TCM and Psychology

Healing the Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul
A Six Month Training for Clinicians, Patients, and Students 

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient holistic system of healing that has focused on the importance of mental and emotional well-being for thousands of years.

This aspect of TCM is called Qing Zhi Bing 情志病 or ‘Emotional Disorientation Injuries and Illnesses.’

Did You Feel That…?

As sentient beings, the most important parts of our lives are felt. When a situation triggers a certain feeling, we can be transported to another time, reliving and re-embodying one of the worst days of our lives.

Sometimes a feeling lingers, defining the past, the present, and the way our life unfolds.

Sometimes we try and hide our feelings – and sometimes we can see how someone feels from across a room.

Feeling your Life is how you begin Healing your Life!

The Chinese character (Qíng) describes the process of life, and implies the way we become a certain kind of being, the way we emanate our affect, and the way others see or sense our ‘vibe’.

In all forms of meditation, and most forms of psychotherapy, being able to stay connected to and curious about your feelings, and where they come from is a necessary first step.

What was it…?

Whatever we experience, we record and remember it as either good or bad.

Because we have big brains and can learn, we all have many lists of good and bad memories that help us make better decisions every day.

If anything bad happens, we know what to do because we can recognize the situation and then reorient ourselves. This is true when driving to the store for chocolate, for raising children, and also for keeping a cultural prejudice alive for 1000 years.

In the process of Healing a Qing Zhi Bing, or an Emotional Disorientation Injury – a good place to start is our orientation to the world. Our ideas of good and bad, right and wrong.

This shows us what we think, know, believe, hope for, and are the most afraid of. This process of reorientation, self-empathy, and understanding can also bring clarity about how our feelings and intuition guide our decisions and beliefs.

What if we always feel angry?

What if we are always sad?

What if we do not trust ourselves?

What we feel can determine how we live. Understanding why you feel that way tells you who you have become.

Understanding your Life is how you begin Living your Life!

The Chinese character (Zhì) describes the willingness, determination, and commitment of one’s Heart and Mind it takes to become skillful. This can make us wise and gentle, impatient and volatile, or passive and timid.

Recognizing who you have become is the beginning of reorienting your path and the way you live your life.

What does that mean…?

We define ourselves by what we feel, what we think, and what we do along the way.

This becomes our story. Our why…, What it all means…

Some stories are heartwarming and inspiring and some are terrifying and difficult. Sometimes our stories feel like a blessing and sometimes they can feel like a curse or a wound.

The Chinese character (Bìng) describes something from the outside changing things on the inside that produces symptoms and erosive changes to one’s health. Your long-term and most extreme feelings, and/or your most stubborn beliefs and disorientations will always work their way deeper into life until you recognize it is time to heal.

In Qing Zhi Bing therapy, we explore our feelings and thoughts, our directions and decisions, and our states and stories through the landscape of our embodied experience. We explore what external influences have changed our inner realities so that we can recover our health, our innate freedom, and our sacred autonomy.

Course Content (Over Six Months)

Life, Patterns, and Pendulums

Observing behavioral patterns is how we learn to communicate and get along, or decide it is time to move on. To help ourselves and others with our inner lives, we need to recognize our patterns ‘intelligently’ from the outside and then address them ‘instinctually and emotionally’ from the inside.

Sometimes our patterns are generational, swinging back and forth, parent to child like a pendulum.

As we heal our lives and ways of Being, our Ancestors may ask us to continue riding the ups and downs of becoming our authentic selves to also help the patterns and pain that live in every family.

Emotional Intelligence and TCM

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a long history of helping people explore, understand, and transform their inner lives. Thousands of years of wisdom tell us that each feeling we have comes from an innate and valuable instinct. As we become more connected with our healthy instincts and intuition, our thoughts and feelings begin to come back into harmony with our lives.

Trauma and Trauma Release

Traumatic experiences are a part of life, but having a safe and collaborative place to release them is rare. The most effective forms of Trauma Release therapy are centered on one’s embodied memories and somatic patterns of distress. (See Article – Qi Gong, Addiction, and The Four Wounds of Trauma)

In Qing Zhi Bing Therapy, a combination of movement, breathwork, herbal medicine, massage, and/or acupuncture can be used to release latent memories and trapped energies. It is no surprise that the same protocols are very effective in treating Addiction.

Chronic Illness and Self-Image

We have all come to accept how often trauma and distress can cause an illness. We sometimes forget how the constant and erosive burden of chronic pain, fatigue, nausea, or a hundred other haunting symptoms of chronic illness can be traumatic, life-changing, and self-defining. One of the core wounds of Trauma is a loss of trust in others. Loss of trust in your body is an even greater wound.

The Three Whys of Addiction

Addiction is not about what we do to ourselves – it is about why we are trying to destroy ourselves. Addiction is about pain.

The path of recovery from Trauma, Chronic illness, and/or Addiction is a path of honest and patient inquiry. Traditional Chinese medicine’s approach to Psychology and Talk Therapy helps people move toward their pain, the hard questions, and the truth of what it takes to truly heal.

