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Hello dear ones!

I am excited to announce that we are doing another Winter Buddhist Retreat at the beach. Last year’s retreat was powerful, transformative and heart-warming to another level. I yearn to do that more often!

And here we are again. It will be from Dec 19th – 30th. I am assisting in the facilitation along with Janet Evergreen. We would prefer people come for the first half or second half of the retreat if they are not able to attend all of it. However, we can work with people’s schedules (we do need to know when you would be planning to attend however and we want to limit comings and goings because that is distracting to the practice).

There are six bedrooms and at present, three are available. People can share bedrooms and there are a couple of sleeper sofas. It is a beautiful house in Sandbridge Virginia.

We will be doing a mixture of embodying exercises including silent sitting meditation, Zapchen Somatics – playful exercises which healthily bring us down out of our heads and into our hearts, working with the Jhanas (cultivating sublime states of mind), Dreamwork and Qigong.

It is a dynamic experience, and if you want to do your own practice for part of the day that is fine. There will be delicious organic food and the magic of the beach as well!

We are asking $350 for room and board (what a deal!) or $50 / night otherwise.

Visit The Schedule of the Retreat to see the daily schedule we will maintain.

To see the house we will be practicing and abiding in, click here: Sandbridge Retreat House

To see more about Janet Evergreen – Janet’s Website

To see more about me, click on About Kirby above (on this blog).

To register, email janet [at] janetevergreen.com or call 434. 293. 2737

We look forward to hearing from you if you are interested, or with questions. Feel free to leave a comment or question here as well.

With metta,

Kirby

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Yesterday, we completed a Womb Surround process workshop (PPN work – pre- and perinatal therapy). It was a three-day workshop, with four participants. Each person took a 2 – 3 hour turn over the course of the three days, and we delved deep. I was the assistant to two very proficient facilitators.

It is amazing how a group of strangers who come together with a powerful intention, and under the guidance of skilled facilitators, can go so deep and become so vulnerable with each other so rapidly. It was half men and half women participating (another first for me! Yay more men are stepping forward to do this work!).

As assistant, I was the scribe – taking notes on relevant history and the individual’s intention and then participating in the turn – whatever it might look like. Sometimes I might hold a person’s sacrum (Craniosacral Therapy – tracking the cerebrospinal fluid rhythms), or their head, or feet, or I might be asked to provide containment – putting weight on a person as they feel the inner flutters of life, health, warmth and growth before starting to re-emerge from the “womb” as they do a re-birthing.

Slowing down, getting into baby time – true baby time – everything goes slower – our talking (ideally) slows down, we want to dim the lights, our tone of voice drops a little lower, softer. It is a healing state that few get to experience in the ideal way – without interventions or interruptions to the healthy attachment process to caretakers.

…It is quiet here, inside and out…

…I am marveling at the way the light pours through the trees…

… We are going slow…

…From time to time, the five elements move through the body like waves, ebbing and flowing…

…the sound of the river rapids scamper up the hill and waltz in the cracked window…

…just by holding great spaciousness, the Vagus nerve re-orients, questions old out-dated patterns, begins to believe that new health-enhancing, life-enhancing patterns can be possible…

As we hold these precious little ones and do gradual, lasting healing and repair.

This is what some of the deepest self care looks like! ❤

Thanks for reading,

~km

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I’m not attempting to brag or boast here, but when you put the causes and conditions into place, the results typically follow. And this can be true for conducting powerful healing work as well – when we work on ourselves, learn multiple techniques and modalities which lead to actual, lasting transformation, then it would follow that we could produce powerful healing sessions when we work with others.

And this is starting to happen with me. I won’t say too much, as it is my intention to walk the fine line between being modest and looking to promote my work.

I have been practicing Craniosacral Therapy since 2005, Polyvagal Therapy since 2012, Birth Process work since 2013 and other modalities as well – including Acupressure, Shiatsu, and a potent and effective Hot Stone massage treatment. Oh and I am starting to learn Sports Massage along with a number of other massage techniques.

But it might be time to specialize. And I know upon what I want to focus!

This might be a good time to take a few mindful, rejuvenating deep breaths… as I’m about to plunge into heavier waters.

This is what it all boils down to (hear me out: subtext read to the bottom of the post): when we have unmet needs, early conflicts (double binds) and unresolved psychological wounds, then we have shadow material. This makes sense – nearly everyone has some unresolved stuff – meaning everyone has shadow material. This can show up as blind spots, uncomfortable subjects, or meeting people who really hook and irritate us just by being themselves, certain emotions being very difficult to express, etc.

