I work to nurture people's natural vitality.
By tailoring combinations of roots, leaves, flowers and fungi to a particular person, I help to balance and strengthen that person. Herbs and mushrooms have restorative powers and many improve the body's natural detoxification processes, two actions that synthetic drugs cannot do. Whether you are looking to optimize your health, or recover from an illness, herbalism has much to offer.
You might think of herbs as compost or fertilizer for you. Giving plants compost–a rich, living, thriving community of bacteria, fungus and nutrients–will help revive a sickly or pallid plant or increase the yield and vitality of a healthy one. Herbs help people in much the same way, fertilizing with nutrients, minerals, and even consciousness. The spirit of a plant may infuse us with its wisdom, guidance,
The body is the placenta of the soul, that which nourishes and develops the soul. Improving our health is truly a spiritual endeavor, a base for expanding our human potential creating meaning and freedom.
I listen and act as a mirror to the psyche and soul.
Often it is through others that we see ourselves. I listen closely to your stories, the tones of your voice, the body's bold print, the subtle speech of the pulse, the messages written onto the tongue, and listen attentively to the small voices buried within your language that you may have yet to discover.
I have training in deep listening practices, and have practice meditation for ten years. From my training in sound healing, I may use sound bowls, percussion, vocal seed syllables or silence to help shift the body into the parasympathetic nervous system, change our brainwaves, or simply to calm down and open to the possibility of the present.
Working with me, you will learn to listen to your own body in new ways, and maybe even to listen to your stories and emotions in new ways. Once you learn to listen more closely, you will develop mastery over what you hear: maybe learning to hear and answer your colon or skin saying "please don't feed me that food", or learning to hear with enough acceptance and compassion to really listen and respond to a storyline has prevented you from realizing some part of your genius.
I rely on the wisdom and knowledge of those who came before me.
An avid seeker of knowledge since I was very small, I love to share an insight, a mythological story, a piece of wisdom from a book, anything from my own experience that may enlighten my client's path. I often look to the ancient taoists, the great minds of the 20th century that gave us psychology, depth work, modern sages and spiritual teachers, and people who have personally guided me to proffer a tool for development.
I have studied and been taught many traditional uses of plants and fungi and have personally experimented with anything that I may offer you. My understanding of plants and how they interact with our bodies and consciousness constantly grows as any organic process. I invite my clients to discover with me and create their own relationships with the aristocrats and emissaries of spirit–the plants and fungi.
I do research for you, and help you advocate for your health.
My mother is a Register Nurse who has worked in ICU's and Emergency Departments for decades, so you will not find me badmouthing modern medicine. I see herbalism as a compliment to the sophisticated, sometimes amazing, sometimes flawed world of modern medicine.
Maybe it is making a call to a pharmacist to better understand a drug and its side effects, maybe I explain something about how the liver functions, or sit and research something you have been diagnosed with, I can help you understand what is happening with your body, and if I don't know I do the detective work to share with you. We collaborate to form meaning and create understanding-powerful tools for healing!
Have you ever made sauerkraut? To cultivate a good ferment, you have to create the right environment. Submerge the vegetables and keep oxygen out–the environment must be anaerobic. Employ simple technologies like crocks with moats, airlocks, stones and other methods to prevent the the vegetables from being exposed to oxygen. Given the proper conditions, the ferment hums along happily. The ferment will grow mold or develop yeast when the protections fail. This is a simple and profound metaphor.
Our bodily ecology behaves like a ferment–we owe our lives to bacteria, and bacteria may even control rainfall! When we experience illness, we begin by addressing the weakness in the body's environment. Our bodies constantly defend against pathogens, so why did it fail to do so in this case. With a kraut, we don't start to pour mold destroying agents into our ferment when a mold develops, we first look to the environmental factors that allowed it to enter and fix those. If the underlying conditions are not addressed, the ferment or the organism remains vulnerable. In most cases, rather than attacking the illness directly, herbalists alter the bodily environment. We may do this by strengthening the systems that are deficient or relaxing those that are in excess for example. As a holistic practitioner, Jared looks to change ecology not simply attack the "problem", which may show up as our teacher!
My work revolves around nourishment.
Think of people as plants. This life is the most beautiful moment of the circle of life. Its a precious moment and for our spirit to fully blossom, we need adequate nourishment to grow. We must tend the garden of our minds, the garden of our bodies, and the garden of our soul.
My purpose in life is to work with the plants as food, medicine and teachers to help awaken myself and those around me. I nourish and grow the people around me by making delicious, medicinal and nourishing brews, meals and medicines.
The Ohlone Herbal Center where I studied pertains to the Michael Moore species of herbalism. We work and treat according to a physiological understanding of the human body while being steeped in the ancient and contemporary traditions of healing arts. Moore outlined a system of constitutional stress types–a body typology that indicates how an individual's hormonal cascades function. This gives us a common language with modern medicine to speak of the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal axis while also keeping a foot in ancient wisdom. Moore lived in New Mexico, a land rich in enchantment, curanderismo and folklore.
