The 4 Domains
Our brain itself is organized into networks of interrelated clusters of highly specialized sensory-motor couplings we use to adapt to our multifaceted environment. As we go through early development, we acquire and then deepen our affinity for particular 1st person or subjective experiences. Over time, this inherent bias establishes patterns of both self-perception and social behavior. These early experiences shape what we embody later as our identity. By becoming aware of this process, it opens us up to untapped resources we can use to root ourselves biologically and avoid the splintering impact of cultural polarization. It’s well documented that our brain requires positive social interaction to mature properly over time. The first step to having them is to determine your source of coherence.
On the accompanying chart, we’ve listed some of the key features of each of the 4 Domains of what’s known as our somatic orientation. At the general level, we simply have an awareness of our inner and outer world. As we zoom in, we can notice these basic distinctions have four perspectives or reference points within them. Each of these reference points are connected to a set of competencies we use to co-create with others. One of the key benefits of transcending the mind-body split is that we awaken to what’s called our experiential anatomy. While we have events that occur in each domain, we internalize one as our primary one. The aim in somatic education is to develop signatures or features of our secondary domains through daily interactions. This expands our biological center. In this way, we foster better internal brain communication and brain-to-brain harmony, as we entrain the Languages Of The Soma.
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