The Alpha Element Institute features a patent-pending mind-body assessment process.  Our approach to training and development is based on the Alpha Element Theory (AET) where systems of color harmonics are organized to represent four levels of dynamic patterns of bioenergy in people.  In the Alpha Element Model of Vitality Types, each cognitive temperament style is viewed as a cohesive form of bioenergy that resonates with archetypical dispositions of human information processing and behavior. Light and temperature patterns coupled with the life cycle of the four seasons can be linked to four meta types (archetypes) of human disposition and biological memory: Spring energy (Catalyst); Fall energy (Torchbearer); Summer energy (Pathfinder); and Winter energy (Pragmatist). In AET, energy is defined as information and potential for action which is used in a matrix model of elemental styles of perception, perspective and behavior to determine an individual’s Alpha Element and matrix of cohesion.  The Alpha Element Matrix Profile is a description of the bioenergetic field and potential of a person's dominant cognitive temperament and mind-body disposition.

"Cyclical events could be considered one basis from which primordial molecular memory evolved."
- Jason Gerstner, On the Evolution of Memory: A Time for Clocks

The Fifth Element:
Reflections on light, clock genes and Alpha Element Theory
by Marit Solheim-Witt

Until recently, it was believed that the human physiological relationship to light was primarily related to sight and a few chemical processes, notably the synthesis of vitamin D. Research at the front edge of neuroscience has yielded exciting discoveries that provide new insights on how human beings process light as signals of
information. Identification of a new type of photoreceptor in the retinal ganglion cells in the human eye has provided data on electrophysiological recordings in the body leading to a new area of research into the role of light reception by the eyes that is not used for vision.

The CLOCK gene resides in the hypothalamus which is often referred to
as the body’s master gland because it directs the timing and release of most of the important hormones in the body. The CLOCK gene is referred to by scientists as “the brain’s master clock” or our "internal pacemaker" because it spontaniously generates patterns of excitation in neurons and projects signals to many different regions in the
brain that influence a myriad of aspects of human physiology.The discovery of the CLOCK gene has led to the new science of chronobiology which is the biology of time and the study of internal biological clocks with focus on the circadian clock. Biological clocks are found at all levels in living organisms, including many organs in the human body. There are multiple feedback loops connecting the circadian and other organ clocks. In Alpha Element Theory this oscillatory system of feedback loops is believed to be what is loosely (and somewhat elusively) referred to as the body’s subtle energy field.

The circadian feedback loop system is your personal information superhighway; it's systemic impact on your health and wellness in general, and your immune system in particular, is profound. As perhaps the most efficient and, until recently, the most elusive workhorse of your body's many commuication systems, the circadian feedback loop is a vital network in your body that transports electromagnetic signals (information) in a complex and cyclical fashion providing a quantum field of intercommunication between molecules in your body. It is becoming increasingly clear to scientists around the world that the circadian system of clocks and feedback loops is indeed the the dark horse in the quantum race to health.

Alpha Element Theory posits that there is a META CLOCK gene that provides the code of four distinctive,
principal patterns of oscillation within the circadian system, meaning that the subtle human energy field is made up of signals transmitted through four meta-types of electrical currents. In AET, the nature (characteristics) of these four currents are expressed as distinct types of vitality correlated to the essential natural events of each the four seasons. These events are represented in the Alpha Element Matrix by the four meta archetypes (meta types) Catalyst (spring), Pathfinder (summer), Torchbearer (fall) and Pragmatist (winter). The Alpha Element Matrix associates each meta type with aspects of spacetime as patterns of color and geometric shapes symbolizing the distinct energy type of the core elemental substances air (gas/Catalyst) water (liquid/Pathfinder), fire (heat/Torchbearer), earth (consolidation/Pragmatist). Thus, the Alpha Element Matrix presents a system of archetypical patterns of perception of time and space along with correlated expressions of attributes and behavior.

You can think of these patterns of signals in the human subtle energy
field as types of Morse code transmitting vital information between cells in your body. It is possible that these four meta-types of oscillating patterns stem from the distinct oscillations in the four core elements of life: oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and carbon. These are the elements that make up 96% of all living matter and they are also four of the building blocks in your DNA –the fifth is phosphorus: an essential element that is present in your body only in trace amounts. The ancient Greeks referred to phosphorus as "the light bearer” and it is possible that along with oxygen, it functions as an internal catalyst and conductor in the metabolization of light by the endocrine system. The impact of light on the endocrine system is now being researched and documented extensively. The Alpha Element types in AET may represent four distinct types of metabolism/processing of light by the body. When analyzed in the context of the circadian system and its four major feedback loops (liver, kidney, heart and brain) the four meta types may indicate twenty-four types of endocrine profiles.

Distinctions in the impact of various frequencies of light on physiological processes, have been documented by research on the role of blue and green light in the release of the hormone melatonin by the pineal gland which regulates the central 24 hour, circadian rhythms in the body. The circadian clock has a vital and broad range of influence on biological processes such as metabolism, temperature regulation and the immune system. According to the Center for Chronobiology at USC, San Diego, the timing of drug administration may increasingly become a factor to be controlled in the clinical evaluation of experimental cancer drugs.

New studies have also found that creating distinctive light signals
by dynamically manipulating color, duration and pattern of light exposure, current light therapies can be optimized to treat conditions such as dementia and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Another dimension of the impact of light on information processing by the body has been documented by scientific studies on the health benefits provided by different flavonoids (plant pigments) in foods. This research suggests that it is the specific color (visible light frequencies) of pigments that function as potent factors in intracellular communication and that different colors produce distinctive, unique signals that stimulate or inhibit specific
neurochemical reactions and immune responses in the body.

As an aspect of diet and nutrition, research has shown that the
impact of phytonutrients (micronutrients in plants) is substantial. Nutritionists recommend taking color as well as freshness into account when making dietary decisions. Many of the pigments in phytonutrients have potent anti inflammatory agents as well as other health benefits. For example, curcumin, the yellow pigment in turmeric, has an anti-inflammatory effect comparable to those of hydrocortisone and ibuprofin - without the side effects.

This article was first published on 12.16.2012 and revised on 12.30.2012
© Marit Solheim-Witt, 2012, all rights reserved

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Metabolism of Light