Alchemical Acupuncture/Alchemical Healing

 

 

What is Alchemical Healing?

 

Alchemical healing seeks to transform our central relationship to life. The alchemical journey often begins when we are faced with an impasse of some kind- perhaps through mysterious symptoms, an illness that is not responding to treatment, a life that is no longer satisfying (or perhaps has never been), chronic depression or anxiety, a feeling of being lost, or an earth shattering event.

When working at the alchemical level we open to another kind of knowing where all of our experiences and encounters take on a new significance. Alchemical healing offers ways for us to experience and engage with the intelligence of the body and the more- than-human world around us.

Principles of alchemy can be found in traditions throughout the world expressed through healing practices, mythology, ritual and symbol. These same principles emerge through individuals in dreams, active imagination, art, poetry and music, expressing universal, archetypal patterns and energies that can help us discover the possibilities contained within our struggles, impasses and challenges.

 

Alchemical Acupuncture

 

Alchemical acupuncture treatment.

 

 

Acupuncture is rooted in the philosophies of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, observing a nature-base cosmology and holistic view of the world. This medicine is rooted in centuries of observing and interacting with the natural world and sees humans as a bridge between and embodiment of heaven and earth.

When working alchemically the internal and external is seen as a unified whole existing in a dance of relationship, interdependence and transformation. The meridians and points on the meridians are portals that are able to access a new consciousness and create change at the physical, emotional and spirit levels. The quality of an element or archetype can be activated, ‘qi’ or life force is moved, spirit can find a place to rest in the body and the soul is heard and nourished. Many acupuncture points have mysterious and poetic names that hold an energetic blueprint of potential whose medicine can be invited to open by way of the needle, moxibustion, a drop of essential oil or flower essence, touch, the right word at the right time and intention.

By cultivating ways to tend and listen to our inner world and the signs, experiences, synchronicities and symbols showing up in our outer world we create a sacred container which can hold our deepest questions and woundings as the very seeds of our healing. Our very body/being is our ‘alchemical vessel’ through which our deepest suffering can become a new possibility. In this way, to come to know and live our fullest potential individually and as part of the whole.

Healing in this way gives us resources that last a lifetime as we continue in our life long dance of healing, belonging and becoming.

* For further exploration of inner alchemy and acupuncture, see the resource list below.

 

Resources

 

Inner Alchemy and Some Tools for Inner Work

 

Ann Wieser Cornell, Ph.D.

‘The Power of Focusing: A Practical Guide to Emotional Self-Healing’

Alexander Roob, Tachen

‘Alchemy and Mysticism’

Carl Jung, translated by Gerhard Adler

‘Psychology and Alchemy’

Chang Po-Tuan, Commentary by Liu I-Ming, Translated by Thomas Cleary
‘The Inner Teachings of Taoism’

‘The Secret of the Golden Flower’ translated by Thomas Cleary

Claude Anshin Thomas
‘Bringing Meditation to Life: 108 Teachings on the Path of Zen Practice’

‘At Hell’s Gate: A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace’

Francis Weller

‘The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief’

Judith Cornell

‘Mandala: Luminous Symbols for Healing’

Lorie Eve Dechar
‘Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing’
‘Kigo: Exploring the Spiritual Essence of Acupuncture Points Through the

Changing Seasons’

Lorie Eve Dechar and Benjamin Fox
‘The Alchemy of Inner Work: A Guide for Turning Illness and Suffering into true

Health and Well-Being’

* To explore more deeply ways to work with alchemical healing you can visit Lorie
and Benjamin’s website, A New Possibility, for articles, workshop

offerings, discussions and more.

Robert Johnson

‘Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth’

 

Taoist Philosophy and Experiential Writings

 

Alan Watts with the collaboration of Al Chung-liang Huang

‘Tao: The Watercourse Way’

David Hinton
‘Awakened Cosmos’
‘China Root’
‘Hunger Mountain’

‘Existence: A Story’

Richard Wilhelm and Cary F. Banes

‘The I Ching or Book of Changes’

Thomas Cleary

‘The Taoist I Ching’

Ursula K. Le Guin

‘Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way’ Lao Tzu

 

Deep Ecology

 

Bill Plotkin

‘Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche’
‘Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World’
‘Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche’

‘The Journey of Soul Initiation: A Field Guide for Visionaries, Evolutionaries and Revolutionaries’

Craig Chalquist and Linda Buzzell

‘Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind’

Chellis Glendinning

‘My Name is Chellis and I’m in Recovery from Western Civilization’

David Abram
‘Becoming Animal’

‘Spell of the Sensuous’

David Kopacz and Joseph Rael

‘Becoming Medicine’

Joanna Macy
‘World As Lover World As Self’
‘Coming Back to Life’
‘Active Hope’

‘Widening Circles’

Robin Wall Kimmerer
‘Braiding Sweetgrass’

‘Gathering Moss’

Ted Andrews

‘Animal Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small’

Terry Tempest Williams
‘Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert’

‘Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place’

Theodore Roszak

‘Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology’

Toko-pa Turner

‘Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home’

 

Indigenous Wisdom

 

Carol Schaefer

‘Grandmothers Counsel the World’

David Kopacz and Joseph Rael
‘Walking The Medicine Wheel: Healing Trauma & PTSD’

‘Becoming Medicine’

Jamie Sams
‘The 13 Original Clan Mothers’

‘Sacred Path Cards’

Lewis Mehl-Madrona
‘Coyote Medicine’
‘Coyote Healing: Miracles in Native Medicine’

‘Coyote Wisdom: The Power of Story in Healing’

Resmaa Menakem

‘My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies’

Robin Wall Kimmerer
‘Braiding Sweetgrass’

‘Gathering Moss’

 

Myth, Archetype and the Transformational Experience

 

Clarissa Pinkola Estes
‘Women Who Run With The Wolves’
‘The Joyous Body’
‘The Late Bloomer’
‘The Power of the Crone’
‘How to Be and Elder’

‘The Creative Fire’

Gabrielle Roth
‘Sweat Your Prayers: The Five Rhythms of the Soul’

‘Maps to Ecstasy’

Janet Adler
Arching Backward: The Mystical Initiation of a Contemporary Woman’

‘Offering from the Conscious Body: The Discipline of Authentic Movement’

Jean Shinoda Bolen
‘Goddesses in Everywoman’
‘Gods in Everyman’
‘Goddesses in Older Women’

‘Crossing to Avalon: A Woman’s Midlife Quest For The Sacred Feminine’

Marion Woodman
‘The Pregnant Virgin: A Process of Psychological Transformation’
‘The Ravaged Bridegroom: Masculinity in Women’
‘Addiction to Perfection: the Still Unravished Bride’
‘Bone: Dying into Life’

‘Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness’

Mary Jane Markell

‘Sand, Water, Silence: Explorations in Matter and Psyche’

Robert Bly

‘Iron John: A Book About Men’

Robert A. Johnson
‘Balancing Heaven and Earth’
‘Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche’
‘She’
‘He’
‘We’

‘Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth’

 

Poetry

 

Too many wonderful books to mention here, so I offer a list of my favorite poets (in
no particular order) who so gracefully hold the heart, awaken the senses, open us

to awe and wonder, and nourish the very depths of soul.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Lyla June Johnston

Mary Oliver

John O’Donohue

David Whyte

T.S Eliot

Jalal al-Din Rumi

Hafiz

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Mark Nepo

Rabindranath Tagore

Matsuo Basho

 

 

Monique Gaboury L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CST

Providing Alchemical Acupuncture on Whidbey

5492 Myrtle Avenue, Suite 200
Freeland, WA 98249

360-672-1506

 

 

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