I could never have imagined this mysterious and wondrous life. I smile as I write this, feeling into the richness and depth of my journey with this exceptional and traditional medical practice.
I never knew that I would assist life transitions; births as an acupuncturist and birth doula, and deaths as an acupuncturist and death doula.
I could not have imagined speaking in the Great Hall, Beijing, for TV crews and health ministers.
Nor could I have imagined martial arts contests, midnight qigong masters, and sitting one on one with a "tea master" in Hangzhou.
Its surprising that I became the first acupuncturist credentialed in a state run hospital in Hawaii, and served as Chairman of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Washington, DC.
I'm overjoyed that in recent years I was able to help launch a team of acupuncture practitioners serving the local hospice community.
My practice is supported by ancestors and family, dreams and dextrous hands, by ancient wisdom passed down generation after generation.