With this shadow material comes a lot of psychic energy required to keep it contained. Most of us want to appear normal, we want to assure our friends and family that everything is fine. So we become extremely skilled at containing, deflecting or suppressing our shadow material. And this requires large amounts of psychic energy! Huge resources are going into the darker nether regions of our psyche to keep our fears, terrors and even misunderstandings at bay. (Some of those fears though may just be illusions or confusions – they might be easier to remedy than you think!) Hence is it is easier to contain and deal with our subconscious underworld when we are younger – we have more psychic energy in our 20’s than we do in our 40’s!

As we get older however, these reservoirs of psychic energy start to decline. And then the compensation for our shadow material becomes harder and harder. Some of it starts to bleed over into our daily conscious lives – maybe we become more irritable without meaning to, maybe our anxiety is now impossible to hide, maybe we start having nightmare problems, perhaps we stick our foot in our mouths with more regularity – we become more raw, etc. And this is why many diseases start to show up around age 40 – especially those funny idiopathic diseases that the medical community cannot pinpoint the cause of. Can you image a Western doctor saying, “Oh your royal chi is declining which is allowing your skeletons out of the closet. That’s why you are sick…” That’d go over well! I can say more about this at another time – or better yet, sign up for one of my classes or webinars.

Kathy Kain – one of my teachers of Polyvagal therapy – says about the above topic: “moving toward equilibrium, it becomes easier to sustain healthy self-regulation… energy is no longer spent maintaining disequilibrium which allows us to focus on [healthy] other functions.” ~in her paper entitled Touching Trauma.

The healing facilitation work that I offer looks to gradually get to the root of the problem. And therefore this is slow patience-requiring work. But by going slower, we get to our destination faster (truly transforming suffering and getting to the root cause of illness). Do not expect instant results – you wouldn’t want that anyway (can you imagine a nervous system that took 40 years to get to where it is now, to shift radically in two weeks? No? I can’t either…) 🙂 But after 5, 7 or 10 treatments, you will definitely notice lasting results, greater insights and liberated shadow material. See the last few paragraphs!

We work with psychological double binds from the early pre-verbal stage of life, where we are literally building a body around whatever we encounter (if we are born in a tension field, then it would make sense that we take that tension into our bodies and get fooled into thinking that that is the only choice we have!! Ouch!). This is extremely powerful work. It is not for everyone. But someone who wants to do their healing work, who wants to transform for the better, who is willing to be uncomfortable for a few days while their body starts to transform (we can literally re-orient our brains and nervous systems by doing this work).

We walk the fine line between healthy self-regulation and activation as we repattern it – Ray Castellino, a pioneer in the Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Trauma resolution fields and founder of BEBA – building and enhancing bonding and attachment, calls this fine line, the Leading Edge – where we stretch ourselves as we build resiliency and restore healthy responses to stress.

You have to have good support. That is pre-requisite. Asking for help is one of the traits of a grown up. As a healing facilitator I want to be part of your health team – I want to be one of several people supporting you (I don’t want to do it alone). I will ask you about the support in your life – friends, family but more importantly counselors, health care providers, people you can really go to with your issues and be heard.

The benefits of liberating this shadow material are immense. When you were conceived, there was an initial blueprint of who you are / were meant to be. But then various imprints (misunderstandings, unmet needs, unresolved wounds) covered that up – obscured your highest potential. This work seeks to reconnect you to your original blueprint, gradually. By liberating your shadow material, you also simultaneously liberate the psychic energy that was required to keep it tamped down, suppressed, contained. And guess what? When you have all this psychic energy freed up, you become more spontaneous, more creative, more joyful, more resilient, clearer and having a sharper mind. Who doesn’t want that?

Oh and it might also have health ramifications – in Chinese medicine and other complimentary medicine theories, emotions play a major role in disease (especially unconscious, repressed, tangled emotions). The A.C.E. study has shown enormous levels of correlation when it comes to early trauma leading to adult (inflammatory) disease. What happens when we resolve and repair these early unmet needs and repair and resolve the trauma? It would make sense to assume then the idiopathic (unknown causes of) inflammation would also go down! And this is another reason why this work takes time – true, lasting, joyous transformation takes time but it is well worth it!

The brief uncomfortable journey is well worth it in the end! The key is getting beyond that typical Western saying of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” I would change it to, “If I can transform it for the better, what am I waiting for?!”

Thank you for reading!

Kirby offers sessions in person in Central Virginia (Charlottesville). He also offers webinars on various alternative bodywork modalities, working with the autonomic nervous system, and Spiritual Astrology classes. In addition he offers distance sessions by phone or Zoom / Skype. You can reach him at kirby [at] mkirbymoore {dot} com

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Hello again dear readers,

I have been busy with clients, practicing modalities and studying to complete a final assignment for massage school, hence my not writing on here much recently.

With that said though, I have gotten in about 35 practice treatments in the past four weeks! Which is so great! While many people ask for Swedish Massage, I have actually been very fortunate to be trying out a number of the techniques I learned and more. I have done a lot of Integrated treatments involving multiple modalities. So each session (Integrated) is pretty much unique and extremely creative! Therefore I am loving this work!

