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Dr. Ashley Anne

Lifestyle Doctor | Scientist | Sage

Dr. Ashley Anne is a lifestyle doctor, scientist, and sage whose life's work is dedicated to the evolution of humanity. She holds advanced degrees in the areas of communication, counseling, and education, and is certified in neurofeedback, yoga, and Reiki. 

A lifelong battle with physical disease, mental disorder, and relational discord led her to complete a 16-year qualitative research study of a wide array of fields - including neuroscience, conventional medicine, quantum physics, nutrition, yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine, various forms of energy work, electromagnetic frequency therapies, essential oils, and so much more. The result was the revelation of an entirely new field: Interdimensionality.

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Interdimensionality organizes and integrates human knowledge in a way that equally honors the physical and metaphysical realities of being human, reveals the truth of who we are and what we can do, and illuminates an interdimensional path for humanity to be more happy, healthy, and whole.

 

Dr. Anne guides others using writing, speaking, and teaching according to the revolutionary tools that emerged from her research: a model, method, and map specifically designed to better honor what being human truly means.

 

The model is called Anne’s Anatomy™ - a complex, comprehensive framework for organizing both physical and metaphysical aspects of being human. It recognizes ten dimensions of being human and twenty circuits within the stress response.

 

Interdimensional Living™ emerges as we practice specific sensations, stories, and signals that create integration, alignment, and coherence within and between each dimension. This practice goes far beyond lifestyle design or typical self-care and instead emphasizes the connection between specific situations with specific practices in self-preservation. 

 

This practice is guided by results from the Interdimensional Mapping System™, which illuminates the activation of each of the twenty circuits in correspondence with a specific situation. The Map eliminates the guessing game for which practices are best suited for situations and instead instantly reveals what must be done to turn stress into a superpower.

Credentials

Since 2005, Dr. Ashley Anne has been training in various fields of understanding the human experience. She's earned degrees and certifications in an array of fields including a BA in Communication, MA in Counseling Psychology, and PhD in Counselor Education alongside certifications in Neurofeedback, Yoga, and Reiki. She pulls from all of her experiences to support the evolution of her clients and global community. Download her CV or read her story to learn more.

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Since it's her vessel to serve the world, keeping her own human happy, healthy, wealthy, and free is Dr. Anne's number one priority. When she's not writing, speaking, or teaching, she enjoys walks along the ocean side, body boarding, hiking, kayaking, jet-skiing, and quietly cuddling with her French Bulldog, Milo. You can follow both their adventures on Instagram.

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Dr. Anne's Story

DR. ANNE'S STORY

Thank you for stopping by my little slice of the internet. I know your time and energy are precious, and I'm grateful to have you spend it here with me. This is a little story to help you get to know me.

 

The field of Interdimensionality, Anne's Anatomy™, and Interdimensional Integration™ is the culmination of my work in heuristic inquiry - a qualitative research method that begins by asking a question. You then read information other people have compiled (like journal articles in neuroscience or ancient yogic scripture) to try and answer it. What’s discovered in books, articles, and other sources is then put to the test in personal and professional practice. The results from that experimentation leads to more questions, which then points you back to the research you then test out in real life again.

Heuristic inquiry is cyclical and ongoing, and for me, it's become a way of life. Although there will be much more to come, it seems time to write up what I’ve learned so far.

For better or worse, my lifeline is strung together by memories of being mentally and physically ill, so my original question was simple: “Why am I so sick?”

As a toddler, I suffered from intestinal parasites and have a vague memory of pulling a worm from my bottom. Whether or not this is an accurate memory doesn’t really matter since the sensation of the experience is embedded into my cells. 

In fourth grade, I would stand at the sink pretending to wash my hands until my friends went back to class. As they scurried away in their naïveté, I’d pat both pants pockets to remind myself of which one held the handful of ibuprofen I’d smuggled into school. Without counting, I’d pop an ambiguous amount into my tiny mouth and guzzle down water before heading back to fluorescent lights and social overstimulation. This took care of my blinding headache. I’d already learned by then that the school nurse was too stingy to be reliable, so I helped myself to my parents’ stash every morning. No one was the wiser.

