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Sensorium=Somatic Intake

A radical synthesis is underway between the multitude of disciplines and sciences.
Alan Schore (2003) has said that it is at the edges of each discipline that the innovations and discovery of new understanding occur. It has been my attempt to help in creating, participating, and shaping the emerging edges of Somatic psychology and Somatic education, yet as my research continues to expand I find new terrain. We need whole new maps to constellation the exponential unfolding our our ever increasingly complex world. We are going have to practice levels of consciousness that are at the edges of our current consensus or academic and scientific understanding. They are radical shifts, not because other levels of consciousness are new to the human experience, but because what restricts their presence in our daily life are imperceptible boundaries. These are the boundaries of our entire mental, emotional, and physical, social, and sensory ecology. Like the fish who asks all the other fish "what is the sea?" These boundaries are held inwardly by defensive fear, rigid identity structures, protecting our deepest infantile existential terrors and the haunted-ness of perceiving outside of our family or cultural systems. Our deep mammalian need to survive requires interdependence, fitting in and at the cost of the evolution of our species capacity to rapidly respond to a newly emergent world.

Tapping into the consciousness of the body is the gateway, the firm foundational orientation to the present. At this launching point, our perception, guided by the gathered energy of attention, both cognitive and bio-electric, we can then tap the integral field of sensational information. Our complex behavioral systems are unified by embodiment and gives us endless access to states of knowing, perceiving, and consciousness that have in the past be rapidly clumped into the woo-woo, the paranormal, or some other way to categorize reality into black and white, left and right, and good or bad. This classic way to split thought and attention into either or's maintains that we rigidly simplify reality, by dominating perception, both internally and externally, and those of us we are in relation with. Unifying attention through sensational awareness, or body awareness is classic in martial arts, psychotherapy, zen, music, dance, etc. Looking at the various domains that have tapped into this research is vast, but as of late, my train of A.D.D has taken me on this tour of the cyber realms.

The term sensorium (plural: sensoria) refers to the sum of an organism's perception, the "seat of sensation" where it experiences and interprets the environments within which it lives.

The somatic nervous system (SNS) is the part of the peripheral nervous system associated with the voluntary control of body movements through the action of skeletal muscles, and with reception of external stimuli, which helps keep the body in touch with its surroundings (e.g., touch, hearing, and sight). From:

Somatic psychology, also referred to as Body Psychotherapy, is an interdisciplinary field involving the study of therapeutic and holistic approaches to the body, somatic experience, and the embodied self. The word somatic comes from the ancient Greek somat (body). The word psychology comes from the ancient Greek psyche (breath, soul hence mind) and logia (study).

"Although both McLuhan and Innis believed that media were biased according to time and space, McLuhan paid particular attention to the "sensorium," the effects of media on our senses. He posited that media affect us by manipulating the ratio of our senses. For example, the phonetic alphabet stresses the sense of sight, which in turn affects how we think: linearity and objectivity are the results."

I have been listening to a group called JEL and in one line they call the media; Weapons of Mass Distraction. The nature of the Sensorium is rapidly changing as attention is more and more gobbled up by the demands of a perceived world and the WMD's. Everyone of my family and friends in TX says that time has been very fast, full, etc, yet they consume the attentional T.V., the blue flicker of "either or" world views. This side fighting that side. From a psychotherapy stand point, this polarization is a function of splitting or dissociating. Like the narcissistic character structure, the thin transparent veneer that is used by our ordinary identity to buffer the empathic information of the sensorium; perhaps grief is driving this WMD. The grief that we are confused and lost in a sea of distraction, no meaning, no purpose.

"McLuhan believed that media exert effects by reshaping the ways in which individuals, societies and cultures perceive and understand their environments. Thus, he saw the goal of media studies as making visible what is invisible."

Embodied life unifies perception, so that we can better organize the complexity via higher integral unifying perception that is not bound in the rigid small identity structures, but rather are mirrors of natures high systems. Like a whole eco system, like music that plays attuned and empathic of the living Sensorium that they create together, like a meal that is cooked with attention, time and care.

