Commentary on The Zero Point Agreement—How to Be Who You Already Are by Julie Tallard Johnson

Posted on Sunday, November 24th, 2013

“How blessed we are to have teachers to show us how to climb the mountain [of knowledge] and sail the ocean [of body awareness].” The Lunar Tao by Deng Ming-Dao

Julie Tallard Johnson is one of those teachers. She not only knows both terrains, but also that good teachers can only point the way—they cannot take the journey for their students.

So. . .pick up this book only if you are prepared to learn by doing. . .by practicing at least some of the many ways Johnson suggests for climbing the mountain and sailing the sea. You won’t be alone; she, her teachers (whose quotes accentuate Johnson’s teachings), and their teachers going back centuries, provide the ground for you to walk on as you make your way in to your own center.

For the most important teaching Johnson provides is that the treasures you seek are already yours, and once you give up the search for them in the world, you will find them within. Give up the search for meaning, and make meaning of all the circumstances of your life.

“The zero point agreement states that you take one hundred percent responsibility for your experiences.”

~Julie Tallard Johnson~

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Acknowledgement from Larry Dossey

Posted on Saturday, October 16th, 2010

The ‘field of fear’ in medicine is real.

The Healthcare Field of Fear

Posted on Friday, October 15th, 2010

a review of Healing without Fear by Laurel Reinhardt
— written by Irene Alleger; published in The Townsend Letter

After turning to alternative medicine for more effective help for her asthma, the author relates how, when face with a lump in her breast, she felt a terrible fear rising up that sent her running back to an allopathic doctor. After waiting ten days for the results of her mammogram, by the time she saw the surgeon again, the fear had taken over and she was not able to take the time to make a decision that was not fear-based. Fortunately, it was a holiday and she couldn’t be scheduled for biopsy for some time. Because of the delay, she was able to think more clearly and finally decided to try alternatives (herbs and dietary recommendations) first. By the time she was the surgeon again, the lump was gone.

Her doctor was as restricted by fear as she was — fear of being sued, fear of the medical board, etc. Even if we begin without fear, the author says, “the field in a doctor’s office or hospital is often palpable, and can induce that fear in us.”  Our society has become extremely fearful about health concerns, some of the fear being fed by the pharmaceutical ads on TV, medical news, and government recommendations for screening, test, etc. The author says, “There is a collusion of silence, fear, and disempowerment of ourselves and each other that creates a morphic field of fear surrounding the Western health care system in general, and some illnesses, such as cancer and AIDS, in particular.”

The morphic field of fear which surrounds the practice of Western medicine is created by the following:

  • the personal fears we each have about pain, illness, disability, life, and death
  • the fears of doctors that we assimilate, sometimes called “white coat fever”
  • doctors’ fears of making mistakes, failing their patients, or being sued
  • fear-based methods of teaching and practicing medicine
  • financial fears of patients, doctors, insurance companies, and the government
  • fear-based sales tactics of insurance companies and advertisers
  • fears engendered by media reports on health care topics
  • fears of loss of power and control
  • fears of the unknown

We are so bombarded with messages and images of fear on a daily basis that we are often not even aware of it. The author of Healing without Fear, Laurel Ann Reinhardt, is an experienced psychologist in practice for more than 20 years. In this little book she brings this important, but hardly acknowledged factor powering our health care system, to light. She makes us aware of all the fear in our contemporary life and, especially in the arena of health care. I think most alternative practitioners would agree that an emotion such as fear is a real impediment to healing.

The authors have suggestions for overcoming this field of fear, and has included a wide variety of exercises that can help one become aware of the feeling of fear, and using effective tools such as journaling and breath work, begin to transform the fear. She writes, “Where fear is constrictive, love is expansive; where fear undoes, love creates; where fear inhibits, love opens up. By loving your body, the people around you, your environment, your job, your life, and yourself — your whole self, including your dreams and intuitions and even your illnesses and fears — you can create a field of joy and health that fear can no longer undo.”

Healing without Fear

Posted on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

From Body & Soul’s Best on Shelf:

“For anyone who’s afraid of doctors or hospitals, Reinhardt, a clinical psychologist, offers 82 exercises for getting through the five phases of fear: recognizing, reporting, releasing, replacing, and responding. Ranging from creative writing and visualization to dreamwork and meditation, the exercises aim to empower readers to have better dialogues with their physicians, deal with insurance agents, and take more active roles in their health care.”

Seasons of Magic – A Girl’s Journey

Posted on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Rating: Must Read!
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Web Page:

We all have teachers in our lives; whether we can recognize them for what they are or are thankful for them, they are there. Some teach us about life and love, some teach us about math and science and some teach us about ourselves, and our spirits. Season’s of Magic is the story of a young girl’s journey, with a much loved teacher, through the seasons of a year and a crash course in the seasons of life.

Erin is curious about her family’s practice of celebrating the changing of the seasons. In class she listens with interest as her friend Rachel explains why Christmas is so important to her family, and Erin discovers that she isn’t sure why her family celebrates the Winter Solstice. Her mother suggests that she ask Evangeline, an elderly neighbor, to teach her about the seasonal changes and the magic within them.

Through her studies in the natural world of Mother Nature Erin discovers that with each celebration and changing season, she is changing in her relationships with others and with herself. She is learning about the world and people, and her family’s religious beliefs. A particularly hard lesson is one which we could all use some help in dealing with, the death of a dear friend.

This book is a wonderful guide to the seasonal holidays, for children and adults alike. It is written in a gentle tone that makes it seem as if Evangeline is there for us all, and in a way, she is. It does not put down other religious beliefs but rather encourages an exploration of the similarities and differences between religions, all in a child’s point of view.

At the end of the book is a specific guide to the Wheel of the Year and all of the holidays therein. It is a workbook to help guide the reader through an exploration of the seasons and includes a glossary of terms just to make things perfectly clear. Finally, Season’s of Magic is the guide book you may have been looking for to help children embrace and celebrate the magic of the seasons in a heart touching and loving tale they can relate to.


Laurel has written a charming story perfect for teaching tween girls about the wheel of the year. Informative without being didactic and wonderfully age-appropriate.

–Vicki Garlock. — Nurture Coordinator and Curriculum Specialist

Jubilee! Interfaith Community,  Asheville, NC 28801

St. Amiens-style Labyrinth Quilt Pattern

Posted on Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Posted on: January 29, 2007
Pattern Rating: I Highly recommend this pattern

Pattern Description: This is a quilt based on the labyrinths used for meditation. I was lucky enough to get to walk the one at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. My husband and I happened upon a quilt by Laurel Reinhardt in Asheville, NC. Luckily, she sells the pattern, so you don’t have to buy one for over $1,000.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, I suppose. I’m much more of a visual person, and while Reinhardt tries to explain how to piece the pattern in words, I found it easier just to look at the diagrams and figure out how things would work for me.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? LOVE the styling. Pattern also includes how to make this into a tree skirt.

No real dislikes. She recommends triangles on a roll for piecing the angles. I had never heard of the product, so I just cut squares and pieced triangles based on my other quilting books.

Fabric Used:
100% cotton. This quilt is a for some dear friends who are having their first child. They didn’t want a “baby quilt,” so I picked out muted colors. The path is stone is color, the background green, so they go well with my tree motif.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I made the center piece one large octogon instead of 8 triangles. This allowed me to embroider a tree in the middle on my machine. I stippled around the tree to give it a bumpy effect. (Please note, this is my first time hand quilting, so my stitches aren’t even at all.) Unfortunately, I can’t remember where I downloaded the tree pattern from. It was $10, but worth every penny.

Also, because I could only embroider something so big, I also decided to pull in the wedges as much as possible to make the center smaller. This means that my quilt is 60″ square total, while normally the labryinth itself (without the borders) would be 60″.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! I plan on making another one for my house sometime. I do recommend it to others, but not as a first quilt. If you’re fine using a rotary cutter, piecing strips and piecing triangles, you should be fine.

Conclusion: Friends have seen the quilt and they love it. I’m glad to be able to give this to them, and to have finished it before the baby is due!

Note: this pattern is definitely “homegrown.” It is printed in black and white with homemaade drawings/pictures. It works great, though. Shipping is prompt and in a tyvek envelope to protect the pattern.