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Gene Doray

Vice Principal, Educator - High School

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What is your greatest passion and how have you been able to develop and sustain it?

I am curious about when people developed a long standing passion and what caused them to become inspired by the topic/activity. Did you discover it on your own or was it the result of the modelling of others. Is there greater motivation to act primarily for self improvement or for the betterment of others?

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    Sep 1 2011: My greatest passion is my work in the field of Japanese Acupuncture and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy. I have been practicing for 30 years now. I became interested in meditation, martial arts and all things Eastern when I was around 13 years old... I came through the late 60's... Subsequently, my travels around the world, the military and continued practice in meditation and martial arts led me to this path of Mastery.... However, what has really fired this quest is my undying love and curiosity for the human being.... I thrive on this contact, dialogue and rapport that develops over time in the treatment room... Pulse taking, abdominal diagnosis, palpating, the laying on of hands.... needle placement. All very intimate.... mindful, with deepest respect.... The practices I do, zazen, qi gong, self-hypnosis and even my Mastery on the electric bass, all polish the abode of the heart, so as that I may drop all that is not essential, and see each person with fresh eyes... I am continually surprised at the resilience and flexibility of people to adapt physically, mentally and emotionally to either trauma, or just everyday stress.... How sweet to see them respond and open to this ancient medicine.... Every day that I get up, I truly am grateful and honored to be able to be with and meet people in this way.

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