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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.

The Waking Dream

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“”¦the ”˜imaginal realm,’ a dimension beyond the physical that is the precinct and playground of true imagination, a creative realm that may be the seedbed of our great discoveries and innovations, and even the origin of events and situations that are manifested in the surface world. Indigenous peoples call it the Dreamtime or the dreamworld. We go there when we go dreaming, which may or may not involve going to sleep.” Robert Moss, The Secret History of Dreaming.

In the last few weeks, a number of people have shared with me that they are waking up in the night and can’t get back to sleep. Perhaps it’s the recent full moon, perhaps it is because there’s a lot of volatile intense energy around these days, who knows? But it’s come up enough that I thought I would share my experience with that wondrous experience known as “I can’t get back to sleep.”

First, Robert Moss, in his excellent book, The Secret History of Dreaming, tells us we may be trying to attain an unrealistic and not even desirable goal: that solid night of unbroken sleep. He describes a recent experimental study:

“Deprived of artificial lighting, the typical subject evolved the following pattern: lying awake in bed for an hour or two, then four hours of sleep, then two to three hours of ”˜non-anxious wakefulness’ followed by a second sleep before waking for the day’s activities”¦Wehr concluded that the night watch can produce benign states of altered consciousness not unlike meditation.”

Apparently until modern times an hour or more of quiet wakefulness during the night was the most common sleep pattern. A key phrase is “non-anxious wakefulness.” Most of us, when we wake up, are reviewing events of the day, thinking about what is to come, going around in the wheel of thought, getting anxious about not getting enough sleep, trying to go back to sleep and not succeeding, all of which are bound to produce anxiety.

SourcePoint can be helpful in inducing that benign state of altered consciousness not unlike meditation. I often wake for a couple of hours some time after midnight. First, I relax and imagine the Diamond Points around me. Then I do the Guardian Points, very slowly, lingering on each pair, especially those on the lower body, letting my mind drift, not trying to stay awake or fall asleep, just connecting with the cosmos, with the healing energies of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow. I often fall asleep before I’m done with these points.

As I drift, I often receive what I’ve come to call “downloads” from the great energy-information field we call Source. The middle of the night, surrounded by the starry sky, in the dark of the moon, or by the light of the moon, when the rhythm is slowed and the mind and heart expand into the great dark-light space of night, can be a very good time to receive insight, information, guidance and healing.

You could try asking, quite simply, what is keeping me awake? And wait for an answer, in image, thought or feeling. Ask further, what does my deep self want to communicate to me? What is the universal energy asking of me now?

Give a lot of space around the questions. Don’t think too much. Drift, dream a waking dream, listen to the whispers of that deep self. If there’s a problem that arises, don’t try to find a solution. Let go of the left brain and give the right brain a chance, be satisfied and intrigued by random thoughts and images, seemingly unrelated pieces of information. Let the threads of your thoughts, feelings and images weave themselves together. Dreams don’t often make logical sense. Wakefulness in the night is a chance to journey, to explore the waking dream, to relax into yourself and see what’s there that wants to emerge. It’s a time for the Dreamtime.

If you really do eventually want to get back to sleep, I highly recommend not getting up and writing things down. This isn’t about remembering. It’s about drifting on the waves of the cosmic energy, going where it takes you, and letting go. Sleep is about letting go, of the everyday mind, of control, of needing to know. It’s about entering into the deep rhythm of yourself, the night, the cosmos. If you practice that while you lie awake in the dark, it will facilitate actually falling asleep.

In ancient Greece, people went to the temples of Asclepius for dream healing. There they received the messages that let them know what was missing, what was needed for their healing. The healing dream that restores us to Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow, doesn’t only come with sleep. It comes in those hours of non-anxious wakefulness, as we breathe quietly in the presence of What Is.

© 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

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.

Transformation: The Gold Seed Point

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The fourth of the Diamond Points is the Transformation Point. We connect to Source, we ground and activate that information of Source in the body; this leads to the transformation of the body. As the information of the blueprint makes its way into the body it brings the individual human being into greater alignment with the fundamental Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow of the universe. One can define illness as blockage, imbalance, rigidity, stagnation, toxicity. Health has the qualities of openness, balance, flexibility, flow, and ongoing cleansing and release.

