Jules Rampal – Osteopath in Saigon, Vietnam

Chapter 12 – About biodynamic osteopathy

You are sitting at a cafe in Saigon.

You spend your time projecting your attention on objects that are “outside” of you, such as the infinite flow of motorbikes passing by the street. As if the “outer world” starts on the outer surface of your eyes. You are constantly pretending to be in charge of your life and you are bending your experience with your will. You pretend that things happen because you work towards them. Life is here to serve you. Everything is okay, you can destroy forests, control people, move your attention, set an intention, and attract so much wealth that you wonder why people from poor countries are just lazy asses.

Since you have so much wealth and your main problem in life is the broken glass of your brand-new iPhone, you decide to go for mindfulness training. Because you need to be more aligned and more grounded since your yoga teacher told you so. During your training, you are invited to go “inside”. You start to pay attention to your body sensations. It’s okay, you have plenty of time anyway and you are already a top scorer on Candy Crush anyway. You can order your food and get it delivered, Amazon has finally listened to Ronny Chieng’s advice and created Amazon Prime Now: your order is placed in your hand the very moment you click on “purchase”. So why not spare a bit of time feeling the sun on your skin, or the water on your hands, or how you feel?

Should you be very adventurous and own a Tesla that you don’t even need to drive, you might have decided to go for craniosacral training. Maybe even a biodynamic one, where people talk about tides, Stillness, energy, chakras, and embryology. The real shit! That’s a lovely training that costs an arm and where people usually ask you to come back for like 9 phases or more. The vocabulary is complex, it sounds very serious. The problem is that most people are experts in the vocabulary. Very few have experienced a single thing they are talking about. Especially the teachers by the way. But hey, why not bend life to your will by using a bit of new age?

People talk. They love it. They write books, they have blogs like mine. They present themselves as experts. It is lovely and it attracts rich people who have enough money to fix the broken glass of their new iPhones so they can charge a lot and prove that they can attract wealth. It’s okay, why not after all? Some people like football, others go to craniosacral training.

But who knows, maybe, one day, as you’re sitting at another cafe in Saigon, you’ll suddenly realize that the very idea of inside/outside is the only thing that maintains the sensation of inside/outside. Maybe, instead of trying to control your attention or to bend life with your will, you’ll just decide to do the scariest shit in your life. You’ll just decide to see what happens if you give up on this inside/outside idea for a second.

Read carefully here, I didn’t say that you’ll feel the outside + the inside. I said that maybe you’ll see all that as a whole. No more separation. At first, it could be a bit hectic, even more than when you try to control everything. If you are an osteopath you would call that “the cranial wave”. Sounds fancy, you could probably make a few bucks selling books about it.

If you just stay like that, without giving it a name, maybe you’ll notice that your attention is being brought places, and the way it starts to move/be moved could maybe make you think of a fluid movement. Here, you would call it the fluid tide. Don’t forget to sell books about it.

Imagine if you are crazy enough to wait a little longer even though nobody’s told you to do that. Your attention that was first very narrow, very precise might start to become a bit wider. It’s not fluid anymore, more like a gas, more like the humidity that you can feel in the air while walking in Vietnam. Fast fast, you need to give it a name! let’s call it the long tide! Yeah, say it’s potent so people will want to work with it and bend it to their will again!

The question that could arise here is where does all that take place? In a “space”. An open one maybe. Maybe, after the long tide, something will stop. No more manifestation for a while, only the space that doesn’t feel empty. A bit like in deep sleep. That’s usually where you’ll lose many people who will start to tell you stuff like “I am not real”, or “life is an illusion”. Welcome to the world of non-dual gurus! Enter the field of Dynamic Stillness.

What a great idea it would be to apply all that while treating a patient! Not the patient/you, but a whole, and suddenly seeing people describing you all the phases we just talked about. Again, time for you to sell something here. Maybe a biodynamic training, so you can make sure to talk about all that to people who dream about it but couldn’t feel their toes if they’d knocked them on a piece of furniture.

Meanwhile, just outside of the cafe, the lady in the street selling you a delicious bo bun is a frecking master who experiences all that permanently. She experiences it so much, it is so normal for her that she wouldn’t even think about talking about it, because to her it’s just life, and she’s busy living it. You would have recognized her as a master, but you were busy writing your book. Life can wait, I guess, wealth can’t.


PS: I wonder what happens if you wait again and again in dynamic stillness. I’m kidding! I’ve been doing all that constantly for the past 13 years. I just don’t talk about it because it’s so normal that I don’t really see the point. Maybe I should sell food in front of the cafe?






8 responses to “Chapter 12 – About biodynamic osteopathy”

  1. jens avatar

    Hey Jules, thanks for your reply. Breathwork and getting into silence is for me also part of my daily life. You mentioned Charles Ridley. Did you study with him? I only know him and his teaching through books, which is of course not the same as working with him in presence. Very inspirational person…

    1. Jules avatar

      Yes, I went for 2 trainings with him and I have translated his second book into French. I believe it is still under review by Charles, I haven’t talked to him much lately. Nice dude 🙂

  2. Jens avatar

    Dear Jules,
    Many greetings from an osteopath from Germany. Your blog (like the previous version, don’t have insta or facebook) is interesting to read and your comments very inspiring for my own practice.
    “””I just don’t talk about it because it’s so normal that I don’t really see the point. Maybe I should sell food in front of the cafe? “””
    Maybe you don’t need to sell food in front of the cafe, maybe you are already the (food) energy itself ?
    As one of my biodynamic teachers used to say: our concept is always too small.
    Please keep on blogging! Take care and have a good time in Vietnam …Jens

    1. Jules avatar

      Hi Jens, thanks for your kind message. Concepts can only point to the direction, but trying to seize them is only going to slow us down for a bigger cage is still a cage! Anyway, thanks again for your words, I never know if someone actually reads my words, so it’s good to get this kind of feedback from time to time 😉

      1. jens avatar

        Hi Jules,
        oh i will read every article on your blog. Again, very inspiring. Who were/are your biodynamic teacher(s)?

        Thanks for reply!

        1. Jules avatar

          My main teacher is myself (sounds arrogant, I know. Change myself to “life” and now you get another answer, less arrogant but very cheesy). I have met 2 people who share their experience in this field and have sometimes felt close to what they share. Pascal Fauvet who took over Duval’s work, and Charles Ridley. A big influence for me was Kashmir Shaivism. It happens that it was the same for Becker, which I only realised later in time.

          1. jens avatar

            Hey Jules,
            no, not arrogant! You are absolutely right. It is life that is expressing through ourselves. What are your meditation influences? What kind of meditation you practice/teach? Breathwork/meditation is also for me a daily companion.

          2. Jules avatar

            Hello 🙂 I mostly sit in silence letting sensations appear and die in space. Most of the breathwork I practice at the moment is about getting rid of my breathing patterns, much more than building new ones. I breath ten meters in front of me. Then 10m behind, then left right up down etc. Step by step, the need I have to control the way I breath dies.

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