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The Formation of the Subject|Object Distinction | The Fallacy of Duality

For one thing, there is no such thing as "duality" or "split mind". The terms come from within the perspective of mind that looks at words or ideas, instead of actuality, words that indicate or imply something that is not true. It's all conceptual.

In such a case, the mind is generating two formations:

subjectivity ("I")
and
objectivity ("other")

They are simply two, mutually interdependent concepts that, together, form motivation structures, or motives, or the motivations, of personal existence.

The subjective formation exists as a reaction to the objective formation, where I will define, "formation", in a moment.

For now, let's just say that in every moment of experience, we seem to be confronted by circumstances, situations, and conditions of life -- imposed upon us by outside, inexorable and incomprehensible forces -- kind of like, "the news". Objective circumstances contain some elements that change little by little, over time, and many more elements that change a lot, from moment to moment, sometimes in repetitive cycles and sometimes as new developments.  All of these functions correspond to the "objective or yang TetraSeed". Think of driving in your car: the experience consists of things that exist, that persist, that have location, and that are moving in a direction, relative to ourselves.

In every moment of experience, we are paying attention (more or less), recognizing what our circumstances are, imagining what might happen, next, and enforcing our will (intention) to control both ourselves and circumstances (by means of controlling our actions and feelings). Controlling circumstances involves, "more", "less", and the "direction" we imagine them to be going. All of these functions correspond to the "subjective or yin TetraSeed". The "yin TetraSeed" consists of attention, remembering, imagining, and intending.

Every moment of experience is the combination of "imposition from outside" (no apparent control, on our parts), and our facing that "imposition from outside," with more or less "control initiative".

So, split mind isn't split, at all. The two TetraSeeds are interactive and inter-related as a single system of experiencing.  Their existence isn't even mutual; together, they form a single experience and without that mutual togetheriness, no experience. Nothing happening, nobody to experience it.

The main function of the Dual TetraSeeds is to provide contrast between perspectives -- mainly a "figure | ground" or "Foreground | Background" contrast. Contrast is a "gradient" or influence-from-being-different that causes the experience of intensity. More contrast, more intensity.

In this case, the "foreground" is the objective world and the "background" is the self. The foreground changes a lot and the background changes much less, generally, cycling within a repertoire or library of learned sensings and responses, with adaptive modifications more or less pertinent to the uniqueness of the moment. The objective world moves and changes and the subjective world recognizes it and responds. Always, there is contrast between self and world, if only through the contrast between what we remember and what we're facing, now. That's the memory function of soma -- a "subjective TetraSeed" face or facet.

What happens with memory is that it tends to fade unless refreshed. We humans have an "automatic refreshment" mechanism. That "automatic refreshment" mechanism is, imagining, of which one form of it is, thinking. Imagining is more specific than thinking, which only triggers imagining.

So, now, we have remembering and imagining, which are two facets or poles of the same thing. Remembering is "stored imagining" and imagining is opening to remembering.

Certain meditation or contemplative practices involve immobility for long periods of time and long periods of monotony. Because memory fades unless refreshed, and since such practices involve either desisting from following the stream of thoughts  or desisting from imagining, the anchoring of attention in present-conditional reality (as remembered) diminishes, at which point reveries may (and commonly do) ensue. The discipline is also not to follow the imagining, but to "observe" it (which is to say, to dislodge attention from the tendency to localize on anything by catching it doing so). Taken far enough, the sense of world and body fade out and there is no world, no self, but the intuition of a kind of quality-less, location-less awareness.

Those who have worked with such disciplines to some degree of maturity recognize the futility of stopping thought by means of discipline. Thought can only be allowed to subside; otherwise, the effort to stop thought is, itself, a thought. Problem is, lines of thought often tend to be habitual and chronic, and not only not subside, but recycle.

The act of pitting one faculty ( discipline or will ) against others, ( memory and imagination ) is self-defeating.

The alternative is something quite different: to comprehensively and inclusively turn on both four-element TetraSeeds and to develop the ability to switch from element to element while maintaining continuity -- and if one is working with a specific issue, to maintain continuity of attention on that issue, until it dissolves.

One who works with this practice will likely notice that some of the elements are easier to turn on, to reach, than others. This bias reflects uneven educational development. It can be worked with. There are TetraSeed transformation procedures, for that.

What happens when both sets of four elements are turned on is that we witness the very force of life and of our very existence, in that moment. It stands are as a subject|object confrontation, "Me, facing the World" (or some particular circumstance). It's a felt thing. We feel the force of existence, the very drama of our circumstance, as a theme or drama that now seems self-explanatory.

There is no way, in my view, to describe it any better than that. For more, one must practice the TetraSeed transformation procedures, starting with the complete Set-Up, also known as The Crystal Crown procedure. The procedure involves turning on all four elements of both TetraSeeds and then integrating every TetraSeed element with every other.

With that self-other revelation comes immediate psycho-physical (somatic) changes as ones faculties, now on-line in life, synergistically combine. It's an awakening, shift of consciousness and an increase of integrity that changes how one behaves, in life. This is one definition of the term, psycho-active.