In the process of transformation, our imagination is one of our greatest allies. Paracelsus, the alchemist, said that the creative capacity of our imagination is identical to the creative capacity of the universe. As above, so below: this was the constant theme of the ancient alchemists. Our individual being reflects the universal order. We’re gold, but we think we’re lead. We’re light, but we think we are density. “We each have a heaven, and it lies in each of us,” says Paracelsus, and he’s not speaking metaphorically.

In Sourcepoint we work with the gold seed point as another connection to the blueprint, a way to access that “heaven” within us. The gold point is the seed that contains the information of the whole. Used in the chakras, it has a balancing effect. It aligns the body with the blueprint and provides a central structure around which the energies of the body can organize themselves. It radiates energy that melts away tension and blockages, and helps to balance emotions and bring a greater stability.

In Module Two we teach a method of working with the gold point in the chakras. Here, however, we can share a simple meditation focused on the gold seed point in the heart, with the Diamond Points.

Sit or lie down quietly. Imagine simply a point of golden light in your heart. That tiny golden seed of light, arises from, is identical with, the great cosmic energy and information. Be aware of your breath, the inhalation and exhalation. Feel the radiation of that light throughout your being. There is nothing more to do, just focus gently on the light in your heart. Place the hands palm down, one over the other, over the heart chakra, and lie quietly, aware of the rhythm of your breath.

Be sure to complete this with the Diamond Points. Imagine a gold seed point to the right of your body, about 18 inches out from the navel, then the gold point a similar distance below your feet, and to the left of the body and above the head. Repeat the words “Source, Grounding, Activation, Transformation.”

When we work with the gold point, we connect with the cosmos within, and its divine intelligence. We experience our nature as that divine intelligence. As David Goddard puts it in his book The Tower of Alchemy, “”¦the ”˜lead’ of ignorance is sublimated into the ”˜gold’ of illumination.” What he calls the “solar body” “”¦exists as a seed, in potentia, within the heart chakra”¦The seed appears as a small golden flame. In the West, it is sometimes called ”˜the solar drop.’ ”

In this meditation we experience that solar drop, transforming, illuminating, balancing, purifying and strengthening.

Disclaimer. I am not saying this meditation is going to bring you to full enlightenment instantly 🙂 Just that it might open a door into a new experience of yourself. Who knows what can come from focusing on the seed of the cosmos within us?

©2010 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

Letting Go

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Bitter-sweet dark-light summer-autumn full moon night. Silver light calls me awake at 1 a.m. I meditate, drenched in that light and the silence of the dark. I feel autumn coming, the shift in the rhythm, the whisper of winter, the turning of the wheel. I sit in the circle of the seasons and breathe, inhalation and exhalation, each breath a taking in, a holding, and then the letting go.

Autumn is the season of letting go, surrender to the cycle. As we heal, we are in a constant process of letting go. To heal is to enter into the flow of all that is, that natural Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow that is the source and substance of our being. As we cling and fixate, obsess and control, judge and dictate, we block that Flow, and help to create our suffering. We don’t leave room for Spirit to work. We insist on figuring things out, on knowing how things are supposed to be, and we lose our connection to that Flow.

Sitting under this Harvest Moon, I imagine the autumn leaves changing color: green, red, gold, orange, all the colors of the earth chakras, shifting and swirling, and then I feel the wind that blows the leaf from the tree, and see it drift down gently, golden against the bright blue sky. I think of Hildegarde of Bingen’s beautiful piece of music “A Feather on the Breath of God.” For the leaf, there is no letting go. In the rhythm of the seasons, in the cycle of its life, the leaf is simply released, and it does not argue, or resist.

Then I notice the tension in my body. I sit and feel that the core contraction. My hands clench into fists. I let my awareness rest in those clenched fists. I know that tightness. I let myself feel it and clench even tighter, lifting my hands. Fists clenched, ready to defend and battle, holding tight to whatever it may be in the moment. And then, so simple, so, so simple, I turn my hands over, and with great and gentle Awareness, allow them to open, palms up, slowly, feeling every moment of the opening, every millimeter of the uncurling, every sensation of the letting go. And I rest, quietly, breathing, quietly, with the sensation of my open hands resting in my lap.

Of course eventually I begin to have thoughts about that sensation of clinging and letting go. I realize I am now in this receptive posture, open to receiving the gifts of Spirit. I have lots of thoughts about how wonderful that is 🙂 I imagine myself using this simple meditation in different situations. It’s all good.