No, I’m not quite sure where I will take this bodywork down the road. But one thing I do know is if I have a choice, doing Hot Stones massage will be one of my specialties.

When I am working with someone sensitive to energy (or crystals or stones or Chi Kung or Yoga or Craniosacral work, etc), I can literally feel the stones getting excited to go to work. They love to warm up and work with people’s bodies – energy bodies, physical, emotional bodies, etc. I have only done a handful of Hot Stones treatments since being back and yet I get the feeling (backed up by some sensitive clients) that the stones love working with me! And the feeling is mutual!

Considering they were mainly sitting in an office previously (I’m not sure how often they were being cleaned), I think I know why the stones might love doing this work. Its because I do at least five types of clearing / cleaning of the stones (once a month at least):

  1. Soak the stones in Epsom salts (after each use)
  2. Clean the stones with light, mild soap (after each use)
  3. Smudge the stones with Blue Sage (smoke – once / month)
  4. add a few drops of Palo Santo essential oil to the stones (very purifying and sacred oil – once / month)
  5. put the stones in a mesh bag and put them in a Chi-rich mountain stream for a few hours (once or twice / month)
  6. finally I allow the stones to soak up the rays of the Full Moon (if it is not raining – obviously once / month)

If you have not read previous posts in the past few months, you might want to go back through and read about my time in Massage School – where I deepened my connection to nature, to the Stone people, with Plant spirits and with the sacredness of offering bodywork in general. Which is a good segue into what I am going to mention next.

Giving the stones a chance is extremely important. They have much potent medicine in them. They can help to free up stuck energy (because the particular technique I was taught uses special tapping sequences along certain Acupressure / Acupuncture meridians), they can soak up tension and malaise as you lie on them and they can rub out worry and fear as we use various strokes with the stones.

What I mean by giving them a chance is that they can and will communicate with us if we are open to it. And fake it until it actually starts to happen if it doesn’t seem to be working! Rarely I will have an idea of where I want to put a stone – for instance tucking it under a thigh or foot, but then the stone will tell me it prefers to be somewhere else! (Rarely does this occur.)

So if you live in or near Charlottesville or Central Virginia, look me up, leave a comment here about setting up a Hot Stones treatment! I am offering discounted sessions for another few weeks – I need to get in another five practice sessions at least – help me out please! 🙂

Thank you for reading!

~gratefully, KM

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Hello again dear readers,

I gave a Jin Shin Acupressure session recently that was quite profound. Let’s just say that with some people I can actually see how their “Chi tank” is doing so to say. What the heck does that mean? This person was fairly depleted and coming off a cold. When I worked with their feet, I could actually see how empty and hollow their feet were. As in, I could have filled their feet for hours with Chi or life-force or light energy.

When I practice Acupressure I imagine light is coming out of my finger tips and shining into my client’s body. It is a potent session. It also affords me the chance to do some Chi cultivation myself while I treat them – knocking out two birds with one treatment as it were! This is one of the ways our Massage School main teacher taught us how to make bodywork modalities into spiritual practices.

So what does the title of this piece have to do with anything? If we practice solid self care, doing a lot of personal growth work on ourselves and set some solid aspirations or intentions, then it is only a matter of time before we are able to provide quality healing facilitation treatments or to be a healthy enthusiastic presence wherever we go! 🙂

In Chinese Medicine, there is a concept known as Evil Chi. Don’t worry, its not as bad as it sounds. In fact, I would even argue that its name could be Heavy Chi or Distracting Chi or Aggressive Chi or EMF-filled Chi or Chaotic Chi. I say this because Evil Chi can be all those things – if we are around a fight or a highly charged argument or high-voltage power lines, these could all produce Evil Chi and we would not want to do Chi cultivation around them (or spend any time there in fact!).

Why do I mention Evil Chi? Because it can come from within us as well as from without. If we have maladaptive beliefs or imprints in our unconscious, and we are constantly keeping ourselves small to make others comfortable, then this would be considered Evil Chi as well. If we beat ourselves up due to some early imprints or unresolved unmet needs, that might also be considered Evil Chi – it can literally show up anywhere. This is why Chi cultivation is challenging for some people – not only are there outer obstacles to practice but there are inner obstacles! Ooph!

Therefore if you practice Chi Kung with a qualified teacher, someone who embodies the teachings, who walks with light and love, who has solid intentions and aspirations and experience under their belt, when the Chi sensations start to arise, if there are inner imprints and other obstacles being cleared, then it can be uncomfortable for a bit. But stick with it! If it is too uncomfortable then back off for a short while, rest, get some bodywork, pamper yourself, then go back in a few weeks and give it a try.

