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The Power of Awareness

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The ground of our practice of SourcePoint is Awareness – with a capital A to emphasize its all-pervading presence, the Awareness that we take so for granted.

Every moment, we are aware. We see, we feel, we taste and touch, smell, think, perceive, observe, remember, we hear, we make choices. Our Awareness is operating always, but our learned tendency is to focus on what we perceive, not on the process of perceiving. We pay attention to and get caught up in those objects and experiences of our Awareness, not the Awareness itself.

Awareness is the common thread that weaves through every activity, every emotion, every belief. Through good experiences and trauma alike, our Awareness perceives, experiences, learns, and becomes conditioned to certain responses.

Through meditation and in our daily life, as we become aware of our Awareness, our focus shifts from the outer circumstance to the Awareness itself. And that Awareness is a universal experience. Everyone who talks, laughs, cries, has opinions, makes judgments, makes mistakes, experiences, learns, denies, every single being we encounter, human or not, shares the same Awareness we experience every single day.

The awareness of that Awareness is a unifying experience. It is harder to stand outside and judge. It is easier to set aside one’s own perspective, conditioned by one’s own experience. And, as we say over and over again, “getting out of the way” is an important ingredient in effective SourcePoint practice. So here getting out of the way isn’t an active exercise. It’s simply the shift of attention from one’s own conditioned experience and beliefs to that presence of universal Awareness within each of us.

Just try spending a day being aware of your Awareness. When seeing, be aware that you are seeing. We take it so for granted. Pay less attention to what you see and more to the incredible fact that you are seeing. When you hear, listen, with intense pleasure, to the sound, no matter what it is, and be aware of your Awareness. And so on. When thoughts arise, realize it is simply your mind doing what your mind does. Awareness is naturally spacious and all-encompassing and…. Its tendency is to fill itself up.

Let your day be a meditation. It’s so perfectly possible, without great strain or effort, because, all you are doing is noticing what is always there, what is always functioning, what is at the core of your being.

When you focus on Awareness, it expands. Or, rather, your awareness of Awareness expands. You become aware of the vastness, the spaciousness, the endlessness of it. You are aware of being held in a vast space of Awareness. In the Tibetan tradition they call it the Mother Awareness and the Child Awareness. From that space of Mother Awareness, your thoughts are like little children playing on the swings. You keep a close eye on them, to make sure they don’t get out of hand, but you let them play.

To become more aware of Awareness is to enhance your skill as a practitioner of energy medicine. The field we work with is vast and sentient, full of subtle nuances and variable frequencies. Again, the common thread, that which notes and observes all phenomena, is Awareness.

Through Awareness, we connect to the Blueprint. Entering into a state of greater Awareness with the intention of connecting to the Blueprint, it happens naturally, without strain.

©Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei 2014

INTUIÇÃO

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Translated by Marilu Reis

Quando você sonha, você enxerga de dentro de si mesmo, sua visão normal?

Ou você vê de cima e além, do lado de fora, movendo-se no sonho?

O que você prefere?

Estar dentro ou fora?

As pessoas falam sobre estar dentro do corpo.

Onde está este corpo?

Ou, onde ele não está?

As pessoas desejam seguir o coração.

Que coração é este exatamente?

Eu quero seguir o grande coração

na raiz, o núcleo, o centro,

que pulsa no corpo e nas estrelas,

dia e noite,

inundação e tempestade e quietude,

semente e flor,

que nunca, nem por um momento, para de bater.

Acordado na noite profunda, escura e brilhante de lua cheia de setembro,

entre a expiração e a inspiração

em um espaço tão familiar, mas tão desconhecido,

o coração sussurra

Sonhe você

fora de você.

Na prática da SourcePoint Therapy® estamos sempre falando da importância de ficar fora do caminho. Isto se aplica especialmente ao tema da intuição e seu lugar na SourcePoint. A maioria das pessoas que são atraídas para a SourcePoint, e certamente para a prática da medicina energética em geral, são aquelas que querem seguir o coração, desenvolver e confiar na sua intuição. O que isso significa, seguir seu coração, confiar na sua intuição e exatamente o que significa intuição na prática da SourcePoint, na qual nossa principal preocupação deve estar ligada e ser orientada pelo Blueprint universal da saúde?

