Posts Tagged ‘pattern’

Universal Language

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I’m sorry the posts have been so sporadic but I’m returning to posting on a weekly basis. Many fascinating (to me and I hope to you) topics have been emerging that I will explore, along with issues and themes readers might bring up. So come back soon!

Bob and I have been in Europe for 2 weeks now, teaching with Ray McCall in Leipzig. Module One and Two are just completed, and Module 3 begins tomorrow. At the first training we had Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, England, Denmark, Italy and Germany: International SourcePoint. This is appropriate as the language of pattern and the dance of energy transcend nation and language. We all understand Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow. Our bodies know that language!

I’ve written before that health is about communication, and I truly felt all last week the truth that the language we speak is only one form of communication. We are always receiving messages, sending messages. I cannot put into words in any language the delight it is to be in a space with people for days where the communication is just the simple language of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow. There’s a field created, drawn forth, entered into, that is so supportive, nourishing and transformative. Thanks to all the wonderful participants and Bob and Ray as the primary teachers, and to Kathrin Grobelnik for the use of her beautiful studio and her efficient organization. I’m looking forward to more participation in workshops in the future. I love being in that field. One of the participants quoted a Rumi poem I love that goes something like “Beyond the idea of right and wrong, there is a field…meet me there.” That’s where I’ve been, in that field.

©2011 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei


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The Endless Knot

Energy workers often talk about clearing karma. What is karma? I wouldn’t dream of trying to answer that question 🙂 but here’s some reflections based on my studies and experience, for your further reflection.

The word “karma” in Sanskrit literally means “volitional action;” in other words, action that is intended and comes from choice. Many people have the idea that karma is kind of like fate or even cosmic punishment: because one does something bad in one lifetime one is fated in a later lifetime to experience suffering. However, karma is not only limitation and obstruction. The literal meaning of the word implies choice and choice implies the possibility of transformation.

Also, according to early Buddhist teachings, karma is only one of the 5 niyamas, or causal mechanisms, at work in the universe. The recent earthquake in Japan, for example, would be due to uti niyama, or the laws governing the physical order of the universe, rather than to karma. Dhamma nimaya is the spiritual or transcendent order, the spiritual laws governing ultimate reality. And khamma nimaya is karma: “..the activity of transforming energy through intention, speech and action.”

I mention this because the term “karma” is often used blithely these days to explain everything. In fact, as the early Buddhist view suggests, it seems we live in a vast web of interacting causes and effects, forces, energies, actions and information. Karma is one of these causative factors but not the only one. We can’t control whether natural disasters happen or not through our virtuous or non-virtuous actions. What we can do is attend to our own actions.

Karma is awareness in action, choosing and creating. Karma is how we choose to interact with whatever experiences we have, how we respond to situations we encounter. The great Tibetan Buddhist master Padmasambhava said, “If you want to know your past life, look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future life, look into your present actions.” From this perspective, “clearing karma” depends on the choices we make in the present.

So when we find ourselves in a particular situation, asking, “What is my karma here?” we need to remember, this means: “What are my choices, what is the appropriate action?” As we begin to ask this we begin to transform the pattern of our experience. Karma from this perspective is our blessed human birthright to choose, to experience a different story: to weave a new pattern.

And when we begin to speak of karmic “patterns” we come to the exploration of karma and SourcePoint Therapy. To be continued!

©2011 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei