A Few Words on the Faces and Focal Points of the TetraSeed | A Little Surprise: The Archesoma

I recognize that it may be helpful to bring the TetraSeed into more familiar terms by looking at each of its features.

However, I will start by making an unfamiliar term, familiar: "the archesoma". "Soma" refers to any living creature with a sense of its condition and a sense of its environment. The term, archesoma, refers to the underpinnings of all living creatures' sense of existence. It's based on four universal functions:

The TetraSeed (four-part origin of experience)

We start with Memory, as I believe it to be the most accessible to you, friendly reader.


Memory is nothing but the persistence of things. No persistence, no memory. If you can find it, it's persistent somewhere and in some way.

Memory is the persisting of the impression of an experience after the passing of the experience.

That definition applies even to computer memory or memory metal (used in eyeglasses): computer memory retains patterns of ones and zeroes; it is the pattern that it retains. Another medium than silicone wafer circuits could just as easily, and perhaps even better retain a pattern of ones and zeros. The medium doesn't matter; it's the pattern.

Memory metal exhibits similar behavior of pattern-retention: it retains its form, returns to it even when distorted by force. It's pattern, retained. The behavior of memory metal is a lot like the behavior of humans. Ever have anyone try to make you do what you don't want to do? or argue you into another opinion of something? You tend to want to "keep your own form", don't you.

Does that bring it home, for you?

Memory is persistence of a pattern of some sort, even a persistence of a pattern of patterns, of movements, the corresponding sensations, patterns of function, patterns of behavior, patterns of relationship, of experience, of habits, of destiny.

That leads us to the next Element.


Imagination is open-ness to being strangely attracted in some direction. Another term for this is, eros.

Thanks to Walt Disney, imagination has been brought before the public; he pointed to imagination as something alive. He highlighted it.

He was a pioneer of the animation of the imagination in his cartoons and the feature movies released in his lifetime.

He set a direction.

Imagination is about direction. "Direction", is an abstraction because, although the word, direction, usually awakens an intuitive impulse to move "outwardly" ( doesn't it ), it has no content, in itself, does it? "Outwardly", in this sense, means, "in some direction other than where you already are", whether internal/subjective or external/objective.

Imagination is an opening outward because it's always a movement from the known ( memory ) into the unknown. If it isn't moving outwardly from memory, it IS memory, not imagination.

Imagination is a pregnant pause. Imagination is like a woman: she may be beckoned by our patient receptivity, primed by our attention, but never yields to our immediate insistence -- and then it comes unexpectedly. Imagination is like that. Imagination doesn't come "from" us; it comes "to" us. We may then hold it by making the imagining tangible in some creative action, which is to say, persistent. We make the imagining persist, and when we do that, it becomes, Memory.

Anciently, this feminine personage of the imagination has been given the name, "muse", an inspiring female who arouses great things of a human's potential, which the person must then bring alive, make tangible, make persist, bring to life. Muse and music: where do they come from?

Pregnant Mystery

Thus does IMAGINATION feed into MEMORY.

Feel the light go on? That may have been your first feeling of "synergy", occurring. That feeling of synergy is the appearance of a "strange attractor" in "psychic space". And what it attracts is . . . . .


Attention locates strange attractors (which are all TetraSeeds of experience). Strange Attractors have a "smell". Attention is like a nose. Yes, a nose, and it sniffs out Strange Attractors, the way a truffle pig sniffs out truffles.

Follow your nose. Follow your nose. You do. You do. Don't you?

In fact you can't help but follow your nose.

Even if you follow your ear, you end up pointing your nose the same direction and your nose leads the way. And if you follow your nose, you really follow your nose.

Things that go in your nose really get attention. Don't they? Chanel #5, the smell of pork barbeque?  a gnat? We'll let that be that.

Attention is a pointer. Attention locates. Always, attention locates.

What does attention locate? anything with a location, in terms of any of the senses.

Attention is a locator-pointer.

However, attention may be either waveringly or steadily "ON-OBJECT",
attention may be narrow and intense 
or open and lightweight
or diffused
or dissolved
or highly coherent (attention steadily cohering ON-OBJECT)
or scattered.

In "ADD" or "ADHD" attention is scattered.


The primal intention is, activity (experienced as existence).
What we call, "being" is really, "becoming".
No activity, no existence. Absolute zero.
The Center of the Black Hole, 
no communication out or in.

Activity is Existence and Existence is Activity.

Intense attention yields more detail, remembered
and also recognized by memory.

Attention burns impressions into memory
according to its intensity,
the more deeply, more densely
the more intense the attention.

Activity is existence and only activity is existence.

ATTENTION consolidates MEMORY according to its INTENSITY

Feel that? another synergy, another strange attractor

sniff, sniff, sniff


Intention intends movement, activity, or change.

(sniff, sniff, sniff)

Intention has no momentum of its own; that is supplied by memory/persistence.

Intention has no direction of its own, of any kind, until aimed by imagination, imagination perhaps bolstered by memory.
(sometimes not so bolstered by memory, as dreams of the imagination may evaporate as we wake).

Intention is the synergetic emergent of 


To do all three, simultaneously, spontaneously activates intention.

another synergy
(sniff, sniff, sniff)

You've activated all Four. How do you like it? Want some more?

I thought you would.

Now, you know what goes into the TetraSeed transformation procedures: The Four, inner and outer.

Look at the diagram. See the colors? They indicate correspondences. Feel how they correspond. They reinforce each other.

Every feature (e.g., "intending") connects with every other feature (e.g., "persistence"). Feel how they connect (e.g., "intending persistence"). They add with each other to create familiar kinds of experience.

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  • The Magic of Somatics

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Inside Hanna Somatic Education

Forty-two years ago, an educator by the name of Thomas Hanna embarked on a course of exploration that led to a major advance in the treatment of people with chronic, non-malignant pain from injuries and aging. This article will give you an inside look at one of the most potent developments in the last one hundred thirty years, or so, of research and development into the origins and elimination of pain in human beings. This development came from a tradition of movement education and sensory development that has come to be known as, "somatic education".

The key distinction of this tradition is that its methods empower participants to take control of their own physiology, and in so doing, of their physical well-being as they age.

In the late 1960s, during the heyday of the human potential movement, Thomas Hanna held the position of chairman of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Florida at Gainesville.

In those days, the complexion of the humanities in academic life was different from what it is, today. Unlike today's climate, which is bent upon the deconstruction of the primacy of any kind of knowledge, whatsoever, in those days, Dr. Hanna's philosophical interest was about more than mental propositions and positions; he had an earnest desire to understand the human condition in such a way that it would lead to both human freedom and personal competence -- not just freedom from all constraints, but improvement in capabilities, the awakening of practical human functions.

That desire drew him more than once into conflicts that embroiled students and the university administration during a time when young people were experimenting with both ancient and new methods of mind-expansion (remember, this was the 60s), and their professors were often caught in the middle. Dr. Hanna tended to advocate for the students.

Ultimately, his interests led him to California, where he served as the first director of the Saybrook Institute (now known as the Humanistic Psychology Institute -- HPI). It was during that time that he heard of and became acquainted with a man whose own interests had led him to develop methods of improving human functioning and sensory awareness through movement education. His name was Moshe Feldenkrais, a Russian genius whose methods of education have since come to be known as Feldenkrais Somatic Integration.

Feldenkrais was a man of many abilities and interests -- an electrical engineer, a research scientist in high-energy physics, and a black-belt judoka who had founded the first school of Judo in Europe (France). His methods of improving the functioning of the brain and muscular system had grown out of his studies of and training in the methods of F. Matthias Alexander (The Alexander Technique), the methods of Gerda Alexander (Eutony) and judo.

Hanna found Feldenkrais' methods and views fascinating and, in addition to including a section on Feldenkrais in Hanna's book, Explorers of Humankind (1979), he invited Feldenkrais to conduct a training in America, a training course that Hanna organized and directed and in which he participated as a student.

That training began Hanna's sixteen-year odyssey of exploration as a practitioner of the methods of Functional Integration, as Feldenkrais' method was then known. His experiences during those years of private practice and his ongoing, absorbing interest in developments in related fields (as founding editor of Somatics: the Magazine Journal of the Bodily Arts and Sciences), led to the advances in the field of somatic education that led to Hanna Somatic Education, a form of clinical somatic education used to end pain and improve mobility.

Hanna Somatic Education developed from the convergence of ideas and discoveries of many individuals. Its methods rest upon a simple principle brought forward by Feldenkrais, and before him, by F.M. Alexander: that improvements of human functioning rest ultimately upon human attention and intentional application of effective methods of change to oneself, i.e., upon education. Hanna Somatic Education freely applies the principles and methods brought forth by Hanna's predecessors; however, to those methods, Hanna added something more, something that was his unique contribution to the field and that created a major improvement in the speed and degree of improvement possible with somatic education: a technique now called, "assisted pandiculation" -- a strange term with a simple meaning.

The term, pandiculation, comes from the study of animal behavior -- ethology. One paper in particular, on pandicular behavior of sheep fetuses in-utero, published by researcher A.F. Frazier, piqued Hanna's interest and led to his developing a new clinical technique.

The term, pandiculation, refers to something that you have undoubtedly seen cats and dogs do upon arising from rest. It's something you often do, yourself, before getting out of bed in the morning or upon standing up from a prolonged period of sitting. It's also something referred to by an expectant mother as her baby "kicking" inside her womb. It's a sensuous movement of refreshment and preparation for activity.

People commonly call it, "stretching" -- but it isn't stretching, and it especially isn't stretching in the sense applied by physical therapists and athletic trainers. It's a strong, pleasurable contraction of muscles in particular patterns, followed by a smooth (not sudden) release and then by movement into activity.

Animals and children pandiculate instinctually to refresh kinesthetic awareness and motor control. It's what they spontanously feel like doing upon arising from rest. The action, which originates in the motor and motor-association areas of the brain, sends a strong cascade of sensory impulses to the sensory and sensory-association areas of the brain from the sense receptors of movement, a cascade of sensation sufficient to refresh the sensory-motor feedback loop by which we regulate muscular tension and movement. Motor control and sensory awareness improve in seconds of pandiculation.

The Pandicular Response, as a feature of neuroplasticity, depends upon an intact nervous system; lesions of the nervous system impair the application of the pandicular response to the affected region.

The presence of contractures that commonly form during injury and that persist long after healing of injuries as distortions of motor control is a sign that sensory-motor integrity has been blown out/interrupted. Voluntary control of movement has been distorted and diminished, and control has passed to the involuntary, subcortical brain level (e.g., cerebellum). Patterns of movement practiced repeatedly, as in athletics or as part of ones vocation, likewise pass to subcortical control, and are triggered by momentary intentions to move in familiar ways and are executed "on-automatic", fine-tuned by in-the-moment intentions. Typographical errors are are an example of how automatic execution has overridden voluntary control, as most typographical errors involve the correct spelling of the incorrect word!