O que as pessoas comumente consideram a “minha intuição” pode ser descrito como um aspecto da consciência, sensí­vel, empático e receptivo, que é capaz de acessar a informação da ordem maior e da consciência maior, alinhando-se e sendo guiado por esta ordem e consciência. Entretanto, a maior parte do tempo, na maioria dos indiví­duos, em variados graus, este fluxo de consciência, sensí­vel, receptivo, perceptivo e empático, está consideravelmente alterado por opiniões, julgamentos, idéias, experiências do passado e hábitos.

A intuição pessoal é muito influenciada pela experiência pessoal. Isto pode ter grande valor, mas se você quer contar com sua intuição como base para o trabalho de cura, a prática diária de alguma forma de autolimpeza é essencial. Para poder confiar na sua intuição é importante realizá-la antes do trabalho. Limpar o canal de intuição é um passo necessário para que você realmente possa perceber e receber com clareza.

A pessoa sempre percebe que as sensações no seu corpo transmitem informações, e sim, este é outro canal de intuição. Entretanto, o corpo também é uma consciência, que carrega experiências passadas condicionadas, hábitos e memória. O canal também é frequentemente alterado por emoções e padrões.
A função da intuição na SourcePoint Therapy® poderia ser, por exemplo, ajudar o profissional na prática de trazer a informação do Blueprint para o corpo. Ela pode ajudá-lo a permanecer aberto à orientação do Blueprint para o trabalho que está sendo realizado, reconhecendo sempre, que isto é tudo que você está fazendo, facilitando o fluxo daquela informação. A intenção de permitir que sua percepção intuitiva pessoal seja guiada pelo Blueprint proporciona alguma proteção contra a projeção. O Blueprint oferece um ponto de referência externa que ajuda a purificar a intuição.

As pessoas que realizam o trabalho corporal intuitivo geralmente se referem a “estar sendo atraídas” a trabalhar em uma determinada área do corpo. Esta mesma frase é usada algumas vezes em relação a decisões da vida, “ser atraído” para um determinado lugar, pessoa ou situação. Nós recomendamos que as pessoas tenham cuidado com o “ser atraído”. Pense nesta frase. O que atrai você? É a sua história sendo atraída por algo familiar? A maior parte do tempo, nós somos atraí­dos para aquilo que é familiar, para o que repercute em nossa experiência restrita. Existe uma linha tênue entre ser atraído e projetar nossa própria experiência sobre o outro.

Muitas vezes, as pessoas consideram a SourcePoint “contra-intuitiva”. Ao escanear para localizar os bloqueios que obstruem o fluxo de informação do Blueprint, a pessoa pode ser atraída para uma determinada área, onde espera encontrar o bloqueio. Se ela não está ligada a sua intuição, sempre ficará surpresa ao encontrá-lo em um local completamente diferente.

A transformação, no trabalho de cura ou na vida pessoal, pede para nós irmos além de nossas expectativas, julgamentos e mesmo de nossa preciosa intuição pessoal. Na SourcePoint, nós entregamos nossa intuição a este terceiro ponto, o Blueprint. Nós transferimos nosso conhecimento, experiência, idéias, opiniões e julgamentos, e nossa intuição para a ordem fundamental do universo, a sabedoria inata do corpo como uma expressão desta ordem universal.

A Ordem, Equilíbrio, Harmonia e Fluxo fundamentais, inerentes na energia universal, são a Fonte de nossa existência. São a origem, o alimento e a sustentação da vida. É por isso que dizemos que a natureza do Blueprint é o amor. Assim, na prática da SourcePoint, nós deixamos que nossos corações fiquem a serviço do bem maior.

