Mapping the Internal Landscape

SESSION AT THE BUILDING BRIDGES CONFERENCE

All traditional cultures consider humans to be mirrors of Nature.  This microcosmic-macrocosmic relationship has both outward and inward dimensions.  In Chinese Medicine, the outer dimension is reflected in acupuncture point names, many of which evoke natural forms–rivers and mountains, sun, and stars.  The inner dimension of this mirror is described in Daoist and alchemical writings, most famously the Neijing Du/Chart of the Inner Channel. This class will explore the universal aspects of the inner landscape of the body as a microcosm.  Focusing on  foundational structures–the pelvis, the chest, the head–participants will gain a concrete experience of the energies that animate these regions.  Embodied discernment of the inner landscape facilitates self-discovery and clarifies the path of healing.

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