A decade ago I transitioned from living in one place, to being at home in many places. The shift happened quite naturally and organically after I had been devoted to a spiritual path for about a year and a half. The exploration began with A Course in Miracles and then expanded to embrace the teachings of the major faith traditions. Buddhism and the mystical aspects of Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam all spoke to me, as did Nonduality. Amidst such a richness of spiritual beauty and profundity I soon found myself on a contemplative and pathless journey, without a single tradition or lineage to rely on, into an all-encompassing Divinity of Love.
With no established path to follow, my wanderings became – slowly at first – a spiritual practice of standing in the Unknown, listening for subtle signals from a source beyond manifestation, and stepping consciously into the currents of life with love and compassion. After a year of living in this manner, while on a road trip in the USA, the foundations for a process called “Resonance Mapping” appeared in a flash of insight that transformed my wanderings into a science. In essence, I realized that it was both possible and totally appropriate to navigate the complexities of life by paying close attention to what had the most aliveness, or resonance.
…Graceful, Mindful & Soulful Leadership isn’t something we usually think about when we wake up in the morning. And, if we were being asked to describe it – we wouldn’t necessarily know how to, or what it might look like.
That said, when mentioned…you may feel something stir in you, which, in turn, hopefully awakens your curiosity. If this is the case – read on!
My entire professional career – now spanning 30+ years – I’ve been engaged in the corporate world. In the early 2000’s, I had arrived at a point where work and life no longer felt as fulfilling as it used to. It didn’t feel quite right. My work has always been very important to me and although a part of me still enjoyed it, I felt bored and disconnected from my own life, disempowered, and no longer vibrant and alive. I remember thinking, “Surely, this couldn’t be all there was…?”.
My brain tried to figure it out – where did the feeling come from? Why did I have it? It made no sense.
As a result, I felt ungrateful as I lived an uncomplicated life. I felt guilty as I had had the fortune of living and working in three different countries. I was valued, respected, and appreciated at work and in life. I had an active social life. I was a free spirit, I could come and go as I pleased. Come on, what was there not to like?!?
In this video from the June 2017 TEDx Findhorn, Michael Lindfield describes communicating with morphogenetic fields, and calls for us to recognize and develop our “Instruments of Self” so we can communicate and partner with creation to build a positive future.
Sourcing The Way has a similar intention: To develop our individual and collective instruments of self, sensitized to the subtle signals of the universe and nature, for the benefit of all.
The following is a report of my journey and experiences related to the Total Solar Eclipse that crossed the United States on August 21, 2017.
On Sunday the 20th, I drove from Aspen to the path of totality in Wyoming via secondary highways. The traffic across the Western Slope of Colorado was light but the feeling of energy pressing in was intense. In fact, the subtle energies calibrated the strongest (by orders of magnitude) of any I had ever experienced. With further clarity I realized that a massive consciousness pressure was enforcing a kind of one-pointed attention and emptiness, which dovetailed beautifully with the meditation of driving through the mountains and high desert.
At some point it became clear that I needed to open completely to receive the gifts and messages of the eclipse, which were already coming through. The main messages were:
The field of Vibrational Manifestation (i.e. the world, including subtle realms) is being re-seeded with new opportunities for awakening.
The USA has the opportunity to be reborn from the new consciousness.
The seeds are deeply planted and the opportunities for awakening will rise to the surface in the coming weeks and months. (In this moment, I’m getting through late January 2018.)
By committing to awakening and AWAKENESS, we align with powerful forces of transfiguration. Doing so will greatly ease our experience of these times.
I car-camped in CBEAUTY next to the Boysen Reservoir overlooking the Wind River Reservation.
Would it be better to attend a conference in California this fall or put that money toward a bucket-list trip in 2018? Take a road trip inland or head for a retreat by the sea? Keep a “go bag” ready for something unexpected, or plan the next trip in advance? Our previous posts about Resonance Mapping laid out principles and basics. This post details an example of using Resonance Mapping for a practical inquiry: how to satisfy my wanderlust without blowing my budget.
