By AFEA member Nicky Douglas

This meditation from Richard Rohr – a Franciscan and the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation – speaks to the power of Silence. In silence we can truly hear, we can see and we can know with an intelligence that is beyond thinking.

The meditation notes that all the World’s great spiritual traditions recognise our over reliance on ‘thinking’ and the tyranny of words as tools of the ego. Taoism which was the philosophical foundation of Five Element Acupuncture states the Tao that can be spoken of is not the constant Tao.

As Five Element Acupuncture practitioners we try to find this silence in ourselves when we are with our patients. Our ability to diagnose and then treat the underlying source of their complaint depends on our being able to really hear and see beneath the superficial facade that we all present to the world. To know without knowing we need to be silent.

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