We exist in fields of relationship.
We begin our lives growing in the sea of our mothers’ biochemical and emotional fields. We feel their feelings; their biochemical responses become ours.
Our physiologies are designed to constantly interact with the physical, geomagnetic, gravitational, climatic, and energetic information around us.
Our five senses—smell, touch, taste, sight, and hearing—register physical information. Our sixth sense picks up subtle levels of information in the physical, mental, emotional, and energetic fields. We have an additional kinesthetic sense that tells us where we are in space and registers the weight of objects and the ergonomic fit of the world we inhabit.
Unless we are damaged, our emotional selves seek connection with the world around us.
Whether awake or asleep, our bodies and energy fields constantly interact with the surrounding world.
Neuroscience has identified mirror neurons in our brains that fire whether an action is done by us, or just seen. This is remarkable. We literally become what we see.
We tend to be aware of some of the visual information we absorb. However, we are not conscious of registering much of what we see, and much of what we absorb with our other senses. Most of the time we may be unaware of what influences our feeling state, perception of a place, response to objects or sense of right placement.
We exist in relationship to objects, a room, a house, a neighborhood, the place we work, the people we work with, our family, our friends, and as many groups or individuals as our life includes.
Just as we exist in ever-widening circles of relation, the world around us is an endless sea of relations. From the relations in natural ecosystems, to the relations between physical objects of size, proportion, color, and other themes, the world is an endlessly expanding Venn diagram of intersecting fields.
In our physical spaces there are fields of relation between our furniture, the objects we choose to include, the windows and walls of our houses and the ever-expanding fields of houses, streets and topography. It takes awareness and focus to attend to these different and overlapping fields of relation.
The large fields of visual communication include the relationship of our individual houses to the houses around us, the rooms in our houses to the houses themselves, the windows to the rooms, and natural light to each house. The smaller fields begin with the relationship between an object and the surface it is on, the wall or window behind it, and the couch next it.
All issues within our communities, country, and world have fields of overlapping social, economic, environmental and political relation that are rarely considered. All is relational. We tend to wake up to this fact only after undeniable damage has been caused by failing to consider the fields of relationship from the outset.
Our language fails to elucidate the experience of the relational space where our experience actually occurs. Once we become aware that we are relational beings, constantly absorbing and conveying information, once we have a vocabulary for this place — the space between — we can become conscious participants in the quality of our actions, messages, and behavior in the world.