As a high school freshman, I sat in the back row of my 9am Civics class shifting in my seat, silently farting my way through lessons about leadership, institutions, and I don’t remember what else because I was desperately trying not to poop my pants. Eventually I’d find a way to sneak into the bathroom when I knew it’d be empty so I could fully experience the explosive episode in solitude. This was how I started every day for a decade.

My sophomore year of college, I called poison control because the ipecac I’d ordered online wasn’t making me throw up as I’d hoped. I worried that permanently ingesting it would have permanent effects. The lady on the phone was confused as to why I’d ordered ipecac in the first place, but I was just disappointed it wasn’t, in fact, making me vomit my lunch. My hope had been that it would ignite an eating disorder so I could lose the ten pounds I’d gained from stress eating my way through the social and academic misery of my life. Despite my best efforts, I wasn’t ever successful in acquiring what people typically consider an eating disorder.

One evening in the second year of my master’s degree, I was sitting at my desk behind the couch as yet another alcoholic boyfriend sat and watched TV. I silently took a pair of scissors and cut tiny slits into the top of my left wrist. I etched five bloody lines before telling him something was wrong. He was three feet away.

Years later, I found myself single and sitting on the kitchen floor of my one-bedroom apartment, staring at my knife set seriously considering using them to take my own life. For some reason I didn’t. The next day I got a dog.  

To be completely honest, I didn’t realize just how sick I was because, on the surface, the rest of my life was fine.

I come from loving, encouraging parents, who after deciding to divorce when I was 15, remarried and gifted me with two amazing bonus parents besides. My siblings and I defend each other until the end and enjoy each other’s company immensely. I’ve had wonderful, soul-affirming friendships, and grew up in a community of close-knit people who still support me to this day. When you add all this to the massive amount of privilege I received as a cisgendered white woman, it was pretty tough to complain.

So what if I was on antibiotics every other month?

So what if I began each day with liquid diarrhea?

So what if I was obsessed with staying thin?

So what if I was an imploding, overworked, and underpaid workaholic?

So what if I was a constant threat to myself?

Life looked alright on the outside. So what if I was always sick?

Eventually I would discover how sensitive I truly was, how the food industry feeds us poison, how the media makes us addicted to cortisol, how sexism has a way of creeping into cells, and how the economy eats away at your soul. To be sure, there was a lot more I was contending with than I first realized, but I couldn’t see the causes of my illness through the chaos.

Most of my life, I really didn’t understand why my body and mind were so miserable. And nothing helped.

I was seeing medical specialists, speaking with mental health therapists, and taking medication to manage my mood. I was also attending 90-minute yoga classes five days a week, spending time with friends, getting bi-monthly facials, receiving energy work, meditating, journaling, and doing other holistic health practices.

I was still miserable.

The “so what” was obviously a defense against my total sense of powerlessness, so I just kept doing what I could to keep from killing myself, buying time until something changed.

All this misery came to a climax one night on a snowy corner in Chicago.

Earlier that day, I had pathetically begged my on-again off-again manfriend to visit me in the city. By the time we got to the sushi restaurant, I had a hunch he’d already spent the day with another woman who lived not so far from where we sat, but I’ll never know because I never asked.

Instead, I suffered through another emotionally abusive, mentally manipulative, shame session, spending the next hour listening to him ramble on about my mental illness and how exhausted he was for having to put up with me.

There are so many disconcerting details of that relationship that I won’t share here, but needless to say, by the time he was done casting his shame spell, I was done too.

As we arrived on that corner where he’d parked his car, we parted ways as the streetlights flickered through the snowflakes. I said it wasn’t good for him to be with someone he thought he had to fix, and I certainly couldn’t continue to believe I was broken.

