Monthly Archives: June 2017

Oct 29, 2017: Starting Point’s 40th Anniversary Dance Party

WHAT: Join us for The Starting Point’s 40th Anniversary Dance party!!
Click here to download a copy of the flyer and order form for tickets and the
Program Book (see below)..
WHERE: Auletto’s Catering in Deptford Township, NJ. For directions, click here and a
separate browser window will open for Google Maps.

WHEN: Sunday, October 29, 2-6pm

MORE INFO: Jerry Blavat (the “Geator With the Heater”) will be spinning records that
afternoon to help us celebrate this milestone anniversary! Tickets will become available
at the end of August or early September, so mark your calendars now.

You will not want to miss this one!!! Contact the front desk for more details.


Regarding the “Program Book” :

We are preparing a printed Program Book to commemorate this special event. Ads, testimonials,
tributes, memorials, good wishes or business cards can be added to the program book by emailing
a copy of the completed form with “Program Book” in the subject line to
by October 9, 2017.  Detailed instructions for the submission of ad materials will then be sent to you
via email.

The following size ads are available:

_____ Full Page ( 4” x 7”) for       $250                      _____ Half Page (4” x 3 ½”) for         $125
_____ Quarter Page (2” x 4”) for $75                        _____ Small Block (1 ¾” x 1 ¾”) for $50
             (works great with business cards)                   _____ Patron’s Listing for                  $10  

A note from Vince DiPasquale, our founder

Dear friends

As you may or may not be aware, 2016 was a very difficult year for The Starting Point financially.

Even in the best of times, this small not-for-profit organization operates hand-to-mouth on a shoestring budget. However, a major construction project across the street made things far more difficult for us. The construction necessitated street closures, which in turn affected access to our facility and the availability of parking. Because of the disruption and inconvenience, one of our dependable sources of revenue left our facility and relocated. That meant a loss of funds of nearly $12,000 per year. Since then, a second source of revenue, representing an additional $24,000, was lost to us. This total loss of $36,000 represents 10% of our annual operating budget, which has hit the organization hard.

Rest assured that we are working diligently on our end to keep our doors open and continue to provide high-quality holistic, integrative, and wellness-oriented educational and referral services to our clientele and the recovery community at large.

In these difficult times, we remain mindful of your ongoing support and are grateful for any assistance you can show us this year. There are many ways to support Starting Point financially, and these are all detailed on our DONATE page.

As always, we thank you for your support of The Starting Point.

Trapped Emotions: The Invisible Epidemic

Much of the suffering in our lives is due to negative emotional energies that have become “trapped” within us. The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson is a simple and powerful method of finding and releasing these trapped energies. A single trapped emotion can create both physical and emotional problems that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Finding and releasing those trapped negative energies can literally make changes in how you feel and behave in the choices that you make and in the results that you get.

Trapped emotions lower your immune function and make the body vulnerable to disease. They can distort body tissues, block the flow of energy and prevent normal functions of organ and glands. This process can be used for any condition or disease that could be a contributing factor to wellness.

Most people give little thought to their subconscious minds, but like a computer, your subconscious mind is capable of storing vast amounts of information. Dr. Nelson believes that everything you have ever done in your entire life has been logged in your subconscious mind. Your subconscious is also aware of any trapped emotions that your body may be harboring, and it also knows exactly what effect these trapped emotions are having on your physical, emotional and mental well-being. We can actually retrieve information from the subconscious using a form of kinesiology or muscle testing. An important point to know is that all organisms, no matter how primitive will respond to positive or negative stimuli e.g. plants grow towards sunlight and away from darkness. The human body is no different. Your body will normally be drawn toward positive things and repelled by negative things or ideas. If you will allow yourself to quiet your conscious mind and tune into your body, you will learn that your subconscious is quite able to communicate with you.  A simple way to do this is called the “Sway Test.” Assume a comfortable standing position with no distraction. You will notice that it is actually impossible to stand perfectly still. When you make a positive, true or congruent statement, your body should begin to sway forward. If it is an incongruent or untrue statement, your body should sway backward.

Everything in the universe is made of energy, whether that energy manifests in physical form or remains invisible. We can feel energy when it is in the form of emotions, and if negative emotional energies become trapped within us, they may adversely affect us. Eventually, a correlation was made between the emotions we experience and the various organs of the body. Anger is emanating from your gall bladder or liver. Betrayal emanates from your heart or small intestine, grief by your lungs or colon, etc. Everything that exists radiates with vibrational energy that has an ultimate effect on our own energy field whether good or bad. This applies to animals too. When emotionally upsetting events occur, animals can suffer just as people do.


The Emotion Code should not be used by itself in attempting to address any major disease or medical condition, but rather it should be looked upon as an adjunctive therapy. More information on the Body/Emotion Code can be found on the internet.


Marie Olwell, Counselor