Part 11 – Conclusion: Simplicity & Synergy
By Dr. Dana Leigh Lyons, DOM, AP
This is the last installment in an Alchemist’s Notebook blog series exploring places of resonance, merger and synergy between neuroplasticity and Taoist-inspired Chinese Medicine practice.
Three focal points frame the series: Change, Relationship and Process.
For an introduction and overview, see Part 1 – Parallels & Possibilities.
For the three installments on Change, see Part 2 – On the Edge: Introducing Neuroplasticity, Part 3 – On the Path: Introducing Taoism and Part 4 – Past Meets Present: Plasticity in Practice.
For the three installments on Relationship, see Part 5 – Nature Plus Nurture: Mind in Context, Part 6 – Relationship Plus Resonance: Self in Concert and Part 7 – Practitioner Meets Patient: Achieving Influence.
Thus begins a story of synergy between leading-edge neuroscience and long-ago wisdom.
The emergent neuroplasticity paradigm brings new understandings of a brain that is alive in every sense.
Generating. Responding. Changing.
An indivisible part of a whole body-mind system emerging through interactions with others and world.
And yet, across the continuum of human history and thought, such insights are not revolutionary.
The science of neuroplasticity contributes new tools and details to a knowing that is very old.
This knowing is reflected in Taoism’s foundational texts, revealing ancient awareness of an ever-changing, embodied mind that unfolds in relationship within the wider cycles of things.
Its patterns reflect and create those of the universe. Moving manifestations within a steady, still whole.
Here, amidst the complexities of a continuously emerging brain and story of ourselves, we find surprising simplicity.
Everything, and every “self,” is always changing. This change takes place in relationship and unfolds as process.
In Chinese Medicine, this premise gets to the core of therapeutic exchange.
Enriched by neuroscience tools and details, a Taoist-inspired practice of Chinese Medicine is one open to synergistic possibility. To fuller expression of the relationship—the qi—between practitioner and patient.
In the words of Lao-tzu (1):
See simplicity in the complicated.
Achieve greatness in little things.
At the Alchemist Clinic, we practice medicine in this spirit, weaving together ancient insights and new discoveries to help guide the process of change through:
To these services, we will soon add a regular schedule of group programs.
And if you can’t connect in person, perhaps consider a long-distance consult.
Contact us to find out more and to explore how we can support you and your process.
1. Tao Te Ching, translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English (Vintage Books, 1972), chapter 63.