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We Walk Always in a State of Grace

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Moon, Sky and Trees, Glorieta, New Mexico 2004

With the coming of spring, I happened on a copy of a newsletter that I used to send out. The newsletter was called “Reflections from Awareness” and here is an excerpt from the Spring 2004 issue that I’d like to share with you, as an offering to the rebirth that is happening all around us. Blessings from the edge of the northern New Mexico wilderness 🙂

Grace. To walk in grace means to walk in Awareness. Awareness of the presence of love, affirmation and light. Awareness of the presence of spirit, of the great Whole of which you are a part. To experience grace is to enter into the flow of energy all around you. To experience grace is to experience oneness with all that is. You cannot fall from grace, but you can forget. You can feel separated, alone, under the control of old forces. To enter into a state of grace is to remember that which you know deep inside yourself: You are one. You are whole. The very fabric of the universe is the ground of your being. You can never be separated from that. Just as the stars shine in the night sky, your being is the light that emerges from the great source, the great void. People forget and so they need reminders. You can experience grace in the presence of a great teacher who radiates that presence. You can experience that grace in the presence of a tree, a rock, the sky. You can experience a state of grace by taking a breath and feeling the wonder and miracle of your own breath, in a moment of silence. Take a moment now to experience it. With the closing of the eyes and the intake of breath, a sudden stillness, an inner knowing: “I am one with all that is.

Now, dear friends, I’d like to share with you some of the wisdom and grace of the place where I live. From my house, I see no other houses. I see trees, pinon, juniper, and ponderosa pine, earth and rock. I have learned that if you live in a place long enough, and you pay attention, the spirits of the land and sky speak to you, and the place teaches you. I have lived here for many years. I haven’t always been a willing student. I miss town and people and I get tired of mud and silence. And yet, with great patience and wisdom, this valley teaches me about life in this world. A different kind of life, with a different rhythm, than the one I lived in town. The qualities I have learned here, though, are ones I need every day, in whatever city or town or country I find myself in. The valley teaches me about humor and patience. The valley teaches me to recognize and honor the presence of spirit everywhere, in everything.

Humor: How can we live without it? In the southwestern Native American tradition, the spirit of Coyote is called the Trickster. We hear the coyotes at night, all around the house. Coyote the Trickster teaches me to lighten up. Coyote says, you humans take yourselves so seriously, you are so self-important. Coyote is there always laughing at me, laughing with me, reminding me I can laugh at myself. At the dances and ceremonies of the Native American people here, there are sacred clowns. Even in the midst of important spiritual rituals, the clowns bring humor and poke fun. It’s as easy to get self-important about our spiritual path as anything else. Coyote teaches me to laugh at myself when I sit down and write big words about living with love and awareness and then ”¦get irritated that I have to get up and put on my boots to go outside to get wood for the fire or it will get really cold in the house. Then Coyote teaches me to laugh at myself for still wanting to not get irritated; after all, I’m no saint. Look how she still wants to be such a good girl, Coyote says.

Patience: This valley teaches me patience, the sky teaches, the earth teaches. Acceptance is another word for patience, acceptance of what is. Again, we humans think our agendas are so important. Here I learn that the beetle making its way slowly across the floor, the jay pecking at crumbs out my door, the wind whistling through the hills and raising the dust, all have agendas just as important as mine. I have to make way for the greater agenda. I learn to adapt myself to what is happening rather than trying to make what is happening adapt to me. So many people I know, including myself, have control issues. Of course we do. We come from a heritage, a culture, that teaches us to control, to go out and have dominion over the world. We look around now and we can see where that approach to life has gotten us. So here I begin to really learn a different way of being in the world. The land and the spirits teach me this way, and it is the basis for all the native traditions of the world, to live in harmony with all the relations. It is the foundation of the Native American way of being. It is there in the long ago roots of my own heritage, in ancient Celtic spirituality. We all have that heritage of living in harmony. Here I begin to remember it and learn how to integrate it into my modern life.

