The Art of Living Medicine is based on the premise that every human being is a living work of art and a masterpiece in the making. An Art of Living Medicine© practitioner is devoted to a practice of presence, becoming an enlightened observer to the unfolding wholeness within oneself and others. Serving as a guide through dark seasons and cavernous depths which mark the terrain of a healing journey, sometimes the job of an Art of Living Medicine practitioner is to illuminate blindspots, pitfalls and obstacles that can block the fullest expression of one's True Nature. People can learn to see themselves in their best light even as they face their shadows, and many lives are greatly enriched by this endeavor. Toward this aim, a certain heartening happens while drawing from a wellspring of Wisdom and plentiful life lessons gleaned along the way. This has become my life's work, and I call it The Art of Living Medicine©.
The concept of the Art of Living Mediciine© was inspired by my grandfather, Simeon Petrikovitch, a Russian immigrant and Artist who changed his name to Samuel Patrick during the height of McCarthyism and the “Red Scare” in Los Angeles. “Don’t’ be afraid of Shadow,” he used to say, “it only accentuates the Light, adding depth and dimension to the piece.” In an AoLM© session, both practitioner and client are considered Living Works of Art who dance with the interplay of Shadow & Light. Healing happens with measures of intention and organicity and a thread of Mystery. The sacred container, established upon mutual respect and trust, is part of the healing. The invitation is to grow at one's own pace, unveiling shadowy traits and learning to befriend oneself completely.
The Art of Living Mediciine© as a healing modality revealed itself slowly over time through a committment to be present with myself and others as healing takes place, I began to notice that the broad brushstrokes of a symptom or presenting condition could be distilled into five aspects that are inter-connected: Vitality, Individuation, Peace of Mind, Relationship(s), and Resource. Ancestral Healing made itself known as a sixth element which has proven to be integral to the overall picture of health. In practicing the Art of Living Mediciine©, elements & principles of Art such as Value, Balance, Contrast, Emphasis, Movement, Rhythm, & Unity are animated through therapeautic alliance at the backdrop of a healing experience infused with the essence of Creativity Itself.
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