GaiaMetrics of the United States looks at "Why does this happen here?," in much the same way that Kalarhythms looks at, "Why does this happen now?" Energy centers in the United States make regions that are Physically-based, Emotionally-based or Intellectually-based. Some regions are a combination of energies. These regions remain based in their energies throughout changing times. That is why every region exerts more influence at some times than at others. Texas increased in population and prosperity as part of the "sun belt" when the Physical Cycle rose in the 1970s, for instance, then it experienced decline when oil prices fell after the Physical Cycle crossed down in 1985. Moving Rhythms of time bring shifting focus on energy centers of the nation. The Now of the nation moves to Physical, Emotional and Intellectual energies and focuses on Physical, Emotional and Intellectual regions. As Cycles change, each region rises and falls with its respective Cycle. GaiaMetrics are changing regional values with respect to changing Rhythms of time. Together, Kalarhythms and GaiaMetrics view manifest change in context with time and space. To understand the reactivity is to plot your coordinates in the Now.
Cultural Regions span the continental United States. Each has its own climate, tradition, accent, economic base, tastes, and aspirations. Each region sees the nation and the world from a different point of view. The character of a region may be more Physical, Emotional, or Intellectual. Texas, for instance, has Physical strength, Northern California has Emotional energy, and New England is an Intellectual hub of the nation. Some regions are noted for combined traits. Cycle-based regions rise and fall with respective Cycles. Population and power centers shift to and from regions as Cycles change. Predominance of regions and their role in the nation therefore alter. Here is a list of seven regions within the contiguous United States and suggestions of their respective aspects.
New England: states identify with Europe and have an established tradition of higher education.
Mid-Atlantic: states see themselves as the industrial capital of a machine age world which produces much of the steel, autos, and machines.
The South: holds deep feelings for an agrarian empire founded on Dixie land.
Southwest: heritage Southwest comes from the "cowboys" who settled in wide-open spaces of the new world.
The Great Northwest: was reached by the most determined of dreamers who migrated across the continent to greener pastures.
The Rocky Mountains: hold virginal lands sparsely populated with people who came from many regions.
Great Plains: farmlands in the Great Plains are a stable national resource from a balanced center.
The Caribbean: extends onto most of the Florida Penisula and it attracts Physically-based people who are drawn to its lush tropical environment.
Alaska is much a part of the Rocky Mountain range that extends to Alaska. The Rocky Mountains are Trirhythmic, and Alaska may also interact with the rest of the US as a Trirhythmic sector.
Hawaii has a heavy tourism trade and profitable coastlines that connect it to the mainland. It also has a significant navy base. In this aspect, it may function as a Physically-based sector that moves with the Physical Cycle of mainland US. This all may be in contrast to many native Hawaiians who have long held to a spiritual connection with nature, and who may have a more Emotionally based tradition. Most of the Islands like Oahu, however, are Physical. Altogether, various regions make up a living nation that is always in motion. We are the United States.
New England: Intellectual
Inhabitants may de-emphasize materialism in favor of learning. Some students find it almost chic to live modestly while in the pursuit of higher education. It is, in fact, home to some of the most renown schools in the world. Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and other schools have graduated many leaders of our nation. An environment of strong tradition makes this region less susceptible to temporal mood swings, and more adherent to basic values. New England, therefore, changes less with the Physical and Emotional Cycle, and is more Intellectual.
Suggested Area of New England extends north to Canada and east to the Atlantic seaboard. It reaches west to Lake Champlain and to the Housatonic River which runs south along western Massachusetts and Connecticut, to Long Island Sound between Bridgeport and New Haven.
The Mid-Atlantic: Physo-Intellectual
A "general American" accent of spoken English runs throughout the region. Production and industry mark a way of life here. New Jersey is a factory and oil refining center for the nation, Pittsburgh produces much of the steel, Detroit produces most of the cars, and Baltimore is a railway center. From tin cans to ships, this is an industrial center. Many of its cities grew around large factories that were built for centralized and standardized mass production, so characteristic of the machine age. Natural beauty of the land and its may be quickly sacrificed, despite its Emotional impact, to the serve the appetites of behemoth industrial needs. Ingenuity and invention tend to excel, often applied toward improved production, distribution, and marketing. Physical and Intellectual trends pervade.
