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Health

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photo by Josh Schrei

Bob and I have just returned from teaching Module One and Two in Ireland, and then Module Three in Germany. It’s been a while since I’ve experienced all three in a row. It’s a powerful experience and reminds me more than ever that SourcePoint training is not only about learning techniques; it’s a personal healing journey.

This time, I felt an infinitesimal and yet huge shift in my perspective, my body, my mind: the continuing shift towards health as my context. Of course I have been aware of that principle all along and felt myself changed by it: that in SourcePoint we focus on health, not specific illness, not the story of disease. But this time, something happened. We’ve all had that experience, when what we are told, and repeat, becomes suddenly, deeply real.

I saw, looking back over years and years, my focus on and fascination with my symptoms, how they have defined my reality. I have experienced firsthand what we talk about in SourcePoint: becoming organized around my trauma rather than the inherent health present in my connection to the Blueprint. I am not making a judgment about that. I evidently had to learn to pay attention to what was happening in my body and take care of myself, and to understand the nature and the message of the symptoms. I had to learn to value this precious body. To believe in this body and its inherent health, to shift the emphasis from my story.

What is health? That question comes all the time. I see now it is the very existence of this body, right here, just as it is, with all its imperfections and imbalances. It’s that simple. What is health? It’s life. The incomprehensibly powerful thrust of the universal life force energy into material being is pure wellness; it is Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow, it is the activity of the Blueprint.

Everyone of us has that force within us now. Not some day in the future, maybe, when we get better. It’s there always, when we are sick, when we are tired, when we are depressed, when we are happy, when we are born, and yes, when we are dying.

In this body we are riding a wave of health, of life force manifesting. The more connected we are to our fundamental reality, the blueprint of health, the longer the wave, perhaps. It all depends. On how the forces we experience while in the body, the forces of trauma and karma, and ancestry and environment, to name a few, interact with that force of inherent health. Our choices have a lot to do with our state of health but they are not the only defining factor. Trauma, karma, ancestry, and environment are powerful forces also. The awareness we bring to our experience, the love we give and receive, how we communicate with others, the connection to the greater Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow, so much affects health.

However, the simple fact is, health is a powerful presence in our lives, innately, inherently, undeniably. The more we focus on it, the stronger we get.

And, I can say from personal experience, a simple daily practice of Diamond Points, Guardian Points and Navel Point provides a clear, directed, powerful way to focus on health, to call it forth, to enter into it, to experience it.

(If you haven’t yet experienced SourcePoint training, the Diamond Point Meditation from our book is a way to begin)

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

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

Meditation as a Survival Skill

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Some years ago when my book The Vibrant Life: Simple Meditations to Use Your Energy Effectively (Sentient Publications) came out, I led a lot of meditation workshops and groups. And I began always by saying, “Meditation in today’s world is not an esoteric practice. It’s a survival skill.”

I continue to believe this more than ever. Yes, sometimes meditation gives me wonderful experiences of transcendance and expansion, glimpses into realms of the mind where love and light reign, where I feel at home and at peace, where there is a spacious awareness like the sky, undisturbed by the passing clouds of thoughts, emotions, opinions and preferences.

However, the meditation I’m talking about as a survival skill is different. I love those experiences of transendance, but I also need the focus and shift of mind and body that comes with entering into meditation in the midst of my day. Not in the silence of early morning or late night, before or after my busy day, but right in the middle of it when my mind is disturbed, tossed by the waves of intense events in my outer or inner world. It’s a resource that I call on after reading the news, when I feel helpless in the face of what’s going on out there, when the wheel of stressful thought just won’t stop, when I have a million things to do, and nothing is going right, or everything is going right but it’s still overwhelming. The kind of day where you might say, “I don’t have time to meditate.”

So, I’ve learned that exactly then is when I most need to stop, take a breath, and connect with the cosmic order I call Source. And I find that connection in my breath. Many traditions have practices of paying attention to the breath and working with the breath, as in pranayama. Most people find there are health as well as spiritual benefits to working with the breath.

