I am often asked about the elusiveness of the still point and its point in our work! Often stillpoints are the subject of great interest because students believe they have “accomplished” something when the still point is generated or the system is “paused”. In a more mechanical approach, the system is pushed into the still point. The student is aware of the success of their technique and they are on to the next technique, believing that by creating one successful technique after another somehow the system they are palpating is better off for it. This done without ever pausing to allow the system to potentially reflect its needs, and really feeling the outcome of their “technique”. Its like a dancer being led on to the floor and spun around and around before she ever got a chance to have a word with her partner. The outcome can have potentially unbalancing effects just as easily as a balanced effect. Much like a brand new practitioner without any skillset whatsoever, adjusting a sphenoid bone on his first day of cranial class. I have had some interesting sessions with students who have come into my office after their first 4 day training, sporting an uncomfortably disoriented feeling accompanied by a mean headache! Remember approaches to balancing the cranial sacral system can also unbalance it as well..it just depends!
I have cautioned many times before in our DVDs and in the blogs that the approach to this work from a biodynamic mindset as opposed to a mechanical one. And I have said many times how our educations systems have programmed us for outcomes. One of the most beautiful things about becoming a practitioner of this work is its effects upon us in our everyday lives after the sessions. How cool is it when you finally adopt the notion of what if I really didn’t have to have an answer to every system presentation? What would happen if I just had the patience to wait and allow the system to tell me its story? What would happen if in the first few sessions with a new client, I had the knowledge based on a felt sense that the system I was palpating was so under nourished, that its potential to be able to hold any work was barely possible? What would it feel like if I was really able to ascertain a life force “battery that was so dull that once a still point was created I could really feel a tangible outcome from that still point? But, to just execute one blindly in a literal sense, what will I have accomplished without some point of reference. Is it possible that wanting so strongly to create a still point, that I created some confusion in the system?
Ok if you still don’t get the point of this let me simplify it. Wait! Wait! Wait! Ask the system if its something thats needed. Or wait until you are prompted by the system. I teach to ask the system if a still point is needed, wanted or any word you chose to illicit a potential affirmative. It borders on magic when the system responds to the questions. Its really a beautiful thing because in reality, its my
believe system the thought enters my mind to ask, because the system I am palpating has created the need and it poses it into the field because it knows that with a little focus on my part, it will be facilitated more easily and effectively. The amount of change/healing isn’t about an outcome I determine. Yet, there is almost always a perceptible change in the system displayed by a more balanced rhythm or a larger scope of flow hydraulically. One might call that an obviously greater scope of movement in the fluids and the balance at the midline is often obvious to the practitioner. The more and more you develop the witnessing presence vision around the mechanics of this work, the more powerful and magical the work becomes! And I am willing to bet the more balanced, easy, and relaxed your life becomes. All this because you were willing to listen before speaking, to feel before doing, and to be unattached to every outcome. Riding the waves of the cranial sacral system is a profound journey that will change the world a little bit each time its observed and felt, because you begin to see how we are all connected on our Planet!