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Endota Spa Eltham, Natural Therapeutics
Brunswick 3095

Inner Path is a Chinese medicine approach to Health and Empowerment. Dr Rachel Berners (Chinese medicine) is a Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist.

Contact:  0417 325 393.
@ Endota Spa Eltham, Victoria.
@ Natural Therapeutics, Brunswick, Victoria.
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Innerpath Acupuncture


My Loose gaze,

As fields whirl by,

I feel freedom here.

No words necessary,

Just this gentle hum,

As i lose myself.

Every road,

Is a path of new possibility,

Take me anywhere.

Your eyes remind me of a part of myself long forgotten,

So i let myself fall into it,

The place of no beginning and no end.

Rachel Berners.


Innerpath Acupuncture


Last night, as i began my meditation, i became aware of a lot of mind chatter. Many unsettled thoughts were coming to the surface of my mind. Rather than quieting down, my body felt jumpy and uncomfortable, unable to settle no matter what position i sat in. Despite feeling irritated and frustrated, i instinctively knew that i needed to persevere and sit with my body. Sit with whatever was arising.

I focused on my breath, breathing more deeply and fully. When my body started to feel tense and restless, i breathed into the tense parts, and let go with long slow controlled exhalation.

I became more aware of the blackness of space, first within, and then around my body. Thoughts were still fleeting, i acknowledged them and allowed them to pass. There were a few moments that i realised that i had lost myself, entangled in thought, and i just acknowledged, and brought my attention and energy back to my breath. Eventually my body surrendered and i dropped into deep stillness.

Out of the blackness of infinite space, a soft pink feather dimensionalized itself. It just spontaneously emerged out of nowhere. It looked so vivid and real, like i could reach out my hand and touch it. Then i became aware of feeling irritated. Why was this pink feather in my meditation? I re-focused on the blackness of space. But the feather just re-appeared. Part of me was laughing. Again, i re-focused on the blackness of space. And for a few moments i felt deeply lost in it....

And then the pink feather floated right back in front of me.

I heard laughter again.

So, i decided to simply observe this pink feather.

It was so light and fluid. Not bound by anything. Completely free. I imagined what it would feel like to touch it. Soft. Gentle. Vulnerable. It just allowed itself to be carried by the current,while staying beautifully soft and open. It danced across the blackness of space with effortless grace. My entire one hour meditation involved me quietly observing a pink feather floating in space!

I believe that nothing in this universe happens by accident or chance. So after this meditation i contemplated on the meaning of this object in relation to my current life situation. Where in my life was i contracting and developing hard edges and boundaries? Where was i replacing softness with hardness? Where was i being harsh and critical, towards myself and/or others? Where could i open my heart and trust more?

This was a huge and perfectly timed shift, bringing an instant change in the energy of my body. I suddenly felt lighter and happier, like something had become free that was previously tight and restrained. A heaviness was lifted.

The Divine brings us messages in unexpected ways. We often don't notice them or pay attention to them because we are so focused on the familiar and predictable routines of our lives. Miracles are real phenomena, and they come in many forms. I believe that our higher selves are always guiding us and will send subtle signs to help us navigate the way forward. We just need to become still enough to receive these messages. We are challenged more than ever at this time to over-come fear and open our hearts more. Today i am reminded by a floating feather that it is safe to soften and open my heart again.


Rachel Berners, (Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Cat Lover).


Innerpath Acupuncture


One night this week, i got home from work after a fairly ordinary day in clinic feeling incredibly exhausted.

I literally walked into my apartment, dropped my lap top and bag and crept into bed. As i lay there in total darkness, i put one hand on my lower abdomen, and my other hand gently on my chest. I allowed myself to go deeply inward. I dissolved in bed like this for around half an hour.

Later on this same evening, i decided to do a long meditation. I felt like i was being directed again to go deeply within. At some point during this meditation, i became aware of myself, not as a physical body, but as space, an empty void immersed in total blackness.

The next thing that i become aware of is a tremendous light moving beneath me. It was moving upwards towards me. Then something very interesting happened. I felt two huge grids of light, one grid was moving itself upwards in front of me, and another was moving itself upwards behind me. The grids were radiating light energy through me, as they moved. I felt the most incredible sensation of energy being lifted up and out of me. These grids were liberating energy. They moved slowly, both in perfect precision with each other. As they moved upwards, they finally reached a point in space that is level with the forehead of my physical body. Then the grids stopped. Now i am only aware of the space that my forehead takes up in space. The light is so bright that if it shone into my physical eyes, i would be blinded instantly. Then i feel energy expand from this point in space. Instead of being a single point of focus, i become aware of the space around this point in space. And then i become aware of the space around this space, around this point in space. And so on, until i feel completely connected to all of existence, from this single point in space.

When i got up the next morning, not only did i feel completely energized, but i felt the most incredible feeling of joy through my entire body. It was like all of the cells in my body were vibrating with a new energy. Pure ecstasy! And this feeling is still present as i am writing this blog.

Since this meditation i have been contemplating. How does healing really occur? I know when i have been challenged with physical issues, i often start thinking about "what i need to do", and "who i need to see" for treatment, and how i need to change my diet or environment. And all of these thoughts and ideas are completely valid and create positive change. But the message that this meditation brought to me was;

"Deep level healing is a radical LETTING GO, a complete SURRENDER of Body and Mind".

Meditation helps us to LET GO of ourselves; our body, our mind, our identity, our thoughts and emotions. We completely lose ourselves in the present moment. Instead of being "somebody", we become nobody, instead of being "somewhere", we become nowhere, instead of being in space and time, we move beyond space and time. In this LETTING GO, we merge with something greater. And as we merge with something greater, this DIVINE INTELLIGENCE that created us, is able to move within and around us.

Article by Rachel Berners, (Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Cat Lover).