Edited by Satara Bixby

Focus on the Blueprint: A Reminder

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This month’s post is contributed by Bob Schrei, and is an important reminder where our focus lies in the practice of SourcePoint Therapy®. It is specifically intended for practitioners who have been trained in our workshops.

In the three basic modules of SourcePoint Therapy® the emphasis is on placing your focus on bringing the information of the Blueprint to the blockage rather than on the systems of the body. The reason for this is that practitioners can be too involved in the systems of the body to be able to practice SourcePoint effectively. They are constantly being drawn into the story that is unfolding in the soma rather than keeping their focus on the information of the Blueprint. They are being drawn into the details of various parts and systems of the body, including the energetic, rather than keeping their focus on the health of the system.

Remember that SourcePoint can be practiced effectively by people who do not have extensive training in manual therapies, and in fact, it is often easier for them precisely because they do not have the background of continually tracking what is happening in the system, either at the structural/functional level, cranial/sacral level, fluid level, nervous system level, meridian and chakra levels or any other system of the body.

Many practitioners rely on getting information from the body to guide them in their work. In SourcePoint that is not the focus. Of course you keep track of what is happening and check in with clients as to how they are feeling and experiencing the work. But it is the information of the Blueprint that guides our work, and we are simply bringing the information of the Blueprint to the body. That information, the full potential that we have as human beings for health at every level of our being, is the focus of our attention.

In SourcePoint we speak of the the therapeutic relationship as a triad rather than a dyad. The information, light, and energy of the Blueprint is the third partner in that triad.

Our work as a practioner is to stay connected to that field of information and to keep the client connected to that information. Once rapport is established between you and your client at the beginning of the session, the focus is taken off of the inter-personal relationship and the focus is on connecting the client to their own resources and potential and staying in that field ourselves. We are not “channeling” the information, energy, or light of the Blueprint through our own bodies and fields, but creating the context for that interface to take place.

When I become aware of my attention being drawn into the phenomena of the body, I step back for a moment, connect with my breath, and re-focus my awareness to the information of the Blueprint through the eight-pointed star as a placeholder for the information of the Blueprint, or any of the other methods that we learn in SourcePoint to connect to that field of information.

For those of you who do have extensive backgrounds in a variety of therapeutic modalities it eventually becomes possible to be aware of both your connection to the Blueprint and what is occurring in the soma. But with experience you are able to be aware without letting your fascination be what leads you or forms your practice. The only strategy from a SourcePoint perspective is : How can I more effectively bring the information of the Blueprint to the body?

© Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei 2013

Intuition

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When you dream, do you see from the inside of yourself,

your usual vision?

Or do you see yourself from above and beyond,

from the outside,

moving in the dream?

Which do you prefer?

To be inside or outside?

People speak about being in their bodies.

Where is that body?

Or, where isn’t it?

People long to follow their hearts.

Which heart, exactly, is that?

I want to follow the great heart

at the root, the core, the center,

that pulses in body and star,

night and day,

flood and storm and stillness,

seed and flower,

that never for one moment ever stops beating.

Awake in the deep dark bright night of the full September moon,

between exhalation and inhalation

in a space so completely familiar, so utterly unknown,

that heart whispers

Dream yourself

out of yourself.

In the practice of SourcePoint we are always talking about the importance of getting out of the way. This is especially true in relation to the theme of intuition and its place in SourcePoint. Most people who are drawn to Sourcepoint, and indeed the practice of energy medicine in general, are those who want to follow their hearts, to develop and trust their intuition. What does it mean, to follow your heart, to trust your intuition, and exactly what does intuition mean when practicing SourcePoint, where our primary concern is to be connected to and guided by the universal Blueprint of health?

What people commonly think of as “their intuition” can be described as a sensitive, empathic, receptive aspect of consciousness that is capable of accessing the information of the greater order and the greater consciousness, aligning itself with it, and being guided by it. However, most of the time, in most individuals, to varying degrees, that sensitive, receptive, perceptive, empathic stream of consciousness is muddied considerably by opinions, judgments, ideas, past experience, and habit.

