Acupuncturist As Shaman

Shaman is our professional ancestor. Unlike a medicine man or a priest, shaman doesn’t become healer by choice. Shaman is initiated into his craft through some form of psychological change. This change involves a confrontation with his/her own unconscious forces which some call “evil spirits.” As a result of this confrontation, she/he becomes familiar with the most unhealed place in his/her soul. The only way out of this struggle is to become a healer; a specialist of the human soul.

These continuing education classes grew out of almost twenty years of practicing alternative medicine and recognizing the advantages that alternative practitioners have over both, conventional medicine and psychotherapy. Each of the six modules is designed to cover different aspects of human experience. Practitioners will learn ancient and modern techniques for mending psyche, to read and interpret client’s energy, to cure physical symptoms by healing psychosomatic unity, and to strengthen self by means of insight and understanding.

Modules can be taken in sequence or as a stand alone class with no prerequisites.

A continuing education class for acupuncturists on healing the spirit as illustrated in an old sketch.

Healing the Spirit

When we loose our way in the world, it is the soul’s way of being in touch with the world that has been lost. We are most lost and truly abandoned when we have lost touch with our own soul. Soul is the missing ingredient when things fall apart, just as it was an animating ingredient that brought us to life.

~Michael Meade

Psyche is the “third element in the trinity of existence.” It dwells in the body enabling spirit and matter to stay related. The shaman is a messenger between the physical and the spiritual worlds. In a culture that wages constant war on Psyche, shaman often is the only one who is capable of hearing and guiding human soul in her healing journey through life.

To be not only a body doctor, but also soul doctor, practitioners have to learn the language of Psyche. This class will teach participants to tend to the emotional aspects of physical illness – often a missing ingredient for a successful outcome of the treatment. Through an exploration of acupuncture points application, we will follow the journey of the human soul as it becomes aware of itself.

Approved for 16 NCCAOM Acupuncture CEUs / PDAs in the required CW-PE Professional Enhancement category.

Mar 25 & 26, 9AM to 6PM

Residence Inn-Vancouver, WA

April 22 & 23, 9AM to 6PM

Radisson-Schaumburg, IL

A continuing education class for acupuncturists on treating addictions as illustrated in an old sketch.

Treating Addictions

If the hunger of the soul is misidentified, a person turns to addiction in hopes of satisfying deep psychic needs. The actual chemical dependence may be only a small part of the addiction. Often, what person is really terrified of is the sense of devastating loss that addiction usually covers up. This fear, in the end, prevents a cure.

This seminar will explore the link between the early lack of empathic care and the development of destructive behaviors later in life. Be it an addiction to one specific emotion, exercise, food, sex, shopping, alcohol, prescription or recreational drugs. Practitioners will learn ways of using acupuncture to balance brain chemistry and relieve withdrawal symptoms as well as the best ways for supporting the patient’s faith as they go through the transformation.

Approved for 16 NCCAOM Acupuncture PDAs / CEUs in the required CW-PE Professional Enhancement category.

April 8 & 9, 9AM to 6PM

Spring Hill Suites-Cheyenne, WY

April 29 & 30, 9AM to 6PM

Hilton Garden Inn-Fishkill, NY

A continuing education class for acupuncturists on treating heart and emotions as illustrated in an old sketch.

Treating Heart & Emotions

Only by standing firmly on our own soil can we assimilate the spirit of the East.

~Carl Jung

Like shamans of the past, we don’t come to healing profession by chance. We seek to heal our own wounds first and this pursuit of healing involves soul searching.

Since practitioner’s vibrational field affects the frequency of the patient’s Qi, it is imperative that our own emotional houses are in order. The acupuncture needle is an extension of practitioner’s intention. The placing of the needle is an active invitation for the patient to join with a different vibrational faith. This type of resonance is loaded with communication, which is vital for a successful outcome of the treatment.

To better assist our patients in their emotional journeys, we will learn how to understand Psyche in the treatment room and beyond. We will draw upon seminal writings on faith, envy and gratitude to recognize the stages of initiation of the human soul, which, in turn, will allow for better understanding of the Oriental concepts of soul and spirit.

Approved for 16 NCCAOM Acupuncture CEUs / PDAs in the required CW-PE Professional Enhancement category.

May 6 & 7, 9AM to 6PM

Comfort Suites-Chincoteague, VA

June 3 & 4, 9AM to 6PM

La Quinta Inns-Sarasota, FL

A continuing education class for acupuncturists on treating psychosomatic conditions as represented by Psyche and Eros.

Treating Psychosomatic Conditions

God guard me from those thoughts men think
In the mind alone;
He that sings a lasting song
Thinks in a marrow-bone;

~W. Yeats

Physical pain can be easily confused with emotional. Conflicting feelings are often translated into physical symptoms which do all the complaining for the patient. Indeed, physical symptoms are often the only way the patient can feel his or her soul. The language of Psyche is nonverbal; she speaks to us chiefly through dreams and visions.

This seminar will introduce participants to the language of the dream, which always speaks on behalf of the soul. Practitioners will begin learning the interpretation of dreams and their application in acupuncture treatments. We will look into how healing of psychosomatic unity cures physical symptoms.

Approved for 16 NCCAOM Acupuncture PDAs / CEUs in the required CW-PE Professional Enhancement category.

June 10 & 11, 9AM to 6PM

Comfort Suites-Houston, TX

June 17 & 18, 9AM to 6PM

Comfort Suites-Albuquerque, NM

A continuing education class for acupuncturists on treating trauma as illustrated in an old sketch.

Treating Trauma

From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says, ‘I survived’.

~Craig Scott

Psychological trauma is an inevitable part of ordinary human experience. Only the lucky ones find emotional trauma unusual. Many people are able to deal with the damage by mourning the losses and moving on. But when trauma is severe, it causes profound and lasting changes in the person. Such “traumatic events are extraordinary, not because they occur rarely, but rather because they overwhelm the ordinary human adaptations to life.” They question basic values of human relationships. The aftermath of severe trauma feels as if the soul itself got lost and now can’t find it’s way back into the body. The recovery from catastrophic trauma involves bearing the unbearable, speaking the unspeakable, and above all, profound hope for healing and recovery of the lost soul.


This class will focus on exploring the link between trauma, faith and the mystical experience of transformation. Participants learn the use of acupuncture protocols to encourage the release of traumatic body states and memories. They’ll also learn the ways to support emotional release that often becomes part of the treatment.

Approved for 16 NCCAOM Acupuncture CEUs / PDAs in the required CW-PE Professional Enhancement category.

June 24 & 25, 9AM to 6PM

Best Western-Reno, NV

July 8 & 9, 9AM to 6PM

Residence Inn-Vancouver, WA

A continuing education class for acupuncturists on treating possessions as illustrated in an old sketch.

Treating Possessions

Struggling against evil spirits in search of the patient’s lost soul is potentially exhausting work. Possession states, aka, altered states of consciousness, have long been associated with the transfer of energy and deep healing. To retrieve the lost soul and receive healing, both patient and exorcist enter into a dialogue with the unconscious process.

This class is best suited for practitioners whose practices are designed to accommodate deep involvement with the patient. Healing breakthrough experiences of possessions can be profoundly disorienting. We will explore acupuncture protocols for exorcism and ways of strengthening self by means of insight and understanding. Knowing the true name of the spirit, renders you impervious to it’s charms.

Approved for 16 NCCAOM Acupuncture PDAs / CEUs in the required CW-PE Professional Enhancement category.

July 15 & 16, 9AM to 6PM

Hampton Inn-Lino Lakes, MN

July 22 & 23, 9AM to 6PM

Comfort Suites-Billings, MT