It turns out that pandiculation is sufficient not merely to refresh the sensory-motor feedback loop, but to reforge sensory-motor integrity when it has been interrupted/blown out by the pain of injury and reflexive movements have taken over. "Reforge" implies an enduring improvement.

Dr. Hanna devised a way to apply the pandicular response deliberately; more than that, he devised a way to magnify the effects of the pandicular response in a hands-on technique called, "assisted pandiculation"; and he devised protocols that apply assisted pandiculation in a systematic way to address three major reflexes of stress that commonly become habituated in human beings: Landau Reaction, Trauma Reflex, and Startle Reflex.

Habituated Landau reaction commonly appears as back trouble, so-called degenerative disc disease, insomnia and tension headaches.

Habituated Trauma reflex commonly shows up as lasting changes to movement and posture following injury or surgery, as TMJ dysfunction, and as the headaches that follow whiplash injuries.

Habituated Startle reflex commonly shows up as the chest-down, head forward posture and movement of the elderly and those who have been through emotionally traumatic times, and as breathing difficulties.

You can find more detailed discussion of these three reflexes of stress in Dr. Hanna's book, Somatics: ReAwakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health, and in his definitive article, Clinical Somatic Education: A New Discipline in the Field of Health Care.

That "therapeutic/athletic" stretching is an inadequate approach to correcting alterations of muscular control and restrictions to movement can be seen in the long periods needed in therapy and athletic training needed to produce even modest improvements. Its error is in treating contractures as if they are bio-mechanical conditions, alone, that can be treated by biomechanical means, alone.

Assisted pandiculation, on the other hand, addresses such altered functional patterns in a way that is true to their nature as changes of muscle/movement memory (rather than as a bio-mechanical matter), and so it quickly produces the desired results and those results are durable and easily withstand both activities of daily living and vigorous activity.

Hanna Somatic Education fully acknowledges the bio-mechanical aspect of the human body and uses that view in applying its methods; however, it goes beyond the view of the body as a "marvelous machine". It recognizes that the "memory" of "muscle memory" resides in the brain, not in the muscles; it recognizes neuroplasticity (memory formation and memory dissolution) as the underlying process of motor development and of the alterations of movement that follow injury; it recognizes that coordination trumps strength, that large muscular recruitment patterns trump the action of any single muscle, that inherent movement patterns trump arbitrary movement patterns; and that the feelings and action of the individual trump anything that can be done to him or her. Thus, Hanna Somatic Education integrates the understandings of kinesiology, neuroplasticity, and learning theory to get results faster, more easily, and more comfortably than by standard therapeutic or training methods, and it supports the processes of therapy and of athletic training.

Its effectiveness is so decisive that it usually brings lasting relief from excessive muscular tonus in any area of the body in less than two minutes. (The length of clinical somatic education sessions comes from the amount of territory that must be covered, when addressing altered patterns of control).

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Sexual Discord, Wholesomeness, and The Price

I suspect that a large part of the discord between the sexes has to do with that neither really has a sense of the healthy or wholesome version of the other.

That observation speaks volumes, if you let it.

Now, to be careful with language, I used the word, "sense", not the word, "idea" or the word, "concept" -- each being further from the essence than the preceding.

I used the word, "sense". That's a feeling thing. By feeling, I don't necessarily mean, "emotion". Emotion is one kind of feeling. "Gut feeling" (to use a common term), is another. There's also musical feeling and a more general aesthetic feeling. There's intuition. There's the feeling of integrity and that's the feeling of wholesomeness. It's a kind of balanced self-content.

I use the word, "wholesome".

"Wholesome" is an old-fashioned word: "whole"-"some".

When someone is whole, they don't need anything more.

Apart from the interesting connection between, "whole" (which implies completeness) and "some" (which implies partiality), the word is out of use (or in disuse) at the same time as "not needing anything more" is a rarity.

The world is crazed with needing more -- and unfortunately the ones who emotionally need the most -- the very wealthy -- cause the unfortunate ones at the bottom of the economic heap really to need more. The great sucking sound at the top creates a wealth vacuum around the ones at the bottom.

Back to the genders' lack of a wholesome sense of each other.

Wholesomeness makes going deeply safe. Unwholesomeness is unsafe.

This "crazed with needing more", the opposite of wholesomeness, is disturbing on an ongoing basis. It's disturbing to oneself and it's disturbing to others. It is a state of relative insanity or at least an epidemic of stress that has a smell and an atmosphere all its own.

However, instead of cleaning up their unwholesomeness, and its stink, unwholesome people seek to cover over their inner stink with pleasing smells, pleasing sights and sounds and objects and the endorphins (brain soothing chemicals) of triumph or buying things or Prozac. They engage in unwholesome behavior to escape their unwholesomeness by seeking experiences -- such as a SuperBowl win, or a war, or a new lover, or high office, or lots and lots of orgasms, or wanting a different partner, or just, stuff.

It's a futile effort. The fruit of unwholesome behavior is entrenched unwholesomeness and so they need more and more to cover up the growing stink of their own unwholesome inner state. Such is one origin of greed ( in its out-of-balance form ). It's a sorry state, a pathetic state, if it weren't so tragic and so common.

And this pile-up of insanity affects both males and females and shows up as as the average male and female character. Nice on the surface, but scratch a little deeper.

An unwholesome approach to life mis-represents (fails to represent) a wholesome male or female nature. Unwholesomeness gets taken as, and is championed as, normal. There are so few examples of wholesome individuals. It's even socially correct to behave in unwholesome ways. Wholesomeness has largely gone by the wayside. It's insane, it's nuts, it's sick. Unwholesome individuals consider themselves to be wholesome. They can't help it. They don't know better.

