I was talking to someone online who used the term stories about acupuncture. They were talking about writing a short cartoon for children. It occurs to me how brilliant that term was. Acupuncture is made up of stories. This doesn’t mean it’s fiction but the theory and teaching of acupuncture really are stories. Culturally, early people always talked in stories. This was the best way to illustrate something. It’s only the last thousand years of civilization (give or take a few centuries) that we began talking “objectively”. Scientific discussion of course, is limited to the last couple of centuries.
It occurs to me that we need more stories. We need stories that inspire people today to think about their health the way the ancients thought about their health. I shall be writing my own stories about acupuncture. I do intend to take liberties in my stories to make a point. It may not be the point the ancients want, but then I am not writing theory. I am writing stories for ordinary people so that I can convey to them what is going on with their body.
As this year comes to a close I am more and more certain that while I may work as a healer, my calling and my soul is a story-teller. I would like to use that talent and that calling to further the profession. And to that end, from time to time, in addition to interviews and other articles, I shall add in some of the stories. At some point, if there is interest, I hope to publish these stories as picture books for other acupuncturists to have in their office so their patients may be served by the stories.