And so we were relieved of the burden of one another.

I walked the few blocks back to my 250 square foot apartment and sat on the floor of what was both my living room and bedroom, still wearing my black parka and big boots. I stared at myself in the full-length closet mirror across from me and tried to figure out how I felt.

Was I scared? Was I sad? Was I regretful?

What?

Turns out, I was, in fact, relieved.

My lungs felt lighter than they had in weeks, my stomach felt less tight, and the chronic tension in my neck suddenly wasn’t so bad.

This was the “aha moment” I’d been hoping for because it was the very first moment I realized that the cause of my physical disease wasn’t rooted in my physical body. My mental disorder wasn’t rooted in my mind.

Physical disease and mental disorder could also be rooted in relationship.

By changing that relationship – not my body or mind – I finally gained some relief.

So began the research and practice that would eventually lead to the creation of Anne’s Anatomy™.

By that point in my twenties, I’d already spent most of my life studying how humans worked – how they behave, think, communicate, and heal – from multiple perspectives. I’d earned a bachelors in Communication with a minor in Psychology from a private liberal arts college. I held a masters in the field of counseling with specializations in trauma and psychodynamic theory from a Top Ten university.

And at that particular moment, I was moving through a two-year family systems fellowship at my alma mater which included seeing a full caseload of clients, attending weekly seminars on couples work, performing research on clinical outcomes, and pioneering an apprenticeship in teaching masters in counseling students – all for the grand prize of $32,000 a year.

What a brutal introduction into the reality of money and the field of mental health.

To say the least, I was feeling undervalued, overused, and completely burnt out. Despite the fact that the fellowship had completely taken over my life, I fought to make time for what mattered most: answering the question of “Why am I so sick?”

The first body of research I found was from a field called Interpersonal Neurobiology.

Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) was founded by Dr. Daniel Siegel, a medical doctor who realized that there was something more to being human beyond the body and the mind. He not only set out to find what that was, but gave us a plethora of language for better understanding ourselves as multidimensional beings.

IPNB is an integrative field of study that brings together research related to human connection (interpersonal), the brain (neuro), and how it all works (biology). It also draws from other fields such as psychology, physics, and mathematics. IPNB emphasizes the role of integration between body, mind, and relationships in creating a healthy human experience and identifies at least nine domains in which we humans can experience integration. I’ll share those with you in a later chapter.

I became an eager student and was especially fascinated by the knowledge about mirror neurons and resonance. Simply put, human nervous systems sync up in relationships. When someone was telling me a story, their sensations in their body could literally be transferred into my own nervous system making me feel the same way they did.

So, for example, if I date men who have traumatic histories marked by neglect, dissociation, and alcoholism, the sensations of those traumas will inevitably end up in my cells.

I realized that most of what I felt within what I understood as my “self,” did not originate in my body or mind – it came from someone else. Not only did this help me make sense of the toxic relationship I’d been in (and the others before it) and why I felt so much better once it was over, it also helped me understand the massive compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout I’d been experiencing in my career as a trauma therapist.

A perk about the fellowship was that my colleagues already knew that I specialized in trauma since I received my degree from the same institute in which they worked. As a result, they readily referred their toughest client cases to me. This made building a caseload easy, but it made building a manageable caseload very hard.

I was spending eight to 12 hours a day listening to very traumatic stories, picking up on traumatic sensations, which then made me create all kinds of traumatic signals once I went home.

I suffered from insomnia, pain in my stomach, chronic tension in my shoulders, terrible headaches, and carried a desperate sense of hopelessness. At its worst, my vicarious trauma caused me to dissociate on my walk home to the point where I didn’t know where I was.

Although I was being supervised by some of the best people in the field, no one really gave me tangible ways to do my work in a way that didn’t hurt. The best advice they could give was “hold space for your clients and practice self-care,” which is what I was doing anyway. Even my trauma supervisor, who was stellar, couldn’t translate what she was doing that contributed to the longevity of her career.

