Happy Holidays 2017

Dear Friends,

May you have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Wonderful New Year! May 2018 be filled with joy, with fun, good health, abundance, happiness and wisdom!

This time of winter, when the world is most yin, cold, still, sleeping, is also the time of the birth of yang. Stirrings deep within the earth, deep in the roots of the plants, within each of us, presage the rebirth. Even in the cold dark of winter, the heart burns bright within, the center of the earth is hot, and the earth is beginning to tip her axis back toward the sun. On a sunny day the birds sing reminding us that spring will soon follow.

I am in awe of gratitude for life. I am so grateful for the many people who have allowed me to be a part of their journey, as friend, as family, as teacher, as student.  Thank you!


Letter - June 2016

June 2016
Acceptance is the very essence of the Tao…
Division is contrary to the nature of the Tao.
Foregoing antagonism and separation,
One enters into the harmonious oneness of all things.”
                                       Lao Zi, Hua Hu Ching
Dear Friends,
I hope that you are enjoying these lovely days of summer, and are finding time to recharge with nature!
Yan Shi He, Hubei Province, July 2008Yan Shi He, Hubei Province, July 2008
I have been given a wonderful opportunity to teach a course in Practicing Presence, at the heart of which lies acceptance: acceptance of what is; acceptance of our emotions; acceptance of the past; acceptance of who we are and who others are in the present; and acceptance of the future. This doesn’t mean we don’t strive to improve where improvement or change is needed, on the contrary, it means we acknowledge and accept the state of current circumstances even if we believe our lives may be in need of change. This acceptance gives us a point from which to make realistic change. This allows us to break the hold of habitual patterns of thought and worry.
The techniques of practicing presence or mindfulness are very simple and very much in tune with Taoist practice. For example, the act of bringing attention to the breath and just observing its passage in and out of the body powerfully anchors us in present awareness. This is the foundation of the three regulations (breath, body, mind) espoused in Qi Gong and Tai Chi practice. These regulations bring us fully into present awareness. The truth is, we can’t truly practice Tai Chi without staying fully present and attentive to where we are and what we are doing.
Being in nature and bringing awareness to the sounds, the quality of the air, the play of the light, the weather, the energy of trees and water, is a technique for being present. Requiring nothing special but simply being quiet and being a companion to the natural world around us, this can quickly bring us to that happy place!
Wishing you a wonderful summer of acceptance and appreciation of the harmonious oneness of all things!
May the Tao bless!

With love,



Shifting Vibration through Emotional Processing

I receive a variety of newsletters from healers and spiritual teachers around the country. A consistent theme, and one that I am also seeing with clients and students, is that of emotional processing and release. As earth's vibrational frequency shifts and refines we experience and manifest the changes each in our own ways. Shifting awareness, releasing of karmic debts, and processing of emotional wounds are all part of this change. You may have noticed your own old wounds or traumas presenting themselves for healing. We now have an opportunity to sort out our history to release the old and integrate the new, higher frequency.

Going Beyond Basic Health

The Daoist tradition focuses on the cultivation of both the mental/emotional and the physical aspects of our self concurrently. There is recognition that the cultivation of both is needed. Master Chen, my teacher, talks about building a super-sonic jet (the body) and training a Super Pilot (the spirit) in order to travel to heaven. To support the burning of jet fuel (high frequency energy) we have to have a strong body with smooth, heavy gauge wiring.

The Super Pilot is developed through the processing and clearing of old, limiting mental and emotional patterns. Master Chen refers to this as cultivating the Master Within. The consequent refinement of our energetic frequency and vibration lets us to bring in more voltage, more electricity, higher quality and quantity of energy, jet fuel. The yogic and Buddhist Kundalini awakening, and the Daoist opening of the Micro-Cosmic Orbit are indicators of a major shift in the amount of energy we are circulating.