This famous passage “All Diseases are Rooted in the Spirit” was noted in Chapter 8 entitled Ben Shen 本 神 of the Ling Shu. The Ling Shu or Spiritual Pivot, considered to be the Canon of Acupuncture, is the second part of the Huang Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Classic of Internal Medicine) – a text dating back to the 5th Century BC during the Warring States period in China. The title of this lecture “All Diseases are Rooted in the Spirit (Shen)” itself expresses a vision and reality where structure and material, where anatomy and physiology, are secondary to the living energy of our Spirit (Shen).
Chapter 8 of the Ling Shu in particular, has served as the foundation of Chinese medicine, with the belief that our Shen (Spirit) is conveying the Destiny (Ming) or curriculum of our Soul (Ling) and that as part of our journey through life, the diseases and illnesses we experience can be informative and potentially a manifestation of our curriculum that needs to be experiences by us (and those around us) as a process of growth and development. Based on the belief that our Spirit (Shen) is conveying the Destiny or curriculum of our Ling- Soul, we can see that part of our destiny can include illnesses and diseases that may manifest in our lives.
This talk therefore explores the role of illness as an essential lesson of life, as difficult and as challenging as it may be. Daoist Priest Jeffrey C. Yuen examines the concept of understanding illness as a call to attention toward changing our attitudes, beliefs and lifestyles. Because quite simply, the lifestyle and consciousness that contributed to the disease process can’t be the same consciousness and lifestyle that brings about the healing process. Finally, our discussion focuses on the importance of empowering the healing process and the possibility of transformation rather than the current concentration on merely combating the disease process.
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“Keep up the good work! Thanks again for organising another wonderful discourse with Jeffrey Yuen. It has been a pleasure as usual. All the best to you and yours Paul. Until next year”.
“A well organised conference in a lovely setting. Easy communications. The opportunity to learn from such a renowned master at a very reasonable price is much appreciated. I have been inspired to move forward to incorporating Jeffrey Yuen’s teachings into my treatments, for the benefit of my patients. Diolch ya faur (welsh)”.
“Wish I’d been able to come to the previous years! Good location. Lovely tables and chairs to spend the day at/on. Nice touch of the writing pads, pens and water”.
“We never seem to have enough time. Would spend much longer listening to and expanding on the teachings. Would be great to talk over email to Jeffrey Yuen”.
“Fantastic. Amazing, tremendous knowledge. A great teacher. Looking forward to the next seminar”.
“I have been studying aspects of Classical Chinese Medicine over the last 4 years. It never ceases to amaze me how simply Jeffrey clarifies the areas where I get confused and uncertain. Many thanks”.
“Well organised and enjoyable. Could do with more time for lunch. Would be good to have more interaction and questions with audience”.
“Reviving the psychological, spiritual connections of Chinese Medicine. It is extremely gratifying and uplifting to get this knowledge from Jeffrey Yuen today”.
“Conference very well organised and ran very smoothly. As always Jeffrey is so inspiring and informative and thought provoking. Very worthwhile and enjoyable weekend. I enjoyed opportunity to meet other acupuncturists”.
“Very inspiring, very helpful and has regenerated my passion in TCM. The conference was excellently organised in every way. The speaker Jeffrey is highly professional and his insight into the topics top class. I am now considering training with him in New York rather then doing a masters in London”.
“I always really enjoy the comprehensive and in depth way in which Jeffrey presents the material on the topic of the seminar. I would like to say a heartfelt thank you for the inspiration given by his total dedication. So much food for thought and application. The subject is also presented in a humorous and interesting way that allows us to really grasp the essence of the material Thank you again”.
“Brilliant, thank you Paul. Please arrange more”.
“Great, loved it”.
“Very good; deeply impacting. Helpful (please more if possible) examples of how Master Jeffrey Yuen treats patients. (Possible improvements: more space, 1 hour lunch break is a bit short. Maybe 3 days of Class)”.
“I would prefer more thorough over longer time. Information and presentation are excellent, obviously. However this subject over 3-4 days or 2 weekends would have enabled a lot more depth, questions, more discussion on relevance. Suitable for those new to Jeffrey’s work but after 5 years + of study on his material would like to see more”.