I rather enjoy the idea of our medicine being a sort of applied philosophy, that there is a way of looking at the world that has such coherence and connection that it not only helps us to make sense of this moment, but to bring healing as well.
David Marks set off on the path of medicine through his interest in philosophy, which in turn has guided him through a life of practice, inquiry, filmmaking and writing.
Listen in to the conversation on how receptivity and curiosity can take you a long way.
In This Conversation We Discuss:
- Reason in the moment, reason in retrospect
- Chinese medicine as applied philosophy
- Commiting to not finding fault
- Van Buren and Whorsely
- Intuition vs wishful thinking
- Organs and psycho-emotive function
- Empathy and identity
- Ancestral energy
- History of Chinese medicine
- States of trance and healing
- The story of SP17, Food Drain
When I completed my initial studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I recognized that I had gained a special tool that might assist others in recognizing and changing their symptoms and suffering. I have endeavored to help people help themselves, giving support and guidance that I would want in their condition; identifying with those who asked for treatment, and providing what I could to catalyze and resolve their energetic challenges.
I do many things and have a variety of experiences, including; writing, photography, documentary filmmaking, and gardening. I also have practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine for nearly fifty years.
As a volunteer fireman, I trained as an EMT and for a few years was the chief medical officer and CPR trainer for our small rural department. And I’ve built some homes gaining experience in carpentry, electrical work and plumbing. Suffice to say, this has brought me a fascinating perspective, recognizing that the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know.
Having studied philosophy as a college student, I recognized that the questions I had in my own mind from my youth, were the subject of perennial debate. What is our place in the world? What is important? And what is the source of life? These, along with other thoughts and inquiries guide my quest.
A long time ago, a friend with some humor and a touch of criticism, called me an incurable romantic. I embrace this evaluation in every sense of the term.
Links and Resources
David recommends Aldous Huxley's The Perennial Philosophy
David has long thought about and engaged with the Dao De Jing, read his version of The Way.