The Laboratory for Sensory Ecology is a multi-disciplinary laboratory focusing on how organisms acquire and respond to information about their environment. Although we mainly study crustaceans and chemical senses, we are interested in any research at the interfaces between physics, sensory biology, ecology, and behavior. We perform research in a number of different areas and at a range of organizational levels including physics, chemistry, neurobiology, computer simulations, animal behavior, and ecological interactions.

969,000 hits for the word Sensory Ecology

The field of Somatics is naturally an integrator, as is our own somatic life, the unifying consciousness, that grounds our attention in the moment, thus opening us to new found resources of higher perception. Not higher as better than, but more like an umbrella of perception.

"The only way to produce a techno-culture of debate at the speed of technological innovation itself is to take up these technologies in the service of aesthetics. Aesthetic contemplation buys us time and space."

Lets make a beautiful life by making art from all that we do.
Thoughts on this ramble?


So much watching! I wonder why we as a nation are so into the T.V. and the couch. Are we bored or hypnotized? Has our embodied being-ness become so unstimulated by our tactile life that we prefer the over stimulation of the visual cortex?


I have not posted in some time, as I have been inwardly searching for my own voice. As a student, I have read immense amounts of material in books, online, research, etc, yet when I write I generally find that I am writing other peoples thoughts. I generally synthesize material into new forms, but still it is not really original. So what am I trying to say, not that anyone needs to listen, but the process of my seeking is bringing up some good inner work.
I have been in Reichian therapy now for many years (5 now) and recently had, several awakening experiences over the 5 years, and the latest experience was really interesting. I have been working through some very old throat armoring, way old. So old, that my nervous system has forgotten how to open, yield, or soften, some of the more subtle mechanics of fascia, muscle, and nerves. I have begun to notice an area can take up to 3-7 sessions to move a primary knot of numb disconnection-disassociation and bring the feeling/sensational experience back into the integrity of my whole somatic organization.
My last session was a movement of a major knot, literally. As always I began the session with deep open breathing, slowly building up my bio-electric charge, which reveals the present organization of my nervous system, and then following the movement of sensation. This movement generally begins as reluctance to feel anything in the form of yawning, thinking, talking, coughing, itching, etc, all of this is my habitual way to block the depth of my feeling. As my resistance builds, I am more and more agitated, which leads to frustration and anger. This time my anger disappeared into despair and quickly into apathetic frozen-ness. This was new and I tracked it as a trauma fear cycle that had been covered and covered and covered and covered by years of life. Out of the frozen-ness emerged an intense cough. A quick note about this cough: I have had a wide range of throat issues since I was very young. From 9-12 I had a coughing tick and most of my life I have had an issue with phlegm, so the cough has come up every time I get to a certain spot in my therapeutic process. I had recognized it as a somatic marker, but I have no traumatic recollections. Nonetheless, the cough came literally out of the frozen apathetic state I was in and choked me. I could not breath for 1-3 seconds and as I came out of it, I felt a wave of intense liberation, thus opening my breath, neck, throat, and back muscles in a new way. I had a keen realization that muscle, fascia, breath, nerves, brain chemistry, diet, emotions, and way of being were all held tightly in a bundle of contraction.
With consistent effort ticking away at this in therapy, I have moved a major block in my life. Whats interesting about this is now I am asking questions such as; "What is it I want to say?"
Stay tuned and "What do you want to say" and "Do we think for our self?"

Working with the pulsating autonomic nervous system

The ANS is the regulatory branch of the central nervous system providing homeostasis and a central communication for our entire body and for our experience in the environment; both the social and natural environment and our inner sensational environment. It is important that we see the ANS as the interface between the mind and body, and also between the world and ourselves. The ANS has been researched and investigated by many branches of science. The ANS also has been a focus of many questions surrounding human behavior: body, mind, and self. Somatics supports both a theoretical umbrella and an interpretation of research supporting the lived experience, which focuses on the ANS. The research available is both qualitative and quantitative and many years or clinician experience provides theoretical, and practical experience based on observing the ANS. Essentially the literature that I review and the evidence embraces the fundamental principle of Somatics, that we are body-mind-consciousness, integrated and whole, experiencing life from the inside out and outside in. As Caldwell (1997) says, “in a sense we could say that somatic psychology seeks a unified field theory of human nature.” (p.2) This unified field theory of human nature requires that we as somatic scholars become master synthesizers, inter-disciplinarians who can pull from a range of fields. With this in mind I am seeking to synthesize a range of models, information, and research to introduce an educational experience that is both somatically healing and psychologically educational.

The Pulsation Model
A major thinker and creator of Somatic Psychology was Wilhelm Reich. Reich’s (1942) charge-discharge or ANS pulsation model can provide insight into deeper functions and implications of the ANS. Reich’s tension-charge-discharge-relaxation model developed from observing how the ANS is a sensory processing system as well as a balancing system. Reich proposed that we pulsate, as our ANS flows between parasympathetic (expanding) and sympathetic (contracting). The free oscillation of the ANS is optimal for health, both mental and physical, and that balance is not a static state but rather the ANS’s ability to freely move between the two poles, expanding and contracting. Because life can be traumatic, this pulsation can become interrupted and thus stuck in one of the four possible beats or rhythms: tension-charge-discharge-relaxation. The “stuck” is held in place by muscular rigidity, thus helping the muscle move through the four beat cycle, would help the body return to a place of flexible mobility and ANS regulation. The theoretical foundation of Reich’s function of the charge-discharge framework is the free pulsation of the ANS, thus our biological consciousness can freely adapt and respond to a diverse environment and return to homeostasis. The movement of energy out from the ANS uses the parasympathetic pathway and the movement of energy toward the core uses the sympathetic pathway. According to Reich: “we grasp that the parasympathetic nervous system operates in the direction of expansion, “out of the self-toward the world,” pleasure and joy; whereas the sympathetic nervous system operates in the direction of contraction, “away from the world-into the self,” sadness and un-pleasure” or possibly into a protective mode (p.288). Although his statement may be accurate within his clinical observations, research we will later investigate shows that both sides of the ANS will innervate in either pleasure or pain. Reich explained that bioelectric energy moves in and out of the “vegetative core” and he links this core to the abdominal region as the production place of biophysical energy. This energy can be witnessed looking at the natural flow of the breath, by observing the diaphragm and the movement of the body while breathing. His framework is used to this day by a range of Reichian practioners, clinicians, and is essentially a map for trained therapists looking to witness the ANS in breath, body movement, cognition, pathology, and in relationship, and response to the therapist. Clients are then able to process unprocessed experience (trauma, attachment issues, self structure issues), thus allowing for a greater range of flexibility, adaptation, deeper contact, and tolerating intimacy (Aposhyan, 2004, Buhl, 2001, Grossinger, 1995, Totten, 2003). Although Reich’s model is not complete, it offers a simplified way to understand one primary function of the ANS, which is to pulsate, digest, metabolize, and balance sensory experience in the movement of breath, body, and mind.

