Evangelical Community Acupuncture

Friends and family surrounding him, Paul Williams lays down on the makeshift crucifix fashioned out of plywood and wooden posts.  The planks are sturdy and laid flat on the ground, a modest amount of cushioning over the boards to provide the slightest comfort.  Paul, who appears to be in his middle to late sixties, will be lying on the crucifix for an hour and the boards can be extremely uncomfortable without the cushioning.  And while the intention of the experience is not necessarily to offer physical comfort, many of those that will be participating in the event are older and in a great degree of pain as it is, more so than can be assumed Jesus Christ was in before he was tortured and crucified by the Roman Empire in 33 AD.  

“Attending acupuncture school was just a means to an end.  That end was to spread the Word of God.” says John Carol, an evangelical Christian minister living in Los Angeles, California.  “My aunt had bad arthritis of the knees and had tried everything for relief.  She was unable to get around without support and eventually needed a wheelchair for most of her activities.  When she told us she was going to try acupuncture, we were all very suspicious and wary.  It is foreign to our way of thinking, and not necessarily medically speaking.  It is foreign culturally.”  His aunt got the acupuncture anyway and it helped her greatly.  She needed less pain medication and was able to get out of her wheelchair entirely, if not abandon her cane.  “We were all astounded.  But this suspicion remained.  How did this stuff work?”

Carol began to look into acupuncture, Oriental medicine and the theories surrounding it.  The more he looked, the more uncomfortable he was with the manner in which it was supposed to work.  “It is based on a metaphysical construct that is absolutely counter to everything we know and understand through western medicine.  Now, I do not prescribe to everything that western medicine has to say, and frankly, I think that it can be an arrogant and Godless system that deifies science and man at the expense of morals, values and the Word of God.  However, what we do know about the body and the way that God made man in His own image tells us that if the theories of Oriental medicine are to be taken as valid, the Bible and the Word of God would be somehow incomplete or lacking.  Where in the Bible is there talk of an invisible energy that the Chinese called qi flowing through invisible pathways in the body?  Nowhere.”  

But delving deeper into his own understanding of God and Bible study, Carol believes that the ancient Chinese may have intuited something more powerful that what his contemporary colleagues have interpreted as a mysterious “energy”.  The ancient Chinese may have been intuiting the coming of Jesus, and what is called qi in the Chinese classics was actually the Holy Spirit.  Whether or not they understood this is inconsequential.  “The Holy Spirit is that agent or aspect of God that can regenerate our dead spirit.  We are put here on this earth as a body with a soul.  However, we have a dead Spirit. John 3:6 says, ‘Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.’ Regeneration is a spiritual rebirth that enables us to reach God.  The ancient Chinese seemed to understand that they were tapping into a force that was beyond mere biology.  It is only now that we can understand the true meaning of qi and the archetypal power of the needles.”  

Activating the Holy Spirit in regeneration leads to faith in Jesus Christ and gives one the power to actualize the Word here on earth.  What Carol wants to do with acupuncture is activate the Holy Spirit, faith in the Lord, so that the teachings of Christ can be brought out of the Bible to manifest into the believers activities here on earth.  Moreover, activating the Holy Spirit through acupuncture can lead to dramatic healing experiences of the physical body and cleanse the emotional pain of living without Christ.  “This is body, mind, Holy Spirit medicine.” says Carol.  

Modern culture is devoid of a connection with Christ and therefore the most common illness we moderns experience is a spiritual illness, a lack of God, according to Carol.  Acupuncture as he practices it is a truly spiritual intervention, regenerating the Holy Spirit into the believer, whether or not he has already been saved.  People getting acupuncture from Carol are doing it to cleanse the soul and revitalize the Spirit in them, allowing them to reaffirm their commitment to God.  Carol knows only two “points” in his practice, and uses them bilaterally for a total of four needles.  But in his church they are not seen as needles.  They are nails.  And through them is divined the breath of God.  

