Cancer is a curious disease. It’s something we fight as an invader, but at its root it is a part of us. A part of us that is apart from us. We are in essence fighting against ourselves.

In this conversation we meander through some perspectives that come from Chinese medicine. Along the way we discuss healing and curing; they are not the same thing. And we step back to look and see what other stories are here beside the usual, “this thing must die.”

Listen in to this conversation as we seek to get to the essence of life threatening illness.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Where there is war, there will be causalities. Instead of a war, how can we make it into a conversation about reclaiming something of essence?
  • Can you grasp the difference between having a cancer diagnosis and having cancer?
  • How do you make decisions about your health and body that come from your own knowing?
  •  It’s hard to tell the difference between things falling together and falling apart
  • There are some problems with the way we measure time.
  • One of the curious gifts that can come with a cancer diagnosis
  • Meditation is useful in getting front and center with the moment as it is unfolding
  • Using the framework of relation. Relation with our inner world, outer world and purpose in this life
  • Reckoning across a territory you don’t know
  • Navigating the dark
  • Moving beyond isolation
  • Not knowing what to do is not a something that is wrong with us, it’s a kind of starting point


Guest of The Show

Josephine Spilka is a licensed acupuncturist, practicing since 1994 with a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Samra University in Los Angeles. Shortly after graduating she was introduced to the synthesis of classical teachings and the modern practice of Chinese medicine by Sharon Weizenbaum, then went on to study extensively with Jeffrey Yuen beginning in 1998. Currently, as the owner of, Josephine teaches, mentors and consults in Chinese medicine and Buddhist meditation.

Additionally, as a faculty member of Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, North Carolina, she taught core curriculum courses utilizing classical systems such as Divergent Meridians, Luo Vessels and Eight Extraordinary Vessels as well as supervising students in the college clinic and conducting case review.

Combining deep study with practical application, Josephine aspires to share the benefits of putting the classical teachings into clinical practice with her students and other licensed professionals. In all that she does, Josephine is focused on investigating the relationship with essence in its many forms. Growing and innovating from her foundation in Chinese medicine, she teaches on essential oils and Chinese medicine, shares contemplative photography, and serves others in finding and mining their own essence.

With pith and passion, Josephine brings together many streams of teachings to offer an inspiring and practical application of ancient wisdom.


Links and Resources

You can find more about Josephine’s work with essential oils at

Take Josephine’s class on the Five Meridian System on ProD and get CEU credits.

Josephine’s blog is a wander through the wonder of medicine, healing and muse. Highly recommended!


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