As to, "Duality", there ain't no such animal. Mind isn't dual; its apparently "separate" parts are one dynamic, living "system" (or soma), made to seem separate only because one or more of the elements of the Living-Self TetraSeed aren't comparably turned on or mutually integrated. The unconscious part seems like "other", separate from "self". "Other" may be defined, as "not immediately controllable by self".

In that sense, we are, in many ways, "other", even to ourselves -- especially on days when, "We're not ourselves."

Those days are among the best for working with TetraSeed transformation procedures.

Intending vs. Doing | Playing with a Full Deck | The Four : On-Line In Life

Intending and doing are two different things. Obviously. Now, here's how.

Intending is one of the four fundamental attributes, functions, or facets of life -- of which there are four.


ATTENDING | REMEMBERING | IMAGINING | INTENDING
The Four

that particular order or sequence being that of the evolutionary drive, from an egoic point of view. I say, "an egoic point of view", in distinction from, "an impersonal process".

In any case, intending is one of those four.

Doing, on the other hand, consists of those four, all simultaneously, all together, all differentiated from each other, all integrated with every other.

Doing, consists of
  • attending ( paying attention to the location of ) to whatever you're doing
  • remembering ( persistently focussing your attention on ) whatever you're doing
  • imagining ( having a sense of the direction, keen or general ) whatever you're doing
  • intending ( bringing into existence ) whatever you're doing
These are the "suits" in your "deck of consciousness".

Without all four, 
  • You don't know where to turn, next.
  • You have no idea what you're doing.
  • You have no idea where you might possibly go with it.
  • It is of no consequence, to you, and so you don't notice it.
Without a full complement of all four, you aren't playing with a full deck. You certainly have aces and wildcards missing, since those are the top "power" cards.

It is impossible for us to have an experience of being altogether without all four. Try it. Check yourself . . . . . 

BUT, I say, BUT . . . . .

It's possible for one or more of the four to be running on-automatic, without our recognizing it, even at full-blast, and influencing the outcome of our doing, distorting it, causing us to miss things or to take things for granted that shouldn't be taken for granted; prejudices of all kinds bending our reactions; superficial or cursory attention (inattention), leading to wrong perception, wrong conclusions, wrong actions; insensitivity to or or disregard of clues or premonitions; failure to notice habitual patterns of thought and feeling (memory); being poorly focussed, producing mediocre (or outrightly errant, off-base, delayed, or never forthcoming) results.  This is called, "Unconscious Incompetence": Flakiness.

If you notice your flakiness, it's called, "Conscious Incompetence."  Not to worry; another stage follows.

If you sometimes get good results, despite your Conscious Incompetence, I call this, "Unconscious Competence." This is usage of the term is not the common usage.

The common usage places, "Unconscious Competence", at the end of the course of development, as mastery at the ready, ever adaptable.  It's also a kind of competence that the individual may possess, by grace or "by birth".  I disagree with that usage; that's conscious, but smaller-range competence, as I will shortly explain. Unconscious Competence is "beginner's luck", the competence of the dilettante, vulnerable to turbulence, the unexpected. It's the competence of a little knowledge -- good as far as it goes.

As you learn to course-correct after encountering turbulence, to improvise to get better back-on-track, you're on the road of (not "to") "Conscious Competence."

Conscious Competence arises as The Four come on-line in life. The force and focus of intentionality may now be magnified, softened, or let free. Those words correspond to a kind and range of feeling that anyone may experience -- but not if they only hold the words in mind and try to understand it by reasoning or comparing it to what they already know -- without the experience. The experience is IT. 

Instructions, below.

While it's impossible totally to account for, or predict, the turbulence, curves, spins and bumps life may throw our way, we can at least optimize our capacity to handle them with a minimum of disturbance and a maximum of effectiveness. The word I just used, is optimize.  To optimize implies a process of correction, over time. The half-baked phrase commonly used is, "Trial and error"; it is half-baked because the process is, "Trial, error, and adjustment."

The turbulence of the unexpected is something we experience, within us and as our own state in the moment. 

We can make adjustments relatively well or relatively badly. Our own turbulence calls for a balancing of The Four, of which we are made and by which we experience life. To the degree we have The Four on-line in life, balanced and integrated, we make to our adjustments relatively quickly and relatively well, even if sometimes adjustments are difficult or laborious. In some cases, even the laborious quality diminishes to the degree that The Four are on-line in life, so that the correction seems to go easily.

Then, we respond to life's conditions with more of our native intelligence on-line, in life, absorbing and dissolving their effects in ourselves (like digesting them -- even if there is some indigestion), and bringing more of our native intelligence to our doing -- which we weren't doing when we weren't playing with a full deck.

When corrections go easily, it's just flow. The feeling of flow is, ease. "The Master Makes it Look Easy", is the saying. This is Transcendent Competence, not Unconscious Competence.

To the degree that one or more of The Four is "running the show from behind the scenes," we adjust relatively badly, both emotionally and interactively. Know anybody like that?