The problem between the genders, where it exists as a common social "flavor", has much to do with the results of an unwholesome state of life, as I have described. They can't really perceive each others' depths. That's why the sexes aren't often very attractive to each other -- whichever the sexes, by the way -- or why their attraction is superficial and short-lived.

That brings us to, "depth".

I wonder at the depth of love commonly experienced, by people. Have many people got any idea of the psychic depth to which love can reach, penetrate, and permeate? or is "love" largely a social agreement to make available certain kinds of gratification?

As the song goes:

... in a restless world like this is
love is ended before it's begun
and so often midnight kisses
seem to cool in the warmth of the sun.

Those who have not known depth cannot know what I mean by the word. Those who do know depth recognize what happens to depth when integrity breaks down in a relationship.

Those of us who have sacrificed our integrity for the sake of acquiring someone or something actually did so in the hope of experiencing greater depth as a result. When we did that, the one who would have experienced those things in their wholesome form ( our wholesome self ) is no longer wholesome. There's a fly in the ointment.

Those of us, of unwholesome inner stink, who seek an alternative to our inner stink in the fragrance of another, can never plumb their depths without also plumbing our own depths.

That's the price.

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Choosing Sides is Not How to Resolve a Situation

Don't "solve" the problem.
"Dissolve" the problem.

The Usual Trend is for people to Choose Sides.

The purported ( I say, "purported" ) belief is that one side prevailing is "the answer". They may not look forward far enough to see that even in the event their side prevails, a whole new set of problems will ensue and the search for answers will continue, but with new targets. Endlessly. 

The names may change, but the News pretty much stays the same.

No, the Way to Resolve a Situation is Not to Have Ones Side Prevail or to Change Sides. Neither.

It is to Dissolve the Compelling Force of Both Sides. Only then, does one come to mental balance -- i.e.: sanity.

... recovered from compulsive acting as the Thinking Mind,
back to ones senses.

The Thinking Mind is a NoiseMaker,
a Newscaster
a Hypnotist
a Shimmering of Mirage Suspended in the Air
a Flickering Candle in the Wind
a Strange Attractor, Attractor.

It attracts attention one way
it attracts attention, another
it attracts attention both ways at the same time. at the same time.

This is called, Confusion.
Confusion is a common state of dis-ease among humans.
It makes situations seem confusing.

The common remedy that humans apply to control Confusion
is to choose a side and dig in
to forcibly overpower the internal argument for the other side
that one harbors in oneself
and to make oneself impervious to any argument from outside.
This is called, "internal conflict".

Socially one prefers the company of others who agree with their preferred position, but with the same misgivings.

Sometimes, it shows up as taking up a positive attitude
to gird up ones sense of internal weakness,
i.e., shaky integrity
produced by internal contradictions.

This is having one foot on the accelerator
and one foot on the brake. brake.

It is the formula for frustration. It is commonly life for a human of the 21st Century, computer/TV, money-is-king, gender-correct civilization.

Confusion and Frustration characterize the common common human human.

On top of that, is the social shellac of,
"How are you?"
"and You?"

It's like a two part joke with no punchline.

Few question the ridiculous phrase, "How are you?" (Which used to be, "How Do You Do"  -- another ridiculous phrasing. It should be, "How Well Do You Do What You Do? What Do You Do?")

When I hear someone say, "How are you?", I sometimes just want to ask, "How am I what?"

People don't question these things, and thus they blithely go about life in a state of chronic stress flavored with confusion, which most everybody seems to take for granted because rarely is there anyone around who can be an example of something different. They drink coffee or Coca Cola or consume other "psychoactive substances" -- or, none at all -- it makes no difference. They watch sports or listen to very loud music (which rarely shows any sense of rhythm, anymore, but instead, sports a pounding beat that people have to synchronize themselves with. Sensory over-overload to drown everything out).

All because they believed they had to choose a side -- or change sides -- instead of dissolving the compelling forces of both sides. They took a side, again and again, with every incident of life. Each incident left a memory and with it, a state of readiness, no longer quite a state of being at rest, unready. Life has piled up in them and they feel the burden of endless stress, decisions and confusion, but have no clue that their stress at the moment is compounded by all of their accumulated, residual stress of a lifetime. It's the burden of memory, the burden of the compelling forces of the arguments between alternatives piled up over a lifetime. The burden of 21st Century life as a human.

Slows a person down. Makes 'em less capable of taking in new information. Less capable of creative action. It gives weight to the notion of, "destiny". No wonder people die.

Action coming from a certain state of being always stamps that certain state of being upon the outcome. That goes for action coming out of, "Foot on the Accelerator*Foot on the Brake"; it goes for action coming out of a free -- or "dissolved" -- uncompelled condition. Coming out as free responsiveness, it's much more precise, much better timed, much more creative -- and much more resilient. Our thoughts go in new directions and our actions are different.

Capische? Capiscshe.

So, don't "solve" the problem. "Dissolve" the problem.


Ya Gotta Wanna.
and Ya Gotta Wanna Wanna.

This is just the beginning.

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The Standard, Deviated Thinking and Straightened Out Thinking

The title is a play on words meaningful to those who know something about statistics.

If you don't know something about statistics, here's what "standard deviation" means: the average --
and not just a single numerical average, like, "the average of 1+3 is 2".

