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Classical Chinese Medicine and the Dàodéjīng
Psycho-Spiritual Healing Series with Dennis Willmont

Sunday, June 4, 2017
10:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The background for this treatment is based upon the Three Levels of Healing by Táo Hóngjǐng, early Confucian texts, and especially the early Daoist texts of the Zhuāngzǐ and the Dàodéjīng where the concept of the Mandate of Heaven was first introduced. 
It continues by examining the parallels between these historical sources and the Fēngshuǐ layout of the Forbidden City in Běijīng.  Keep in mind that the principles of Fēngshuǐ have a direct correspondence to the meridians of acupuncture.  Of particular note are various significant structures positioned throughout the city and designed to channel the Mandate of Heaven from its Source in Heaven, through the medium of the Emperor who represents the Spirit of the Heart, and out into the physical and sociological realm of Earth. 
These structures are represented in the city’s architecture by the Great Tomb to the North, the “Spirit Road” connecting them with the city, the “Bell Tower” channeling these energetic factors into the city proper, the “Temple of the Moon” and the “Temple of the Sun” to the left and right of the middle of the city to balance the Yin and Yang, and the “Temple of Heaven” to the South of the city where the Emperor would connect these inner functions to the world-at-large.  Each of these places is significantly represented in acupuncture by a different acupuncture point directly related to it via its pointname, which you will learn as well.
Altogether, these Fēngshuǐ sites and acupuncture points make up a combined function of the Emperor both receiving and activating the Mandate of Heaven to achieve the Highest Level of Healing, which in this case is to integrate the psycho-spiritual functions of the Heart and Kidney so that we can know who we are and apply that knowledge to our daily lives.  Otherwise, we would only squander our precious resources in the pursuit of artificial goals.
The second half of this course organizes these points into a significant acupuncture/acupressure treatment that you will have the opportunity to practice on each other through a specific acupressure protocol so that you can personally experience it before applying it later to your clinical practice.
Although not required to take the classes in order, this course continues in the vein of “The Heavenly Ancestor Treatment” and the “Great One Treatment” taught in this workshop series in synthesizing the ancient Chinese traditions of Philosophy, mythology, Fēngshuǐ, and Classical Chinese Medicine through its exploration of the “Big Bell Treatment.”

Dennis Willmont, Lic.Ac., Author, Acupuncture and Shiatsu Practitioner, Chinese Herbalist, Essential Oils, Macrobiotic and Way of Life Counselor

The Dàodéjīng is a classic Chinese text that has been a source of inspiration for Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, artists, poets and healers alike. 

Author, Acupuncturist and Herbalist, Dennis brings more than 40 years of experience to this subject matter, having practiced Shiatsu, Acupressure, Taijiquan, and Daoist meditation since 1971 and Acupuncture since 1976, graduating from the first class at New England School of Acupuncture (NESA).

A true pioneer, in the 1970’s, Dennis created and taught the first 500-hour program in Shiatsu/Acupressure in North America, before there was the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia* (AOBTA®), for which he is now a Certified Instructor and Honorary Member.

In an attempt to share his vast knowledge with colleagues and interested students, Dennis has written ten books on acupuncture and natural healing, several of which are used as textbooks in educational institutions. Currently Dennis is working on completing volume two of the five volume series on the Dàodéjīng and how it relates to the practice of acupuncture. 

He currently maintains a practice in acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Whole Foods Dietary Practice, and Essential Oils in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Dennis has also studied Yang style Taijiquan with Yang Jwing-ming in Boston where he has earned the rank of assistant instructor as well as Xingyi, and Baguquan with Liang Shouyu. His books are used by acupuncturists, teachers, and acupuncture schools around the world.

End Note: the AOBTA® is launching a fundraising campaign. EMTEC will match any program participant waved discount to contribute to this fundraiser. Inquire for details.