From the SourcePoint perspective, we experience the breath as an expression of the Blueprint in the body. The universal Blueprint of health for the human body, that is our ultimate resource, that is present in every cell of the body, contains the information of the natural rhythm and order of life.

So I stop, and breathe, and I pay attention to the breath. I feel it, the inhalation and exhalation. I feel my own unique rhythm. I don’t try to adjust the breath, to deepen it or change the rhythm. I just follow it, into the core of my being, into the outer reaches of my awareness, into a moment, just a moment, of deep silence that echoes everywhere. Perhaps the words “Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow” arise naturally. I feel the echo of those words pervade the breath, fill my body and mind. When I open my eyes, after 30 seconds or maybe a minute at the most, the world looks different.

I might do this once a day, a dozen times, a hundred times a day. It keeps me in the ground of my being, connected to my Source, aware that I am always being nourished by the universal energy through the breath. In today’s world, which seems to spin faster and faster, these moments of meditation are like good food and clear water for me; they nourish my mind and soul and body. They give me a balance point.

Meditative time is different from ordinary time. Never, ever, think you don’t have time to meditate.

©2013 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

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® and Shamanic Healing

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Throughout human history, traditional healers have worked with energy, with energies, with spirit guides and deities, with light. Shamans have used ritual, drama, story and song, music and imagery to bring people into alignment with the fundamental energies of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow inherent in the universal energy.

Shamanism, once dismissed as “primitive” by the western world, has experienced a resurgence of attention and practice in recent years. We are rediscovering ancient wisdom and experiencing its benefits.

People ask: what is the difference between Shamanic healing and SourcePoint Therapy? Let’s explore that and also look at the similarities. Our good friend Diane Haug teaches the Grof Holotropic Breathwork, and included in the training she does is an overview of Shamanism. Here are some of the characteristics of the Shamanic approach that she identifies and that Bob covers in his PowerPoint in Module 3.

  • Shamanism implies a connection with spirit. It implies the ability to journey in spirit to restore Order, Balance, Harmony, and Flow to the individual, the community and between the world of spirit and the human world.
  • Shamanic healing implies the ability to get out of the way and let something greater move through you.
  • A shaman is a spiritual intermediary between the realms of the secular and the sacred. Shamans travel to other worlds to meet with entities and beings from whom they can gain knowledge and bring that back to the people.
  • Illness and injury are believed to result from an impaired relationship with the supernatural. Shamanic practices link the human and spiritual world so that a proper relationship can be restored and maintained between them.

When we look at these in light of SourcePoint Therapy we see parallels. To link the human and spiritual world is our intention.  This we do by using the points and connecting to the Blueprint. However, we don’t journey in spirit, in the traditional sense. The points are the doorways to other realms. The Blueprint is the intermediary between Source and human; it has the information we need for transformation.  The points bring the information (the knowledge) needed to support health directly to the body.  There isn’t someone interpreting that information, engaging with that information, telling a story about it. It’s just … the information needed by the body, directly interacting with the body. In a certain sense, the points take the place of the shaman, in a very neutral way.

Shamans use ritual, and we have our simple rituals in SourcePoint. Holding the points, for oneself or others, is a ritual that creates an energetic structure for transformation and alignment with Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow. Traditional rituals create energetic structures, containers for the work to be done, and invoke the presence of the great cosmic Order in one form or another.  Holding the points has its similarities to the invocation of the Four Directions that often precedes Native American ceremonies. What we are working with in SourcePoint, again, is simplicity: the essence. We are seeking to open the doorway to healing energies of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow without drama, without cultural identification, without investment in any religion or indigenous tradition. I’m not saying there isn’t a story, because we live in a world of story, but we try to keep it simple.

