Night Sky Acupuncture + Ideaphoria

Liz Greenhill, LAc.

Liz Greenhill, LAc. offers two types of services: Acupuncture and Creativity Consulting. State licensed and nationally certified as an acupuncturist and herbalist for ten years, Liz crafts your in-office Acupuncture sessions into a true somatic experience, with a magical combination of acupuncture, acupressure and guided visualization. Creativity Consultations are one-on-one experiences on the phone or in-person in which your creative project gets our full focus: ideaphoria, active listening, the application of eastern medicine’s energetics, principles, and theories, and creative visualization, so that you can learn to source new ideas and insights from an embodied and energized space. Hotel and house calls sessions and pop-up group experiences are available upon request. Liz travels to consult and co-create with artists and groups.

MEDICINE AND STORYTELLING

Have you ever had a month where it seems like everything falls like a stack of bricks blocking out your calendar? That was my October. I went to three different conferences/workshops, pretty much back to back, and started a new part-time job. (I'll tell you about it in a minute!) I went to a conference at OHSU on Narrative Medicine with several hundred providers, patients, caregivers, doctors, and artists. I attended a 5-day somatic practice workshop with FLOCK dancer/choreographer Tahni Holt called Sensation/Disorientation. And I attended Lidia Yuknavitch's magical, intimate, and verdant Corporeal Writing workshop for Fall on Extended Metaphor. (If you've collaborated with me in my office as a patient in a guided visualization, you know how I love to extend a metaphor!) I'd be happy to tell you about any of these amazing experiences at your next session. In each of these intensives new ideas and concepts traveled into my body and mind. I'm feeling as saturated as those autumn leaves on the trees right now! And, through exploring the metaphor of this blocked calendar as these bricks of activities, I'm starting to see new shapes form, like a staircase leading me to a different vantage point. I find one of the most therapeutic things I can do for myself is to broaden my view so I see a new and different perspective than the one I am used to.

How are you challenging your perspective lately? Is there a way in which you feel lodged or stuck? Could you imagine your body shifting so that you open up a new way to feel and see? Maybe I can help. In addition to acupuncture sessions in-office and on-location, I also offer phone calls in a pinch where you get a 10 minute customized guided visualizations on the phone for just $10. If you would like to explore the option of integrating metaphor into your body through your imagination, please send me an email or text to set up a phone call. Or, if you live in Portland, you can schedule a session (short, medium, or long) with me in-person.

Here's a visualization. Imagine your body as a dark quite respite. Really feel the darkness all the way into your toes, your fingers, and behind your eyes. Stay in this dark place a little while. Then, let your mind's eye begin to let color seep in to the black. Maybe it looks like aurora borealis, or paint seeping in, or the fill of autumn leaves...just let the colors come in and fill up some space within you. Imagine you can feel them in your body like flavors, scents, and textures. Encourage your body to experience the sensation of being imbued, revitalized, and restored.

So let me tell you about this new special place where I am working. It's a beautiful wellness clinic called Golden Hour where I'm spending Wednesdays and some Saturdays. Tucked away on SE Ash street just off MLK, Golden Hour offers private and affordable community chair sessions with massage and aromatherapy. Those of you in Portland can consider Golden Hour a resource to integrate into your self-care routine. Think of these as an addition to our sessions together––when you need a wellness boost, don't have anything specific to focus on, and are happy to get a generic protocol. At Golden Hour you are treated with de-stressing and immune boosting protocols that work the same for everyone. It's very different from coming into my office where I customize your session top to bottom and design the treatment to address your specific needs for pain, insomnia, stress, and so on. So, please, come see me as usual at my Montavilla office, and also consider scheduling additional sessions at Golden Hour with me or anyone on my team there at your convenience to give it a try! If you don't live in Portland, you can follow Golden Hour PDX on Instagram (they have great social media game)––and while you're there, make sure you're following Liz Greenhill Acupuncture too!

Sending all my best wishes your way,

Liz

 

THE YIN/YANG OF CRITICISM AND CELEBRATION

Fall is a time of year in which we are wired to take inventory. In Chinese Medicine theory, Fall belongs to the Metal element. What is made of metal? Objects that are meticulous, calculating, and reflective. The Metal element likes clarity: fogginess or cloudiness roughs its shine and precision. So, it's a good time of year to reflect on what's difficult, holding us back, or creating discord in our lives, and engage our creative selves to see these things in a different light.

One way we can do this is to ask: what am I critical of, and what, in my criticism, am I neglecting to celebrate? I'll give you a personal example. This time last year I set some high goals for myself and now that the year has come full circle, I'm sitting with the discomfort of not having met some of those goals. It's easy to slip into criticism and a closed aperture perspective: I didn't do it. What's harder, and more valuable, is to look at what I did do during this time instead. So, I made an extensive list of what I had planned, what progress I made regarding those plans, and other additional unexpected steps I made along the way. In other words, I integrated celebration into my criticism to bring about more balance. You know the black and white swirling Tai Ji symbol? There is always tiny dot of yang within the yin and vice-versa which symbolizes a state of balance. It represents both a state of being, and also movement, revolution, and change.  

Integrating the positive into the negative is important for a balanced way of life and also particularly now. I don't know about you, but lately, at times, I have felt overwhelmed with fear about environmental, social, educational, and humanitarian regression. I've found myself being very negative and critical about the state of things and, in effect, I feel low, in the dark, and less than hopeful. The only way I've discovered to work my way out of that place, in a thinking model, is to also remember consciously the progress that has been achieved and continues to be made. Despite the doom, there is much hard work in each of these fields to celebrate. To ignore that and get swallowed in doom does not do those efforts (and their future progress!) honor, nor is it truthful. When we broaden our perspective to include opposing viewpoints, it becomes more balanced and more true to life. We are quite limited by our perspectives. But the more we can engage our creativity to see the other side of the coin, the better. It is within our power to see more than one perspective at a time. Metal is also the mirror.

These ideas are integrated into my work as a creativity consultant. One of the exercises I do with people is listing what I call "Antidotes." It's based on Chinese Medicine and the five-element understanding of thoughts, emotions, and energetics. When we identify a limiting state of mind, we can get creative and dig deeper to discover the other side of it, which is also its antidote.

Here's a quick visualization based on that idea. Close your eyes and pretend the inside of your body is a dark and spacious place. Focus on a place where your energy feels tight or constricted. See if just bringing your awareness to that places changes it at all. The opposite of tight/constricted is open. So bring in the word "open" and say it (either internally or aloud) to that place. Open. Open open open open. Use your senses to imagine openness there. An aperture opening, a rose blooming, a sense of lift. You might even open and close your hands feeling a triangle of mimicry between both your fists opening and that spot in your body. Do it as many times as you need until you feel a shift. If you think you might sense a shift, that counts. The start of change can be almost imperceptible. Be sure to smile about it. Changing the energetics of your body is cause for celebration. If it's tricky for you, get in touch, I bet I can help. Often in life things are not so simple, but even a small exercise can bring about an energetic shift, which is how all great change begins.

Wishing you all the best in health and happiness,

Liz