The Art of Living Medicine© is a philosophy and a healing modality that revealed itself over time and was gifted to Rachel Couch through decades of personal healing. Like the slow, meandering curve of an underground river, healing took its course beneath the surface until a deep, forgotten well of creativity was unearthed. The gift of clairsentience awakened sensitivity to invisible realms. Built upon nearly 30 years of formal and informal study, mentorship, and trial and error, the subtle yet poignant moments of illumination that light the path have become touchstones for the Art of Living Medicine. As a body of work, the Art of Living Medicine is relational, present-centered, spiritual and embodied. Rachel, like her many teachers, aligns with the Archetype of the Wounded Healer who is devoted to a life-long practice of remembering wholeness. She is influenced by a proud, yet humble Celtic heritage on her father's side and a rich fondness for the power of Story. Gifts belonging to Wisdom Traditions which include Anthroposophy, Art, and Dance passed along a veiled vein of her matrilineal bloodline inform the foundation of her life's work. The main premise for the Art of Living Medicine© is this: Your Life is a Living Work of Art, A Masterpiece in the Making. As a work in progress and a living paradox of being already created, the process of becoming wholly realized might be likened to a game of awakening to one's True Nature.
The concept of Art of Living Medicine was inspired by my grandfather, Simeon Petrikovitch, a Russian immigrant and an 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 the Shadow,” he used to say, “it only accentuates the Light and adds 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, organicity and mystery. The sacred container, established within the framework of trust and mutual respect, is part of the healing.
Art of Living Medicine is based on observations made within 5 Core Elements of the Human Experience. which are interwoven in a living dynamic with Universal Principles of Art such as Value, Balance, Contrast, Emphasis, Movement, Rhythm, & Unity. Like music, a person can be listened to, heard, understood, interpreted or otherwise simply experienced. A human being is a beautifully complex, creative expression that reads like poetry animated with the rhythms of pulse and breath. There are golden seeds planted in the contours of one's being, waiting to be discovered like hidden treasures unlocking the wonders of True Self-Expression.
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