DIMENSIONAL MASTERY MODEL (DMM)
The Dimensional Mastery Model Project is a lens for understanding, maximally utilizing and engaging therapeutically with what we are, viewed from the perspective of the steps our ancestral evolutionary lineage took to arrive here, starting from our origins as a free-floating single-cell organism. The theoretical framework for this lens is formed from hard-won scientific insights from several disciplines which are explored in some detail on this website. Understanding the human experience through this lens enables more efficacious therapeutic interventions and a more focused application of therapeutic diagnostic tools. Additionally, a solid grasp of this material facilitates fluid and dynamic functional/structural responses, potentially enhancing one’s experience of, and potential or scope for, being a Living Being. It must be noted that this material is far from complete, but is comprehensive of this writer’s extensive study of this subject, and engagement with clients as a Manual Therapist over many years.
If a person from the 16th century were to appear in any of our urban environments they would recognize almost nothing, and not understanding the technology underlying our built environment, would tend to think of that place as controlled by magical forces. Once settled enough to try and make sense of what was going on, they might begin to drill down into understanding the underlying technology. As our technologically advanced world is far to complex for any individual to comprehend, they would of course never fully succeed. Traditionally we have tried to make sense of human neurophysiology in the same manner, organizing our research “top/down” as we study the being God created to rule the Kingdom of Earth. It has only been in the past few decades that we have really begun to make sense of human neurophysiology “bottom/up”, viewing attributes of ourselves as more advanced expressions of neurology and physiology our ancestors discovered as they progressed along their evolutionary trajectory from single-celled organisms. As this research is only now gaining clinical traction it is likely that the coming decades will see many advances in insight about what we are that are currently obscured. The opportunity afforded by exploring our evolutionary lineage is that we more confidently and clearly express ourselves by acting within and trusting the parameters of our design, even while living within, and further refining the parameters of the designed system within which we live. As the magical fog surrounding our ideas about our nature and origins begins to resolve, the outlines of the true mysteries of what and where we are is revealed.
The model presented here is partitioned into theoretical, practical and training sections. The practical component is organized as a toolkit for assessment and treatment. The theoretical section explores broader aspects of the model and is under the menu heading “Evolutionary Paradigms”. The training section is organized as a course to walk through the practical and theoretical aspects of the model. As of now the model is only partially documented, and the training section has yet to be started.
The Force of Life is creative. Life’s most visible attribute is it’s intrinsic drive to explore our planet’s accessible nooks and crannies, and from there to jump off into even more remote expeditions. “Jumping off” occurs because established forms and functions proved consistently successful, freeing energy for experimentation with new variations. Consecutively successful experiments resulted in a layered aspect to complex organisms, with more complex neurological, physiological, and biochemical forms and functions extending from the foundation of more “primitive” layers. This area of research is called Evolutionary Physiology, which is a relatively recent extension of Evolutionary Theory, focusing on the path creatures took to become the way that they are.
More complex physiology enabled investigation of dimensionally more complex environments. Human Beings are examples of creatures that have extended this cycle of creation to its current outer edge. The complexity of how we function is clarified by exploring the influences of the more ancient attributes from which these functions emerged. Clarifying “what we are” facilitates intentional forward momentum for our species role as stewards of our home here on our planet, as well as a more informed exploration of our potentials. A discussion of the qualities, character, and impacts of these attributes, organized around our ancestral stepwise evolution into more complex environments, can be found here:
Complex animals retain each of the evolutionary layers described above, with the most “primitive” aspects being shared with all forms of Life, and the most complex unique being to our species. These layers express Adaptation along one of the many branches of the Tree of Life. However, this website focuses on the vector of human evolution, and here, these layers are classified: All Living Things, Animals, Vertebrates, Mammals, and Primates.
Platonic Geometry loosely correlates with these classifications, each layer being a successful paradigm shift into a geometrically (dimensionally) more complex environment. Examining Life’s evolution from this perspective reveals that Life evolved here sequentially exploring one dimension at a time, progressively mastering the Dimensions: Point, Line, Plane, and Volume. The evolutionary correlates are Point/All Living Things; Line/ (Animals and Vertebrates); Plane/Mammals; Volume/Primates. Lining up our understanding of Evolution with these dimensional constraints clarifies the evolutionary path life forms had to follow to reach greater complexity.
It also clarifies that a functional or structural issue one may experience would be associated with a specific evolutionary layer. If in developing through childhood one incompletely matures a structure/function associated with an evolutionary layer as described in this model, all structures/functions that extend from this base will embed compensations. Identifying the base layer for a specific issue enables a more efficiently focused therapeutic effort. Therapeutic engagement at this base layer will assist with the continued maturation of that structure/function, facilitating the decompensation of the dimensionally more complex layers.
Our childhood development follows the evolutionary trajectory of our human lineage, enabling issues to be linked to an evolutionary layer by their qualities. Once a correlation has been made, utilizing the therapeutic options linked to that evolutionary paradigm should have greater efficacy as opposed to simply deploying a specific therapy for all issues. Linking therapeutic outcomes to the utility of a therapy for treating a specific evolutionary layer is a robust explanation for why a therapy sometimes works well and sometimes doesn’t. The overlap between Developmental Psychology and Evolutionary Physiology establishes this framework.
Presenting tools for utilizing these evolution/dimensions correlates therapeutically is one primary function of this website. Accurately connecting a cluster of “symptoms” to the evolutionary paradigm within which the client/patient had experienced incomplete developmental maturation enables better therapeutic outcomes by enabling further maturation of that layer. Widely used treatments and training modalities, as well as specific exercises, are collated here indexed by the parameters of their evolutionary paradigm:
Dysregulated behavior expresses as a reaction to being challenged that employs embedded compensations, where instead of fluidly adapting, there is a reactive/protective compensatory response. “Adaptive Capacity” is a model this author uses to diagram this boundary where we transition from responding to reacting. Compensations are the consequence of our physiology and/or neurology engaging before it has fully matured. Further development is then established on top of this shaky foundation – learning to walk before we have fully evolved our crawling reflexes is a typical example. Compensations then become “fixed” in our physiology – integrated into the system as part of our experience of who we are.
One method for determining these correlations is by implementing a Developmental Assessment designed to subjectively category dysregulated structural/functional attributes:
Compensations can be observed physically in posture and gait variances, in how we move, in sensory processing, in emotional reactivity, and in cognitive challenges. The Diagnostic Section offers additional tactics for assessment. Many of these tactics are widely used by therapists to refine their therapeutic strategies. However, this author is unaware of another model covering the breadth of correlations realized by synthesizing Evolutionary Physiology, Developmental Psychology, and the Dimensional Paradigms, thereby facilitating assessment tactics and therapeutic strategies.
DIMENSIONAL MASTERY MODEL COURSE
This website is organized for easy access to the diagnostic and therapeutic tool, with the Evolutionary Paradigms discussion presented as a reference. This organization makes learning this model somewhat challenging, and consequently, a course guiding one through the scope of this model will be presented here: