Unhitched and Untethered

I watched a lot of westerns when I was a kid. Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger, Wild Bill Hickok, Have Gun Will Travel…the list goes on. It was a staple of our meager television diet when there were only three channels available and the world was seen in black and white. One thing always puzzled me as I watched this feast of oatburners. The cowpoke would ride up to the saloon and would loop the reins over the hitching post to park his horse. No sailors knot required. Not even a granny knot. Just once around that post and this half-ton… Read More

What Just Happened? (A session with Rick Barrett, RPP)

“What just happened?” My clients are often at a loss to explain (to themselves and others) what exactly occurred in one of my sessions. Many experience a deep, profound healing and want to share that experience with others. But when they try to articulate what happened, words fail. What comes out sounds either too prosaic or too far out. Most don’t even try. My healing sessions don’t easily fit into conventional models. I don’t diagnose and I don’t treat health problems directly. I am not a doctor. I don’t prescribe. I don’t “heal” people either—at least not in the usual… Read More

“Light, Lively, and Connected Throughout”

“Whenever one moves, the entire body must be light (qing) and lively (ling), and must above all be connected throughout (guanchuan)…There must always be completely one qi.” Taijiquan Jing, attributed to Zheng San Feng If you want to take your game to the next level, these words from one of the most important of the Taijiquan Classics are where to begin. Nothing else gives quite so much bang for the buck. For the martial artist, this is like upgrading your heavy, clunky medieval suit of armor for a light, soft textile vest. Sure, the metal armor looks cool, but it… Read More

12th Annual Scholars Garden May 21-22

The dates have been set for our 12th Annual Scholars Garden at Stephe Watson’s Someday Farm in Killingworth, CT: Saturday/Sunday, May 21-22. We added an extra day this year so we can focus on energy healing on Saturday. It’ll be energy cultivation, internal martial arts, and a heavy dose of “OMG! Are you kidding me? How is that possible?” on Sunday. This event began at the Chinese Scholars Garden in Staten Island as a springtime fix for those suffering from TCA withdrawals, then moved to Stephe Watson’s exquisite Someday Farm in Killingworth, CT. Someday Farm is a bucolic treat nestled… Read More

Tai Chi Alchemy at Kripalu Part 2

This was the first trip to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health for Maria and I. It is one of those legendary institutions, like Esalen and Omega, and we didn’t know what to expect. We weren’t disappointed. The 350-acre campus overlooks Lake Mahkeenac and is just down the road from Tanglewood in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts. The grounds are immaculate and beautifully landscaped. The lodging is functional/no frills, but comfortable enough. (We didn’t spend much time there, save to sleep.) The seminar we presented was “Tai Chi Alchemy: Get Out of Your Head and Into the Game.” We… Read More