Spatial Medicine"Spatial Medicine" describes the larger realm to which Anatomy Trains is a conceptual contribution, and in which KMI, and Structural Integration in general, lives and has its being. Let’s peer into that macroscope a bit to inquire more deeply to see our place within that larger whole. We examine space first, medicine second.
Space, Time, Matter, and Energy
Fundamental to the understanding of large, slow-moving objects in this universe (that’s us, for example, or planets, as opposed to quarks, quanta, and electrons) are the concepts of space, matter, and time. Since I am no physicist, let’s stay simple: Space seems to be this largely empty medium that goes on for billions and billions of miles all around us. Matter is stuff that takes up space, moving and changing within it. Time is the way we measure the movement of matter through space.
Scientists gather that the beginning of this space-time-matter energetic dance was about 13.7 billion years ago, when this universe flared forth into being. Tiny disturbances or fluctuations in that Big Bang ultimately produced stars, planets, and, more recently, us. What was happening before that (if "before that" has any meaning), where the perturbations came from, and what will happen at the far end of this interesting "gesture", are all mysteries.
Indeed, all these concepts basic to our work and life remain fundamentally mysterious, as does "gravity", a word Structural Integrators bandy about all the time. Time, except for disconcerting experiences of past lives, déjà vu, or psychic clairvoyance of things yet to come, seems to flow in one direction only. Clocks measure it in seemingly regular intervals, though our own perception of time is much more malleable. (Einstein’s Dream quote)
What "space" actually is likewise remains a mystery. Is it really "nothingness", or is it more likely a medium – the ether, say – through which things happen, as Einstein posited? Like time, it is hard to define, but it is equally hard to imagine a world without three-dimensional space.
Even matter, the simplest of these concepts for a baby to understand - smacking a hand on the table or letting water run through your fingers, or leaning into the wind - becomes confusing when you look at it closely. The material world, when we get into its very small crevices, dances away from the easily-perceived solidity into different forms of energy and information.
We will return to this dance of energy and information later. For now, without plumbing the depths of any of these terms, all of which – Space, Time, and Matter - are awash in controversy and complexity if you look deeply (quantumly), each of these fundamental human percepts has led to its own modes of healing or self-development.
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