Approche tissulaire de l'ostéopathie

Heirs to Still Being or Having? - both rigid and supple

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Rigid and Supple

This misperception is reinforced because, in normal states of consciousness, bone does indeed seem rigid to us. Is bone not our framework? How then could it be anything but rigid? In our ordinary state of consciousness, we do not discern this rigidity as relative. However, in reality, living bone is both rigid and supple. It is rigid thanks to its mineral constituents. And, it is supple, thanks to its organic constituents. To express the concept of plasticity, Sutherland uses the metaphor of the oak tree: “Even the trunk of the mighty oak possesses flexibility to a certain degree until it becomes a sapless log. The tall Norway pine flexes and sways to the wind. A dead Norway pine of the same diameter and height standing nearby is as rigid and inflexible as a telephone pole. (Strand-Sutherland et Wales eds, 1998, 87). Yet, though Sutherland speaks of his perception of plasticity, he says nothing of his state of consciousness when perceiving in this way, and describes no modus operandi for reaching such a state. Might it be possible that he in fact did not realize that such perception required a change in consciousness? That he simply perceived things this way, without realizing that his perception was different to that of his contemporaries? Could this explain the many misunderstandings that have arisen since?

We perceive the body system’s rigidity when we draw upon our mineral consciousness. However, it is possible to perceive the body system’s suppleness when we draw upon our organic (living) consciousness. When we modify our state of consciousness (in particular through working on presence) and tune into the objective parameters (density) of osseous structure, we may begin to perceive osseous structure as plastic and therefore transform our representation, our conception. It would seem that experience alone has the power to modify, to re-actualize an implicit representation or model. The concept of fluidity or plasticity is logical when we see the cell as a locus of communication.

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