A major chemical manufacturer used to advertise, "All life is chemicals," a truism perhaps to help people lose their resistance to the widespread use of chemical intervention.. Let's turn that adage around a little. All life is ENERGY.
I remember well my wonderful seventh grade science teacher, Mr. Baldwin. He was a man ahead of his time in the 1950's when I was his student. One day to illustrate a point, he smacked his hand down hard on the desk, saying the words: "You may think that the desk is solid and that my hand is solid -- but what they both are is mostly SPACE." Mr. Baldwin proceeded to elaborate. His words were all the more prescient, as plasma and particle physics and string theory were still years in the future.
"Matter is thick energy. Energy is thin matter," he continued, explaining that they go are as inter-connected as the inside and the outside of a T-shirt. You can't have the one without the other. They exist together. Modern physics has augmented it further: waves become particles, particles become waves.
The veracity of this perspective became all the more important to me when I started learning CranioSacral Therapy. Depending on which therapists you work with or with whom you study, you may get the idea that CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is primarily a structural approach, or that it is primarily an energetic approach. It actually is BOTH, structural as well as energetic. How could it be otherwise? Matter is thick energy, energy is thin matter. CranioSacral Therapy is a structural approach to greater wellbeing. It is also an energetic approach.
This is one of the things I love about CranioSacral Therapy. By addressing the client's physical structure, we are also thereby enhancing energy movement and flow. By working from a perspective of non-judgment, unconditional positive regard, acceptance, kindness, the willingness to allow time for the client to find his or her OWN answers, we are embodying what we term a therapeutic presence. Energetically speaking, the hallmark of therapeutic presence conveys SAFETY. No significant changes can occur in people's perspectives if they feel threatened. Like barnacles, people cling even to outmoded points of view or old "issues in the tissues" unless and until they feel sufficiently safe to move ahead. A good therapeutic presence projects the energy of safety, which holds both client and therapist in a sacred space of healing.
To pilots, the term "attitude" has a specific reference. It means "angle of approach." The plane's attitude literally determines how difficult or gentle is, for example, its landing on the runway. The angle with which we approach life's questions and issues likewise determines whether we encounter harshness or ease. Like surfers, if we "keep our knees loose" we can surf inevitable waves of change with maximum ease and grace, with a minimum of painful bumps.