We store the imprint of memory in our bodies and our cultures. Some of this inhabitance comes from personal experience, some we learn through social exposures, and some we inherit from our ancestors. Understanding the conditions of individual and systemic trauma requires confronting the fractured consciousness of hierarchical binary systems. This means reconnecting our cognitive and sensory awareness of ourselves within the world. My hybrid approach to research acknowledges the looping trauma of this primary fracture and other binary divisions, and embraces the elemental lessons of the natural world and the law of impermanence as models for transformation.