Building a System of Patterns

Something interesting happens when we separate the communicative systems of the body.

We can dissect, we can compartmentalize, we can apply specific language, we can create terms, we can define categories and work flows.

All of these things help us to understand a complicated process.

What we find when we look at any individual idea is that its function winds up being described by its relationship to the function of some other idea.

The influence that Line Focus, Level, Plane, Horizontal, Frame, Stance, and Symmetry each have on one another is omnidirectional.

That means standing in a Quarter Turn has a certain effect on a forward Plane Change, and a forward Plane Change has its own effect on a Quarter Turn.

Don’t worry about those terms for now, just understand that when you combine two ideas together, they change one another simultaneously to create a blended or symphonic result.

They recreate each other into a union greater than the sum of its parts.

That’s because the flow of communication is not always kinetic, one thing causing another thing-

We don’t have to view actions in a sequence to make use of them.

Instead, we can view communication flow as reticulate, like a web of interconnected points that don’t really start or begin at any one place.

In that sense, the interconnectedness, the interrelationship, is the thing that’s happening.

You can understand the pieces by segmenting the web, but we need to remember that the combination of those segments is the thing that creates the function.

Once we understand our web, we can treat any one of our systems as the center of our communication, creating a Point of Influence from which all of our expressions can spiral out.

Then we can can move that Point of Influence around, giving us agency over what tools drive our expression; situation by situation, moment by moment, thought by thought.

In that way, Strategic Communication doesn’t have to be about planning out every detail-

It’s about learning to use your intentions, and the information available to you, to make the important choices at the center of the communicative spiral.

You’ll find that when you approach communication as network of mutually influencing patterns, the fewer choices are necessary to achieve your communicative goals.

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