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Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots

By Cody Dodo

I practice Chinese medicine. Most people think it is only acupuncture, which yes, I indeed practice. But the medicine can be practiced by anyone that understands this ancient, healing philosophy.

I’m not here to fix you. I’m here to empower you. I’m here to help you to understand your own body. The more you know – the more you can heal yourself, using a way of life and healing that has been empowering people for centuries. This is Connect the Dots with Cody Dodo.

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Journey
Journey
Journey is a quest, a search. Most times journeys end where they've started... But the traveler is no longer the person who took the first step. This episode is about my personal journey.
07:48
November 02, 2022
The Power of Words
The Power of Words
"And God said let there be light". The world was created with a word.   The Words we choose reveal our outlook and attitude about our life, our selves and our bodies. 
09:60
October 26, 2022
The Nine Heart Palaces V
The Nine Heart Palaces V
The last two Heart Palaces are the Palace of Wisdom and the Palace of Home. These last two teach us that the present moment is free and full of possibilities and that we belong and are loved.  We very often have difficulty accepting the present moment, and wish it would be different.    The idea of home is the idea of belonging and feeling connected.  
07:22
October 19, 2022
The Nine Heart Palaces IV
The Nine Heart Palaces IV
In this episode : the palaces of Travel and Career.  Travel expands your view beyond your self. It causes you to meet different ways of life. How would you face the challenge of encountering other ways of being?  And Career introduces the challenge of acquiring knowledge. Do you know all that there is to know?  
07:60
October 12, 2022
The Nine Heart Palaces III
The Nine Heart Palaces III
We continue our exploration of challenges with the Palace of Children. It is also known as Palace of Creativity.  Leaving a legacy is something we all want. Creating something that would outlast our physical life and will continue our lineage. It can be children and it can also be a work of art, or something we build or change in the world. But achieving it might be a challenge. 
07:28
October 05, 2022
The Nine Heart Palaces II
The Nine Heart Palaces II
How do we relate to money, possessions and property. Can we ever have enough? Can we be generous with others?  Can we be in an independent relationship that is not based on need...   We continue with more "Heart Palaces".  In this episode Wealth, Prosperity and Relationships.  
08:59
September 28, 2022
The Nine Heart Palaces I
The Nine Heart Palaces I
Life is about growth. In order to grow we need to go through lessons and learn from them.  According to Daoist philosophy there are 9 Palaces - also referred to as Heart Pains - that ones master through out the soul's journey.  In this episode - the first Palace - Health. 
08:17
September 24, 2022
Blood Flow
Blood Flow
Blood is a vital substance in the body. It needs to circulate properly around the system. Lack of circulation can cause stagnation and stasis.  In Chinese medicine stuck blood also means stuck experiences and stuck emotions... how do we make sure it keeps moving?
09:15
September 14, 2022
Psychology of Illness
Psychology of Illness
Since the body, the mind and the Spirit are really one thing, it is impossible to separate the disease from the feelings and emotions that come up in the process of one's illness. In reality, no two people have the same condition exactly for this reason. 
10:34
September 07, 2022
Normal
Normal
When we are off, or sick we mostly want to get back to "normal". What is normal? Who dictates this "standard"? And if you ended up somewhere, don't you think your "Normal" got you there???
08:47
August 31, 2022
Law of Signatures
Law of Signatures
Nature is marvelous. It is here to guide and help us. There is a principle in Chinese Medicine that says that anything in nature that resemble an organ or a part on the body would benefit it. This is the Law of signatures.
07:40
August 24, 2022
Who am I?
Who am I?
Let's talk about identity. How do we know who we are? Are you your name? Are you your gender? Are you your ethnicity, race, or religion? And if we are not all these things, who are we really?
08:21
August 17, 2022
Aspects of Spirit
Aspects of Spirit
We spoke of Mind Body connection, but the Spirit is also part of the picture. It is said to reside in the body and through issues in the body we can learn about spiritual issues we might face.  
09:32
August 10, 2022
Part of the Process
Part of the Process
Sometimes after a treatment we start feeling worse. Acupuncture, as part of a healing journey, is meant to move old stagnations. Getting rid of pain sounds like a good idea, but that pain can reveal something you may have forgotten. Now that it was unblocked - are you willing to look at it? You can't just pretend you haven't seen it....  It's a process, and that process is yours. 
