Plant Gathering Practices and the Human Nervous System
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Filmed at Plant Consciousness '15 - David Bruce Leonard of the Earth Medicine Institute of Hawai'i teaches about the astounding perceptive skills and wisdom of ancient cultures. Daoist, African, Hawaiian and Native American traditions came to similar conclusions around the best ways to enhance human perception. These cultures used specific techniques and protocols to enhance their natural intuition and to strengthen specific parts of their nervous system. This lecture will focus on the profound practices of our ancestors and correlations between those traditional practices and the natural design of the human nervous system.
Peripheral vision (hakalau/owl eyes), moving and stalking skills (hakahele/fox walk), body posture (flattened cervical and lumbar spine), skin awareness (dermis/body radar), belly•chest•spinal breathing, and attention (locus/focus) are all traditional practices rooted within the framework of human physiology. We will examine energetic physiology from different cultural perspectives and experience some of these techniques firsthand.
David Bruce Leonard
David is the founder of the Earth Medicine Institute and practitioner and teacher of all five branches of traditional Chinese medicine:
Acupuncture, Herbal medicine, Massage, Food medicine, Martial arts
David has studied traditional medicines with healers in Asia, North and South America, and Hawai’i. With a Master’s Degree in traditional Chinese medicine, he has a working knowledge of more than 400 traditional Hawaiian, Chinese, and Western plants. A deep ecologist and Hawaiian plant specialist, he has been a student of Hawaiian medicine under Kahu Kawika Ka’alakea, Kaipo Kaneakua and Na Kupuna ‘O Hawai’i since 1992.
Author of “Medicine at Your Feet: Healing Plants of the Hawaiian Kingdom”, “Wild Wisdom: Listening to Heart of Nature” and “How to Worship the Goddess and Keep Your Balls”, David is an expert on the medicinal plants of the tropics. He studies, lectures and teaches on cross-cultural uses of plant medicines, environmental concerns, traditional plant gathering practices, and pragmatic approaches to health care. He is known for his off-beat sense of humor. He is often seen in Hawaiian rain forests wearing his favorite trash bag as a raincoat.
|Release Date||21 April 2016|
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