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Here we are at the
beginning of another, the
Year of the
Monkey. It is a
great privilege to continue to serve you by providing Healing Points,
treatments in my office, and Healing Sound performances.
The beginning of the year will (finally) birth the first of the Healing
Sound CD's that I have created. They should be for sale sometime in the next
few weeks! I'm also hoping this year to expand the Healing Sound
performances, and possible share this with other communities on the West
Coast. Please let me know if you know of any locations that would
appreciate my work in this magical area.
Also, please visit my Blog
for the latest news items and research that I find important to all of our
I wish all a wonderful New Year. May this coming year be
filled with blessings, joy, prosperity, and great health!
On Monday January 26, 2004 another group sound-healing
experience will be held at
The Elder Tree in
Topanga Canyon. I cannot put into words how wonderful, healing and
transformative these evens have been. I've heard stories of miraculous
insights and healings from many participants.
The time will be from 7:30 till about 9:00pm, and a $15.00 donation is
requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All are
invited to enjoy this profound experience of healing and consciousness.
you would like more information or reservations as space is somewhat
If you can't make this one, the next Monday Evening Sound
Healing event will be held on February 23, 2004, and the following on March
29th, so mark your calendars! A full schedule for 2004 can be found at
Calendar of Events
The Hyperdimensional gong
Richard Grossman is an acupuncturist in
Santa Monica CA, who has, for some time now, been exploring the
transformational and healing properties of music and sound. What he does
is really quite extraordinary. Using indigenous instruments and the like,
he performs once a month in the back of a store (The Elder Tree) in
Topanga, creating amazing shamanistic soundscapes. This isn't New Age;
it's something way more intense and powerful than that. Think
Steve Roach. These are the realms
Richard is exploring.
has this gong. Hand-crafted in Germany I believe. But, it's more than a
gong. Oh yes, he starts out doing a traditional gong sound. Then he
strokes the surface of the gong and higher pitched vibrato sounds emerge
and begin melding, merging, and playing off against the deep low gongs. It
becomes louder, more intense; suddenly there's many more higher voices and
lower tones, while the power and force of the sound continues building.
just puts me Someplace Else. I find it transformational, and afterwards,
am more centered, with new ideas and paths to follow.
These soundscapes go on for an hour or so, starting slowly with indigenous
instruments, before moving into the gong, and Richard seems as amazed as
anyone by the sounds that emerge from it. When it's over, you find
yourself staring at the gong thinking maybe Portals really do exist.
The Other Side of the Ephedra Controversy
With all of the negative (well earned) publicity ephedra has received in
the past weeks, including being banned for use in weight loss supplements by the FDA,
this piece of news is really important for suffers of upper respirator
disorders like colds, flu, asthma, bronchitis, etc. I've personally
used Ma Huang containing formulas in my office for over 20 years, and have
never seen an adverse reaction.
Chinese herbalists laud U.S. exemption for ephedra
By Elinor Mills Abreu SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters)
When U.S. regulators said they would ban the use of ephedra in
weight-loss supplements on Tuesday they allowed an exemption for
practitioners of Chinese medicine who have been using the herb for thousands
of years to treat ailments ranging from asthma to fevers.
Synthetic ephedra-based weight loss pills sold over the counter can be
harmful when taken in large doses and by people who have heart ailments,
high blood pressure and other health problems, the FDA said.
But when taken properly under a health practitioner's supervision, the
herb -- also known as ma huang -- is good medicine, according to several
trained Chinese herbalists.
Ephedra can help people overcome asthma attacks, colds and other health
problems, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine said on Tuesday
after U.S. health officials banned ephedra-based weight-loss pills citing
risks of stroke and heart attack.
Ephedra "should not be in dietary weight loss products. That's not the
proper use of it," said Robert Wright, a licensed acupuncturist who has a
private practice in Napa, California.
"It's commonly used for colds, in short-term, small-dose use," he added.
"It's a great herb, when used properly by trained professionals."
Ephedra "is one of the best things you can prescribe for someone who is
having an asthma attack," said Suzanne Friedman, director of the Traditional
Chinese Medicine and Medical Qigong Clinic in San Francisco, where
alternative medical treatments like herbs and acupuncture are widely
"It's a very respected herb, one of the first, if not the first, herb you
learn in Chinese medical school," she said. "When misused for weight loss or
keeping people awake or keeping them energized, that's a complete misuse of
the herb and it could lead to health problems."
The herb, which stimulates the central nervous system and acts like a
bronchial dilator, has reportedly been in use for 5,000 years and has been
traced back to classical medical texts in the 1st or 2nd century, according
to Charlotte Furth, a history professor at the University of Southern
California who specializes in ancient Chinese medicine.
"If you look at the Ming dynasty texts on Chinese medicine, ma huang was
certainly a widely used drug, but the doctors warned against using it in
large quantities," she said.
Ma huang was used to bring on a sweat in treating fevers, Furth said,
adding: "It's a very important drug."
Ma huang, whose Latin name is ephedra sinica, comes from a cone-bearing
shrub indigenous to China that is also found in the Mediterranean, India,
Iran and western South America.
Extracts of ma huang have been used in over-the-counter drugs since the
1920s, but attention has focused on health risks in recent years.
Even so, athletes have been known to take ephedra and related compounds
because they can increase energy and endurance by increasing the flow of
blood to the muscles.
Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler died in February from
heat stroke. A medical examiner said the athlete's use of an ephedra
supplement contributed to his death.
Ephedra has been banned by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
(Additional reporting by Frank Tang in New York)
Copyright © 2003 Reuters Limited.
We are like tourists here,
wherever this place we call here is.
A great Turkish poet said "don't make your home in the train station."
This earth, this wonderful planet we live on, is a train station where we
live in that all too short space between birth and death.
So, in a way, in a very real way, we are just visiting.
What would it be like
to live this life like a
you experience, every sound, every sight, every taste, every smell, every
you are experiencing
for the very first time.
And every thing
you are experiencing,
you are experiencing
for the last time.
Every face you see, fresh.
Every touch of a lover, new.
Every laugh of a child, a sound never before heard.
Every bit of food, a sensation never before experienced.
Each and every event, something to be cherished for it's value exceeds that
of any thing.
Every breath, an new breath. Filling the heart with gratitude just for
of living such a Life.
This is my wish and my prayer for you in this