Affective Attunment and right brain reorientation

As I study the latest edges of psychobiological development via Neurobiology, I am taken to see that we are imprinted with the dyadic impressions of our earliest interactions with our primary care givers. As infants we grow through the experience dominant right brain, as the left comes fully online from two years old onward. Taking this idea through the life time of development, I am wondering if we are imprinted continually throughout all ages. So during the teen years we are imprinted by the complex weaving of our deep intersubjective core self and the socialization process of attaching to adolescent peers, subculture identities, music, etc. Further into our twenties we are again imprinted by leaving the family to create our autonomy. These imprints are deep unconscious, right brain, implicit forces that effect our deeper emotional life. Leading us to live out in a variety of ways, with a variety of choices all governed by the implicit impressions of our emergence from infancy to adulthood and onward. Without Somatic awakening these deeper implicit forces will make choices through us as core reactions and hungers. What I am thinking is that without self knowledge in the form of an ever increasing felt sense through the introception of the nerves of our internal physical life, we are at the whims of impressions and culture. Thus the way to autonomous interdependency, full human-hood, loving and deeply gratified beings, is to fully process these impressions. I think these deep impressions are most likely a cause of deep dissociation and muscular numbness, which leads us to collectively believe we are our thoughts and superficial identities. Yet lying underneath this superficial self is the deep fulfillment of living in our core perceptual truth of deep embodiment. What seems to prevent the full expression of this core self is both social forces ruling the impressions through absurd and unspoken taboos and a deep fear of loosing the identity that we do have. The fear of loosing this identity is wrapped up with the deep fear of feeling our most deepest emotions: grief, terror, shame, and oddly enough pleasure. This collective quagmire is promoted and supported by most of us. I would like to support an inner-revolution, not based on a switch of power structures, or financial, or philosophical ideas, but rather an emotional freedom to feel as a sentient aware conscious being


The senses as thresholds of soul:

"For too long, we have believed that the divine is outside us. This belief has strained our longing disastrously. This makes us lonely, since it is human longing that makes us holy. The most beautiful thing about this longing; this longing is spiritual and has great depth and wisdom. If you focus your longing on a faraway divinity, you put an unfair strain on your longing. Thus it often happens that the longing reaches out toward the distant divine, but because it over strains itself, it bends back to become cynicism, emptiness, or negativity. This can destroy you sensibility. Yet we do not need to put any strain whatever on our longing. If we believe that the body is in the soul and the soul is divine ground, then the presence of the divine is completely here, close with us." John O'Donohue

Object Constancy

Much like this flower expresses a consistent rich complexity, we to express a similar pattern. There is a theme in parenting, in relationships, and in developmental psychology around this complex pattern being consistent for the formation of healthy interaction.

This is on object constancy, which is object constancy is "the capacity to recognize and tolerate loving and hostile feelings toward the same object; the capacity to keep feelings centered on a specific object; and the capacity to value an object for attributes other than its function of satisfying needs." from

This is important in the development and creation of a secure sense of self. As children mature, they need constancy to trust the repair-ability of life, with out repair or more specifically interactive repair life can essentially be seen-perceived as a terrifying place. "Its all broken", "Its hopeless", I am not enough", and "the world is unjust." Fostering hope, inner security, and ambition can be done in every relationship:relationship with self-other-community. Here is what HH Almas says about object constancy:

Object Constancy

The separation-individuation process leads ultimately to the development of the ego as a structure. Its final phase is that of object constancy, when the ego is formed and established as a permanent existence, separate from the environment (mother), and other people are seen to have separate existences. Finally, the ego is structured and developed, and the child permanently experiences himself as having a separate identity. (Essence, pg 160)

Object constancy is usually defined as the capacity to see and relate to the other as a person in his or her own right. This capacity is part of the quality of the Personal Essence, of being personal and able to make direct personal contact. (The Pearl Beyond Price)

Object relations theory contends that object love, which is love for a separate and differentiated human person, does not develop until object constancy is attained. In fact, it is part of the definition of object constancy that when it is achieved the individual has the capacity to love another as an individual in his or her own right. (The Pearl Beyond Price)


So what would this look like in practical action?
Regular patterns of interaction are:
• Emotional availability
• Nurturance/empathy
• Protection
• Comforting
• Teaching
• Play
• Willingness to repair
• Mutual self reflection
• Respect of developmental edges

These are only a few that are implicit, but when brought to the for of interaction with all of life, they are elucidated and become explicit. This will support the development of connection, team building, partnerships, social relationships etc. Try some of these out and comment below or feel free to share these with others.

