By Renee Pilgrim, R.Ac, R.TCMP
Oddly this question has come up three times this week from people lying on my treatment table.
Funny that the idea of Acupuncture to some in itself seems crazy. We tend to judge things we don’t understand, things outside our ‘normal’ taken-for-granted experiences. It’s part of our human nature. As it is part of our nature to understand. Over the last 150 years even seeking confirmation and a clear scientific explanation. It’s comforting to know.
It can sometimes take a different kind of experience to know, it’s not all so straightforward and measured.
When people ask me what Qi is or what it does, I answer as honestly as possible. It’s everything. However we take most everything for granted; the air we breathe, the food we eat, our feelings, our conversations and sometimes even our pain. These are all movements of Qi. However when we get to experience Qi outside of our regular day, we suddenly think, “I must be crazy!”
Three of my patients lying there suddenly felt this movement in their body. They had never felt this before. It was new. Traveling from point to point to point, cycling around, they hesitate but ask; ”Am I crazy? This is the experience I am having.”
And off I go into the wonderful world of Classical Chinese Medicine Theory. It is such a gift to be in relationship with this medicine. Truly, if you are interested I can go all day. This is how Qi moves.
As a practitioner who works so often with people in various stages of transition, from pain to comfort, wanting to have a child to having a child, through the various emotions that fall under stress and struggle into a safer space of self-care, I often hear people ask “Am I crazy?”
Sure, the answer is yes until they tip into the place of acceptance, compassion and understanding. Time marches on and I run into patients on the street. It’s been over a year and they stop to say hi.
‘I just want you to know I’m a success story, no pain at all.” Just yesterday my MS patient who couldn’t walk said just this thing.
I just smile, so grateful. That’s the Qi.