History of Ad Humanitas™
Ad Humanitas is the parent company of InnerDialogue, the work of Solihin and Alicia Thom.
Solihin Thom has a background in osteopathic medicine and acupuncture and other adjunctive therapies. Alicia Thom has a background in neurolinguistic programming and coaching. This grounding, as well as their own search and enquiry as to purpose and life work, prompted them to give birth to this body of work called InnerDialogue.
InnerDialogue–whose abbreviation is ID– is a symbolic representation of 'identity'. Who are we? What are we doing? What is our purpose? Why are we dysfunctional, disordered, often ill, lacking in motivation, somewhat lost?
InnerDialogue emerged as a blending of elements from emanation philosophical traditions and decades of clinical practice. Seeded from Aristotlean, Platonic, Early [Augustine] and Orthodox Christianity, [Lurianic] Qabalah and Islamic [Ibn al Arabi] roots, and mirrored by modern interpretation through visionaries such as Bohm, Schumacher, Graves and Wilber. Emanation [literally ‘dripping'] philosophies suggest our state of being consists of the overflow from the essence of God.
InnerDialogue presents a human template model, similar to the emanationists who noted that we contain levels of being or lower aspects of self [Arabic nafs] for within each human, lies elements of our phylogenetic past; and may be named as our material, vegetal, animal and human selves. These elements may be disarranged, altered, undifferentiated: and in do being alter our capacities to find meaning and purpose in our life. This core understanding underlies the work of InnerDialogue utilized by practitioners and taught around the world.
InnerDialogue also has its history co-mingled with Osteopathic medicine–in particular Cranial osteopathy–as well as Applied and Clinical Kinesiology, TCM [Traditional Chinese Medicine], and functional biochemistry and nutrition. InnerDialogue further developed when it was incorporated into a sophisticated model using a particular form of kinesiology that is ontological in form.
Kinesiology used as a tool for a precise ontological enquiry, brought InnerDialogue into its present form. This process covered many years, and through the tutelage of Brian Butler (UK), Dr Meldener DC (Fr), Dr John Bandy DC (US) and Dr Alan Beardall DC (US) who were all instrumental in Solihin’s introduction into kinesiology as a tool for dialogue.
Kinesiology as a flawed system
Solihin’s approach has been directed more at looking at kinesiology as a flawed system, because of the physiologically adept, instinctual-human's sophisticated reflexive, adaptive, flexible neurology that makes muscle testing (relatively) inaccurate. The present form of InnerDialogue is a sophisticated approach to counter the innate inaccuracies of kinesiology and utilize that information for precise dialogue.
Mudras or hand gestures
Mudras are a sophisticated gesture driven language that accesses the somatosensory cortex and which cause a momentary change of muscle function; a strong muscle will change to one that appears to be weak or to offer no resistance, and a weak muscle (assuming it is functional) will revert to being integral and strong. This is functional muscle testing developed by Dr Goodheart DC in the early seventies, and distinct from the husband and wife team of physiotherapists, the Drs Kendall, who developed kinetic muscle testing of the origin and insertion of the individual muscles of the body. Dr Alan Beardall developed large number of hand modes (mudras) which he used clinically, and called his variation of Applied Kinesiology, Clinical Kinesiology. Mudras, when placed in the hand of the client (patient), when relevant to the immediate dialogue, makes a change in either a weak or strong muscle. This is a feedback mechanism–a dialogue between practitioner and patient. When a mudra elicits a change in muscle state, then the mudra is seen is being relevant to the immediate story. The mudra is held none hand, and again placed into the other hand of the client, this should make a further change; from weakness to strength or vice versa, dependent on where one starts. Each mudra carries apiece of information–atlas (C1), the pelvis, the fifth lumbar, a muscle or ligament, a reactive muscle etc. These mudras guided the practitioner into a linear treatment protocol, as they manually corrected the body in the sequence of the mudras that the client accepted.
InnerDialogue and mudras
During 1986, Alan Beardall DC, Solihin's mentor, was killed in car crash in Wales. In the following days, Solihin, accompanied by a colleague Haakon Lovell LAc, both received spontaneously a particular mudra which was not in Alan's lexicon. It opened a way forward from a purely somatic interpretation of health to an ontological frame of how we function and when altered, ontologically, is the precursor to dysfunction. This process, started a long journey, over many years, whereby Solihin received over two thousand hand modes. Over this time he started to recognize that he was downloading a book of understanding. This would cover the ontological premise of illness and dysfunction, but also the journey back into health.
The Constellation process of InnerDialogue
InnerDialogue has been taught since 1987 in various guises; under several different names, different workshop and has continued to be developed in its protocol, approach and understanding over time. Coupled with this therapeutic and organizational approach, the Thoms also developed a sophisticated constellation process–the Human Template Model– which developed at the same time, in a similar but markedly different approach with Systemic Constellations pioneered by the German psychologist Bert Hellinger. Both systems use the idea of a constellation–an arrangement of 'people' or 'elements' around a particular axis, fulcrum, subject or question. Just as stars create a particular constellation, we do the same ; using a stop-motion process guided by the stop– moments of surrender, pure, quiet and stillness. The process is systemic, in that it involves all the participants,a nd allows for a narrative to be revealed.
This HTM constellation process is at the heart of Ad Humanitas' approach in business. We utilize this process to illustrate the dysfunctional elements within an entity, a department, in management, goals etc., and to help reveal and rectify the inherent dysfunction to enable the business to gain economic and social health; vibrancy, creativity, purpose whether individual, departmental or global, and to formulate (new) goals and outcomes. Contact us for further details.