Archive for July, 2010

Simplicity

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In a complex world, simplicity has great power. This is one of our themes in SourcePoint. However, as most of us know, in a complex world, simplicity can also be complicated.

The Buddha elucidated many habitual tendencies of the mind. One is the tendency toward proliferation. One thought leads to another leads to another. As human beings we always want to improve on things, to understand things better, to build a better mousetrap, or a better anything. The creativity of the mind is awesome. However, that tendency of the mind to proliferate and elaborate has created big trouble for us humans and our existence here on earth. Anyone who has ever meditated for even a few minutes knows how powerful that tendency is. Simplicity of mind is a huge challenge.

We are experiencing the challenge of keeping SourcePoint simple. There are the basic points, a few other basic protocols, and really that’s all that necessary. Probably the Source Point alone is all that’s ultimately needed. Probably our minds alone are all that’s really needed. But we’re not there yet as practitioners or clients, or in our desire to heal ourselves. We need help to enter into the stream of universal energy, we need help to open up and receive the energy and information that surround us at every moment. We need help to live in the Flow of Order, Balance and Harmony that is manifesting around us and in us all the time.

So as we continue to practice and teach SourcePoint, more information continues to emerge. Some of this information emerges in response to people’s questions and experiences with the basic three training modules. We are in the process of creating advanced modules to share our continuing explorations with those who have attended the basic three modules. Some of these will be in place by 2011. Always, we keep the word simplicity in our hearts and minds. We work with the question: How do we respond to the need for more information and exploration without falling into the trap of elaboration?

Working with the intention of simplicity is powerful. When meditating with the Diamond Points, or working with the Guardian Points, or scanning for the blockage, go into it with the underlying intention of simplicity. Just the phrase, “Keep it simple,” is a useful reminder. Watch the mind’s tendency to complicate things, to analyze, project, judge, opinionate, manipulate, control, and, above all, know ”“ how things are supposed to be and what is supposed to happen. Letting the information of the Blueprint do its work is much easier said than done.

Recently Bob and I had dinner with a good friend who is a gourmet cook. We were talking about the trend toward elaboration in trendy restaurants, increasingly exotic and actually kind of weird combinations that can arise from a chef’s almost painful determination to be innovative. Our friend had just returned from France, where she goes frequently, and she talked about the simplicity of really, really good French cooking, describing her delight at the “perfect boiled potato” she had at dinner one night. I asked her to describe its perfection and she found it difficult to put it into words. It was just perfect in its simplicity and “potato-ness.”

I’ve been reflecting on this potato as a lovely and tangible metaphor for a session of energy work. It takes what we do out of the realm of the esoteric into everyday life, which is where energy medicine belongs. In our energy work, in any given session, when is the potato perfectly boiled? When is it enough? Is more needed? Can we be content with a very little butter and salt, or will we end up adding more ingredients and spices that will mask the flavor and the essence of the potato? Will we throw in a lot of our own ideas and opinions and questions and doubts? Do we feel the need to innovate, to do “something new?” Will we elaborate and complicate?

Can we appreciate simplicity, and let it be? Or are we, in our culture of today, so geared to elaboration that we can’t leave well enough alone?

©2009 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

 

Remembering the Earth and Ourselves

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Green Tara

This week I am drawn to re-connect with two of the audio meditations. The first is the Guardians of the Earth, and the second is the fundamental SourcePoint Meditation. It feels to me as though the energies of the next few weeks are asking us to pay special attention to bringing in the information of Order, Balance, Harmony, and Flow, to take good care of ourselves and the earth that is our home, to do what we can to balance our energies, both personal and global. I plan to spend a lot of time with these meditations in the coming weeks. I invite you to join me. You don’t have to follow the letter of what I’ve said in the meditations. Explore. Create. Imagine. Love your life on this earth, in this body.