It's a range of "average" that contains about 60% of the population, with half (30%) more than the average and half (30%) less than the average. It's what we mean, when we say, "it's about average" or, "That's pretty normal." It's a range.

There's a standard, deviated thinking by people who consider percentages, in themselves, meaningful -- which is nearly everybody. Not we, of course, no.

A percentage tells a relative size, compared to something else, a relative degree of change -- but nothing of the quantity. The percentage is only part of the equation; the other part, "the percentage of What?".

Percentages, like, "10% off" "25% off" "40% off", etc., are significant only when the, of What, is taken into consideration.

10% of $10.00 is one dollar.
10% of $3,000.00" is $300,000.

One Dollar vs. Three Hundred Dollars - See? So, "10%" is really meaningless, by itself.

Is this obvious?

Here's the undeviated thinking outside the first standard deviation (what 60% of people think): Whenever someone, say, a newscaster or a politician or any other thought-caster cites a "government" or "official authority" percentage-statistic in an effort to persuade or "inform", ask, or at least wonder to yourself, "That percentage of What?" Don't let them dissuade you from exercising your intelligence about a percentage number that is meaningless, by itself. What is he [or she] really saying? Is it puffery?

For example: with taxes:  Get the dollar amount of the increase of the tax base, altogether, and the dollar amount of the new tax induced change. "A 2% increase of What?" -- and give the statistic in dollars, not just in terms of percentage. How much, altogether? and what percentage change? Then, how much is left? Proportion.

See if a "thought-caster" is blowing things out of proportion or just being lazy-minded, carelessly distorting the importance of things, or perhaps aiding an "official smoke screen." Don't let your intelligence be weakened or distracted by half-witted assertions -- and that's what stating a percentage without a quantity to which that percentage applies, is: a half-witted assertion.

Then, notice how significant, or trivial, someone's percentage statistic really is. Consider the overall amount involved as well as the percentage of change of that amount.

Now that I've brought this to your attention, you'll find that you do sometimes end up asking, "of What?". You won't be able to help yourself. You'll just find yourself doing it -- perhaps figuring out how much tip to leave at a restaurant. Percentage? Amount? Again . . . . . and again . . . . . because it tickles your brain.

To do it once, as described -- noting both the amount and the percentage of something will trigger the formation of an internal connection and you may undergo a spontaneous deep breath and postural shift, particulary if you are paying at a restaurant. Let me know if you don't.

This kind of effect is what the term, "psycho-active", refers to, in educational settings (as distinct from "chemical" settings).

To ask, "10% of What?" and get an answer awakens your Attentional Intention and it cultivates your Intentional Attention; it prepares you to learn (Imagine into Remembering).  It activates your intelligence.

Experience The TetraSeed (all Four), for yourself, --

The TetraSeed, Revealed:


different angle

a mental deviant. Deviate from the standard track of thinking and acting as everyone else does, going down "the same familiar track" direction, which leads to more of the same . . . . . to the next track a divergent track 15% further developed along the spectrum of intelligence, on average.

Play with The TetraSeed.

  • the ultimate "mental tinkertoy set and mental workout"-in-one, 
  • refreshing self-grooming process, 
  • relationship transformer,
  • spontaneous intelligence booster, 
  • karmic clean-up tool,
  • dilemma-buster 
  • philosophical mind-game and mind-probe, 
  • transformational power-contemplation matrix, 
  • both the tangible and transcendent foundation of all epistemology, phylogeny, and ontogeny.
  • de-stressor: "karmic override program" 
  • the "self-straightener-outer"

Below, The Star TetraSeed {SOMA} consisting of two TetraSeeds, interfitted so that their corresponding parts face each other. "subjective" and "objective". You figure out which is which, below.


Shit or Shinola?

Good fiction enhances imagination and intelligence. Bad fiction abuses imagination and degrades intelligence -- leading to the inability to tell, "Shit from Shinola" -- to distinguish deception and low-grade creativity from authenticity and high-grade creativity -- and yes, there is validity to that distinction.

Here's what fiction, as in stories that portray possibilities that never happened, does to the human consciousness.

When read, it stimulates the imagination and also creates, through the "seepage" of imagination into memory, remembered impressions that bring a certain resonance to someone's life.

When portrayed in theater by actors, the situation calls for a suspension of disbelief that must be cared for by the playwright -- not to insult the intelligence by calling for suspension of disbelief to the point of abandoning ones intelligence or accepting the abandoning of intelligence, by others.

Fiction should not require us to be stupid, to enjoy it.

Another thing fiction does, if suspension of disbelief has been abused to the point of stupidity, is to dull our ability to tell truth (or honesty) from falsity (or dishonorable actions) -- to distinguish "authenticity " from fallacious behavior -- so that the phrase, "The Real Thing", takes on an absurd significance -- you know what and whom I mean.

This effect is inherent. The very fact that actors (or fictional characters) are not as they appear gets people used to accepting things that are not as they appear, unquestioningly.

Fiction, mis-handled, may leave people abandoning their intelligence for a time of distracting entertainment. That's okay, momentarily, but when it becomes a trend . . . . .

On the other hand, theatrical/film acting, well done brings, to the audience, a channel of understanding of a character, an authentic feeling based upon insight that deepens intelligence. It's a degree of depth that awakens discernment. This is the potential magic of theater, that the actor shows what is in the audience members and they recognize it, in themselves. And thus fiction may then aid recognition and release.

Thus, fiction may go two ways. The thing is, which of the two ways is more prominent, today?