We tend to be unevenly developed in different ways in different areas of our lives. In some areas, we lack imagination; in others, our memories have taken over and color our actions; or we may have little or too much interest, or too little or too much attention on, something. Obsessive, oblivious, fixed-minded, or whack-o, or some mix or balance. Do you just act on your impulses? Do you bring your full intelligence to them?

Best to bring all four on-line, to life, balanced and integrated. 

Then, intending shows up as relatively intelligent and relatively effective doing.

This doing shows up as bursts of creativity and the ability to carry a creative burst to a tangible conclusion, despite possible turbulence. Because The Four are integrated and relatively balanced, we experience that turbulence as, navigable, and are able to dissolve emotional turbulence fairly quickly, by bringing The Four on-line and to life.

"Bringing The Four on line and to life" means, with regard to anything we are experiencing:
  1. ATTENDING to it
  2. REMEMBERING it
  3. INTENDING it
  4. IMAGINING it
... not just thinking about it; experiencing how we experience each. It's a drill you repeat until it comes to life. This drill, as basic as it is, is psycho-active. If you don't feel changes occurring in you, it has yet to come to life. Persist a few more times. Soon, you'll be fit for the more powerful procedures involving The Four.

Now you know what bringing The Four on-line and to life does, and what that can do to both your intending and your doing.

Intending is a part of doing. You need all four on-line, in life, to be playing with a full deck.

An ounce of "prevention" is worth a pound of "cure". 

The Four: on-line and in life

The TetraSeed Transformation Procedures
Power Contempation Practices
The Two-TetraSeed Polarized Star-Tetrahedron

The Soma|Kosmos Synergy
The Merkaba




Bloomin' Onion, This is No California Froo-Froo

This is what I have done for the past 27 years.

Hanna Somatic Education (R)
This is No California Froo-Froo (TM) (quote from Thomas Hanna, developer)

Let me surprise you with something that you may not ever have seen offered by pain specialists, back specialists, back pain specialists, general practitioners or anyone else who deals with chronic pain, professionally:


SATISFACTION or REFUND Standard Policy

DOES THIS MAKE SENSE, OR WHAT?


I have offered, "Satisfaction or Refund," as my standard guarantee since 1996, or so. Since then, something like 12 people have invoked it -- rightfully, I feel.

Still, does that suggest anything, to you? about all the others who have not invoked my "Satisfaction or Refund" guarantee?

A fairly frequent comment made by new clients (when talking together after a somatic education session) has been about an article they found of mine, on-line, about their condition -- the condition that brought them to me as clients. "It made sense," has been the comment made a number of times. The feel is, "It rang true," for them, rang true to their experience. It appealed to something recognizable, within them. They recognized themselves being described, in it.


THEN, AGAIN,
the most common comment people make at the end of a session, with me, is different. It's,

"I feel like I could take a nap."
... which is to say, it worked.

I've thought of having a plaque made to place over the door frame,
"I feel like I could take a nap."

A third, a number of times, is, "I wish I had known about this, sooner."

and another most commonly, "Why don't more people know about this?" -- to which I have no definitive answer.

Once, a client of mine told me, "I could have saved about $30,000 I spent on [ her recovery after being struck by a car ] if I had come to you [ first, presumably ]." True. There was such a client early in my practice. I think there was also one other person, another client, and it wasn't as much money. Just comments some people have made, but in any case, nearly all who come to me have "gone the route" and still remained uncomfortable so that they looked for something ELSE -- pretty much everyone who comes, to me.

Before I accept someone as a new client, I ask them to complete an application form in which they detail their symptoms and history of injuries, life long, so I can assess whether or not my work is what they need.

I ask them to read the book about the discipline I practice (clinical somatic education|"Somatics") ~~ pleasant, enjoyable reading. Thomas Hanna was a wonderful writer, lyrical.

Somatics: ReAwakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health [ by Thomas Hanna ] available at some public libraries and on Amazon.com ~~ available in 14 languages.

A few clients have told me that they have shared this book with friends and family -- no kidding ~~ kids (teens/early 20s). It's been well-received. It is pleasant writing in a nice rhythm, with interludes, as engaging and conversational as it is educational.

Folks, my plight in this work is that when I truthfully describe what we can accomplish, with this approach, some people seem to feel that I'm exaggerating or being flippant or just being a show-off fool who talks the talk without walking the walk. New Age, California Froo-Froo.

But, folks, this is no California Froo-Free. We somatic educators walk the walk -- better, over time.

My clients face the same situation, talking about their experience of somatic education. When they bring their experiences of somatics to their friends, their friends, who haven't experienced somatic education, think these people are exaggerating, that they never really had anything serious to begin with, or that they are just nuts. That's because their friends have no experience of somatic education, to remember, by which to find the meaning of the words.

What they do have is the memory of all the therapeutic approaches they have tried, that left them still with a problem -- and in their effort to make sense, connect somatic education with their memories of therapeutic approaches. This is called, "confusion."

Let's turn it around. Open to possibility.

Hanna somatic education
an integrally integrative clinical approach
that makes things better, faster
where the rubber meets the road.

Durable relief -- it's like finding gold.