Ezekiel 36:26-27 says, "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws."  So says Paul Williams, and all who come to Carol’s Church of The Holy Spirit, as he approaches the recumbent crucifix and prepares to deepen his communion with God.  Williams lies down, careful with his troubled back and makes himself as comfortable as possible.  His arms are outstretched at ninety degrees on either side as he lies in a symbolic recreation of the crucifixion of Jesus, wrists and ankles tied to the boards with twine straps.  Carol approaches him, acupuncture needles in hand and bellows above the din of onlookers a quote from 2 Corinthians 5:17. "THEREFORE, IF ANYONE IS IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATION; THE OLD HAS GONE, THE NEW HAS COME!"  He swiftly inserts a needle into the center of the right palm.  Several people start wailing in grief as if very Jesus Christ were before them, receiving his punishment.  Others are speaking in tongues, thrashing their bodies about as the Holy Spirit moves through them.  And others simply have their arms raised with hands reaching towards the sky, looking upwards, eyes closed, faces serene, moving back and forth in an easy sway like grass in an autumn breeze.  Williams himself has his eyes closed, lips pursed.  Tears that had been bunched up in his eyes are now streaming down his face as he accepts the grace of the Holy Spirit.  Carol circles around to puncture Williams left palm and as he raises the needle and brings it down deftly into the palm, a new wave of animation jolts through the crowd, igniting the room with a fevered glow that is as palpable as it is intoxicating.  To Carol and his flock, the Holy Spirit has cometh.  Needles are inserted into the flesh between the first and second toes of both feet and William’s chest thrusts forcibly outward off the board, defying the fragile condition of his aged back.  People in the crowd are crying and hugging.  Without words they amble away from the now gently quivering Williams as the Spirit pours through his very being.  They move away from him and toward another makeshift recumbent crucifix only ten feet to the side of Williams.  A middle-aged woman makes her way onto the crucifix, her face firm and resolute.  In a row, apart from the two believers are eight more crucifixes.  Opposite them is another row of ten making twenty in all.  On any given day, Carol will crucify at least fifty and as much as one hundred people who pay through a donation box on the wall.  The word of his Church has spread through L.A. like a California wildfire.  He does this 6 days a week for 7 hours a day.  He ministers at the church on Sundays.  

“Acupuncture school is hardly an environment that is tolerant toward Christ and His teachings or the average working class American. To a very large degree, these schools attract a certain type of person, one that is more interested in self-expression than service.  Acupuncture schools cater to the culture of narcissism.  There is an air of superiority there that is common to liberal people and it is this superiority that keeps acupuncture and Oriental medicine on the outskirts of mainstream America.”   According to Carol, the schools are not really interested in promoting service, which was the essence of the Christ’s teachings.  Rather, the schools have a twin agenda of legitimizing acupuncture as a mainstream medical profession in their own financial interests, and attracting tuition paying students by promoting a metaphysical quasi-religious view of the human condition that reduces all interior experiences of spiritual depth to sensory-emotional experiences that can be felt in the body.  In any case, neither of these agendas can be successfully fulfilled because of the profound cultural gap that exists between the people that own and operate the schools, acupuncturists themselves and working class America, which is largely conservative in nature and apt to adhere to a Judeo-Christian worldview that considers Oriental medicine, if it considers it at all, foreign, unfamiliar and scary.  The liberal left cannot support acupuncture as a mainstream medical modality either, as it is suspicious of anything unsupported by science.  If qi cannot be seen with a microscope, it is not real and any attempt to appeal to the rational liberal mind is immediately lost, regardless of the latest western study.  Enter the lab coats, doctorate degrees and insurance reimbursement.  “You have two deluded types of acupuncturists.  Your rational scientific type that thinks they are going to establish acupuncture as a legitimate medical profession a la chiropractors and physical therapists.  Then there is the sensitive, self-centered emotional type that thinks they that by catering to the emotional needs of privileged peoples and calling this spiritual work, that they are doing good deeds and will be able to support themselves.  Never mind that most people can’t afford their services.  That is merely the price to be paid for working at a ‘deep level’.  They both exemplify a deluded sick society that has lost the Way and has traded a relationship with God for their own worldly desires.”  And that is why Carol and other officials in the Church are planning on opening their own acupuncture schools.

The laws that govern acupuncture schools and regulate the profession reflect the mindset of those that established the schools.  For Carol, these laws need to be changed in order to reflect the mindset of the church and its members before acupuncture can integrate itself into conservative working-class culture.  It is this way that acupuncture can be as commonplace as those within the existing profession wish it could be, but on much different terms: those terms would be established by the church.  And if any organization has the power to rewrite the laws that govern acupuncture in America, it is the evangelical movement, which is said to average somewhere between 30-35% of the population, or about 100 million Americans.  In 2007, 3.1 million Americans received acupuncture.  The divide is enormous.

Carol and other church authorities envision an acupuncture education that would be remiss of all Oriental medical theory.  In its place would be a rigorous curriculum of evangelical Christian teachings with the aim of preparing a thoroughly devout Christian with the same spirit of service that Christ embodied.  And while true and final salvation can only be in Heaven, it is only by contacting the Holy Spirit in this life that this salvation is possible.  “Currently, the acupuncture needle is a Class II Medical Device and many states already make an exception for who can use an acupuncture needle.  Chiropractors, physical therapists, doctors and other healthcare professionals can use acupuncture needles to help their patients, without going through the hoops of acupuncture training.  The acupuncture world tries to claim that the use of the acupuncture needle by non-licensed acupuncturists represents a public health hazard.  This is laughable.  Any entry-level physical therapist would destroy your typical acupuncturist in a test on anatomy.  Whenever the acupuncture world argues a point in the interest of public safety, they are almost always arguing in favor of their own interests and protecting what they see as their turf.  But, drug detoxification acupuncture, ear acupuncture, is done by a variety of peoples not trained in the usual metaphysics of acupuncture or any medical training in most cases; social workers, office workers, whatever.  This training is streamlined into a 70-hour course and has done more work in the spirit of Christ and service than the so-called profession can ever hope to.”  The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, or NADA oversees drug detoxification acupuncture.  Carol states that one would need more than 70 hours to train in the teachings of Christ, but this training is really more of a process of upbringing than scholastic achievement.  Learning to safely insert four needles would not really require much technical training at all.  Regardless, he envisions that ministers or lay people would need nowhere near the overwrought education forced upon aspiring acupuncturists now, which between pre-requisites and actual course works can total more than 5 years of training with a price tag in excess of $150,000.  These numbers do little to attract conservative working-class Christians to study within that model.  But again, one must consider the effect of the existing elitist, greed and status driven, metaphysically based acupuncture culture in keeping evangelicals at bay.  

The training Carol foresees would prepare people with the use of the two acupuncture points commonly known in as pericardium 8 and liver 3, even simpler than the NADA protocol which relies on five points in each ear.  These two points are an archetypal representation of the crucifixion and are apt entryways for the Holy Spirit.  It is more important to Carol that potential students are established in their Christian practice, are eager to be vehicles for the Holy Spirit, and are willing to engage the spirit of service wholeheartedly than be encumbered with theories and technique.  In fact, they would stop calling the use of acupuncture needles ‘acupuncture’ and replace it with a more appropriate term.   Carol is partial to calling what he does “regenerating” and thinks that the second coming of the acupuncture profession will be called just that.

“Between NADA and the Holy Spirit we can do more and serve more people that actually need acupuncture than the established profession could ever hope to do.  We just need to eradicate the idea that this piece of steel, the so-called acupuncture needle must be used in accord with Oriental medical theory and change the schooling accordingly.”  Carol hopes to bridge the cultural gap that prevents the use of acupuncture in America.  He hopes to use the needle to transcend the culture of narcissism, scientific-medical reductionism, and the hedonistic equation of the sensations and impulses of the physical-emotional body with that of Spirit.  He plans to reintroduce acupuncture to America, his America, on terms that evangelical conservative working-class America will be able to relate to and understand.  And he sees nothing wrong with framing acupuncture within the mindset and worldview of him and those like him.  After all, that is already what has happened to acupuncture and Oriental medicine in this country.  Only now, more people will be able to identify with and use it.

All around Paul Williams the room is filled with hymn, prayer and song.  He lies in peace, head cocked gently to the side, asleep in the house of the Lord.  There are fifteen other of the flock crucified, in varying states of activity, all bathing in the Light of God.  The pews are filled with those in prayer and conversation; this is not a place for isolation but one for contact and community.  The room is aglow with the Holy Spirit and the release of pain and suffering that is physical, emotional and Spiritual in nature.  The congregants, Carol and the crucified are all individual threads in an integral and interwoven fabric of a ritual whose glue is the Holy Spirit itself.  Carol roams the room quietly, attending to those on the crucifixes when needed, wiping tears, touching hands.  This is what happens when acupuncture is more than a needle, more than a medical modality, more than theory.  This is what happens when culture grabs hold of that which has the power to heal, but has been mishandled.  What the Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away.  And as Carol and church authorities plan for the recapture of acupuncture for their people, the support of millions stands at their backs, singing familiar songs.

Peace be with you.

This story was posted on May 17 2009 by The Zang Fool.
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Comments

  • May 18 2009 at 12:19 PM
    River Jordan writes:

    At first, I felt

    At first, I felt apprehensive at the title “Evangelical CA”,
    thinking….“oh, now he’s really touched off a potential web war,” but
    as I kept reading, I sense a genuine respect for the religious devotion of
    Christians, with the satire more obviously pointed in the direction it
    is deserved - at the acupuncture profession itself, on its rigid
    exclusion of alternatives based on institutional goals, rather than the
    needs of particular communities and the society as a whole.
    It also made me rethink how I might be invoking that same exclusionary
    energy into my own clinic. Shortly after the [url=”/blog/acupuncture-has-image-problem”]conversation with the
    pastor[/url], I decided to take down the large brocade painting of Medicine
    Buddha in one corner of the treatment room. I feel pretty confident
    that probably 95% of my patients are either indifferent to it, or like
    it, but I don’t want to make even 5% of my community uncomfortable. In that respect, it was a no-brainer to take it down.

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  • May 19 2009 at 1:15 AM
    lumiel writes:

    Powerful stuff, Man.

    And who is to say that this is not possible?  Praise the Lord.

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  • May 21 2009 at 9:43 PM
    Nora writes:

    ooooooh

    I finally read this and I love it.  Thanks for the constant pushing, pricking, prodding and provoking, Foolio.

    This makes me want to re-read “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.” I can also really imagine the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence doing acupuncture this way…hott!!

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  • May 22 2009 at 4:17 PM
    david villanueva writes:

    With half or over half of Americans

    identifying themselves as Christians, why write a piece like this? Although I’m not surprised because Christians and Christianity have been mocked, insulted, and worse, for over 2,000 years. Imagine if the piece instead used Islam or the Buddhist faith as the backdrop. Ohh, now THAT would be unacceptable. But, since it’s Christian symbols and Christianity used as tools for this blog, that’s alright in this society of “tolerance”.  Fortunately for CAN and CA offices, very few people seem to read these blogs.

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  • May 22 2009 at 4:39 PM
    Guest writes:

    My practice

    I learned a similar protocol that I use in my practice:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV2inLzeoy8

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  • May 22 2009 at 6:10 PM
    Nora writes:

    Hey David,
    I don’t think

    Hey David,

    I don’t think that ZF’s intention WAS to make fun of Christians here, at all. I think (and I hope he will correct me if I am wrong) that his intention was to imagine what an acupuncture practice that was deeply rooted in and informed by Christianity might look like (as opposed to the cultures and subcultures that currently dominate acupuncture practice in the U.S.).

    I am wondering about something I see you do here that I often see U.S. Christians do (and I don’t know whether you identify as such): asserting their majority while (in the same breath) complaining about being oppressed.  Certainly a majority *can* be oppressed (cf women, poor people), but I don’t think that’s a workable argument in the case of Christians in the US.

     

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  • May 23 2009 at 12:15 AM
    lumiel writes:

    I suspect that the self-proclaimed Christians today aren’t

    familiar with the long tradition of true believers in the Catholic tradition being blessed with the experience of the Stigmata.  This may be why modern American Christians may feel put off by this piece.  Having traveled on pilgrimage to a few holy places in Europe, I found this description of the New Christian Acupuncture beautifully written and transcendent.

     I like to think that these blogs get a lot of exposure to the public.

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  • May 23 2009 at 12:54 AM
    Lisafer writes:

    a couple of things I don’t get

    1) what about this blog was offensive to Christians? I’m a practicing Catholic, and it sounded pretty reverent to me. Is that because I’m not an evangelical? Or because Catholics have longstanding dibs on weird rituals, and acupuncture crucifixions sound like something we might do if we ever collectively got interested in acupuncture? Any other CAN Christians willing to say how they felt about it? I’m with Nora, I thought the ZF was making a point about culture, beautifully, and at nobody’s expense except the acupuncture profession’s. Plus I love it when anybody talks about the Holy Spirit, I can’t help it, I just do. 

    2) Christians in America complaining about being oppressed. (Some Catholics are busy doing this right now because of the movie Angels and Demons.) OK. There’s Nora’s well-taken point about Christians being a cultural majority here, not to mention our history of being thorough and skillful oppressors ourselves (just ask the Native Americans about the devastating impact of all those Christian boarding schools on their cultures). But the thing I really don’t get, is, doesn’t being a Christian mean that you  sign up for being mocked and insulted? You know, Matthew 5:11, “blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all sorts of evil things against you because of Me”? Yeah, the world is often unfriendly to people who are seriously trying to live out their faith—but I don’t think we’re supposed to get indignant about it, because it was never supposed to be easy. Like that great quote by GK Chesterton: “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting, it has been found difficult and left untried.”

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  • May 23 2009 at 7:38 AM
    Jessica Feltz writes:

    Yet another version of CA…

    That is hilarious!  I especially love the group setting and her interpretation of a successful practice: “The treatment is very successful.  Never had a patient come back.”

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  • May 24 2009 at 1:20 AM
    keithananda writes:

    In all honesty, when I first

    In all honesty, when I first saw the title of this ZF piece, I thought ’ uh oh.’

    But I’ve read this piece over again several times, and I don’t feel insulted or persecuted or mocked.  Religion always seems to be a very sensitive subject to converse about.  I don’t see that the point of this piece is to disparage anyone’s religion, beliefs, or customs.  I think it is a well written description of how one acupuncture practice might possibly look within a certain context.

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  • May 24 2009 at 9:19 PM
    Guest writes:

    Like the writer of this article, I

    prefer to remain anonymous. I have experienced acupuncture, am interested in it, and have been reading the writings on here for several months.
    I feel the same way as davidv about this article. The writer uses the cross, Christ and the Holy Spirit in a disrespectful manner. It reminds me of a child who manipulates adults who love him, in order to obtain what he desires. These adults who care for him deeply deserve respect and honor from the child. Instead, they are used for selfish reasons by the child.

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  • May 24 2009 at 11:56 PM
    peoples writes:

    yes!!

    you have an awesome mind, friend.

    Sam 

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  • May 25 2009 at 12:10 PM
    Guest writes:

    I am an acupuncture patient. Like

    two earlier commenters, I object to this blog. I found it greatly disrespectful, to say the least, to my Christian faith. It was also very disturbing.

    I am a businesswoman, and in that capacity, deal daily with customers. Two subjects my staff and I do not discuss with customers are religion and politics. Anyone in sales or marketing knows not to do so.

    I visit this site periodically, but not to read insulting, degrading views about my faith. I strongly urge the decision-makers of this site to keep it free of all personal views on any faith or religion, and political party. Free of any blog that could be seen as insulting to any faith or religion. If there is any question in your mind/s as to the suitability of a piece, please, please, leave it out.

