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Words for What We Do

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James Oschman, PhD, speaking on Quantum Biology and Information Fields

While this post is specifically focused for practitioners, it does contain suggestions and resources for anyone interested in further exploration of the field of energy medicine.

During and after workshops, there’s one question that comes up from practitioners over and over: “I don’t know how to talk to my clients about this. How do I explain the scan? The points?” Ida Rolf once said that Rolfing® wasn’t just therapy, it was education. The same is true with SourcePoint. We are always educating our clients and ourselves about what is possible, about the nature of our bodies and the universe we dwell in. We are educating people about energy, helping them to see themselves and everything around them as energy.

Knowing this doesn’t always help when you return from a training ready to go, and you start scanning, and your client says: “What are you doing? I don’t believe in that energy stuff!” or words to that effect.

The most important thing is to establish rapport with your clients. Take time to get to know them. Do what you know, and what they have come to you for, whether it is Rolfing or massage therapy, acupuncture or craniosacral therapy, or whatever you do. As they come to trust you, you can expand the field; bring in the scan or the points, leading them gently to new experience through educating them as you go

Whenever you feel you can, you can find the right “entry point” into including SourcePoint Therapy in your work on a daily basis. The approach for each client will be different. Some people are immediately open to and interested in energy work. Others take time. With those who are hesitant, or nervous, or dismissive, introduce one thing at a time. You could start with the scan. Simply explain you are starting with an off-the-body scan to locate blockages. Clients are often surprised by what they feel during the scan. They are mainly surprised that something actually seems to be happening and sometimes they feel it themselves when you come to the blockage. As people actually experience the sensation of energy, and the benefits of working with it, they will want to know and experience more.

Or you can introduce the Diamond Points. At the end of a session, just do them. If your client asks what you are doing, say something like “I am working with points off the body that will help the body hold the work we’ve done.”

The bookThe Body has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better, by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee, explains how the brain maps the body. Apparently the brain not only maps the body but also a field all around the body approximately 18 inches out. The Diamond Points are held within that range. The brain reacts to any touch in this area exactly as it would to any touch on the body, because the brain has a map for this off-the-body field. This can be a simple way to help people begin to see that touch off the body may be soothing and helpful.

SourcePoint Therapy was a featured cover article in the September 2008 issue of Massasge and Bodywork magazine. That article, written by me, is still available in their archives and in PDF format on our websiteto print out for clients.

James Oschman’s book Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis can be recommended for skeptics who want evidence. The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe,” by Lynne McTaggart, is a readable, enjoyable book that goes into recent research on energy fields and healing energy. The film The Living Matrix does the same thing. It’s worth having the DVD on hand to lend to clients. In one of the early chapters of my book The Vibrant Life: Simple Meditations to Use Your Energy Effectively I talk about seeing yourself as energy, and the whole book is really about working with the principle that everything is energy. There are many resources out there to help you find the words to communicate with people about what you do.

The best words for explaining what you do, however, come from you. Absorb what you’ve learned, work with it, let it become a part of you, and you’ll be able to put it into words. Write about it: what does SourcePoint mean to you? What would you really like to share with people? Write about it, talk to others from your trainings, read about it. The more comfortable you are with what you are learning and doing, the more you integrate it into your view of the world, the easier it is to talk about it. Spend some time every day experiencing yourself and the world and the people you work with as energy, flows of energy, structures of energy, maps of energy, patterns and configurations of energy.

And, remember, we often say the path of energy work involves the radical redefinition of self. To really walk this path you have to be willing to not be the same as you were, and eventually to share with others the transformation you are undergoing. That will happen naturally, don’t worry. For now, if there are clients who want what you have always done, who don’t want the new you, then do what you have always done, but with the inner knowing and experience that you are not the same as you were, you are informed by Source, you are in touch with that Blueprint of health. You have become aware of the field in which you are working, and that will change your work.

© 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)

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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Photo by Josh Schrei

Photo by Josh Schrei

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

Attunement

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“There is a geometry in the humming of the strings. There is a music in the spacing of the spheres.” Pythagoras

We can describe the process of SourcePoint Therapy® in many ways. We connect to the Blueprint. We align ourselves with the information of the Blueprint. We clear blockages to the free flow of that information. And we attune ourselves to the fundamental Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow.