But for a few moments there was none of that; just being the leaf, with no thought of clinging and letting go. What we call clinging and letting go is the natural rhythm of life. When we connect to that fundamental Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow, letting go simply happens. It’s not something we have to do.

©2010 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

Rhythm and Flow: The Crescent Moon

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The Triple Goddess

Dave, thank you for asking me to say more about the crescent moon here. It led me to a time of reflecting on and meditating with the moon in all its phases ”“ just a few days before the new moon/solar eclipse occurring on July 11. What a lovely synchronicity that you happened to ask about this just now 🙂

You asked me to say more about the crescent moon’s symbolic history and how to use it in your SourcePoint Therapy practice. The configuration is taught in Module Two. It is also one of the energetic structures we work with that can easily be used in meditation and visualization. So, here is more about the crescent moon including a meditation.

The crescent moon has been worshipped for millennia. In every culture, in every spiritual tradition, in every pantheon, there is a god or goddess of the moon. In one of my all-time favorite books, The Myth of the Goddess by Anne Baring and Jules Cashford, it is said, in the chapter on the Paleolithic Mother Goddess “ [the moon]”¦in its dual rhythm of constancy and change”¦provided not only a point of orientation from which differences could be measured, patterns conceived and connections made, but also in its perpetual return to its own beginnings, it unified what had apparently been broken asunder”¦Duality, imaged as the waxing and waning moon, was contained and transcended in her totality.” The archetype of the moon can be a powerful transformative energy..

In many cultures the moon was worshipped as the triple goddess, the maiden, mother and crone, who in her triune nature reflected the phases of the moon: waxing, full and waning. The moon reflects this fundamental trinity of all incarnation, all creation. The information of order, balance, harmony and flow that we access by connecting to the crescent moon is about this constant rhythm of waxing, fullness and waning. In Buddhist terminology it is called “arising, staying, ceasing.” And arising once again.

Often the moon and its phases are interpreted symbolically as the cycle of birth and death. But literally, this cycle happens every month; every moment, with the breath. It is constant change; yet there is continuity and stability in the constancy of the rhythm. This is why this practice/meditation is good for our times. It brings stability in the midst of change. It connects you to the continuity of universal energy flow, to the support of the universal energy that is present always as we experience the changing circumstances of the every day world. Maiden, mother, crone. Waxing, fullness, waning. Arising, staying, ceasing. The constant rhythm.

The goddess, even the Lady of Guadalupe still, is often shown with the crescent moon beneath her feet. The crescent moon grounds us in our spiritual dimension or self. Every night the moon reminds us that the universe is vast and mysterious. If we pay attention, it whispers to us of our intimate relationship to the cosmos. The sun reminds of our life in the material world; we feel our vital life force energy flowing in its presence, and our connection to the world around us. The moon reminds us of spirit, of the unknown, of mystery. It is a portal between worlds. When I think of the crescent moon of SourcePoint providing support and stability for moving through challenging times, I get the image of the goddess kind of surfing on her crescent moon, through all the waves of change, all the rhythms, the days and nights and months and years”¦. As we are asked to do every day, to navigate the waves of change, and can’t we use all the help we can get”¦

People often speak of the new moon as a time of new beginnings, for intention and manifestation. Yes, and yet consider that it isn’t about making a list of everything you want to accomplish. Really, there is no new beginning; there is continuity, the rhythm, re-weaving. The archetype of the crescent moon is intimately related to the archetype of the weaver and the web, the great web of universal life, and the web of one’s own personal life. The threads weave together, come apart, and are re-woven. If you are attuned to the moon’s rhythm, then at the waning of the moon, you review the tapestry of your life, you look for the tears, the gaps, the knots, what you wish to re-create. At the new moon, you re-weave, using the threads of the past to create the present. The new moon is a time of awareness, to feel the rhythm of your being, to ask yourself, what is the rhythm of my being now, what is its ebb and flow, what streams and tides do I need to follow? What is the flow of my being, and where is it taking me? At any phase of the moon, it is good to take time to sit with the rhythm and flow of your being. As always, simply being aware of the breath is a wonderful way to do this.

