The shape we’re in – pathology as an expression of tension

force and resononce
play to discover the impossible or work to enforce it?

It is the nature of words to divide for the purpose of comparison and valuation. Can these implied meanings ever match the nature from which we arise?  Does this create conflict and emotional turbulence, interfering with our cells ability to sense and adjust to the real situation at hand?

Force vs Resonance

How does the way we receive and process both energy and information determine the quality of our lives, relationships and actions?

In any one moment an organism can contract or relax. To simplify, let’s think of this as a YES of acceptance, permeability or even leakiness. Or a NO of contraction, tension, defence or even inflammation. We need both, for without movement and interaction, there is no life, and that’s a drag.

All of our sensory organs receive information by resonating with the frequency of the incoming data. Energy moves in waves, our senses receive These “waveforms”as either resonance, force or a combination of both.

When you push on a blade of grass, It moves away, little force is transferred to the roots or other blades of grass.
When you push on a twig, force is transferred to the branch, which will be moved by the twig.
Force is transferred to the degree that movement is not possible, to the degree that there is tension in the receiving tissues.
Movement contains information about the energy source, do we embody that information to the degree that we resonate with it?
Force appears to me as the energy of the source without the full information of its qualities.
If we squash a waves pitch, amplitude and frequency does it become a flatline?

Do we pass on (“passion”) information or force to the degree that we resonate, to the degree that our tissues resist or allow?

When we are tense, rather than ebb and flow, the force crashes into us and we loose balance. We receive the energy but not the information. This is like saying “No” to the possibility of life. We are constantly moving through the equilibrium of balance, swaying across the centreline, the closer to the centre we rest, the less energy we need. The easier it is for us to change direction as required.

When we match our base tension to the waveform we are receiving, accepting. We sway with the force, returning to center without losing balance. We feel the amplitude, pitch and frequency, we retain the information, allowing most of the force to pass. Is this a “Yes” to life?

When we apply constriction or opening to the capillaries, tubes and pumps of our tissues and organs, we begin to see how emotion effects health.

What if we imagine emotions as the feeling of our tissues responding and holding a “No”. What If we imagine our senses in the absence of opinions, assumptions, comparisons as a “Yes”.

We may start to see non-useful inflammation as the inability to resonate, in rejection of information do we absorb even more force. It may be that emotions are the feeling of turbulence created by applying memories rather than understanding to current events?

Ratios in the balance

*Omega 3 to Omega 6. Vitimin K2 to Vitiamin D3. Magnesium to Calcium. Potassium to Nitrogen, Insulin to Glucose, Acids to Alkalinity, amino acids to fats. The organisms that we are: must receive and balance ratios against the backdrop of what is actually happening. In thinking we send additional signalling, such as threat and support, pride and shame, confusion and assurance, allowing and resistance. We come to embody a shape that is formed by both our nutritional inputs and our base assumptions of who we are. Both food and thought shape our tissues, organs, bodies, societies and the biosphere.

* The author is being playful here, not exact or even accurate by any stretch of the imagination. The idea here is not to create fresh meanings, rather to explore the possibility of trusting action to arise from sensing life directly.

The author uses SUP coaching sessions to bring real life experience to the possibility of balance, to feeling gravity and the graceful application of force.

Head over Heals?

getting our heads in the right place helps us to use energy and sense our environment more accurately.
getting our heads in the right place helps us to use energy and sense our environment more accurately.

I find I can save energy by improving my balance, by simply getting my head in the right place. SUP training and land based body movements are great for getting my biology to start responding more to reality and less to  my stories about reality

By suspending my head from the occipital ridge, (back of the skull) I was wondering if the rest of my body would come to rest directly below my head. If I could allow my soft tissues to relax and allow alignment to return. To allow alignment to conform to gravity rather than to my 4+ decades of repeated body memory. Body memory that, much like facial expressions is highly emotional.

Deeper questions below: I removed half of them, as I was getting carried away again 

So what is it that causes my biology to embody a suboptimal posture? Why would I embody a shape that does not flow well with gravity?

Why would I take on a shape that conflicts with graceful movement?

If there is only one reality, from where does conflict arise?

If sensing is in fact resonating, what use is rigidity other than for applying force?

Does the shape we take on, reflect the stories we habitually use to cope with situations we find pleasant or threatening?

The idea of using movement for healing is probably older than drums. What I find interesting is the idea that removing assumptions is so powerful. That in fact: miss-information may pose a greater threat to the organisation of our organism than anything real.

Flat Line

Energy and information
Flatline – Do we play, to discover the impossible or to force it?

Are all simple machines based on straight lines?

Is it possible to create a circle without straight lines? Is it not described by either: applying equal forces to a square or to one end  of a straight line?

Why is it that Nature abhors straight lines? are they not but waves under tension? Waves that have lost their informational component and are now pure force? Waves that are no longer resonating, but are now decimating?

Is force, the wave that no longer responds to its environment? Does it have great power, in the absence of its conformity? Is its strength based in non response ability? If so, what is it controlled by? Who is the author of the tension? What is it that they seek by disrupting the resonance that allows the continuum of nature?

Is not the straight line the fastest route to entropy?

What then is nature, the slowest way?

Was there ever another way?

Is the purpose of our play, to discover the impossible, or to force it?

4 – Assimilate – Information Biology


So the key take-away here is: All life is enabled by the transfer and utilization of energy. Contraction and defensiveness is supposed to be temporary, as it limits growth and creates stagnation, (higher entropy). Expnansion and receptiveness enable greater situational awareness, allowing for more effective use of energy. Beliefs that cause us to react in predictable ways often cause us to restrict the way that energy and information move through our bodies. We call this stress, it not only kills our cells, it keeps us acting out our learned fear management strategies. Freedom is about choice and it is not possible from a place of fear.

Measurement before management

In previous blogs I claimed that our base drive was to feel safe, and that we felt most alive only after this was achieved. To feel connected, we need to feel the way something other than self responds to us. We are the most receptive to sensation when we can relax. We relax to the degree that we felt safe and valuable within our “groups”. The way we learnt to transmit and read signals defines how we come to see ourselves in these groups. I endeavored to explain why, these signals, when triggered by stories, can influence our actions at the level of our instincts. In this post, I will look once again at the role of signals. There is a tendency to think of mind as seperate from body, as though we can use one to control the other. Far from being fragmented,  the way our biology interacts, expands outwards through ecologies and into economies.

Getting organized, cells before cell-phones

The basic roles of protection, accumulation, energy production, reproduction and organization all exist in single cell organisms. In multi-cellular organisms these functions can be delegated to specialized cells or groups of cells.  As the complexity of the organism increases, cells become tissues, and tissues become organs.

The more funky a creature gets,  the more advanced the intercellular communication that is required. Cells start to develop specifically to create, modify and transmit signals. The most advanced of these cells being the neurons that work in neural networks. Systems of neural networks become brains which work together with the endocrine system to send electrical and chemical, (such as hormones and neurotransmitters) communications throughout our bodies.

For all our complexity, we still need to push food, air and water, through the tubes and spaces of our bodies, we must still harvest and use energy effectively if we are to survive and reproduce. We must interact with each other and other species sustainably if we are to maintain an environment that continues to support complex life. Its still all about energy and accurate data transmissions, which I would like to take a closer look at in a latter post – “Swelling mistakes”

Mind Space


When the Noise becomes the Signal

To remain safe, effective and competitive a life form requires real time data from its surroundings. It must match its internal organization to the dangers and opportunities that are currently present. We know that organisms have the ability to learn from experience and, (to varying degrees) can imagine or forecast benefits of acting or investing energy in new ways.

The development of an advanced pre-frontal cortex allowed humans to form groups, assign specialized tasks and work together towards achieving common goals. More importantly, it enabled us to create stories that implied powerful concepts of advantage and fear. Those who behaved one way we’re sure to benefit and those who did not, well, they were in a different group anyway.

This ability to co-ordinate into large groups and delay instant gratification led us to create civilizations and develop technologies. We went from harvesting our food directly from nature, to trading it for goods and services with other humans.

Humans went from being organisms that required information about events in their environment (so that they could feed and breed), to organisms that needed to be able to influence the perception of others, while selecting which perceptions were safe to embody for themselves. To a large degree we left the realm of experiencing nature directly, to experiencing the reactions of other people and altering our actions to match.

Perception and Values

We learned to trade goods and services for energy, pleasure and survival. This new twist on the old reality shifted our survival focus. From the repeating patterns in nature, to the emerging themes in our cultures. Perception became nine-tenths of reality, because what was perceived by the group to be valuable, became valued. Increasing the perception of value, in some cases, became more profitable than increasing inherent value. To anchor these valuations at the level of the instinct, below the rational mind is to create a habitual market. As humans became the source of energy, new harvesting strategies were needed.

Freedom in Focus

I am guessing that most of you will of long ago realized that freedom is about choice, and that you can only choose that which you can see as a choice. Focus determines what we see, and what we hold in our “vision”.  There is competition, not just for our attention, but for our belief. Our belief’s guide our emotional responses, our internal signaling, our biology. Mind and body are inseparable, which is why focused movement is such a powerful tool for releasing non-useful stories. We will get to that oneday…

We can maintain our freedom to choose, to the degree that we can maintain our focus. Yet we find ourselves slipping off, into replaying past events or imagined futures, without choosing to. To understand freedom, or at least to save a great deal of energy, understanding the role of stories and of self valuation may be helpful.

Research notes

For an in depth look into how life’s quest for biological advantage drives the evolution of our cultures, I recommend reading chapter 2 of “Self comes to mind” by Professor Antonio Damasio. Without his 30+ years experience and wonderful insight, this concept would still be circling in my head looking for a way out. He has nailed it, magnificently.

Perhaps less obvious, though also helpful, was the explanation of military strategist John Boyd’s work on the OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide Act) by Brett and Kate McKay offering a western look into strategic processing, (an interesting counterpart to Sun Tzu’s Art of War and Moyomoto Musashi’s book of 5 rings). Without time bobbing around on my SUP, and helping others to “re-inhabit” their bodies more fully, on the water, this would be less clear.