I have a refined set of tools of bodywork modalities. Many of these tools are corrective in nature and suggest the outcome of being fixed or cured of some physical ailment or discomfort. I have used these tools in this manner for many years and have been successful. However, I always still used a consciousness of sacred touch by virtue of who I am; it is my nature. I cannot approach this kind of connection any other way.
Content and Context
This combination of the sacred and concrete I liken unto a concept addressed by Dr. David R. Hawkins, PhD, MD. He speaks of the contrast between “content” and “context.” Context means the bigger picture – the overall idea behind something. Context can be applied to more than one event or idea in life. Context has to do with “meaning.” Whereas, content is the specifics that fills the context. Take for example a bowl of fruit. The fruit could be apples, or oranges, or blueberries or fake fruit. The bowl remains just the bowl. The bowl is unaffected by the fruit is holds – it is just a bowl. The bowl however is the basic substrate from which the fruit is presented. It would be the fruit that gets the attention of the beholder. It is the fruit that seems to be the important element, if you were served a bowl of fruit. But, the bowl remains beyond the fruit – it has the element of eternalness. The fruit can come and go but the bowl remains. The bowl is the context and the fruit the content. Therapeutic Bodywork is the content and Sacred Touch an experience, which makes up the context.
Tool Set and Consciousness
So, when I use my repertoire of tools, those tools are concrete, real. They are the content. What supports those tools is the consciousness (context) with which the tools are used or presented. It would appear that the tools are what bring about a change, transformation or a healing. Tools can vary, but the healing is what lies within each being – at the Source (context). That Source is accessed by virtue of consciousness. Consciousness is available to all, all the time. By devoting oneself to the intentional accessing of consciousness on an ongoing basis, one becomes well practiced. It is this accessing of the healing aspect, consciousness, which taps into the true healing tools – those of Source which ever increase the context of a field, which supports a healing environment within. The content of the concrete tools all “look good” but they are simply the outward manifestation of the experience. It is the inner connection and willingness (context) of the receiver of bodywork that is the catalyst for change.
Therapeutic Bodywork + Sacred Touch = Sacred Bodywork
It is not the refined set of tools, or the fabulous tools (content) within it, or even the therapist who wields those tools, which bring about the results one experiences when receiving profound bodywork. It is the context, the consciousness, and the client’s willingness, that sets the stage for profound bodywork, i.e. Sacred Touch.
As the Beatles song from the 70’s suggested – “…and, in the end… the love you take, is equal to the love - you make.” Giving is receiving and receiving is giving. One cannot give if there is no one to receive. Giving and receiving sacred bodywork is one-and-the-same. In as much as it seems like a conundrum to say that there is no giver or receiver, one cannot happen without the other. There is an old biblical quote: “where two or more are gathered together…,” or another wise statement “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This is the essence of the sacred bodywork experience. A sacred experience can happen through using a refined set of tools; however, a refined set of tools cannot in and of itself bring about a sacred experience.