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I have been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupressure since February of 2018, and I am continually amazed by how potent this modality can be. Within Acupressure, there are dozens of acu-point formulas we can choose from. Some benefit individual meridians – the Liver formula for instance. While other formulas benefit certain body parts – the upper back formula in this case. And there are four formulas that work with the Extraordinary Meridians. Today I will discuss the benefits of using the Regulator Formula – which includes both the Yin and Yang Regulator Channels (also known as Yin Wei Mai and Yang Wei Mai in Chinese).

Let’s unpack what I just said. The Yin and Yang Regulators are two of the Eight Extraordinary Meridians or Curious Flows in the body. The Extraordinary Meridians are the deeper energy wells or reservoirs from which the 12 Principle Meridians draw energy when in need or into which they can drain off their excess energy. These potent energy channels (the Extraordinary Vessels) form first in the womb – in utero, and it is important that they stay vital and robust.

When I take a client’s acupuncture pulses (in the wrist – we can read the pulses, six of the Principle Meridians on the left and six on the right), if I feel that they have some Meridians that are strong or excessive while others are weak or depleted, then the Regulator Formula is what I think of first.

Why is that? Because this is apart of its function – to regulate all the Yin meridians (in the case of the Yin Regulator) or all the Yang meridians in the case of the Yang Regulator. If a Yin meridian is too full, the Yin Regulator can take some excess Chi; if too weak or depleted, the Yin Regulator can give some Chi to strengthen or tonify it. The Liver, Heart, Kidney, Spleen, Pericardium and Lungs are all Yin meridians. The Gall Bladder, Small Intestine, Bladder, Stomach, Triple Burner and Large Intestine are the Principle Yang meridians.

Let’s say I feel that they have excessive Chi in the Metal element (Lungs and Large Intestine), depleted Earth element, depleted ministerial Fire element (Pericardium and Triple Burner) and strong or excessive pulses for the rest of their meridians, then the Regulator formula is probably going to benefit them.

Of course, if their symptoms are pointing directly at another formula – for instance if they are having trouble with mental clarity or decision making, along with having strong irritability, connective tissue problems and/or possibly even some eye issues, then I would first look to work with the Liver / Gall Bladder. All of these issues that I mention are Wood Element issues.

But if a client has a number of symptoms or issues that correlate with several different organ systems, then working with the Extraordinary Meridians is a great place to start! Then we have to narrow it down – because there are basically four paired Vessels (four Yin and four Yang) when it comes to the Extraordinary Meridians. In general though, when I take someone’s pulses and they come back up and down – excessive and depleted – then I want to look at the Regulator Formula or possibly the Bridge Formula (also known as the Connector or Motility Channels).

And when I do acupressure with clients who have done a good deal of personal growth work – they have come down out of their heads somewhat, shifted to be in their bodies and they are more sensitive to energy work – I love how fast they typically respond to the Regulator Formula. In half a dozen clients now, I have gotten their pulse readings initially, prior to doing any acupressure. Then we do the 48 minute Regular Formula – and if there is time – we might do a centering formula or a short formula like the Pericardium. Then at the end, we take their pulses again to see if anything has changed.

Keep in mind that the acupuncture pulses are a window into where those meridians / organs are currently at. If they have significant depletion, whether from chronic stress, or poor diet, or chronic insomnia, etc, then you might not think you can make a significant change in just 50 minutes. But with some clients, it happens! It is amazing! Maybe they started with a strong / excessive Lung / Large Intestine (Metal Element) meridian pulse, and maybe the Spleen / Stomach (Earth element) meridians were very weak or depleted, occasionally, after just one session of acupressure, the Metal meridians come down (are sedated) and the Earth meridians come up (are tonified). So they are both more harmonious.

Sometimes, due to any number of reasons, someone will have depleted Pericardium and Kidney meridian pulses. I find these are the most challenging meridians (especially when they are both depleted) to bring up (tonify) in one session. I usually chat with these clients about lifestyle choices, dietary needs and tools to work with stress / self care as a way for them to start building resilience. In these cases, it might take more like three to seven sessions to have their Kidney / Pericardium meridian pulses feel normal again.

With that said, it is still amazing that we can shift our body back toward harmony in just one or a few sessions. I love working with Acupressure and I have even done some long distance sessions – working with Chi is mainly working with intention. In-person sessions might be best, but I have learned to send Chi over long distance when appropriate.

Thank you for reading!

Kirby Moore

Konchog Chakchen

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Hello dear readers!

