Inner Coherence: More Lessons from Jack

By Celia Coates

Inner coherence is a phrase I first heard Jack Stucki use many years ago, and he mentioned it again last month as his quiet zone( ) It has to do with a state of body-mind awareness that might be described as calm, cool, and collected. This kind of coherence is about a steady, full, consistent, integrated, connected, and aesthetic kind of order. And, inner means the obvious – it’s an individual and personal experience although it includes the ability to be involved with all that is around us as well as within ourselves. I imagine it to be a grand version of clearing your desk before sitting down to do good work. You can clear the mental clutter so you can feel open – gaining clarity, a sense of purpose, and the happy ability to get the big picture of what might happen next.

Like most of us, I have had to get away from the usual jumble and jangle of my life to begin to experience inner coherence.
Jack began to learn about it when he was a child,
“It came to me when I was little and sitting in church and school and I had developed what I would call attention deficit disorder. I would go inside and create a special state that, when I reflect back on it, was an inner coherence that would let me protect myself and see what was true. Often what was going on seemed to me to be lies.”

“Now, when I am using the Luminator, I go in to my “quiet zone”. Working with the Luminator has two sides – the technology and subtle energies of the device combine with Jack’s human inner coherence and the subtle energies of intention. He has a story to tell about how this work came in to his life. Jack had a former client who, with his help, had learned how to bring healing into her own life,
“She worked at the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine and she would call me up to tell me when something ‘weird’ came across her desk. In 1995 she told me about a man named Patrick Richards who had developed a machine called the Luminator which he said dealt with the fact that light is emitted from our High Self through the body either in a coherent or non-coherent manner. The Luminator changes the resonance in the room in some way so that when a Polaroid picture is taken of someone, the photo shows up as either cloudy or clear. When you are in a state of truth and balance you get a clear picture and when you are struggling or not in coherence with your High Self, the picture is fuzzy. He used it in conjunction with homeopathic remedies he had developed: if someone was holding one that was good for them, the picture would be clear.”

 “I always give him credit for his invention, but he did not necessarily agree with how I used the machine. In fact, I had a funny experience about that. I was sitting and wondering why, with only my bachelor’s degree in music therapy, did the Luminator come into my hands? Then I heard the Guides talking – “Well, we made sure it got to several professionals and they used it exactly the way the inventor wanted them to. So we asked, ‘Who could we give it to that never follows directions?’ Then we thought, ‘How about giving it to Jack Stucki?’”

Humor is a natural part of Jack and his work,
“Ever since I was little, humor has been a real guide for me as far as learning from someone in the  physical plane. There is always this lightness, this mirth that I just love, that sort of leverages the effortlessness. Because humor is so effortless – not joke-telling, but the humorous things that just come spontaneously. Later I learned from what Elmer taught about effortless effort. We are usually supposed to look like we are working hard, making an effort, but we can do some things without exerting ourselves.  We can learn about becoming relaxed and aware and in a deeper state.”

Jack tells more of the story,
“After I heard about the Luminator, I flew out to meet Patrick Richards. He snapped a picture of me that did not look very good. I had some worries on my mind, so then I did a little Qigong – left over right at the solar plexus – and got myself together and then photographed clear.”

“After seeing the photograph of myself when I was worried and then creating inner balance and photographing clear, I decided to see what could be done for clients. I was seeing a young man with a lot of health challenges going on and I first consulted my own intuition for guidance about what to do. There is a Medicine Wheel on our land so I meditated in it from the position of North which I see as the direction of interconnection and what came to me was that this young man lived in a place where it was very difficult to self-regulate, to feel balanced. So I called him and said, “Eric, this is going to sound funny, but if you’d take a teaspoon, a baggy and some aluminum foil and go outside where you live and put a spoonful of dirt in the baggy and wrap it in tightly with the foil and bring it with you to my lab, I’d appreciate that and I’ll explain things when you get there. So Eric brought the spoonful of dirt and we unwrapped it and we took a picture of him holding it. The Luminator photo of Eric holding dirt from where he lived was a complete blur. Then he held dirt from our Medicine Wheel and photographed clear. It turned out that he was living in the funeral home that his family owned.”   

 When Elmer and Alyce Green were working with biofeedback, they were at first concerned with physiological control – warming the hands, slowing the heart rate, quieting the electrical activity of the skin – using our ability to self-regulate the body. Their work advanced to studying states of consciousness and to self-regulation of the mind, taking control of our thoughts and emotions. Their major contribution can be seen in the title of their book – BEYOND BIOFEEDBACK. They taught us how much further we can go in using self-regulation to develop a truly enlightened awareness. Jack has said,
“When I first saw what the Luminator could do in showing us our state of mind, I thought, ‘Oh my goodness! This could be a biofeedback device for consciousness.’”

“Something I learned from the pain clinic is that we have to work from the inside and deal with the self-regulation of emotion – not giving power to emotions such as worry and fear and anger. Feedback equipment tells us something about the tension people hold when they are in physical pain, but pain is never just physical. It always involves emotions and spiritual aspects and everything that is surrounding it.”

This is Jack’s story – part of his story, anyway – and we each have our own stories about coherence or non-coherence. Sometimes we are influenced by where we live or the people around us, although our major problems usually come from emotions that are too strong or too often negative. We need to know our feelings, explore them, and then go beyond them. This is what meditative practices (especially vipassana or “insight” meditation) can give us. We learn to stay focused in “the now” opening to awareness of the whole moment and the whole self. Then we can experience the inner coherence that is more than having a quiet mind because it includes body awareness. Letting go of ego struggles, we can gain an enlightened state of mind and allow the genuine flow of feeling, but not a flood of emotion. This is when we are free to feel love – the natural essence of being human.

Jack says,
It is most important to get in touch with ourselves and to live with love, not fear.Love is amplified when we create inner coherence. And so is spiritual awareness.
Jack adds this, “Heaven is not an external state, it is an internal state. Heaven is inside and it’s attainable to us all the time, 24/7.”

He directs us for a religious understanding of this to the Bible and Second Timothy in which we are told to “pray without ceasing.”
“It is praying without ceasing because then, wherever we direct our thoughts, we’re in the creative process (or coherent state). We are accepting responsibility for our thoughts in a most gentle, effortless way.”

One of my favorite reflections from Jack is on what it’s like when we live together this way in our world, “It feels like when I was a rock guitarist and we were all just playing the music together.”

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Jack Stucki is a researcher and practitioner of subtle energies medicine. His main interest lies in exploring and applying new ways that involve the use of sound and various other modalities to heal physical and emotional illnesses. His work began with the brainwave frequencies in biofeedback.

He can be contacted by e-mail:

The fractal image that leads this post is from Pixabay.

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