Events/ Workshops

This is a format of 4 workshop/ lecture based possibilities which express the full spectrum of what is expressed on this site. This begins with the deepest aspects or fundamental questions about the origin of dis-ease, and so reality itself. Second, a narrower view, which looks to consider ways to recognize or realize the natural instinct as differentiated form rules and regulations applied to life, this is for a broad audience as is the first category. Thirdly, for those whose natural inclination is towards healing (be it personal interest, patient or practitioner), the expression narrows to how dis-ease manifests clinically in understanding Classical medicine. Fourthly, we look at how those involved in styles of medicine which feel like they are moving away form health, or wholeness, can re-connect to the root. If you would like more information about the below, please write to me, David, through the contact page.

 

1. The Origin of Dis-ease - the Nature of Reality (forum-discussion)

The core of all dis-ease lies in the perception of separation. I have been able to draw towards people who point to a simple triggering of the realization of reality. Following the enigmatic work of Douglas Harding and others, I share the interest of a forum for exploration of shifts of perspective that end the process of seeking freedom from mental suffering, which is constantly encountered due to long-held beliefs that there is someone who is seeking. The very simple descriptions in this discussion shed light on another possibility at the heart of what is at the origin of all religions, philosophies, and cultures: non-duality, the natural opening into the totally obvious.

The forum requires no “practice” because it is about seeing/sensing what is right at this moment, constantly in the background, contextualizing the foreground (self), so it is about not doing. However, this brings the realization of what is just “as it is”, and what is “abstraction, as it is”. This differentiation may allow for an opening into that which is unknowable.

It must be pointed out that this is a forum, a suggested discovery of what is obvious, of what is naturally on offer, constantly. There is no teaching of any kind here, just a meeting of kindredness. Furthermore, the discussion centres on the end of the hierarchical teaching process.

 

2. The Health Instinct (lecture-style/ workshop)

There is a realization that we are simply waves of the sea of Nature, so the dis-ease is always a resistance to this. This begins a direction from understanding the nature of Origin of dis-ease as to what it means to be without dis-ease. The main focus of this discussion is to provide a clear differentiation for all those interested, about the difference between pain and suffering. Also it is a beginning to see what instinctual health really means in the form of, for example, the types of foods we eat, breaking away from ideas of "diets" and moving towards instinctual eating. We look into beginning to re-acquaint ourselves with the senses of the body, connecting to spontaneous moment through sensory triggers (such as presented by the work of Haruchika Noguchi whose interest lay, I feel, at the root of Tao-Yin or naturally-led-movement). We see what is really meant by spontaneous moment. We consider other forms of traditional exercise practices like Taiji Chuan and Qi Gong as well as the full spectrum of exercises from running and going to the gym to the various forms of external martial arts, and see how all formalizations of moment are attempts to move towards a natural spontaneous body sense. We look at how whatever the form is, it always needs to be seen-through to be useful, rather than adhered to rigidly.

We consider the nature of the constitution in both physical and personality/ spirit quality and we see what it means to be aware of these things and being drawn towards instinctive relationship on all levels at once. While this lecture doesn't give absolutes or offer a list of rules and regulations to stick by, the main points here open the possibility of living without or with less super-structures of social formalization and following natural entropy towards truly instinctive sensitivity of the body,  rather than conformity to a form or style or specific master's teaching. Ultimately this leads to the singular point that health instinct draws towards what it is we are and so what is is we naturally express, rather than living within conformity, tradition and social ideology. This is an interactive lecture group.


3. Classical Chinese Medicine / Principles of Classical Medicine (lecture-style)

From beginner to post-graduate level, teaching in Classical Taoist Medicine, rooted in the Tao Te Ching (Classical Period). I give a series of lectures, honed to the specific students, explaining the complete energetic constitution, including the anatomy, physiology, and pathology within energetic medicine. Particular consideration is given to the Oneness of spirit-yang and the physical-yin constitution, and how this forms the unique individual expression of energy. This enables us to find one’s place as a manifestation of wholeness, even in the fragmented world we live in. This is vital in the practitioner-patient relationship. There is a keen avoidance of providing advice from the experience of an individual; instead, there is a looking towards expression from non-judgment and in connection with a patient and life. In addition, this lecture provides practical skills in acupuncture, meridian massage techniques, basic nutrition, and an overview of herbal medicine. We consider how every facet of medicine looks towards triggering instinctual health response and how this comes about.

With the exception of a handful of practitioners worldwide, much of East-Asian Medicine is missunderstood due to the fact that it has heavily deteriorated and has been diluted over the years. I attempt to present an explanation of medicine as it was practised in ancient times, based on a deep understanding of the naturalism expressed in the ancient literature. The foundational texts are the Tao Te Ching and Chang Tzu, the I Ching, followed by the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, the Classic of Difficulties, the Treatise on Cold Damage and Miscellaneous Disease, and the Pulse Classic. Over their long history (2,500 years), the ancient texts have been altered and added to, with parts magnified and others introduced. By differentiating what is original (i.e., founded in Taoist, rather than Confucian lineage), we can see a seamlessness of the medicine, from the time of the origin of Taoism during the Classic Period of the Tao Te Ching. This allows us to be based in a sense of Oneness, which is often not the focus of the common way of teaching the ideology of yinyang. All the work I present encourages the understanding of the classic texts to be seen as one and understood as such, expressed by the foremost teacher of East-Asian Medicine of our time, Ikeda Masakazu.

 

4. Medical Oneness and Transition Medicine (lecture-style)

These lectures are about the understanding of a universal platform from which to view medicine. It encourages a way to unite all forms of medicine and not see separation in different styles but rather be aware of their energetic language. Lectures on this theme are given to medical students and to the broad range of people involved in medicine.

 


 

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Please contact me for further details, or to secure a place and for payment details at david@healthinstinct.org