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  • Roots and Wings Yoga and Healing Arts 317 North Main Street Natick, MA, 01760 United States (map)


Do you want to work outside the limitations of western medicine and help yourself and your clients to the highest levels of healing?  If so, then this lecture series is for you! 

The Three Levels of Healing in Ancient Acupuncture is a three-part series of weekend courses designed to show the fundamental and unique importance of acupuncture in the world’s healing systems. 

In this series, Chinese Medicine and Daoist scholar, pioneer, and practitioner Dennis Willmont will explain how to deepen your practice with Daoist principles and treat your clients holistically. You will learn the spirit connection of certain acupoints, bringing heaven to earth. The historical texts of Classical Chinese Medicine will be discussed.

The Three Courses are Entitled: 

  1. The Three Levels of Healing and Destiny            
    Saturday-Sunday, September 30 – October 1, 2017
  2. The Three Levels of Healing and the Spirit          
    Saturday-Sunday, January 27-28, 2018
  3. The Three Levels of Healing in the Five Phases  
    Saturday-Sunday, February 17-18, 2018

Event Location: (link)
Roots and Wings Yoga and Healing Arts
317 North Main Street, Natick, MA 01760                  

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Saturday, September 30 – Sunday, October 1, 2017 
The Three Levels of Healing and Destiny
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


The ancient Chinese concept of the Three Levels of Healing evolved over an almost fifteen hundred year period through the interaction of shamanism, rulership, philosophy, and Classical Chinese Medicine.  In spite of its age, this concept is far more important now than ever before because it elevates typical ideas of curing disease to a level of healing that can’t even be imagined in current modern medical practices.  It’s important to understand these levels and put them into practice now before it is too late.

This level completely integrates the Body, Mind, and Spirit in a manner that not only heals individual problems simply and easily without causing any side effects, but also brings this level of healing to society and the world so that the problems we find there can be healed as well. 

The Three Levels of Healing and Destiny is the first of a three-part course.  The focus is on the deeper self that lies within, otherwise known as the Jīng/Essence, inner potential, or Destiny. It describes how the thorough and complete system of ancient Chinese cosmogony was able to empower the healers of that early period as an example of what we could do today to empower our acupuncture/acupressure clients.

Fundamental to this process is the ancient idea of how our original wholeness was broken and what we can do to restore it.  This understanding is grounded in the separation of the Kidney and Heart at birth according to Classical Chinese Medicine. 

This first course in the series will examine the nature of the Kidneys in particular and how their Yin-Yang imbalances begin this fundamental fragmentation of our original unity.  In turn, this fragmentation is directly related to the emotion of the Kidney and how its imbalances function to prevent the overall empowerment they have to offer us if we are to obtain these Three Levels of Healing for ourselves, our clients, and the world-at-large.

Lecture Topics Include:

  1. Acupuncture and Daoist Cosmogony
  2. Framework of the Word “Mìng-Destiny”
  3. Philosophical Foundation for Early Political Ideas
  4. The Split between Destiny and Inborn Nature
  5. Restoring Wholeness through the Development of Wisdom

Saturday-Sunday, January 27-28, 2018
The Three Levels of Healing and the Spirit
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


This second level course on the Three Levels of Healing concerns the Shén/Spirit of the Heart and its related aspects—the Spirit Essence, the Bright Spirit, the Heart/Mind, and one’s Inborn Nature, as well as the controversial aspects of demons and ghosts and their interpretation and influence on the human psyche.  The focus will be on the Heart and how its deeper function is to fulfill this inner potential in the outer world as well as how this fundamental function is typically blocked.

Like the ancient ideas on Destiny covered in level one, the definition of the Shén/Spirit evolved over a considerable length of time in ancient China.  During this period, the meaning of this term wavered between spiritual and physiological interpretations as well as those that were in the middle of this Yin-Yang spectrum. 

By analyzing the physiological, philosophical, religious, and psychological uses of this term during this extensive period, we will achieve a deeper level of understanding of who we really are, and how to apply this understanding in our acupuncture and acupressure practice.  
The ultimate goal of this understanding is to relieve human suffering in this world by fully integrating the functions of the Body, Mind, and Spirit as well as to connect this integration to the social, political, and economic spheres of society for the purpose of attaining One Peaceful World. 

As we shall see, the solution to these problems is so ultimately simple.  All we have to do is be ourselves.  But how do we do that in today’s world?  The answer to this question as well as a description as to how we got into this mess will be the underlying topic of this course.

Lecture Topics Include:

  1. The Shén-Spirit of the Heart
  2. Heaven and Earth and Birth of the Human Soul
  3. Substance, Function and Formation of the Shén-Spirit
  4. The Material, Spiritual, and Human Perspective
  5. Spirit Terms and the cultivation of Consciousness

Saturday-Sunday, February 17-18, 2018
The Three Levels of Healing in the Five Phases
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


This third and final course in the Three Levels of Healing lecture series will bring everything home to your Acupuncture or Acupressure practice.

The Three Levels of Healing in ancient Classical acupuncture are the Symptomatic, Preventive, and Fulfilling Inner Potential Levels. They were formed through a synthesis of a statement made in the first Chinese herbal text (the Shénnóng běncǎo jīngby Táo Hóngjǐng) to this effect, an understanding of the Thematic Context of the Dàodéjīng, and early political ideas from the Shāng and Zhōu Dynasties concerning the Mandate of Heaven.  In Chinese Medicine, the Three Levels are related to an imbalance between Water and Fire, Metal and Wood, and the Soil Phase. This course will present these historical connections and define these Yin-Yang imbalances primarily on the psycho-emotional level.

Lecture Topics Include:

  1. Classical Acupuncture in the world’s Healing and Medical systems.
  2. Show how the integration of the political, philosophical, and medical Classics creates a higher standard for medical practice throughout the world in modern times.
  3. Explore the importance of Classical Five Phase theory in integrating the Three Levels through the fundamentally important relationship between the Body, Mind, and Spirit.

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Dennis Willmont, Lic. Ac., is an accomplished Author, Acupuncturist, Shiatsu Practitioner, Chinese Herbalist, Essential Oils Practitioner, Macrobiotic Counselor, and Way of Life Counselor.

Dennis has more than 40 years of experience with the Dàodéjīng – a classic Chinese text that has been a source of inspiration for Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, artists, poets and healers.  He has been practicing Shiatsu, Acupressure, Tàijíquán, and Daoist meditation since 1971, and Acupuncture since 1976.  He graduated from the first class at the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA).

He has also studied Wu style Tàijíquán with Li Li-ta in San Francisco and Yang style with T.T Liang and Yang Jwing-ming in Boston where he has earned the rank of assistant instructor as well as Xingyi and Baguquan with Liang Shouyu.

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

In an attempt to share his vast knowledge with colleagues and students, Dennis Willmont has written ten books on acupuncture and natural healing, several of which have been used as textbooks in educational institutions.  Currently, he is working on completing Volume Two of the five volume series on the Dàodéjīng and how it relates to the Three Levels of Healing in acupuncture.

In addition to his rigorous writing schedule, Dennis maintains a practice in acupuncture, Chinese herbs, whole foods dietary practice, and essential oils in Marshfield, Massachusetts.

His books are used by acupuncturists, teachers, and acupuncture schools around the world. To learn more about these treasures, or to purchase, visit Willmountain Press.

Earlier Event: September 10
Later Event: October 15