Personal intuition is greatly influenced by personal experience. It can be valuable, but if you want to rely on your intuition as a basis for energy work, the daily practice of clearing yourself in some way is essential, whether it’s meditation, prayer, however you do it – its necessary to make a constant practice of clearing yourself. This is especially important to do consciously before working, in order be able to trust your intuition. It’s a demanding path, to clear the channel of your intuition so that you are truly perceiving and receiving clearly.

People often feel the sensations in their body give them information, and yes, that’s another channel of intuition. However, the body is also a consciousness that carries past conditioned experience, habit and memory. That channel also is often muddied by emotions and habit patterns. Trusting your intuition requires a lot of self-examination, a lot of self-honesty.

The function of intuition in SourcePoint Therapy would be, for example, to help a practitioner in the practice of bringing the information of the Blueprint to the body. It can help you be open to the guidance of the Blueprint in the work you do, recognizing, always, that that is all you are doing, facilitating the flow of that information. Having the intention to allow your personal intuitive perception to be guided by the Blueprint provides some protection from projection. The Blueprint provides an external reference point that helps to clarify intuition.

People who do intuitive bodywork often speak of “being drawn” to work in a certain area of the body. People also use this phrase sometimes in relation to life decisions, “being drawn” to a certain place, person, situation. We encourage people to be careful about “being drawn.” Think about that phrase. What draws you? Is it your story being drawn by something familiar to it? Most of the time we are drawn to what is familiar, to what resonates with our conditioned experience. There’s a fine line between being drawn and projecting our own experience on another.

People often find SourcePoint “counter-intuitive.” In scanning for the blockages that obstruct the flow of information of the Blueprint, people may be drawn to a particular area; they expect to find the blockage there. If they are not attached to their intuition, they are frequently surprised to find it in a completely different location.

Transformation, whether in work with others or personal life, requires that we move beyond our expectation, judgment and even our treasured personal intuition. In SourcePoint, we surrender our intuition to that third point, the Blueprint. We turn over our knowledge, experience, ideas, opinions and judgments, and intuition to the fundamental order of the universe, the innate wisdom of the body as an expression of that universal order.

The fundamental Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow inherent in the universal energy is the Source of our being. It gives rise to life, nourishes and sustains life. That’s why we say the nature of the Blueprint is love. Therefore in the practice of SourcePoint, we allow our own hearts to be in service to the greater good.

SourcePoint Day 3Blackboard Sketch by Bob Schrei

© Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei 2013

The Calming Power of Space

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In the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, there are considered to be five elements: air, earth, fire, water … and space. Space contains all other elements. Space contains all thoughts, feelings, events, experiences and incarnations. The inherent nature of our mind is vast, infinite space. Meditation helps us experience this spacious awareness that encompasses everything. As practitioners of the healing arts, that spacious awareness is one of the greatest gifts we can bring to others. It is also called simply being present. This phrase has become almost a cliche in spiritual circles today, and one might ask, what does it really mean? From the SourcePoint perspective it means patience. Day after day, hour after hour, it means listening to your clients. Giving them the space to be themselves. And it doesn’t just mean being present to the condition of the other person, to the work that is happening in the moment; it means maintaining an awareness of the underlying Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow that we call the Blueprint. It means getting out of the way, leaving space for that greater consciousness and order to work, for the body to respond to what we do from its innate capacity for wellness.

Allowing space, in our own minds, in our relationships with others, and in our healing work, is a great challenge. And, there is great healing power in that practice. It doesn’t mean we do nothing. We live, we act, we decide, we study and learn, we treat and prescribe, and yet, we also know when to leave space, when to let things unfold, when not to interfere. It’s a very subtle skill to develop.