I have been enjoying doing more Spiritual Astrology as of late! And this takes many forms – sometimes people want to hear about early developmental psychology in their charts, occasionally they have questions about what was happening two years ago when “X” happened? Or they usually want to see and know what energies are coming their way in the next couple of years. I am happy to do all of this. We can look at karmic astrology as well – looking at how past lives have influenced your current situation.

Plus I enjoy looking at Health aspects in the chart – Medical Astrology, along with looking at Relationship Astrology – whether focusing on one’s natal chart and their needs in relationships or comparing two people’s charts and doing synastry and composite Relationship astrology work.

I love how varied and unique each chart is and this work is in general! Since July, my normal rates for first time clients has gone up to $175. However, if you are a follower of my blog, I am offering a special rate of $108 for a 90 minute interpretation. This offer is good through Labor Day – September 2nd.

Let me know if you are interested, or if you want to have a friend or family member or loved one’s chart done!

Thanks for visiting!

Kirby Moore

Konchog chakchen

Today I was speaking with a friend, having told them about my near death, out of body experience that “started it all” regarding my healing / bodywork / yogi journey. I only mention that story if someone asks, “Why / how did you get into doing healing / bodywork?”

For more on that story, go back and visit: https://astrodharma.me/2018/06/25/near-death-out-of-body-beginning-to-realize-i-am-a-healer/

This story is a 3-part epic tale… or whatnot. You can search Near Death in the search bar to the right to find all three. 🙂

They chewed on that for a while, we chatted about other things, and then later they asked, “So having had that experience, why do you do what you do now?” As in, offering in-depth healing work getting to the root of illness and ailments (I’m not a doctor mind you, if you need one of those, give them a call!). I’m talking working with early developmental double binds and emotional obstacles and doing release / repair work.

Now that was an interesting question. And I was surprised by what popped out of my mouth: “I am a Bodhisattva.. so I didn’t come here to this planet to waste time with bureaucracy or politics. It is my intention to benefit as many sentient beings as possible. And this work allows me to do that.” [Just to clarify, what I meant was that I have taken the Bodhisattva vows and I take them seriously. I am a long way off from attaining any Bodhisattva Bhumis or meditative realization!]

I liked this answer. Because it makes me feel better as I sometimes have regret about not sticking with nursing school – but there, the patients are too sick to be much benefit. I would rather practice subtle energy medicine and prevent sickness before it starts! Not to mention I have a philosophical dilemma with some pharmaceutical drugs – sometimes nurses are barely doing more benefit that harm.

The path I am on is rarely traversed. I cannot do corporate politics and double binds – the tension field of some manager’s stress being so thick you can cut it with a butter knife, and not to mention the cut-throat nature of some corporate arenas. Trying to balance humility with promoting myself, offering sliding scale rates with appropriate high rates to reflect my competency with what I do, it is a challenging path! But I am glad I am on it.

Let me know if you want me to do your Spiritual Astrology chart, or schedule an in-person bodywork or long distance Somatic Experiencing support session.

Thank you for reading!

Kirby Moore

Konchog Chakchen

My relationship with astrology has been a fickle one, often waxing and waning. There were two or three years when I tried to make a go of it, attempting to do charts at least 20 hours / week. That was back in ’05 and ’06. Of course, if we teach a class in a topic, we can expect to have a lot more interest from people during that time – and that is what occurred during those years.

Since then, I have been in two college programs, meaning two separate college bubbles – too busy to promote my business much, very focused on the task at hand (one program was nursing school.. which is brutally busy). I have had multiple jobs from renovating a house to job coaching a mentally disabled client to bar tending and waiting tables. And for the past three years now, I have mainly been doing the (emotional-process oriented) bodywork track full time. This bodywork practice includes trauma resolution techniques, tools for tracking the nervous system and for discharging gradual amounts of stuck emotions at a time. It is called Somatic Experiencing and / or Vagus (nerve) work, Working with the Polyvagal System.

It is this trauma resolution knowledge which I think is informing my astrology practice the most. Overwhelm and chaos take many forms – whether acute events or developmental trauma or low-grade chronic stress, etc. In other words, trauma can look like many things in the astrology chart. And now, with 16 years experience under my belt as an astrologer, and seven years of practicing working with and resourcing the Vagus nerve, I am especially attuned to sensations in my clients bodies, to revealing facial expressions and to unique patterns of trauma in the birth chart. So I can gently and skillfully introduce a topic without re-triggering my clients – which in trauma work is vitally important!

And this trauma-informed astrology applies to Relationship Astrology, Health and Wellness (Medical) Astrology, Timing Aspects – Transits, Secondary Progressions and Solar Arc Directions and of course it applies to Natal Astrology.

And within the Health and Wellness (Medical) Astrology area, I am beginning to look at the astrology of homeopathic medicine, along with the astrology of flower essences, herbs and essential oils! It is amazing stuff! Hopefully I will get the chance to teach about it soon – judging from my schedule though, these topics will probably need to wait until summer of 2020.

It is interesting how interest in astrology waxes and wanes. However, it might be my own openness to it. If I am internally inviting astrology clients to come and apply, then perhaps that is all it takes. Whatever the reason, I have done about ten charts in the past two months, and I have several more clients lined up – and I am making contacts with people who are distributing my cards! Yay!!

I love all the intricacies which we can glean from the Natal Horoscope. Each of us is distinct and unique, as are our charts. And I am grateful for my experience and how it informs the astrology interpretations I give.

May all beings know themselves with clarity, honesty and compassion!

Thank you for reading!

Kirby Moore

Konchog Chakchen

If you want to see what Kirby offers as far as bodywork (in person or distant sessions) or for Astrology, visit http://www.mkirbymoore.com Enjoy your visit!

Another name for this post might be “Men Out There, Time to Shape Up.” If I slapped this title on it however, I would be wronging the 15-20% of heterosexual men out there who are in touch with their masculinity, their emotions, their showing up, their self expression, their professional life and their sex drive. Okay – having all of these clear and apparent might be asking a lot… but I know a number of them! And fortunately our numbers are growing more every day!

I live in a town where conscious, creative, evolved, dynamic, beautiful women are everywhere. (Seriously, if you are a dynamic, evolved male and you are looking for one of these women, come check out Charlottesville Virginia…) And therefore they are searching for their male counterparts to share life with. As a man who is in touch with my feminine side, yet who enjoys embodying my yang traits, this leads to a bunch of interesting conversations. One woman (who is happily married) said, “Kirby, in this town, you are like ice cream.” Meaning I have most of those qualities I named above – and I have done a ton of personal growth work on myself, so emotional expression is relatively easy (for me).

Here is what I have learned from various teachers or my own experience about ideal relationship traits: first, know yourself. If you don’t know who you are, how can you possibly know what you want out of life or out of a relationship? How do you get to know who you are better? Work with a competent astrologer – Western or Vedic, work with a therapist, work with an acupuncturist, work with a certified life coach, etc.

Second, do your own personal growth work. If you don’t work on yourself, you will constantly bump into reflections of your own blind spots (and constantly blame the world or the other person or …). Along with the list I named above, develop a regular yoga practice, or learn from a meditation teacher (as in start meditating), start a daily Qigong practice (just 20 minutes a day will start to make a difference), etc. Improve yourself and then you will start to manifest and attract a similar frequency partner to yourself.

Third, write down qualities and traits that you want in a partner. My aunt claims that she manifested her amazing husband – a great cook, a lover of fine wine, incredible gardener, French and Italian speaking (yet American) doctor – my uncle – using this technique. She wrote down about 25 qualities that she had to have in a partner – and he met all but one of them!

This technique also worked for me. But in the opposite way. There is an exercise out there called Dream Partner / Nightmare Partner. I used this exercise (which asks questions about 24 areas of life) to separate from a woman with whom I had a slightly-functional-barely-healthy relationship with. I picked up the paper to work on it 6 months before we broke up, but I couldn’t go forward because I knew it would force me to analyze some painful facts. So by the time I finished the exercise, in my mind, we were done. And it was the right time.

And now I have an incredibly inspiring, creative, dynamic, professional, graceful, funny, beautiful, loving partner in my life! Actually, back in May of 2018, I moved onto her street without knowing it… and then in June I started working at the same spa as she did. So by the time we started going out to lunch in August, we had a bunch in common right off the bat!

Ideally, in a relationship, we want to have all three Energy Centers in connection with our partner: Head, Heart and Pelvis. We want to be able to have intellectual rapport with them. We want to be able to have love and kindness come through our facial expressions, our eyes, our touch. And of course we want to be able to stand on our own two feet and express our needs in the relationship as well. And if the partnership is to be romantic, then we must have that healthy yearned for pelvic connection!