Brain education and CNS videos for learning

This video is super basic brain info. To study the brain and its functional understanding is like learning a language that takes time, but i am finding it to be a profound make that elucidates the complexity of our physiological and conscious life.

This next video is also a super basic introduction to the link between the behavior of the Autonomic nervous system and our health. This same information needs to be integrated into education. After this video watch the next link.

this is a great educational somatic example of how to integrate, brain function, physiology, and consciousness into advance learning.

The Business of Being Born: The Movie Online

This is a good documentary and WOW! Share it and send this around.

Trauma, PTSD, and the Globe

I am currently in a course focused on Trauma, Post Trauma Stress and PTSD @ my school- Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. Through the research on trauma and the language around trauma, I have been able to give further conceptual and empirical credence to my own thinking around facilitating, designing, and teaching psychological and personal growth and development. As I investigate PTSD, I am struck by the fact that Wilhelm Reich was addressing the very issue, surrounding the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the Autonomic nervous System(ANS). Although Reich possibly found every psychological issue to be a baseline disturbance of the ANS, currently psychology sees PTSD as only one among many DSM issues. As I reflect on my study and experience of Reich's work I find that all of his treatment work was possibly parallel to many of the new somatic based trauma interventions. Also I am wondering if all Reich treated was the idea, as his literature points to, that all of culture is traumatizing and to wake from the "jail" was through somatic, sub-cortical, ANS implicit experiences to metabolize our trauma and to awaken to life's natural and free oscillating pulsation. If this is true then the Somatic Makers (Damasio, 1996) that regulate a looping of somatic sensation, or trauma looking for a way to metabolize are possibly doors to somatic processing. This could be said more clearly as emotional looping and cycles are the experiential point to enter in order to elicit change and new choices. This truly changes our relationship to deep affect, or deep old pain as being gates to consciously process the past life. There are many thoughts about the nature of the past, but as I investigate trauma, trauma research, and clinical history, we see a robust base to conclude their trauma is literally looping. caught in our CNS, despite time and space.

So with mind only we stay in a loop between somatic markers, the pain memory, the pain body. One of the big theme of working with trauma is safety, especially if the trauma is human to human. I would propose and I would like to research how culture, as it is now, as a whole, is traumatizing. This is a great management system, just look at TMT

This is where I think developing soul-essence-being-right brain strength becomes an orientation that supports and develops the pain body into a garden of growth and development. As Neuroplacticity research shows we are biologically set up to grow, change, and transform the nature of our Whole experience. Thoughts? Share?

The research out of the many Domains of Psychology, and if you the direct research citations let me know, is saying that essentially there is no mind with out a body and no body with out a mind. The interface, the bridge of the body to mind communication is the CNS, the ANS and the Vagal Nerve. This is the realm of pure experience and the realm of possible change or possible loops.

This information is truly important for our time, as we enter a new world, with very complex issues, and a profound increase in decay, and mental illness, just look around. We all know people that are experiencing some physical manifestation of illness, and yes all of this is debatable from a wide rage of perspectives, but while we debate the world is mutating very quickly. What are the natural skills, the natural inherent intelligences that we can cultivate? What conversation can we have that is important that will assist all of us in maturing with the rate of change in our world? I propose we work with each other to support the experience and mobilization of our CNS and our ANS. This would in turn support the use of the prefrontal cortex, higher thinking, thinking like compassion, sensitivity, adaptability, balance, design, and maturity.


In My Language

As you watch this video consider how many languages we actually speak, but yet are culturally cut off from and thus have forgotten. This is a profound insight into the nature of "Ways of Being", consider how many marginalized voices there are in the world and even in our bodies. Our ideas and notions are being challenged and thus we can invite this challenge and open to a range of experience and possibilities that perhaps were previously deemed by consensus reality as "not right". Perhaps in light of this video, many assumptions about our experience of this reality are false and must be explored through new lenses.
So much in our virtual world is being communicated, that opens my heart to the beauty of being human, being perceptive, and listening. This video speaks volumes to the intelligence inherent in all things and all beings. Please post comments! And definitely watch the whole video! and SHARE!

Somatic Coherence Practices

Hello All,

This link is for some exercises that I have put together for my somatic small groups that are a 10 week seminar called "Embodied Belonging". Feel free to try out some of these practices I have developed. Any feedback?

Polyvagal Theory

Download this PDF on Stephen Porges "Polyvagal Theroy"

Overview: The Polyvagal Theory
1. Evolutionprovides an organizing principleto understand
neural regulation of the human autonomic nervous
2. Three neural circuits form a phylogenetically-ordered
response hierarchy that regulate behavioral and
physiological adaptationto safe, dangerous, and life
threatening environments.
3. “Neuroception” of danger or safety or life threat trigger
these adaptive neural circuits.
4. New models relating neural regulation to health, learning,
and social behavior may be reversed-engineeredinto

Suffering is Optional Article

Suffering is optional

How I learned to stop arguing with reality and leave my children's socks on the floor.
Byron Katie | March 2008 issue

Before I woke up to reality, I had a symbol for all my frustration: my children’s socks. Every morning they’d be on the floor, and ­­every morning I’d think, “My children should pick up their socks.” It was my religion. You could say my world was accelerating out of control—because in my mind, there were socks everywhere. And I’d be filled with rage and depression because I believed these socks didn’t belong on the floor, even though, morning after morning, that’s where they were. I believed it was my children’s job to pick them up, even though, morning after morning, they didn’t.

for more of this article go to:



What is Somatic Psychology and how does it relate to the world of work?

Somatic Psychology has actually been around for at least 50 years, if not more like a century. It is also known as body psychology, or body-centered psychology.

I like to think of 'traditional' psychology as addressing people at a 'neck-up' level, where you really do a lot of talking. The problem with that? We are not just brains. We have hearts and guts and whole bodies that move. And, as I've heard it said, "the issues are in the tissues." Our history resides in our muscles and bones, our tissues, our cells.

Somatic psychology takes into account the whole person. It recognizes the unity of body, mind, and spirit.

As I understand it, the term 'soma' refers to the body experienced from the inside. Thomas Hanna described it as "the body as perceived from within by first-person perception." To me, our own self-perception includes thoughts, emotions, and sensations.

In somatic psychology, a client would be encouraged to experience his or her body as a resource. In a session, being 'in the moment' is vital, and by attending to what is happening moment-to-moment, a client gains awareness of his or her own experience. The body tells the truth, and by focusing on sensations, tensions, finding relaxation, using breath, a movement, inner wisdom can come to the surface.

I think the European Association of Body Psychotherapy does a nice job of explaining this concept behind Somatic Psychology, even though they call it something a bit different. does somatic psychology relate to the world of work?

For me, it's all about some core beliefs that the field has helped me to realize:

1. When we move, we change.
2. Paying attention to our bodies helps bring us into the present moment.
3. Being present feels good -- and we deserve to feel that way at work!
4. Our aliveness and alignment resides in the body -- when we attune to our body, we can feel alive and aligned in work, in play, in relationships, and in all aspects of our lives.
5. When we are dissatisfied with our work, we can turn inwards and trust that our body will give us the messages we need about how to change.
6. Our gut and our heart both have vital messages, if we can learn to listen to them.
7. To inform any change, we can pay attention to our emotions as well as to how our energy feels. Simply put, we can ask: "Does this feel good to me?"

Lots more to come on the topic of body and work. I believe it's vital to embody the work you love, the work that expresses who you are.

And, I'm committed to teaching others how to do it. That's part of who I am.

Deep breath.

Participating in the Emergent

The Emergent

Focusing on sensation reveals a deep vibratory unfolding emergent nature within our embodied life. Developing an awareness allows for embodied consciousness to fully participate in an unfolding moment. Practicing entering into the present moment is healthy. Utilizing a mature brain is allowing both left and right brain to experience attunement, simultaneous activity. Attunement can create a participatory coherence with any dynamic environment that is potentiated like a womb, full of possibility. As I experience this participating with the journey of any dynamic, I am open, and friendly to the moment, I feel deep gratitude and honor for the gift of being in life.

