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Prague Interview

by | Mar 12, 2023 | No Comments

Edited and updated.

Charles is interviewed by the President of the Czech Craniosacral Association comparing medical-based craniosacral biodynamics (aka biodynamic craniosacral therapy) with non-medical Stillness Touch: Video Link

Q: Charles, you speak about the medical and evolutionary model of a biodynamic craniosacral practice, what is the difference between these two perspectives?

A: There are a number of differences between the craniosacral biodynamics, which is a medical model and the evolutionary post-biodynamic model of Stillness Touch. In the craniosacral biodynamic medical model, there’s a set of principles that we use. The first principle is we use efferent activity. When we are efferent, it means we send our awareness from our inner body space outward to objectify the touch recipient that separates them into parts to evaluate what is needed for a treatment. Efference sets up a dualistic relationship in which we are the practitioner and the person laying down on the table is the client.

In medical model craniosacral biodynamics a practitioner unconsciously engages efferent activity by projecting their awareness into their hands to sense the inside of the client's subtle body to evaluate signs and symptoms, anatomical lesions, imbalances in the nervous system, trauma, tidal issues, etc..

And based on that information gleaned from the client by the use of efference, we create a treatment plan that is designed to fix the problems that we discovered. And so, there’s this dualistic relationship that separates a therapist from a client. The therapist uses their hands to touch in a way that enters into the client’s subtle body to evaluate the craniosacral system. Based on what’s found, the therapist applies cranial techniques that fix the imbalances that were discovered.

In the evolutionary model of Stillness Touch, all efference is ceased. There's no efferent activity and no objectification. That means there’s no dualistic set-up of  'practitioner' and 'client' that we artificially separate as objects.

Instead, during a Stillness Touch session two people come together and co-participate in a field of mutuality: they both have the same infinite inner-body wisdom, which is Pure Breath of Love that dwells in both the client's and in the practitioner's body. We offer Stillness Touch by orienting awareness inside ourselves, which through entrainment facilitates an intercommunication between the inner-body wisdom in the client and in the practitioner.

This naturally occurs if the practitioner remains inside themselves (non-efference) and senses their own inner body qualities, they will intuitively receive information direct from the wisdom in the client.

And then, if the practitioner can surrender their desire to "know" while maintaining awareness inside themselves and continue in that 'not-knowing' disposition, they will be guided moment-by-moment in their touch. With Stillness Touch, there's no knowing ahead of time what touch we are going to offer. There's no treatment plan ahead of time that is created based on what the hands felt. You might get to know afterwards why you touched certain places because the recipient will report what happened. Then, you may say to yourself ‘so that’s what happened.’

Retrospective knowing means your insights arise after the touch session is over.

The final aspect in the evolutionary model Stillness Touch, it is not designed to ‘do’ anything to a recipient.

Instead of using the hands to sense what's going on, they are like tuning forks that co-resonate with the tones that emanate from within the recipient.

Touching is not designed to sense, feel, fix, change, heal, or to find any type of inertial motions, including the tidal motions!

Stillness Touch is offered without any agenda.

All intercommunication occurs by a mutual resonance-to-resonance interface through touch, which creates a silent "conversation" without words. It is the stillness, which is the potency, that informs us where to touch that is offered in unknowing.

A silence to silence interface is our inner guidance, the qualities move our hands from place to place on the recipient.

Q: Can you tell us why orientation to the heart's pacemaker (SA node) is so important in Stillness Touch?

Yes, the SA node is the place where the infinite potency enters the body and suffuses all the cells with life-force, which Sutherland calls unerring potency of the Breath of Life. In the ancient Vedas, the SA node is the bodily location of the Self. Embryologically, before any organs developed, which means before there was a heart, the SA node/pacemaker cells surrounded the whole embryo around its edges. The pulsing of the pacemaker/SA node cells, that surround the embryo, emanate a field of potent life-force that suffuses the protoplasm of entire embryo with 'developmental' motions that, in nine months, creates the whole human body. In other words, the SA node/pacemaker cells emanate a field of potency that creates the anatomy. We orient to the SA node because it is the location from which the source field of unerring potency emanates to make the entire body. We do not orient to the finished product, the anatomy, or to the nervous system, for example, rather we abide in the source point.

The self-existing radiance of the heart field that is emanated by the SA node to make the body.

After you are born, the heart field emanation changes jobs; now it orchestrates, like a conductor of a symphony, the body’s functions - the heartbeat, the blood flow, the pH, blood sugar, body temperature, the functions of the organs such as the liver, kidneys, pancreas, immune-hormonal balance, the nervous system, etc. In other words, every function in the body is orchestrated by the radiance that emanates from the heart field.