Deep down, I knew there was something better and I was hell bent on figuring it out.

It took reading about mirror neurons and resonance to understand that 90% of what I experienced during my 12-hour shifts didn’t belong to me and if I had any hope of surviving my career, I needed to learn to get that information out of my cells.

Through research, trial, and a whole lot of error, I developed a process of feeling the sensations in my body, sharing the stories connected to them in session with my clients, and creating physical signals that helped the client’s brain process the material in ways that made it leave both of our bodies for good. I developed a spectrum of emotion and recognized the order in which they occur so I could standardize the process. I created a chart and hung it on my wall, and without fail, every client resonated with it. You’ll learn all about that spectrum in this book and learn how to recognize and utilize layers of emotions in your practice of being human.

Some years later, this practice inspired my TEDx Talk, How Emotions Will Change the World, in which I talk about how FEEL, SHARE, ACT can remedy a whole host of human problems.

I continued to practice my clinical work in this way, teach it in my classes, and empower my supervision students while I continued to work for the university beyond the fellowship as the program developer of their first online program. While I was already overworked and underpaid as a fellow, this next position pushed me over the edge. I eventually realized I didn’t have the authority needed to build something I felt proud of and could no longer justify the number of hours I put in at work.

So I left to get my PhD.

It was there that I had the time to take my heuristic inquiry more seriously and to expand my research far beyond Interpersonal Neurobiology. I became a certified yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner, and underwent an extensive study of the benefits of good nutrition, high-quality essential oils, and various forms of electromagnetic frequency therapy.

I also received care from Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners in the form of acupuncture and prescribed herbs, as well as energy and spiritual work such as massage, Ortho-Bionomy®, energy matrix healing, Shamanic sessions, past life regressions, and Akashic record readings.

I learned ways to recognize the more ethereal aspects of being human and emphasized their importance in my daily life. Studying yogic philosophy and practicing it became a big part of my practice, and I also became very curious about the quantum field.

The more I understood the language of IPNB, yoga, and quantum physics, the more I realized that they – alongside many other modalities – were saying the same thing. They were just using different words.

Remember, INPB recognizes multiple domains of the human experience and emphasizes the role of integration of these domains in creating health and happiness.

Yogic philosophy is an ancient practice that connects the body and mind with the intention of liberating the soul from having to live in the physical world. Yoga means “to yolk.” The practice of yoga emphasizes the role of alignment between various levels of the body, mind, and spirit in creating an enlightened human experience.

Quantum physics is the study of teeny tiny particles that make up the great big universe, and it differs from physics. While physics summarizes the laws of matter on a macro-level, quantum physics summarizes the laws of matter on a micro-level. It deals with subatomic particles (smaller than an atom) like protons, electrons, quarks, leptons, fermions, and neutrinos. It emphasizes the role of coherence between waves and particles in creating a harmonious human experience.

Although IPNB, quantum physics, and yogic philosophy each utilize different language to describe human experiences, the words integration, coherence, and alignment are saying the same thing: we must experience connection within and between all aspects of our human experience if we hope to be happy, healthy, wealthy, and free.

I used these three areas of study to rebuild my life, and it worked quite well. When one paradigm didn’t have a solution for me, I would turn to the other two and usually a solution would reveal itself. For example, the chakra system in yoga and affective systems research in IPNB helped me recognize seven energy centers, but it was quantum physics that helped me understand that observation of my experiences actually changed the way waves of energy collapsed into particles to create my reality.

If that sounds complex, it’s because it is. And this one example exposes a problem I was having early on. I couldn’t easily transfer all my newfound knowledge to my clients and students who needed it most. While a lifelong study in these areas was a good fit for me, it was unrealistic for me to ask them to do the same. I had to find ways to translate this information into a new language that everyone could understand, and that’s where my dissertation came in.

