In the last post I wrote about how the practice of energy work requires a radical re-definition of self. I think it may also require a redefinition of time, beginning with an exploration of time and how it functions both in healing and in this experience of being embodied.
Everyone I talk to has a sense of time accelerating, moving faster. I was always told that would happen as I got older, but this perception now seems to be across the board, among all age groups. There is “no” time, there is never enough time, time seems to go faster and faster. It is harder to “be in the present moment” perhaps because the present moment seems to be getting shorter all the time. Thousands, or even just hundreds, of years ago time was more defined by daily and seasonal rhythms. Information traveled slowly. Moving through distance took a lot of time, and information traveled physically. Now the future arrives before we even have time to take a breath, and the past is gone as quickly as the next update arrives on our computer. Information travels instantly from one place to another.
If we look at human history, it’s intimately tied into a process of acceleration, to shifts in our experience of time: the first time a human being mounted a horse that galloped away, the invention of the steam engine and the coming of the trains, the airplane, the telegraph, the internet. It’s a constant acceleration. I am not bemoaning this, or wishing we could return to a “slower” time or more natural rhythm. That would be nice, perhaps, but it isn’t going to happen. I think health in the 21st century has a lot to do with what Tara Brach has called “Radical Acceptance.” I’m neither lauding the acceleration of our lives as progress, nor judging it as bad and unhealthy, just stating it as a fact, and something that we have to adjust to and work with. In our daily lives, to long for more time to come into balance is natural; but the reality is, how do we keep our balance in a rapidly accelerating world?
I’ve always felt that meditative time is different than ordinary time. A few moments of tuning into the rhythm of my breath, visualizing the Diamond Points around me, closing my eyes and feeling the pulse of energy within me, moves me out of the realm of ordinary time and space, into ”¦what? I can call it the present moment, I can call it timelessness, I could describe it many ways. Whatever it is, it’s very calming and restorative.
That experience leads me to reflect that this is also what we do when we connect with the blueprint in SourcePoint Therapy. The dimension of consciousness/energy in which the blueprint arises is, I think, the ultimate “present moment,” not eternal, but timeless, not fixed by our notions of past, present and future. Energy blocks are very much tied up with time. Our body holds memories of things that happened in the “past.” We are afraid of our illness or pain recurring in the “future” even as we feel momentarily better in the “present.” How to move the body out of that paradigm into an essential experience of wellness that is not defined by our past experience or our fears of the future? How to open up to that timeless information and just receive it? This reflection leads us to understand how the term “therapy” is appropriate for our particular form of energy work. SourcePoint is therapeutic in the same way that meditation can be said to be therapeutic. SourcePoint is a particular method for bringing greater order, balance, harmony and flow to the mind, body and spirit. It isn’t treating disease. It’s a way to support the natural flow of energy present in a balanced system by connecting us to the very Source of our being.
For now, I leave you to reflect on your perception of time and how it can create blocked energy, and how time perhaps affects our healing process. Next week, further thoughts and some specific methods I’ve explored for myself in working with time from the perspective of energy. And, just below, a meditation that works with the space between, finding those moments of timelessness, neither past, present, or future, in the midst of a busy life.
© 2010 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei