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I just completed a weekend of working with a medicine woman here at Massage School. We started chatting about what I offer… and the list started growing long (not to brag or boast – I have been learning bodywork since 2003 – simply what is).

She has taken several levels of BodyTalk – a modality where we muscle test to see what is the priority for the client. It is a comprehensive and complex modality. I have only taken the first level – BodyTalk Access which was insightful and where I learned some beneficial techniques! Plus I have been fortunate enough to receive at least several dozen BodyTalk sessions from exchanging with a friend who has taken all the Advanced Courses in it. Therefore I feel like I have some knowledge of the protocol and the muscle testing for what is a priority.

I mention all that because I am now working on a protocol for a Kirby’s Modality BodyTalk style protocol. It is pretty crazy all that I can offer – especially with the half dozen or more modalities I am learning here in Massage School!

Oh – and I told the medicine woman about my conversation with my Tibetan Lama, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen – a clairvoyant and exceptionally clear and lucid spiritual teacher. When my main bodywork teacher, Janet Evergreen, asked him about what she should call all that she does, he didn’t miss a beat saying, “Process Buddhism.” Now I pretty much offer most of what Janet does (having studied with her since 2005), so the medicine woman here said that I better add “Process Buddhism” to my protocol! 🙂

In case you are wondering, here is my list so far of what I offer: 5-Elements (Chinese Medicine basics), Craniosacral Therapy, Polyvagal Work, Pre- and Perinatal Therapy (and Education), Visceral Manipulation, other Process-oriented Bodywork, BodyTalk Access techniques, Zapchen Somatics, Kundalini Yoga Kriya, Chi Kung advice, Tai Chi basics, Acupressure, Swedish Massage, Hot Stones Integrated Treatment, Herbal Wrap, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Working with Essential Oils, Buddha-Dharma teachings (I am only able to share the basics but this is enough for most clients), Spiritual Astrology, Medical Astrology, Non-Violent Communication, Conflict Resolution Techniques, Process Buddhism would  fall under several other categories.

It looks like I definitely need to narrow this down! Or at least find an efficient way to muscle test and get a category pretty quickly. I might need to delete several items off my list.. time will tell!

I will keep working on this when I have time (we have 3 tests this week and we are preparing to teach Kundalini Yoga – not as a yoga teacher, just as a check mark to make certain we understand K. Yoga).

Thank you for reading!

Have a beautiful Spring day / evening,

~km

 

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I received this incredible Hot Stones massage / treatment two nights ago and it moved me, seriously, I definitely felt a strong connection to those stones! This technique was created by a shaman here in Colorado.

The shaman’s name is Christopher Beaver. He is very reclusive and keeps his shamanic work out of the mainstream media and off-line. But when he was a child, I think the story goes something like 5-years-old, he started speaking in a strange dialect. His parents had no clue what he was saying. After taking him (their child) to many language professors and speech therapists, eventually someone said what he was speaking sounded like it was Native American (which could be one of several hundred languages!).

The story continues by saying that his parents took him to dozens of tribes and councils with no luck – no one knew what language this child was speaking. Eventually (a couple years later), they took him to a Choctaw council. Christopher spoke and none of the chiefs or elders present knew what he was saying. But apparently another elder showed up the next day and listened to the child speak in his bizarre dialect. The elder said that what he was speaking was not today’s version of the language but that the elder recognized that Christopher was speaking a dialect of Choctaw from 300 years ago.

It was eventually determined that Christopher was the reincarnation of a well-known Choctaw medicine man from 300 years ago or more. And it was eventually discovered that he could go into trance and discover answers to people’s questions that he had no reason to know.

Therefore, early in his 20’s, Christopher started taking on students. He teaches in many varied manners and he is interested in many things – artwork, philosophy, shamanism (obviously), Buddhism, etc.

One such teaching that he gave was to one of the teachers here at the Massage School I am attending. In fact, she is the main teacher of this method now – Christopher sends people to her if they want to learn this technique.

