Blog 2014

New location as of January 1, 2014.

Dear Friends of CommuniChi, Since January, 2014, we are no longer located in the El Centro de la Raza community center on Beacon Hill. Our new location is at 2109 31st Ave. South in the Mount Baker neighborhood (pictures below) The Birth of a Movement.  When CommuniChi opened our doors on Feb. 1, 2007, it was the first clinic of its kind in Washington state. People routinely traveled an hour or more to receive affordable acupuncture. The community acupuncture movement has grown and now there are at least ten community clinics sprinkled across Greater Seattle. The growth of affordable...

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Peace, Love, Light

Light is returning. Morning rays of sun illuminate the room, and my heart, reminding me of the great cycles of nature: Light and darkness. Truth and ignorance. Love and oppression. Everything moves in circles. Big circles encompassing the vastness of space and time. Small circles in our daily lives and the awareness of our breath in a single moment. 2014 is about to disappear forever.  What do we wish to take with us? Leave behind? At CommuniChi, I offer thanks to all the people (and a few dogs) who visited me in my new location for acupuncture.  As I enter my seventeenth year as a licensed...

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Technological Elephants in the Room – Microwaves Science & Lies

Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for – our health, the beauty and abundance of the natural world, the potential to use our lives in meaningful ways to promote compassion and wisdom in the world. Yesterday, I watched a very powerful film, “Microwave Sciences and Lies“.  Perhaps you heard that in 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified radio frequency electromagnetic fields as a Class 2B potential carcinogen. Radio-frequency (RF) or microwave radiation – is the wave length on which cell phones and “smart” meters operate. While such a...

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Wi-Fi in Schools and Homes; Is it Safe?

Wi-Fi is an acronym which stands for local area wireless technology.  Wi-Fi allows an electronic device such as a laptop computer, tablet, e-reader, cell phone, TV, blue ray player, etc. to exchange data or connect to the internet using 2.4 GHz UHF (ultra-high frequency) and 5 GHz SHF (super-high frequency) radio waves. GHz stands for gigahertz, a unit of electromagnetic radiation corresponding to one billion cycles per second. The human body functions on many different frequencies. EEG measurements of brain waves are generally in the range of 0-40 Hz (cycles per second).  The heart beats...

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Surprise Mountain

Namo Lokeshvaraye! You see that all things are beyond coming and going, Yet still you strive solely for the sake of living beings – To you, my precious guru inseparable from Lord Avalokita, I offer perpetual homage, respectfully, with body, speech and mind.   –  Gyalse Tokme Zangpo                                          Heading up to the Cascade Crest on Surprise Lake trail. I left the car at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon on my annual solo wilderness journey. I do not lightly make the decision to venture alone into the wilderness, traveling in a 55 year old assembly of bone...

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Fire & Ice – Responding with Wisdom to Climate Change

A few nights ago, in a dream, as I was sitting at the controls of a wide body jet, holding the steering yoke, when I suddenly noticed that we were losing altitude and with a sense of alarm, saw the ground approaching quickly. I pulled back on the controls in an attempt to climb. Nothing, a crash seemed imminent. I asked my co-pilot for guidance and he instructed me to turn on the thrusters, so I did. Problem solved. “If it can be solved, there’s no need to worry. And if it can’t be solved, worry is of no use.”          HH the 14th Dalai Lama About a dozen of my...

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