The SA node emanation continuously suffuses not only our midline, our entire inner body space, and all organs and every cell, the heart field radiance also surrounds us, fills the atmosphere and emanates to infinity and back ... with every heartbeat!

At age 9 or 10, the heart field emanation empowers the development of our perceptual capacities: we begin to think for ourselves, cognize, take an idea and hold it in our mind and then develop a goal, a plan, and then, we can achieve that plan in the future. Meanwhile, the heart field continues to maintain our health. Then, beginning in our 40's onward, the heart field emanation become the "evolutionary forces" that bring us back to Wholeness and non-separation. The heart field is a self-existing radiance that evolves our consciousness, until there is no longer any separation between the body, consciousness, and love. Here, in this sacred union, the heart field is complete, as it has come full-circle amid our second birth. In Buddhism this stage of evolution is called the Completion Stage.

All along our evolutionary spectral journey, it is the emanation of the heart's SA node that is conductor of the symphony that is your life.

The emanation of the SA Node is the power that made the body, maintains the body, heals the body, and evolves our consciousness.

The heart field emanation also powers the death process and it disappears after three days post mortem. The SA node then, is the source point for the entire creative journey of the human being, so by accessing it, you're in the seat, the center of the field that already knows what's happening. By reposing in this seat, we access all of what I mentioned above. The existence of the infinite emanating field of the SA node is why I can assert that Stillness Touch is an evolutionary approach.

Sutherland called this power that made the body the "unerring potency."

Cranial has evolved from a biomechanical to a functional medical perspective and now we realize that the potency and each of the biodynamic tides are harmonics of a field of consciousness that is emanated by the heart's SA node. When we experience every cell in the body pulsing with the SA node we realize what is known as the second birth.

The SA node is the location, the seat, the fulcrum, the point of stillness where the infinite pulsing field of life enters the body. 

It is the central fulcrum from which life suffuses, or co-breathes, between infinity and all the cells of the body. Also, it is crucial to understand that for thousands of years the spiritual traditions have recognized that the heart's SA node is the center, or the seat of the Self, which is the Higher Self, or I AM.

Dr. and Mrs. Sutherland knew this too: their final transmission of biodynamics on their headstones is: BE STILL AND KNOW I AM

Q: Are there any other basic principles to this approach that you would like to mention?

A: There are a few. One is to remember that in the evolutionary model of Stillness Touch, the practitioner is not efferent and does not use objectification. We have to be careful if we've been trained in the medical model biomechanical or functional cranial. But we have to be even more careful if we are trained in a medical model biodynamic cranial approach. Why? Because if we abide by Dr. Sutherland's biodynamics, he instructed practitioners to not to get stuck in the tides, or the potency by using efferent activity such as feeling with the hands. We have to cease objectifying the recipient on the table to treat them, all that belongs to the unerring potency.

Practically speaking that means do not make the recipient into a separate other who is ‘over there’ on a table that we, as practitioner, fix or heal based on a “treatment plan.” Efferent treatments arise when we feel with the hands to discover what is going on inside the person lying on the table. Again, by efference we enter the inner-body space of the recipient so we can feel the processes going on inside their craniosacral system. And our treatment is based on that evaluation.

 When we offer Stillness Touch, it is an evolutionary non-doing practice, so we don't treat symptoms.

It is important to realize that before medicine took over the modality of touch, it was an ancient sacred rite. It was Spiritual Touch called 'laying on of hands' which has been used for thousands of years worldwide in all religions. The founder of osteopathy practiced laying on of hands and became quite renowned for it. By definition it is a spiritual practice, it is non-medical, which is why I emphasize that Stillness Touch is not only non-medical, it is also post-biodynamic, which means it is not offered in the biodynamic tidal domains, rather it emanates from the sacred pulse of Pure Breath of Love that is also called the Spanda. 

It's challenging to appreciate Stillness Touch if we are trained or teach the medical model craniosacral biodynamics. To learn the practice of an evolutionary model of touch there's a lot of unlearning to do. My book Stillness covers the definitions and the transition from pre-biodynamic medical to the medical craniosacral biodynamics. It also introduces in Chapter 9 a non-medical post-biodynamics. Since I wrote Stillness back in the 1990's, it needed an update to elaborate the post-biodynamic non-tidal enfoldment called Pure Breath of Love which is why I published my book Stillness Touch Union of Body & Love.

If we have already been trained in Craniosacral Biodynamics, we have to retrain ourselves to not be efferent during our touch. 
It also means no objectification, no creating of a treatment plan to heal the recipient based on our craniosacral biodynamic training.