My dissertation summarized only a fraction of what I’d learned, but it was a start. In it, I stuck to the research in IPNB because I knew it would be the most easily received by people who considered themselves scientists and those were the people who were approving my degree.

Using a combination of affective systems research by Dr. Jaak Panksepp and Lucy Biven and the polyvagal theory by Dr. Stephen Porges, I proposed a new diagnostic framework for mental illness and created an assessment tool to implement it.

The tool was called the State of Mind Questionnaire and its approach to diagnosis was based on underlying neurological mechanisms – not surface-level symptoms. I was seeking evidence to support that it is far more effective to consider underlying causes of a disorder, than to simply concern ourselves with treating the effects. In a way, I was challenging the status quo, saying we humans are more complex than the current system gives us credit for.

The results of my study were promising. I was onto something.

Although the journal article based on my dissertation was accepted (with revisions) by the most well-read journal in counseling, I decided to keep the results to myself. This was partly because I knew the model wasn’t ready to be revealed. It needed more work. It was also because I buck at authority and didn’t like the idea of my peers having the power to tell me what to write.

But mostly I decided not to move forward with publication because I didn’t want my research locked up behind an academic, for-pay journal where it would be off limits to laypeople. I wanted it in a book available to everyone.

I kept on with my heuristic inquiry, practicing what I learned, putting it to use with my coaching clients, and offering online classes along the way. I continued to follow thought-leaders like Dr. Joe Dispenza and Dr. Deepak Chopra who were breaking the mold of what it meant to be human, and thereby confirming the need for a new paradigm people could follow to better understand their experiences.  

The wisdom that emerged was quite complicated and yet beautifully simple: I am not human. I am a being who has a human. And that human has a lot more bells and whistles than I was made to believe, and nobody could properly teach me how it worked.

It was as though upon my birth I was given a manual for driving a four-door sedan, when in actuality, I’m driving a damn spaceship. There’s a lot more experiences a spaceship can create, but you need to know how to use it.

My research changed my life forever.

I could no longer simply see myself as a body or a mind. I couldn’t even limit myself to having a soul. Instead, I realized that as a human, I have ten dimensions that serve as tools for being happy, healthy, wealthy, and free.

 

You can get a summary of each dimension on this page, but for now, here they are:

Dimension 1: Sustaining

Dimension 2: Survival

Dimension 3: Soft

Dimension 4: Subtle

Dimension 5: Solitary

Dimension 6: Synthesizing

Dimension 7: Stating

Dimension 8: Synchronic

Dimension 9: Seeing

Dimension 10: Sacred

Once I identified the dimensions, I set about learning how to create integration, coherence, and alignment within and between them. Another word for this is flow, and that’s the language we’ll use together here.

To cultivate flow, I continued the basic practices of exercise, nutrition, and sleep, but I also changed who I was in relationships so that I could feel more empowered and energized. I practiced energy work more regularly to manage my aura, began having conversations with my spirit guides, and began pulling information from the quantum field directly so that it served my everyday life.

The results were nothing short of magic, and suddenly my obsession with Harry Potter, Merlin, and superheroes made sense.

Humans are alchemists, lotus flowers, superheroes.

We are designed to turn what happens to us into something that helps us, to turn lead into gold, to turn mud into magic, and to turn stress into a superpower.

We just need to know what we’re doing.

It’s not correct to say that I created Anne’s Anatomy™. It was more like a translation of what has been true for humans since the beginning of our species. I simply kept studying the experience of being human, applying what I learned, and it kept revealing our complexity and interdimensionality.

The more I learned, the more I practiced, the more I changed.

I changed so much that I eventually learned how to manage or completely resolve a whole host of physical, mental, and relational problems.

What’s more is that I didn’t just eliminate the bad stuff in my life, I also cultivated more of the good. I created more time with my family and friends, found work that was less taxing and time-consuming, and reconnected with my love of travel, nature, and this planet.