Space and time are closely related. The more spacious the mind, the more time there seems to be. A few moments of meditative space and time can create more time, rather than taking time. This summer has been very full here at SourcePoint. We’ve had an advanced intensive, a module 3 and a mentorship program almost one right after the other. There’s been a lovely rhythm of work and more work, and it hasn’t felt crowded or “busy” … but I missed my August 1 post on this blog. Now, some space in the outside world is opening up to pay more attention here. We’ve been recording meditations from the workshops and the plan (always subject to change..) is to share some of those here in the coming months. I have many other things to share.

For now, here’s a meditation already posted that is worth revisiting. Take 7 minutes of your time to listen, and the space you feel will make up for the time you spend. Bring spaciousness to your work, and you will feel less tired. Bring spaciousness to your mind and you will feel more relaxed. It’s called

“The Space Between”

© Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei 2013

The Miracle of Healing

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‘Tis the season of miracles, when stories of miracles are told, and believed, or not. When distant stars and long ago happenings invite us to reverence and awe. It is a good time to acknowledge and revere the greatest miracle of all — life itself and the great cosmos that is its genesis and its container.

Miracles abound. Let’s take the common cold, for example. Bob and I each had one last week. There’s a routine for the common cold, depending on its severity. Sleep, drink lots of water, sleep, take various supplements or medications according to your view of such things, sleep, drink lots of juice or herbal tea, and sleep some more. Watch a movie, listen to music, let go of daily routine for a day or more — unless you are pushing yourself too hard.

Which all really comes down to: giving your body the space and time and support to go through the process, to allow the illness to pass through, to allow the body to heal itself.

The one day I spent resting, I felt the miracle of what was happening in my body. I felt the guardians at work. Once again, as we so often see in healing, mostly what I had to do was support my whole system in every way I could… and then get out of the way. I was in awe at the self-healing capacity of the body. If we go deep into what happens when the body responds to a virus, it’s what can be called a miracle. We take so many miracles for granted. We complain about the cold, and forget to honor the body that both succumbs to the virus and goes to work to heal itself.

This morning I cut myself on the edge of a can in our recycling bin. My finger bled, a little, bright red blood, bubbling forth. After a while, it stopped bleeding. Of, course, that’s what cuts do, they stop bleeding. Who decided that? How does it happen that a cut stops bleeding?

The entire complex immune response of my body is absolutely, utterly… a miracle.

The word “miracle” has its roots in the Latin miraculum, “object of wonder,” and mirari, “to wonder at.” It goes back to the Sanskrit smerah, “to smile, to be astonished.” When we pay close attention to the infinite, beauteous, complex, delicate intricacy of energy, consciousness, spirit, form and matter that we are, how can we be anything but delighted, entranced, awed and in a state of wonder at how it all works together, at the mystery, the power? Most definitions of miracles call for an event that is out of the ordinary. What if everything that surrounds us is miraculous, worthy of wonder, incomprehensible, astonishing and transcendent?

What if there is no such thing as ordinary? Or, conversely, no such thing as extraordinary?

One definition of “miracle” I discovered was – “an event beyond the laws of nature.” Ah, what if the laws of nature are themselves the miracle, and we humans as yet have no full comprehension of the scope of those laws, of their power? The deepest intention of SourcePoint Therapy® is to help realize the full potential of the human being. We’re not looking for “miracles” because we already live in one, manifest as one, and have what is called the miraculous as our very nature.

As science and religion both (hopefully) move beyond their current limitations, as the need for human beings to wake up becomes increasingly urgent, there is the opportunity for us all to realize that full potential. It begins with simply the re-connection, the re-awakening, of the memory of our inherent wellness: that supernatural, utterly natural state of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow from which we are created.

During this recent minor illness an insight came. As I noticed the progress of the cold, its stages, and reflected on how long it was going to last, I realized: “I am already well.”

In the Source of my being, there is inherent wellness. In my essential nature, I am well. The fundamental state of the cosmos is wellness. That is, Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow. I affirmed this to myself as I gave the illness a chance to pass through. “I am already well.” Perhaps this helped it to pass lightly and quickly, because it did.

