Describe it as a blueprint, an archetype, the matrix, a Platonic idea, a song-line, or a morphological field. From the philosophies of ancient Greece to the practices of shamans in indigenous cultures and the theories of modern physics, we find the principle of an energetic pattern that contains the information essential to the creation and healthy maintenance of life.
My husband, Bob Schrei, and I have worked with the principle of the blueprint for many years and have discovered that to embark on the path of energetic medicine involves a radical redefinition of self, energy, healing, and indeed this universe in which we dwell. It is a path that constantly intrigues, challenges, invites, confuses, clarifies, and delights. Our work with the blueprint has led to the evolution of an energetic healing system we call SourcePoint Therapy, which has been developed, refined, and tested over the past 13 years. Bob is a former Zen teacher with degrees in architecture and fine arts, a certified advanced Rolfer in practice since 1986, and a biodynamic craniosacral therapist. I am a meditation teacher and intuitive. SourcePoint Therapy is the culmination of almost 40 years of explorations in consciousness, energy, and healing. As we developed this work together, we found reflections of its fundamental principles in both ancient and modern worldviews, and in varied philosophies and healing traditions.
An Energetic Template
Shipibo healers in Peru say that before they can begin to do anything they must repair the energetic structure of the body by singing the energetic patterns. In Kabbalah, we find Adam Kadmon, the original human, sometimes defined as that pattern which, animated by light, gives birth to life, repairs, and heals. Goethe’s “ur-phenomenon” (origin or source phenomenon) is also the “morphological imperative”–the archetype from which form arises.1
Michael Kern, DO, discusses this energetic pattern from the perspective of contemporary biodynamic craniosacral practitioners: “The Breath of Life carries an essential blueprint for health a deep and unwavering ordering principle “2 In The Integration of Human Structures Ida Rolf poses the question, “Is ‘balancing’ actually the placing of the body of flesh upon an energy pattern that activates it?”3 Robert O. Becker, DO,4 as well as Harold Saxton Burr in his book The Blueprint of Immortality,5 also looked at the possibility of an energetic or electrical blueprint as a field that surrounds the body.
James Oschman, in his excellent book, Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis, points out that “in a few short decades scientists have gone from a conviction there is no such thing as energy fields in and around the human body to an absolute certainty they exist.”6 He goes on to describe the human body as a “living matrix” that is “simultaneously a mechanical, vibrational or oscillatory, energetic, electronic, and informational network.”7
All these philosophical and healing traditions have their differences, but they are all pointing to a similar phenomenon. An energetic template underlies and permeates a material form. It is an organizing principle that both creates and maintains health and life, a storehouse of information that guides the development of the individual in conjunction with ancestral, genetic, and environmental influences. In other words, this template gives rise to the blueprint.
The Akashic Field
These time-honored principles find themselves reappearing in the thinking of many contemporary scientists. Highly respected physicist Ervin Laszlo, in his book Science and the Akashic Field, describes the quantum vacuum as “not just a superdense sea of energy but also a sea of information.”8 He argues convincingly and in detail that “the physical world is a reflection of energy vibrations from more subtle worlds that, in turn, are reflections of still more subtle energy fields. Creation, and all subsequent existence, is a progression downward and outward from the primordial source.”9
Laszlo has named this fundamental information/energy field the Akashic Field from the Sanskrit word akasha, meaning sky or ether. This references the concept of the Akashic Record, which in various religious and metaphysical traditions is believed to be a cosmic record of all that has ever happened. In this contemporary scientific view, the Akashic field also contains all the information necessary to create and sustain the universe as we know it, a universe that is then by definition not separate from that sea of energy and information from which it arises. “The informed universe is a world of subtle, but constant interconnection, a world where everything informs–acts on and interacts with–everything else. This world merits further acquaintance. We should apprehend it with our heart as well as our brain.”10
One can imagine, then, that in this Akashic field, the essential information of health, balance, order, harmony, and flow necessary to the maintenance of the health of the human organism exists and can be accessed. We need to receive this information with our heart as well as our brain, with our intuition as well as our rational, logical mind. Another important point emerges from Laszlo’s description of this field of information: it is interactive. This means any information changes according to the information fed back to it, therefore what we call the blueprint is not a static, fixed pattern, not an eternal template a la Plato, but a dynamic, interactive, energetic field of information that works with us, in us, and around us.
Facilitating The Flow
Many energetic healing systems focus on facilitating the flow of energy, in SourcePoint Therapy we work also with the specific intention of facilitating the flow of the information from the blueprint to the physical body. In working with clients we seek to determine the location of blockages in the physical body that obstruct this flow of information. These blockages are often the source for the symptom complex being presented and can be detected through a simple body scanning technique. This SourcePoint technique helps the practitioner to determine the most effective entry point for working with the client’s symptoms. Advanced Rolfing instructor Ray McCall says of this scan: “By doing a manual scan of the energy field of the client, not only can we determine the location of primary blocks and discontinuities, we can determine where the client’s body wants us to start. When this starting place is honored, I consistently find that the session is more effective.”11
In SourcePoint Therapy we work with specific points in the human energy field surrounding the body, as well as on the body, whose function it is to facilitate the flow of information from the energetic blueprint to the physical body. These points serve as gateways to the universal principles of order, balance, harmony, and flow that are the source of our health.
As an architect, artist, and Rolfer, Bob has a lifelong interest in structure and sacred geometry. When he and I began to look at how to access the information of health, balance, and order, it was natural to look at geometric pattern as a doorway or connecting point to that information, in SourcePoint Therapy we work with energetic structures as a way to connect directly to the blueprint. The points we work with in the energy field form various geometric patterns. As Mark E. Rosen, DO, says, “Health is that perfect blueprint present within us from the moment of conception. Health is more inherent in the geometry than the genetics.”12 These points and techniques have been discovered through many years of intuitive and practical study, testing, and application.
