The Center of the Origin

May 13, 2022
This image is a hand painted scroll of fog and mountains in rural China.

What a busy few weeks this has been for me and as much as I would have liked to have been able to provide you with an update earlier, I've been busy meeting with the social media types, and in order to better understand where I'd like to take Kusala Alternative Medicine and Sacred Hoops.

Although it's hard to see from here, there actually is new content under development and as I gear up to begin my Chopra Meditation Certification course, I've really taken a hard look at what the Blogger platform is capable of, and what its limitations are.  Of course, I've known about these limitations in the past although if I want to be able to bring you the world class healing services that I'm capable of, then I'm going to have to make some decisions regarding where I continue to grow from.  And it's not that I don't love the idea of working with Google on Sacred Hoops, I do, it's just that I'm asking myself to become more realistic on where KAM is and where is it that I'm heading.  As it stands right now, I'm going to continue writing on the Blogger platform while developing the Sacred Syllables, and those may be better served with a different sales, distribution, and logistics channel.

As some of you are already aware, due to the many years of countless negative situations that I've encountered with that major social media platform, I had intended to not use their platform at all.  It's still not clear the extent that I would use their platform, although to say that I have, I went ahead and opened the page associated with this account and will, at some point in time, clean it up visually so that everyone will have an attractive page to stare at.

And this is when and where I see how the major platforms have really ignored the needs of the small business owner as myself.  Despite the vantage point of massive audience numbers, including massive revenues, they've really forgotten how the details matter to the one-person show, and the patients they serve.  The alternative healing industry, for example, is almost entirely run by the sole practitioner, of which, many are already rooted in the anti-Big Tech movements that we've seen in the last several years.

I actually like technology for the spiritually-minded.  From scheduling an appointment to directions to a new practitioner or office, to being able to receive text message reminders on your next appointment, I think most of these technologically-enabled services are designed to support a practitioner's success, although, there are so many different integration services to choose from, that it can really be hard to decide on what's best for the patient, and what's best for the practice itself.

Looking ahead, and anticipating the rising costs of travel, fuel, lodging, and other expenses, and unless something drastic were to change between now and then, I will be relocating to North Carolina in the next few months, and in order to more easily continue my studies at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine.  As the world continues to watch the conflicts in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere unfold; and as we continue to deal with the basic idea of women's health and free will here in the States, I've found myself remaining largely silent on these important issues.  But, I have to remind myself, that I'm here to support a person's own healing and consciousness, and in those ways that remain relative to the querent itself.

One of the draws of working in this manner is being able to have the time to create a solid business structure for Kusala Alternative Medicine, and one that supports both the in-person and online facets of this nascent community.  Beginning with Kusala's Veteran's Healing Circle, I'll have the time and resources to begin working with veterans again, and in ways that I have always wanted to.  This also serves as a full-circle moment for me as my dreaming state has quietly awakened to remind me of the bountiful hot glass opportunities that exist in North Carolina.

Many years ago, and upon my return to massage therapy school, I asked myself to let go of hot glass making, and in order to better understand the healer's path as it is.  Now, many years, and one healing crisis later, it's become increasingly clear that if I ever were to return to a hot glass haven, say, Corning, New York, for example, it would be in my best interest to at least get some time in at the glory hole and furnace beforehand.

I've also recently, and quietly, challenged myself with a return to the hot glass shop by offering to make my classmates their very own medicine bowls.  In comparison to the practice of taking one's pulse as a diagnostic method, I've found myself remembering the many off-center, lopsided, and otherwise poorly made hand-blown vessels that we're expected to make throughout our first few years of practice.  Needless to say, I look forward to returning to the hot shop – as I had promised myself so many years ago – with the awareness and sentiment of finding oneself returning to their very own home.

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