Rather, we let the wisdom inside the recipient determine the depth of the spiritual space, the containment, the dynamics of the touch, where to touch, and all the other practice boundaries. All we ‘do’ is orient inside ourselves and repose in our inner-body space until we can sense the qualities inside us, and then we let those qualities within us move our hands, instinctually.

That is the key that unlocks the unerring potency and allows it to be in charge of the touch session.

When we repose inwardly, we don't know why we're being moved to touch certain areas, yet, we allow it. There's a lot of backing up inside ourselves so that Stillness Touch can happen, which means we become non-efferent.

We shift to "not knowing" as opposed to a disposition of “I'm a practitioner and I know what to do because I have skills, I am trained. I am going to apply techniques so the patient can get well.” This medical disposition is exhausting because it is not true.

We cannot realize the evolutionary model until we jump off the wagon and cease the medical practice of efference.

Also, we can stop being a know-it-all; instead, we let that which knows, which is the power that made the body be in charge of the session. These are called embryological forces.

In an evolutionary post-biodynamic practice of Stillness Touch, all practitioner efferent activity is withdrawn to a point within our heart while we hold an inner disposition of "I don't know."

Why do we rest in 'don't know'? Let’s be honest, if I don't know how a single cell works, how can I know how a 100 trillion-celled human being functions? Also, if I don't know the recipient's life history - how they lived their whole life - then I cannot know exactly what they need right now. It is impossible to know what is best for them in their overall evolution. I can't possibly know any of that, that is, if I'm honest and I have the courage to face the reality of the situation.

However, I can access something that does know: it was there at conception, before the recipient was born, and it created that person - this unerring power continues throughout their entire life. This unerring potency is the power that made the body and it contains the template of wholeness that even now, without me touching them, possesses a sequence of functioning that is already in the process of maintaining the whole-making (health) of the recipient.

That’s the disposition a practitioner holds, which supports the client’s evolutionary process. By our reposing into the wisdom of the body inside us, and by touching from the disposition of 'don't know' amid our inner repose, the recipient can relax, become receptive, and hopefully, by grace, allow the hidden processes to emerge that brings them to wholeness. That is the art of Stillness Touch when it is offered as an evolutionary session.

Q: I know that you teach those who are not trained in any osteopathic or body work, so is it possible for everybody to be taught this approach?

A: Anyone who is willing to do the inner practices, and they're receptive to the practices, and they are disciplined in using them, then it's actually easier for a person who's never been trained in the medical model biodynamic cranial approach because they don't have anything to unlearn.

When our treatments become a habit due to our training, then before we know it, the moment we touch a person we project our presence inside their bodies to analyze the recipient, we read them with our hands. We are trained in the medical biodynamic model to take care of the recipient by controlling their already ongoing process! Efferent activity is not natural, so someone who's never been trained to practice touch, they come with a pure innocence, and they are able to learn the non-efferent principles of abiding inside, reposing in non-doing, and to touch with no agenda without any notion of knowing what to do. Stillness Touch is offered in a disposition of not-knowing ahead of time what is going to happen. And so, in a way, a non-medically trained person can go deep into the potency faster than an already trained practitioner.

However, on the other hand, as soon as an already trained craniosacral biodynamic practitioner reduces their habit of efference - which means they cease leaving their body to project their awareness inside the body of the client to diagnose them using their hands then, they will be more skilled because they already know how to touch, how to be with a new person in the session room. A lay person won’t be as skilled in offering the various hands-on contacts at first, nor as comfortable, but in terms of the depth, the lay person can go very deep quickly. Once someone acclimates to touch, it’s very satisfying to see a lay person who has never touched in their lives offer this evolutionary approach to loved ones. The evolutionary model of touch easily bears fruit in a brand-new person who’s never touched before. It was astonishing to discover that, and I didn’t know it ahead of time - I learned by observing lay people in the Master Classes I've taught.

Q: You are talking about gradually building an ability to be present with things that are happening, so why is it so important? How does it help?

A: That’s a very refined question. Because it’s an evolutionary model, the Pure Breath of Love illuminates - shines the light on, and brings to consciousness - all the aspects in us that block the sacred pulse of the Pure Breath of Love in the body. Blocks that are hidden unconsciously recoil our awareness from the Pure Breath of Love. The hidden blocks, as recoils from the potency, started the moment we were first harmed, wounded, or traumatized at a very tender age, and the impacts that these traumas had on us are what developed our personality. Our highly defended and controlling ego structure has emotional complexes and unconscious drives that express habitual and automatic recoils that push our awareness away from contact with the potency, the tides, and Pure Breath of Love. For better or worse, once we open to the power of the unerring potency, the uncomfortable aspects of ourselves that had been hidden start to come into our awareness. These recoils are expressions of the Core Wound, which depth psychology calls the Core Erotic Wound. When traumatized, we were cut off from our Eros, our life force. The recoils emerge after the core wound, and they are under the control of the ego and nervous system.