I wanted to know which of the various travel options I could think of for this fall would be most resonant for me. “Resonant” in this case meant most supportive of my ongoing evolution, with an ample measure of pleasure thrown in.
Jeff and I co-sensed this together, starting with a few possibilities I’d been considering: going to a retreat center, taking a one- or two-week road trip, holing up in a cabin somewhere, or jetting off on the spur of the moment if I found a great fare to a beautiful place.
For each place on my list of possible destinations, we listed three data points: two from Jeff, one from me. Jeff used his inner sensing methods to ask the resonance of each travel idea on two value scales: a percentage, and a scale of 0-10. He also listened for new suggestions that hadn’t occurred to me—for example, he repeatedly got a hit to include Canada in the list of optimal possibilities.
Unlike Jeff’s, my ‘data points’ were qualitative, not quantitative. When I tuned into my body sense, my core would contract or expand slightly, I’d get tingles or energy rushes around my head or torso, or my imagination would light up with a new idea or image. By practicing with Sourcing The Way folks, I’ve learned to recognize the difference between such hints or messages and my usual mental chatter.
Once we got rolling, I also heard or felt suggestions for going deeper. (More about that later in this post.)
In less than 30 minutes we co-sensed and mapped a list of ideas that blossomed from a handful to more than 40.
Most resonant (top of the list): Go to Paradise at Mt. Rainier when the wildflowers are blooming. The winners overall were to head for high elevation terrain (my usual vacation choice is coastal), do something unexpected, visit Canada, and do a self-directed retreat for a deep dive into the roots of being. These all came in at 9.8 to 10 out of 10, and above 90%.
Least resonant: Urban settings, an impulse trip to Europe, staying home and saving the money for a later bucket-list trip, signing up for a formal retreat, and attending any of the upcoming conferences and festivals I’d wondered about. These ranged from 0 to 3 out of 10, and below 30%.
Somewhere in between: Going to the desert, heading for Hawaii, taking a road trip through Washington state, and a few dozen other possibilities.
As the list grew, several axes or pivots presented themselves, so we also tested them:
Urban vs. rural? Rural, with highest values for natural settings at high elevations.
North America vs. going abroad? North America.
Impromptu or planned in advance? Both were okay.
A retreat or a trip or a conference? A trip and a retreat. Organized group events didn’t make the cut this time.
If retreat, self-directed or formal? Self-directed.
An example of a question series
Once the rural vs. urban question was settled, we zeroed in on geography and my intuition joined in. I felt prompted to ask about vegetation. Somewhere with lots of plants, focusing on trees? 99%, but only 1.8 on the 10 scale. Somewhere with lots of plants, without focusing on trees? That got 1 trillion % (sometimes Jeff’s percentage values go beyond 100), but only 2.2 on the 10 scale.
At that point, I got a stronger hunch about what was going on. We’ve noticed that when the percentage and 0-10 scales give answers that are wildly different, we’re being invited to look more closely, to reframe the context or the question. So I asked “High elevation?” Yes! Infinitely high % and 9.9 on the scale. When I then asked “Near and above treeline during wildflower season at Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park?” that 9.9 moved to 10.0 for a perfect score. And my insides felt excited—super excited, like a child with a birthday present to open.
When the process becomes alive
We went through three stages with this Resonance Mapping sequence: static, dynamic, and alive. We had started with a list of a half-dozen travel possibilities. Simple inquiry, simple answers. That was the static phase of the process.
The Resonance Mapping became dynamic when new ideas started to surface. For example, the process got simpler and faster when we noticed and asked about the patterns or pivots in the rapidly growing list, such as whether a natural rural setting would be more resonant for my next trip than any city.
After we’d gone through the whole list once, intuition nudged me to shift from destinations to motivations. I got that my questions hadn’t been coming only from a desire to travel. Yes, I wanted to travel somewhere. But, to me, freedom to travel represents personal freedom, and I realized I’d been using this list as a gauge of my own freedom—or lack thereof.
When Jeff and I reframed the inquiry to remove any energy that suggested I wasn’t already free, a new question emerged: Where—which journey or experience—would offer me the greatest chance to be of service?
