ImperialTutor.com is the public expression of my desire to share what I have learned from the ancient Chinese classics (medical, philosophical, cosmological, and otherwise) with dedicated practitioners and students of Chinese medicine. I have spent my entire adult life immersed in these teachings and have been profoundly affected by them. I am convinced that they offer powerful and elegant answers to many of the problems facing us today and can assist all of us in our healing work, as we strive to create harmony between Heaven and Earth.
Connecting personally and deeply with fellow dedicated colleagues, students, and practitioners of Chinese medicine is one of the great pleasures in my life. Here are some of my areas of expertise (click on highlighted topics for suggested study outlines):
Literary Chinese vocabulary and grammar, and strategies for reading, translating, and interpreting, with an emphasis on medical literature.
Classical Chinese medicine: Women, pediatrics, and reproduction in Chinese medicine; Yangsheng (nurturing life) as micro- and macrocosmic medicine; Sun Simiao; medical ethics; and Wang Fengyi and virtue healing.
Manuscript preparation and Publishing advice.
The vision and inspiration for "Imperial Tutor" was born from a Chinese astrology reading in the spring of 2017 where I learned that my professional focus in this lifetime is to serve as "Imperial Tutor." A normal person might stumble over that job description, but to me this made immediate and perfect sense. It also gave me a clear direction on how to change my life going forward to better match my mìng 命 (destiny). I know that I am no emperor nor leader of any kind and find those situations, when I have been thrust into them, quite stressful. I also know that in this particular lifetime I don't get to be a hermit in the mountains or nomadic goat herder, as I often wish. A tutor is a person who gives guidance or instruction to either individuals or small groups. I started tutoring (music, German, and Latin) in middle school, to earn the money for my first bicycle, and have loved this role ever since. "Imperial" is not an adjective I would use to describe myself, but the point of this job description is that I get to support YOU and enable and inspire and educate YOU, so that you can assume the leadership role that is in your stars.
In the classical Chinese world view, the equivalence between medicine and rulership, and between the roles, skills, and approaches of the Emperor and the Physician, is ubiquitous. Both doctors and rulers, at least in ancient China, are supposed to establish good order and "nurture life" (yǎng shēng 養生) by managing flow, by draining excess and supplementing deficiencies, resolving blockages and containing gushing floods. Intimately linked through resonance between the microcosms of the physical body and the body of the state with the macrocosm of Heaven and Earth, the skills of one are easily translated into the skills of the other.
The human body is just like a state. The chest and abdomen are like the imperial palace, the arrangement of the four limbs like the outskirts, the divisions of the bones and joints like the hundred offices. The spirit is like the elite, the blood like the servants, and the qì like the general population.
Knowing how to treat the body, you thereby know how to rule the state. By loving your people, you create peace in the state. By cherishing your qì, you keep the body complete. When the population scatters, the state perishes. When the qì is used up, the body dies.
– Baopuzi 抱朴⼦, quoted in Sun Simiao 孫思邈, Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang 備急千金要方
And in this way, it is my great pleasure and honor to support you, dear "Emperor" or perhaps still "Prince" or "Princess," on your path to mastery of this unique ability to restore order and harmony, in our proper role as humans between Heaven and Earth, by sharing what I have learned from the Chinese philosophical and medical classics
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