But it is possible to walk in beauty, to be a living breathing divine connection between Father Sky and Mother Earth. It is possible to feel the love story that is Chi Kung happening in your body, allowing the bliss and ecstasy to unfold as you melt resistance with solid practice. It is possible to walk with light, to visualize mandalas of light going into the Earth with each step you take, each breath you breathe. It is possible to remember who you are.

Thank you for reading and I hope this was at least a little helpful.

~km

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Hello dear readers,

I am excited to gradually be getting my business started! I am also getting unpacked (both physically and psycho-spiritually) from my amazing Journey West for the mystical and potent Massage School that I just completed. Not to mention beginning to study for the Massage National Licensing Exam… (I’m busy!)

And I need people to practice these incredible bodywork modalities on. Even people who don’t live in Virginia – I can offer distance Acupressure treatments (this is a give what you can session). We learned Asian Bodywork (Shiatsu and Jin Shin Acupressure), Swedish Massage, Integrated Reflexology (hand and mainly foot), Passive Stretching and Hot Stones Massage.

I just got a set of Hot Stones yesterday – they are presently going through a ritual of cleansing and soaking up the Full Moon’s rays before the stones will be ready for treatments in a few days! Also exciting!

Here is a link to sign up for my Newsletter, which I will send out in a couple weeks:

Wisdom Healing Arts Newsletter Link

By the way, I am offering an incentive – for every 25 people who sign up for my Newsletter, I will give a complimentary bodywork treatment each week to a random subscriber (up to 4 max for the month of May)! So sign up now and get in the running to receive a gifted treatment.

To schedule a treatment, click on this link:

Schedule a Treatment with Wisdom Healing Arts Now

Thank you for reading and I am looking forward to sharing these great modalities with you!

~Kirby Moore

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Hello dear readers!

So far, I am doing well in bringing the sacred potency of Crestone Colorado back home to Virginia.

(See below to sign up for my Newsletter or to set up a bodywork appointment)

For anyone not in the know, briefly, I just returned from Colorado where I was in a potent and very educational massage therapy program where we also did Chi Kung, Tai Chi and / or Kundalini Yoga every day for three months. It was awesome!

Of course I have my ups and downs – driving 1800 miles in three days and two nights for instance, was not easy, and it requires rest time to integrate and get my body back in sync with the local rhythms! I’m slowly getting there.

With that said however, today is a good day so far!

Woke up with the dog barking so I let her out (my parent’s dog). 8:30 am

Fed her and then went outside to do some Chi Kung. Did the 8 Brocades this morning – which it turns out, is also the sped-up version of a technique called Ba Dua Jin – a Chi Kung style rumored to cause its practitioners to be invincible (side note – that is if the person practices all of the Ba Dua Jin set which has apparently been partially lost with time). Anyway… did some good connecting with my foundations, standing in the sun, being the connection between heaven and earth and then rooting down into Mother Earth. 9:30 am

Dug through my parent’s barn where some of my stuff is stored and unearthed my juicer. Made Pineapple, Granny Smith apple, beet and ginger juice for breakfast. That was yummy! I also sang some prayers and mantras into the ingredients to bless the juice.  This is a combination I must remember – nectar of the gods! I felt like I was right back in Hawaii (my birthplace).

As you may or may not know, it is good to bless your food and drink. Offer it light and if you have a connection to a spiritual lineage, then say prayers of blessing. Be grateful and try to have joy in your heart to connect with these delicious ingredients! Fake it if you must. I say this because it is not just what you eat, but how you eat it that matters for the Chi intake. I fully believe that we will get more out of any food we take in if we bless it and offer it light and love. (I realize this sounds way out there, but there are many stories of people – saints – who were thrown in prison and only given rotten bread or simple porridge to eat. But after blessing their “food” they regained robust health in spite of their conditions! So no, I’m not a saint, but I can fake it until I make it!)

By the time I had given juice to my parents and my brother and cleaning everything up, it was 11 am.

Then I drove to the local farmer’s market where I purchased some kale and some basil plants for my mother to plant. And here I sit, typing this curious missive.

This afternoon I am very excited to be picking up a set of hot stones – for hot stone massage. I learned a special technique in Colorado where a shaman taught us how to work with the energy meridians of the body while doing Hot Stone massage. It is more like Hot Stone Shiatsu – it is awesome!

So I will pick up my new stones, work with them, talk to them, put them in a mesh bag and put them in the full mountain stream to clean them and infuse them with good pure mountain Chi. Then in a few days I will be ready to practice Hot Stone Massage with people!

By the way, if you want to set up an appointment with me you can click here to go to my scheduling software:

Kirby’s Scheduling Site

(by the way, these rates are not going to last long. once I get my massage license, I will be raising my rates. so sign up now while the deal lasts!)

Or you can click the following to sign up for my monthly newsletter!

Kirby’s Newsletter Link

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