What I know for sure is this: If you know how to work your human being, it will work for you.

I’ve passed along what I’ve learned to hundreds of students and clients across the country through teaching, counseling, coaching, speaking on stages, and online content creation.

Now I’m passing it along to you.

Being sick, oppressed, and powerless is a waste of human life and you deserve more. Anne’s Anatomy™ is just that – it’s an updated version of the human anatomy. Instead of sticking to the old paradigm of having a body and mind, Anne’s Anatomy™ will reveal your interdimensionality and show you that you are far more than what you’ve been told and that you have a lot more tools in your kit to become the high-vibing human you are meant to be.

Once you’ve healed yourself, you can elevate yourself. And once you elevate yourself, hopefully you can begin to concern yourself more with the planetary problems we face today.

Though most of us are too exhausted to keep it at the forefront of our minds, humanity needs an upgrade if we have any hope of taking ourselves off the endangered species list.

The time is now for humanity to get to know itself better and to understand that we have been building this world with one hand tied behind our backs, maybe even both of them, and we haven’t been doing the best we can do. If we continue down this path we’re on of disease, destruction, and degradation of our planet, we won’t survive.

If you’re a person paying attention, you know this to be true.

Not only are we humans more separated than ever, splitting ourselves into good and bad and amplifying conflict and war across the globe, but the extent of systemic and institutionalized oppression we’ve created makes being happy, healthy, wealthy, and free next to impossible for the majority of people here on planet Earth. An increasing number of extreme weather events is also more than enough evidence to demonstrate how we humans have polluted our planet beyond what will sustain us for long.

To be clear, the planet will survive what we have put her through.

She has thrived long after the global catastrophe that wiped out the dinosaurs and she will thrive long after we humans suffocate ourselves with greenhouses gases, murder each other with weapons of mass destruction, and drown ourselves in the rising tides. Most of Mother Earth will even be better off after our demise.

The planet will live on. We will not.

We have not yet solved the problem of our extinction because we are trying to solve big problems using a very small set of solutions.

Our physical, earthly problems cannot be solved with the small-mindedness that comes from believing we are bodies and minds. If they could, I believe we would have solved them by now.

To transform our current situation, we must reconnect with more dimensions of ourselves so that we may draw information, ideas, and innovation from tools within us that have thus far gone untapped. We must understand our superpowers, like how time is a tool to be manipulated and molded, that money comes and goes based not on how much work you do but how grounded you are within the first dimension, and that faith isn’t just a spiritual practice; it’s a physical one – just to name a few.

If we have any hope of residing on this planet for another thousand years, we must seriously expand our perception of who we are and what we can do, and then work together to create something new.

The purpose of this book is to teach human beings the multidimensional truth of who we are and what we can do so that we may save ourselves, each other, and our place on this precious planet.

In fact, by writing this book, I’m inviting you to come along with me and create a new reality in which we not only save the people of this planet, but we create a utopian world where all beings everywhere are happy, healthy, and whole.

If envisioning this future is difficult for you, I get it.

You don’t have to scroll through media or movies very long to find dystopian stories filled with despair about the future. With all that’s going on in the world, I understand that requesting optimism from you is a big ask.

But I’m asking for you to be hopeful anyway, despite what you see on the news, despite the fear, and despite what others say. If we want to secure our future, we must transcend what we believe is possible in order to manifest what feels impossible.

It was this kind of transcendence that led me to Anne’s Anatomy™ in the first place. I stopped believing that being sick and miserable was all that was meant for my life. I transcended my body and mind and discovered that I am so much more.

You are too.

I believe Anne’s Anatomy™ chose me as its conduit into this world and I am deeply grateful for the gifts it has given me. My hope is that in learning the truth of who you are and what you can do, you receive similar gifts of happiness, health, wealth, and freedom that serve you well in this lifetime and all others.

If you're ready to transcend your limitations and transform your life, message me today.

 

Dr. Ashley Anne

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