Remember the "Satisfaction or Refund" Guarantee

Here are my write-ups on S-I Joint Dysfunction:

UNDERSTANDING THE S-I JOINTS: STOPPING THE PAIN AND WEIRD SYMPTOMS | http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2011/04/understanding-sacro-iliac-joints.html

REGIMEN FOR SACRO-ILIAC (ILIOSACRAL) JOINT PAIN / PELVIC DISTRESS | http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2014/06/regimen-for-sacro-iliac-iliosacral.html

The Rightness of Being Right -- and Beyond

In these days, when the political Right is the target of righteous opproprium -- and rightly so -- it's also politically incorrect to feel in the right about anything, particularly anything controversial.

Today's political correctness makes "right", wrong.

Let me put a bug in your ear:

"Right" is another way of saying, "of high integrity".

We don't feel right when we are out of integrity.

The problem with, the word, "right", isn't with those who are right.  It's with those who use the word, "right" do things that are wrong and should be left behind, and yet call themselves and their actions, "right".

Such people are mentally unbalanced; their perception is distorted but, to them, seems exactly correct.

They're off-balance and yet they say they feel right about what they're doing, which is half-assed. They don't know what "right" feels like, only that some things are right -- and they take their sense of rightness, from that.

Thus, the word, "right", is degraded by half-assed people.

The word, right, is sometimes used in criticism to disempower someone who is right, in a quarrel:

"You just have to be right, don't you?"

Many people feel it's wrong to be right,
that it's wrong to have high integrity,
which people confuse with being self-righteous
or insufferable.

And they feel it's right to tell someone they're wrong for being right -- except for themselves, who are right to tell someone they're wrong for acting as if they're right, when they are.

Why is it wrong to be right?

One reason: because high integrity makes people of low integrity look bad, and they don't want to look bad.

It's a superficial life. As long as we don't pay any deep or steady attention to the other person, as long as we sufficiently "go through the motions" and rituals of "social lovingness," we can be loving toward each other. But not too deeply. The look is there, but not the depth.

It is these people who object to someone else being right and knowing it. It's unheard of! so arrogant! whom do they think they are! (Notice what you felt, about the word, "whom".)

... and for someone to be right consistently, Well!! That's insufferable!

And so they carefully make sure that not only are they not guilty of being too right, calmly centered in themselves (which feels right), but neither should anyone else feel and act right. We should all be soft and waffly, or at least not be too forceful or direct, lest we hurt someone's feelings or make them feel inadequate.

another half-assed view ...

The true feeling of rightness is a kind of equilibrium, a calm clarity, a balance, an ease, a rest, a poise-in-motion, grace in action, simple directness or even comfortable, whimsical play. Within that equilibrium field of attention, our sense of position is suspended.  It is both stable and dynamically active. It feels right.

The problem is that some people can't distinguish the feeling of "feeling right" from the attitude of "being right" as a way of hardening ones position.

Being Right vs. Hardening Ones Position

To be half-assed and harden ones half-assed position is to be a real pain in the ass. We see that state in incompetent politicians, bureaucrats, and low-level clerks.

At equilibrium (the state of rightness), there's sufficient support from the integrity of things taken into account that there's an easy balance.

Being half-assed is Work!
Being right is easy!

However, those who object to our being and feeling right make it hard on us. Then we get confused about "what's right". If it's wrong to be right, where does that leave us? If we're right, we should feel wrong about being too right, or at least, tentative about it. If things are too clear, something is wrong.

There's an old joke: "Am I being paranoid if they really are out to get me?"
corollary:
"Am I wrong for really being right?"

As common as it is, particularly among politically "liberal" circles, making people "wrong" for being right is wrong.

corollary:
Making politically liberal individuals wrong for being politically liberal is also wrong because, despite the tyranny of "political correctness", being liberal is often right.

That's right. Right.

A Teachable Moment

"... all moments are teachable,..."
However, this is not a "common-sense" option, but a "beyond common sense" option, a "playing with a full deck" option, a "getting all cylinders firing, tuning the engine", "getting the wheels aligned", one foot "on the accelerator", other foot all the way "off the brake" option; a "the lights are on, and somebody is actually home" option, a higher intelligence, higher integrity option. Comprendez vous?

It's a "smarty-pants" option: it will make you capable of being a "smarty pants" and maybe of getting away with it.

Higher integrity always helps, isn't it so? (See?)

FIRST STEP (preparation: "connecting the dots" | future pacing):
forming congruence, oneself, turning all of your faculties on and bringing them on-line:

THE FOUR
penetration (focus) of our felt-intention for something to exist
imagining "direction" (in the minimum unit of positive change)
remembering "persistence"
attending to it all appearing at and as a location

Get all four going. There are ways to get all going and to integrate them; you may ask me.
Here's one (very basic, but very focusing) procedure,
called, "TetraSeed Harmonic Anchoring":

intending [x] existence
imagining [x] direction
remembering [x] persistence
attending to [x] location

You may have noticed your mind dissolve, momentarily, as you read those four, and likely some physical shifts (kinaesthetic integration and self-balancing). If not the first time, likely after a few times. These are "anchor collapsings" (better term: anchor linking and synergy) that occurs as the four come on-line.