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The Moon: Messenger of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow

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The moon in all its phases is the most immediate, tangible and powerful messenger of the fundamental information of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow that we can easily see and experience in the material world. It is a portal from the material world to the spiritual dimension, the dimensions of subtle energetic form. The points of SourcePoint Therapy are also portals. They open the connection to the spiritual dimension. We can’t see them, but we feel them. But we can see the moon. The moon, as it waxes, grows full and wanes, is the perfect manifestation of the Blueprint radiating its information of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow.

In SourcePoint Therapy we work with the energetic configuration of the Crescent Moon in particular because it is the beginning and ending of the cycle. It is birth, new life, growth, life manifesting and waxing. Because everything contains the seed of its opposite, the Crescent Moon is also the waning moon; it is death, passing away, dissolution. Life is constant change, never-ending transition. Healing is a transition from imbalance to balance, blockage to flow, ill-health to health. The Crescent Moon supports all the transitions of life. It helps to support and nourish what needs to be strengthened and to dissolve what blockages impede health.

The Crescent Moon in SourcePoint Therapy can help to balance the masculine and feminine energy, the right side and the left side of the body. It attunes the rhythms of the body at an energy level. Remember always, SourcePoint works with energies of the body and does not treat specific physical conditions or symptoms.

In SourcePoint Therapy there are no formulas, so we do not say there is a direct one-to one- correlation between a condition and a particular protocol. The Diamond Points are the most important practice and should always be used with all the others, because they allow the Blueprint to guide the energy and bring the body to balance.

The Crescent Moon may be helpful in working with trauma at an energy level, because it grounds people in their spiritual dimension. It has a shamanic quality. Shamans will often do soul retrieval after traumatic experience. The Crescent Moon is not so much about retrieving the soul and bringing it back to the body as it is about bringing the body to the soul. When that connection is made, “soul retrieval” happens.

The lunar self is traditionally associated with the soul, the feminine, the inner self. The Crescent Moon supports our ongoing spiritual quest to re-unite the changing phases of our lives with the wholeness that is our true nature.

©2010 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

Rhythm and Flow: The Crescent Moon

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The Triple Goddess

Dave, thank you for asking me to say more about the crescent moon here. It led me to a time of reflecting on and meditating with the moon in all its phases ”“ just a few days before the new moon/solar eclipse occurring on July 11. What a lovely synchronicity that you happened to ask about this just now 🙂

You asked me to say more about the crescent moon’s symbolic history and how to use it in your SourcePoint Therapy practice. The configuration is taught in Module Two. It is also one of the energetic structures we work with that can easily be used in meditation and visualization. So, here is more about the crescent moon including a meditation.

The crescent moon has been worshipped for millennia. In every culture, in every spiritual tradition, in every pantheon, there is a god or goddess of the moon. In one of my all-time favorite books, The Myth of the Goddess by Anne Baring and Jules Cashford, it is said, in the chapter on the Paleolithic Mother Goddess “ [the moon]”¦in its dual rhythm of constancy and change”¦provided not only a point of orientation from which differences could be measured, patterns conceived and connections made, but also in its perpetual return to its own beginnings, it unified what had apparently been broken asunder”¦Duality, imaged as the waxing and waning moon, was contained and transcended in her totality.” The archetype of the moon can be a powerful transformative energy..

In many cultures the moon was worshipped as the triple goddess, the maiden, mother and crone, who in her triune nature reflected the phases of the moon: waxing, full and waning. The moon reflects this fundamental trinity of all incarnation, all creation. The information of order, balance, harmony and flow that we access by connecting to the crescent moon is about this constant rhythm of waxing, fullness and waning. In Buddhist terminology it is called “arising, staying, ceasing.” And arising once again.

Often the moon and its phases are interpreted symbolically as the cycle of birth and death. But literally, this cycle happens every month; every moment, with the breath. It is constant change; yet there is continuity and stability in the constancy of the rhythm. This is why this practice/meditation is good for our times. It brings stability in the midst of change. It connects you to the continuity of universal energy flow, to the support of the universal energy that is present always as we experience the changing circumstances of the every day world. Maiden, mother, crone. Waxing, fullness, waning. Arising, staying, ceasing. The constant rhythm.

