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Sorig Khang Mel­bourne, based in the Aru­ra Heal­ing Cen­tre, is run by Karen Stone in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia. The inter­view with Karen took place in Kath­man­du, Nepal, on Sep­tem­ber 3rd 2017.


Sorig News: What did you prac­tice before start­ing your Aru­ra Heal­ing Cen­tre?

Karen Stone (KS): I was work­ing as Rei­ki Mas­ter, used Dr. Bach Flower Essences and was involved as Med­i­ta­tion- and Yoga teacher.

Sorig News: When did you open your Cen­tre?

KS: It hap­pened after I closed my shop in Wood­end, Aus­tralia, in 2008 to focus on heal­ing. Then in 2013 I final­ly moved to Mel­bourne through an oppor­tu­ni­ty brought by Dr. Nida Chenagt­sang.

Sorig News: What was your inspi­ra­tion?

KS: After my first trip to Tibet with Dr. Nida in 2006 I was hap­py with my Mantra Heal­ing prac­tices but in Amdo [East Tibet; chin. Quing­hai Province] I was so impressed by the doc­tors and what they were doing. So Dr. Nida asked me: “Why don’t you study Tra­di­tion­al Tibetan Med­i­cine [Sowa Rig­pa]?” And I said: “Because I was too old!” *laughs* “But you will be a bet­ter Mantra Heal­er too!” answered Dr. Nida. “OK then …” I replied. And when I got home I thought Aus­tralia needs this Sowa Rig­pa, not just med­i­cines for a few peo­ple, but a place which rep­re­sents all the aspects through inter­nal med­i­cines, through exter­nal ther­a­pies, through diet and lifestyle. It’s a holis­tic sys­tem, it has a whole approach. That were the images behind me mov­ing from the shop to the heal­ing rooms.

Sorig News: What where the biggest obsta­cles in estab­lish­ing the Aru­ra Heal­ing Cen­tre?

KS: A gen­er­al aware­ness of Sowa Rig­pa, of what it is and how it works. So most­ly ini­tial­ly peo­ple come to me because they have been to Nepal or Tibet and they have a small expe­ri­ence in Sowa Rig­pa. For instance they had a Lama who gave them some pills, that’s what they often do.



Sorig News: So the peo­ple want­ed the pills again?

KS: Yes, often. That’s the oth­er obsta­cle: Peo­ple often think I would just hand them over some med­i­cine. Thus part of the ongo­ing task is to edu­cate, not only upcom­ing new prac­ti­tion­ers, but to edu­cate peo­ple gen­er­al­ly about Sowa Rig­pa and its mean­ing.

Sorig News: Did you have main­ly peo­ple who are famil­iar with Bud­dhism who come to your cen­ter?

KS: Yes. Aus­tralians are big trav­ellers and many of them come to these places. So they come because they are curi­ous or they are track­ing or they are inter­est­ed in Bud­dhism. How­ev­er now it’s becom­ing more wide­spread than that. Peo­ple have a bet­ter under­stand­ing of basic prin­ci­ples and how they can help them. I think Sowa Rig­pa is a real­ly rel­e­vant heal­ing sys­tem to mod­ern life in the West. It has so much to offer. And I am con­stant­ly great­ful to Dr. Nida and the exter­nal ther­a­pies … he is so good at them and they are real­ly help­ful. I think that oth­er heal­ers who do not prac­tice them have a huge gap in their edu­ca­tion. It real­ly sup­ports the body and heal­ing.

Sorig News: What were your best moments with the Aru­ra Heal­ing Cen­tre? What makes you hap­py there?

KS: When I see a good result. You know – I am a nor­mal west­ern­er … I have a lot of self-doubt *laughs*. But I remind myself to Dr. Nida who taught me not to wor­ry, I should just do it. Some things in heal­ing are mirac­u­lous but I don’t put that down to me but to Sowa Rig­pa and Dr. Nida. For about 18 months quite ear­ly on I hon­est­ly felt like an angel of death. I had so many peo­ple at the end of their jour­ney. They are des­per­ate and they want to try any­thing. And they heard about Sowa Rig­pa. It was a real­ly inter­est­ing learn­ing expe­ri­ence because I real­ized that my most impor­tant thing in my tool kit was com­pas­sion. Some­times your job is to help them at the end of their jour­ney. So that was an extra­or­di­nary peri­od but very chal­leng­ing. I felt hor­ri­bly ill-equipped. *laughs*

Sorig News: It is sure­ly one of the hard­est parts of being a Sowa Rig­pa prac­ti­tion­er!