SECOND STEP (launch): employing the means of communication to further what has been prepared, in the first step.

This is a template or "example form" that may be applied to, "work for", and to come into higher integrity (intelligence) with, "fight". Integrity always helps, isn't it so?

Best to start with the first step.
very powerful

NEXT STEP
The Psycho-Active Gold Key Release -- for when you've adequately practiced "bringing the Four on-line" (The Set-Up Procedure). You'll know, by feel, when you're adequately proficient with it.

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So I have provided the means by which those creative in other domains, than I, may empower themselves to weather the turbulence between those who would advance the well-being of humanity and those who exert an anti-evolutionary influence, empower themselves to function creatively and well amid that turbulence (evolutionary flatulence).

So, with a tip of the hat to NLP, Grinder and Bandler and those who have followed, we have covered V, A, K -- and O !! , anchoring, anchor collapsing, future pacing, physiological changes, bringing about change "ecologically", and now, below, higher-order integration

Any moment may turn out to be a teachable moment.


The Living TetraSeed Nested Hierarchy
Fours Integrated into Fours

how to get rid of back spasms Lawrence Gold

Lower back strain, while attributed by some practitioners to damage to soft tissue — muscles and ligaments — is usually far less serious: it’s muscle fatigue from constantly tight back muscles. Recondition the muscles to relax and the pain goes away.


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Gromko Igrait Horovitz

Horovitz was a little man, a little man in size, but a giant of an unusual ability in an obvious, but somehow secret and understated way.

He had a way of speaking that left one in wonder.

Horovitz was a conductor on the Russian railroad. In early afternoons, he could be seen traversing a passenger car, walking the aisle from front to back, occasionally touching the backrest of a seat to steady himself as the train rocked around a curve beneath him, dressed in black vest and trousers, a bowtie closing the top of his white oxford shirt, a black conductor's cap on his head, puncher in hand.

Horovitz seemed quiet to people who didn't know him very well. He seem unfathomable to those who did know him, better. To the passengers on the train, he seemed very businesslike in an ordinary way, taking and punching tickets and answering questions about destinations and arrival times, quietly and politely. When he was done in a car, he would be gone until the next stop.

On this particular Sunday, when the trains ran half-schedules, the cars were sparsely occupied. In the back on the left (looking backward along the train) slumped a youngish man with black, tousled hair, three day old stubble and black and white pinstripe trousers. He carried a thin, black leather attache case with no buckle, only a wide strap.

Outside, at a stop, one could see in the grey, overcast day a mother and daughter across the street, on the sidewalk in front of a large glass storefront display window, dressed in matching red with red shoes and red hats. The greyness of the day made their red seem redder, accents of color on a grey day. The mother faced left toward her daughter, while her daughter faced the display window, turned toward her mother at a slight angle and looking in.

A car went by, momentarily blocking the view. Then, the mother was bending forward, talking to her daughter, smiling and pointing at the display window. The daughter was looking up at her mother, listening with a smile of excited expectancy.

The train jolted and started to move away from the scene with the mother and daughter, who were lost to view as they drifted past the right edge of the window next to the seats.

Horovitz stood by the door and waited while the new passengers seated themselves. He did that, instead of punching their tickets when they got on, to allow everybody to board as quickly as possible. Then, he went down the aisle, taking and punching tickets and answering a question from one passenger, a woman in her 50s with a Chanel handbag and a book, and another question from another passenger, an elderly man with a cane, who sat in upright dignity.

Horivitz was a Listener. That's why he seemed so quiet.

In fact, what was odd, and missed by most, is that environments got quieter as he entered them.

The way it was on the train, was this:

Trains are not quiet places. They are noisy places, places of sudden movements and jolts and rumbling vibrations, sudden sounds -- less at station stops, of course, though even there, trains are not quiet places, just less noisy places.

In the transit between stations, as the train picked up speed, things got noisier and the vibration through the floor and seats got stronger.

Horovitz would go from car to car through sliding doors at the ends of each car. Upon sliding the first door open, noise from the outside of the train would get inside. Then, the first door would slide closed with a rolling sound and a thump, and the first car would get quieter, again. But not as quiet as when Horovitz was there. Because the noise level had increased as he opened the door, and then decreased as he closed it, behind him, the change in noise level masked the fact that the car was indeed noisier after he left. Perhaps people attributed the increased noise level to the location of the train on its route to the next station.

On the car Horovitz had just entered, the opposite happened. First, the noise level increased as he slid open the door, then it decreased as the door rolled and thumped closed, behind him -- and the car was quieter, than before. Much quieter. Some people might have thought, in topsy turvy fashion, that they had just entered or come out of a tunnel. But there was no tunnel. There was only Horovitz at the center of a field of silence, most silent.

The vibrations coming through the floor and seats were softer, soothing, as were the occasional jolts sideways, somehow reassuring.

This would last until Horovitz left the car for the next one -- and so on down the line to the end.

The reason this happened is that, in his work, Horovitz needed to talk and listen, a lot, and he had no patience for asking people to repeat questions and having to shout answers. So, he would Listen to the noises of the car around him and the noises of the train, and absorb them into himself and contain them, feel the vibrations, all, and dissolve them in listening until he felt Silence surface and absorb the noise into a soothing, deepening silence. When he did that, the car around him got quieter, people who made conversation loudly got quieter, and his job got much more pleasant.