I never met him, but I carry the lineage.
Michael Moore was one of the great teachers and shapers of the revival of American Herbalism in the second half of the 20th century. His sense of humor and storytelling prowess were legendary. The encyclopedic knowledge of plants that he held - after nearly 40 years spent as a scholar, herb trader and picker, ethnobotanist, clinician, teacher, and writer -was unmatched. He believed in whole plant medicines, promoted the use and understanding of local botanicals, and urged all his students to become proficient herbalists capable of understanding, recognizing, making and employing their own medicines. Michael loved sharing what he knew, and loved to see folks exited about using what they learned from him.
For me, the I Ching is one of the "Big People" who holds us by the hand and offers sage advise when we get bound up in life's whitewater rapids. A fractal geometry of time, it can provide a map for navigating the nature of the particular moment unfolding in the ripening trajectory of life.
I continuously deepen my relationship with this ancient oracle. When the opportunity arises, I introduce my clients to the "Book of Changes" and rely on it to guide our conversation. The I Ching offers a language older than words: we sense the hexagrams as primordial utterances that reveal some essential contour of the present (which in this language older than words is also past and future). As David Hinton says, "It is nothing less than a dance with mystery."
Click over to the Recetas page for a longer exploration of the subject with Terrance McKenna.
The world is made of stories. We live them out, turn them into buildings, contracts and art. We repeat them, and reshape them. We can discover their form and read them as a ma. We may find ourselves tracing the footsteps of the great trickster hero Odysseus or building a social movement on the frame of an ancient myth made man in Zapata.
Gary Snyder, a modern day prophet and poet who captained a generation of thinkers, explains that a poet is one who selects the pieces of the mythological tapestry to fit and adapt to the current circumstances. The poet draws from the archetypal material of life in order to navigate the personal or societal ship through the waters of time.
I incorporate a lifelong interest in mythology into my clinical practice. Part of my work is to help find the contours of a client's story and help them reweave the tale into a healthy pattern and recover the brilliance of a story that may have been covered in rubble. The herbs themselves speak of archetypes and mythology and wonder. They speak to us of other perspectives.
Throughout my life, I have engaged the works of Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, Nietzsche, Michael Meade, Martín Prechtel, Mircea Eliade, Wade Davis, many of the classics of Greek Mythology and many folk tales and modern histories. I love to share a story culled from these luminaries and enlightening stories to shine a light into the labyrinth of life.
Consultations cost $50.
Herbs cost $12 an ounce.
Most often I give 2 oz of herbs, which means you are out the door for $75.
I cultivate the art of pulse diagnosis using the classic Li Shi Zhen system, which William Morris introduced to the Ohlone Herbal Center practitioners. The pulse helps confirm or deepen insights gained through other physiological indications and helps to refine our treatment strategy. It offers a profound insight into the person's vitality and energy.
Tongue diagnosis rounds out the picture and may reveal particularities in the body organism that may not show up through other observations.
How does it work? I wondered and wondered, and then it clicked. Humans, like the universe are holographic, each part relates to every other part. The universe fractal patterns–each fraction reflects the nature of the whole. This holds true for our vascular system, a complex web of veins and arteries. The branches of the vasculature in the wrist is a fractal, a branch, that a tells a story about what is happening with other organs connected to those vessels–the heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, and stomach.
From a western physiological perspective, it makes sense also. For example, stress causes the body to release noradrenalin that causes the capillaries to contract, which shows up in the pulse as a tense or wiry pulse.
Thanks to Alex Grey for all of his beautiful work. This is his painting of the ciruclatory system. Check out his work at http://alexgrey.com/
The goal ? ! :
Questioning the story is one of the bravest things a person can do; it is also the beginning of personal freedom. As Eric Berne once observed, "There is something which transcends all classifications of behavior, and that is awareness; something which rises above the programming of the past, and that is spontaneity; and something that is more than games, and that is intimacy."
The healing plants help us touch the quantum background of reality. Dancing with our DNA, they have the power to help us change our stories, grow in awareness of ourselves, live more spontaneously and find wholeness. We do this by touching their soul essence, and we touch the soul through the heart:
"That the heart is the primary organ of perception of the deeper aspects of the physical world around us was long recognized by ancient peoples. The Greeks had a particular word for it, aithesis, from which our word aesthetic is derived.
Aisthesis describes a partiuclar event, the moment when a human being encounters, and feels the impact of, the deeper soul essence in a thing of the physical world. The word literally means 'to breath in.'
. . . this basic experience–this aithesis–has been at the root of human relationship with the world since our evolutionary expression out of the Earth."
A selection from Stephen Harrod Buhner's book The Transformational Power of Fasting.