The goddess, even the Lady of Guadalupe still, is often shown with the crescent moon beneath her feet. The crescent moon grounds us in our spiritual dimension or self. Every night the moon reminds us that the universe is vast and mysterious. If we pay attention, it whispers to us of our intimate relationship to the cosmos. The sun reminds of our life in the material world; we feel our vital life force energy flowing in its presence, and our connection to the world around us. The moon reminds us of spirit, of the unknown, of mystery. It is a portal between worlds. When I think of the crescent moon of SourcePoint providing support and stability for moving through challenging times, I get the image of the goddess kind of surfing on her crescent moon, through all the waves of change, all the rhythms, the days and nights and months and years”¦. As we are asked to do every day, to navigate the waves of change, and can’t we use all the help we can get”¦

People often speak of the new moon as a time of new beginnings, for intention and manifestation. Yes, and yet consider that it isn’t about making a list of everything you want to accomplish. Really, there is no new beginning; there is continuity, the rhythm, re-weaving. The archetype of the crescent moon is intimately related to the archetype of the weaver and the web, the great web of universal life, and the web of one’s own personal life. The threads weave together, come apart, and are re-woven. If you are attuned to the moon’s rhythm, then at the waning of the moon, you review the tapestry of your life, you look for the tears, the gaps, the knots, what you wish to re-create. At the new moon, you re-weave, using the threads of the past to create the present. The new moon is a time of awareness, to feel the rhythm of your being, to ask yourself, what is the rhythm of my being now, what is its ebb and flow, what streams and tides do I need to follow? What is the flow of my being, and where is it taking me? At any phase of the moon, it is good to take time to sit with the rhythm and flow of your being. As always, simply being aware of the breath is a wonderful way to do this.

The new moon, the full moon, and the waning moon are all times for heightened awareness, when the “veils between the worlds” are thin, good times to tune into yourself in a wordless, deep way and let the information of order, balance, harmony and flow attune your energies to the cosmic rhythm. Many people find it hard to sleep at the full moon. That’s because spirit is calling us to wakefulness, awareness; it is calling us to listen to the cosmic rhythm. We ignore spirit at our own risk; hence the ancient legends of people driven mad by the moon. The waning moon turns us inward, to rest and nurture the spirit within. The new moon asks us to turn outward and tend to our lives on this earth, those we love, and the earth itself.

Lie down in the dark. Imagine the phases of the moon unfolding before you, beginning with the crescent moon facing your left, the full moon as a circle, and the waning moon facing your right. Allow them all to dissolve into the dark phase of the moon, where the moon itself disappears into a vast darkness with infinite points of light, the stars, where the individual self is merged with the great cosmos. Allow the cycle to repeat itself: waxing, full, waning, dark, and back again, silver to gold to silver, to dark. Let the image change whenever and however it needs to.

Then imagine that crescent moon under your feet, supporting you, connecting you back to yourself, here now, this moment. When you meditate with the moon, you do not see yourself surrounded by light, but by radiant darkness. It is all about the rhythm of light and dark, appearance, manifestation, release and letting go. This meditation is for all the phases, the new moon, the full moon, the waning moon, and the dark of the moon.

Pay attention to the rhythm of the moon. Mark its phases on your calendar. Take time to listen to the rhythm of the universe, the tide of yourself, to experience the light and dark, the in-breath and out-breath, to feel continuity and presence in the midst of never-ending change.

Next week: I’ll talk about the specific uses of the crescent moon configuration in SourcePoint Therapy. As always, any questions or comments on this theme will be addressed.

©2010 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

For further, very detailed reading on the history of the moon goddess, see M. Esther Harding’s classic, Woman’s Mysteries. She was a Jungian analyst and the book was written in the 1930’s. The terminology and perspective on masculine and feminine reflect the time, but it is truly a classic with a huge storehouse of information.

