söndag 17 juli 2011

There is a dreamtime

There is a dreamtime
on buses
in London.

Sitting there
all those hours gathered
like metaphysical
frequent flyer miles

Buys time
in the dreamtime
leaning your head
against vibrating walls,
a tired supporting hand,
gazing out on
pearl-bound nights,
looking at the internal pictures

of your life.
to the ancestors who
guide your steps

singing safe your life
from bus stop to
bus stop
of your life.

Daniel Skyle © 2011


Your breath

Your breath
out of winds
down small streets

the bellows
out of rushing
tube tunnels

full of lost kisses
between city lovers.

Daniel Skyle © 2011

Spoken amber

arcane spells


the city
in chants
that cut through
the noise
of buses,

buskers, flocks
of japanese tourists,

cab-drivers´ shouts
of their power


and finally
becomes river-rocks
preserving the city´s magic
in stones
shown on slivers of beach

in the tide of the Thames.

Daniel Skyle © 2011

söndag 10 juli 2011

The fragments that pass for Chinese medicine in the West: a story

A story is told in China about a peasant who had worked as a maintenance man in a newly established Western missionary hospital. When he retired to his remote home village, he took with him some hypodermic needles and lots of antibiotics. He put up a shingle, and whenever someone came to him with a fever, he injected the patient with the wonder drugs. A remarkable percentage of these people got well, despite the fact that this practitioner of Western medicine knew next to nothing about what he was doing. In the West today, much of what passes for Chinese medicine is not very different from the so called western medicine practiced by this chinese peasant. Out of a complex medical system, only the bare essentials of acupuncture technique have reached the West. Patients often get well from such treatment because acupuncture, like Western medicine, is strong medicine. But the theoretical depth and full clinical potential of Chinese medicine remain virtually unknown.”
                    - Ted Kaptchuk, Chinese medicine: the web that has no weaver, p1

söndag 3 juli 2011

Classical Chinese Medicine and freedom – and London Pride

It was London Pride yesterday, the celebration for HBT – homo-, bi- and transsexuals - that goes in a wave across the world. It made central London a carnival of people and Trafalgar Square the centerpoint for happiness and partying, where bemused tourists kept their cameras up and ready as they walked past.

Protesters and revellers alike where spread out through Leicester Square and Soho, and then in a pearlband down to Trafalgar Square. Buses were on diversion, London was warm, summertime warm instead of London summertime warm. The sun was here for the party.

I sat on the steps to the church of St-Martins-in-the-Fields and watched it all over a notebook. As I sat there I thought about something Jeffrey Yuan says about classical chinese medicine: ”As practitioners we should give our clients the ability to be free”. From Daoist viewpoint this of course means a balanced freedom, but a great freedom – the ability for a being to be free and move freely. (In Daoism, freedom includes a being having more compassion and more wisdom as well, not just a narcisstic freedom to do what it wants at the expense of others. Freedom here also finally means a freedom from the old programmings and chains that can bind us into self-centered, egotistical beings locked in ourselves).

Looking out over all the partying people I realized that for many this is their more overt freedom; London may have Soho, and being gay is a more common and open thing today, but not really free. Seeing them have this huge chance to be seen and be allowed to be who they were in this way was a big thing. Many are of course as free in their daily life and don´t care one whit about Pride, but I am sure it means a lot to many.

On the bus there, there were three fairies next to me – Pride participants, three young women, dressed up in fairy wings and with paint on their arms with glitter, and the words GAY in blue paint on their skin. They were happy, and free, and at least two people getting off the bus didn´t particularly like seeing them there.

Not all choices we make are smart, even though we´re more free than we used to be. But they are our choices, part of our life and our karma. As practitioners of classical chinese medicine, we have the incredible, awe-inspiring skills to help people be more balanced, healthy and free in their lives. It´s a huge thing. We should be proud of it.

Daniel Skyle © 2011