Episodes 2 & 3: The Universe Moves with Number and Principle | In Conversation with Deborah Woolf
Welcome to Episodes 2 & 3 of ‘Acupuncture West London – The Podcast’. Today’s episodes are entitled, The Universe Moves with Number and Principle – parts 1 & 2.
Within Chinese philosophy, numerology describes a journey from the unmanifest to the manifest; a journey from the universal spark to the manifestation of Heaven and Earth, space and time; a journey that documents the creation of the five elements in Heaven, on Earth and within Man as we know and use them in practice. Today, Deborah Woolf takes us on a fascinating journey through numerology, space and time, and Wu Yun Liu Qi (Stems and Branches) – the root of five element acupuncture.
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In episodes 2 & 3, we discuss the following:
- Yang and Yin – expansion and contraction; the clear and the turbid; spirit and form
- Numerology within Chinese philosophy (1 to 6)
- Li Qi Shu – the universe moves with number, rhythm and proportion
- The importance of the words that we use in practice and the problems that we encounter in translating the classical texts
- Yi (oneness) and Qian (one)
- Heaven, Earth and Man vs. Heaven, Man and Earth– prenatal vs postnatal.
- Si Fang – The Four Directions
- Si De – The Four Heavenly Virtues
- The Five Elements on Three Levels – Heaven, Earth and Man:
- the five archetypes of the five elements (Heaven)
- the five heavens (Earth)
- the five elements (Man)
- Wu Yun Liu Qi (Stems and Branches theory)
- the ten heavenly stems vs. the twelve earthly branches
- as the root of five element acupuncture
- space and time
- spirit and form – treating at a constitutional, emotional and/or physical level (ie. Heaven, Earth and Man)
In our very first episode on Yin and Yang, we discussed the Dao: the universal spark. We discussed how it gives rise to the concepts of Yin and Yang, and how we can move from levels of the unmanifest towards the manifest within Chinese philosophy – a journey that’s profoundly rooted in Chinese numerology.
Today, we’re going to try and take it a step further…
To help me to do this, I recently spoke with Deborah Woolf. Deborah has been in practice and teaching since 2000. She has studied with scholars such as Elizabeth Rochat de la Vallee, Joan Duveen, Peter van Kervel, Dr Edward Neal, Suzanne Robidoux, Peter Firebrace and many more. Deborah is particularly interested in classical Chinese and the classical Chinese medicine texts, with a special focus on Wu Yun Liu Qi (Stems and Branches). She has been a lecturer at the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) in the UK for over 20 years, teaching Chinese Medicine and Philosophy, clinic and pulses. She has also taught many CPD courses on topics as varied as Chinese medicine and the chakras, Intro to Stems and Branches and Chinese characters for the zang-fu. Additionally, she co-runs and practices as an acupuncturist at the Anahata Health Clinic – a multi-disciplinary complementary medicine practice and multi-bed acupuncture clinic in Brighton, UK.