“Our heart’s ability to transform all of the information coming from the outside and to give what is needed, is the work of the earth element. In this way the earth has the ability to digest and transport the caring and nourishing thoughts of our heart. This is how our heart can expand itself to the dimensions of the universe.” — Debra Kaatz, Characters of Wisdom
As I read these words, in this month’s offering from Paul and Jude, they struck a powerful chord for me as I grapple with finding the words to address the systems of injustice and systemic racism that have pervaded the US for hundreds of years. I recognize how critical it is that I truly listen to the experiences and powerful voices of the Black Lives Matter movement, experiences that, as a white person, are not my own, and can never be felt at the deep cellular level that is endemic to the black and brown lived experience.
In January, if you asked me about the availability of online classes for Acutonics, I would have directed you to Catherine Birch Storey, who has been running Acutonics Level I, for several years, a mix of asynchronous and synchronous learning, which has received very positive feedback from students. Had you been seeking clinic hours, Judy Bernard has created an online approach to offer supervised clinic hours and case studies over Zoom, with good success. A handful of teachers including DahVid Weiss and Carmen Cicotti were working with students to enhance online learning opportunities. As a company, we had explored numerous options, and a range of learning platforms for bringing Acutonics online. Many faculty members played an important role in our discovery process sharing what they learned, exploring how we might improve our online efforts, and what it would take to bring more of our rich curriculum online. But, the reality for myself and Donna was that while we knew that we needed to develop a comprehensive approach for online Acutonics learning, we were moving slowly, taking our time to evaluate many different approaches and options.
The header photo for this newsletter is the birthing labyrinth here at the Mothership in Llano, New Mexico. If you’ve been here for classes you had the opportunity to take part in ceremony where we walk the labyrinth, sound tools in hand, with an intention to birth something new or gain clarity about what we most wish to create. Donna and I walked the labyrinth yesterday to center and sooth ourselves but also to virtually invite in our entire community with the intention of envisioning and creating something new that honors the Earth and all living creatures.
Dancers soar, children jump for joy, swimmer dives into the warm ocean, as dolphins leap in perfect harmony, all of these images evoke a sense of freedom, bodies in motion, free-flowing with a lightness of being, even when hurdling or leaping into the unknown.
I realize…you feel the need to see clearly. But your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Without, everything seems discordant; only within does it coalesce into unity. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes. ~Carl Jung, Letters Volume I, Page 33.
As we read through this month’s rich contributions there is a theme of remembering, remembering what it feels like to live life with an illuminated and open heart, to feel centered in the light and love that should be ever present during this holiday season. As we write we are just a day away from the Thanksgiving holiday, here in the US, which is a time to join with friends and family to give thanks for the harvest and the blessings of abundance that we receive throughout the year.
As I sit down to write this month’s blog post I have just returned from England where I offered a new elective to the students of senior faculty member Joanie Solaini, entitled Unwinding Trauma with Acutonics®, the Eight Extraordinary Vessels and Fibonacci. In the course of my research and exploration while developing this class I decided to revisit how we work with the vibratory energy of Fibonacci. The numbers in the Fibonacci sequence increase in size only as a result of building on numbers that already exist in the series. Additional numbers come from self-generation, growing from within by a process of self-accumulation. Tracing its roots back to 0 – each step can claim an inheritance from zero – from Wu Qi. You might consider that Fibonacci provides us with access to the infinite potential contained within us – that we each have the capacity to unwind the trauma that limits our growth and potential to expand into rich areas of our lives. Although Fibonacci never quite gets to the Golden Ratio it comes so very close – and it aids us in gaining access to our true essence and transcendent nature.
Clouds move on, never standing still, rocks shift and change with light and natures force, all speak to impermanence. At a time when we planned to offer a new class which we cancelled, Donna and I journeyed to Chaco with Senior Licensed Acutonics faculty member, long-time advisor and friend, Joanie Solaini. Chaco is in a remote corner of Northwestern New Mexico, accessed by a twelve mile dirt washboard road, requiring that you also cross through a wash. Created as a National Monument in 1907, it was named Chaco Culture National Historic Park in 1980 and in 1987 was named a World Heritage site. Rain had been falling off and on during the day and we were not sure we would make it through the wash, but we persevered. Although the clay soil was very slick in places and felt like we were driving on ice, the wash had not yet filled. Four nights of tent camping, long hikes and a total separation from technology provided a genuine opportunity to reflect and reset. You have to plan and expect the unexpected to camp in Chaco as there is no lodging, food, gasoline or repair services in the park. Fortunately, potable water and ice are now available.
It’s been more than twenty-two years since we taught our first Acutonics classes at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, classes that included many of today’s Acutonics senior faculty including frequent newsletter contributors Paul and Jude Ponton and Judy Bernard. From the beginning, we’ve worked to foster a sense of community and to empower others to bring the Acutonics teachings out into the world. Our teachers span the globe, and our students represent many nations. There are many challenges, learning opportunities and inherent risks and losses in sustaining and growing a business for more than twenty-years. We couldn’t do it without the exceptional faculty and practitioners who have grown with us, learned with us, and experienced our growing pains, and to each of you we give our thanks.