DIMENSIONAL MASTERY PROJECT
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.
More complex physiology enabled survival in 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. 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 these evolutionary “steps,” with the most “primitive” aspects being shared with all forms of Life, and the most complex unique to us. These “steps” 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 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.
Presenting tools for utilizing these correlates therapeutically is the primary function of this website. Accurately connecting of a cluster of “symptoms” to effective therapies enables better outcomes. Widely used treatments and training modalities, as well as specific exercises, are collated here based on the parameters of their evolutionary paradigm:
If a functional attribute of any layer is compromised, it will strongly influence the more complex (and underlying) layers that rely upon it, forcing them to compensate for that deficiency. This happens across well-documented physical, movement dynamics, sensory processing, behavioral (emotional regulation), and cognitive expressions. Therefore, it is advantageous to identify at what layer function is compromised, thereby enabling more productive, focused, therapeutic effort. One method for making these determinations is a Behavior Survey:
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.
Our childhood development follows the evolutionary trajectory of our human lineage, enabling compensations 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. This area of study extends the framework of Developmental Psychology.
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 synthesizing Evolutionary Physiology, Developmental Psychology, and the Dimensional Paradigms, enabling refinement of assessment and focus of therapeutic effort.