Journeys Through Nine Dimensions
Barbara Hand Clow & Gerry Clow
Welcome to My Practice • Gerry Clow, RCST®, BCPP
As I begin my twenty-first year as a natural health practitioner, I have a lot to be grateful for: My teachers, who have shared so honestly and creatively what they have learned in their years of practice…My fellow practitioners, who have awakened me to my own body’s expressions of health and who have shown me the many paths to wellness…and most of all my clients, from the ones who sat on my piano bench as they received spiritual healings in the early days, to the ones who now come to my studio on Bowen Island to receive Biodynamic Craniosacral treatments as well as Polarity Therapy.
And as I look back, I am able to see the pattern of my work, to see where my own expression of my training has been effective, as well as where it has not. This new posting (March 2016) marks the beginning of that new vision and makes it easier for you, the potential client, to make an informed choice on whether my work is what you are looking for.
I’d like to begin with a question asked of me by a special friend of mine, Fred Olsen, a famous Japanese-trained potter living and working up at Pinyon Crest, California. “Gerry, why would I come to you for a session?” was his question. I paused, knowing that I was not going to give him a standard answer, as I watched his kiln stream a plume of fire into the night sky. I wanted to come up with an answer that would connect my work to Fred’s. “Fred, I treat the human body with the same reverence and wonder that you treat your pots,” was my answer. And this is a good lead-in to how my practice has developed at the present time.
This work is about transformation, the way fire turns formed clay into a unique work of art, which is why I call my practice, “Transformative Healing.” Occasionally the clay of our bodies needs to be reworked and rediscovered through intentional, focused sessions, and that clay needs then to be transformed in the fire of life that follows. Those of us working in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy are often asked, “Are these sessions powerful? All you do is sit and listen to our body!” And the answer is, in the listening, in the revealing, this work becomes one of the most powerful treatments you will ever encounter.
Having said all this, let me describe the direction my work is traveling in, in case it may be of interest to you. First, after ten years of working in two related modalities, I can say I am finally happy with how they have integrated. Both Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) and Polarity Therapy (PT) come from the same source—the seminal work of three successive generations of American osteopaths: Andrew Taylor Still, William Sutherland, and Rollin Becker—which means the two modalities are pursuing the same outcome using similar perceptions and insights. Thanks to additional trainings in BCST that I have received over the past three years with Scott Zamurut of Boulder, CO, I’ve been able to use both modalities interchangeably and in a complementary fashion, as they both connect with your body’s ability to heal itself.
Second, I realize my most successful clients are those who “stay the course” and come for multiple sessions. Using the analogy of peeling an onion, we work from layer to layer. This involves developing through repetition an ever-easier place of trust, from which the client’s system is more easily revealed. I have always suggested in my descriptions of my practice that a minimum of three sessions in approaching this work for the first time, and I am now suggesting that new clients consider six or more.
Third, I have increasingly begun to see the relationship between multiple sessions and the nine-dimensional model that my partner and wife, Barbara Hand Clow, and I taught for many years as “Journeys through Nine Dimensions.” The first session, as we settle, as we feel density, and gravity, as we for the first time in a long while become present, we are essentially dropping into the realm of the First Dimension, which geologically is the iron-core crystal at the center of our Earth. The second session, we often work with the elemental, microbial forces of the Second Dimension, the realm of Earth from the core up to the crust. And in the Third Dimension, we enter a new into the realm of time-and-space and feel present in our current reality more fully than ever before. So, why stop there? There are six more dimensions to tune into, all described in our 2010 book, Alchemy of Nine Dimensions.
I am offering clients, therefore, the opportunity to receive BCST and PT treatments while simultaneously holding the resonance, for that session, of a particular dimension. This means a series of ten treatments (doing each of the nine dimensions and then the tenth, which is the vertical axis of Earth, which holds the resonance of all nine) over the course of a year. The price is a special discounted rate of $500 for all ten sessions.
Welcome to my Studio (Bowen Island, BC)
I work from my home studio on Bowen Island, BC, a twelve-minute drive from Snug Cove. My workdays are Saturday through Tuesday, and my preferred hours are 10-12, and 1-3. Those times coincide with the ferry schedule and are adjustable if you are an island resident or staying over on Bowen for the night. The best way to book an appointment is to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you’re booked, I will send more information about your session and how to find me on the Island. I also work the third Thursday of each month at Wise Awakening in Bellingham, WA, from 10AM to 6PM; you can book me there by calling (360) 756-8075.
Bowen Island is served year-round by BC Ferries (bcferries.com) from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, and in summer months by a new water taxi service, English Bay Launch (eblaunch.com) from Granville Island in Vancouver. Bowen Island Community Transit (C10 Bluewater bus, tel. 604-947-0229) meets the 9AM and 11AM ferries from Horseshoe Bay and will drop you off at Emily Lane, just up the hill from Bowen Bay Beach; this route takes approx. 20-25 minutes. I can also arrange to pick you up at the ferry and return you, for the additional cost of $10.
