Archive for August, 2013

Free Conference Call with Dr. Randine Lewis – Sept 1st @ 8pm EST

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

“Viewing Your Fertility through an Eastern Lens”

Sunday, September 1st @ 8:00pm EST

The Western medical attitude about fertility is not all that complex, but can be limiting. Reproductive medicine views fertility as a function of young ovaries, unblocked fallopian tubes,  a uterus with no obvious obstructions, and laboratory values within normal limits. Chinese medicine, on the other hand, views the lab values and reproductive organs as mere reflections of our underlying fertility, which is a function of the the spirit, the blood, the heart, kidneys, spleen, liver, how our various life energies interact with our environment, and how much “essence” we have available to support new life after it has taken care of the demands of our own.

Join Dr. Lewis on a conference call Sunday, September 1st at 8:00 p.m. EST as she discusses a more holistic view of fertility based on the ancient Eastern system of healing.  For those interested in learning about diet, Kathryn Flynn will lead a discussion on nutrition and fertility following Randine’s call.

To join in dial 605-475-4000 then access code 794774#.

Those calling from Canada should call 805-360-1075

and then you will be prompted to enter the original

number and access code.

1. Please DON’T announce your name when you dial in – there will be many callers on the line and theconference call may have already begun.

2. Immediately press *6 to MUTE your phone line (or use the Mute button on your phone) – this will prevent any unnecessary background noise and static on the line. You can press *5 to unmute your line once the call is opened up for discussion.

3. There are only 100 callers allowed on the call – make sure to call-in early to reserve your space.

4. Please keep topics and questions during the discussion related to the specific call.

e = mc2: Part 1

Monday, August 12th, 2013

A Study of Energy

When I was about to start my studies in Chinese medicine, fresh out of Western medical school, I asked the dean for some tips. She said, “Forget everything you were taught about Western medicine.” She was asking me to open my mind and begin with a clean slate. She must have come across my type of intellectual arrogance before; those who take pride in the accumulation of learned knowledge.

During my first year, one of my TCM professors was talking about Qi, and said that Qi could best be described as energy taking form. Energy was where the power was; form was not. I raised my hand and argued with her, challenging this obvious mistaken assumption. I knew that mass was mass and energy was energy. We studied behavior characteristics of matter in the form of cells, tissues, organs and organisms. We could say that form had energy, but that was as far as we could go.

She listened to my tirade, and quietly but firmly suggested I look up Einstein’s theory of relativity in the library during the next break. I didn’t need to. She made her point. I had simply forgotten. Blinded by my own intellectual arrogance, I forgot the most basic scientific facts, and had gotten duped into believing that matter, form, and physicality held the ultimate truth. This was the reason I started studying Chinese medicine in the first place; medical science couldn’t rectify what ailed me. Could it be energy?

In the early 1900s, Albert Einstein found that as mass accelerated toward the speed of light, it got heavier. Although mass couldn’t ever move at the speed of light, the closer it approached c2, mass and energy were found to be infinite. This established the theory of relativity, representing the relationship between mass (m) and energy (E). Thus, the conservation of mass and energy proves that mass and energy are interconvertible.

E=mc2

Energy equals mass at the speed of light squared. In other words, Qi could be described as energy taking form. I’ve learned to open my eyes through the years, and not make assumptions. When I think I know something, I am usually in for a good lesson in humility. Life continually shows me that physicality and form are not in charge. That which animates matter makes the difference. When I can show someone ways in which their energetic patterns are causing physical dysfunction, then they have the power to change it. If they believe matter is in charge, they continue to be at the mercy of a medicine that can only manipulate the densest form of energy, matter.

FREE Conference Call w/ Randine – Aug 10th @ 8pm EST

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

“Manifesting Your Destiny”

The longing for a child has arisen in you. Have you ever investigated its power, its source, its life within you? When we are in harmony with this desire, we are also in harmony with its power. When we are out of harmony with it, it cannot come through. We tend to get lost in the obstructions and focus on “What’s wrong?” rather than on the power of the longing itself. It can remove obstructions to its expressions, but your external efforts cannot. I will work with the August retreat participants in maximizing the power of this longing’s ability to manifest itself through you. August is a powerful month; in Chinese numerology eight represents abundance and fulfillment. Eight days after the eighth full moon, Life’s longing for itself begins the process in the spawning of the coral reefs.

Eight also is signified in the eight extraordinary meridians that hold and circulate the essence of our life potential. Eight winds carry the eight transformational energies that manifest through the body/mind. We will work with these energies in maximizing fertility and overcoming the obstructions to its expression.

I hope you will join us in Asheville, NC August 16th for this powerful retreat process. I will also provide a call for new and returning retreat participants Saturday August 10th at 8 p.m. EST.

Randine Lewis, MSOM, Ph.D., L.Ac.

FABORM

www.thefertilesoul.com

To join in dial 605-475-4000 then access code 794774#.

Those calling from Canada should call 805-360-1075

and then you will be prompted to enter the original

number and access code.

1. Please DON’T announce your name when you dial in – there will be many callers on the line and theconference call may have already begun.

2. Immediately press *6 to MUTE your phone line (or use the Mute button on your phone) – this will prevent any unnecessary background noise and static on the line. You can press *5 to unmute your line once the call is opened up for discussion.

3. There are only 100 callers allowed on the call – make sure to call-in early to reserve your space.

4. Please keep topics and questions during the discussion related to the specific call.

Why I Want a Child

Monday, August 5th, 2013

During a recent retreat, a woman who returned to her third retreat asked: “Can we explore the reasons why we want children?”

We started an exercise, writing on the board the collective reasons why everyone there so desperately wanted children. Some of the reasons were:

To leave a legacy;

To give my life meaning;

To experience unconditional love;

To be part of a family;

To fit in;

So that we can be like the other couples we know;

To experience the development of a new human being;

To pass on the things I have learned in my life.

Each woman had their own personal reason for wanting a child. When we stood back and looked at the list of reasons, we all saw in black and white the most obvious thing:  None of the reasons required a child for its fulfillment. We can leave a legacy without a child. We can find meaning in life without a child. We can pass on the things we have learned, experience unconditional love, and fit in where we want to fit in – with or without children.

We also realized – if all of the “reasons” were taken care of by living a fulfilling life that doesn’t require us to place our needs on a child; the desire for a child remained. Yet now, it is unburdened by “reasons.”

Can you see that all of the reasons why you want a child are energetic attachments that you place on the desperate need to have a child? This unmet need becomes an energetic contraction, which, as far as the body’s wisdom is concerned, is placed on the category of scarcity. Lack. What I don’t have. And it creates more contraction – the form of stress hormones, which actually deprives the body of the ability to access and utilize the reproductive energies.

I encourage you to get very honest with yourself. You might want to try to journal about the reasons why you want/need a child. And fulfill those areas of lack with other aspects of your life. Then the pure longing for life has a greater likelihood for being fulfilled – unimpeded by the contraction/fear of its loss.