Ancestral Acupuncture was founded by Erin Langley, MSOM, LAc, Dipl OM. My people are Celtic, Germanic, Ashkenaz, Frank, and Anglo-Saxon. I identify strongly with the indigenous Neolithic inhabitants of the Boyne River Valley in Ireland.
I first knew that I wanted to practice healing when I was 11 years old. My maternal grandmother and I were watching a show in her living room about a little girl who could heal people while she was asleep. The girl's mother brushed her long, black hair as people gathered around the bed to be healed. Something came alive in me instantly, and I knew I wanted to do that. My mother, who has similar interests, received a four-year degree in energy healing from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.
I come from the rural South. My father's side is all teachers and preachers--circuit riders steeped in strong words, prohibition, and faith healing. My paternal grandmother tells amazing stories of the dreams she had, which helped her raise her three sons after the grandfather I never met passed away.
When I was 14, my physical sight depreciated significantly, and my retinas needed surgery. I have always wondered if I traded sight for sight, because around the same time, I started having dreams, visions, and out-of-body experiences. Frequenting these liminal places inspired me to record and track thousands of dreams over the course of a decade. My scientific approach helped me become literate in symbolism.
I have experimented with ancient healing techniques in what today's people call lucid dreaming. Clinically, I read dreams for portent, diagnosis, and everything else that exposes our wholeness. We are full-spectrum beings, as our most uncomfortable dreams remind us. My Master's thesis, Reinstating the Role of Community Dreaming Using Traditional Protocol and Open-Source Technology, explores ways to rely on dreaming as a way of life and as a measure of communal health. I cataloged dreams by theme against an astronomical ephemeris to detect patterns and develop a dictionary of portent.
As a teenager, I experienced acupuncture and herbal medicine for the first time. Dr. Kawalski, a seven-foot-tall Slavic OMD, helped my allergies, asthma, and severe depression more than anything ever had, so I began to consider East Asian medicine as a career path. I always pestered the local acupuncturists with questions. They told me to go to acupuncture school, since I was so interested. I declined after learning it would take three years. (It eventually took me six.)
After graduating from the University of North Florida with an English degree, I left Florida in 2004 to attend Naropa University in Oakland, California. I loved some aspects of the South--the beautiful waterways, a land of manatees and Ivory-billed woodpeckers, and of the Creek, Timacua, and Seminole peoples. But each new shopping center that encroached on the woods that raised me broke my heart. The dwindling forests and wildlife roused a river of tears that eventually washed me to the shore of the San Francisco Bay.
Here I revelled in fierce, forward-thinking land lovers, like Joanna Macy, whose open heart inspires the willing brokenness of my own. I also enrolled in the Indigenous Mind program, founded by Dr. Apela Colorado, who opened her ceremony of initiation to all people so we could begin the lifelong process decolonization and recovery of our whole minds. I am still learning what this means. I began to study with elders while restoring my own ancestral traditions. My teachers--storytellers and medicine people from all over the globe--navigated the unseen worlds with ease. They showed me that everything is natural, and nothing is supernatural. At the end of the program, I earned a Masters degree in Indigenous Mind and community of friends who defy the diasporas by taking root in sidewalk cracks like subversive grass.
Through their guidance, I began to see how conscious continuity with our native lands and traditions profoundly heals not only us, but our predecessors and progeny. I understood that illness can have an ancestral component, and that we can access our complete lineage directly through our own bodies to help restore balance across generations.
My journeys to Ireland changed my life by showing me the deep, awakened comfort of a cultural homeland. The enchanting power of the megalithic monuments inspired the logo for Ancestral Acupuncture. I have dreamed of Druids, blessing recumbent co-conspirators with holy water on the branches of mistletoe in the mounds. I marvel at how Ireland's first people mastered the interplay between land and sky, archived in sophisticated stone structures. These portals' precise embodiment of natural cycles motivated me to pursue the similar, unbroken traditions of fengshui and Chinese calendar science.
In 2005, I began studying Mantic Arts with Liu Ming, founder of Da Yuan Circle and Five Branches University. Shortly after, I enrolled in Acupuncture and Integrative College, Berkeley to finally engage the medical aspects of this ancient holistic system. I began to apply my study of fengshui and the Chinese almanac clinically by contextualizing people in space and time, and by suggesting changes to people's homes to mirror their movement toward health.
My style of practice is highly intuitive with a strong foundation in traditional East Asian theory. I have loved practicing orthopedic medicine with Olympic and collegiate athletes at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as internal medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley. I currently intern with the inimitable Dr. Robert Levine, who heals the world with unparalleled grace and terrible jokes. As a general practitioner, I treat a broad spectrum of health issues from allergies and asthma to gestational care and labor induction, pediatrics and more. I particularly love working with young seers and dreamers, who may lack support and understanding for their developing gifts.
I am an artist, oneiromancer, mother, and lover-of-rocks who lives in Oakland, California.