When the higher possibility of fiction is made junior to the possibility of making money publishing fiction in one form or another, and money is the object, and not the artform (a high-quality product of which may call for more money in the act of creation than a poor production) the rigor of creation falls short of the level that would do anybody any good. That's much of contemporary film/cinema, theater, art and music (especially music). It seems to me the overwhelming output of film entertainment comes out motivated by a mediocre intelligence and seeks to appeal to the mediocrity and immaturity of consumers, for its sustenance -- gratuitious sex and violence, spectacle without human insight, exploitation of unnecessarily extreme turns of fictional plot (explosions, chase scenes, deaths, caricatures of "evil characters") -- you get the idea.

Fiction in the hands of fools
develops a generation of fools who can't tell the difference
between what enhances them
and what degrades them --
between shit and "Shinola" (shoe polish).

They assert the right to go any old way they want and never be questioned, about it. "Don't tell me what to do!"

Fiction can awaken or weaken the intelligence of the populace.

It has.

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The Formation of the Subject|Object Distinction | The Fallacy of Duality

For one thing, there is no such thing as "duality" or "split mind". The terms come from within the perspective of mind that looks at words or ideas, instead of actuality, words that indicate or imply something that is not true. It's all conceptual.

In such a case, the mind is generating two formations:

subjectivity ("I")
objectivity ("other")

They are simply two, mutually interdependent concepts that, together, form motivation structures, or motives, or the motivations, of personal existence.

The subjective formation exists as a reaction to the objective formation, where I will define, "formation", in a moment.

For now, let's just say that in every moment of experience, we seem to be confronted by circumstances, situations, and conditions of life -- imposed upon us by outside, inexorable and incomprehensible forces -- kind of like, "the news". Objective circumstances contain some elements that change little by little, over time, and many more elements that change a lot, from moment to moment, sometimes in repetitive cycles and sometimes as new developments.  All of these functions correspond to the "objective or yang TetraSeed". Think of driving in your car: the experience consists of things that exist, that persist, that have location, and that are moving in a direction, relative to ourselves.

In every moment of experience, we are paying attention (more or less), recognizing what our circumstances are, imagining what might happen, next, and enforcing our will (intention) to control both ourselves and circumstances (by means of controlling our actions and feelings). Controlling circumstances involves, "more", "less", and the "direction" we imagine them to be going. All of these functions correspond to the "subjective or yin TetraSeed". The "yin TetraSeed" consists of attention, remembering, imagining, and intending.

Every moment of experience is the combination of "imposition from outside" (no apparent control, on our parts), and our facing that "imposition from outside," with more or less "control initiative".

So, split mind isn't split, at all. The two TetraSeeds are interactive and inter-related as a single system of experiencing.  Their existence isn't even mutual; together, they form a single experience and without that mutual togetheriness, no experience. Nothing happening, nobody to experience it.

The main function of the Dual TetraSeeds is to provide contrast between perspectives -- mainly a "figure | ground" or "Foreground | Background" contrast. Contrast is a "gradient" or influence-from-being-different that causes the experience of intensity. More contrast, more intensity.

In this case, the "foreground" is the objective world and the "background" is the self. The foreground changes a lot and the background changes much less, generally, cycling within a repertoire or library of learned sensings and responses, with adaptive modifications more or less pertinent to the uniqueness of the moment. The objective world moves and changes and the subjective world recognizes it and responds. Always, there is contrast between self and world, if only through the contrast between what we remember and what we're facing, now. That's the memory function of soma -- a "subjective TetraSeed" face or facet.

What happens with memory is that it tends to fade unless refreshed. We humans have an "automatic refreshment" mechanism. That "automatic refreshment" mechanism is, imagining, of which one form of it is, thinking. Imagining is more specific than thinking, which only triggers imagining.

So, now, we have remembering and imagining, which are two facets or poles of the same thing. Remembering is "stored imagining" and imagining is opening to remembering.

Certain meditation or contemplative practices involve immobility for long periods of time and long periods of monotony. Because memory fades unless refreshed, and since such practices involve either desisting from following the stream of thoughts  or desisting from imagining, the anchoring of attention in present-conditional reality (as remembered) diminishes, at which point reveries may (and commonly do) ensue. The discipline is also not to follow the imagining, but to "observe" it (which is to say, to dislodge attention from the tendency to localize on anything by catching it doing so). Taken far enough, the sense of world and body fade out and there is no world, no self, but the intuition of a kind of quality-less, location-less awareness.

Those who have worked with such disciplines to some degree of maturity recognize the futility of stopping thought by means of discipline. Thought can only be allowed to subside; otherwise, the effort to stop thought is, itself, a thought. Problem is, lines of thought often tend to be habitual and chronic, and not only not subside, but recycle.

The act of pitting one faculty ( discipline or will ) against others, ( memory and imagination ) is self-defeating.

The alternative is something quite different: to comprehensively and inclusively turn on both four-element TetraSeeds and to develop the ability to switch from element to element while maintaining continuity -- and if one is working with a specific issue, to maintain continuity of attention on that issue, until it dissolves.

One who works with this practice will likely notice that some of the elements are easier to turn on, to reach, than others. This bias reflects uneven educational development. It can be worked with. There are TetraSeed transformation procedures, for that.

What happens when both sets of four elements are turned on is that we witness the very force of life and of our very existence, in that moment. It stands are as a subject|object confrontation, "Me, facing the World" (or some particular circumstance). It's a felt thing. We feel the force of existence, the very drama of our circumstance, as a theme or drama that now seems self-explanatory.

