Agency in Communion | Somatic Integration

The term, "agency", may have different connotations to some than to others.  Likewise, the term, "communion", may have different connotations to some than to others.

Let us clarify the airwaves.

A place where people go to find employment.  To be put to work, to take action. A place that deploys people to employment.  A place where a lot of people are employed.  A place where secret agents hang out.  No.

A religious ritual.  A religious experience.  A feeling of one-ness with (or as).  The experience of a group of individuals sharing that feeling of one-ness.  The experience of incoming experience.  Also, a name for an organization composed of such individuals.  A flock of priests.  OK.

What happens when you put them together?  What do you get?

Agency-Communion. The communion of agencies, a community of agencies, agencies secretly in communion with each other.  A Communist Agency! No.

As living beings, we experience agency as the sense of being a doer of things, being responsible for things, but also of being witness to our spontaneous actions; the taker of responsibility (respondent) as well as initiator of actions that return consequences to us.

But -- and here's the big question -- how do we know we're doing or being any of those things?


We experience it as incoming experience.  Received Feedback, The Formation of Information, The Belief Narratives of Myth, The Transparency of Truth, The Diversion of Fallacy, Emotions, The Body Sense, The self-Sense -- all Modes of Communion -- shaped at different levels of the being.

There's more than agency; there's also communion.

So.  Down to Earth.

We have incoming sensations and make movements that are at times outgoing and, at other times, incoming, returning to rest, floating at center (balance).

Communion doing the Sensing
Agency Moving Between Action and Rest
Sensibly Moving Among Action and Rest

There may exist more or less continuity of sensing ones one movements and state, as the senses depend upon memory for recognition purposes.  Disruption of ones sense of movement and of ones state (shock) creates a discontinuity of identity (amnesia), as memory can't keep up with the intensity of that change at the speed of that change.  the phonograph needle skips a groove, leaving a click (or glitch) behind.

Identity continues to live, moment-by-moment, as a continuous sensing of self and other (more or less) -- laying down or imprinting a stream of memory, most of which is in the background unless pleasure overwashes us or pain strikes.  Then, we experience heightened awareness -- more or less pleasant or unpleasant, but heightened -- and heightened awareness is like the laser that burns the groove of a phonograph record, CD or DVD.  Brighter and more focussed makes a sharper impression.

In disruption and discontinuity, a gap or abyss of unknowing encloses or encapsulates the memory prior to the disruption.  It separates the continuing identity from that part of what it was before the disruption.  That's the discontinuity.  It's a lump in the gravy of the mind, a skip out of the groove.  We do well the stir in the lump, to re-groove the groove.

But to do so requires magnifying the ability for communion and smoothing it out so it's fairly continuous.  Then, we can apply that ability, which is the ability to pay attention, to the trouble left behind in the disjointed discontinuity.  Then, we deliberately activate (agency) that sense of trouble  that we are already feeling (communion), acting in communion with our own agency and living in communion with the experience of our agency (responsibility).  We learn the way into it and we learn the way out of it.  We get free of it and free in it.

In other words, we do clean up.

The more we clean up, the subtler our sensing and the subtler our control.  Also, the clearer our signal and the better our ability to home in on others and on the signals of probability that pervade us; also, the more power goes into our actions -- with less effort than we're used to -- necessitating "retransformation" of the power of our intent (i.e., of our self-re-regulation) from time to time.  In general, a finer and more completely neurotic individual, you will never see.  It's all too much.  So, we "retransform".  Retransformation -- the ongoing occupation of proto-mutants  who are learning to transform themselves and their environments more intelligently.

This isn't from Outer Space.

Have you heard of synchronicity?  (who hasn't?).

Synchronicity is an unexpected synchronization of events that have recognizable mutual significance.  In other words, too blatantly related to be overlooked.  Resonant moments in the field of experience.  More likely to be recognized if the individual isn't already drowning in the conditioning of past memories, which cause him to lag behind in recognition of his present circumstances.  But, with most of humanity, as far as I can see, "fuggeddaboutit".

Still, synchronicities appear in movies, and even in the circumstances surrounding the creation of each movie -- such as the impossibility of filming the story, Don Quixote (not "Man of La Mancha" -- a musical) --- the state of grace that pervaded the filming of "Miracle on 34th Street" -- and the unexpected good fortune in which "Casablanca", not expected by the studio to be particularly noteworthy, emerged as a classic.

But I digress.  Not really.


Agency in Communion with Communion
and Communion Openly Informing Agency

There develops a finer clarity of self-expression -- the way agency retransforms itself when in communion with communion, to adapt more easily (except, occasionally, screaming); and in the way that communion communicates what's changing to agency, who listens and may adapt.  (Get the metaphor?  No?  Then I'm wrong.)

Sensation and movement are inner and outer perspectives on the individual (soma - body).

The correspond to

attention and intention.

Attention:sensation  || Intention:Movement

See how they go together?

Soma is sentient (sensory attentive and intentionally moving), developmental (faculties emerge), initiatory (pushy),  malleable (omni-plastic), and can be observed to undergo bodily changes as different memory patterns get activated by experience.  You know.  Nervous tension.

You want better self-expression?  Improve the vehicle of expression -- oneself -- activate and develop the full spectrum of our faculties.

The Immortal Harold Somaman -- What Keeps Him Going?


The thing we most take for granted is, ourselves.  We notice that we come into existence before we know it.  And, in fact, if you hadn't noticed it, thoughts arise before we know it, and our imaginings surface and rise into daydreams -- before we know it.

And the will, deliberately, to imagine also arises before we know it, as a growing impulse that we may perceive closer and closer to its root, as an intensifying of attention.

So, I think everyone's imagination is an arising from an innate place to go into places -- the places we think to look and their neighboring places.

It's just that some people's memories have a stronger grip than others', and so complicate and garble the arising imaginary newness, rather than allow it to arise in a more streamlined and more integrated (and so pristine) form.