The potency automatically resolves trauma if we can be with our recoils, and the result is we grow stronger.

We remain present, without running from the painful uncomfortable memories of our wounds, and without trying to control the intensity and shut them down - but to just be present to them. Once we can face one aspect of a recoil in ourselves, we gain strength to be present to future recoils. Because we become stronger after having faced one recoil, when the next recoil comes up, which is usually more powerful than the previous one, we can be with it. And it goes on like that until we develop profound "spiritual muscles of presence." Why? Because we’ve developed this incredible capacity for presence that prepares for the real game - the Grail Journey. This involves the descent of consciousness into our shadows hidden in our flesh that when we face them will permanently liberate our Soul from the controlling egos strategies.

The unerring potency heals all trauma.

With our strength of presence in contact with the potency, we can meet our most avoided wounded aspects with unwavering presence. The wounded aspects in us that we've had for our lifetime have blocked and prevented us from meeting the wisdom inside ourselves.

Along our Grail Journey, after we’ve navigated enough of our core wound shadows, we can come face to face with the overwhelming power of the Pure Breath of Love that is the greatest healing force on earth; it is a power that is stronger than death.

We have spent most of our lives suppressing the power of love that is stronger than death; we've spent a lot of our energy holding love back, holding love down, hiding love from ourselves, and especially concealing love from other people. And now, when our essential power of love starts to come up, it can be daunting if we haven’t developed the presence, our unwavering presence, the muscles of presence to be with it, or else we won’t be able to withstand the love.

To avoid love we recoil, bypass, leave our bodies, we unwind, we manage trauma to control the fight, flight or freeze/shut down response.

Whatever way we can, we use outer techniques to try to control, manipulate, and suppress. We have done this all our life with our emotions and our traumas. We are terrified to be with the Divine Feminine Presence of Love that heals all things.

Facing yourself, includes being with the uncomfortable aspects of your biography. The Grail Journey is a practice that gives you the presence - the strength of presence - to be with the true power of the Pure Breath of Love, which the ego falsely believes is overwhelming.

What’s important about facing yourself is it ignites the illuminative quality of the Pure Breath of Love, and SHE takes care of the process of whole making ... until the so-called 'parts' re-join the whole. My new book, Stillness Touch Union of Body and Love, chapter 7 details the Grail Journey to navigate our Core Wounds, and all the unconscious recoils, which is crucial if we want offer Stillness Touch that is evolutionary instead of medical.

Q: Is it possible to tell shortly how can this work could be of help to clients?

A: I’ve heard of many medical model biodynamic practitioners, teachers, and authors criticize the non-doing, non-medical approach. They say “you’re doing nothing and you do not have a treatment plan." "You’re not treating anything, so how can you help the patient?" "By hanging out in stillness you are doing nothing, why can’t you help the Breath of Life out?" "You’re wasting your time and the patient’s money.” Those comments confess that the practitioner is not only ignorant, but also they have zero authentic contact with the Pure Breath of Love.

That means the Sacred Pulse of Pure Breath of Love for such a person does not exist! 

In the evolutionary model, health is a side effect. Why? Because to become whole we access the forces of health first. In other words, we can’t evolve until our body is overflowing with vitality, which means we are healthy. All the fragmented aspects of ourselves arise from our core traumas that recoil our awareness away from the Pure Breath of Love. Our recoils create symptoms, we get ill, and we have “dis-eases.”

The illuminative quality of Pure Breath of Love brings up, and resolves all trauma.

In Buddhism this illuminative quality is called Innate Bliss, which brings the light of consciousness to all the hidden, unconscious recoils, which may be from our spiritual, emotional, psychological core wounds that then can turn into physical symptoms. Besides that, there are metabolic issues from chemical exposure, pollution, dietary habits, and there are physical injuries. For example, we might hurt ourselves playing sports.

So in Buddhism, it is Innate Bliss that illuminates, brings up, and resolves all aspects our trauma; to engage trauma management techniques confesses that we have a lack of trust in the unerring potency.

Amid all of that, Pure Breath of Love builds our inner-body vitality that enhances the health of the body and builds the strength of presence, so that eventually we can withstand the power when Pure Breath of Love reveals herself in her full glory.  

So, by example, a recipient comes into the office, and they may not necessarily come in for symptom relief; they may not even mention symptoms that they want relief from. But many times, symptoms that the touch recipient didn’t even consider as part of the evolutionary process, disappear. And the practitioner doesn’t know this symptoms were there. So establishing health is an aspect, but not the focus of Stillness Touch for the evolution consciousness. Health is inherent to evolution. You can’t evolve if you lack the life force, or Eros, needed for day to day functioning. It’s just impossible. If you are barely able to function in life, you can’t withstand being with the power of Pure Breath of Love - you simply cannot bear it - and so there’s protection already built in. Pure Breath of Love is not about breaking people’s health. It is about bringing the recipient back to a fully functioning wholeness. That’s what happens in an evolutionary Stillness Touch session. I learned that not because I knew about it ahead of time; I learned the evolutionary approach by offering it in innocence and watched people’s symptoms disappear, symptoms they never mentioned. 

Q: Can you tell us some hints for the daily life that can be useful?

A: The tending the garden of our daily life is crucial because, as practitioner, it’s one thing to do the inner practices in the session room. And then, you go home and you turn all that off and leave the 'innerness' behind. Stillness Touch becomes much more powerful when you take the inner practices and integrate them in your personal day-to-day life.

If you don’t stop the practices when you walk out the session room and you continue to practice orienting on the inside to sense the inner qualities that arise from the wisdom in your inner body space that will guide you in your lifestyle choices ... what to eat, how much you do in a day, whom to see, who not to see, whether to attend a social gathering, how long to stay, how much sleep you get, how to make love, and so on.

Another aspect of this self-care is to discover all the behaviors that shut down your contact with the qualities of wisdom that dwell in your inner body space, and you muster the courage and strength to choose that you’re not going to do things that close down your inner contact with the inner wisdom. Aligning your daily lifestyle such that you remain in contact with your inner wisdom requires a daily habit of meditation. Then, you do that same meditation practice as a mini-preparation right before touching someone.

If we meditate every single day, at some point we don’t think about ‘how do I take the time for myself to do this every day?’ The inner-body guidance does that for you. For example, let's say you already feel the benefits of meditation, and then you stop and you lose contact with the Innate Bliss. Your suffering increases and you say “wait a minute, I’m not going to stop meditating because I don't need to suffer.” This insight comes from experience; you don’t know at first the benefits of meditation, which places you in contact with your inner body wisdom. You go out and you drink too many Prague beers, and you wake up in the middle of the night with a headache, and the next day see five people while your head aches, and you say “I’ll make sure to have fewer Prague beers whenever I go out.” You begin to sense your limits relative to the caring for your body so that you stay in touch with your inner-body wisdom. And of course this self-care is a life-long practice.

But if we want to maintain our inner contact with the wisdom of the body - in an unbroken continuity of contact - we have to adjust our lifestyles. We can’t live mindlessly. We make the choice to live is a way that brings us into an ever-deepening connection with inner-body wisdom, as opposed to being guided by what what breaks that connection. Meditation gives us the power to choose a lifestyle. It’s a personal choice everybody has to make.

Q: And is it useful to teach meditation to our clients?

A: I’m happy you brought that up. Some clients are not interested in meditation; they just want to lay on the table and get a session, and maybe they want symptoms to go away, which is fine. But some with people you sense that they want to take these principles of evolution into their personal lives. And, actually, if we’ve seen them repeatedly, almost everybody will get to that place that they want to stay in contact with the presence of stillness that emerged during the sessions. Here's how to distinguish between recipients who want to meditate and this who do not.

The evolutionary approach is very different because practitioners don’t ask clients about symptoms, for example we do not ask the client 'What’s hurting?" "Do you feel better from the last session?" "How is the knee?" I went to a biodynamic osteopath because my big toe was blue, but she did not ask me about any of my symptoms. 

The status of the recipient's symptoms are not in the forefront or a part of of a biodynamic osteopathic cranial practice. For the recipients understand that we give them at-home meditation practices, and they can then work with those practices on the table and become more receptive to the powerful surges of the Pure Breath of Love without being overwhelmed, and they learn how to be present to uncomfortable issues that arise in themselves. So in mutuality the inner practices for the practitioner and the recipient are the same.

That is why there’s no need for efference, or objectivity - it is a mutual relationship. In mutuality, we are two fellow travelers who are on a journey together to connect with the mystery within that evolves consciousness.

And so, in Stillness Touch there’s no need for a practitioner to harbor an attitude of “I know more than you do.” We have no need to tell a recipient what they experienced. It’s simple: we humbly join in mutuality, and both of us evolve by grace. In a session, the practitioner receives the session as much as the person on the table. Both receive a session, even though the person ‘giving it’ gets the credit.

Q: Can you tell us your story? How did you get to this work?
A: My personal story?
Q: Yes, your personal story.
A: That could be a long one, but I'll make it short - the elevator version.

The first time I got a cranial session I didn't go in for a symptom, I went because my eye doctor friend mentioned cranial work. I'd never heard of it, but I went crazy over the word "cranial.” He gave me some cranial books and I read them. Then, I got one cranial session from the doctor in California in 1973.

One cranial session and my consciousness was expanded to infinity for 30 days!

Then I went even crazier, in a good way, because that one session lit me on fire, and I thought to myself  "I have to do cranial for the rest of my life. It is my destiny to learn cranial work and offer it to people for the evolution of consciousness.” I asked the doctor to tell me who trained him, what school he went to, etc.

Then came the grueling materialist journey: a seven-year chiropractic medical training, with thousands of hours of biomechanical and functional cranial training outside of school, and then establishing a practice in Manhattan New York, making money, paying student loans, three children in Waldorf school ... all of that externalization pushed my spiritual impulse so far into the background that I forgot about it! So the evolutionary part of cranial practice receded into the background of my awareness even though the evolution of my consciousness is what ignited my love for cranial! Finally, after nearly 20 years, the evolutionary impulse reconnected with me when the biodynamic tides spontaneously emerged in 1995.

During those prior years when I had lost the inner connection to the spiritual impulse that started the process, I vaguely felt the impulse quietly going in the background; it felt like something was missing. I couldn't connect with the inner impulse because I did not have the Eros, the life force, the will, because I spent all of my chi on outer achievements. Once I moved out of New York back to California, the impulse returned and I remember it as an 'aha' moment, and I said to myself “I completely forgot about the evolutionary aspect of cranial.” 

The "aha" moment illuminates the importance of evolutionary touch, which came back to me in the form of a series of consciousness expanding encounters with the biodynamic tides that spontaneously arose during my sessions beginning in 1995. Then I remembered “This is why I started cranial!” I began to write down all my inner experiences in the office and in classes, which became the book Stillness.

Q: And so what was the transition point between biodynamics as an evolutionary approach. So, it was just your idea, or what?

A: I remember the transition began in 1995 during sessions that ignited a curiosity that turned into an inner devotion to open up to Dr. Sutherland's spirit every morning in meditation. The so-called 'biodynamic tides' had suddenly and spontaneously emerged during sessions as slower, bigger whole-body movements. They arose out of nowhere. I could clearly navigate and precisely sense the nuances of flow in the fluid tide, and the vast radiant presence of Long Tide, as well as the black infinite Dynamic Stillness of I AM. This began in 1995, and nothing had been published about biodynamics, so I did not have any reference. I remember saying to myself ‘this feels like the same crazy I felt when I first heard the word cranial.’ I really thought that I could be crazy because these spiritual encounters were happening in the session room, and the people on the table were telling me about their encounters with these expanded states of consciousness.

I was fortunate that biodynamic cranial osteopaths who were trained by Biodynamic osteopath James Jealous traded sessions with me. One session with a Jim Jealous teacher sealed for me the importance of writing all my encounters down from the perspective of the body-felt sense inner experience. In mid-session, the biodynamic cranial osteopath blurted “Charles I’m panicking! I don’t know what’s happening.” Even though I was on the table, basking in the vast radiant presence, I needed to instruct the DO to orient her awareness inwardly to sense the inner qualities while relaxing to let the process just be as it is. This was easy for her, because the practitioner had been meditating for years the same way that I had been taught by the same spiritual teacher. She recovered from her panic, the session continued, and I enjoyed a profound encounter with my Inner Divine Child.

My personal cranial teacher was a direct student of Dr. Sutherland, so I got a direct transmission from him. However, it was the DO's I traded sessions with who led me to Becker’s writings. I realized that biodynamics had already been mapped, but obviously not well enough to alleviate the panic and confusion that can occur during sessions - even to a Jim Jealous teacher - during a real encounter with the overwhelming power of the Breath of Life. Despite that they were highly trained in biodynamics by Dr. Jealous and they taught his classes, several DO’s have demonstrated to me in classes and during sessions that they were not prepared for powerful authentic encounters with the Breath of Life. During biodynamic classes that I taught to biodynamic DO’s many were blown away by their encounters with the Breath of Life, despite having nine years of biodynamic training with Jim Jealous. That was curious to say the least.