The technique involves the use of Hot Stones, Swedish Massage techniques, Essential Oils and Acupressure knowledge – working with the meridians from Chinese Medicine and the Chakras.

She gave me this treatment two nights ago. And it rocked my world – I had visions, I stayed awake the entire time, I had an amazing array of dreams that night (I somehow remembered six dreams and wrote them all down – a high number for me) and I felt so so clear that night and following day. The treatment only lasted 75 minutes or so from the time she put hands on to hands off – 90 minutes including in-take and brief chat afterward.

Oh – and I had treated a client earlier that day who has Parkinson’s and it drained me a bit to work with him for 90 minutes. He is a practicum client for the massage school. Great guy – I am just very sensitive and at times I am a bit of an empath, so I definitely leaked some Chi and he was glad to take it. After the Hot Stones treatment, I felt completely rejuvenated and clear!

I am SO looking forward to learning this method. A friend has said she will gift me some hot stones when I get back to Virginia in a month plus. And I am very excited to practice this technique once I get my stones! 🙂

Let me know if you live in Virginia and are interested in having me practice on you. I will charge a reduced rate for the first 10 sessions I give. After that, I will be charging at least $160 for a 90 minute treatment because we have to wash the stones after each treatment and then soak them in Epson Salts. Plus these sessions also use expensive Essential Oils and Oil Blends. But even at $200, I would pay this in a heart beat to receive this treatment again!

Thank you for reading,

~km

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Hello dear readers!

I have been busy with Oral Exams for the past few days – as in this crazy intense massage school is made even more rigorous because during orals we don’t get a breakfast or lunch break. For instance, this morning, I was making salmon salad as I discussed the benefits of treating the chi and blood in the Triple Warmer meridian! I had to be present as well for the two people who came before me, meaning I only showered twice this week! (Because in the evening I am busily working on outlines and refining my wording for each question!)

So, one post I want to discuss has to do with the benefits of knowing just the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Seriously, it has made some changes in me – just having this knowledge! Not to mention all the bodywork, the Chi Kung, Kundalini Yoga and Tai Chi we are doing… It has to do with the benefits of taking care of the kidneys (and more).

The second post is also tied into my oral exam material (we are learning awesome stuff here – see my previous posts for a lot more on that). I want to write about how my Enneagram analysis (of my personality type) is correlated with my personal astrology interpretation – if there is time.

I am starting to get more astrology clients which is great. I can easily do Skype and FaceTime sessions from here – so if you are interested, let me know! 434. 465. 0603 or email me at mkirbymoore [at] gmail

Thanks for reading! More to follow soon (should be within a week)!

~KM

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Here are various pictures from around Crestone Colorado

I love the snow being blown up into the sky by the strong winds! (Some of Crestone’s 13K+ peaks) Less snow now in March. They had a very odd winter – very little snowfall.

There is a large stupa just south of Crestone. Just follow Baca Grande road to its end, then be on the lookout for what looks like a driveway – that is Dream Road which will take you several miles later to this large beautiful stupa which is dedicated to the 16th Karmapa.

While heading to the Crestone Ziggurat today, I happened upon (yet another) Dharma center with a stupa! The Padmasambhava stupa. It is smaller than the Karmapa stupa above. But it was still fun to circumambulate and see rows of prayer flags in the desert!

When the Karmapa (the 16th) came to Crestone in 1980, he had a vision of a large community of monastics and lay practitioners. He envisioned a medical institute, a small monastery and a large group of lay practitioners. At that time, 200 acres were given to him for this project and since then I think another 100 or more acres have been donated. So far, they have a Dharma center, the large stupa and several retreat cabins.

Also on their land, is a Zoroastrian structure, the Crestone Ziggurat (below). It was fun to visit. The winds were whipping and gusting like crazy though, so I had to crawl up to the top. The view was pretty grand though – 360 degrees around the San Luis valley. Including a view of the Sand Dunes Nat’l Park to the south. The dunes were in a frenzy of sand storm madness as the winds reshaped the parks features.