At that point, the process shifted from dynamic to alive.
The question deepened into my bones and into the floor beneath me. All kinds of additional possibilities raced into my mind. I also felt freedom—as lightness and curiosity—replace the mild constriction and contraction I’d been feeling about the list. “Either/or” left as “both/and” arrived.
Physically, I also felt something lift and stir my insides, like a spring breeze playing with sheets on a clothesline—an inner movement helping to free an old energy pattern I no longer need.
Source willingly (and playfully) uses Resonance Mapping to help us co-sense the practical decisions of life. But we’ve seen again and again that when we listen deeply enough to catch Source’s hints about our patterns and assumptions and then explore those assumptions together, Source takes us deeper, and the inquiries assume a radiant life of their own.
As for Mt. Rainier, as soon as Jeff and I finished our session, I went online and booked an inexpensive room just outside the national park for 2 nights in mid-August. It’ll give me easy access to the Paradise area with its beautiful trails through high-country meadows. I haven’t been there in years. Maybe I’ll take a trip this fall, too. But for now, the wildflowers and treeline at Paradise are calling.
This is the third post in a series on Resonance Mapping, one of Sourcing the Way’s foundational tools.
If I tilt this piece of labradorite just so,
when the angle’s right,
the grays of sky and sage
give way to Aurora fire.
Flames beneath the surface
particular to this stone’s
particular sheen and qualities.
And also, uncontained, beyond containing,
deep light-lines straight as arrows
cross its face, bridges
to the something more
this piece was part of.
If you acutely angle a mind
in the geometry of surprise
enough to catch its story looking elsewhere,
a soul with the sheen of a rufous throat,
but neon-bright, shows itself,
blazing through the story’s camouflage,
and all the edgeless lines of light it holds
are pointers to the next soul and the next,
hints of the original urge
to break into so many,
and of the ache for union.
Shattered into everything, the All
reveals its fire through our faces.
Holly Thomas is a member of the Sourcing The Way Council. This post from her forthcoming collection of poems is part of a series of “Glimpses” — brief explorations inspired by sourcing, the occasional bolt from the blue, or simply noticing.
This second post in a series on Resonance Mapping, one of Sourcing the Way’s foundational tools, was co-authored by Jeff Vander Clute and Holly Thomas.
In our previous post, Sourcing flow beyond yes and no, we offered the possibility of a new paradigm for inspired decision-making that can lead to a much greater sense of flow in work and life through a process called Resonance Mapping.
To borrow a phrase, a Resonance Map is a structure for ‘making the invisible visible’ – as a high-resolution image of a particular inquiry, recorded in the form of a spreadsheet, a map, or anything in between. It’s a record of the results of Sensing and Co-sensing into constellations of opportunities by however many people are participating in the inquiry. It can represent a single point in time or show changes over time.
A few terms and observations are important here:
Sensing is the individual process of opening to and receiving information from what we call Source. An active version can involve asking a question and listening with the full body system for a spontaneous, uncontrived response.
Co-sensing is Sensing as a group of two or more. It includes individual Sensing but can be more powerful, often producing better data for inspired decision-making.
Sensing and Co-sensing – broadly defined – are how we practice Sourcing, and sometimes we use the terms interchangeably. Later posts in this series go deeper into the methods and benefits of Sourcing.
An inquiry can be about anything. Any question you can think of is fair game, especially if you’re sincerely curious about the answer, if you’re open to being intuitively guided, and if you’re willing to follow the energy if other questions emerge from the process. For example, you might want to discern or discover:
The optimal location and mission for a new business, or the composition and role of a new team, including the key factors influencing those choices.
The well-being of body systems, from the physical to the energetic, and from the largest scale (such as the whole endocrine system) to the sub-microscopic.
How best to use and renew your own life energy given a wide range of possibilities and opportunities.
Which opportunities are the most aligned with your soul’s purpose and joy.
What’s happening at subtler levels of creation and consciousness.
A Resonance Map makes it possible to examine, compare, and even measure information obtained through Sensing and Co-sensing for a particular realm of inquiry. It records the information’s aliveness, degree of truth, or depth of resonance and consciousness for a given time, place, and circumstance. The sum total of the information obtained this way represents the possibilities and opportunities named in the inquiry, and those that are most alive, true, resonant, or conscious rise to the top.
When the map is set up as a spreadsheet, it’s easy to record using numbers, descriptions, or other symbols or codes, whatever each participant senses through whichever sensing methods they use, from muscle-testing or pendulum work to body sensations or meditation, and then to see the whole picture that emerges from the individual results. When the co-sensing results involve numbers, percentages, or calibrations, simple statistical tools like standard deviation can be used to gauge the coherence of the results, and of the group. Resonance Maps can also track how questions and answers evolve over time, such as before and after energetic clearings and other intentional changes.
On a more mysterious level, we’ve noticed again and again that the more curiously and gently we inquire, the more alive the inquiry itself seems to become. A creation process unfolds, with us as co-creators. As the process flows, circumstances change, and answers and choices can all shift. When we work in this way, we are working at the level of the roots of life. That’s one reason why Resonance Mapping is so powerful.
What can Resonance Mapping help us accomplish?
If we live according to the binary extremes of yes and no, we can eventually get to where our souls want to go. But the yes/no life can be like a black-and-white movie, in which it’s easy to miss the vividness of our experiences. Bouncing between the polarities of yes and no can also feel a bit like zigzagging down a cobblestone street filled with potholes we can’t see. The blockiness or bumpiness is life energy constrained by our own mental blinders – specifically, the tendency to see only the extremes – and it will often show up as drama in our life circumstances.
When we focus on the extremes, we tend to overlook the subtle pointers and directional cues that would enable us to find the path of least resistance and greatest flow, and we are likely to miss both the overall picture and the details that enrich it.
At the most basic level, Resonance Mapping removes the mental blinders. We can see and be more clearly. There is more color in our lives and the path becomes smoother.
The most tangible and immediate benefit of Resonance Mapping is that it brings clarity and inspiration to decision-making by asking what wants attention right now, and then mapping the ‘aliveness and consciousness’ of a whole range of opportunities, not just the leading candidates. This produces a higher-resolution picture of how resonant (alive) each possibility is in relation to the whole. What emerges is a clear sense of the most luminous and empowered path forward. In the process, the way to go often becomes completely obvious.
When the resolution of the picture increases, the blockiness of the pixelation disappears and previously invisible subtleties, layers, and interrelationships emerge. We move into clarity and engage with a much more accurate representation of the situation, which in turn empowers us to navigate life that much more skillfully. Our inquiries and decision-making evolve from some version of “Is that blur ahead of me a friend or a foe?” to something more like “What is the pattern? What is the gift of this turn in the story? What am I being invited to notice and shift?”
As a tool, we can apply Resonance Mapping in other ways as well. For instance, we may use it as a feedback system to map the aliveness of various qualities of being that we are cultivating or liberating. We have found that working with real-time Sensing and Co-sensing feedback helps enormously in amplifying the ‘positive’ qualities and clearing the ‘negative’ qualities for ourselves, our organizations, and our communities.
Beyond the Beyond
Over the last six years at Sourcing The Way, Resonance Mapping has evolved from a basic ranking system into a mathematically and spiritually subtle architecture for conversing with Creation and Consciousness. Every time we’ve thought the system was complete, another layer has revealed itself, as if responding to our invitation to show up even more fully and deeply. More than a tool for practical decision-making, it has become a consciousness technology that can sharpen our insight, expand our awareness, increase our sensitivity to subtle energies, and, with consistent practice, open us to non-local awareness and Self-realization.
The more we source and map via Sensing and Co-sensing, the more we discover that immanent quality of ourselves that is the Source of all we know and experience. The ‘resolution’ keeps increasing, and the ‘pictures of reality’ we’ve seen emerge so far are stunning. The Infinite keeps unfolding, helping us awaken to the vastness and offering practical support for living more purposefully and authentically.
In the next post of this series, we will offer several real-world examples of Resonance Mapping.