The story of SourcePoint is this: We can access the information of health for the human body from the vast store of information in the universal energy field. We can do this through using particular points in the human energy field to connect to the Blueprint.  In today’s world, physical modalities and medicines are usually necessary to bring healing, but this work at an energy level can support and enhance what is being done at the physical level.  There is no division between energy and matter, spirit and flesh.

Admittedly, this story can be as difficult for some people to believe as one of shamans flying through the air to battle spirits from another realm. People don’t need to believe this story; they just need to be open to trying something that may help alleviate their pain and suffering. They don’t have to take on a system with a long tradition of specific rituals, healers, deities, spirits, and world-view. For many people, who have a karmic affinity with a particular shamanic path, that’s absolutely what they need.  Our intention is to demystify working with energy, to open the door into what is called “non-ordinary consciousness” and help people see how that energy/consciousness can infuse our everyday life at every moment. Our belief is that everyone has the capacity to work with energy, to access the information of greater consciousness for the benefit of themselves and all beings.

However, this view brings a challenge to the SourcePoint practitioner: being willing to let go of the drama. Shamans battle spirits. In exorcism, priests cast out demonic forces. There’s a lot of drama in traditional ritual practices. We’re working with finding other ways, with the view that new information, the information of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow, can communicate with and penetrate old dense habit patterns of body and mind. We’re always encouraging people to stay centered in the Blueprint, to allow it to work, to not get attached to the story. Often we end up perpetuating the old stories people bring us because we get involved. We react with fear or fascination. Those are the two most common deep responses, whether to our own stories or those of another. It’s a delicate balance to allow a story to emerge, with respect, loving attention and non-attachment, without reacting and getting involved. It’s a practice to be present and allow a story to pass through, to navigate the energies of release, and remember that where our attention goes, a lot of energy goes with it. Energy gets caught in the story, and as practitioners of SourcePoint it’s good to ask ourselves regularly, where is my primary focus right now? On the drama, the old story that is present in this blockage – or on the information of health, of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow, the Blueprint? Am I fascinated or afraid of what’s going on here?  Or am I allowing space, bearing witness and facilitating the creation of a container that allows transformation?

These are issues and questions we’ll be addressing in our upcoming advanced trainings.

Someone recently asked about exorcism and SourcePoint Therapy. In Module Three people learn the technique for withdrawing foreign energies. When working with energy it is important to acknowledge that foreign energies can invade the individual energy field. In acupuncture these are called “pernicious influences” and can be wind, cold, heat, viruses, a wide range of invasive energies. In shamanic healing these foreign energies are identified also in many ways, as ghosts, negative entities, curses, and so on. The simple approach we teach recognizes that the individual energy field is vulnerable to invasion of energies other than itself at many different levels. Often, again, the withdrawal technique may be called for when the person isn’t getting well.  This is the closest we come to “exorcism” and it isn’t that close. We make no attempt to identify the energy, to give it a persona. The Guardian Points and the Diamond Points always accompany the withdrawal because what is withdrawn is not as important as bringing in new information. The foreign energy is simply another blockage to the free flow of information from the Blueprint. Exorcism is usually surrounded by a lot of drama. As I’ll repeat over and over, in SourcePoint Therapy we’re working with letting go of the drama. We’re not battling anything or expelling anything or casting anything out. We’re not “performing” an exorcism. We are helping the energy of the Blueprint to do its work. And that energy is imbued with the intention of restoring Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow.

I want to be perfectly clear: the shamanic path, with its rich wisdom and tradition, is powerful and effective. It’s not for everyone. Its essence is repairing and maintaining the connection to spirit, and we hope to provide another way to work with that principle.  We come from common ground: an awareness that our lives are rooted in a great cosmic order that is the source of our being.  It’s essential to maintain the strength of that connection for our own health and that of the world.

When you work with energy, when energy is flowing, there will be laughter and tears, there will be story, song, dance, art, music. There will be life in all its beauty and challenge, its joy and sorrow. There will be compassion, love, and awareness, the awareness that guides us through all experience, through all drama, into simple presence.

