MAY 20 - 21, 2017
This course will explore Sleep and Dreams from the perspective of Chinese medicine.
- What is the nature of sleep?
- What purpose does it serve?
- How does the flow of Qi, Blood, and JinYe affect sleep?
- How do the spirits (shen, hun, po, zhi, yi) impact our sleep?
- How do the internal organs impact sleep and dreams?
- How can dream interpretation be used in clinical practice?
The average person will spend 26 years of their life asleep and 6 of those years dreaming. Sleep and dreams are fundamental to the experiences of being human. And yet, they remain a mysterious and underappreciated part of life.
Healthy sleep is elusive to many. Approximately 1 out of 4 Americans report some form of sleep disturbance. As practitioners, problematic sleep will be one of the most common complaints we hear from our patients and helping them sleep well is an essential prerequisite to other healing.
Chinese medicine can be used to resolve the multitude of sleeping problems from insomnia, sleepwalking, night terrors, nightmares, narcolepsy, bed-wetting, and many others.
Dreams are one of the most fascinating aspects of human consciousness. Across cultures and times, dreams have served as sources of spiritual guidance and inner communication for individuals and collectives. The journeys and adventures within dreams offer wisdom for waking life and our inner nature and struggles. Chinese Medicine gives us profound insight into the nature and meaning of dreams. Dreams are portals between yin and yang, the known and the hidden, and keys to the mystery of death itself. Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and the classical medical texts of Chinese Medicine have much to say about the significance of dreams and their interpretation.