Be Still and Know I Am


...words etched on the grave markers of the founder of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field Dr. William Garner Sutherland and his wife Adah Strand Sutherland.


Dr. Sutherland transmitted biodynamics orally to a close inner circle of students. After Dr. Sutherland's death, Dr. Rollin Becker kept the flame alive and evolved it through his writings adding influences from his connection to Kashmir Shaivism. Today, we bask in elegant articulations and precise definitions of biodynamics crafted by Dr. James Jealous.


Our work honors this lineage and continues with the contribution made by Charles Ridley, author of  STILLNESS: Biodynamic Cranial Practice and the Evolution of Consciousness. The biodynamics we teach is an evolutionary model, not a treatment model. “Treatment happens” on multiple levels at the same time as part of an evolutionary impulse or intelligence. Cranial enfoldments are understood as non-separate expressions of an evolving and embodied conscious Whole. The Power inside the Forces of embryogenesis - The Love that emanates out of Dynamic Stillness – is in non-separate consort with/in/as this consciousness. We abide at the threshold of this mysterious “relationship” and the question: "What is Body?"


We don’t yet know what the body is for!

 - Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum


The body is the second placenta.

 - Andrew Taylor Still, D.O. founder of Osteopathy


At conception, Pure Breath of Love, as a multi-tidal potency, incarnates as an ebb and flow inside the embryo as a 'primary respiration.' This suffusion of 'inner breath' within the protoplasmic fluids is mediated by pacemaker cells that surround the embryo. This fractal, multi- dimensional, tidal motion enters the flesh from the infinite periphery of Dynamic Stillness, it suffuses the embryos' vertical midline of Stillness, and organizes forces that combine levity and gravity that orchestrates the precise geometric patterns in the fluids of the embryo that create the human form.


This is the biodynamic motion of health that never stops: after birth, primary respiration, emanating from the heart field, continues to maintain our human form, all the body functions, and health; it is the foundation for our perceptual integrity; and is the power that propels our consciousness toward realization of utter bodily union with The Love that creates all there is - throughout the rest of life.


In our Dynamic Stillness school, we earnestly heed Dr. Sutherland's guidance: 'trust the Tide,' leaving it completely free to heal from within. Dr. Sutherland ardently asked biodynamic practitioners to allow physiologic function from 'within' to manifest its own 'unerring potency' rather than to 'apply blind force' from without, and in our practice we strictly abide by his injunction.


This is a life-long practice, not a goal we reach.
We cultivate the capacity to be present with everything and bodily united in the unfolding flow of Love
as an unbroken continuity of consciousness, regardless of what is happening." 
– Charles Ridley