

Summary:

Mists of Eden: Mind in Context - The rise and fall of the "individual" is a book that explains the evolution of humans from millions of years ago to the present day and attempts to fill in the gaps of evolutionary theory as to why the mind became the great tool it is, and at the same time, the profound dis-ease of human kind. We look into the process of transformation away from dis-ease to the process of liberation now happening to humans.

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