In a sense practicing acupuncture is like the creative process of any artist in that we observe, we are astonished by what we see and feel, and then we do what our gift and skill set allows—whether that is to write a poem, paint a landscape, capture a portrait or use our hands to bring health to the body, mind and spirit.
Yes, there is a lot that goes on in between placing a needle strategically to ‘disperse the heat’ that might be causing palpitations or to ‘resolve the damp heat’ that can cause pain in the joints, nausea, or even a feeling of oppression in the chest. It is this combination of experience, knowledge and insight along with that breath of inspiration that creates what may seem like a miracle or at least something far beyond a reasonable outcome in the resolution of symptoms. For this I am grateful to all my teachers and the long lineage before me that has enabled me to practice this skill and healing art. And thanks to the poets, painters, musicians, etc. who also make us more whole through their creations.