So Stillness is a compilation of my inner encounters with biodynamics that was supplemented by reading osteopathic biodynamic books and CDs that subsequently got published. However, these books and CD's do not completely reveal what Sutherland referred to as "between the lines"  ... which are the actual sensual inner encounters that can overwhelm us during cranial sessions. My first impulse was “I’ll write notes for my students so they don't get confused the way I did, or panic the way that the DO’s demonstrated.” I wrote these notes in 1995, which over 11 years of refinement became the published book Stillness.

In my book Stillness my personal contribution is that the neutral, the biodynamic tides, and Dynamic Stillness are levels of human consciousness. Each biodynamic enfoldment is a specific stage of human consciousness that gradually evolves our consciousness whenever we touch someone without an agenda in non-doing. Ken Wilber exhaustively detailed the stages of human consciousness, which I reference in Stillness Chapters 5-9.

My class notes reinforce what we experience within ourselves during our meditations, during sessions, and in classes. The words in Stillness are sensual characterizations. In classes, I discourage people from using the biodynamic terms - neutral, fluid tide, long tide, Dynamic Stillness, Breath of Life, Pure Breath of Love  - because words are not the territory. Words are jargon, so I ask students to speak in sensual terms. For example “I sense fluid flow or vast luminosity, my awareness is expanded to the horizon”... and on it goes, but each person's sharing is based on their direct inner body-felt experience. The sharing is not based on the use of terms such as “I feel the long tide.”

Why no jargon? Because the word long tide can mean anything. And what we claim to be the long tide may not actually be long tide, the person thinks they're feeling long tide and they are not, which is far too common.

Students say in all confidence “I feel long tide.” Then I ask them questions, and many times it wasn't long tide. Instead, it was inner light that arises when the attention goes into the 3rd ventricle. So, in my classes I request that students speak in sensual language. They describe, for example, how large is their inner body space, and to characterize the elemental qualities in that inner space - earth, water, air, fire, ether - and to describe the depth of the stillness, how vast it is, what type of images or sounds arise, and so on. And from that sensual characterization based on direct experience, we can connect the words that represent the actual experience. Rather than put the words on the experience ahead of time and say “Oh, yeah, we're in long tide” which, again, that may or may not be true. It's easy to use a term and think that's 'it.' However, by investigating the sensuous inner-body reality, it turns out what I thought was present is not because I was lost in a mental concept by using jargon.

Q: People who do not know anything about this work who would like to come - what changes in their life can come after sessions that merit doing more sessions?

A: That's a good question. So, an innocent person comes to receive this work, right? They have no idea what they're coming in for. They think they're coming in for craniosacral therapy, right? But I notified them ahead of time, usually in the phone conversation or an email dialogue that this is different from symptom work, right? They know Stillness Touch is different, and they're willing to try it. Even though they may not know what craniosacral is, right? That kind of client has the potential to receive a deep emanation of the potency that heals and makes whole.

What often happens, because they don't have many expectations, is they directly contact the power of the Pure Breath of Love. They may say “This is what I was looking for and I didn't even know I was looking for it.” Some people will share after the session “I didn't tell you this, but I actually came in for my headache. Now I realize that my headache is not as important as contacting what I just experienced here on the table.” Now you know that the recipient contacted Pure Breath of Love, right?

If they come in, and after the session they say "I didn't tell you about my headache, and it didn't go away. You did nothing, nothing happened, and I'm not coming back.” These are the people who recoil from the evolutionary approach, and they prefer the medical model, and that’s fine.

One thing to offer people who are innocent and don't know why they are coming for a session is you give them a bit of education about expectations - to drop the expectations, and you suggest that being receptive by allowing what's happening to just happen. And it doesn't hurt to teach them the inner practices - the inner orientation and the inner breathing - not complicated, simple - and ask them to sense inwardly, to let emotions come up, let thoughts be there, and allow the all the processes to occur - to let the qualities that arise to be here. Most people can understand that, not everybody.

Some people, lay down and after the session they don't think anything occurred. "Was that it?” And you have to say “That was it.” That person may be a mismatch for an evolutionary approach to touch; it is not for every single person out in the streets who want to come in and have a session. Stillness Touch works best for undefended people who have cultivated self-knowledge, curiosity, and a longing to grow, to improve themselves, develop, and evolve. We're on a particular end of the spectrum. Forgive the word customer, our customers are more interested in developing. They might do yoga, Pilates, or they are involved in consciousness expanding programs; they may be on a spiritual path, they meditate, they eat well. They're already practicing an evolutionary lifestyle. It’s heartbreaking that this approach is not for everybody. It’s a given that medical biodynamic craniosacral therapy is not for everybody, and the evolutionary model is not even for every craniosacral therapy person. Stillness Touch isn't the heal-all for anybody who is alive. It's only going to ‘take’ by a person who has a certain level of development and is already in touch with themselves enough to bear a suffusion of the Pure Breath Love.