 

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Dear friends and family – loved ones!
This is long.. maybe read in increments? ❤
I arrived at school on Sunday. I brought so much stuff (being prepared for arctic-like temps which haven’t come around yet) etc. For instance, I am the only student who brought a printer – so let’s just say I am going to be very popular and have some delicious food cooked for me as a result!
Anyway.. it took me about 5 hours to fully unpack my car and move into my temporary home.. I was out of my comfort zone at first, fortunately it only took 2-3 days to get into a rhythm and settled. At first, I had a 36-hour headache from the altitude and I was eating about 4 meals a day worth of food. That has improved now too – eating a normal amount (for me) and my head is doing much better. We are at 8,500 ft here at the Dojo (school).
On Saturday, on arriving in Crestone (where I have zero cell reception), I promptly visited a Buddhist stupa – a holy sacred-geometric building that houses relics and other sacred substances. Crestone (population 2,000 ppl) has at least three of these buildings that I know of. For perspective, Charlottesville & surrounding area (100K+) only has one or two. That was awesome – I met an interesting German family there.
Then I went to my new friend’s (Juniper) house where I spent that night. He is an awesome dude who built his own house and he is of great service to his friends and the massage school. I will take pictures of his house soon and share them – let’s just say that he has a green house with a wood stove under it – which is also a sauna. Very creative unique straw-bale designed house.
Then I went to visit the larger more remote stupa, up on the mountain slope. On my way to that stupa, I saw a sign for a Buddhist retreat center and made a beautiful pit-stop there. The care-taker gave me tea and a tour and I sat in their beautiful shrine room for close to an hour. (In case you haven’t noticed, Crestone has retreat centers of many flavors ALL OVER the place.) I promised to come back for their practices on Sundays.
Finally I got on the path toward the large stupa. The road turned gravel, and soon that turned to large rocky gulleys with snow and ice to spare! If I wasn’t so dedicated to seeing this thing, I would have turned around in a heart beat – imagine my little Toyota Corolla all loaded down with stuff trying to navigate a 4-wheel-drive mountain road… Yeah, it was worth it though! Such a breath-taking vista, the sun was setting, and they have retreatants who are there year-round doing solitary practice! Very holy area in my humble opinion.
School – whoa. I wish I could describe what is happening here on many different levels and dimensions, but you might not believe me if I tried.
Let’s just say that we study Chinese medicine, Chi Kung, Tai Chi, Kundalini Yoga, acupressure and Jin Shin Do (a trade marked version of acupressure). And we have only completed day 4 !!! Wow!
I already know about 75 acupressure / acupuncture points and how to work with them. Thank goodness I knew some of this material coming in. Wow wow Wow! I love it – the school is intentionally set up to stir the pot of all of us students and give us the tools to contain and process the emotional detritus that arises. It is a wild process and an extremely transformative journey (I surmise).
I love the group I am with. 4 males and 6 female students. Half of the students are young – under 29. The other half ranges from 29 – 43. Mostly all from West of the Mississippi – but very diverse – CA, Montana, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri.
I am staying in a house with the only student older than I. She is nice and we study and eat together at dinner time. She’s from Romania, married, no kids, quite a character. We have known each other before, so we quickly have become friends.
We begin each day at 7 am with Chi Kung or Yoga. Have a few breaks throughout the day, and end at 6-6:30 pm! Long days – which feel extremely long because they are. Four days of training has literally felt like weeks already. Maybe we will end up packing a year into 12-weeks? 😀
Getting late here. Will say more.
Believe it or not, the intensive format of the program here makes nursing school pale in comparison. Thank goodness this is just 12 weeks long.
Wishing you all very well and thank you gratefully for your support!
Love,
Kirby

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So on the way back from retreat, I was very fortunate to stop over in Portsmouth. Not only did I not have to drive as far (it was a nice little cushioned landing after a deep retreat-mind-that-was-not-quite-ready-to-drive), but I also got to visit a beautiful Yoga center – actually calling it an Ayurvedic center is more accurate. Here is a link:

A Link to the Sattvic Space

My friend, an experienced and wizened yogi who lives in that area, helped to start and found this center. I am very glad I got to visit it and get a tour!

