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Why am I closing True Nature Wellness?

So I made a big decision. After 7 years in full-time clinical practice, I am retiring from it. In Daoist & Confucian philosophy, every person has within them a “true nature”. For many it is buried under layers of conditioning. Enculturation, family patterns, social beliefs, education, trauma, and so on get layered onto our Being.

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Chronic Illness & the Hero’s Journey Part 2

If you want to teach to your weakness, place yourself in challenging situations – this is a warrior trait. Everything that happens to you, if you take a warrior’s position, is simply a challenge. It’s not a good challenge, it’s not a bad challenge, it’s not a pleasant challenge, it’s not an unpleasant challenge. Those

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5 simple self-care hacks

One of the unique aspects of Chinese Medicine is Five Phase Theory, developed during the Han Dynasty, over 2000 years ago. The theory is based around the Five Elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. These were metaphors for describing the nature of change and movement, and how they each mutually generate and constrain each

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5 simple weight-management hacks

How Chinese Medicine views weight-gain In Chinese Medicine the role of digestion is performed by two functional organ-systems called the Spleen & Stomach. They are responsible for breaking up chewed food particles and transforming them for usable energy (Qi) that our body uses to nourish our cells, organs and tissues. The Spleen also separates the nutrients

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Chronic Illness & the Hero’s Journey

Whilst reflecting on my history with illness, I had the dawning realisation that the journey of illness and recovery follows the patterns as described by scholar Joseph Campbell in his ground-breaking book The Hero With A Thousand Faces. In that book, he provides a comparative analysis of various global mythologies and points out that there is

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Dying to be myself

Autoimmune chronic disease Fitzroy Brunswick Melbourne Apparently there is a whole gene of writing called “illness narratives” – true stories of peoples’ experiences, struggles, and successes with illness in some form. Doing a ‘quick’ search on the Internet for any illness will not only bring up entries from medical dictionaries, but blog articles written about

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Lunar Eclipse Qi Gong Meditation

On Thursday August 18 there will be a partial eclipse of the moon at 7:27pm AEST. We will be conducting a synchronised Qi Gong meditation session for anyone interested in participating, any time between 7:20 – 9:20pm. This meditation can take any form – whichever way works for you essentially – and should also incorporate

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Community Exchange Program

community exchange acupuncture Fitzroy Brunswick Melbourne Do you want Acupuncture, Qi Gong, and/or personal coaching for health, relating, life – but you can’t afford it? I’m offering someone/s the opportunity to receive a program of our services. I want TNW to somehow create positive contribution to the community and promote genuine, conscious business ethics as

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Emotions: can the moon affect your health?

So for those who have an astrology bent, Wednesday night was a full moon. According to Astrologers, it means that our emotions can run high, and tend to spill out into our lives. Is this possible? I don’t know. I’ve heard theories that because we are roughly two-thirds water, our bodies react to the gravitational pull of

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Tai Ji & Qi Gong

What is Qi Gong? The first written references to Qi Gong (pronounced “chee goong”) are dated as far back as 2500 years ago as a dance designed to ward off disease and regulate breathing as a preventative health therapy. Since these early time, it has continued to develop and diverge as an important aspect of

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