Suggested Area of the Mid-Atlantic reaches north to Canada, and east to Lake Champlain and the Housatonic River. All of Long Island, New York, is included. The region reaches west to the Mississippi River, south to the Ohio River over Kentucky and West Virginia, and southeast to the Potomac River & Chesapeake Bay around Virginia. All of the Great Lakes are in this region.
The South: Physo-Emotional
Much of its economy is agrarian-based with farms, and livestock. It is steeped in a tradition of its own literature, music, and sense of belonging. Its deep sense of loyalty and "southern hospitality" are known to other regions. The South did not enter the industrial revolution in the way that the Mid-Atlantic region did. It preferred life on the land to mechanical technology or ideology, and it holds on to Emotional values. The South rises and falls with Physical and Emotional energies.
Suggested Area of the South extends as far north as the Missouri & Mississippi Rivers in Missouri, along the Ohio River, and the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. Its eastern border is the Atlantic Ocean, and it runs south to the Gulf of Mexico. A western reach goes to; the Sabine River on the Texas border, the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas, and Missouri, and on up to the Missouri River. These are the Dixie states of the Deep South.
The Southwest: Physical
It has a dryer climate and expansive terrain. Spanish is a second language among a large Mexican-American constituency. Texas is a major oil producer, San Diego is a major navy town, and ranching is found throughout. This region in general is less volatile to temporal social changes. It relies more on more practical means of tried and true methods. Good sense and action have proven more effective than abstract theory for rugged individuals who tamed the Wild West. It is quintessentially Physical.
Suggested Area of the Southwest to its northern side includes Death Valley in California & Nevada, the Shivwits (Shebit) Indian Reservation in Utah, the Rio Grande in Colorado, the Canadian River in New Mexico, and the Red River over Texas. It extends east to the Sabine River on the east Texas border, and south to Mexico and the Gulf. A western edge comes to Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the Pacific Coast south of the Santa Clara River (just north of Los Angeles).
The Great Northwest: Emotional
This is home to some of the nation's greenest forests. From tall redwoods in California, to the rain-forest-like environment of Washington, it is a haven. Unlike profit makers in the Mid-Atlantic or farmers in the South, many choose this region with no wish to reshape it for gain. Northwesterners love it the way it is and preserve its integrity over development. While it is home to some of our finest schools, it is the spirit of its education that prevails. Open mindedness has made the west coast a bellwether to social changes from movements in the Sixties, to beyond the New Age. Focus is coming to the Northwest now, in our current Emotional High.
Suggested Area of the Northwest reaches north to Canada, and east to the Cascade and Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. It runs south to the Santa Clara River just north of Los Angeles, and west to the Pacific.
The Rocky Mountains: Trirhythmic
A Trirhythmic region is evenly based in Physical, Emotional and Intellectual energies. Pioneers settled among its spectacular peaks for various reasons. Some came for gold, some for wonder, some for the experience. Life in the mountains will select those of balanced strengths, or develop them. Nothing less can achieve the fulfillment offered uniquely here. Mind, heart and body must be interconnected. It is a region that responds evenly with most national trends.
Suggested Area of the Rocky Mountains region goes north through Canada and east through Front Range at the edge of the Plains. Its runs south along Yosemite National Park in California, the Canyonlands National Park in Utah, the Rio Grande in Colorado, and the Canadian River in New Mexico. A western border comes from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This region is - the Rocky Mountains.