    From what I read on your Home Page, this is an acupuncture site, to promote your innovative way of practicing community acupuncture. Those of us who are visitors to your site are not interested in reading personal views about religion or faith, and politics. We are here to read about what you are trying to promote—community acupuncture. Please try to remember that always.

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  • May 25 2009 at 6:45 PM
    River Jordan writes:

    If I may be so bold…

    Marjorie, could you please let us all know specifically what about the blog post you found “insulting”, and “degrading”? That’s a pretty big stone to throw without actually backing it up with any words of substance other than your personal take on what is appropriate.

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  • May 28 2009 at 12:42 PM
    Guest writes:

    riverjordan (a nice Biblical name),

    my first inclination after reading your comment for me to “back it up” was to decline because I have no interest in reliving the vivid imagery conjured by the article. Also, anything I point out could be conveniently answered by, “This is satire,” or “This is irony. The writer was not really being serious about that. So, just lighten up, lady.”

    Writing a satirical piece, one can expect to get away with almost anything.

    Then I realized—that is exactly what is so offensive about this article. It MAKES LIGHT, MAKES FUN OF SOME VERY SERIOUS MATTERS. MATTERS WITH ETERNAL CONSEQUENCE, MATTERS OF WHERE ONE WILL SPEND ETERNITY after this earthly life.

    Since this site is an acupuncture website set up to promote community acupuncture, this is not the place for my getting into a long, detailed explanation (which is necessary to answer why the piece is so offensive) because that involves explaining Christianity, Who Christ is, Who is the Holy Spirit, the significance of the cross, the reason Christ came to earth in human form.

    What I will do is provide references for you to read in more detail about these topics:

    Who is Christ? Read the book “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel, a journalist, former atheist. Read the Bible, starting with the Gospel of John.

    Who is the Holy Spirit? Site: intouch.org Sign in to view Life Principles Notes. Click on the topic. (I tried to provide the direct link to the article, but was not successful.

    What is the significance of the cross? Same as above. Read “The Message of the Cross”.

    Why did Christ come to earth? Same as above.

    What was involved in Christ’s suffering in the hours before, and on the cross?  See the film “The Passion”. It is based on one (?) of the Gospels and depicts what we now know about receiving 39 lashes, being crucified.

    If you don’t want to read the book mentioned, see the film and read the linked articles, here’s another option for you, riverjordan, the writer of the article and the others who aggressively defend this piece. If you really, really, really in your heart of hearts see nothing wrong with posting it for general public viewing, to those who are acupuncturists, show this article (including the title and all the comments about it) to your Christian patients. Show it to priests, to pastors. Ask for their input.

    I doubt that you would then hold the same aggressive defender position you have taken on this site. I think it would be a valuable learning experience for those of you that follow up on this. You will probably lose some patients just by asking them to read it, but then you would understand what’s so wrong about putting this up for public viewing.

    Instead of a genuine concern that an article on a site of an organization that seeks to promote the community acupuncture way of practicing has been deemed offensive by some, I noticed an aggressive attack position by its defenders, especially those who responded to the first person who objected. Basically saying to the objectors, “You are wrong to find this offensive. I don’t find it offensive, so neither should anyone else.”

    DO THE DEFENDERS HOLD THE SAME STRONGLY HELD CORE SPIRITUAL CONVICTIONS AS THE OBJECTORS?  Do the defenders realize the seriousness of the topic?

    In the community spirit of making services (advice, in this case) readily and affordably available, I shared a basic piece of common knowledge in Sales/Marketing—not to discuss religion or faith, and politics with customers. The reasons are obvious. In case they are not to some here, these topics can be highly charged for people. One would not last long in sales or marketing (and every community acupuncturist does some sales/mktg.) if one readily discussed these topics with customers. I shared that because this part of your site is viewable by the general public. The same part of the site which contains this offensive, derogatory article.

