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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

Setting Boundaries and Conserving Energy

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“Chief Seattle’s 0ften quoted statement that what we do to the web, we also do to ourselves, is also true in reverse: what we do to ourselves, we do to the web. This means as we tend to ourselves with care, attention, and understanding, the effect ripples outward. As we learn to work with our energy – to understand it, conserve it and use it effectively – we not only develop our inner resources, we become more aware of how we use the resources in our environment… As we experience greater balance in our own lives, we bring greater balance to the world in which we live.” (From The Vibrant Life :simple Meditations to Use Your Energy Effectively, by Donna Thomson)

This week’s talk and meditation picks up where we left off in June. The theme is setting boundaries and conserving energy. People talk a lot about both these things, but how do we actually do this? As we understand and work with energy, we discover many practices to help us have better boundaries and conserve our energy. I call this “personal sustainability.”

I’ve learned a lot about this by living in a completely off-the -grid house. I am aware every day that energy is a constant exchange: what goes out must be balanced by what comes in. I am aware that on a cloudy day I have to be extra careful about my use of electricity and monitor it to be sure I don’t drain the batteries. This is a great metaphor, and the key word here is really aware. Working with energy, we understand the importance of awareness in our daily lives. Draining our resources, whether inner or outer, requires a certain degree of denial.

I hope the following meditation will bring you greater awareness of how your energy works and help you recharge and conserve the precious life energy that is your greatest resource.


©2011 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

You Are Energy

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You are energy. You can’t have energy or not have enough energy because it’s not about having or not having. You are energy. For the rest of this month, we’ll be exploring this fact. Every talk/meditation is intended to help you realize that, at every level of body/mind/ spirit. I chose the image above because it represents the stillness from which movement arises. There is energy in the stillness of the bell, energy in the striking of it, and in the resonant sound that arises. Every moment, every thing, every breath, is filled with energy. In listening, in stillness, we enter into an awareness of pure energy that nourishes and sustains us when we emerge into movement and activity.

I recorded this outside, and you’ll hear the ravens and other birds participating, an occasional rustle of paper, and the echo of the wind that was non-stop in New Mexico for all of March, April and May. It’s all energy. Enjoy, and please feel free to share questions, insights, experiences through comments on this post. And for further experience, please see my book The Vibrant Life: Simple Meditations to Use Your Energy Effectively, Sentient Publications 2006.

Time: about 18 minutes

©2011 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

Announcement

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For three weeks of June 2011 on the SourcePoint blog I’ll be offering a free series of audio talks and meditations based on my book The Vibrant Life: Simple Meditations to Use Your Energy Effectively (Sentient Publications 2006). These meditations are simple, practical methods of working with energy for your own benefit. This book preceded the emergence of SourcePoint Therapy, so the SourcePoint perspective will be an added element in this series for those of you who are already familiar with the meditations. Each week I’ll be discussing some basic principles of working with energy, and leading a guided meditation. You can listen at your leisure; everything will also be available for download.

I’ll be posting every Thursday; here’s the schedule with topics:

June 2: You Are Energy

June 9: Conserving Your Energy and Setting Boundaries

June 16: Recharging Your Energy

I hope you will join me and experience the benefit of working regularly with your energy. I’ll be taking questions through the comments so although we won’t be interacting in person I can give some guidance if needed. I’ve said before, and will say again: meditation in today’s world isn’t an esoteric practice; it’s a survival skill!

There will be regular post next week but then I won’t be posting again until June 2.

Note: this schedule was delayed. The first entry was posted as scheduled but the other two were posted in August 2011.

Emergence

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At our recent Module 3 workshop in Santa Fe, we sat down together on Sunday morning to meditate with the Blueprint, to experience it more directly, to connect with what we call the Mandala Realm, that field of energetic pattern from which form arises. This meditation with the golden line emerged at that time. It has been with me ever since, so, here it is, in the present moment, as it emerges now, an exploration of the golden line, and its emergence into form, how our bodies organize around that central line.

Note: You can download this and all other audio meditations on this site at Soundcloud

©2011 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

Connecting with Your Deep Intention

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On New Years Eve Bob and I meditated for a while and then asked the greater Awareness for some words on intention for the new year. Here is what came. I’m including both the audio and the transcribed version, to listen to as you wish or read and contemplate. I recommend listening. There’s an energy that comes with the spoken word.

The topic of intention seems timely for this eve of Epiphany, the day when it is said the Sages found the Divine Child, guided by the light of the star. That guiding light resides not only in the heavens but in ourselves, and that is the theme of these reflections/meditations.

Intention is not a matter of will. Deep intention is an energy you align with, not something you decide to do with your ego mind. You are born with your intention imprinted in your cells. There is no division between body and soul. The body is the expression of the soul and when aligned with its true nature, carries out the intention of the soul.

When we sit quietly, breathing, letting the mind settle and free itself from discursive thought, then there is space for that intention to work in you and through you. You connect with your intention. You do not set intention; you enter into it: you connect with it. It is already there, waiting. You may not even know consciously what it is, but sitting quietly, you enter its flow, begin to move with the wave, you are in the rhythm of that deep inherent intention.

That individual deep inherent intention that is your birthright is connected to and aligned with the deep inherent intention of the universal energy, the earth energy, the sky energy. You are never alone in your intention when you are aligned with yourself and therefore these greater energies.

When you connect to the Blueprint through the Diamond Points, you are connecting with your own deep intention, that energy pattern in the universal energy field that bears the information of your greatest potential.

So take a moment now, sit and bring your attention to your breath. Feel the breath rise and fall. Be aware of the inhalation and exhalation. Experience the rhythm of your own unique being. Imagine the Diamond Points around you. The Source Point to your right, at the level of the navel, about 18 inches out from the body, a tiny golden seed of light. The Grounding Point below your feet, the Activation Point to your left side, and the Transformation Point above the head, and back to Source. As you bring your attention to each point, you connect with your deep intention, and it connects with you.

At this time of long nights, the winter dark, it is possible to enter into deep silence and experience the rhythm of your being communicating with you, nourishing you. It is possible to enter into your own deep intention. Intention is an energy. It is energy-information that you connect with, that you feel, that you align yourself with through inner silence and attention. Intention is a palpable presence; it is that which informs you. As you enter into it and dwell in it, goals, visions, desires, directions may emerge.

Take a moment and feel deep inside yourself: you know where you are going. Your whole being is imprinted with the knowledge of where you are going and what you are doing. Allow yourself to settle into that knowing, silently, without words, simply by feeling your breath, being aware of your breath. You know. You know.

Allow yourself to let go of needing to know in your conscious mind. Enter into the state of knowing. Rest in that wordless knowing that is your nature. The more you let go of the need to know in the usual sense, the more your inner knowing can manifest.

At this very moment, you are surrounded by intention, embraced by intention; you breathe in intention and you exhale intention. This entire universe is an expression of intention: the intention to be, to manifest, to take form, give birth. You are a part of that. You are a manifestation of divine intention.

The deepest intention can never be put into words. It is simply there: Be. Manifest. Arise. Live. Grow.

When you focus your mind you experience your entire being as focused intention.

You become a bindu, a seed point, a point from which your life flowers as a manifestation of your soul, your spirit, your essence, your deep intention.

Attention, intention. Attention, intention.

Yes, yes, yes.

When you enter into intention, you receive the blessing of Source that says:

You are never separate from me, you are always one with me. Remain aware of yourself as energy, as intention, as love, as manifestation of the Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow of Source.

May all beings be happy, peaceful and free of suffering.

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