I think a lot of people get away with having two of these qualities – maybe Head and Pelvis – intellectual rapport, sexual chemistry, but not much in the way of emotional tenderness. Rarely Heart and Pelvis might work – but then it would be hard to talk about any non-emotional, verbal topic without differing significantly. And I think many friends have Head and Heart going on – maybe there is zero physical attraction or maybe they just don’t act on it (for whatever reason).

I talk about all of these things and more when I do Relationship Astrology for a client. Whether you want to discuss your own chart and the what’s and where-for’s about your own personal relating, or if you provide me with your partner’s birth info as well. I love working with Relationship topics! Let me know if this interests you.

I work with Zapchen somatics and Somatic Experiencing – tools for coming down out of the head and into the Heart, into the Pelvis, into the body. And when I do sessions whether in person or long distance, I include these individualized techniques for moving toward graceful emobodiment and clarity.

Don’t settle in relationships! I know so many people who are not happy and yet they stay put – usually for good reason – like not wanting to have their kids endure a divorce, or for cultural reasons (“where else would I find a good Lebanese man at this stage of my life?” – I actually heard someone say this), etc. I know so many young women in their 20’s who are really not fundamentally happy, and yet they are talking about marrying their boyfriends. Huh?! Don’t set yourself up for failure…

Maybe they don’t know who they are though. Maybe they hear the cultural voice saying, “Well he is fairly nice to me, so he must be a good man.” But will he make a good long-term partner? Is he working to improve himself? Does he yearn to heal his own emotional blind spots?

I do love seeing a multitude of unusual relationships out there though, that work! Some people live together in a tiny house, some people sleep in separate rooms, some people give their partner a tattoo or die their partner’s hair. Some live separately and claim to be really happy that way. Others have a strict agreement about which days they want time to themselves. And all of these things work! And I have hope that all the weirdo’s out there like me are finding suitable partners! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Kirby Moore

Konchog Chakchen

I am writing this post because over the years I have benefited numerous people when it comes to answering various questions about body sensations, spiritual experiences, unexplained dream elements, etc. I don’t have all the answers, but I will admit that and I have quite a solid network of practitioners and colleges to refer people to if need be.

And I don’t mean to boast or brag too much, but I have been very fortunate regarding my spiritual teachers, mentors, yogis, coaches, bodywork instructors, astrology teachers, etc. I thank my karma everyday.

If you are an avid reader of my blog, you would know that I have quite a unique background when it comes to being able to answer this diverse array of questions:

I began my “spiritual” journey as a Christian – that is my family’s religion. But it didn’t feel quite right for me, so once I hit age 22 – 23, I started studying philosophy and when I discovered Eastern religions, I was hooked. Zen Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism were first, and then in 2005 I encountered Tibetan Buddhist teachers – Lamas – who really helped to put me on an efficacious spiritual path. It works for me – not for everyone – but I felt like I had come home.

Then on top of that, I have been studying and practicing emotional-process oriented bodywork – Craniosacral Therapy, Vagus work (working with the Vagus nerve), Pre- and Perinatal Psychology (Birth Process Work), Asian bodywork, Reiki and more. I have practiced a bit of yoga (mainly restorative or yin or Svaroopa yoga) along with delving deeper into Qigong (Chinese yoga) every week. Each month I assist and support one or two dozen clients to work through manageable and sustainable amounts of personal growth work – clearing, repairing, releasing emotional confusion or psycho-spiritual knots and tangles.

Oh and did I mention that I practice Spiritual Astrology? This is Western Astrology but with a karmic astrology, psychological, evolutionary slant. I specialize in Medical (Health and Wellness), Relationship, Natal Astrology and Timing Aspects. Therefore I love looking at how astrology ties in with psychology and how these both tie in with health and wellness issues!

I currently lead a dream group where we embody and make someone’s dream come to life – from Susan Harper’s Living Dream work. It is an awesome group where we get to play with a unique form of psycho-drama.

So my background is quite well-rounded and diverse. With that said, let’s be realistic again, I don’t have all the answers. I may not even be a good fit for you. But I have a wide range of experience and fellow colleagues and practitioners to whom I refer people. And I have benefited many people – discovering clarity through their astrology charts, through their dreams, through talking about Pre- and Perinatal Psychology, and more!

Therefore, if you have a pressing question or the need to chat, let me know. I can work with your budget. I have a sliding scale if my normal rates are a bit too high for you. I have worked with many international clients as well.