Once you book your session, I will send you more information on the ferry services, on how to find me, and on Snug Cove restaurants. You can also browse Bowen’s new travel website, tourismbowenisland.com, for where to stay. For those of you wishing to make a weekend of it, I offer a special package for three sessions (Friday 4-6PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10-12), combined with a reduced price for two nights at a B&B up the hill from Bowen Bay and close to my home; please inquire and I’ll send you details.
The cost for new clients is as follows (effective 4/1/16):
My Bowen sessions are close to 2 hours for the initial session, and 90 minutes thereafter; my Bellingham sessions are all 80 minutes, as I book 5 clients per day at that location. Please read the material in Part Three to get a deeper understanding of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.
Gerry Clow, RCST®, BCPP
"The bioenergy of wellness is the most powerful force in the world. It is dynamic. It is rhythmic. It is a force field that begins with the moment of conception and continues to the last moment of death." (Rollin Becker, DO, 1965)
What is it?
How does it work?
What's it good for?
What are the key terms used by BCST?
Where did BCST come from?
Dr. Still founded the American School of Osteopathy, in Kirksville, MO, in 1892. One of his early students was William Garner Sutherland, who during his senior year in 1899 viewed a specially prepared and mounted human skull. He noticed the intricate beveling in the suture between the sphenoid and temporal bones and the thought occurred to him: "Beveled, like the gills of a fish, and indicating an articular mobile mechanism for respiration." He then spent the next thirty years working out the relationships of the "cranial mechanism" as he called it. Sutherland's cranial concept is organized around the" primary respiratory mechanism," includes the following components, all of which organize themselves around primary respiration:
The work of Drs. Still and Sutherland was carried forward by yet another great osteopathy, Rollin Becker (1910-1996), who is credited with naming such terms as "biodynamics," "bioenergy of wellness," "inherent treatment plan," and "rhythmic balanced interchange" when discussing the nature of the work. Dr. Becker also is credited with describing the three stages of a healing session: "Seeking, settling, reorganization/realignment." His work inspired yet another generation of biodynamic craniosacral therapists and teachers in the United States and England, including Franklyn Sills, Michael Shea, Roger Gilchrist, and Scott Zamurut, all of whom are practicing and teaching today along with thousands of BCST practitioners worldwide.
What is a Session Like?
At the table you remain fully clothed and placed under a sheet for comfort and coziness. Comfort is the operative word, and the work does not begin until you are really settled, really comfortable, on the table. The same is true for me as the practitioner, as I settle on my stool next to the table.
I tune into my own body, my own primary breathing, and then I do the same with you. Each person is unique in how his/her "system" runs. This is the beauty of the work, to find again and again an expression of life that is unique to that person. We each express life and vitality in our own way, based on our singular creation, from fertilization to birth to life experience.
Favorite contacts to your body are at: your ankles, from where I can read the tidal rhythms of your whole physical body; your sacrum, which is the primary grounder for your fluid body; your shoulders, from where the upper torso speaks; and your cranium, which is a world unto itself yet the creator of the CSF which flows rhythmically down your spine and then into your body as well. A whole session can occur from just one hold, but usually several are used during the 80-minute session.
Communication is key in the work, and I will ask you from time to time to share what you are noticing in your body, in your field. This keeps you involved and aware, and also helps guide me and reinforce my own assessment. Speaking of "force," this work proceeds without any force being put into your body; the only force is the forcefulness of your own health, your own vitality, your own potency, speaking.
Generally, we both become aware of your tides, your midline, and an area of your body that is asking for special attention. Focus will go on that area, sometimes from a distance, and sometimes more directly. The result is deep relaxation, and deep self-healing, as your body is given the opportunity for full focus of its healing mechanisms.
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Gerry Clow, RPP, RCST
Three recent client testimonials
"I am so very fortunate that you are in my life: validating what I'm doing on my own, stimulating me to reach further, and healing me with what always feels like magic. Thank you for another amazing session. I really like my new postures and today went spontaneously into a Sun Salutation after rolling upward from your series . . . . The model you and Barbara have set of creating our own ceremonies has been crucial to me in learning body dynamics; I'm formally thanking you for it and the magnificent release it has brought to my life. And I'm very grateful for your sensitivity, experience, and intuition in bringing me to exalted moments of wholeness."
"Thanks for reminding me of (my) strengths… I keep forgetting and trying hard and hard to be ok and safe in my night dreams. The last session seems to calm down my hungry ghost-like searches to feel the deep inner peace. Now I think my body knows its ability to feel and enjoy deep inner peace. That was a lovely experience and will be wonderful to be confident with my body ability to hold that deep peace. Thanks very much for the sessions and see you again for deepening experience and understanding."