The new moon, the full moon, and the waning moon are all times for heightened awareness, when the “veils between the worlds” are thin, good times to tune into yourself in a wordless, deep way and let the information of order, balance, harmony and flow attune your energies to the cosmic rhythm. Many people find it hard to sleep at the full moon. That’s because spirit is calling us to wakefulness, awareness; it is calling us to listen to the cosmic rhythm. We ignore spirit at our own risk; hence the ancient legends of people driven mad by the moon. The waning moon turns us inward, to rest and nurture the spirit within. The new moon asks us to turn outward and tend to our lives on this earth, those we love, and the earth itself.

Lie down in the dark. Imagine the phases of the moon unfolding before you, beginning with the crescent moon facing your left, the full moon as a circle, and the waning moon facing your right. Allow them all to dissolve into the dark phase of the moon, where the moon itself disappears into a vast darkness with infinite points of light, the stars, where the individual self is merged with the great cosmos. Allow the cycle to repeat itself: waxing, full, waning, dark, and back again, silver to gold to silver, to dark. Let the image change whenever and however it needs to.

Then imagine that crescent moon under your feet, supporting you, connecting you back to yourself, here now, this moment. When you meditate with the moon, you do not see yourself surrounded by light, but by radiant darkness. It is all about the rhythm of light and dark, appearance, manifestation, release and letting go. This meditation is for all the phases, the new moon, the full moon, the waning moon, and the dark of the moon.

Pay attention to the rhythm of the moon. Mark its phases on your calendar. Take time to listen to the rhythm of the universe, the tide of yourself, to experience the light and dark, the in-breath and out-breath, to feel continuity and presence in the midst of never-ending change.

Next week: I’ll talk about the specific uses of the crescent moon configuration in SourcePoint Therapy. As always, any questions or comments on this theme will be addressed.

©2010 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

For further, very detailed reading on the history of the moon goddess, see M. Esther Harding’s classic, Woman’s Mysteries. She was a Jungian analyst and the book was written in the 1930’s. The terminology and perspective on masculine and feminine reflect the time, but it is truly a classic with a huge storehouse of information.

Light Communicates with Light (Audio Meditation)

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I’ve been reflecting on the themes of the previous two posts, health as communication, and communication as connection. Then we had a lovely workshop here this weekend with lots of fine communication and connection. Here’s a meditation on these themes. There’s high winds here in New Mexico tonight. You may hear them communicating with you in the background. Or feel the light of the full moon shining down. (The meditation may take a moment to appear on your screen).

Integrating

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No matter what teachings I receive or what practices I follow, the question for me is always: how do I integrate this into my daily life? How does this become a part of who I am, not just something I experience while meditating or working with a client or in a workshop or retreat?

So, how can the principles and practices of SourcePoint be applied in everyday life? You can practice it by using it in your work with clients, family or friends. You can visualize the points to experience connection to Source. But how does it help in those every day situations of stress and conflict we all experience?

Look at things from the perspective of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow. Take time to question: what does this situation need to bring a greater balance to it, a greater flow? An answer may immediately appear. More likely, you will just hold the question in your mind and let it guide you. Once you have asked that question, your deep intention becomes to act in alignment with that fundamental flow, and that will have its effect. The question itself opens a door into insights, into awareness. To be able to stop and ask the question in the midst of a conflict is a moment of detachment, of awareness.

In any given situation, you can ask yourself: how do I stay connected to Source in this particular situation? How do I ground myself? And, perhaps most importantly, how do I activate that information of Source in this situation? No matter what the circumstance, you can take a moment to visualize the Diamond Points around yourself. Ask yourself: what point does this situation need the most? Is it connection, or grounding, or activation? Any difficult situation wants transformation, that’s a given, but which of the other three points do you need to dwell on, spend some time with, in order to bring that transformation? As you visualize the Diamond Points for yourself you bring that energy into the room, into the situation. Human health isn’t just a matter of individual health: it’s the health of a relationship, a community. As you visualize the points for yourself you remind yourself of a simple fact: change begins with you, not with what the other(s) may or may not do.

The activation point is very helpful in a common pattern: when we know what we should do, or want to do, or have learned we need to do, but we stay stuck in acting according to the same old patterns. The information required for transformation is there, but it still isn’t activated. In these instances you might find yourself moving quickly through the source point, pausing a little longer at the grounding point, and spending a long time with the activation point before moving onto the transformation point. This can be done in meditating with the points for yourself or doing them for someone else.

Source, Grounding, Activation, Transformation: these points are not abstract concepts. Every day I feel them creating an energetic structure that supports me in so many different situations: the loom upon which I weave the patterns of my life.

© 2010 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

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