It was built entirely by volunteers and small donations (which is really rather miraculous considering how large it is)!

Also, I asked my friend if I could share a little meditation I learned on retreat. Knowing that I was all charged up with potency after retreat, and that my heart was probably more open than it would be for a few months, I knew that this was a good time for me to be sharing something.

He said “Sure.” After chatting about it, he said he could give me 15 minutes, which I said was fine.

It was a 6 am class that he leads 3x / week. That would normally be pretty early for me, but on retreat I was waking up between 3 and 5 am most days. I was quite surprised to see 9 students there so early.

The teacher introduced me (and considering I was sitting next to him in the front in a position of teacher, it would make sense to acknowledge me!) and he had very high praise for what I do – working with the Vagus system, working with trauma resolution, craniosacral therapy, etc.

He actually gave me 35 minutes to work with which was a pleasant surprise! But it worked out fine.

We did a meditation which involves our very slowly, gradually and mindfully moving our hand from about 18 inches away from the heart, toward the heart. It takes at least 5 minutes for hand to reach heart because first we feel into the heart, to feel our longing, our yearning.

What does the heart yearn for?

When is it that we feel the yearning to touch and be touched?

Then we bring our presence back and forth from hand to heart and back. At times, we even explore moving the hand away from the heart. What is that like?

We really got into some subtleties. It was fantastic.

Because this was a mixed group – some seasoned yogis and some beginners and I believe some people who have never encountered this level of slowing down and being kind to ourselves…

Once we touched our hearts and experienced what that was like, I tasted a metallic taste in my mouth. This is a sign that someone (or more than one!) in the group has done enough. I sensed it was time for a nap.

So we got to explore what it was like to rest the heart back. What is it like to rest the heart down?

I did a little bit of teaching and direction from a prone position, and then I sat back up and waited until I sensed that the energetic field of the group was ready for me. I think they took a 10 minute nap. It was so great.

We wrapped up and then at the end, people came up to me with questions and they loved it. Several said how they felt this magnetic pull from heart to hand – like it was difficult to resist touching their heart. I said, “That is very good!!” ❤

And guess what? It turns out that I will be leading a workshop down there in May. If you are in the Tidewater area – you should come and join us! (I will keep everyone posted)

It will be an Introduction to Working with the Vagus system – during which we will also have some time for more loving-kindness type meditations like I just went through above.

Thank you for reading!

~km

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As I mentioned in a previous post, the beginning of retreat was tough for me. Slowing down, getting used to a new routine, etc was challenging. However, once I got settled, some amazing things began to unfold.

It was almost a tale of two retreats – two halves as it were. Several people left on day 5, to go back to family, for Christmas, etc. So it was a little disruptive to the flow for those of us staying on, not to mention missing the people who were leaving!

I want to share one or two experiences in particular, okay, maybe three, that were above and beyond normal (for me).

I came down to retreat with my own (idealized, ego-driven?, I-know-what-I-need) agenda for what to work on during retreat. I got permission to skip several sessions / day to be in my room doing my own practices.

So during the first 4 days or so, I did this. I was working to accumulate a particular Dharmapala – that is Dharma Protector or Dharma Guardian practice – to accumulate mantras. I believe that this practice helps / will help to prevent Lyme’s disease for taking advantage of a stressed out immune / nervous system. So I was going for it – doing at least 1,000 mantras a day of this particular practice. For the purpose of humility, I will not mention what I was working on. If you know me really well, then I would have told you perhaps.

