Healing Points HealthBlog
Every day I read dozens of sites to find up to the minute news that is
important to maintaining and improving health.
Click here to read the
current HealthBlog or click on the XML icon to learn how to
install a RSS reader:
Click Here to give your comments, suggestions, requests, questions, etc.
To Speak with
Share Healing Points™ with Family and Friends
Volume 7, Issue 51
February 06, 2006
As an American
Jewish practitioner of Asian Medicine, I get to celebrate three "New
Years" every year. So at the beginning of each year I have three
separate opportunities to reflect on the past, the present and the
future. It has also been one year now since the death of my mother,
which certainly causes deep reflection on what this life is about.
One of the
deepest questions I am asking is one that has occupied my life for
many years: What is the difference between a doctor and a healer?
And, even deeper, what is this thing that we call healing?
have asked me why a successful doctor would choose to re-create
himself as a musician. The answer has very much to do with these
questions, and another one: How can I further healing? Not only of
the individuals that come to me for help. How can I participate in
the deeply vital healing of our human species?
As a doctor, I
have dealt with illness, pain, suffering, and disease. I have become
successful in either alleviating or curing patients from many of the
common ills that plague our times. And yet, all too often, I have
seen that while the physical symptoms of these illnesses may
disappear, the underlying angst of an unhealed life and heart often
remains. In other words, the person may have been cured, but they
were not healed. For many people, this is enough. As a doctor, I
would consider it a great success.
Yet as a healer . . . ?
At other times
I have been privileged to witness and share in moments where, beyond
the curing of an illness, the person was transformed at a
fundamental level of their being; hence their very life was
transformed and became something brighter, more beautiful, and more
of a contribution to this world.
This is a realm
of paradox. Ideally, healing and curing walk hand-in-hand. As the
body gets well through the use of acupuncture, nutrition, herbs,
etc., the Soul/Spirit (for lack of a better term) will heal. As the
Soul/Spirit heals, the body will experience improved health. Yet a
person may experience a profound healing and not have their disease
cured. There can even be healing at the deepest possible levels, and
the patient might not recover from their illness. As a doctor, I
might not recognize this level of healing; I might even consider it
a failure if a patient isn't cured. But as a healer, it motivates my
Music and sound
have always been essential tools of the indigenous healers and
shamans. These healers have been called "technicians of ecstasy,"
for they work at a level requiring deeply enhanced consciousness.
This process is called "journeying". It is through deep inner
journeying that a person can find, release, and ultimately heal the
impressions and scars that exist on the Soul/Spirit and that often
lie at the roots of illness.
evolved as a way to join these two worlds. It walks alongside my
in-office medical practice and provides a way to offer this deep
level of healing to others. Ideally, to many others. The people of
this world need doctors and relief from illness and disease, but it
is vital that there be healers and healing as well. soundJourney
is one of my contribution in this regard. I invite you to walk this
Journey with me.
Blessings and Peace,
Schedule of Upcoming Events:
February 17, 2005
at The Regenesis Center
On Friday, February 17, 2006, a soundJourney event will be held
at The Regenesis Center in
Santa Monica. The event starts at 8:00, and due to the intense
inner nature of the soundJourney experience, there will be no
admittance after 8:20.
"soundJourney is transformation via sound. Using indigenous
instruments combined with modern technology, Richard Grossman
weaves a spell of shamanic sound, vibration, healing, and Love."
From participants in the last soundJourney experience:
I felt my feet electrify with some energy and
become completely grounded . . . Very liberating!
-Andrew Jason, Los Angeles
Awesome! Like riding a 3-D multidimensional
holographic wave into infinity . . .
-James B. Hopkins, D.C., Los Angeles
It certainly was a Journey! I fell into a
dream-like state filled with magical encounters. Epic!
-Isabel Marmanillo, Los Angeles
Tickets are $25.00 if paid in advance, $30.00 at the door.
A mythical bird that burned
itself to ashes,
and rose from the ashes
to live again.
On February 24, 2006, Richard will be performing with the extraordinary
Chinese/Tibetan vocalist, Yuan Miao.
Friday, February 24, 7:30 PM
Magnin Auditorium, Skirball Center
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Sunday, March 19, 2:30 PM
Agape Spiritual Center
5700 Buckingham Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230
Concert Tickets: $25
For Tickets or information on Yuan Miao
and the New Century Foundation, visit
or call (626) 462-1998. Also,
Return to the Amazon
I have been invited to attend the second annual
Conference on Indigenous Medicine in Peru in the Summer.
More news on that as it progresses. I may be leading a retreat
to the Amazon to work with indigenous healers as well. If
this interests you, please let me know and I'll keep you
Copyright 2006 Richard Grossman
May be distributed freely as long as no changes are made