Q: I have one, my personal question. If I start to do this practice, and I will work by this model, so my system, my body, and my mind will start to function in this approach. And then if I would like to work with a person, using a medical approach, how does that work.

A: I did the transition from the medical to an evolutionary approach to touch as a gradual shift. You can't just go cold turkey and cut off your medical model work because you'll starve to death, for starters. Most people offer medical model before they transition to medical biodynamic craniosacral, and then a few will shift non-medical Stillness Touch. When offer relief for headache, sciatica, digestion, TMJ, chronic fatigue, whatever it is, right? That's how we practiced biodynamics - even our websites have those symptoms listed, so because we are medically oriented, so our clients orient that way too, and that's how we've been operating. 

And now we're 180 degrees in a reverse direction; in Stillness Touch we're offering something that has nothing to do with symptom relief, it's not the focus, right? Symptoms are probably going to go away, but we don't say that. You begin to offer people an evolutionary post-biodynamic model who you sense are ready. You ask them "Would you like to try 15 minutes another type of work as part of your session?" That's one approach, and another way is you ask "When you come back next time would you like to try a new way? After the session, you can tell me wether you want to receive another one, or if we go back to the previous approach.” That's how we can gradually shift clients from medical to evolutionary. 

But, to your question, it is best that you do not mix the two types in the same session. Offer a medical session one visit and an evolutionary session on another visit. If you must do both, offer the medical first - without going into your inner meditative practice before the treatment. And then, you can offer the Stillness Touch at the end while meditating inwardly.

The book Stillness is written for exactly the transition from medical model to evolutionary. I have to warn you though, if you go back to offering the medical model after you’ve offered enough of the non-doing evolutionary approach to touch, the amount of doing required in the medical approach feels increasingly more difficult to offer. And eventually, you may not be able to because it is exhausting when compared to evolutionary touch.

By then, the people that want the evolutionary model work will have filled in your session spaces. The medical model proponents could stay, and continue receiving the medical model craniosacral biodynamics. New people will come in for the evolutionary approach because clients will talk to others “Wow this work, is so beneficial. It's more than for just my health. I really feel my behavior patterns changing and I'm becoming my true self again.” People who hear that, and are ready, want to come in, so over time the practice gradually becomes more of a non-medical evolutionary approach, with less of the medical model for the treatment of symptoms. And at some point you can't go back to medical, but that transition is gradual over time.

This applies to teaching also, I taught medical model biomechanical and functional cranial, and then I'd go to some other city and teach my own biodynamic approach ... opposite approaches ... and it eventually became too painful to teach medical model cranial work. Teaching medical model as compared to the evolutionary approach felt like I had to put on a suit that was too tight, and over time the suit felt increasingly smaller making it more difficult to teach medical model. And then I'd take off the suit and experience the freedom of teaching the non-medical evolutionary model. Eventually, I couldn't fit into the suit or tolerate letting it tighten on myself and I had to stop. I couldn't do it any longer because teaching the medical model became too painful to offer. And it was fortunate because that transition even in the teaching was gradual enough that I had plenty of classes and private intensive work that the shift didn't adversely affect my income, and that's an important thing as a practitioner: if you're making your entire living from your practice or teaching. You don't just go chop off the medical aspect of the practice and starve for 6 months, there’s no point in that, so you transition.

And the wisdom inside you navigates that process and draws the clients that are ready to come in and receive what you offer. Eventually clients won't want the medical, they'll want to do the evolutionary Stillness Touch.

I'll add one more thing. What do you do when someone calls you for symptom work and you offer non-medical? For example, let's say you've got your non-medical cranial practice off to a good start, the gradual transition is complete, and you're mostly offering Stillness Touch, if not fully — and people call for their migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, Epstein Barr, Lime's, or TMJ. What to do? I tell them “I don't really address those symptoms directly” and then I'd give them a description of Stillness Touch. If they're not interested in receiving it, I give them names of people I know who are excellent at the medical model cranial.

You're not throwing people out; you refer them, like you would if you had somebody who wants to come in who is psychotic. They call and say "I'm psychotic can you fix me?” Well, you’re not going to say “Yes come on in” if you're not a psychotherapist; you're going to refer them right? So, I have a referral list. I'll actually be quite honest, in most cases I refer to biodynamic cranial osteopaths because they are trained in the medical model and are skilled at craniosacral biodynamics.

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