Archive for November, 2011

Words for What We Do

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James Oschman, PhD, speaking on Quantum Biology and Information Fields

While this post is specifically focused for practitioners, it does contain suggestions and resources for anyone interested in further exploration of the field of energy medicine.

During and after workshops, there’s one question that comes up from practitioners over and over: “I don’t know how to talk to my clients about this. How do I explain the scan? The points?” Ida Rolf once said that Rolfing® wasn’t just therapy, it was education. The same is true with SourcePoint. We are always educating our clients and ourselves about what is possible, about the nature of our bodies and the universe we dwell in. We are educating people about energy, helping them to see themselves and everything around them as energy.

Knowing this doesn’t always help when you return from a training ready to go, and you start scanning, and your client says: “What are you doing? I don’t believe in that energy stuff!” or words to that effect.

The most important thing is to establish rapport with your clients. Take time to get to know them. Do what you know, and what they have come to you for, whether it is Rolfing or massage therapy, acupuncture or craniosacral therapy, or whatever you do. As they come to trust you, you can expand the field; bring in the scan or the points, leading them gently to new experience through educating them as you go

Whenever you feel you can, you can find the right “entry point” into including SourcePoint Therapy in your work on a daily basis. The approach for each client will be different. Some people are immediately open to and interested in energy work. Others take time. With those who are hesitant, or nervous, or dismissive, introduce one thing at a time. You could start with the scan. Simply explain you are starting with an off-the-body scan to locate blockages. Clients are often surprised by what they feel during the scan. They are mainly surprised that something actually seems to be happening and sometimes they feel it themselves when you come to the blockage. As people actually experience the sensation of energy, and the benefits of working with it, they will want to know and experience more.

Or you can introduce the Diamond Points. At the end of a session, just do them. If your client asks what you are doing, say something like “I am working with points off the body that will help the body hold the work we’ve done.”

The bookThe Body has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better, by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee, explains how the brain maps the body. Apparently the brain not only maps the body but also a field all around the body approximately 18 inches out. The Diamond Points are held within that range. The brain reacts to any touch in this area exactly as it would to any touch on the body, because the brain has a map for this off-the-body field. This can be a simple way to help people begin to see that touch off the body may be soothing and helpful.

SourcePoint Therapy was a featured cover article in the September 2008 issue of Massasge and Bodywork magazine. That article, written by me, is still available in their archives and in PDF format on our websiteto print out for clients.

James Oschman’s book Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis can be recommended for skeptics who want evidence. The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe,” by Lynne McTaggart, is a readable, enjoyable book that goes into recent research on energy fields and healing energy. The film The Living Matrix does the same thing. It’s worth having the DVD on hand to lend to clients. In one of the early chapters of my book The Vibrant Life: Simple Meditations to Use Your Energy Effectively I talk about seeing yourself as energy, and the whole book is really about working with the principle that everything is energy. There are many resources out there to help you find the words to communicate with people about what you do.

The best words for explaining what you do, however, come from you. Absorb what you’ve learned, work with it, let it become a part of you, and you’ll be able to put it into words. Write about it: what does SourcePoint mean to you? What would you really like to share with people? Write about it, talk to others from your trainings, read about it. The more comfortable you are with what you are learning and doing, the more you integrate it into your view of the world, the easier it is to talk about it. Spend some time every day experiencing yourself and the world and the people you work with as energy, flows of energy, structures of energy, maps of energy, patterns and configurations of energy.

And, remember, we often say the path of energy work involves the radical redefinition of self. To really walk this path you have to be willing to not be the same as you were, and eventually to share with others the transformation you are undergoing. That will happen naturally, don’t worry. For now, if there are clients who want what you have always done, who don’t want the new you, then do what you have always done, but with the inner knowing and experience that you are not the same as you were, you are informed by Source, you are in touch with that Blueprint of health. You have become aware of the field in which you are working, and that will change your work.

© 2011 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

Moving Freely from One Experience to Another, Always

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Bob Schrei, Ray McCall and Donna Thomson after Module 3 in Leipzig

Bob Schrei, Ray McCall and Donna Thomson after Module 3 in Leipzig

This post could also be titled “After the Workshop.” Any SourcePoint workshop you may have attended, three years ago, or three weeks ago, this applies. Often after workshops people write to me with stories of their experiences when they return home. Mostly it goes smoothly, and they find they can integrate the work and experience of the training into their life. Often, however, people also report a difficulty in maintaining the intensity and flow of the work as they experienced it in the workshop. Of course there are questions that arise in relation to how to do the work, what does a particular client’s reaction mean, and so on, but the most common question is: I don’t feel the energy as strongly and clearly as I did in the workshop. Is there something more I should be doing? What can I do to return to that experience?

