A Handful of Bones


A Handful of Bones

Jim Freda


A handful of bones is just about all that we can hold in our mind as we go through the process of our complex daily full body movements. A handful of bones is enough to coordinate and balance the system in almost any position.

Perhaps in our mundane daily movement of the body only a few at a time need to occupy our immediate attention. These are the most consistently structurally relevant and include moving points of contact. But we know them and we also know that they know themselves.

They are in direct communication with each other through a variety of channels, including myofascial continuities that transfer mechanical force between them. When we relate to them, we join a working system already in action. We do not control or create or construct or conceive this system. If the system is a system, it is because it knows itself. We are talking about perception not conception. Power with rather than power over, and we are finding that it is a fundamental truth of our relationship with our own self. In the broadest possible sense this is referred to as coordination dynamics.

Metastability induces a phase transition. There are a great deal of prerequisites for the integration of each bone with its region, and for their integration with each other as a self aware system. When we add to this wonderfully functional bony and myofascial synergy of synergies within our own body the element of conscious perception we can experience it as a meaning making process. When we do this, the sensory motor system that we have been talking about for centuries suddenly gets a major conceptual upgrade.

It is here in these bones in our own body that things become interesting. These bones corresponds to our bodywide postural system. The rest of the biomechanics have already been considered through conventional anatomy. What is new here is that this is a holistic or complex systems perspective that is specifically looking at the anatomy of the myofascial synergy that is our bodywide postural deep core. We do this expressly in order to unpack it for meaning, including subjective experience. Because of this deep level of analysis, more details of the biopsychosocial and environmental body emerge. We find that we have many new resources for dealing with the environmental stressors that we face.

The faculty of objective and instrumental reason appears to have required repression and objectification of the body. This has been and still is the overwhelming if tacit consensus. In contrast, we are working on a new faculty of awareness, the perception of much richer interoceptive patterns. Three Bones Theory provides the landmarks of that new experiential terrain. Exactly where you go and what you choose to do is your own story to tell. All with just…

A handful of bones.



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