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Orientation is Life-Saving

Your cells already know about directions.

They know which way is up, down, left and right. Cellular orientation originates in the cell’s interior. It’s a deep, ingrained sense of direction, it arises internally and it’s part of the cell’s identity. A healthy cell always knows its orientation.

It’s not just for its own sake that each cell knows its orientation, but it’s for the sake of its community. The community goes through things that are far greater than any individual. The community suffers through trauma that is not contained in just one cell. When this happens, the orientation of each individual cell becomes an absolutely critical part of the healing process. 

The kind of damage that affects the entire community is the kind of damage that comes from sharp objects. It comes from objects that are orders of magnitude larger than a cell, and these giant objects leave holes. 

No individual cell can fill that space on its own. Filling in a wound is a task that can only be accomplished by the community. 

Your cells have elaborate systems of communication that allow for this community task to be accomplished. Chemical signals are received on the surfaces of nearby cells, triggering a burst in proliferation. The neighbors replicate more actively than normal, making replacement cells to fill in the empty space.

But that’s not enough.
The newly made cells need to find their way to their proper location: the empty space that was left behind by the trauma. 

In order to heal wounds, your cells need to be able to move, and this won’t happen unless each cell knows its orientation. This orientation isn’t imposed by the environment, but it arises naturally, spontaneously and beautifully from the interior of the cell. 

It’s not that un-oriented cells don’t move, but instead un-oriented cells move in EVERY direction. In an unhealthy pattern called spreading, cells that have lost their orientation are incapable of repairing wounds. Rather than moving deliberately in one direction – the direction determined by their internal orientation – they try to move in all directions. As a result, they can’t move to the place their community needs them to be because they’re overactive and aimless, trying to move everywhere all at once. 

It’s only an internal sense of direction, a deep orientation that emerges from each individual’s identity, that allows the community to persist through trauma.