There is no way, in my view, to describe it any better than that. For more, one must practice the TetraSeed transformation procedures, starting with the complete Set-Up, also known as The Crystal Crown procedure. The procedure involves turning on all four elements of both TetraSeeds and then integrating every TetraSeed element with every other.

With that self-other revelation comes immediate psycho-physical (somatic) changes as ones faculties, now on-line in life, synergistically combine. It's an awakening, shift of consciousness and an increase of integrity that changes how one behaves, in life. This is one definition of the term, psycho-active.

As to, "Duality", there ain't no such animal. Mind isn't dual; its apparently "separate" parts are one dynamic, living "system" (or soma), made to seem separate only because one or more of the elements of the Living-Self TetraSeed aren't comparably turned on or mutually integrated. The unconscious part seems like "other", separate from "self". "Other" may be defined, as "not immediately controllable by self".

In that sense, we are, in many ways, "other", even to ourselves -- especially on days when, "We're not ourselves."

Those days are among the best for working with TetraSeed transformation procedures.

Intending vs. Doing | Playing with a Full Deck | The Four : On-Line In Life

Intending and doing are two different things. Obviously. Now, here's how.

Intending is one of the four fundamental attributes, functions, or facets of life -- of which there are four.

The Four

that particular order or sequence being that of the evolutionary drive, from an egoic point of view. I say, "an egoic point of view", in distinction from, "an impersonal process".

In any case, intending is one of those four.

Doing, on the other hand, consists of those four, all simultaneously, all together, all differentiated from each other, all integrated with every other.

Doing, consists of
  • attending ( paying attention to the location of ) to whatever you're doing
  • remembering ( persistently focussing your attention on ) whatever you're doing
  • imagining ( having a sense of the direction, keen or general ) whatever you're doing
  • intending ( bringing into existence ) whatever you're doing
These are the "suits" in your "deck of consciousness".

Without all four, 
  • You don't know where to turn, next.
  • You have no idea what you're doing.
  • You have no idea where you might possibly go with it.
  • It is of no consequence, to you, and so you don't notice it.
Without a full complement of all four, you aren't playing with a full deck. You certainly have aces and wildcards missing, since those are the top "power" cards.

It is impossible for us to have an experience of being altogether without all four. Try it. Check yourself . . . . . 

BUT, I say, BUT . . . . .

It's possible for one or more of the four to be running on-automatic, without our recognizing it, even at full-blast, and influencing the outcome of our doing, distorting it, causing us to miss things or to take things for granted that shouldn't be taken for granted; prejudices of all kinds bending our reactions; superficial or cursory attention (inattention), leading to wrong perception, wrong conclusions, wrong actions; insensitivity to or or disregard of clues or premonitions; failure to notice habitual patterns of thought and feeling (memory); being poorly focussed, producing mediocre (or outrightly errant, off-base, delayed, or never forthcoming) results.  This is called, "Unconscious Incompetence": Flakiness.

If you notice your flakiness, it's called, "Conscious Incompetence."  Not to worry; another stage follows.

If you sometimes get good results, despite your Conscious Incompetence, I call this, "Unconscious Competence." This is usage of the term is not the common usage.

The common usage places, "Unconscious Competence", at the end of the course of development, as mastery at the ready, ever adaptable.  It's also a kind of competence that the individual may possess, by grace or "by birth".  I disagree with that usage; that's conscious, but smaller-range competence, as I will shortly explain. Unconscious Competence is "beginner's luck", the competence of the dilettante, vulnerable to turbulence, the unexpected. It's the competence of a little knowledge -- good as far as it goes.

As you learn to course-correct after encountering turbulence, to improvise to get better back-on-track, you're on the road of (not "to") "Conscious Competence."

Conscious Competence arises as The Four come on-line in life. The force and focus of intentionality may now be magnified, softened, or let free. Those words correspond to a kind and range of feeling that anyone may experience -- but not if they only hold the words in mind and try to understand it by reasoning or comparing it to what they already know -- without the experience. The experience is IT. 

Instructions, below.

While it's impossible totally to account for, or predict, the turbulence, curves, spins and bumps life may throw our way, we can at least optimize our capacity to handle them with a minimum of disturbance and a maximum of effectiveness. The word I just used, is optimize.  To optimize implies a process of correction, over time. The half-baked phrase commonly used is, "Trial and error"; it is half-baked because the process is, "Trial, error, and adjustment."

The turbulence of the unexpected is something we experience, within us and as our own state in the moment. 

We can make adjustments relatively well or relatively badly. Our own turbulence calls for a balancing of The Four, of which we are made and by which we experience life. To the degree we have The Four on-line in life, balanced and integrated, we make to our adjustments relatively quickly and relatively well, even if sometimes adjustments are difficult or laborious. In some cases, even the laborious quality diminishes to the degree that The Four are on-line in life, so that the correction seems to go easily.

Then, we respond to life's conditions with more of our native intelligence on-line, in life, absorbing and dissolving their effects in ourselves (like digesting them -- even if there is some indigestion), and bringing more of our native intelligence to our doing -- which we weren't doing when we weren't playing with a full deck.

When corrections go easily, it's just flow. The feeling of flow is, ease. "The Master Makes it Look Easy", is the saying. This is Transcendent Competence, not Unconscious Competence.

To the degree that one or more of The Four is "running the show from behind the scenes," we adjust relatively badly, both emotionally and interactively. Know anybody like that?

We tend to be unevenly developed in different ways in different areas of our lives. In some areas, we lack imagination; in others, our memories have taken over and color our actions; or we may have little or too much interest, or too little or too much attention on, something. Obsessive, oblivious, fixed-minded, or whack-o, or some mix or balance. Do you just act on your impulses? Do you bring your full intelligence to them?