Ancestral Grudges and Family Dynamics

Not that long ago, you would have been raised with at least one ‘truly evil enemy.’ It could have been a race, a country, a religion, or it may have been poverty. Not that long ago, you would have had to choose to be like your family or become an outcast. The push and pull of most families to control their resources and legacy has a unique impact on each generation.

Modern life allows us all to take some time and make some clear distinctions about who we are told to be and who we ultimately must choose to become.

If we are to live conscious, coherent, and authentic lives, we must be free to create a new future.

Self-Awareness and Becoming Your Authentic ‘Selves’

Early cultures from around the world have many practices and traditions for cultivating awareness.

In China, depending on the tradition, or guild, the focus could be on physical skills like hunting and spiritual warriorship, or on healing and longevity practices, or even on the innate nature of consciousness itself. Each path could be a crucible to transform one’s life from a mundane walk in the dark to a sacred dance under a living Sky.

There was always hope and a practice.

As people living in modern Western Civilization, we have two challenges. First, we are a culture of shame, rage, and loneliness. Second, we do not have ancient traditional awareness practices to resort to when it becomes time to feel our lives.

Fortunately, Qing Zhi Bing therapy is organized around several ways to see oneself, one’s conditioning, one’s unconscious compulsions, and one’s embodied experience.

Your Three Selves
The Three treasures
The Three Dan Tian as Somatic Spheres
Your Six Innate Minds
The Meridians as Lenses
Your Viscera and Visceral Experience
Culturally Conditioned Identity Structures (list)

Experiential Anatomy and Physiology

Your Heart/Mind (Xin 心)

An Original Mind, Developmental Psychology, and The Wheel of Cognition.

The Four Constitutions and Conditioned Ways of Being

Emotions, Organs, Souls, and Ghosts

The Physiology of Distress

The Five Wills

The Classic Seven Emotions

Soul Forces and Limits – The Three Hun and Seven P’o

Individuation, Character, and Personal Development (Pin Ge)

The Erosive Nature of Agitation (Xin Fan)

Medicine Wheeling and the Four Colors of Time

Applied Neuro Somatics

The Three Instinctual Layers of Embodied Distress

The Three Behavioral Layers of Egoic Distress

The Three Spiritual/Social Layers of Existential Distress

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Qing Zhi Bing

Common Symptoms

          Panic Attacks

Recurrent Shock

Chronic Shock

Anxiety

Delusion

Dissociation

Indigestion (IBS/Etc.)

Insomnia/Parasomnias

Ticks and Tremors

Depression

Overwhelm

Exhaustion

Poor digestion

Low Libido

Extreme Libido

Suicidal Ideation

Cults of Liminality

Blunt Affect/Torpor

Fatigue

Energy/Mood Swings

Restlessness

Weight Loss

Weight Gain

Nightmares

Loss of Focus

Hyperfocus/Obsessions

Rage and Shame

Night Sweats

Palpitations

Rashes

Social Withdrawal

Socially Capricious

Social Rigidity

Affective and Organic Syndromes

Affective Disorientation Syndromes
Syndromes of the Internal Organ Systems
Meridian Syndromes
Classic Qi Wounds and Affective Disorientation Episodes

Leung Family Qing Zhi Bing Therapies

Relief Care and Long Term Support with Herbal Tonics
Emergency and Long Term Acupuncture Protocols
Dao Yin and Btreasthwork for  Releasing Embodied Trauma

Functional Medicine and Adaptive Overwhelm

As modern patients and clinicians, it is of great value to test the functional capacity of every system in your body. This is even more true in a Mental and Emotional Crisis  – Qing Zhi Bing. Functional medicine is like Traditional Chinese medicine with a microscope. The focus is always on root causes and system interactions, but Functional Medicine can also isolate and help restore the most at-risk aspects of your metabolic health and immune system function.

If it is our hormones or our Gut/Brain Axis, any reduction in symptoms can potentially save a life.

Western Psychiatry – 101

If modern Western psychiatry has one thing to offer, it is statistics and patterns. If you are a clinician and want to look at the most comprehensive list of Qing Zhi Bing ‘conditions,’ read the latest Psychiatric textbook. It is a worthwhile exercise to understand each of these conditions through the perspective of Traditional Chinese medicine. This awareness of modern diagnostic medicine and Pharmaceutical drugs will ensure you are not conflicting with mainstream care. In fact, these two approaches to mental and emotional health work very well together.

Self-Care and TCM

This course is for clinicians, patients, and anyone interested in TCM and Psychology.

Just like Qi Gong and Yoga are meant to become a regular part of our lifestyle – Qing Zhi Bing Therapy practices are meant to become daily allies on our journey of self-acceptance and self-actualization.

Relief Care and Long Term <?>

Dao Yin  Qi Gong like Embodied Recapitulation -the most subtle and effective Mind/Body/Breath Breathwork practice that used clinically.

Yang Sheng – Longevity and Prevention Protocols, Diet, lifestyle, exercise, sleep and Herbal Support

Shen Ming Spiritual Luminosity and Recapitulation – Wisdom Teaching and Inner Cultivation practices for coming home to your whole self.

Zuo Chan – Seated Meditation (Zen) – Meditation, Woundedness, and the Journey of Apophatic Realization.

Bodywork? Acu – NSAT – NST

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