Honoring the presence of spirit: I realize more and more how blessed I am to have the experience of the presence of spirit on a daily basis. I continue to look for ways to share that with people. Here it is easy. Everything is lit with that spirit, vibrates with it. What do I mean by spirit? There are spirit beings, you can call them devas or angels or whatever you like, who are connected with the trees, the rocks, the sky and wind, with everything. I could say that spirit is the divine intelligence pervading all that is, so that when I communicate with the spirit of the water, I am communicating with the divine intelligence of the water, the essence of the water. I can call spirit the light in everything, that can be felt, or seen, or simply known. It is there in a certain of glimmer of light, a moment of stillness, a soft inhalation and exhalation of breath. It is there in a moment of awareness. It is there when I stop and feel the pulse, the rhythm, of the silence around me. The experience of spirit is the experience of grace. I use those words interchangeably.

I sit down, close my eyes, and invite the presence of Awareness. I sit with that Awareness quietly, breathing in and breathing out, aware of my breath. Then from that place of Awareness I invite the presence of spirit to reveal itself to me. What wishes to communicate today? Images, insights, feelings, knowings may arise. Or I may simply continue to sit in silence, aware of my breath, aware of my thoughts. The important thing is to make some space for the connection or communication to take place. Maybe that night I have a dream, or the next day someone says something to me that goes straight to my heart, or later in the same day I notice a sudden shift in my consciousness, a heightened awareness of a tree or a bird or a cloud. This is my way to connect with sprit, and I share it you from my heart, and from this valley, and hope that it may be of some help. I have learned also that spirit comes when you talk about it, when people share their stories of spirit, so may these words carry its presence.

Finally this, for those of you who live in busy cities and think, well, it is fine for her, she lives in this beautiful place, but how do I experience that grace? One of my most intense experiences of it came one morning at the Zurich Hauptbahnhof (main train station). It was early, and the light came through the glass roof in a certain glimmering way. There were hundreds of people coming and going, the board with the destinations and times was constantly turning, the trains were pulling in and pulling out. I stood there and felt the flow of energy swirling around me, and the ineffable presence of light, just as I feel it here in my canyon. Grace comes unexpectedly, on city streets, in crowded places. It’s there, when we stop and take a breath, and notice, everywhere, always. We need that experience more than ever, to carry us forward, to encourage us, to help us find our way. May it come to you wherever you are, today, tomorrow, the next day, always. Love to you this spring, time of rebirth and renewal”¦.

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Angel of the Zurich Main Station, created by Niki de Saint Phalle

©2004 Donna Thomson

“The Bond: Connecting Through the Space Between Us” by Lynne McTaggart

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Entangled Pairs of Photons at the Intersections

If I were to pick just three books to help people understand what we are doing in SourcePoint Therapy® these would be the three, and they are all by the same author, Lynne McTaggart:

The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe

The Intention Experiment

The Bond: Connecting through the Space Between Us

Each book presents a highly readable and interesting synthesis of scientific research into energy fields, the relationship of body and mind, the nature of the universal energy, the power of intention, and many other areas that relate very much to what we are doing in the practice of energy medicine, particularly SourcePoint Therapy. For example, here’s a quote from The Field in which McTaggart speaks about the Blueprint:

“What they [respected scientists] have discovered is nothing less than astonishing. At our most elemental, we are not a chemical reaction, but an energetic charge. Human beings and all living things are a coalescence of energy in a field of energy connected to every other thing in the world. This pulsating energy field is the central engine of our being and our consciousness, the alpha and omega of our existence.

There is no ‘me’ and ‘not-me’ duality to our bodies in relation to the universe, but one underlying energy field. This field is responsible for our mind’s highest functions, the information source guiding the growth of our bodies. It is our heart, our brain, our memory — indeed, a blueprint of the world for all time. The field is the force, rather than germs or genes, that finally determines whether we are healthy or ill, the force which must be tapped in order to heal.”

Thank you, Ben Hanawalt, for introducing me to the The Bond, which is McTaggart’s latest book, that, to quote its jacket blurb, “challenges the very way we conceive of ourselves and the world. The Bond shows that the essential impulse of all life is a will to connect rather than a drive to compete.”

The book doesn’t challenge my view of myself and the world; it wonderfully supports it with page after page of fascinating research and expert opinion! So, today, the rest of this post is devoted to excerpts from The Bond.

Quantum physicists now recognize that the universe is not a collection of things jostling around in empty space. All matter exists in a vast quantum web of connection, and a living thing at its most elemental is an energy system involved in a constant transfer of information with its environment.”

That, succinctly stated, is the fundamental premise of SourcePoint Therapy! We assume the environment to include the information of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow present in the universal energy field: the Blueprint.

