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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

Simplicity

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In a complex world, simplicity has great power. This is one of our themes in SourcePoint. However, as most of us know, in a complex world, simplicity can also be complicated.

The Buddha elucidated many habitual tendencies of the mind. One is the tendency toward proliferation. One thought leads to another leads to another. As human beings we always want to improve on things, to understand things better, to build a better mousetrap, or a better anything. The creativity of the mind is awesome. However, that tendency of the mind to proliferate and elaborate has created big trouble for us humans and our existence here on earth. Anyone who has ever meditated for even a few minutes knows how powerful that tendency is. Simplicity of mind is a huge challenge.

We are experiencing the challenge of keeping SourcePoint simple. There are the basic points, a few other basic protocols, and really that’s all that necessary. Probably the Source Point alone is all that’s ultimately needed. Probably our minds alone are all that’s really needed. But we’re not there yet as practitioners or clients, or in our desire to heal ourselves. We need help to enter into the stream of universal energy, we need help to open up and receive the energy and information that surround us at every moment. We need help to live in the Flow of Order, Balance and Harmony that is manifesting around us and in us all the time.

So as we continue to practice and teach SourcePoint, more information continues to emerge. Some of this information emerges in response to people’s questions and experiences with the basic three training modules. We are in the process of creating advanced modules to share our continuing explorations with those who have attended the basic three modules. Some of these will be in place by 2011. Always, we keep the word simplicity in our hearts and minds. We work with the question: How do we respond to the need for more information and exploration without falling into the trap of elaboration?

Working with the intention of simplicity is powerful. When meditating with the Diamond Points, or working with the Guardian Points, or scanning for the blockage, go into it with the underlying intention of simplicity. Just the phrase, “Keep it simple,” is a useful reminder. Watch the mind’s tendency to complicate things, to analyze, project, judge, opinionate, manipulate, control, and, above all, know ”“ how things are supposed to be and what is supposed to happen. Letting the information of the Blueprint do its work is much easier said than done.

Recently Bob and I had dinner with a good friend who is a gourmet cook. We were talking about the trend toward elaboration in trendy restaurants, increasingly exotic and actually kind of weird combinations that can arise from a chef’s almost painful determination to be innovative. Our friend had just returned from France, where she goes frequently, and she talked about the simplicity of really, really good French cooking, describing her delight at the “perfect boiled potato” she had at dinner one night. I asked her to describe its perfection and she found it difficult to put it into words. It was just perfect in its simplicity and “potato-ness.”

I’ve been reflecting on this potato as a lovely and tangible metaphor for a session of energy work. It takes what we do out of the realm of the esoteric into everyday life, which is where energy medicine belongs. In our energy work, in any given session, when is the potato perfectly boiled? When is it enough? Is more needed? Can we be content with a very little butter and salt, or will we end up adding more ingredients and spices that will mask the flavor and the essence of the potato? Will we throw in a lot of our own ideas and opinions and questions and doubts? Do we feel the need to innovate, to do “something new?” Will we elaborate and complicate?

Can we appreciate simplicity, and let it be? Or are we, in our culture of today, so geared to elaboration that we can’t leave well enough alone?

©2009 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei

 

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