This is a learning experience that can be repeated and practiced and studied. The two hemispheres of our brain can coordinate and harmonize, and it requires practice through deep learning and participating in the emerging potentiation of our lives with ourselves and with the world.

Intuitive Focusing


There are several well developed methods that have been seeds off of Eugene T. Gendlin's work called: FOCUSING He started researching what "really" works in therapy. What he found is that when people get a felt sense, stay with that felt sense, and open to the felt sense that therapy actually works. This is truly a clear and well researched method of maintaining contact with ones bodily experience. The work of Focusing has been applied to many fields: management, listening, relationships, learning, a.d.d, lawyers, and so much more. Its also a great process to do with oneself as a tool to increase intuitive, sensory, intelligence. This is classic Right brain work.

The basic method:
1. Clearing a space: Tuning in and listening to your body, just being with what is, breath, feeling of chair, etc. Ask this, settled in space, what is between you and feeling good. Or ask another question that has relevance for you.

2.Felt Sensing: Feeling, slowing, and deep listening. The inner felt sense can be a range of sensations, images, emotions, words. (if you move into left brain thinking and figuring out, drop deeper into slow breath, and deep listening.)

3.Getting a Handle: When you find a "felt sense" that has a lingering, "hey this is it" feeling, open to images, words, or feelings to get a handle of what this piece of felt sensing is about for you.

4.Resonating: Test the image, word, or feeling with your deeper felt sense, is this accurate?

5.Asking: This could also be called searching, or opening, to the newness, or freshness that is emerging out of the resonating theme. Whats next as this intuitive felt sensing emerges? This is a process!

6. Receiving: Stay with the newness, the freshness, and open to recieve the felt sense, listening as your body's wisdom, the intelligence of being whole, contextualizes the felt sense.

Here are some great resources for this work:


Another work from Gendlin that he calls a practice of " The Philosophy of the Implicit"

In thier own words:

"Current science, social policy and human relations tend to exclude the intricacy of the individual's experience. TAE is a way to think and speak about our world and ourselves by generating terms from a "felt sense". Such terms formulate experiential intricacy, rather than turning everything we think about into externally viewed objects. Language and concepts that emerge directly from experience can point to aspects of experience that cannot otherwise be formulated." from:

Evolving the Narrative

Knowledge is just a rumor until it's in the muscle.
-- New Guinea Proverb from:

What I am doing in this imaginal-telecommunication-cyber-communication place, this blog, is to assist in reclaiming our collective story, our collective narrative. What is it that we are telling ourselves about the world We are hostages to our own fortune. What leadership do we embody? Is it that of reluctant reaching? I would reach out to a friend, to the world, to a beautiful landscape. So I reach out to you and invite you to share in a new narrative design. I would like to share the stories, the in-formation, the joy in rediscovering a beautiful world. One that we build and grow through an investment in working together, right now, in present time. We are the ones we are waiting for. We are human beings that reflect and can exercise our capacities to care, to design, to love, to play, and to create. Its a good time to tune into and share some right brain growth.
The following is a powerful right brain, biological capacity:
"On a biological level compassion acts as almost the polar opposite of the fight or flight response. When young children and adults feel compassion for others their heart rate goes down from base line levels which prepares them to not flight or flee, but to approach and soothe. Compassion produces oxytocin." Dacher Keltner U.C. Berkeley see:

We have a world of content and information, but what I am interested in is the use of this content. Most of my early learning was of disjointed facts and figures and as I grew, I discovered its not the bits of information, but rather how I utilize and synthesis meaning and life into content. This blog is exploring a whole new learning: advanced learning, whole mind learning, embodied learning. This style of learning design is a process of investigation and practice that can powerfully weave left brain learning into a coherent map that lives in our whole bodymind. When we combine feeling and thought we grow and growth is joyful. New learning for a new time to design and live a beautiful future right now.

