The Bare Truth Podcast
'The Bare Truth' is a celebration of the extraordinary in day-to-day living, from the unsung hero to those on a bigger stage. Each week, Julia interviews someone from a different area of interest who is passionate about what they do, who is expressing themselves in their own unique way, and who wants to share what they do with others.
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Interview with the Barefoot Doctor, Supercharged Taoist
11 June 10
Barefoot Doctor enjoyed a mystically oriented childhood, studied Aikido, energy healing and meditation at age 11, studied yoga, Tai Chi in his late teens, the human psyche and how to approach it with RD Laing in his early 20s, shamanism living with the Native Americans for four years in New Mexico and acupuncture and Taoism in his mid- to late -twenties, returned to London in ’83, ran a busy acupuncture healing practice till 2000, while also doing experimental performance events, workshops, seminars and talks, making healing music and teaching Tai Chi and meditation. In 2000 he went full time into book-writing, media and running this site, which has been in existence since 1998 as an informal online Taoism training school and virtual clinic (through email coaching). He spends his time writing, running the site and www.superchargedtaoist.com, making music, doing workshops, seminars, talks and musical events around the world and helping people. He also runs School For Warriors an 8-week online course in the principles of personal power.His 13th book, THE MAN WHO DROVE WITH HIS EYES CLOSED – AND MY OTHER ASTONISHING TEACHERS AND GURUS is now out, published by Hay House in the UK and in the US in January 2010 also with Hay House, under the title, SUPERCHARGED TAOIST.
Ten years ago I established a Sunday routine of driving to the Ashdown Forest, stopping en route to buy the Sunday Observer, running with friends for three hours and then piling into Duddleswell tea rooms on the edge of the forest for breakfast and a read of the papers. Barefoot Doctor had a page at the back of the magazine, which I loved. I would discipline myself to read my way right through the magazine until I legitimally reached his words of wisdom rather than turning straight to it!
I loved what he wrote and how he wrote and I felt he was speaking directly to me. But as he says in his interview with me, he was – because he speaks to each individual. He tunes in and speaks from his heart to the hearts of all those who read his words, or listen to him speak or hear his music. He emphasises that his practice is based in love – of the Tao – and of each and every person on the planet. Throughout all his many projects the core message is the same: live fully, be here, now, be still within all the movement and connect to your heart so that you are open to move towards and follow your destiny. His life has been dedicated to communicating ancient wisdom to us in a way that is accessible, and he emphasises that to be fully integrated and happy, as well as focusing on our own path, it is of importance that we are of service to each other, every day that we are alive!
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