In SourcePoint Therapy we encourage people to always take care of themselves at the material level, whether the illness is minor or major. I didn’t just affirm I was already well, I did homeopathy and Chinese herbs and black elderberry syrup. It all goes together, including antibiotics and other medications and treatments when necessary. We live in some dense frequencies these days. “Holistic” medicine has to include the Whole, from allopathic medicine to natural remedies to spirit to Source and Blueprint. What a miracle that in this age we have so many options, so much support for wellness, even as there are so many challenges to maintaining health. Energy medicine provides a container for all the other approaches, a foundation, a support from “beyond” for our lives here.

As the days darken, and we approach the darkest night of the year, may the beautiful dark give us the space to dream, to heal, to go inward, to sleep, and retreat. Take a few hours in the coming weeks to retreat – more if you can, but even a little goes a long way at this time of year.

May the dark give us an ever-deepening appreciation of the beautiful light that nourishes and supports us, the light of the sun, the light of the moon, the clear light of a winter morning, the light at the core of our being.

Bob and I wish you a happy, healthy, harmonious winter!

© Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei 2012

Scanning

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In SourcePoint Therapy® we work with a scan of the body to locate blockages that are impeding the free flow of information from the energetic Blueprint of health. Recently a question arose, along these lines: “When I use the scan with clients, why am I consistently finding a blockage in the same location on the body in many different clients?”

Here is Bob’s response to that question:

I would like to share a little history here. Some of you may remember that I say in class that I simply made a choice at some point to scan everyone that came into my practice for two years before I felt comfortable and accurate with what I was perceiving. So remember, you are learning a skill that takes time, just like learning to play the piano or a new language takes time. There is the “10,000 hypothesis” which says it simply takes 10,000 hours of practice to learn anything well, be it running, tennis, an instrument or a language. Your particular chosen discipline–be it Rolfing, Acupuncture, or SourcePoint– is no different. Time and dedication and discipline are necessary. The great jazz pianist Keith Jarrett still practices every day, basic simple scales and basic structured practice. Personally I have been engaged in some form of dowsing, which the scans are, for 40 years. I feel that it has taken at least 30 of those years to get to a place where I feel that I am relatively accurate 85% of the time.

One of the things that I observed in my early years, in myself and in others, was that one’s current interests definitely influence the results. When I was interested in chakras, I found all causative factors at that level; when I was interested in homeopathy I found that that was usually the most appropriate treatment, etc. etc. etc. So it is important that you take the time to clear yourself of all preconceived notions.

Sit quietly for a couple of minutes with your client before doing anything. Develop a way that you can check with your own self whether or not you are clear enough to scan accurately; you will get an inner sense of what that feels like. Withdraw projections, and have a very clear and accurate inquiry in mind. In SourcePoint we are asking one question: Where is the primary blockage that is inhibiting the flow of information from the Blueprint?

It might help to remember that we are relating to the body as an energetic structure, a body of light, and secondarily we are holding the intention of bringing a greater level of order into the body. We are not thinking about organs, nerves, tissues, meridians, chakras, or systems of the body. I rarely find the primary blockage in an organ. But it does happen, very rarely, and similarly for the cranium.

If you notice that you are having repetitive results in your scanning there is a pretty good chance that there is something in the way you are wording the question that is not clear or that there are things in your own being that are influencing the results. When I say in class that I have noticed that a lot of blockages and entry points seem to be in the extremities, I do not mean that I see that in client after client on a repetitive basis. I mean that looking back over a dozen years of working this way, that there is a high proportion of scans that have exhibited this, not that client after clients had the same scan results. I have also said in class that I felt that it took me 25 years of exposure to cranial work before I was able to do a good cranial session. It just takes time and practice for a lot of these skills. If you are attempting to learn many skills at once, the need for time and practice levels increases.

In the end, if you are interested in energy work, it is a process of constantly working on and looking at yourself. The great osteopath, A.T Still, said that the human being is triune: Spirit, Body, and Mind. We need to be paying attention to all of these levels in ourselves as well as our clients. It is an exciting path and we are simply learning from each of our clients. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be taught in this way.

