In early October, I traveled to San Diego to assist the Organic Intelligence: Human Empowerment And Resiliency Training that is being led by Steve Hoskinson and Amie Summers. I have been studying and implementing the Organic Intelligence model into my work and into my own nervous system health for the past three years. I like the Organic Intelligence approach because I believe it is the most non-violent approach to healing the nervous system. Organic Intelligence uses complex systems theory to quantify nervous system function in order to locate, better understand, and attend to experiences that are organizing. By focusing on and reinforcing experiences that are positive, supportive, helpful, empowering, and pleasant, a new pattern of restoration in the nervous system begins to form.
I lovingly think of this type of support as attending to the components of the social engagement system that Stephen Porges speaks of in his Polyvagal theory that are so important. Porges' theory describes how we are biologically hard-wired for attunement to other humans and mammals; when we have that connection to others in a positive, healthy way, the nervous system can reside in a state of resiliency. The Polyvagal theory gives so much understanding to so many about how our systems’ function. Gives clarity to the mysteries of experience, and disfunction, that have baffled the healing professions for so long. Polyvagal theory is to theory what Organic Intelligence is to clinical application. After spending a week in San Diego earlier in the month and witnessing how Organic Intelligence nutures the development of nervous system regulation and resiliency, I am touched and grateful to support the growth of it’s emergence in the trauma resolution field by serving as an OI Mentor and a steward of the OI approach.
If you’d like to learn more about Organic Intelligence, check out the website at www.organicintelligence.com.