KS: Yeah. But I treat­ed a man with Parkinson’s Dis­ease for a long time and after his first Ku Nye mas­sage he felt so good. He and his wife went for din­ner for the first time in a few years. And I was so hap­py … so things like that make me hap­py.

Sorig News: Do you remem­ber your first patient in your Aru­ra Heal­ing Cen­tre?

KS: It wouldn’t be for Ku Nye … I wasn’t going to do Ku Nye  - I don’t have a mas­sage back­ground. So we just had Dr. Nida with us for a week and did the Yuthok Nyingth­ig – Ngön­dro the first time in Aus­tralia. And then there was a Ku Nye course and he said we could fin­ish that in Syd­ney and he asked why I didn’t want to do that. I said that I don’t want to do mas­sage because we cov­ered a bit of that in our Sowa Rig­pa course any­way. So he said: “Peo­ple who do Ku Nye are bet­ter in Sowa Rig­pa!” You see … it sucks me in every time! *laughs* He was right because I’ve learned from every­body up from my hands on and so my first patient would be with Ku Nye mas­sage. It was some­body who would come to me with shoul­der issues, and she did well. It was quite fun­ny because she was a twin and her sis­ter was in north­ern Aus­tralia and she called me up that she got the shoul­der prob­lem as well … *laughs* I remem­ber being quite ner­vous … Am I doing it right? But it was fine.

Sorig News: But it wasn’t your very first patient? You men­tioned you did Rei­ki before?

KS: Yeah, but you know it was a dif­fer­ent thing. Also I remem­ber dif­fer­ent amaz­ing things like a woman who was two weeks from shoul­der surgery for frozen shoul­der and we fixed her. So she did not need the oper­a­tion. Anoth­er young man who was selve-harm­ing … cut­ting … was a bit tricky. He was 13 years old and I said to his moth­er: “I won’t take him unless you also take him to a coun­sel­lor!” So I treat­ed him with Horme and had great suc­cess there. I was think­ing this would give him a pos­i­tive body expe­ri­ence. As a 13-year old mas­sage would’ve been a bit embar­rass­ing for him. So you have to think about it too.

Sorig News: So what are the patient cas­es you encounter the most? Is there a vari­ety or did you notice that there is a cer­tain kind who is attract­ed to Sowa Rig­pa?

KS: My obser­va­tions are that 90% from the peo­ple who come to me have some­thing relat­ed with stress and anx­i­ety and depres­sion. And that man­i­fests in a phys­i­cal or emo­tion­al form or a com­bi­na­tion. Of these 90% I recon half of them hate their job and a lot of peo­ple don’t get touched. Thus they prof­it a lot from phys­i­cal ther­a­pies. They have a lot of phys­i­cal com­plaints in their backs and shoul­ders but often it seems to me that the bulk of these com­plaints are these emo­tion­al com­bined con­di­tions. Mod­ern life is killing us. Food is killing us. So I am very prac­tise. I would take them for shop­ping and teach them how to shop if I think that their diet is ter­ri­ble and they just have no clue. Peo­ple are real­ly stressed if they need some­thing to do. I teach them what they need. I teach them walk­ing med­i­ta­tion if I think it would help them. It’s always about what­ev­er is going to make them feel bet­ter.

Sorig News: So it takes a lot of gen­er­al expe­ri­ence and knowl­edge?

KS: Yeah, what­ev­er is going to add in.

Sorig News: How can the peo­ple learn about you and find their way to your Aru­ra Heal­ing Cen­tre?

KS: Most­ly through dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing. I have quite a strong web pres­ence. Face­book, Insta­gram, Twit­ter … Insta­gram inter­est­ing­ly does bring busi­ness but the Face­book page is prob­a­bly the best. How­ev­er most patients usu­al­ly find me through the mouth. That is the main rea­son, that’s good.

Sorig News: Do you have any coop­er­a­tion with allo­path­ic doc­tors or oth­er health care prac­ti­tion­ers? What do you think about it, what could be improved?