08:35
August 03, 2022
Closets
Closets
We all have closets. Thats where we put anything we don't want to deal with. The body also has closets. There we store any conflict that wasn't resolved. If we fail to resolve a cold or a virus it can hide in the body and become latent.  It comes out of latency usually - when we are exhausted, stressed or sleep deprived. You know those issues that show up when you are stressed out? they have been there all along....
08:39
July 27, 2022
The Pulse
The Pulse
When we get a treatment we first communicate about what is wrong and what we need help with. Talking is one way of communicating this information.  But the body also gives the practitioner information via the pulse.  Yes - the pulse at the wrist tells much more than just if you are alive... 
09:10
July 20, 2022
The Book of Changes
The Book of Changes
There are rules in nature. And the most ancient rule says that the only constant in nature is Change. Changes happen all the time. But most people don't like change, or might have resistance to change. That clash between what we want and nature causes pain.
08:51
July 13, 2022
Binary - not a bad word....
Binary - not a bad word....
Many do not like the idea of Binary when it comes to gender. It seems very limiting, and narrow to only have two ideas of gender roles.  But everything in nature, every phenomena can only be understood in binary - or rather, through contrast. Check my project ichingofgender.com to explore your binary code of gender presentation. 
11:00
July 06, 2022
Change of Perspective
Change of Perspective
We always want to know, how long is it going to take - to get better, to heal? At times it seem like it is hard, and difficult and long. Why is that?   
10:27
June 29, 2022
Cold
Cold
Acupuncturists do not like cold things. We don't recommend drinking icy drinks, and juices or eating salads. Why is that?  
09:45
June 22, 2022
Ghost Stories
Ghost Stories
Did you ever feel not quite like yourself? Have you had weird obsessions with things that never called your attention before? Those might be signs of a foreign energy that entered your field. In Chinese Medicine we call these ghosts.  
09:26
June 15, 2022
The Paradox of Change
The Paradox of Change
You are perfect, now change.  Well... doesn't this sound weird? Which one is it? Am I perfect or should I change???
07:23
June 08, 2022
Walking Your Path
Walking Your Path
Do you feel grounded? Are your feet and ankles align and support your every step?  There are three points located around the ankle that convey the idea of walking firmly on your path. Like all acupuncture points, they have unique names, poetic in nature, that explain this idea.
08:46
June 01, 2022
The Stance
The Stance
How do you feel about yourself right now? What do you think about the world right now? Where you stand on these topics shows up in your body as you literal stance - your posture, your gait. Energetically, the way you see yourself in the world is registered in these two channels Yin Qiao, and Yang Qiao, or in english: the Heel vessels. 
09:48
May 25, 2022
Guest House
Guest House
Guest House is a name of a point on the Yin Linking channel. The name conveys the idea of this channel. One meaning is reflected beautifully in a Poem by Rumi, with the same name. 
09:52
May 18, 2022
The Recorder II
The Recorder II
Continuing from last episode, the Yin Linking channel records the responsibilities and roles we assume as we went through cycles of growth. Growth cycles in the body occur naturally every 7 or 8 years. We move from childhood to puberty and from adults to elders. Each of these phases call for a personality shift of sorts. Can we stay true to our "Original Self"?
08:34
May 11, 2022
The Recorder I
The Recorder I
As we grow and our lives unfold, our body records important information.   We don't need to learn how to do things twice. Once we learn it, the body remembers how to do it - like riding a bicycle. The channel of energy that recalls and remembers the activities throughout our life is called the Yang Linking channel or Yang Wei Mai in Chinese.  If a movement is associated with a traumatic event - you might not be able to stop doing that action, until this channel is treated. 
09:17
May 04, 2022
Mastering Relationships
Mastering Relationships
The earliest energies to develop are also the ones that color our view of the world. Any imbalance that may occur early on in life can affect our future relationships. Our own yin and yang deficiencies can attract our exact opposite into a relationship that might end up being co-dependent rather than independent and healthy. 
08:12
April 27, 2022
Independence
Independence
After the Sea of Yin comes the Sea of Yang.  The Governing channel helps us move about in the world, and gives us a sense of adventure and the curiosity to explore. This is a natural evolution after being raised with assurance that we are taken care of and everything is provided.  This energy runs along the spine, this is the Du channel.
08:52
April 20, 2022
Wholeness
Wholeness
The first channel to develop right after birth has the frequency of wholeness, perfection and oneness. This channel is called Ren, that means Humanity. For most of us, the idea of being perfect is something unattainable - no one is perfect.  But Ren is a channel we all have. We are born perfect. Somehow we just forgot....
11:07
April 13, 2022
The Blueprint
The Blueprint
There is a plan of you, before you became you. This plan is stored energetically in our body. The catch is, that the plan is unconscious... it's unknown to us. It is for us to explore and unfold. This blueprint is a channel of energy called the Chong. it is part of a set of channels that are our constitution. 
12:19
April 06, 2022
Spinning
Spinning
Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in a loop. The same thought keeps repeating in our mind, over and over and over. It can start after an interaction with a person, but long after that person is gone, the irritation lingers. This can have a physical effect on our body. In Chinese Medicine we call that reaction - Heat. 
12:09
March 30, 2022
Pain
Pain
Not an easy topic.  Most people choose to avoid pain, numb pain, and really just want to stop the pain. But why is it there? What is pain?
12:47
March 23, 2022
What's in a Name
What's in a Name
When you feel sick or knows something is going on, you seek a diagnosis. Every disease and disorder has a name. Every year it seems there are more and more conditions we never heard about. Chinese medicine, doesn't really name conditions. We use general classification of External or Internal. Why is that? There's a reason. 
12:11
March 16, 2022
What Is Healing?
What Is Healing?
Many people are searching for healing. You don't have to have a physical illness to search for healing.  For physical illness some look for a cure. What is the difference between curing and healing? 
11:17
March 09, 2022
The Right Conflict
The Right Conflict
True growth requires friction. When we interact with people from other backgrounds or walks of lives, we can expect to disagree. How do you deal with disagreements? How do you consolidate differences? Maybe you just ignore them, maybe you shut them out of your life. The challenge of harmonizing yourself and the world is the key to evolution.
09:56
March 02, 2022
Creativity
Creativity
We're at the end of the Primary channel sequence and we are talking about the Liver today. The liver has the power of vision and dreaming. Your goals and your aspirations come from the energy of this energy. It is at the end of the sequence of the 12 primary channels because life is all about your ability to create!  
09:01
February 23, 2022
Transformation is Magic!
Transformation is Magic!
We use the expression "they got gall" to describe someone that has courage. In CM the Gallbladder channel is indeed about having courage. But what is courage? What takes courage? Doing something unfamiliar, going somewhere no one has gone before, and stepping into the unknown is what this energy is all about. 
11:05
February 16, 2022
The Right Allocation
The Right Allocation
In life there are many situations and many roles you might face or take along the way.  There is an energy, a specific "organ" that knows how to allocate the right type and amount of energy needed to face and fulfill whatever comes your way. Today we will talk about the Triple Heater.
08:54
February 09, 2022
Freedom (a short statement)
Freedom (a short statement)
Tolerance, openness and exchange are the foundations of a free society.   This is a short statement. 
02:50
February 03, 2022
Every Heart Needs Protection
Every Heart Needs Protection
Society can be mean.  It never feels good to be rejected, but we are equipped with a protector. The Pericardium is the wrapping of the Heart organ. But it also protects it from heartbreak. 
07:52
February 02, 2022
Uniquness
Uniquness
In this episode we explore the energy of the Kidneys. That energy links you to your ancestry. It also has in it your potential to grow beyond your family and evolve. That deep energy invites challenges into your life that you can learn from.  The Kidneys also work with other energies in the body so you can self express and be creative.
11:43
January 26, 2022
Guarding the Borders
Guarding the Borders
When a stranger gets a bit too close, you might take a step back.... You can feel that your personal space has been invaded. In Chinese medicine this is the Bladder channel energy keeping you safe. Keeping strong boundaries is also about immunity and a sense of self. 
10:42
January 19, 2022
Everyone needs a good advisor
Everyone needs a good advisor
Emperors don't always do what is best for their people. In our body, our passionate heart might want to do so many things, but is it good for the body? Every ruler needs good advisors. Our body has its gut.