©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)

What is SourcePoint Therapy®?

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by Bob Schrei

The following article was written by Jeffrey Maitland, author of three books: Mind Body Zen (Random House 2010), Spinal Manipulation Made Simple: A Manual of Soft Tissue Techniques (North Atlantic Books, 2001), and Spacious Body: An Exploration in Somatic Ontology (North Atlantic Books 1994). Jeffrey was one of my basic and advanced Rolfing teachers; he is a good friend and dharma brother of many years. He is an excellent healer and works in the energetic domain, as well as being a well-known instructor of Structural Integration and the use of the Cold Laser in a therapeutic context. Jeff recently attended a Module One of SourcePoint Therapy® in San Francisco; this was his very generous unsolicited response to SourcePoint.

What is SourcePoint Therapy®?

With one brilliant creative stroke, Bob Schrei and Donna Thomson have created a new form of energy work based, in part, on sacred geometry.  They teach a new way of dealing with dysfunction that does not employ manipulation to release fixations. Instead, their way of working is an order-bestowing approach that actually constitutes an alternative to manipulation. SourcePoint Therapy®, as it is called, is both powerful and profoundly simple”“ so simple, in fact, that almost anyone can learn it.

The essence of SourcePoint Therapy® consists of entraining the body to its energetic blueprint or template. All that is required of the entrainment practitioner is the ability to locate certain points (which are very easy to feel) in the energy field around the body, scan the energy field for dysfunction (which is also easy to feel), let go of all desire to fix the client, shift his or her orientation (intentionality) to allowing the entrainment to happen, and simply stepping out of the way and letting re-formation occur.  No attempt is made to release this or that structural, functional, psychobiological, or energy fixation.  The practitioner simply creates a space within which it becomes possible for the human body to entrain to its form-maintaining blueprint.

The body then re-forms itself”“not because fixations have been released, but because the practitioner steps out of the way and lets the entertainment do the work of re-formation. The Holistic practice of entraining to the blueprint deals with dysfunction and disorder by re-forming what is de-formed or distorted. As a result of directly introducing order back into the system, fixations simply disappear as a matter of course.  Traditional Holistic forms of manipulation deal with dysfunction and disorder by releasing fixations in the proper sequence.  Unlike SourcePoint Therapy, order is not introduced directly.  Rather, order is the end result of a process of eliminating fixations. To say it simply, the practice of entraining with the blueprint eliminates dysfunction by ironing out and re-forming what is distorted, whereas the practice of manipulation eliminates dysfunction by releasing fixations.

Upon first hearing the above description of how a SourcePoint practitioner works, you may think that it sounds suspiciously like a form of biodynamic cranial work.  For the sake of clarity, it is important to understand where they are the same and how they differ. They are alike in two ways.  First, the shift in orientation (intentionality) on the part of the SourcePoint practitioner to letting entrainment happen is the same shift in orientation that is required of the biodynamic practitioner when he/she lets the organizing forces do the work of releasing fixations.  Second, both call upon something else, other than themselves, to make the therapeutic change. The difference between them comes down to how they accomplish the aim of their interventions.  The biodynamic practitioner does his work by allowing the organizing forces of the body to do the work of releasing fixations. Since the aim is to release fixation, it is clearly a form of manipulation.  In contrast, since the SourcePoint practitioner does his/her work by allowing the blueprint to do the entraining re-formation, it is an order-bestowing approach, not a form of manipulation.

Understanding the difference between releasing fixations and entraining to the blueprint is important because the quality of an entrainment practitioner’s work is directly tied to how clearly he/she grasps this distinction.  It is quite common to slip from performing entrainment work into habitual ways of manipulating restrictions (e.g., unwinding) without noticing it.  When that happens the therapy is not as effective.  A clear grasp of the difference makes for a clear and appropriate orientation (intentionality) toward performing the work as well as clear intention about the nature of the work”“all of which adds up to more effective and efficient therapy.

©2011 Jeffrey Maitland

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

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