Feel free to read back through my blog here to see posts on many topics – Spiritual Astrology, psycho-spiritual process work, bodywork, Tibetan Buddhism and more.

Or visit my website at http://www.mkirbymoore.com to see more about what I offer.

I do seem to specialize however in working with idiopathic disease processes (you know, the unknown cause and origin of diseases where doctors are scratching their heads saying, “I’m not sure…”). Again, I don’t claim to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, but it is amazing what we can perceive when we have a vast holistic perspective! (I am definitely not a doctor.)

I am also over half-way through Somatic Experiencing training – tools for resourcing and tracking the nervous system. And tools for working to settle the nervous system when it has encountered overwhelm and chaos (a.k.a. working with trauma). So I use this awesome modality in working with clients both in person and over distance.

Thank you for reading and let me know if you are interested in setting up a time to chat.

Kirby Moore

Konchog Chakchen

Asking for help…

Asking for help is one of the hallmarks of a grown-up, and yet, for many of us, it is really difficult to do. This is certainly true for me. Because I have only recently started really growing up.

And a part of growing up is finding a partner you want to spend the rest of your life with… and I am very fortunate that I think I have found that person. We aren’t rushing into anything, but we have spoken about the possibility of starting a family together. So this is probably where my being extra hard on myself is coming from – I want to be earning a comfortable living wage / salary. But instead my income has been dropping the past two or three months…

The month of July was a challenging one for me – I could mention the myriad numbers of difficult astrology aspects “hitting my chart” (and there were / are many! including having all my personal transiting planets in my 12th house at close to the same time), but I think it is a culmination of things.

I went to receive personal therapy time with an established Somatic Experiencing (SE) practitioner, to fulfill requirements for the SE training I am undergoing and to work on some personal stuff. And while she is an awesome practitioner, I was reminded of how many projects I have tried to get off the ground and failed at (not her intention to be sure, but this happened during that 12th house cascade of fear-of-the-unknown and self-deprecating energy). I worked through some freeze and shut down that occurred to me when I was in the military (figuratively another lifetime – that was 15 – 20 years ago now!). But honestly, I’m still recovering from that session. And considering there is a 4-hour roundtrip involved with receiving that work, I don’t know when I want to go back.

This summer (and probably many summers for bodyworkers and psychotherapists) was full of ups and downs and mostly having clients traveling or moving relatives or hosting family, etc. In other words, my regular clientele are down at least until September. So this erodes my confidence as well.

I am starting to doubt if I have what it takes to have my own business. There have even been some days when I have just said, fuck it, maybe I should just go work for the post office – at least they get a long list of benefits. Nothing wrong with working for them, but I am a very talented and competent bodyworker. I am becoming quite skilled at supporting clients to work through old layers of trauma and over-whelm. Plus I am a skilled astrologer as well. I yearn to be teaching classes and workshops and passing on the wisdom and experience I have gained in 15 years of practice.

This information may come as a shock to some of you, but that is probably because I mainly post to this blog when I am feeling upbeat and confident and enthusiastic (not everyday to be sure). But I have now been staring at weeks of being lower than usual, and being full of self-doubt, at least regarding what I should do to earn a living.

Let’s be honest, I am awful when it comes to marketing myself. I need help. If you or someone you know does branding well, or marketing, or graphic design, maybe we could work out an exchange – I’m happy to pay some, but my income has been dropping the past couple of months. Especially if you have some understanding of holistic / alternative health (because all that I offer is quite unique). Or if you know someone looking for workshop leaders and teachers, I have a number of ideas of what to teach – including meditation, tools for working with trauma, resourcing the nervous system, craniosacral therapy, developing a healthier relationship with stress and more. Like I said, I need help. I want to lean into support.

If you want to receive a treatment, I would love to work with you (or an astrological interpretation for that matter). And I love doing long distant work as well.

I sense a change is coming. Not sure what it will look like. And I am trying not to be too insistent. A birth happens in its own time. But it ain’t easy waiting confidently, nor is it easy for me to be patient.

I would love to continue supporting people, working with the health which is never lost, to truly be of benefit to people (no offense, but delivering mass marketing snail mail holds zero appeal to me). My guidance is counseling me to rest in ease and confidence. But my old programming says there is a problem and I need to fix it… now! Ugh.

May I and all sentient beings who need it, be able to unhitch the horses and put our feet up to rest and recover and wait for the answers to arise naturally and organically.

Wish me well! And if you can offer support, please send that too! ❤

Thank you for reading.

km