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Interdependence

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“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Yesterday in the United States was a national holiday, Independence Day. It’s actually a good time to reflect on the principle of interdependence. We each have our own unique individuality, and at the same time we are part of a web of being that stretches from our hearts to the farthest reaches of the universe.

We find this truth in spiritual traditions, in every indigenous culture, in the explorations of modern physics, and in the heart. To remember this truth brings inner peace and a different perspective on our daily life.

The following brief readings give you words to reflect on, to absorb into yourself, to help awaken the memory of connection, belonging, and wholeness.

All the principles and practices of SourcePoint are founded on this truth.

For your conceptual mind, from Lynne McTaggart, The Bond: Connecting through the Space Between Us:

“The latest evidence from quantum physics offers the extraordinary possibility that all of life exists in a dynamic relationship of co-operation. Quantum physicists now recognize that the universe is not a collection of separate things jostling around in empty space. All matter exists in a vast quantum web of connection, and a living thing at its most elemental is an energy system involved in a constant transfer of information with its environment… Frontier biologists, psychologists and sociologists have all found evidence that individuals are far less individual than we thought they were. Between the smallest particles of our being, between ourselves and all of the people with whom we are in contact, between every member of every societal cluster, there is a Bond – a connection so integral and profound that there is no longer a clear demarcation between the end of one thing, and the beginning of another. The world essentially operates, not through the activity of individual things, but in the connection between them — in a sense, in the space between things.

For your heart, from Ervin Laszlo, in the introduction to Science and the Akashic Field:

“Come.

sail with me on a quiet pond.

The shores are shrouded,

the surface smooth.

We are vessels on the pond

and we are one with the pond.

A fine wake spreads out behind us,

traveling through misty waters.

Its subtle waves register our passage.

Your wake and mine coalesce,

they form a pattern that mirrors

your movement as well as mine.

As other vessels, who are also us,

sail the pond that is us as well,

their waves intersect with both of ours.

The pond’s surface comes alive

with wave upon wave, ripple upon ripple.

They are the memory of our movement;

the traces of our being.

The waters whisper from you to me and from me to you,

and from both of us to all others who sail the pond.

Our separateness is an illusion;

we are interconnected parts of the whole –

we are a pond with movement and memory.

Our reality is larger than you and me,

and all the vessels that sail the waters,

and all the waters on which they sail.

In teaching SourcePoint Therapy® we say to people, over and over: the true practice of energy medicine requires a radical re-definition of self.

It’s virtually impossible to go deep into working with energy and maintain your illusion of a separate self.

Which brings us naturally to the question of boundaries 🙂 A subject for the next post.

©Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei 2013

The Radical Redefinition of Self

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Albert Einstein said, after the explosion of the first atom bomb, “Now everything has changed but our way of thinking.” Almost seventy years later this is still true. We have more and more new technologies,and yet we continue to act from the same old belief systems. However, I can’t look at the outside world and make a judgment about that. In the course of my life I’ve acquired many “technologies,” tools for changing my mind and my perspective, and yet, like everyone, I continue to experience that my actions often arise from the old patterns, the old stories, the old way of thinking.

I’ve said many times the path of energy medicine demands a radical re-definition of self. When you’re working with energy, you have to perceive the individual, whether yourself or another, as an energy field, a flow and pattern of energy and light and information. You have to shift your perception of yourself, or another, as a solid “thing” in a world of other solid things. You begin to understand everything as a flow of pattern and information and energy, giving rise to physical manifestation. You begin to understand the significance and absolute accuracy of the Sanskrit greeting “Namaste:” I honor the God in you. You see others and yourself as an incredible, complex, exquisite expression of the universal energy. From these experiences, your way of thinking begins to change.

You work on the premise that we all arise from a common Source, we all have a common ground. No matter what the individual’s perception of that Source is, no matter what the religion, or worldview or belief system, that individual arises from the same Source you do. It becomes more difficult to maintain a sense of opposition.

In relating to others, whether at the individual or group level, you look for the energy blockages. You perceive the flow of energy; you seek Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow.You look for communication, connection, alignment. You begin to perceive existence as a dance of opposites rather than a battle of opposites. You relate to others from this perception.

As we seek to change our thinking, as we explore different “technologies of transformation,” defining the transformation we seek is important. The stated intention of SourcePoint, at the deepest level, is to help each individual realize their full potential as a human being, and that full potential involves the development of a conscious self, the transformation of the self to be in alignment with the universal Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow.

This transformation, this shift in the perception of the self, begins in such a simple way. You hold the Diamond points for someone. These points are off the body. There’s no visible connection between hand and body. In a world of solid things, there’s no reason why anything should happen to the body. The person feels something; there’s an effect. This person has never thought of himself or herself as something other than this physical body, mind, emotions, this particular self. Now, with this experience, something happens inside, a subtle shift, an opening, a questioning: such a small thing, really, in the course of world events, but huge for that person. A door of perception opens, new information comes in, a new understanding of self becomes possible. A seed begins to blossom.

Questions arise: How has my way of relating to a perceived enemy, a perceived threat, changed, as a result of my understanding of energy and flow? How am I still acting from old patterns and information in regards to this? I deeply believe it is the responsibility of each human being to change their way of thinking, perceiving and relating to the world, and that’s how change is going to come. For some people, due to their karma, their change will affect a larger field. For others, it will affect themselves and a few around them. It doesn’t matter. What matters is the ongoing transformation, walking the path of transformation, the transformation of the self and the understanding of the self. In SourcePoint Therapy we are working with transformation.

©2011 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

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