"People of great wisdom reverse the operation of the natural process; they are not bound by the natural process, not molded by yin and yang, not compelled by myriad things, not changed by myriad conditions. Planting lotuses in a fire, hauling a boat through mud and water, they make temporary use of things of the world to practice the principles of [dao], by the human [dao], completing the celestial[dao]. They uproot the mundane senses conditioned by history and sweep away all acquired influences. They rule their own destinies and are not ruled by fate. Restoring the whole, original being, they avoid compulsive routine, transcend all worlds, and become incorruptible."
-Liu Yi Ming
What does this mean in our lives? It is the point at which we are no longer acting based upon a conditioned or habitual place in ourselves, but acting from unaffected consciousness, the place within ourselves that we know is absolutely the best part of ourselves. It comes from a non-selfish motivation, and yet it is this motivation is inherent within each of us, so it cannot be separate from the self. It is within you as much as it is in me.
How do we practice this? The more time I spend in meditation, in silence, and in prayer, the more connected connected I am with this place of freedom. This has been my experience and so it is what I can speak to. When I meditate, the goal is to have no relationship with any thoughts or physical sensations - no relationship with anything at all. This allows for moments of detachment from the world of "myriad things", the world of form. Relationships to things, people, and experiences no longer bear the same, or any, relation, and this allows for a radial re-positioning of who I am and why I am here.
This meditation is practice for real life. So that when I am not meditating, I can have access to that freedom and the place from which to choose consciously rather than react habitually. If you suffer from anxiety, worry, endlessly thinking, or are "stuck" in a certain emotion, meditation is a window, a way to see yourself as new whenever you choose.
How does this all relate to Acupuncture, you might ask? Well, it's funny. During or after a treatment, people often say that they were not aware of time, and felt completely relaxed. Somehow, the treatment accesses that part of us that is incapable of having any problem with anything at all. It stands outside the world of form and duality, mine and yours. It's not uncommon to feel a formless bliss while laying on the table, (or you might just hear the chattering of your mind, or both, I make no guarantees!) But while this is a wonderful feeling state in of itself is not the goal of treatment. The goal is to gain awareness of your own potential and power, that you can choose your state, be able to access this place yourself at any time, without any intervention from the outside. What I love about receiving Acupuncture is that it reminds me of this! It sheds light on a dark corner, and lovingly pulls me forward.