Archive for September, 2013

Join us in Banff – September 27th-30th

Monday, September 9th, 2013

The Fertile Soul occasionally hosts destination retreats; this year our September retreat will be held in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies the 27th – 30th.

Location: Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada

Price: (Includes tuition, onsite TCM consultation, group acupuncture, nutrition phone consultations as well as breakfast and lunch, each day:

$1750 for individuals, $2800 for couples, $1250 for interns.

The Primary/Partner price includes full program tuition, Breakfast and Lunch each day, one-on-one TCM evaluation with a Fertile Soul Practitioner, a group acupuncture treatment onsite with Dr. Randine Lewis, and our Nutrition Support Phone Consultation with our Fertile Soul staff practitioners.

Your tuition also allows free parking at the Banff Centre, all weekend refreshments, complete use of the Centre’s recreational facilities, and WIFI.

To Join Randine in Banff September 27th please click here.  Please contact us with any questions or inquiries about our payment plans.

e = mc2: Part 2

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Energy cannot be created or destroyed; only transformed. Energy and matter are interchangeable. Your physical body is energy made manifest. This embodiment of energy comprises the ongoing process of breaking down its hundreds of trillions of cells to make more. Each of these hundreds of trillions of cells is composed of hundreds of trillions of atoms – mostly energy, beyond which is space. Space is spirit, energized and made manifest. E = mc2.

We are infinite, like the speed of light, energized into the process of creation itself.  If we limit ourselves to working only with the physical form, we can’t access the true power of creation, healing and transformation – that interface between c and E.

Chinese philosophy tells us that the one Spirit of existence becomes manifest as the friction of opposites (yin and yang). This energetic division gives rise to what is referred to as the “Three Treasures” – Jing, Qi, and Shen; or essence, energy, and spirit. m, E, and c.

Your ovaries carry the potential of essence or Jing (m).

Your heart houses your spirit (c).

Your hormones convey the energetic interaction (E) of the two.

Most women who come to see me have been to doctors who have tried to manipulate their ovaries with artificial hormones. This is working strictly at the level of controlling and manipulating the already manifest form, (m). All this can do is utilize what has already been made manifest – the realm of the past, which has literally already exhausted its capacity. It cannot transform, heal, or open up to a new potential. This is precisely why when hormones manifest an exhausted potential (high FSH, low AMH, etc.,) a successful pregnancy is the exception rather than the rule.

Chinese medicine and qi gong practices view the body as a microcosm of the vastness of spirit that brings the universe into existence. You have that same power within you. You have access to bring creation into manifestation. But it is not at the level of m (form.) Form utilizes that which has already come into existence.  The interface of E and c spark the potential that manifests as a new possibility.

When we work with the interplay of energy and spirit through the body, new possibilities arise. Energies shift. Manifestation changes. A new potential, made manifest through form, emerges.

In my clinical practice, I could work with the interface between matter and energy, but I found that an individuals habitual tendencies pulled one back into the patterns that caused the dysfunction to arise in the first place. When I started conducting retreats, we were able to access the interplay between spirit and energy, made manifest. New possibilities are the rule here, not the exception.