In our work with the blueprint we have discovered there are many ways to access it. We don’t make the usual distinction between physical and energetic modalities. If we accept the premise, now being so thoroughly explored in modern physics and biology, that everything is one big energy field, then how can that old and illusory division between body and spirit, matter and energy, persist? From our perspective and experience, the body doesn’t have an energy field: it is an energy/information field. Bob does frequent deep work in the body, as far as he is concerned this is just as much “energy work” as holding a point off the body. And holding a point off the body is just as much “bodywork” as penetrating deeply into a muscle.
These expanding parameters invite us always to further exploration of the remarkable universe in which we live, work, and seek to maintain life and health. Brian Swimme, well-known author and physicist, says, “I am convinced that any vision of the universe that doesn’t shock us is without value for us.”13 Some scientists object when the principles of quantum physics are used to justify practices of energetic medicine. We do not offer the theories of modern physics as proof for the existence of an energetic blueprint but rather as another fascinating field for exploration and reflection. Healing is an art as well as a science. As healers we deal with results that are often unpredictable and astonishing that challenge our notions of how things work. F. David Peat, another theoretical physicist, says, “A revolution in art generally precedes science by a decade or so Is there a causal connection or are artists antennae to the future who anticipate the general changes in thinking that will eventually enter science?”14 As modern scientists continue to rediscover what mystics and visionaries have known for centuries, does it make sense for practitioners of the art of healing to dismiss energetic approaches that might help us alleviate pain, tension, stress, and illness without trying them?
Research these days begins to demonstrate the power of intention. In Lynne McTaggart’s book The Intention Experiment she reports on a study in which a well-known healer was asked to form different intentions while holding five different Petri dishes in which cancer cells were growing. All samples showed some reduction in cancer cell growth as a result of being energetically infused with intention. The highest reduction came with the simple intention that the natural order of cell growth be restored.15
When working with the blueprint, you are focusing your intention on the natural order of the healthy body. If you would like you to begin integrating this principle into your work, you can experiment with setting as your intention, when you begin work with a client, that the natural order of health be restored in this person. You can form the intention to connect with the information of the blueprint as you work.
Use the premise of the blueprint as a reference point for approaching your client. Ask yourself: “What needs to happen to restore balance, order, harmony, and flow to this system?” “What new information can I bring to this client today for the purpose of healing?” Remember, from the SourcePoint perspective, the function of the healer is not only to facilitate the flow of energy and address physical symptoms but also to bring new information to the client, whether through touch, word, imagery, or an energetic approach. This new information, based on the principles of order, balance, harmony, and flow, replaces the old accumulated information of trauma, disorder, and disruption that experience brings to the body.
Evolution Of A System
A felt sense of urgency led us to develop SourcePoint Therapy and inspires our ongoing work with the blueprint. In a complex world, simplicity has great power, and our intention with SourcePoint Therapy has been to evolve a simple system that allows practitioners of all kinds to integrate this fundamental principle of energy medicine, the blueprint, into their work without extensive or expensive training. It is intended to enhance whatever modality a practitioner is already using, to create an energetic container to help work that is done to go deeper and hold more effectively. Acupuncturists, craniosacral therapists, massage therapists, medical doctors, and Rolfers have all found it helpful and easy to integrate.
The world we live in is out of balance, and as it seeks to self-correct, we experience many extremes. Maintaining an internal sense of balance becomes increasingly difficult and important for clients and practitioners alike. If we remember that at the heart of upheaval and stress there is the information of balance, order, harmony, and flow available to each of us, always, it will help us to maintain mental, physical, and spiritual health in today’s world. If we seek to explore, understand, and implement the principle of the blueprint, then we have an invaluable tool for helping ourselves as well as our clients.
By Donna Thomson a meditation teacher, intuitive, and author of The Vibrant Life: Simple Meditations to Use Your Energy Effectively. For information on continuing education visit www.sourcepointtherapy.com or check the ABMP.com online calendar.
Originally published in Massage & Bodywork magazine, September/October 2008. Copyright 2008. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.
1. Jeff Maitland, PhD, Advanced Certified Rolfer, “The Architecture of Freedom,” unpublished paper, 2007.
2. Michael Kern, Wisdom in the Body (Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2005), 33.
3. Ida Rolf, The Integration of Human Structures (New York: Harper and Row, 1971), 206.
4. R.O. Becker, G. Selden, The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life, (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1985).
5. H.S. Burr, Blueprint for Immortality (Saffron Walden, United Kingdom: C.W. Daniel Company, 1972).
6. James Oschman, Energy Medicine, The Scientific Basis, (New York: Churchill Livingstone, 2000), 27.
7. Ibid, 44.
8. Ervin Laszlo, Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything (Rochester: Inner Traditions, 2004), 50.
9. Ibid, 141.
10. Ibid, 5.
11. Ray McCall, Advanced Certified Rolfer, private conversation, December 27, 2007.
12. Dr. Mark E. Rosen, www.osteodoc.com, accessed March 2008.
13. Brian Swimme in Jose Arguelles, The Mayan Factor, (Santa Fe: Bear and Company, 1987), 9.
14. David F. Peat, “Ideas on Art and Science,” www.fdavidpeat.com/ideas/artsci/htm. Accessed March 2008.
15. Lynne McTaggart, The Intention Experiment, (New York: Free Press, 2007), 151ff.
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