I hope you enjoy this Blog and can utilize the information to inspire and re-tell a story of life that is beautiful. Reclaiming our somatic capacity to self-design is simply growing in to mature, receptive, compassionate and caring humans.

Intention and Thoughts

Thoughts have quite a bit of power. In both Cognitive psychotherapy and in Somatic therapy thoughts can change our physical organization and how we relate to any particular dynamic. Imagine designing learning and transformative events with experientials that put us into direct contact with the power of thought. See below for some of the latest science on thoughts and intention.

The Intention Experiment:

Results of the first three experiments

The Intention Experiment has run six intention experiments so far – with extraordinary results about the power of intention. We’ve demonstrated that intention from a group scattered around the globe can affect living light — in everything from algae and leaves to human beings.


also see:

Creating Synergic Power: Designing the future

The future of our transformation will include a deep education of collaboration and supporting humans through synergy. Like plants need sun to grow, we need a force, an energy, a motivation to grow and develop. The following themes can easily be integrated into designing human gatherings, meetings, classes, conventions, families, schools, and more. How would you use this information?

The Driving Force - values and quality of life

An Application of Synergic Power: Ten Principles of Human Development

1. The principle of free existence. [choice]
2. The quality of perception principle. [vision]
3. The strength of identity principle. [confidence]
4. The principle of competence. [diversity]
5. The principle of authentic and intense commitment. [participation]
6. The principle of suspension and risk. [courage]
7. The principle of bridging the distance. [mutuality]
8. The principle of self-confirmation and self-transcendence. [respect]
9. The principle of dialectic leading to synergy. [balance]
10. The principle of feedback ordered into complexity. [development]

Charles Hampden-Turner, Radical Man, 1971 in N. Arthur Coulter, Human Synergetics, 1976, Chapter 17


Research on Love and Longevity

LOVE: What is the force of love? Are we able to choose brain states? What brain do you live in most of the time? How is it for you to be generous? How do we actually love? Some suggest that love is good for your health, check out the following quote and link to learn about research being done on love. Leave comments, thoughts, stories, etc.

"The evidence to be accumulated herein supports the following hypothesis: One of the
healthiest things a person can do is to step back from self-preoccupation and self-worry, as well
as from hostile and bitter emotions, and there is no more obvious way of doing this than focusing
attention on helping others. This transformation of being and of doing seems to promote
emotional and physical well-being, and odds are, will add some years to life."Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. Download this article from:

Embodied Belonging

"And as Shakespeare says in Hamlet: To thine own self be true, then as surely as night follows day, thou canst to no man be false. The journey shows you that from this inner dedication you can reconstruct your own values and action. You develop from your own self-compassion a great compassion for others. You are no longer caught in the false game of judgment, comparison and assumption. More naked now than ever, you begin to feel truly alive. You begin to trust the music of your own soul; you have inherited treasure that no one will ever be able to take from you. At the deepest level, this adventure of growth is in fact a transfigurative conversation with your own death. And when the time comes for you to leave, the view from your death bed will show a life of growth that gladdens the heart and takes away all fear.”
-John O’Donohue-

How do we begin the life of belonging? Belonging to ourselves, our bodies, our earth, our communities, etc.? It is here that we must search, but this journey begins by using a level of experience that we have marginalized, that of the right brain. Its like our collective culture has been ignoring this side of our life for so long that it is not there any more.

"The main theme to emerge... is that there appear to be two modes of thinking, verbal and nonverbal, represented rather separately in left and right hemispheres respectively and that our education system, as well as science in general, tends to neglect the nonverbal form of intellect. What it comes down to is that modern society discriminates against the right hemisphere."

-Roger Sperry (1973) from:

How do we begin a journey when we have been mistaking the map for the territory? Thoughts? Questions?

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