Archive for February, 2011

It’s About the Work

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Ellsworth Kelly: Red and Blue from the series LIne Form Color

Ellsworth Kelly speaking about himself and Agnes Martin: “Agnes’s and my art share a love of the anonymous, of doing the work. The work itself is what’s important. We don’t want our personality in the art. We all had to get over Picasso, because his was great ”˜personality art.’ For abstract expressionists, gesture was very important ”“ we were trying to get away from the ”˜I,’ as in ”˜look how well I do it.’ Then, there is a stillness we appreciate in each other’s work, as in a common destiny.”

We often talk in SourcePoint about the resonances between healing and art, of healing as an art. We also talk about the importance of a practioner “getting out of the way.” As we connect with Blueprint for health, as we hold the points, it’s not about us. It’s about the work. This statement by Ellsworth Kelly beautifully expresses the principle of getting out of the way. It’s not about “personality healing.” It’s about the work. It’s about the “love of the anonymous,” being willing to be invisible. Years ago, I think in Of Water and the Spirit by Malidoma Somé, I read that true power remains hidden. It doesn’t display itself. It doesn’t need to. The love of the anonymous, the willingness to be invisible as one works, the emphasis on “the work” rather than personality: all of this goes against the prevailing cultural norms. Our culture values personality and celebrity.

If you are engaged in healing work, if you are reading these words, chances are you carry the archetype of the healer. Sometimes people are uncomfortable with that word “healer.” They think it sounds pretentious. It can be, if one is invested in it from a personality perspective. On the other hand, there is great benefit that comes from accepting that archetype in yourself when you recognize that in its very nature, the word is the opposite of pretentious. The word “healer” is indicative of a dedication to service and a commitment to benefit others, a willingness to let go of personality and personal power, and an awareness that “it’s about the work.” That’s what we mean by “healer,” not someone who magically cures other people of illness or injury, or who claims to do so. The root of the word heal means among other things to make whole. For healing we need to address the physical with appropriate physical modalities, and to recognize that there are methods of working with energy and consciousness that can help our connection to spirit, to Source, to the inherent Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow. That last is our work in SourcePoint Therapy. We provide a method of strengthening that connection.

Still, we all need support in that dedication and commitment and willingness. To provide that support is one of the intentions of this blog. When we come together to share our experiences of the power of getting out of the way, the beauty of the work itself, then, yes, really “there is a stillness we appreciate in each other’s work, as in a common destiny.”

Ellsworth Kelly’s quote appears in the book 3x Abstraction: New Methods of Drawing: Hilma af Klint, Emma Kunz, Agnes Martin, edited by Catherine de Zegher and Hendel Teicher.

©2011 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

The Rainmaker

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This week I’d just like to tell you a simple story. You could consider it a bedtime story if you also listen to the track above while reading 🙂 I found the story in F. David Peat’s book, Synchronicity: The Bridge Between Matter and Mind. He attributes the story to Richard Wilhelm, the original translator of the I Ching.

A certain village in China, at a certain time, was experiencing a drought and when no rain had come for a long time, they called in a rainmaker. When the rainmaker appeared, however, he immediately retired to the small hut that had been given him for accommodation, and remained there. He performed no ceremonies. After a while it began to rain.

According to the old man, he did nothing to cause the rain to fall. Arriving in the village he had perceived that a state of disharmony was present, and the natural Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow (my words”¦) were not operating. He was affected by this and “retired to compose himself. When his internal harmony was restored and equilibrium established the rain fell.”

The resonance here with SourcePoint Therapy: the old man didn’t cause the rain to fall. He didn’t even attempt to “restore” harmony to the environment. There was no magic involved, no manipulation of forces. I imagine in his own way, the rainmaker simply aligned himself with that fundamental Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow. And it began to rain.

So, as we align with and connect to the Blueprint, the fundamental information of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow, through the use of the Diamond Points and the other points, we aren’t doing anything. We aren’t “causing” healing to occur. We aren’t channeling energy or manipulating anything. We’re opening ourselves to being restored to our natural balance in the presence of our natural balance.

Peat views this story as an example of synchronicity, an “acausal connection with the environment.” Certainly there’s no linear cause and effect in the way we view it. We can’t say: Well, yes, but could he make it rain every time, because he wasn’t “making” it rain. It’s the wrong question, and it’s the one science is always asking in relation to phenomena it doesn’t understand. Western science, up to now, anyway, has placed a great value on predictability. The universe that we perceive operating in synchronicities, dreams, and our energy work isn’t predictable in the narrow sense of the word; it isn’t linear, and the web of cause and effect is so complex and wondrous it seems to me almost impossible to quantify and describe.

So I like the simplicity of the rainmaker. He sensed disharmony and “retired to compose himself.” Our world today needs people who can find a state of internal harmony, and help others to do so. I am sure that everyone reading this has that aspiration. May we all support each other in that process.

©2011 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei


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worldclockWolfgang Pauli’s Dream Image of the World Clock

Artist: W. Beyers-Brown, Originally Published by C.G. Jung

I am reading a fascinating book by physicist F. David Peat, Synchronicity: The Bridge Between Matter and Mind. I’ve gotten as far as his definition of synchronicity as “an acausal connecting principle” and his story of the exploration of synchronicity that Jung and physicist Wolfgang Pauli undertook together.

For now, I connect you to this brief introduction of the topic. The book was written in 1987 and appears to be more or less out of print. There are some used copies available on Amazon. I’ll be sharing what I read as I go along, because there’s much that relates to SourcePoint Therapy. There’s much to explore in that phrase “acausal connecting principle.” 🙂