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This article is the first in a series featuring our therapists, chronicling their journeys in becoming a healer. The holistic therapist recognises that mind, body and spirit are interlinked to create overall health. We hope that in these stories, you recognise and see that the healer exists in us all, and become inspired to live more radiantly.
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“My mission is to help people break free from limiting beliefs and stories that stop them from living their true potential as a human being. I believe that it is these stories that stop us from living happy, healthy and abundant lives. My gift as a Healer and Teacher is to help people discover the true essence of who they are and to live with unbounded freedom.”
- Peter Caughey, residential acupuncturist and Qigong teacher at Radiantly Alive
How I became an Acupuncturist
by Peter Caughey
Before my first acupuncture session as a patient, I was skeptical. I was brought up to believe that you go to the doctor when you were sick, so how could sticking needles into you possibly do anything to help?
When I visited my first acupuncturist, there was something different about him. I felt like I was visiting a person who saw the world through different eyes – an enlightened person. It was like he knew more about me than I knew about myself.
I had one treatment and it fixed my problem. I walked out of his clinic like I was floating on air. I wondered to myself, what does he know that other doctors don’t?
Since that day, I haven’t been back to a doctor for any general health issues and that was thirty years ago.
Ever since my first visit to that acupuncturist, I have been fascinated by the effectiveness and efficiency of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I was ready for a career change, so I decided to go to school and to do a four year degree in acupuncture.
MY STORY: Why I started practicing Taiji and Qigong
I had been in the NZ Special Forces, the NZSAS, for seven years and served in the New Zealand Army for a total of 16 years and as much as it was incredible and ultimately challenging and the hardest thing that I’d ever done, both physically and mentally, I knew in my heart that there was something missing in my life.
This emptiness seemed to always need filling. I spent my days doing stuff like parachuting, abseiling of high buildings, and explosive entries. But at night, I would lie in bed feeling that there was something missing and that there must be more to life than this.
I would go to sleep feeling a sense of accomplishment for the day, but when I awoke, a feeling of emptiness was there. I would then spend the rest of the day filling it up with excitement, trying to take the emptiness away. I also used alcohol, food, cigarettes and sex to fill up this emptiness. They worked, but then I’d wake each morning feeling empty again.
I started seeing the acupuncturist I mentioned earlier when I was twenty. He always seemed to be able to answer any questions I asked him. I always felt incredibly content and happy after my session.
Twelve years later, when I was having difficulty with a relationship, I went to see him to see if he could help me. He suggested that I come along to one of his Taiji classes.
Before I went to the first physical Taiji class, he gave me an introduction to the philosophy of Taiji. There was something in the philosophy class that resonated with me. I felt that this was what I had been looking for my whole life. It touched my heart and unbeknownst to me, it would change my life forever. I then went to my first physical class. The following morning when I awoke, I didn’t feel empty and I have been doing Taiji everyday ever since.
In my twenty seven years of practicing Taiji and Qigong, fifteen years of practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and twenty years of teaching Taiji and Qigong, I have found inner contentment, peace, loving relationships, community, family and a sense of purpose.
I have decided in my life to help other people so that they too can experience the same level of health, freedom, passion, peace and contentment that I have found.
Peter Caughey Registered Acupuncturist
BHSc Acupuncture, NDA(NZ) Dip Chb, Dip Tuina, Dip Taiji, Qigong
Council member of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong
Peter is a Registered Acupuncturist and a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner.
He was a Member of NZRA and practised Acupuncturist in Auckland for over ten years. He practices Acupuncture, Tuina (Chinese massage), Chinese herbal medicine, Qigong medical healing, spinal adjustments, manipulations and energy balancing.
He specialises in sleep disturbances, insomnia, infertility and mental and emotional disturbances.
He is the Senior Teacher and Founder of the Forest Rock Taiji & Qigong Monastery School. He teaches Taiji Philosophy and Principles and the Traditions of the Monastery based schools. The philosophy of the Forest Rock School is about ‘Rightful place’. Aspects of this philosophy are; Medicine, Diet, Service to others, Music, Arts and Exercise. Some of the principles are; Loyalty, Honesty, Truthfulness and Contentment.