Musings on Motherhood and SourcePoint

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This week, we have a guest blogger, Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan. Elizabeth is a writer and mother of three young children. She recently attended a SourcePoint Therapy Module One workshop in Santa Fe and shared some of her experiences following the workshop with me. I wanted to share them here because of their specific reference to using SourcePoint with children, and in parenting, but also because she is talking about ways in which the SourcePoint principles can be integrated into one’s life. Thanks, Elizabeth!

I received a call from a friend today who said, “I don’t know about you, but it’s been crazy around here.” She sounded tired and spent. I recognized the emotion and the tone. That used to be me more than I care to recall. Later that afternoon, I found myself at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. Surrounded by tons of kids, keeping an eye on my three, I noticed that I was doing the Diamond Points of SourcePoint Therapy to ground myself and feel secure in the chaos.

As I sat on the steps watching each of my kids engage in a different activity I contemplated how much sense SourcePoint makes to a mom: what mom doesn’t desire order? What mom doesn’t crave balance? What mom doesn’t hope for harmony? And what mom does not enjoy a day that flows? When I do these four points I notice my body relax, my mind calm, and a presence of energy to deal with whatever situation is at hand. Sometimes I imagine my home has a navel and I cast the four points around my home while I clean, trying to bring order. Or while I hope that my boys continue to cultivate a harmonious nature with one another, especially on the days or moments when harmony between them feels far. Other times I look at our family life to see how we can instill more balance, and when energy gets stuck, more flow.

Donna Thomson poses this question in one of her SourcePoint blogs, “What does the situation at hand need now, more order, balance, harmony, or flow?” This question continues to help me as I grow as a mother. As I continue to grow as a human””holding the points aids me into a calmer reality.

I have also taught the points to my boys, and they use the points when they need to feel more contained. Frequently, they ask me to hold the four Diamond Points at bed and then their navel point. On my five year-old, Finn, this puts him to sleep in no time. However with our three year-old, Liam, I noticed that when I do his navel point he gets giddy and more excited, so instead of the navel point at bedtime, I hold his sacral point and this is grounding for him, aiding him into a relaxed state. Our fifteen month old, Kieran, loves the navel point and often goes from a crying baby, whose diaper is hard to change, to a laughing babe who will readily cooperate in a diaper change.

Sometimes I will hear Finn say, “Order, balance, harmony, and flow” to himself as he is doing something and see him put his hand out to hold his points. On the cusp of kindergarten, I have begun to talk to him about being able to just say the words to himself and imagine the gold points as he connects to the blueprint of health and information. For him going from the concrete to the imaginative does not take much but some supportive explanation. I want him to be able to hold his points as he ventures more and more out into the world of school and intentionally chosen activities where he might feel a need for comfort or support.

A pitfall to all of this is that I may be eager to hold their points when they are in distress before they are ready to let go of the intense emotion they are feeling. This is counterproductive and also out of sync with the intent of SourcePoint. I caught myself asking Finn and Liam while they were crying if they wanted me to hold their points, or if they wanted to, and they replied with disdain, “No!” I thought how inconsiderate of me to try to move them through this experience to peace sooner than they were ready because that is what I craved.

When my husband, Peter, recently left for a business trip, I held our youngest in our arms as we waved goodbye to his car pulling away. I felt sad and Kieran was crying for Peter reaching out after him. I automatically did the points for myself, and noticed something amazing: that it had a calming affect not only on me, but on my baby. I created a field of health, information and support that enwrapped both of us. This makes me realize the impact it can have on a situation with my children. By holding the points for myself, this can help shift the energetic field in a room without imposing or trying to control it. It invokes and invites order, balance, harmony, and flow. By teaching this to my children it provides them with self-healing resources they can tap into, and creates an awareness of their own energy levels. By continuing to use this energy medicine we tap into the web of life; as Donna Thomson says, “What we do to ourselves we do to the web of life.”

For those of you who have not attended a SourcePoint Therapy training, listening to the SourcePoint Audio Meditation is a good introduction to the practices Elizabeth is referring to.

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