The world essentially operates, not through the activity of individual things, but in the connection between them — in a sense, in the space between things… This connection –the space in between — holds the key to the life of every organism, from subatomic particles to large-scale societies, and also the key to our viable future.”

The most basic property of matter, its sense of being a solid ‘something,’ is only and entirely due to the Bond between subatomic particles and the background sea of energy. A subatomic ‘particle’ is simply the seeking of a connection in the space between a big web of energy and a little knot of energy. You and everything around you are simply a collection of charged energy having a relationship.”

Connection, connection, connection. Connection as the fundamental reality of the universe: what makes it all work. It’s our birthright and our true nature.

Wheeler’s most outrageous speculation attempted to understand the biggest mystery posed by quantum physics. The pioneers of quantum physics had demonstrated in their experiments that the only thing that seems to transform the potential something of a subatomic particle into something solid and measurable was the involvement of an observer. As soon as the scientists took a closer look at a subatomic particle by taking a measurement, the subatomic entity that existed as pure potential would “collapse” into one particular state.

The fact that a subatomic particle settles down to a set single state only when measured and observed suggested a staggering possibility to many scientists: the role of the scientist himself–or the role of living consciousness — somehow is the influence that turns the smallest elements of life into something real. This implies that the universe is a joint venture between the observing consciousness and the observed; it requires the consciousness of the observer to bring that which is observed into being.”

This point of quantum physics has always fascinated me and taken me on many journeys. What if somehow by simply holding the points we are “observing” the potential of perfect health for the human being and assisting it to manifest? Or, if we assume that the stuff of the universe is sentient consciousness, observing itself to bring itself into being, what if in some way the Blueprint observes us? What if as we connect with it, it focuses its attention on the potential of health within us and brings that into being? McTaggart quotes physicist Richard Feynman: the role of the observer is “the mystery which cannot go away.”

Experts in one field or another will often dismiss any attempt to correlate energy medicine and the findings of quantum physics, on the grounds that the laws of quantum physics do not apply to the material world. In our current consensus reality, this may be true, but it is also possible we have much to learn about our potential from the quantum reality; much to learn about our essential nature. Perhaps as we observe these realities, become conscious of them, the boundaries between quantum and material will begin to shift. I like to imagine the Points in this way, as doorways between dimensions, perhaps “points” literally at which the quantum world and this one intersect.

McTaggart references experiments by Graham Fleming, who is “making some of the first tentative forays into ‘quantum biology,’ producing the first evidence that life on earth is driven by the laws of quantum physics, and his experiment is necessarily crude.” You can read about the experiment at the beginning of the first chapter, page 3. It’s an investigation into the efficiency of energy production in plants, “how a simple living system like a plant can generate the world’s oxygen and carbohydrates through a reaction powered by the electricity that it essentially creates from light.”

The experiment involves tracking the path of electron energy inside the protein scaffolding of the cell. The result? “Rather than a single pathway, the energy reaches its target by trying out several routes simultaneously. Only when the final connection is made and the end of the road reached does the energy track its most efficient course–retroactively–and the energy follow that single path. It appears as if the optimum route were chosen backward in time, after all possibilities have been exhausted.

McTaggart says of this: “If the results of Fleming’s experiments are verified — and others have now successfully carried out the experiment on real plants at room temperatures–this will mean that the most fundamental process of the universe, the process responsible for life on earth, is driven by a mechanism that actually isn’t anything at all, at least according to our usual definition of things. The electron driving photosynthesis is a will o’ the wisp, impossible to pin down or locate with precision. Fleming’s experiment also lays bare a much larger possibility: that all life is created and sustained by something so ephemeral we may not even be able to identify what it actually is, much less locate where it is with precision.”

Given the nature of scientific research these days, and what is being discovered, it’s shortsighted of people to dismiss energy medicine as “impossible” and “unscientific,” and to assume that what is being discovered at the quantum level is inapplicable to our everyday lives. Today’s impossibility is tomorrow’s possibility is the next day’s reality. At the quantum level that whole progression would take less than milliseconds –but, here it still takes time. Centuries even, once upon a time. The process seems to be accelerating even in this world 🙂

So, this is a book for opening the mind, and wandering in the quantum realm. I invite you to journey in the mystery and possibility of the universe that is our home. And, after the journey, there you are, just as you are, with things to do and people to see, but with an expanded awareness of realities beyond the visible…


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