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  • May 31 2009 at 8:00 AM
    River Jordan writes:

    Marjorie

    I am a Buddhist. Religious tolerance is very important to my faith, and I have no need or wish to convert anyone else to Buddhism. Buddhism works for me, but I’m not going to require someone else to go out and read books on Buddhism just to have an open conversation with a potential friend. However, I have read the Book of John, and found it deeply inspiring.

    I understand from my brother that I will burn in hell for not accepting Christ, as he puts it. Funny thing is, I do accept Christ. In any case, turn the other cheek I say. He’s my brother, I love him anyways. And in his better moments, he feels that, forgets about the conceptual isms which divide people, and we laugh and joke about life.

    I am sorry you feel offended because of what feels like heavy handed satire.  As was repeatedly expressed, that was unintentional. I have come to know Mr. Fool, the author, and can vouch for the goodness and purity of his heart.

    Your analogy about not discussing religion or politics with customers is wise, though not too relevant in this case. Have you had acupuncture before? Did you feel better after you received it? If you live in Seattle, then maybe I’ve lost a potential customer which is regretable, but my views are my own, don’t confuse them with another acupuncturist. 

    In the spirit of peace and reconciliation,

    Jordan

    p.s. If you do live in Seattle or ever pass through here, I invite you to come in for a free treatment sometime at CommuniChi Acupuncture Clinic on Beacon Hill. I would be honored by your presence.

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  • June 1 2009 at 3:42 PM
    Guest writes:

    Mr. Jordan,

    I totally disagree that not discussing religion or politics with customers is not too relevant here.  I believe it is completely relevant. Your CAN site is an online organization of acupuncturists and those interested in comm. acup., with the goal of promoting your way of practicing acupuncture. So, CAN is an extension of your separate acup. practices.

    Your blogs are on your CAN site which makes it part of the CA business, by extension.

    CAN being a business site (to promote acup.), would be wise not to bring up faith or religion and politics issues on a forum (blogs) that is viewable by the general public, including acup. patients (like myself) and prospective acup. patients. You do not want to needlessly alienate these people by putting up material that is offensive to a group(s) of people. And by discussing faith or religion, and politics on your blogs, you will offend/alienate people unnecessarily. It escapes me how you don’t get this concept. You probably don’t discuss these hot topics with patients in your practices. Why then would you do so on a site that exists to promote your     CA way of practicing? This does not make any sense.

    As I wrote earlier,  this forum is not the place for a long explanation about who Christ is, etc. , because yours is an acup. site. Yours is not a faith or religious site, or a political website. Your site exists to promote comm. acup. That’s it. At least that’s what your Home Page says. Because this is not the proper place for a long discussion about it, I provided you with resources to help you understand why the piece is offensive and does not belong here.

    Christ offends people because of what He requires of those who follow Him. He requires more than just a mental acknowledgement of who He is.

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  • November 8 2009 at 5:47 AM
    Guest writes:

    Carol’s evangelical acupuncture theory

    That certainly opened my eyes to a very different way of thinking about Christianity and acupuncture. I am a practicing Chrisitan and a Licensed Acupuncturist and thought the tone of Carol was a bit negative and arrogant. It seemed half of the article was him judging others as too liberal, too self-centered, not caring…on and on. I really question the spirit and heart condition of any one who points the finger at everyone else. Although very creative and good intentioned I am sure, he turned this christain off.
    I am a bit alarmed that no one objected to his view on Traditional Chinese Medical theory and practice being irrelevant. I admire the ancients from so many parts of our planet that discovered God’s truths in how we humans heal and operate best. The theories of TCM are based on observation, not mystism. For him to think that Pericardium 8 and Liver 3 is the right treatment for every patient, tells me he had cotton in his ears while attending school and has blinders over his eyes to think that all people need the same treatment.  To me this sounds like a fad diet. One-size fits all approach. I do believe that Jesus and his message of forgiveness as a gift is a one size fits all, but I do not see how applying needles like the crucifix would bring you closer to spiritual healing and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
    Sorry if I am being to critical of him. I did learn from his perspective and I do want to be more inviting and comfortable for christians to receive the blessings of TCM.

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