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TCM Conference Wisdom

Renee Lehman

(11/2017) This past September, the 14th annual Building Bridges of Integration for Traditional Chinese Medicine Conference was held in Reston, VA. The 2017 Conference was entitled: Consciousness, Self-Discovery, and Everyday Health, and highlighted self-discovery, the inner awareness that illuminates the vital link between consciousness and everyday health.

Overall, the conference was a wonderful experience. There were opportunities to learn practical ways to incorporate body-mind-spirit healing into your daily life. The conference focused on the innovative framework that connects timeless ancient wisdom (of Traditional Chinese Medicine) with the latest advances in modern science (quantum physics).

This unique perspective illuminates a deeper understanding of humans as energy beings. In many of my articles I have written about Qi (pronounced chee), the wise and intelligent Universal Life Force that runs through all living things. I have also written articles dealing with Oneness. Modern science tells us that everything is energy (Qi) and everything is connected. All that is, is part of the Universe. Nothing exists in isolation. Based on these discoveries, health, and healing can be viewed as a window into the body’s quantum information framework. During the conference, speakers used the ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) framework to show how healing goes beyond the physical level, thus revealing that we are an expression of Oneness and Universal love.

There were many new concepts and knowledge learned from the conference that dealt with how to gain optimal health and enhance daily life. I thought that it would be nice to share some of them with you.

What is the Purpose of an Illness?

Healing from any illness (whether body, mind, or spirit) becomes a journey to reclaim your true purpose and become aligned with your inner blueprint. This personal and ultimately private journey is one of self-discovery. Health and wellness occur when you access your "inner-net," not the inter-net! The answer comes from within! Through self-discovery, we recognize our connection to the universe and that nothing is separate.

Look first at the fact that everything is energy, that all energy has consciousness, and that all consciousness has purpose. Therefore, all energy has purpose. Everything has purpose. So, any illness/dis-ease has purpose. Rather than dealing with the illness/dis-ease, deal with the purpose of this illness/dis-ease in one’s life.

What does this mean? Albert Einstein said, "Everything is energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another." Remember his equation:

E = mc2. Energy = mass x the speed of light squared. Since the speed of light is a constant, we can look at Energy = Mass. Energy and mass are the same thing! Energy is invisible, and mass is visible. To change one’s mass (the visible), you must change your energy (the invisible). Since everything is energy, then illness/disease is a representation of how the invisible energy shows up as the visible mass. Your energy must change to change the illness/disease.

"In the circle of health and illness, illness becomes a gateway to self-discovery and spiritual transformation. Your health represents harmony between you and the Universe. From this angle, any illness or chaos in your life becomes an opportunity to see Oneness, to discover that you are a child of the universe." Nan Lu, OMD

Words of Wisdom

Speaker, Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D., is a quantum physicist, cosmologist, climate change researcher and works extensively on consciousness. He teaches individuals and organizations on the natural laws that apply everywhere and are the foundations of the universe, for well-being and success. He is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics, and Director of the Center of Excellence of Earth Systems Modeling and Observations at Chapman University. He is also a Visiting Professor, Division of Environmental Science & Ecological Engineering, and Advisor BK21 Plus Eco-Leader Education Center, Korea University, Seoul, Korea; and Affiliated Researcher, National Observatory of Athens, Greece. He has authored 315+ articles, is author or editor of 17 books, including The Conscious Universe (Springer), Looking In, Seeing Out (Theosophical Publishing House), and is co-author with Deepak Chopra of the 2017 book, You Are the Universe (Harmony).

"We hold onto things that are not there (we live in the past), and we anticipate the future. Therefore, are we really here in the present moment?"

"The Universe is infinite, and our mind is limited. How can the human mind think that it can capture infinity?"

"Our body is very wise." - Menas Kafatos, PhD


Speaker, Nan Lu, OMD, is founding director and president of Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation, the country’s foremost educational organization for traditional Chinese medicine. As Grand Master of Wu Ming Qigong, he is a lineage holder of ancient knowledge not found in today’s textbooks. He has devoted his life to preserving the unique body–mind–spirit wisdom of TCM and Wu Ming Qigong. A longtime TCM practitioner, his mission is to help patients and his Qigong students discover their healing abilities and the effect of consciousness in everyday health. Dr. Lu’s latest book is Digesting the Universe: A Revolutionary Framework for Healthy Metabolism Function, a major work that addresses the multidimensional aspects of today’s chronic health issues. He holds a doctorate in traditional Chinese medicine from Hubei University, China, and is a clinical associate professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, School of Social Welfare.

"Deal with your LIFE. When your life changes, your illness/dis-ease will change."

"We are all stars. If you don’t see the light, clean up your stardust. Then you will see your light." - Nan Lu, OMD



Speaker, Lillian Pearl Bridges, is the world’s leading authority on Face Reading and Facial Diagnosis. She is credited for reawakening Chinese Medicine to this body of ancient knowledge and introducing it to Western Medicine and Business. She has taught Complimentary and Allopathic Doctors, Acupuncturists and other Natural Health Practitioners, CEO’s and Executive Management Teams. She has developed a Golden Path Program to help her individual clients discover their life’s purpose. Lillian is the founder of The Lotus Institute, Inc. and The Lotus Institute Press based in Seattle, WA. She is a lineage holder from a long line of Master Chinese practitioners in her Chen Family and received her degree in Psychology from UCLA. She is the author of Face Reading in Chinese Medicine, 2nd Edition.

"It does not matter what happens. It matters how you feel about it."

"Aging is an overuse injury. The spirit is ageless."

"Be willing to stand in the light of your truth, and you will attract those who see ‘You’."

- Lillian Pearl Bridges


So, if this article has peaked your interest, check out next year’s Building Bridges of Integration for Traditional Chinese Medicine 2018 Conference. It will be held from October 11-14, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency, Reston, VA. Information will be at the website next year.

Hope to see you next October!

"You don't need to change the world; you need to change yourself." - Miguel Ruiz

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other peoples’ thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." - Steve Jobs

Renee Lehman is a licensed acupuncturist and physical therapist with over 25 years of health care experience. Her office is located at 249B York Street in Gettysburg, PA. She can be reached at 717-752-5728.

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