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In this Interview with Miten together we speak about his life, Deva, recent open heart surgery, mantra and more:)

 

Miten: Finding His Soul

To the outside observer, British native Miten (then known as Andy Desmond) had it all: a wife, a child, and a successful career as a working musician – touring with, opening for, and being featured as a guest musician for bands like Fleetwood Mac, Fairport Convention, Hall and Oates, Randy Newman, and Ry Cooder, at stadiums worldwide. The sex, drugs, and rock & roll lifestyle, however, came with a hollowness and profound distortion that ate at Miten’s soul. At the end of the day, music seemed to be nothing more than a sales commodity, with musicians serving as industry pawns who generated cash for company executives, at the expense of true self-expression and art. After spinning through this world for years, feeling increasingly alienated from himself, his family, and life itself, Miten hit a spiritual crisis and underwent a breakdown, where the only way he knew how to save himself was to get up and walk out, on everything and everyone he knew.

At the time a 29-year-old, Miten had just read No Water No Moon, a book of discourses by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) on Zen parables. One story in particular was life-altering to Miten: On a full-moon night, Chiyono, a nun, was carrying a bucket of water from the well. Just as she was noticing the moon’s reflection in the water, the bucket broke. At that moment she looked up at the moon and became enlightened – realizing she had spent her whole life focused on the reflection of “the real thing,” instead of on the real thing itself. Miten then understood that while music in general, and his music in particular, had something deep within it, the commercial approach of the music industry was just a reflection of the real thing. It was as if music were the key to something greater – a profound inner peace and sense of connection with the infinite – but he had been busy polishing the key, instead of opening the door with it.

Eager to learn more and embrace a whole-being transformation, Miten promptly left England and found himself in an ashram in India, where he released all worldly possessions, as well as his identity as a musician, and joined Osho’s sangha (spiritual family). Living a simple and humble life while studying with Osho, doing work like chopping vegetables in the kitchen, Miten found the courage, and the perfect environment, to face his inner demons and become who he truly was on the soul level, instead of keeping up the image of the person he always had thought he should be. Feeling a deep sense of inner strength, for the first time ever, Miten eventually revisited his musical roots, but from a different place: one of spirituality and devotion, where he served as a channel for the ashram community, offering up original songs that celebrated Osho’s teachings.

It was in this capacity that Miten, then 40, met German expat Deva Premal, 20, who at the time was a bodywork practitioner at Osho’s ashram – practicing Shiatsu, Craniosacral therapy, and Reflexology. The daughter of two artists who practiced Indian spiritual teachings, Deva had grown up with music and mantras. Prior to meeting Miten, however, she had not embraced either as part of her own path.

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In this interview, CT Holman and I chat about how Chinese medicine utilizes Shamanic drumming. how the five elements relate to drumming and hear examples of the different Chinese Shamanic drum beats.
 

CT Holman practices Chinese medicine and specializes in the treatment of emotional trauma. He authored the textbook Treating Emotional Trauma with Chinese Medicine. He operates a full-time general family practice in Salem, Oregon and is the Director of Development for the Lotus Institute.

CT has taught courses in Sweden, Germany, Mexico, Denmark and the US. CT also has appeared on many podcasts, summits, and webinars.  

In addition to using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, CT integrates ancient Chinese shamanic medicine into his practice, utilizing shamanic qigong and drumming to promote healing. To bring this style of healing to the public, he recorded and produced a cd titled Resonating Vitality-Chinese Medicine Drum Treatments.

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In this interview, Dr Wu Dhi and I discussed opening the heart in relation to Chinese medicine, medical Qi Gong, and the body, mind and spirit, along with identifying several causes of invasive energy.

 

Dr. Wu Dhi was born Sherwood Swartz but mostly known as "Woody" to friends and family. As a student of various traditions he as received various names and titles over the years as is appropriate in those schools. Among these names was Wu Di, very similar to the pronunciation of Woody, in China the name means "has no enemies". Wu Di was later renamed by a Tibetan Lama to Wu Dhi with an "h". Although this may not seem like that much of a change from Wu Di or even Woody for that matter, it is in fact a high honor to receive such a name directly from a Lama. Dhi in this case is the Sanskrit seed syllable "Dhi" and associated with the great wisdom holder Manjurshri.

 

Dr. Wu Dhi has been a pioneer in alternative health care for over 30 years and a master of Medical Qi Gong. Dr. Wu Dhi completed his advance studies in neurology under the direction of Professor Sun at the prestigious Heilongjiang, University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin P.R.China.