The ancient Pythagoreans believed that “everything that existed had a voice and that all creatures were continually singing the praise of the Creator.” We as humans don’t hear that song because we have attuned ourselves to a different frequency, the frequency of dense matter. The Pythagoreans believed that when we attune ourselves to that universal frequency, “harmony recognizes harmony” and the music of the spheres is heard.

Goethe referred to architecture as “crystallized music.” If we expand our notion of architecture to include the inherent structure of each individual being, if we think of “the architecture of bodily existence,” as Robert Lawlor called it in his book Sacred Geometry, then we ourselves are crystallized music, the perfect pitch of the universe manifest into bodily form.

As we work with SourcePoint, harmony recognizes harmony. Our bodies, physical, emotional and spiritual, are reminded of their inherent Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow. We attune ourselves to the inherently perfect pitch of the universal energy, that frequency which gives rise to life. We are in tune with ourselves and with the universal community of song/music in which we dwell.

This word attunement is useful in all kinds of situations. Ask yourself, “How can I attune myself to this situation?” Take a moment to go inward and simply breathe consciously and ask yourself that question, allowing your body to answer in the way it relaxes, in the shift of rhythm you can feel. Whether it’s a person, place or event, take time to harmonize with it energetically. I’m not a musician, but I’ve seen enough music played to know there are a lot of things one can learn from watching, for example, an orchestra: how one section waits, poised and ready, for its time to come in. Timing is an important aspect of attunement. If you take the time to attune, you will be much more aware of timing and pacing: are you pushing too hard in a given interaction? Did you miss your entrance? Is it better now just to sit back and say or do nothing, to be silent?

The practice of attunement can guide us in our approach to energy work with others. When we hold the Diamond Points, this helps to harmonize the relationship between the practitioner and the person receiving the work. When those two energies are attuned to each other, the work of connecting to the Blueprint, finding the appropriate entry point, locating and clearing blockages, can all proceed with greater ease.

So, in some situations it’s helpful to think, “How can I attune myself?” and to work with this intentionally. Other times, as when holding the points, you can simply… let yourself be tuned.

Working with SourcePoint, we connect, clear, align and attune — and then, transform.

 

©2011 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

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

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

The Karmic Blueprint

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Collage by Bob Schrei

I’m going to talk about karma from the perspective of SourcePoint. This is only one perspective among many, and is simply another way to view the complex issue of causation and incarnation, not a definitive “answer” to the questions that we have about karma. From a SourcePoint perspective, we could say that karma manifests as patterns or imprints we carry in our energy/consciousness from prior experience. Just as the Blueprint of health for the human being is an energy pattern that transmits the information of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow, so our karmic blueprint would be the energy pattern that transmits the information of our prior experience and “informs” our physical body at the time of incarnation.

From this perspective we could say perhaps as consciousness disperses at death, the imprints, the patterns, the information of one lifetime, are released into the great energy/information field, and then re-form, incarnate, manifest into physical form once again, in alignment with familiar genetic-biological patterns. Pattern is drawn to pattern, information to information.

This is another way to look at reincarnation and rebirth. Using the term blueprint we can understand that form arises from interwoven layers of intersecting blueprints, templates, patterns, and information. From this perspective rebirth is not a linear process in the way that people often think of reincarnation. The dance of pattern, the melding and re-shaping of consciousness is a constant process. Information doesn’t go away; it changes according to causes and conditions. Information is constantly reborn into new forms. This seems to be the nature of the universe; why would human beings be any exception? At any given moment the condition of the body-mind is arising from and connected to countless stories and fields of intricate information.

To ignore the level of karma when working in the field of energy medicine is to limit our effectiveness as practitioners. From a SourcePoint perspective, the body is a complex of genetic blueprint, karmic blueprint, and universal blueprint, for starters. When we hold or visualize the Diamond Points we connect the karmic/genetic blueprints to the universal Blueprint of health. We are reminding ourselves of who we are, of our essential nature and highest potential. In most people the karmic blueprint is the primary force. In connecting to Source we strengthen the presence of the universal Blueprint information in the body.

In SourcePoint, we recognize karma as an essential element of our human lives, one that we work with carefully and consciously. So rather than “clearing karma,” we work with bringing the information of the universal Blueprint to the karma. That information restructures the body and its karmic patterns so that we can live in greater alignment with our true nature of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow.

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