That means you are able to draw on the strengths of both the right and left hemispheres of your brain, depending upon a given situation.
When you need to explain a complicated process to someone, or plan a detailed vacation, the left hemisphere of your brain, which is responsible for your ability to solve problems logically, might kick in. But if you were critiquing an art opening or coming up with an original way to file papers, the right side of your brain, which is responsible for noticing subtle details in things, might take over.
While many people have clearly dominant left- or right-brained tendencies, you are able to draw on skills from both hemispheres of your brain. This rare combination makes you a very creative and flexible thinker.
The down side to being balanced-brained is that you may sometimes feel paralyzed by indecision when the two hemispheres of your brain are competing to solve a problem in their own unique ways.
“Osteopathy is a science with possibilities as great as the magnitude of the heavens. It is a science dealing with the natural forces of the body. We work as osteopaths with the traditional principle in mind that the tendency in the patient’s body is always toward the normal. There is much to discover in the science of osteopathy by working with the forces within that manifest the healing processes. These forces within the patient are greater than any blind force that can safely be brought to bear from without.”
– W.G. Sutherland
As far as I’m aware, Sutherland was the osteopath who went on to discover “osteopathy in the cranial field” and then to develop craniosacral work. This is where I want to end up really – actually I want to end up learning biodynamic craniosacral techniques…although at that point I feel it becomes more an art than science, listening more than action.
The distinction is as follows, it seems:
- Cranial osteopathy : pick up on palpations of the skull bones. shift the bones around a bit to influence the system
- next stage –craniosacral – able to palpate the rhythmns in the cerebro-spinal fluid that runs in the central nervous system, and also to help these rhythms shift.awareness of this rhythmn as “breath of life” ignited by the first breath taken
- biodynamic stage – I think sutherland came across this shortly before his death…basically found that underyling the rhythmns in the fluid, driving them, was an energetic rhythm. The timing of this rhythm is to the same electro-magnetic shift/pulse of the earth itself interestingly.
What I like is these are not something you need to accept intellectually but something you can learn to feel.
Sutherland these days is seen by many osteopaths as a bit of a fruit-cake (this is my impression anyway). Osteopaths now are getting rather protective about their intense clinical training – they sneer somewhat at ‘craniosacral’ work and instead charge you to do a 2 year diploma in “osteopathy in the cranial field” which apparently is ‘not the same’. Osteopaths now are getting more medicalised and when I went to the BSO for my interview I felt a slight disorientation and coldness of the place, although human connection was good.
So I wasn’t sure about osteopathy any more. But I applied anyway and was offered a place. I had to go away and decide, this is getting serious now – do I really want to follow this path as a career, make my living from it and so on? I looked into alternatives, phds, physiotherapy etc. I planned in a ritual over easter to help gain clarity on the subject – I actually learned an awful lot more and still feel shifted now. I have a lot to write about that, but right now I just want to be clear on the osteopathy. Eventually in the ritual, about 20 hours into it and 6 am in the morning, I finally got into the right state, just the right kind of energy into my third eye (I could FEEL it) opening it up for awhile before it dimmed back down. I sat in that state and thought about future directions. I got imagery and feeling rather than words to guide me. I thought about pursuing academia right now and got darkness muddled faces moaning buzzing coldness. Then I thought about ‘going into the osteopathy degree’ and this time had blueness, cold, empty. hmm. I thought about it a different way — ‘what if I got into it, not to become ‘an osteopath’ but with the intention of bringing my light with me, into that place, my light being my sense of the heart and body and emotion connection, the joy and exuberance of my being?’ Not Cat-becoming-osteopath but Cat-retaining-her-own-agenda almost. This time it was different — I saw myself bringing light in, and then more lights appearing and this sense of daffodils and yellow flowers erupting up all over the place. I thought about it and realised that this IS the place I need to go. My doubts about it were coming from the coldness and worry that I will have to keep my light and thoughts hidden (which I probably will do) – but all the same osteopathy still rests on the philosophy of holism and encouraging the person’s own healing process – the closest match of anything to my own beliefs. It also contains a much more even mix of men and women than massage, say, and this strikes me as important and with more potential. If I am going to put some influence in somewhere, I think lecturing and working with osteopaths is going to be more effective than academics or doctors. Osteopathy IS making a bridge now between the mainstream medical and ‘alternative’ health BUT the important thing is that it does not loose the ‘heart’ connection and forget where it came from.
I also thought about being with Mike in the future, and had the image of being in a wonderful sunny room but despondantly staring out the window wishing for someone/something else. That feeling is going to be with me I think unless my emotions change towards him..when it happened I thought ‘ok so that means it will never work’ but now as I write I’m struck by the idea that the room was sunny and airy all the same. My current thoughts on relationships will also make for their own post. But for now I’m willing to suspend a level of judgement and try and be open to what may just be my own issues, and ask myself honestly how much of the ‘what I really want’ in a man is just what I want in myself.
Today I found the quote I started with and the one below. I felt something in my spirit lift and the start of the next adventure. Osteopathy is NOT dead but it’s going to be a long time for me to progress to the point I want to be — all the same the journey no doubt will be worth it. I do feel that starting at the beginning and learning about the body and structure FIRST is the way to go.
Because I’ve started to see at last, there are no real shortcuts. Having said that some routes are better and more efficient than others.
“Have you ever had a thought strike you?
I have told many times of the thought that struck me before I graduated from the American School of Osteopathy. [In trying] to prove that motion between cranial bones in the living adult is impossible… I gained knowledge not only of the articular mobility of the skull but also of the Tide and something within that I call the “Breath of Life.” I do not consider this contribution of thought mine – I call it a guiding thought.
The goal with your patients is to find the way to healthy function within the mechanism that they bring to you. Study the Life principle and come closer to understanding what I mean by the “Breath of Life.” To the digger who will take time to dream and the dreamer who will wake up and dig, the science of osteopathy will unfold into a magnitude equal to that of the heavens.
– W.G. Sutherland