Occasionally, someone would notice that things had suddenly gotten quieter when talking with Horovitz and then suddenly gotten louder when they had finished and he had gone. They had clearly heard every word he had said and had themselves gotten their words across, easily.

This had happened with the unkempt young man in the back, who was left in a state of wonder, tapping his attache case with his fingertips and looking up and to the left, where Horovitz was leaving the car.

Horovitz smiled as he slid open the door to go into the next car.





TetraSeed DNA and The Hungry Hunter's Set-Up Procedure

The "Hungry Hunter's" version of the TetraSeed Set-Up Procedure. The order is specific. We put our attention on each face of the TetraSeed, in order (as instructed, step by step, below).

Then, acquainted with each face, we "view" an "item of interest" (what you're 'working on' or 'playing with' IN each face), in the same order.

E.G.: "knowing" being the "item of interest"

"HEADS UP" PROCEDURE
FACES

intending knowing
imagining knowing
remembering knowing
attending to knowing

"THE HUNGRY HUNTER" PROCEDURE
FOCAL POINTS
knowing existence
knowing persistence
knowing direction
knowing location

EXACTLY AS SHOWN, REPEATEDLY
Replace "knowing" with some item of interest for exploration, by you.

This is a complete unit of instruction.


Next Unit:
RECIPROCITY SET-UP
This structure corresponds, in the DNA double-helix structure shown below, to the cross-linkages between the DNA strands, seen being unzipped, at the top. The cross-linkages are made of four nucleic acids in patterns of order and sequences of pairs, those patterns constituting "genes", which are memories of functional patterns that may be turned on or turned of in response to environmental conditions. This, "turning on" and "turning off" is what is meant by the term, "genetic expression".


Whereas the structure of DNA is based on nucleic acid pairs arranged in a twisted ladder sequence, which is then folded upon itself at structural flex points, the structure of the TetraSeed is based upon sets of three pairs in a tetrahedral (four-point) shape, composed of the following elementals (corresponding to nucleic acid")



[ ATTENDING | IMAGINING | INTENDING | REMEMBERING

The "backbone" of DNA, referred to, above, as the "sugar-phosphate 'backbone', has as its TetraSeed correspondences,

[ EXISTENCE | PERSISTENCE | DIRECTION | LOCATION |

When you contemplate those four, one after the other, the combination does feel like a backbone, doesn't it?

All eight of the elementals are abstractions, features common to all experience. They are "arrangers of tendency", "strange attractors"; "fields of influence", "shapers of fate", "elemental abstractions". Every experience experienced by some "experiencer" involves all eight of those elementals, four to be the "backbone" of the experience (to give it "reality") and four to subjectively experience the experience. You may guess which group, above, is which.



The elemental abstractions integrate into a structure that has no quality of its own, and only virtual reality, but which, like cauliflower, takes on or becomes the flavorings of whatever experience is being experienced. Everything and everyone is pairs of TetraSeeds.


Now, let's go experiential.

Consider:
Put attention on, "attending". What do you get?
Put intention into, "intending". What do you get?
Put imagining into, "imagining", What do you get?
Put remembering into, "remembering". What do you get?

You get a different feeling with each one, right?

Something odd happens when you turn them all on, combine and balance them. They all disappear, either by being difficult to get to firm up, or by having only virtual existence -- terms whose meaning will become obvious with practice.

The RECIPROCITY SET-UP procedure is a first step to turning them on and combining them.

Here's the RECIPROCITY SET-UP pattern.

intending knowing
intending knowing existence
knowing existence
existence knowing intending

remembering knowing
remembering knowing persistence
knowing persistence
persistence remembering knowing

imagining knowing
imagining knowing direction
knowing direction
knowing direction imagining

attending to knowing
attending to knowing location
knowing location
knowing location attending to

three times

That's a complete unit of instruction.


Next Unit:
RHYTHMS
This next pattern corresponds to all the possible flex-points of the TetraSeed spine.

knowing existence
knowing existence
knowing knowing existence
knowing existence existence

existence knowing
existence knowing knowing
existence knowing persistence

knowing persistence
knowing persistence
knowing knowing persistence
knowing persistence persistence

persistence knowing
persistence knowing knowing
knowing persistence persistence

persistence knowing direction
knowing direction
knowing knowing direction
knowing direction direction

knowing direction
knowing knowing direction
knowing direction direction
knowing direction existence

knowing existence
knowing knowing existence
knowing existence existence
existence knowing location

knowing location
knowing knowing location
knowing location location
location knowing existence

knowing existence
knowing knowing existence
knowing existence existence

existence knowing
existence knowing persistence
knowing persistence
knowing persistence persistence
persistence knowing persistence
persistence knowing direction

knowing direction
knowing knowing direction
knowing direction direction
knowing direction persistence

"Fight" vs. "Work toward"

No, this isn't about union activity or the alternatives, warfare vs. peacetime employment -- although, wow, is there a connection!