The Great Plains: Trirhythmic
A Trirhythmic region is evenly balanced in Physical, Emotional and Intellectual energies. To the hectic industrial pace of the Mid-Atlantic, life on the Great Plains might be a welcome alternative, but less materialistic. To woodlanders of the Northwest, the vast expanses may pose a wonder, but in contrast to green nests of wilderness. Northeasterners may revere the heartland of the nation, but prefer their own brand of "civilization" found in New England. To inhabitants of the Great Plains, it is home, and often free from regional tangents. Farmers here produce high yields and have entered the global economy. Slower moving world trends may therefore have more impact than faster moving national changes. It is a region that is centered and more home spun.
Suggested Area of the Great Plains spread north to Canada, and east to the Ozark Mountains in Missouri and Mississippi River north of St. Louis. It spans south to the Red River, and ends sharply in the west at the base of the Rocky Mountains. This is similar to the boundaries of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
The Caribbean: Physical
Florida has consistent pattern of rising and declining with American's 28-year Physical Cycle. From expansion of the railroads in the 1890s, its defining architecture from the Art Deco period of the 1920s, the population influx of the 1950s, rising land values of the 1970s & 80s, to its current prosperity of this century's first decade, Florida has formed with our Physical Highs. Consequently, Physical lows have left marked the region with declining land values and diminished expansion.
Suggested Area of the Caribbean covers the majority of the state of Florida. The northern border of this region extends north to to Tampa Bay on the western border on the Gulf of Mexico, and to south of Jacksonville on the eastern border on the Atlantic seaboard. All of the Florida keys in the south are part of this region that reaches out into the Caribbean Sea and the islands within.
The Rocky Mountains that extend north to Alaska also extend south to the Trirhythmic center of the United States. Because of national divisions, the Alaskan segment of the Rockies is identified as a separate region. Alaska seems to show a consistent stability that is less volatile to temporal swings of the nation. Therefore, until dominating trends are link to a particular Cycle, it may be considered Trirhythmic.
The islands of Hawaii had a long standing culture before becoming a state in 1955. Since then, its popularity and development in the American system seems to show expansion and contraction that is consistent with the Highs and Lows of the 28-year Physical Cycle. Its beautiful landscapes and coastlines appeal to tourists from the mainland who are drawn to Physicaly-based region during a High. All of Hawaiian islands are included in this group.
This area of Canada appears to complete the pattern by being home to an Emo-Intellectual culture of the French Canadians. The character of the people are both expressive and intellectually based. The culture reflects a propensity toward the arts and learning. Inasmuch as France is also an Emo-Intellectual region of the world, the possibly instrinsic energy of this region may have played a role in attacting French settlers to the region.
Enclaves are the few small areas, or pockets, where custom does not conform with region. Miami, Florida, is a very Physical enclave situated in the South which is otherwise balanced between both Physical and Emotional energies. Sedona, Arizona is an Emotional enclave of New Age spiritualism, thriving in the Physically-based region of the Southwest. Washington, DC, is the Intellectual center and capitol of our nation, located inside the industrial based Mid-Atlantic. Enclaves exist, but regions in general remain true to form.
Fractal Regions are energy-based patterns within a region. Just as the nation has Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual regions within it, regions themselves have smaller Physical, Emotional and Intellectual Sub-regions within them. States may also have Sub-regions, counties may have them, and even cities and municipalities may have sub-regional communities. This is fractal geography. It identifies areas that are more and less Physical, Emotional or Intellectual in energy, but only as a minor influence against the region. The overall energy of a region has the predominate effect.
GaiaMetrics Now shows a trirhythmic effects of the Three-Way High in the Cycles. Following a peak of the Emotional Cycle in 2000 and a peak in both the Physical Cycle and the Intellectual Cycle in 2006, the overall effect a strong and almost equalizing influence from all three Cycles during a Three-Way High. As a result, the Trirhythmic regions of the United States received relative population increases from people who moved from other national regions to settle in these areas which include Rocky Mountains states and the Great Plains. For instance, the state of Colorado, which has land in both of the Trirhythmic regions, saw a prominent increase of population and development of housing and business. This decade shifted population to the central region of the United States and increased land values in Physically-based regions, such as Florida.