Definition: Tensegrity, a name coined by Buckminster Fuller, is the property of a structure that maintains it stability by a geometry of complementary force vectors.
The name is a shortcut for ‘tensional integrity‘ and it usually refers to physical push- and pull force vectors.
We can extend it to abstract structures as well and we can use this perspective as a way to tune basic triads in life, such as the Affinity, Reality, Communication (ARC) triangle and Be-do-Have (BDH).
Further, we have another way to find correspondences between the parts of triangles, and, as a by-product, we can demonstrate the polar properties of Odu, the Quantum polarities of the Universe.
Of interest is also to analyze the tensegrity effect of connecting triangles from different agents. For example, the matching terminal of a DO from one agent should connect to the HAVE terminal of another agent in order to form a stable connection via a push-pull-vector equilibrium. While this seems trivial, it is common to see human interactions implemented as bidirectional pathways instead of matched-terminal loops, for example a process of ‘exchange’.
Another application of this form of contemplation is the re-evaluation of ‘Reality’ in the ARC triangle. ‘Reality’ seems a static passive, non-action item and misplaced within the dynamics of the ARC triangle. A better way would be calling it ‘accoRd’ like Ed Dawson proposed recently. If we see such a triangle as a push-pull vector equilibrium (in other words as a tensegrity structure), we see immediately the active causative role of the R-árt in the ARC triangle and not as the result of the interaction between affinity and communication as it is commonly seen. As a result we see the overall effect of the entire triangle, in this case Understanding.
We find a very practical applications in peak-state achievement using the 3-brains model (or 3H= head, heart&hands). Seeing the body consciousness (DO) as a push-vector and the heart consciousness of a pull-type (HAVE). we can see the head consciousness as the mitigator or causal operator (BE) and ‘clean’ the attitudes and flows accordingly.
For Odu, we can see how to the other pole, similar to the DO-part in the BDH triangle, is a radial force impinging on the inner pole (HAVE), and, if much stronger, overwhelming it. The BE-part (called Irunmole or the spirit of an Odu), is, like, in the ARC example, far from being effect of it, controlling or ‘balancing’ the equilibrium between the two poles. As a result, it is often easier and more effective to invoke the Irunmole of an Odu rather than trying to balance its poles. On the other hand, an Odu which is heavily tilted to one side, will not produce an efficient Irunmole.
Lastly, the Tensegrity property extends to all related symbolic and abstract triangle relationships, notably the Nordenholz Axioms of Scientology (1934), the Gunas of the Indian Vedas, and to the Dialectics of Hegel.
In general, for all such systems, applying the concept of Tensegrity to abstract paradigms opens up the possibilities of calculating numerically some of the features of these paradigms and to predict and optimize its properties.