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

Crank up your spleen!

My good friend (and Tai Chi Alchemist) Stephanie lives near Tokyo and, needless to say, her life has been upended by earthquakes, tsunami, and radiation. I sent her the following exercises to help deal with the toll that stress takes on your health.  So many of us are taking a pounding lately just hearing about all the crap that is occurring around the world that I thought others may benefit as well. I recently wrote about the spleen/triple warmer relationship (March 21, 2011). Sometimes the TW gets carried away overseeing all the police actions in the body and the first… Read More

Instant Meditation

Meditation is such a powerful tool for personal development and spiritual insight, yet many of us give up before we even get started. I wrote about this in Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate (See “The Problem With Meditation“). Here are a few more thoughts on the subject. Our nervous systems develop by pushing against stuff and gauging the resistance encountered. All experience comes from gathering sense impressions of the objects we encounter and weaving a story about them. “The couch I’m sitting on is brown leather which is similar to that chair, but longer. I remember when I bought it… Read More

The Problem With Meditation

(The following is an excerpt from Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate) Meditation is the technique with the longest track record for calming the mind. It has been done for thousands of years and is the foundation of many spiritual practices. It is absolutely essential for gaining comfort with levels of one’s own being beyond the rational thinking level. Through meditation, one can rip back the curtain of illusion and tune into the ground of being. The health benefits, physical and mental, have been widely explored and documented. Meditation comes in many forms. Practitioners focus on their breathing, on mantras, on… Read More