One final thought is just to remember that from the SourcePoint perspective we are not trying to clear blockages. We are simply bringing the information of the Blueprint to the blockage, just as we bring two hands together to pray and give thanks for our blessings. They are many.

Note: The video above also makes reference to scanning for the entry point. In this post we are referring specifically to the scan for the primary blockage.

 

©2012 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

SourcePoint Therapy ® Advanced Intensives

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The Single Point.

This one phrase describes our advanced trainings for the coming year. Look at the points on the spiral in the image above. Each one of those points is an Advanced Intensive.

Simplicity

Depth

Essence

Integration

All of what you learned in the basic three modules is contained in each of those points. The field of the Intensive allows you to go deeper into what you have learned. The single point expands infinitely.  As Bob and I continue to explore the Navel Point, for example, we are amazed at what emerges, at how much can come from the practice of simply holding the Navel Point with a simple question and then scanning. What you are doing doesn’t look any different from the outside, and certainly the actual holding of the point is easy to learn. What’s actually happening there, at many levels simultaneously, is complex, open to expansion, and worth exploring further.

Simplicity is the key word of SourcePoint Therapy, and simplicity is a challenge. People want to learn more, and they always want to know more. There is a difference between learning more and knowing more. The Intensives will help you to know more, to understand what it is you are already doing. You will experience more of the ongoing process of getting out of the way. We’ll work with the integration of SourcePoint into your daily life and professional practice.  And we’ll go deeper into that Awareness that is the Source from which SourcePoint arises.

Our intention in the Intensive is to support, affirm and nurture the growth of each person present, to focus on specific individual issues and questions, and to bring Awareness to your unique path. In daily Awareness sessions we’ll explore how you can develop for yourself your own way of working with the principles and practices of SourcePoint Therapy. What doors can it open for you? Where can it take you? How does it become a part of you rather than something you’ve learned?

All this is possible because we will be working in a small group. Bob and I will be both be there, and the maximum attendance in Santa Fe is eight people. That’s a lot of individual attention, and lot of support from your fellow practitioners.

Our vision is of a community of practitioners that support each other, guided by, but not dependent on, the original teachers, with a common love of exploring health, energy, and consciousness.

Those of you who have completed Module Three know that you can’t be in the field of the Blueprint without experiencing transformation. With the Intensives, we want to provide an environment where the personal transformative process continues in the context of loving, supporting community.

I can’t give a daily schedule or a list of new techniques you will go away with. I can say, there will be regular anchors and activities: Awareness sessions with time for questions, as well as demonstrations, discussions, lots of practicums with feedback, meditations, and time to process and share.  Depending on the group, here are some possibilities of what we’ll cover: further work with the Navel Point, the Third Point, and the Guardians; continued exploration of the Blueprint and how it works. How ancestral patterns and belief systems obstruct the free flow of information from the Blueprint. The mandala of the body and the energy worker as artist. We can look at issues that arise when working with energy: psychic protection, clearing space, grounding yourself, to name a few. And, we’ll take your questions ahead of time so we can integrate them. I will be in touch before the training to find out what you hope to experience, what questions you have, and what you would like to focus on.

I’m writing this in response to people who have wanted more information about these advanced training, and also for those who have not yet completed the basic modules, to invite you to continue the exploration.

I return you now to the image above, where the spiral growing from the triangle represents the path of SourcePoint training. I ask you to reflect on your own journey with SourcePoint, beginning with the three points of the first three modules, the triangle.  Feel the generative energy of the triangle, and how it gives rise to new life, continued movement. There are many points on the spiral. There isn’t a set linear curriculum for Advanced Intensives. Each one is unique. Yes, there will be some repetition of information you already “know.” And yes, you will be challenged to know more, always.

Or as Bilbo Baggins said “The Road goes ever on and on.”

