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“A recognized fact which goes back to the earliest times is that every living organism is not the sum of a multitude of unitary processes, but is, by virtue of interrelationships and of higher and lower levels of control, an unbroken unity.”
The Central Control of the activity of Internal Organs (Hess, Nobel Lecture 1949)
Presented here are inter-related but distinct perspectives studying the influence of evolution on the qualities and characteristics of our structure and function. The path our species followed as it progressed from our origin as a single-celled organism to the complex creatures we have become constrains the possibilities of our form, thereby determining the potentials of our function (Homology). These studies present three perspectives of our evolutionary journey: the path our species followed; the physiology we evolved by following this path; our discovery and exploitation of the intrinsic potentials of the space in which this journey unfolded.
By both necessity and intention, these are meta-studies, transcending the profound complexity of the underlying inter-related systems to catch a glimpse of the whole. Holistic perspectives that clarify our innate roles within the system, our place in the world, enhance developmental and therapeutic interventions. Establishing rational “meta” perspectives facilitates our political and social engineering discourse and decision-making processes, increasing efficiency and minimizing waste. The study of rational, scientifically referenced meta perspectives is ripe with potentials that further our human experiment. This writer is exploring three distinct perspectives that are introduced below.
The Dimensional Paradigms discussed here illustrate (for our ancestral lineage) waypoints on their evolutionary expedition. This expedition unfolded incrementally one dimension at a time – our ancestors did not magically appear fully utilizing four-dimensional space-time but rather clawed their way first into persistence in Time, then entering into first one spatial dimension, and then sequentially more complex combinations of the spatial dimensions as they advanced along their evolutionary path. We have so far mastered four dimensions – three spatial and one temporal. Given that 95% of our surroundings are currently unknowable (Dark Matter and Energy) suggests that Life’s expedition into increasingly dimensionally complex possibilities continues. The Scientific Revolution can be regarded as Life’s continuing creative curiosity poking at the limits of four-dimensional space-time for another nook or cranny to evolve into.
THE FOUR CORES
Physiological examination of our Dimensional Evolution reveals four distinct anatomical “Cores”. Analyzing our structure and function from the vantage point of these Cores clarifies their unique roles. More clearly understanding these roles facilitates normal regenerative processes as well as planning more strategic physical therapeutic interventions. These Cores are explored here:
Examining the Dimensional Paradigms from an energetic perspective reveals Archetypal frameworks. These frameworks constrain evolution as categorically as the physical dimensions but are not physical. Archetypes are the intrinsic guide-rails of the evolution of our lineage and, like the spatial dimensions, exist regardless of whether Living Things had invoked them.
Our development from an embryo until about age twenty-five follows the path of our ancestral evolutionary progression through this dimensional labyrinth. If our evolutionary progression unfolds innately, each layer establishes a firm foundation for further maturation. However, if this sequence is disrupted, development continues but unfolds while compensating for the irregularity as best it can. These compensations become “locked-in” as they embed in the framework underlying more complex movements and behaviors, requiring more energy to express an inhibited range of options. The result is an experience of diminished competence and safety.
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.
Once an incomplete developmental maturation process has been identified, training to enable further maturation of expression of that process will consequently enable all of the more complex processes extending therefrom to readjust to the higher potential competency. Liberated from compensation, we experience improved health, energy, and mental clarity. The framework enabled by dissecting dimensional evolution indexes diagnostic and therapeutic tools into manageable divisions. One method for determining these correlations is by implementing a Developmental Assessment designed to subjectively category dysregulated structural/functional attributes:
Associated with the Developmental Assessment are collections of exercises, activities, and themes collated to the assessment results. The relevant tools can be accessed either through the survey or through the material on this website using this index:
An overview of the material presented in these models: