The difference, as I see it, between rhetoric and poetics is about how the work is divided. If I am being rhetorical I am doing most of the work, if I am being poetic more of the burden of doing the work shifts to you. It’s like the difference between regular medicine and rehab medicine. The responsibility for doing the work shifts to the other side.


I want to do less of the work. Who would like to take on the task of archaeology of an orthobionomy crank? Is it digging up the outhouse or is it a temple? Perhaps its the outhouse of the temple.


-Richard Valasek                                                 

[Ours is not the standard stroy of Chapman's Reflex Points. If you are interested in an in-depth review of what I refer to as the 'standard story' I refer you to William H. Devine in Sources. History, theory, and application in a PowerPoint format.]


[Sometimes I write in silence and sometimes I add music to this ambiance. I started silent and was wafted a scent of jazz organ and suddenly I hungered for Jimmy Smith. A quick search got me The Sermon. I have no idea if or how the music colors the writing but thought I should let you know a tiny bit of what's in my background as I write. Does this have anything to do with 'transparency?' Did anyone catch the above synesthesia?]


[With a class being planned soon (Aug 14-15, Bozeman MT), I come back to this. A poem has inserted itself that wants to start things off]



A landscape blossoms within me 

and only its evanescence 

separates it from the nature all around. 

The two are merging together, 

melting into each other with no boundaries 

and the place where my soul’s house once stood 

is becoming overgrown. 

Only a few stones that I’ve heaped 

on the shoulders of those close to me 

will be there, gathering moss, 

and maybe a rose, a midsummer rose 

that I’ve planted 

will bloom amid the long hay, 

and the achillea and the iris and the apple trees 

will grow from the seeds that I’ve let fall 

beside the path, on the way to the sauna, 

and maybe the butterflies, from generation to generation, 

of all things the most fragile, 

and my adder and my lizard, and my frog 

will be happy here. 

At last it will belong to them entirely 

as was meant from the start.

It’s past now, this time 

of humans at the centre of things 

and the era of nature is beginning in me now. 

My dreams are coming to pass like a resurrection 

and everything bears witness to the faith.


                                                                     –– Eeva Kilpi



Perhaps I have been staring too long into this plate of spaghetti. Bit while staring I pulled The Book of OI out of the tangle. I feel I owe a large debt of gratitude to Oi, whoever they are. You did a delightful job of pretty well summarizing where things are with Chapman's Reflex Points, what that sliver of our culture has even vague awareness imagines them to be.


Oi, you raise the question of 'Voodoo' and seem not to have addressed it. You give the suggestion there may be magic afoot. I would (parenthetically) ask you to reconsider using the word Voodoo as it cries out  colonialization and cultural misappropriation


You refer, Oi, in your first sentence, to CRPs as an area of 'medicine.'  I have been struggling with the use of this word myself in categorizing this system, which I refer to as the Chapman's Reflex Network (CRN). In a very broad sense of the word medicine we are meaning technologies with an aim toward curing and healing, managing illness and dysfunction is focused on more than improving 'health.' Repairing damage.

Chapman's Reflex Network and Magic

Our approach must of necessity be part magical as this network does not actually exist. It lurks in the shadows in dusty corners of osteopathic literature and has been trotted forth 


Magic is alignment and flow with how things actually work. It is also the ability to fractally track the workings up and down a scale. Like playing a long con. Seeing consequences further along, not just an immediate goal.


I'm only concerned with healing magic. Heal in the older etymology to make whole. I would add enlarge, healing follows from connecting. Plato defined love as "simply the name for the desire and pursuit of the whole."  By these terms 'loving' and 'healing' are synonymous.


Healing magic can be called psychosomatic medicine though some of us cringe at either or both of these words. 


[Footnote?]I first want to get off my chest an annoyance I have about the proliferation of classes and Google references to Chapman's neurolymphatic reflexes. A bizarre 19th-century sciency book has become a sort of bible. Time stands still and few questions are asked. A search through more contemporary osteopathic literature (Chapman's reflexes are in their domain) questions this neurolymphphatic story. A deep phenomenological and orthobionomic inquiry of this reflex cohort yields a far different version of the body and its techniques. There is a kind of naivety common throughout the teachers of Ortho-Bionomy and other practices. It is intellectual laziness. Just memorize this thin text and charts, historical documents of a 19th-century version of osteopathy and you'll be fine. The points are pretty much isolated, individualized. This fits with the old view of bodies and isolated and individualized. It is an archaic story. 


Following the connections of the points to realize a network and reveal how it functions, what jobs it does and an entirely different structure for the body emerges, one of bodies connected, entangled, with all kinds of other bodies and beings.



[The music has stopped. I'm ready to dive into the CRN, Chapman's Reflex Network. I'm not decided yet how to begin it knowing it is multidimentsional and round (see Laws of Life). I'll take a little break, study the cartoons in the just-delivered New Yorker.][The music has stopped. I'm ready to dive into the CRN, Chapman's Reflex Network. I'm not decided yet how to begin it knowing it is multidimentsional and round (see Laws of Life). I'll take a little break, study the cartoons in the just-delivered New Yorker. This was the first cartoon I encountered (April 20, 2020 edition. The caption could also read "Don't stare too deep into a Chapman's Refelx point." This is a curious coincidence.]

When Arthur Pauls introduced Chapman's Points I did no like them. I did not like the way he addressed them, The method he taught was very painful, inconsistent with all other aspects of Ortho-Bionomy. He imported from osteopathy something that he thought would help fill it out, a method to address visceral issues, as he put it. I did not want Chapman's Reflexes to be a part of the program we were creating. I did not like Chapman's Reflexes. We finally struck a deal. I begrudgingly accepted Chapman's Reflexed into the program, Arthur let go of something I liked even less. I did not have to teach the stuff. When I got over myself over the years I undertook an intensive interrogation of Chapman's Points and learned how wrong I was. The  Chapman's Reflex Network is the very essence of self-correction and I learned how to converse with and coax these delicate tendrils of connection.


Playing with the CRN intersects with the body schema, isometrics, posture, Phase 7, and trauma response. Seeing it as a network rather than just a jumble of points opens us onto the world of self-correction, social homeostasis, prediction




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and, if I do not save it, I do not save myself.                       —JOSÉ ORTEGA Y GASSET

Changing the Conversation

I was born. I am always a vessel for something other than myself. The self is only a

vehicle for Foreign matter which comes from elsewhere and is destined to go on

elsewhere without me, whether it's words, smells, vision                                                      ––EMANUELE COCCIA  Metamorphoses

The Story Teller

Now, more than ever . . . our place in the universe and the place of the universe in us, is proving to be one of active relationship. That is more than a scientist's credo. The separateness of our lives is a sham. Physics, mathematics, music, painting, my love for you, my work, the star-dust of my body, the spirit that impels it, my politics,  clocks diurnal, time perpetual, the roll, rough, tender, swamping, liberating, breathing, moving, thinking nature, human nature and the cosmos are patterned together.

      —JEANETTE WINTERSON                Gut Symmetries

What you do, what you become, is not my concern.                      ROBERT MCCALL



Yes, there is beauty

There is love

There is joy.

All you who suffer from

the world's miseries

Defend them.

                         ––EEVA KILPI


"Don't immanentize the eschaton."  

                     ––ERIC VOEGELIN

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