First, remember that this shift is not about what you personally are doing or not doing. That shift in frequency you are experiencing is exactly that; you are moving from one vibration to another, from one field of energy to another. In a SourcePoint training we experience together an energy field that is tangible and palpable, that is permeated by the information of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow. What we call the Blueprint information is the specific information of health for the human body, and it exists within the universal energy field that gives rise to all form. When we gather together with the intention of connecting to this information, a specific field of energy is invoked; we enter into it and work in that context. That same field is present always and is invoked also when you hold the points by yourself, for yourself or another. However, the group energy and intention enhances the experience of re-connection to the Source. This connection to the cosmic intelligence that contains the information of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow is a profound experience of Source.

After dwelling in that field of wholeness and presence for two days, three days, a week, a return to “ordinary” life may bring sometimes a sense of let-down. Know that whenever you have an experience of profound Wholeness and Connection, when you experience that mysterious and wonderful network of energy that is everywhere, when you feel it in your body, see it with your eyes, touch it with your hands, you are transformed. You will never be the same again. The memory may fade, especially if you do not return for further work, or find some other way to re- experience that connection so vividly. The memory will fade, but that doesn’t matter. The experience is there at a deep level. You know you are not alone, you are not isolated, you are a unique manifestation of the universal energy and you belong to Source.

So we come to faith. This word is often used in a religious context. What does it mean when we speak of it in relation to energy work? Whenever you are dealing with that which is invisible, experiences that don’t make sense to the limited mind, there is an element of faith that is involved. When you return from a SourcePoint training you may have thoughts along these lines sometimes: “All right, here I am in my life. Sometimes I have wondrous experiences. I am overcome by the wonder and delight of seeing everything as connected, of having my intuitions about the nature of things confirmed, by being able to use this work and see its effect on people. At other times I can’t feel it. In the workshop I could feel the blockages so clearly. Sometimes now I am not sure. Before I could feel the information of the Blueprint working, and now I don’t feel it so strongly. It all seemed so real, and now I wonder. I doubt. I am not sure.”

This is the time to remember: that field is there whether you feel it or not. If you are standing there holding the points, you will feel it, sooner or later. You are connected, it is connected, everything is connected. Once again, as we say so often, it is not about you. It’s time to get out of the way again, to let go of thinking it’s about you. It’s not about your experience, what you feel or don’t feel, how good it feels, or how different it is, or how bad it feels to feel disconnected. It’s about the fact that the connection is there always and you are facilitating that connection by holding the points, in service of yourself or another. The connection cannot be broken or lost. Only your awareness of it fades some times. Don’t worry about it. You may long for that vivid experience of connection, completeness, and energy flow. And, yes, you can do various things to try to intensify your experience again, but really you can just wait it out, knowing that field is always present and that your experience of it will return.

Remember also that energy needs structure to flow freely at this level of existence. Flow and structure are intimately related. So providing a structure for the energy to flow will increase your awareness of it, intensify your experience of it. If you are working specifically with the practices of SourcePoint do some of them on a really regular basis, for yourself.

I now do the Guardian Points, Navel Point, and the single Source Point to the right of the body every day when I wake up, before getting up. It’s my morning meditation. I take my time with it, feeling myself connect to myself and that which is greater than and no other than myself, with Source. I experience the transition from sleep to waking. I feel the life energy circulate within me and around me. It chooses where to go, knows with unerring accuracy what needs attention. I relax into it and receive. Some days thoughts are running in my mind the whole time I do this. I barely notice the touch of the guardian points, the flow from the Navel Point. But it’s there, and as soon as I turn my attention fully to what is happening, the experience intensifies. And even if I don’t turn my attention there, I feel the benefit afterward.

With such a simple act you provide a structure that allows the energy of Source, of the Blueprint, to flow, and allows you to experience that flow regularly, vividly, in your own body consciousness. Think of the practices of SourcePoint as the stars in the sky that guide the navigator: fixed points that provide a guide for the energy to flow to you and in you, a channel for your intention of experiencing Source to manifest.

When you feel connected, that is experienced in the field of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow. When you feel disconnected, that is experienced in the field of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow. Whether you feel good or bad, energized or fatigued, up or down, it all takes place in that field. Awareness is the thread. Awareness allows you to move freely from one vibration to another, from one experience to another. Awareness helps you to experience that all this movement takes place within the larger context of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow. The workshop is one unique experience with its own vibration, unrepeatable and completely itself. Your return home is another. Every moment has its energy, its pattern. No experience in this world of form can ever be repeated, so take time to appreciate the particular frequency of every experience.

Remember Indra’s net: the universe can be described as a vast net of light, connected in a grid by points of light, and at each point is a mirror reflecting every other mirror. Let your imagination, your heart, your spirit, open to that image. That net supports you whether you know it’s there or not. You are woven into that net, you are a thread in it, a point in it.

Go right now. Lie down. Invoke the Guardians. Do the Navel point. Hold the Source Point.

Remember, relax, open and receive.

©2011 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

(Thanks for the photo to Andreas Klingebiel)

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