Practical details. The two Intensives scheduled in Santa Fe for 2012 are full; we have a waiting list and may schedule more if there is interest. Contact us through the contact page of the website, or personal email or Facebook, for more information. The cost of the Intensive in Santa Fe is  $750 for the 5 days and we are open to making arrangements to pay in installments. The Intensives in October in Laguna Beach and in Europe in autumn of this year still have openings and are not only for Structural Integrators. Contact Information can be found on our website.

©2012 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

The Eight-Pointed Star

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The stars invite us to explore greater dimensions of consciousness and energy. When we look at the night sky we feel the wonder of the cosmos, our connection to a Mystery beyond our ordinary comprehension. The North Star guides us, orients us in our earthly existence. Stars traditionally are portents and signs. An eight-pointed star was the symbol of the ancient goddess Inanna. A star guided the Kings to the manger in Bethlehem. And so on, through myth and history, day and night, we find the presence of the Star.

In SourcePoint one of the energy patterns we work with is the eight-pointed star. It is the configuration that is formed by the Diamond Points combined with the Golden Rectangle Points. Draw a line connecting the Transformation Point to the Grounding Point, and then from the Source Point to the Activation point. You have a cross. Then connect the Golden Rectangle Point at the top left to the bottom right, and vice versa. You have the eight-pointed star.

This is a powerful configuration to work with in meditation or visualization. When Bob is working with a client and asking for the information of the Blueprint to come in, he visualizes the eight-pointed star as shown above. It’s a simplified version of the more complex structure of all the points, the oval and the rectangle and diamond, also shown above. The Star manifests the perfect Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow of the Blueprint as well as the radiant life force energy of Source.

Please understand that these structures are not “symbols” as we tend to think of symbols. The energy patterns that we work with, which manifest the information of the Blueprint into this dimension, are living realities that underlie and permeate our visible reality. In modern life these archetypal forces have lost their charge. They’ve become “symbols” or metaphors. With SourcePoint Therapy® we are recharging that connection to what is now thought of as “symbolic” or “mythological,” to realms of experience and information and energy that are every bit as alive and active and powerful as our every day reality.

So the Star we “imagine” or meditate with is not a symbol. It’s a doorway, a portal, a bridge, from one dimension to another. When you wish to journey in consciousness, to move from one frequency to another, the star guides you and opens the gate. From the earth, you can see the stars. The Star is a direct energetic connection between heaven and earth.

You can also use the visualization of the eight-pointed star as the “third point.” This is the meditation we work with that helps in “getting out of the way.” Instead of connecting to another person directly one to one, imagine the energy connection between you from your heart upward to a third point that represents a greater light, a greater consciousness, the Blueprint, and then down to the other person’s heart. You are still connected, but you are intending and experiencing that your connection to that person is through the innate perfection of both your beings. You meet in that field of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow. This can be helpful in working with clients, but also in any relationship.

Some time ago I posted the image above with the simple heading “SourcePoint Therapy ® Explained,” and no further explanation. Here’s the explanation! In these images we see the “creation story” from a SourcePoint perspective. We begin with the single point, the bindu, from which all form arises. All energy and information necessary to give rise to and sustain life are contained in that single point. From the point emerges the line, first as the cross and then the star. The vertical-horizontal axes are the ground from which all other form emerges. The star radiates from that grid. It is incarnation, the light and energy of Source, grounded in the container of point and line, manifesting into the Blueprint, that particular pattern containing the specific information and pattern of the human body. The Spiral is the activity of all these forms and patterns manifesting into life, the vital life force energy grounded and directed by the Blueprint, the generative creative energy manifest through Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow.

The image above also speaks about the phases of SourcePoint trainings. I’ll be talking about SourcePoint trainings, especially the advanced intensives, in my next post. And soon: an audio meditation with the eight-pointed star!

For now: the energetic structure of the Star emerges at the point of incarnation into form. It’s a powerful image for supporting intention. May the light of the Star – which is no other than the light within you – guide you always home. Happy 2012 🙂

©2012 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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