Magic and the Art of Trust

Magic and the Art of Trust

By Keith Varnum

“You go in ocean, you study with me. You no go in ocean, you
no study with me.”

My first lesson in the art of trust was from a wily Japanese
macrobiotics teacher named Noboru Muramoto. Picture the free
spirit martial arts instructor in the movie “Karate Kid” with
a wacky sense of humor.

I’d gone to Muramoto’s house by Golden Gate Park in San
Francisco to have my very first lesson in the ancient Eastern
art of acupuncture. About forty aspiring souls showed up that
cold winter’s night for this beginner class in Chinese
acupuncture. None of us knew Muramoto or each other.

The slight, middle-aged Muramoto greets us with the prophetic
words, “You want to study acupuncture with me, you follow me

Like lemmings marching to their fate in the sea, we followed
him into the frigid February fog on Ocean Beach by the park.
Then he spoke only the second sentence we’d heard from his

“You go in ocean, you study with me. You no go in ocean, you
no study with me.”

He then quickly shed all his clothes and dove into the next

Only half of the twentysome-year-olds dropped their threads
and followed suit (birthday suit).
Being zany by nature and desperate for change in my life, I
was one of the “Fools for God” -as such folk are
affectionately called in India.

The air was fifty degrees and the water felt twice that cold.
I never felt such instant contraction in my body. To survive,
all my bodily systems tightened up to conserve as much warmth
as possible against the icy onslaught of the water.

When we threw on our clothes and scampered back to Muramoto’s
house after our group swim, we strangers spontaneously huddled
together on the floor to create a kind of human heat
combustion to warm us up.

Then the third statement from our wild mentor came forth,
“Here are ten acupuncture needles for each of you. Choose a
partner. Intuitively stick the needles in your partner to
build their chi energy and warm them up.”

I took my needles, turned to the closest victim, and plunged
my first acupuncture needles into a human body. My young
partner immediately said he felt more warm, calm … yet also
more alert and alive than he’d felt for years. He was the
first of thousands of satisfied patients that I would treat
over the next thirty years of my successful career as a
professional acupuncturist!

I noticed with astonishment that everyone in the class that
night enjoyed their spontaneous acupuncture treatments by
their greenhorn doctors! No one winced with pain or shouted in
shock from a misguided needle. I was astonished!

For years I asked myself, “Was Muramoto reckless? Nuts? … or
‘crazy like a fox?'”

Radical or Natural Trust?

Was Muramoto coming from radical trust? How radical was it
really? After all, no one was hurt in the slightest by all the
novice needlers.

Or was he coming from natural trust? … In himself? In the
Universe? In his natural connection to Universal Knowing? In
our natural connection to our Universal Knowing?

After years of experimenting with healing similar to his
style, I’ve concluded that Muramoto was demonstrating to us
the magic of the art of trust:

He allowed natural (divine) selection to separate the wheat
from the chaff, the people ready to open their intuitive
skills and those not yet ripe.

Within his invitation to dive into the cold, dark sea was an
opportunity to trust the moment, to trust our bodies to the
ocean, and to trust our heartfelt desire for growth.

Those who chose to trust that moment of opportunity and
empowerment received a second invitation: Muramoto offered
each of us a chance to trust our instincts to needle another
person’s body in just the right places. And, as patients, we
each had to drop into that same space of trust to allow a
novice to play doctor sticking their needles in our bodies.

(In the standard acupuncture schools, students must study
anatomy, physiology and needle theory for months-often
years-before they are given needles to treat someone.)

In that class Muramoto taught us natural trust. Trust in our
own knowing nature.

On that night I learned from this wise, modern-day samurai
that I can trust my inner guidance. Ever since I’ve put my
intuition to good use with every client-and with every
challenging life situation that’s come down my path.

Bio: A vibrant film maker in college, at the tender age of
19, Keith Varnum went totally blind before he could launch out
on his own. The prognosis of Western doctors that Keith would
be blind for the rest of his life catapulted him into the
adventure of his life! On this journey he studied with
medicine men, shaman, Hawaii Kahuna and Eastern spiritual
masters, regained his eyesight, and discovered the secrets of
all healing, transformation and success. Keith has tested
these practical secrets in his 35-year career as an author,
Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner, Life Coach, Vision
Quest guide, acupuncturist, sound healer, radio host, and
vice-president of a multi-million dollar company. When not
exploring consciousness in the canyons of Arizona , Keith
travels around the world assisting people to open to life’s
wonders and surprises in his Dream Workshops.

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