Long story short, one evening I was pushing even harder. I think this was day 4. At night, we had two silent sitting sessions after the Dream Play work time to integrate and prepare our minds for dream yoga. So I somehow did 1,000 mantras during one of those hours. As I was doing this, I began to have a lightening feeling – like a light bulb was turning on around my third eye – or pituitary gland in my forehead. It is very difficult to describe, but it was not a typical meditation session. Plus I felt a warmth and potency-increasing feeling which sometimes happens in my Dan Tien or Hara (below the navel) in my belly.

That evening and into the next day, I had some juicy dreams – about helping to keep a secret (in the womb) and other insightful dreams about prenatal or childhood times / issues. And then, when I went to do this mantra some more the following day, after only doing 30 or 40 mantras, I felt nauseous, sick. So I paused, sat quietly and an hour later, tried to do more mantras. Again, I felt sick trying to push through these inner obstacles.

Sometime during that day, I realized that here I was in a potent retreat where it was very easy to do inner child work – it was happening all around me, especially during the Zapchen Somatics hour and then again during the Dream Play hour. So why was I trying to push when I could be doing my own inner child work?

I realized that the nausea was probably due to my needing to do umbilicus work on myself – on my little one. (Sorry Mom – before I mention anything else here, I need to mention that my mother is a saint, she is helpful and generous and patient and skillful. As a nurse I am certain that she was, retired now, very good at what she did and at connecting people. Seriously, she is an incredible mother, going above and beyond for all of her children!) Now, with that out of the way, there are still ancestral double binds and other toxic beliefs that new babies come into when then descend down into the womb around day 6 or 7 or 8 and begin the process of implanting in the uterus to connect to mother’s nutrient. So this is what I had to work on.

In fact, just thinking about early (think blastocyst – just a collection of 200 cells at this point) Kirby, before being a fetus or a prenate, needing appropriate boundaries, needing to be welcomed into the womb and into the world, needing to have unconditional loving kindness… I feel activated (because all these needs were not met).

So I remember that that was then, and this is now. I differentiate past from present, healthy adult self now from wounded little one then. I compassionately hold little blastocyst part of me in my hands, calling on my wisdom beings support to also assist and add an extra layer of support. And I remind little one that he was so loved, so wanted, and that he can have the breathing room AND connection that he deserves (this is known as an appropriate boundary).

Ahhh… I sigh and I feel better. The sigh is probably a breath change indicating my nervous system is regulating easily again after being reminded of a traumatic early / primal period.

So this is what I started to work on. I spent almost 2 hours every day resourcing, repairing misunderstandings in my little one, inviting these little wounded parts to come forward toward health and robustness and resilience. I stopped accumulating mantras – stopped worrying about formal Dharma practice, and began a radical level of loving-kindness and compassion practice toward myself – radical Metta.

As an aside, I have had three moles removed over the past 10 years from near my navel, and so far we have caught them early enough that they are just abnormal cells (not anything serious). But it is strange that the only part of my body having abnormal skin cell (nevus / mole) growth in near my navel – my umbilicus, the part of me that was connected with the world early on (through Mom).

I fully believe that this is indicative of my having to do some major inner child work around being wanted (I was an unplanned pregnancy), being welcomed, being loved by both parents, having both parents do their own emotional growth work (not many people do this nowadays, let alone 38 years ago!), etc. I am certain I have some suppressed rage and resentment and confusion around ancestral double binds, and this festering of deep emotions is what causes the moles to grow.

Because when we have deep shock or freeze in our tissues, there is the tendency to wall off that part of ourselves, to allow the functional (or relatively healthy) parts to continue growing and living. But if we don’t ever get back around to working on the shitty material behind those walls, then those cells start to do their own thing. And this can lead to cancer and autoimmune diseases, etc. We must work on our shadow material or it will start to go rogue on us.

So this is what I did for the last 5 days of retreat. True Dharma practice – inner work. It was almost as if the Dharma Protector practice I was doing led me to see what I needed to work on. No more spiritual bypass – no more glossing over these vital Good Mother Messages. No more leaving my little blastocyst parts of me in the dark or the cold of frozen / shock-laden tissues. Time to practice true kindness to self in order to truly be kind to others!

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