Best to bring all four on-line, to life, balanced and integrated. 

Then, intending shows up as relatively intelligent and relatively effective doing.

This doing shows up as bursts of creativity and the ability to carry a creative burst to a tangible conclusion, despite possible turbulence. Because The Four are integrated and relatively balanced, we experience that turbulence as, navigable, and are able to dissolve emotional turbulence fairly quickly, by bringing The Four on-line and to life.

"Bringing The Four on line and to life" means, with regard to anything we are experiencing:
  1. ATTENDING to it
... not just thinking about it; experiencing how we experience each. It's a drill you repeat until it comes to life. This drill, as basic as it is, is psycho-active. If you don't feel changes occurring in you, it has yet to come to life. Persist a few more times. Soon, you'll be fit for the more powerful procedures involving The Four.

Now you know what bringing The Four on-line and to life does, and what that can do to both your intending and your doing.

Intending is a part of doing. You need all four on-line, in life, to be playing with a full deck.

An ounce of "prevention" is worth a pound of "cure". 

The Four: on-line and in life

The TetraSeed Transformation Procedures
Power Contempation Practices
The Two-TetraSeed Polarized Star-Tetrahedron

The Soma|Kosmos Synergy
The Merkaba

Bloomin' Onion, This is No California Froo-Froo

This is what I have done for the past 27 years.

Hanna Somatic Education(R)

This is No California Froo-Froo(TM)
(quote of Thomas Hanna, developer)

Let me surprise you with something that you may not ever have seen offered by pain specialists, back specialists, back pain specialists, general practitioners or anyone else who deals with chronic pain, professionally:


I have offered, "Satisfaction or Refund," as my standard guarantee since 1996, or so. Since then, something like 18 people have invoked it -- rightfully, I feel. No one can help everyone.

Still, does that suggest anything, to you? about all the others who have not invoked my "Satisfaction or Refund" guarantee?

A fairly frequent comment made by new clients (when talking with me after a somatic education session) has been about an article  of mine about their condition they that found, on-line -- the condition that brought them to me as clients. "It made sense," has been the comment made a number of times. The feeling is, "It rang true," for them, rang true to their experience. It appealed to something recognizable, within them. They recognized themselves being described, in it.

the most common comment people make at the very end of a session, with me, is different. It's,

"I feel like I could take a nap."
... which is to say, it worked.
I've thought of having a plaque made to place over the door frame,
"I feel like I could take a nap."

A third, a number of times, is, "I wish I had known about this, sooner."

and another comment, the second most common one, "Why don't more people know about this?" -- to which I have no definitive answer, but only say, "The hardest thing to change is a mind"; people's mindset determines where they go, for help.

Once, a client of mine told me, "I could have saved about $30,000 I spent on [ unsuccessful therapy, after being struck by a car ] if I had come to you [ first ]." True. There was such a client early in my practice. I think there was also one other person, another client, and it wasn't as much money.

These are just comments some people have made, but in any case, nearly all who come to me have "gone the medical route" and tried "alternative" approaches, and still remained in their injured state so that they looked for something ELSE -- and found me (Hanna somatic education), on line.

Before I accept someone as a new client, I ask them to complete an application form in which they detail their symptoms and history of injuries, life long, so I can assess whether or not my work is what they need.

I ask them to read the book about clinical somatic education ("Somatics") ~~ pleasant, enjoyable reading. Thomas Hanna was a wonderful writer, lyrical and conversational.

Somatics: ReAwakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health [ by Thomas Hanna ] available at some public libraries and on Amazon.com ~~ available in 14 languages.

A few clients have told me that they have shared this book with friends and family -- no kidding ~~ kids (teens/early 20s). It's been well-received. It is pleasant writing in a nice rhythm, with interludes, as engaging and conversational as it is educational.

Folks, my plight in this work is that when I truthfully describe what we can accomplish, with this approach, people often seem to feel that I'm exaggerating, being flippant or just being a show-off fool who talks the talk without walking the walk. They think it's New Age, California Froo-Froo.

But, folks, this is no California Froo-Froo. We somatic educators walk the walk -- better and better, over time, as we practice.

My clients face the same situation, talking about their experience of somatic education, as I do. When they talk about their experience of somatics to their friends, their friends, who haven't experienced somatic education, think people are exaggerating, that they never really had anything serious to begin with, or that they are just New-Age nuts. That's because their friends have no experience of somatic education to remember; you need the memory of an experience for words to have real meaning.

What they do have is the memory of all the therapeutic approaches they have tried, experiences that left them still with a problem -- and in their effort to make sense of their friends words, they connect somatic education with their experiences of something else. This is called, "confusion."

Let's turn it around. Open to possibility.

Hanna somatic education
an integrally integrative clinical approach
that makes things better, faster
where the rubber meets the road.

The "Satisfaction or Refund" Policy says something about the work, doesn't it?


Here is a description of Hanna somatic education: http://somatics.com/HSEdescription.htm

Here are my write-ups on S-I Joint Dysfunction:

UNDERSTANDING THE S-I JOINTS: STOPPING THE PAIN AND WEIRD SYMPTOMS | http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2011/04/understanding-sacro-iliac-joints.html

REGIMEN FOR SACRO-ILIAC (ILIOSACRAL) JOINT PAIN / PELVIC DISTRESS | http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2014/06/regimen-for-sacro-iliac-iliosacral.html