KS: I would real­ly like to see more coop­er­a­tion between com­ple­men­tary and alter­na­tive ther­a­pies but its a lit­tle way off in Aus­tralia. Most doc­tors regard what I do as a step down from witch­craft. *laughs* But hav­ing said that, since mov­ing the clin­ic to Mel­bourne a cou­ple of gen­er­al prac­ti­tion­ers have become aware of my work and start­ed to refer peo­ple to me occa­sion­al­ly. So that’s real­ly reas­sur­ing. I have a list of doc­tors of whom I refer to and I am always very hap­py to refer peo­ple on to west­ern med­i­cine if I think that’s appro­pri­ate. I don’t have an issue with that. What’s impor­tant is that the per­son gets healed! And I have some oth­er prac­ti­tion­ers I refer to like an excel­lent acupunc­tur­ist – so for things that I don’t real­ly feel com­fort­able with. So I don’t have an issue with refer­ring peo­ple on.

Sorig News: So you think the coop­er­a­tion with west­ern med­i­cine should be def­i­nite­ly improved?

KS: I think this blan­ket “it’s not worth anything”-approach is ridicu­lous. On one hand you have them say­ing that Sowa Rig­pa doesn’t do any­thing and on the oth­er hand you have them telling their patients not to take my med­i­cines which are made from things they can buy at the super­mar­ket. So they have to make up their mind. So to be fair west­ern gen­er­al prac­ti­tion­ers – I believe it is the same in oth­er parts of the world – they work very hard, there are a lot of expec­ta­tions on them, there is a lot of pres­sure, you know big phar­ma is involved so it is hard for them to take the time and explore oth­er things. Sad­ly it seems that it often hap­pens that they make those explo­rations when they get sick them­selves.

Sowa Rig­pa: So do you have patients that are doc­tors them­selves?

KS: I do - I have sev­er­al. *laughs* They look for some­thing else when they get sick.

Sowa Rig­pa: What are your visions for the future?

KS: I have a big vision: My wish is to move my cen­tre one day to a big­ger loca­tion where I can car­ry out the class­es at the cen­tre and also be able to offer the bath treat­ment, the Lum-ther­a­py. I am very pas­sion­ate about that because it is so effec­tive. That is my dream, my next step.

Sorig News: Would you also like to have some rooms in your Aru­ra Heal­ing Cen­tre where you could live your­self?

KS: In a per­fect world, yes! I would be very hap­py to live upstairs and work down­stairs. But we will see what hap­pens.

Sorig News: … and also where the patients could stay overnight?

KS: I think yes. Because in a per­fect world after the Lum you should con­trol the envi­ron­ment. But west­ern­ers being west­ern­ers - I think it is unlike­ly that you could per­suade them to do that. It has to be a retreat cen­tre then or some­thing like that. And I don’t think that I want a retreat cen­ter. I think that is a big job and it becomes more admin­is­tra­tive. I am hap­pi­est when I am hands-on and work­ing with the heal­ing.

Sorig News: Do you have any advices for some­body who wants to build or estab­lish a Sowa Rig­pa and Sorig Khang cen­tre?

KS: I would say it is good to start sim­ple. Don’t try and set your­self up with the halls of amaz­ing bells and whis­tles- type things. Start work­ing with the things you are con­fi­dent in and then you will devel­op more con­fi­dence in your abil­i­ties and your knowl­edge and then you can expand. But be con­fi­dent in the things that Dr. Nida has taught us. He wouldn’t give them to us if he didn’t think they worked or if he didn’t think we could do it. And be very true to your moti­va­tion. So every day I go to work I can help some­one … I like that!

Sorig News: Thank you for this inter­view! Is there any­thing else you want to say?

KS: I would say for me Sowa Rig­pa is my life now. And I am sure it has been my life in oth­er lives. For me … I am real­ly just com­mit­ted to my con­tin­u­ous study, my patients and my teach­ing and real­ly expand­ing, expand­ing this in Aus­tralia. So much to offer!

Sorig News: Thank you very much! We wish you all the best!

KS: Thank you!

Karen Stone has been prac­tis­ing holis­tic heal­ing since 2001. She offers all aspects of Tra­di­tion­al Tibetan Med­i­cine includ­ing: exter­nal ther­a­pies such as Yuk Cho stick ther­a­py, Ku Nye mas­sage, cup­ping, and mox­i­bus­tion, diet and lifestyle con­sul­ta­tions, herbal med­i­cines as well as mantra heal­ing among oth­er ther­a­pies. Karen is a cer­ti­fied Sorig Khang teacher.


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