It's about the peculiar quandary common among human beings: It's easier to destroy than to create.

For the same reason, it's easier to criticize than to actualize
and easier to resist than to take initiative.

In this time period so ripe with reasons to condemn, the line of less resistance is resistance, not taking creative initiative, breaking down without also building anew. It is a self-destructive and incompetent mood.

The problem is, for many it's easier to destroy what's remembered than to imagine something better, to break down, to destroy than to bring into existence and develop. That's why there's a special term, "entrepreneur".

Remembering is generally more or less under our control; imagining requires an unpredictable emergence of insight in the one doing the imagining. Otherwise, it tends just to be a reworking of something remembered -- like remakes of classic movies. We can't force imagining, or at least, it isn't commonly as easy to imagine as to remember.

Rare, more functionally-awake and balanced individuals (sometimes known as "visionaries") have good imagination and good memory, good attention span, and coherent intention.

We can cultivate those faculties. It just takes the well-focused means, the interest, our remembering to practice, and application of deliberate intention when doing it. It's called, "education" -- but a more basic and fundamental education than is publicly practiced, these days. It's the education that prepares one for education. More, below.

Because it is easier to break things down than to improve things (which takes imagination and diligence), breaking things down is the course often taken. This is what happened in the last Presidential election. The political system wasn't working well for a large enough number of people, so they chose someone who would create change -- some kind of change, any kind of change -- to the political system of The United States of America.

However, they chose badly.  The political parties chose badly. They chose someone who defines "great" as, "someone who can boss others around" (rather than someone who brings the greatest good to the greatest number). They chose someone who thinks like a cutthroat business man -- anything, as long as it's legally defensible, and he can get the law changed, if need be. Anything for which he has executive authority -- without accountability to the people of the nation. They chose someone for whom "ethics" is an irrelevancy, "truth" an embarrassment, and the Constitution and intentions of the structure of the Federal Government, an inconvenience to be gotten around or done away with.

They chose badly. The man makes money in real estate and golf courses. Did his electors think that because of his election, they would end up owning real estate and play golf at country clubs? Is that what they envisioned? I doubt it. I don't think they considered it that far. They didn't choose someone who is likely to give them what they feel they need.

The logic rather witlessly followed was, "First we break the political system down, and then somehow it will turn out better." Really haphazard. The rebuild stage wasn't carefully considered, if at all -- hence, the behavior demonstrated an unconscious and not particularly intelligent logic. Thus, lazy-minded, simplistic, gullible individuals elected a would-be Big Shot who may never feel big enough and who has an awful lot of power in his hands. "Gullible" means, "those to whom it never occurs to exercise their intelligence for themselves, but just to accept what they're told." Otherwise, they would have seen the abundant signs he displayed before the election.

When such people want change, they can easily be, and were, convinced to tear down without equal care for building up. This, of course, demonstrates a tempermentally childish stage of development; it breaks its toys when it wants new ones -- and it's not responsible for getting, or creating, the new ones.

This is not an adolescent or adult stage of development; adolescents are all about creating themselves, anew (although in conformity to their group), and adults are about creating, maintaining and enhancing; adults are both conservative and progressive. That's adult. "Tear down" mediocrity is spoiled-childish, undeveloped, self-indulgent, irresponsible, and undisciplined. Take that kind of behavior far enough, we call it ..... criminal.

This kind of description is not destroying or fighting; it's just naming and explaining with a high degree of precision and accuracy. If these seem like fighting words, it because they hit home with precision and accuracy (and without collateral damage).

FIGHT vs. WORK FOR

So often, in the public vernacular -- the way things are commonly said -- we are told to "fight" this and "fight" that. It's considered a compliment to call someone, "a fighter". "Fighter" is a term with a sense of ongoing embattlement. They don't say, "a visionary" or "a hero", or even, "a great leader"; they say, "a fighter." It's a lower form of compliment.

In the public vernacular, people who participated in bringing about change used to be called, "liberals" and "progressives". The terms have been made derogatory by the sneer which which "Regressives/Conservatives" have used the term. Progressives seldom use the words, "liberal" or "progressive", to describe themselves in public rhetoric (except sometimes during election season); only "Regressives", so-called Conservatives, use the words, "Progressive" and "Liberal" -- and that, in a pejorative (put-down) sense to excuse their reactionary behavior.

Progressives/Liberals need to take back the terms and make them have the honorable meaning they warrant. They should also stop referring to the Republican Party as the "GOP" (Grand Old Party); it ain't grand anymore and it's been taken over by clever individuals who are there for the wrong reasons -- the right reason being public service. The foxes are in the henhouse, folks. Old Lady O'Leary's cow has kicked over the lantern.

A way of saying something reflects upon the one saying it; what someone says is an extension of them. To make the terms, "Progressive" and "Liberal", into smears reflects upon the one saying them: They would never be caught dead creating something better for the greatest number of people or being protective of those who need protection, or looking out for the population they serve, other than in terms of money, i.e., "jobs". Nooooo. They need to look out for themselves and for their position in the power heirarchy that sustains their in-office gravy train. It's for such people that the saying, "Kick the bums out!" was coined. Unfortunately, the electorate put the bums in. Gullible.

