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Let’s Hope Three is Indeed a Charm!

Late in 1995, I was one of the early acupuncturists intrigued by the endless potential of the Web for communicating to a broad audience. Indeed, since that time there has been a stupendous growth in the internet. Yet, my attempts to use it have come to naught. During those years, I’ve written several long (and VERY PONDEROUS) essays, which helped me understand the subtle nature of Chinese medicine. For now, I’m not posting those, because they need A LOT of work, which I plan to engage in conjunction with teaching a series of seminars on the five systems of channels and vessel. More recently, I shifted my focus to shorter and more accessible essays, and wrote a regular column for Acupuncture Today. Writing those essays has helped me find my voice for discussing the wondrous nature of classical Chinese medicine, and I believe this site will be my next step.

In hindsight, it’s easy to see! My previous two attempts were too early:

The first website was short-lived

I was so completely absorbed in my early work to understand and learn to use Jeffrey Yuen’s inspiring teachings of classical Chinese medicine that I couldn’t be bothered to focus on the technology for developing a site. It quickly proved to be a challenging and expensive process, and I wasn’t clear on my message beyond projecting a clarion call that we needed to study the philosophical core of clinical Chinese medicine. So, I let go of my first attempt to use the Web relatively easily, and focused entirely on the internal work of transcending the clinical doctrine of modern TCM to develop a working knowledge of classical (Neijing style) and historical ideas and methods of Chinese medicine.

My second attempt with a website was more tragic

By the middle of 2003, I had worked nearly ten years learning to practice classical Chinese medicine through the teachings of Jeffrey Yuen. I had written some long essays on topics I considered important, and wanted to engage a conversation about the nature and practice of Chinese medicine. I got a URL that I liked, started with blog software, and posted those large essays. Yet, I was not really ready to blog. I had not developed a voice for articulating how I thought about Chinese medicine, and found sitting down to blog very difficult. I switched servers (and services) a couple times, and settled with an acquaintance who believed in my work and allowed me to use some open resource content management software he already had on his server.

My subsequent history with that site is FAR too convoluted to recount here. Suffice it to say that it included to hacked content management software, an FBI order to immediately shut down the site, and my inability to contact its host. It took me two years to find out exactly what had happened, and in the meantime I allowed the registration to lapse. I now realize that was extremely STUPID on my part, yet at the time I had no site and didn’t know why not. I couldn’t even reach the person that had previously helped me, and didn’t know how to redirect my URL to another server, so I could make another try. I had been writing my regular column for Acupuncture Today for two years, and thought they were supporting me in sharing my ideas about Chinese medicine.

The ancient Chinese clearly told us — all things change! The staff at AT was not terribly helpful in supporting my efforts, and my association with that publication eventually ended in April of 2009 over an editing disagreement. A few months ago, I was left without a venue for sharing my ideas and building support for my nascent seminar teaching. I realized that I needed to work on my own site again. I liked the old URL (which I’d allowed to lapse), and tried to get it back. That was when I learned that nearly ALL of the money we spend to register URLs is straight profit, and that at least one of the businesses that registers them and helps maintain the databases that directs page calls to the appropriate server has a practice of maintaining URLs that have expired and turning them into smarmy commerce sites. So, in short, if you are interested in my work, DON’T VISIT DAOISTMEDICINE.COM

Anyway, thanks for visiting me here. CCM is for healing! It opens up the potential of the embodied spirit and stimulates it to realize its potential, rather than condemning it to being artificially controlled. Yet, it also depends on one’s willingness to engage the process and allow life to change. Enjoy having your worldview shaken up, and expended to accommodate the mysteries of classical (Neijing style) Chinese medicine. Learning CCM is a wondrous process; it is filled with benefits for both practitioners and their patients.