11:15
January 12, 2022
From the Heart
From the Heart
In this episode we explain the symbolism associated with our heart energy. Most of the metaphors we use about the heart, are no actually metaphors, they are quite literal... So from my heart to yours, Have a happy and joyous 2022.
10:42
January 05, 2022
Good Immunity
Good Immunity
What makes a good immune system?  How can you boost your immunity?   The body needs these few components to be an optimal defensive machine! We'll talk about those in this episode.
11:25
December 29, 2021
The Spleen - Meaning Making
The Spleen - Meaning Making
Sometime you experience something, but instead of just taking it in, you ask yourself "What does it mean?"  In this episode we talk about the body's meaning making energetics: the Spleen. 
13:36
December 22, 2021
Food for Thoughts - The Stomach Channel
Food for Thoughts - The Stomach Channel
This week we explore the energy of the Stomach Channel - how we brake down and process food, and how we stomach the world...
16:00
December 15, 2021
Letting Go - The Metal Duo
Letting Go - The Metal Duo
The Large Intestine channel is the Lung's partner in letting go. It is just as important as taking in. The two also share an element in Chinese philosophy - the Metal Element. 
11:51
December 08, 2021
Taking In - The Lung Channel
Taking In - The Lung Channel
The Lung Primary channel is the first in the succession of pathways weaving throughout our body. There is a reason it was placed first. In this episode we'll begin the journey through the body with the Lung Channel. 
12:16
December 01, 2021
Channels
Channels
The movement of the different energies in our body is conducted and guided by pathways often called Channels or Meridians. In this episode Cody explains the concept of channels and pathways.
13:23
November 24, 2021
Big Difference - East vs West
Big Difference - East vs West
What is the difference between Eastern Medicine and Western Medicine? How come the practitioners of these medical systems don't seem to speak the same language, yet they all try to do the same thing: make people feel better.  In this episode we will take about the big difference - the point of view. 
16:31
November 22, 2021
Ideas
Ideas
It has the strength and the credibility of "Truth" - how much do you believe in it?
15:32
November 17, 2021
Constitutional Energy
Constitutional Energy
Your Constitutional energy is the power behind all the energies in the body.It is equal to the idea of DNA. It includes the DNA, but also much more.
07:40
November 10, 2021
Internal Energy
Internal Energy
Today we're talking about emotions. Emotions are a surge of energy that creates disposition. Different emotions move differently. Everything in our internal world is subjective to us. We are responsible for our own emotions. I'll teach you what all this means.
08:33
November 03, 2021
External Energy
External Energy
Our body doesn't know the difference between running away from a tiger stressed, or "I missed a work deadline" stressed. Listen to today's episode to learn about our External Energy and what you can do to calm your stress.
07:20
October 27, 2021
Yin and Yang
Yin and Yang
Yin and Yang are always relative to space and time. When times change, we need to change with them. So Yin and Yang are not good and bad necessarily. Everything that exists can be both Yin and Yang. Listen to today's episode to learn more about Yin and Yang
08:42
October 20, 2021
Qi
Qi
Ever feel like you aren't alone? Or feel when someone steps into the room? That's your Qi talking.  Qi is translated as "Life Force", but what does it actually mean? Listen to today's episode to find out.
07:59
October 13, 2021
Welcome to Connect the Dots with Cody Dodo
Welcome to Connect the Dots with Cody Dodo
I practice Chinese medicine. Most people think it is only acupuncture, which yes, I indeed practice. But the medicine can be practiced by anyone that understands this ancient, healing philosophy. I’m not here to fix you. I’m here to empower you. I’m here to help you to understand your own body. The more you know – the more you can heal yourself, using a way of life and healing that has been empowering people for centuries. This is Connect the Dots with Cody Dodo.
07:10
October 06, 2021
Connect the Dots Trailer
Connect the Dots Trailer
I practice Chinese medicine. Most people think it is only acupuncture, which yes, I indeed practice. But the medicine can be practiced by anyone that understands this ancient, healing philosophy.  I’m not here to fix you. I’m here to empower you. I’m here to help you to understand your own body. The more you know – the more you can heal yourself, using a way of life and healing that has been empowering people for centuries. This is Connect the Dots with Cody Dodo.
01:32
October 01, 2021