lördag 26 november 2011

Jeffrey Yuan in Dublin 2011: article on the conference on Divergent Channels and how Daoism works with emotions: part 1

This year in Dublin, again arranged by the nice people at Academy of Classical Chinese Medicine, http://www.accm.ie/

Jeffrey Yuan is a legend in Classical Chinese Medicine (from now on, CCM) in the West. You can read his bio here: http://www.aucm.org/facultydetail.asp?Id=35

Yuan is both a trained Daoist and a Classical Chinese Medicine practitioner, and his wealth of knowledge and clinical skill is amazing, as well as his precision in teaching it.

This year in Dublin he held two courses: one evening on how his lineages of Daoism deal with emotions, and then the main conference on the rarely talked about Divergent Channels of Chinese Medicine, the jingbie. Knowledge and clinical use of the Divergent Channels is virtually unknown among many acupuncturists in the West.

Daoism in its complete form as a spiritual tradition with training, has a lot of different specific practices to stabilize and work with the emotions of the practitioner. During his talk, Yuan gave some views on how to look at emotions in a more useful way, and also went through some very simple qigong as a start for the audience.
  Yuan is in two Daoist lineages. One is one of the biggest schools of Religious Daoism, the Quanzhen School, Quanzhenpai, which still is responsible for the White Cloud Temple in Beijing, Baiyunguan, and then the rarer Living Daoism lineage of Pure Jade, Yuqing.

Emotions,” said Yuan, ”purify your heart. Emotions gives me the opportunity to purge my life, to see how to solve or change things. We often see ”bad” emotions as problems to distract ourselves from, but they provide us with the process to purify our heart.”

Anger is a coping mechanism for your frustration. The work with emotions is about how to let your emotions go back to be integrated with Earth and society.”

Everything you obsess about means that part of your life is dead. Your energy is invested in this instead of living.”
  He added that in Chinese medicine, obsession eventually coagulates to become phlegm in the body. Phlegm (tanyin) weaves coagulated patterns between body and mind, both equally stuck and difficult to shift. Good acupuncture can shift both phlegm and the obsessive patterns of thought locked to it quite easily, however.
Phlegm, he commented, is also what becomes nodules and tumours, and often we don´t know why or can even see the emotional links behind them.
  ”Grief is an extension of love. Sadness is also part of our inability to accept death.”

Jeffrey Yuan adressed the various ways locked emotions eventually somatize, manifesting as physical problems in the body, and how they manifest in different patterns depending on which emotion and which Element it links to. It will usually hit the parts of our body that that Element affects the most – depression, for example, would often manifest as problems with your lower body. Yuan referred to this as part of the directionality of emotions and the problems they can cause when unbalanced in us.

You can watch some Youtube videos with Jeffrey Yuan in a previous blogpost here on Acupractitioner21, and read a longer interview with him on Daoism and emotions here: http://www.accm.ie/news/

In a little while I´ll put up an article on Jeffrey Yuan´s teaching on the jingbie, the Divergent Channels in acupuncture, but you will find some basic information on them in the previous post that included the videos.