On a human, physical level we note:
- Our bodies are multidimensional.
- That they form a closed kinematic chain.
- That the balance of the living form is maintained through an appropriate tone in the tensional network, which is provided through compressive forces. The interplay between tension and compression is a key component for expressing biotensegrity.
- That as our bodies change and shift in response to our environment, and to our inner mental and emotional equilibrium, new properties emerge.
- What we eat and drink can set up ripples of change. Many of these changes we can predict, or we think we can, but very often unexpected conditions or states of being emerge.
Dr. Levin uses the example of baking a cake. Each ingredient has its own properties; for instance eggs are kind of sticky, sugar is granular, sweet, flour is fine like a powder and so on. But when we mix all of these together and bake it in the oven something emerges that has completely new properties. When we take a bite, we cannot find the flour or the eggs, but we find what we call an emergent property. An emergent property is something that is entirely different than what any of the individual components might have suggested to us.
One of the functional properties of the brain is to look for balance under any and all physical challenges: Injury, illness, emotional pain and so on. We might say that in this manner the body is a micro expression of Indra's Net.
Indra's Net as taken from Hindu Yoga Philosophy is a web that holds the entirety of life in its balanced net, from the entire universe, down to the tiniest lifeform.
At all the hubs in this net, where strands meet and intersect, sits a multifaceted jewel reflecting the light of life.
Every faceted, multisided, multidimensional jewel in this web reflects the light that touches back it to where it bounced from and then out from its many facets to all the many other jewels around it and so on and on into infinity. In this way Indra's net is held in balance and remains coherent and functional.
All jewels require a clarity and brilliance that allows them to reflect with their many facets appropriately. If any part of any jewel is occluded, the balance through the entire net is eventually affected and changed, however minutely.
We might say that our bodies are a tiny, yet similar version of Indra's Net. We need to promote our individual balance within our physical 3Dmatrix, as well as in our mental, emotional and spiritual bodies in order to stay healthy and functional, and so express the highest form of our humanity. As humans we are but a speck on Indra's net, yet we are responsible to help Indra keep the balance. In expressing our individual potential correctly, and contributing to our small scale network, Indra's net is supported.
From there it is easy to extend the principle of biotensegrity into our psycho social network. We all know that we contribute to social welfare through right action and interaction. Our social welfare depends on all of us doing our parts. If any one strand of our social network is damaged, the ripple effect of this can be far reaching, and continue forward through the generations.