Tree Hugging & Brain Tides

"Within that cerebrospinal fluid 
there is an invisible element
 that I refer to as the ‘Breath of Life...’ 
You will have observed its potency and also its Intelligence,' spelled with a capital 'I'.
It is something that you can depend upon 
to do the work for you.
 In other words, don't try to drive the (body) through any 
external force. 
Rely upon the tide."                       
                                                                                                                                              William Garner Sutherland, D.O.

     My last post was about water. This one is, too, only it deals with learning to feel the tidal waves that exist within other people and within myself.

In May, I took a Biodynamic Craniosacral course in Manhattan at The Open Center. It was taught by Michael Shea

Our Class (minus Mark--photographer)

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy began with Osteopath, Dr. William Garner Sutherland (1873-1954). "William, a student of Andrew Stillthe founder of Osteopathy, made an unusual discovery during medical school. Upon closely studying the bones of the cranium, the thought, 'beveled like the gills of a fish, for primary respiration,' came to him. Eureka.

This powerful insight began 50 years of exploring and developing skills in relation to the human body and health.  Through his continued research and practice, he observed subtle rhythmic pulsations that would ebb and flow in and around the body that caused all the tissues of the body to respond with functional changes

He called this motion the “Tide”.  

The brain and spinal cord are enclosed in a sac of water. The sac is called the Dura. Here is an illustration by the one and only, Dr. Netter :

Here we can see the fluid that surrounds and 
flows through the brain:

Check out these two amazing videos showing 
the tidal movement of the cerebrospinal fluid:

Let The Trees Be Your Teachers

Different tides can be palpated or sensed not only in the human system, but also in other living systems such as animals and plants. As practitioners, we are trained to sense different levels of stillness and thus palpate the expression/movement of the system as the treatment unfolds--according to its own innate intelligence.
This work is about deep listening through stillness
and letting go of resistance...

We were told to practice on trees, houseplants, and pets

I caught my kitten, Barnaby, doing a Craniosacral hold on Arthur.

     Through the practicing I have done, I have noticed the powerful potential within stillness and its paradoxical ability to move tissue that has long been hardened. Through becoming familiar with this work, I am reminded that it's in quiet patience that health is able to spontaneously arise. To open up and know thyself requires the release of expectations, mental chatter, and any resistance to the flow of life.

"Know Thyself", as inscripted above the entrance of the Oracle at Delphi.

Be The Water That You Are

 The best way to live
                    is to be like water
 For water benefits all things
                    and goes against none of them
 It provides for all people
                    and even cleanses those places
                    a man is loath to go
 In this way it is just like Tao.

 Live in accordance with the nature of things:
 Build your house on solid ground
 Keep your mind still
 When giving, be kind
 When speaking, be truthful
 When ruling, be just
 When working, be one-pointed
 When acting, remember--timing is everything.

 One who lives in accordance with nature
             does not go against the way of things
 He moves in harmony with the present moment
              always knowing the truth of just what to do

  Lao Tzu, translation by Jonathan Star