Apart from the pulling and the hauling stands what I am.

Stands amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary,

Looks down, is erect, or bends an arm on an impalpable certain rest,

Looking with side-curved head curious what will come next.

Both in and out of the game and watching and wondering at it.



Ortho-Bionomy        Ortho-Bionomy®         orthobionomy

Ortho-Bionomy is the name coined by British trained Canadian osteopath, Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls to point to a particular style of bodywork he developed. He meant the name to translate as "The correct application of the laws of life". He wrote a book about it, published posthumously: The Philosphy and History of Ortho-Bionomy. 


Ortho-Bionomy® is a trademark name, owned in the United States by the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International. SOBI maintains a training program to support the teaching of the bodywork. They provide certification of practitioners and trainers. As a member of SOBI, qualified to teach at all levels, I have permission to use this name. I can teach Ortho-Bionomy® at all levels. Click here to learn about Ortho-Bionomy®. Designs inspired by the sand dollar are logos for SOBI.

orthobionomy: An Apophatic Science
Loving the World; letting the World love You. The word is owned by no one. Ortho-Bionomy® is one expression of this set of principles and way of relating to the world that I call orthobionomy. Sometimes I translate it as "meeting life on its own terms." There is a place, a gap, where will translates to movement and this is where orthobionomy works its magic. I say 'magic' because it is at the boundary of whare Science cannot speak and so we draw upon many ways of knowing. What is the nature of the Body? What is the nature of healing? Giving greater weight, in whatever walk of life you're on, to allow the expressing of nature. Is our (mis)use of animals allowing them any room to express their nature?

Now, more than ever . . . our place in the universe and the place of the universe in us, is proving to be one of active relationship. That is more than a scientist’s credo. The separateness of our lives is a sham. Physics, mathematics, music, painting, my politics, my love for you, my work, the star-dust of my body, the spirit that impels it, clocks diurnal, time perpetual, the roll, rough, tender, swamping, liberating, breathing, moving, thinking nature, human nature and the cosmos are patterned together.                                                                   JEANETTE WINTERSON, Gut Symmetries

 Many Worlds and orthobionomy


In the early 20th century an Estonian aristocratic biologist Jakob Johann von Uexküll turned the attention of biology toward the subjectivy of the other, bringing the first scientific attention to the fact that the world another speceis of creature inhabits is vastly different to ours. A different world he called the umwelt. Things vitally important to you are so far from meaning anything to a tick as to be non-existant. Attempts to imagine how thr world seems to a different kind of creature has spurred the develoment of the scholarly field known as biosemiotics.


[this essay will soon be continuing on another page, organization does not always come easy and one idea morphs into another]

Find what dimensions have the most movement.


More to Come


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  • JuDee Anderson (Friday, March 20 20 01:47 pm EDT)

    I so appreciate you doing this. I am starving for`meaning and integration. Since Australia I have "known" new sensations and connections.

  • Anna Hayes (Saturday, March 21 20 01:31 pm EDT)

    Dear Richard, I love your definition of orthobionomy. I have for a long time felt constrained and limited by the term Ortho-Bionomy with the (R). These restrictions didn't feel right, didn't follow the philosophy that I understood orthobionomy to be, namely how you define it here, loving the world and letting the world love you. Thank you for setting me free in my conscience to continue to use the word orthobionomy with love and freedom.

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