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SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2016

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C h e c k o u t A B M P 's l a t e s t n e w s a n d b l o g p o s t s . Av a i l a b l e a t w w w. a b m p . c o m . 103 As a healer, what does this theory imply for you? It means that everywhere you go, there is an available space in which to create vital transformations. This negative space seemingly cancels out the typical rules of engagement. By connecting with this area, which I believe lies within all of us, we can shift energy for ourselves and a client, moving clients toward higher outcomes. Connect to Negative Space Negative space isn't actually a specific place. It has been defined and redefined in many ways and in numerous cultures. Basically, the subtle energy anatomy is a layering of negative space. A quick and easy description of the subtle energy anatomy is as a complex structure composed of interrelated subtle energy bodies, channels, and fields. Specific types of these energetic forms include the chakras, meridians, and auric fields. Healing is accelerated when you deliberately interact with any of these or other subtle energy structures while performing your massage work. When working on a client's abdomen, why not also knowingly relate to their second chakra, which is located in that area? How about pressing some of the access points, or acupoints, for the related meridian, or drawing healing energy into the related subtle auric field, found outside the body? Most of my books reveal ways to access these energetic structures, and there are thousands of additional books and articles on this topic written by other experts. FASTER CAR THEORY What if the key to quicker transformation is to change approaches? This is equivalent to trading in a slow car for a faster car. The basis of this proposition is that Einstein's theory of relativity applies to energy that has mass. But not everything has mass. Scientists point out that empty space, which isn't concrete, has no mass. Well-known astrophysicist Michio Kaku says space—or a vacuum— can expand faster than the speed of light because it is completely empty. 3 When working on a client, we must leave "full space" and access what's called "vacuum space," comparable to the "Nothing" as discussed in spiritual paths such as Buddhism. Many Eastern meditation techniques, such as deep breathing, clearing the mind, and meditating, enable us to disengage from the somethings we so ruthlessly attend to and reach into the void of possibilities within our soul. In the stillness, we can move any speed we want. Find The Void As insinuated, many Eastern holistic practices, as well as Western spiritual and healing modalities, enable connection to the empty space within. Meditative breathing techniques, movements, music, and more are available. When linking with another person, the key is to realize that everyone has a spiritual core and to release judgments and preconceptions. Ultimately, enabling ourselves—and our client—to open to the Nothing that enables instantaneous shifts is to release our own ideas about how a client should improve, and to remain focused in the moment. The great Christian mystic Meister Eckhart said, "Only the hand that erases can write the true thing." By surrendering into the moment, by putting aside our preconceptions, we open to our intuition, which can inspire our words, actions, and attitudes, toward that which can make a real difference.

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