As a part of his comprehensive training, he worked in the immunology department at South Shore Hospital in Miami Beach Florida.  He has a degree in Oriental Medicine and is also State licensed and nationally board certified as an Acupuncture Physician.


In China, Dr. Wu Dhi was afforded the privilege of studying under many of today’s living masters of Chinese Medicine. He has extensive experience working and training in the medical, spiritual and martial Qi Gong disciplines (Chinese Energetic Medicine). He is presently completing his doctoral degree in Medical Qi Gong, under the direction of Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson, one of the few internationally recognized non-Chinese Grand Masters of Medical Qi Gong therapies.

Dr. Wu Dhi has been practicing and teaching an integration of Ancient Eastern and Modern Western healing practices for the greater portion of his professional career. Through seminars, public speaking, and direct practice, he continues to inspire and guide professional health practitioners in the United States and abroad who are just now realizing the value of utilizing Traditional Chinese and Alternative Therapies.

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In this interview, CT and I discuss treating all types of trauma with Chinese medicine. There is hope for those suffering from trauma, who are looking for safe non-drug alternatives. He treats patients all over the world via Skype or phone and is able to help people this way as well as through his practice.

CT was drawn to practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine from the philosophy of ancient Chinese concepts and the desire to help people.  His interest in medicine and health began at a very early age and was guided by his grandmother in developing intuition and learning folk remedies.

He is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco (2000) and has extensive post-graduate education with teachers that include Lillian Bridges (facial diagnosis), Master Zhong Xian Wu (macrocosmic treatment theory/qigong), Dr Wei Chieh-Young (acupuncture and physiology), and Dr Wang Ju-Yi (channel palpation, acupuncture, and physiology). He also had several years of combined study with Brian LaForgia and Brandt Stickley (Shen-Hammer pulse diagnosis).

CT studied in China three times (1999, 2001, and 2003).  He completed residency work at the Cheng Du TCM University Hospital training in the Internal Medicine, Pediatric, and Oncology Departments.  CT also trained in a private acupuncture and herbal clinic in Cheng Du.  He studied channel palpation and channel physiology with Dr. Wang Ju-Yi in Beijing. 

He is a General Family Practitioner but has specialties in treating emotional trauma and PTSD.  He teaches internationally about protocols he developed along with mentorship from his teachers and is currently writing a textbook about emotional trauma (scheduled to be available November 2017).  CT is the Director of Development for Lotus Institute and mentors teaching assistants for the Master Face Reading Certification Program.

Before founding Redwood Spring, PC in 2001, CT operated a private practice in Flagstaff, Arizona and on the Hopi Native American Indian Reservation for one year. 

CT has been playing drums for over 30 years and has been featured on several albums.  He teaches shamanic drumming internationally and recently presented at the 2015 TCM Kongress in Rothenburg, Germany.  CT treats patients with shamanic drumming while they receive acupuncture; achieving great results.  The drumming he teaches is applicable in a clinical setting for patients receiving acupuncture or simply just receiving a five element treatment.

CT published two articles in the Journal of Chinese Medicine and was an editor for the award-winning textbook, “Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine,” by Dr. Wang Ju-Yi and Jason Robertson. CT is an offsite supervisor for the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.

 

CT has a shamanic drumming CD called “Resonating Vitality” Chinese Medicine Drum Treatments, and written a textbook; Treating Emotional Trauma with Chinese Medicine. 

 

He also volunteers as a DJ hosting a live weekly music program on the Salem community radio station KMUZ.

 

CT: https://www.redwoodspring.com

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In this interview, Diáne and I discuss Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Healing and various aspects of sound as a healing modality.

Diáne Mandle is of American and French descent and is an internationally known author, recording artist with Sounds True, Tibetan bowl practitioner, and educator, and the only state-certified practitioner/instructor in California. Diáne has given over 250 educational concert programs in 32 states as well as in India, Costa Rica, Mexico and St. Croix. She has been a frequent guest presenter at the Museum of Making Music, California State University San Marcos, The Golden Door, The Deepak Chopra Center, Rancho La Puerta, and KPBS. She is a featured expert in the upcoming video series: Tao—Living in Balance along with healers such as Dr. Wayne Dyer and John Gray.

Diáne maintains a private sound healing practice in southern California where she also owns and operates the Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing School. She was part of the integrative therapy team at the San Diego Cancer Center and developed a successful sound healing program for incarcerated veterans with PTSD.

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