Making, "Progressive", a smear-term shows, about the speaker, a certain backwardness and unwillingness to take responsibility for bringing forth the greatest good for the greatest number. They are rebellious against the adult demand to take care of and share with others, to keep their word, to honor the oaths they, themselves, took. They have another agenda. They don't "play nicely". This, of course, is the behavior of spoiled children: "Conservatives". . . . . anti-progressive anti-evolutionaries. Regressives. Arrested development. Immature.

Regressives use the word, fight; Progressives also use the word, "fight". It shows how the so-called, "Pro-gressives", are not that much different from the Re-gressives. A greater difference would exist if Progressives used the phrases, "working for" or "working on" something ..... working on something instead of fighting for, or fighting, something.

The same goes for the word, "resist'. Instead, persist, or even advance, as in, "We're advancing a new public education funding program."

Of course, Regressives would resist such a program. Education of the public works against their interests. They don't want a population for whom attention, memory, imagination and intention are on-line at a high level; they don't want to be found out by people who are competent. They want a controllable population.

To show, by contrast, how far they have strayed from the original vision of this nation, the following declaration by Thomas Jefferson can be read on a plaque above one of the entrances to the House of Representatives:

"The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation
of 
an educated electorate."

"Work for" is the best welfare system. Awakening your imagination and linking it with what you know and what things there are to work with goes beyond protest and resistance. It goes beyond Regressiveness and beyond the resistance of Regressiveness. It is the ultimate non-violent act: creative transgression of the preferences those who would create a meaner nation.

And that means defeating those who, like the Koch Brothers, defeated wind-power in Massachusetts, defeat publicly beneficial projects in order to preserve or enhance their own standing in the wealth/power structure. We defeat them through persistent support of those who make such advances until those who resist are defeated, and we defeat them by educating ourselves so that we become the creators and holders of value.

Take notice of the speech patterns, "Fight" or "Work toward", and be informed.
 
There. Now I've said it.


The Basic Education
The TetraSeed Activating Intelligence Exercises

The Likenesses of Well-Known
Transformational Teachings
and The Gold Key Release


The Gold Key Release

search: TetraSeed

"6:19" The Eros of Transcendental Realization

This piece is written with persons in mind who are familiar with the Creative Spiral, taught as The Concept of Meru by Y.Y. Meru in his educational art books and in his many Sculptored Sound(c) opus works; and with Integral Theory, as taught by Ken Wilber, et. al. 

Those not familiar with The Concept of Meru or with Integral Theory will still find the information presented below intuitively  (note that I didn't write, "intellectually") stimulating -- or perhaps baffling. The numerical references (1:6:9) are extra information available to persons familiar with The Concept of Meru.

What is baffling becomes obvious with practice of the TetraSeed Transformation Procedures. BACKGROUND


The thing about, "6", is that it includes and incorporates all memories we may have and heads erotically into the imagining of all life. At Stage 6, scattered and scattering impulses of attention gather and coalesce into a coherent unity. Attention gathers into steady focus that first apprehends and then incorporates all of self-ness and all of other-ness into an equilibrium of unity. "Equilibrium of unity" means that no part of experience gets special attention; attention is balanced. "Equilibrium of unity" is the unity of the transcendental intuition present in all experience, inner and outer, the "one" (consciousness) in intuitive polar relation to "the many" (experience). This is not a mental matter, but an experiential one. Nothing stands as the opposite pole of "the many", except the absence of "the many" -- which is the one consciousness / awareness.

"6" gathers all memory ("Past Experience") into an inclusive unity of attention (agape) that includes all that may be recognized, all that may be experienced, all aspects of self-ness and all forms of other-ness -- in other words, EVERYTHING. In that inclusive unity, attention is balanced or suspended between the all possible attractors (distractors) of attention; all is included -- comprehended or not. The sorting of things into "self" and "other" subsides and so internal "noise" decreases, leaving silent attention. All of what there is to experience in that moment is recognized to be a display happening "before or in front of" an unseen and unknown see-er, which is somehow intuit-able as self. Whatever object of attention may be located by the reference, "Transcendental Awakening", ain't it; this is a field of consciousness disclosed as distraction subsides.

This all-inclusiveness to the point of Transcendental Awakening is "integrating the originality and forming the New Now", the words Y.Y. Meru used to explain "6" in the book, Origination. A "New Now" forms upon integration in all-ness of everything in the field of attention, at the moment that the un-seen see-er is intuited. It is the "agape" of free and unconcerned inclusion. It is not really a "New Now" because Real Nowness is Eternal and exists prior to the formation of a memory of any experience. It is non-mental, non-conceptual, direct experiencing of what IS, before remembering.  It can't get any newer.

The "New Now", as presented in Stage 6 of Origination is really a new integration of memory acting as a new frame of reference. It is the conditional and circumstantial frame of reference that we consider to be "our life".

Real Now is "Original Face"; combined with "New Now", a new integrity freshly emerges. It is the locus or ever-changing frame of reference that Transcendental Awakeness freshly, now (and eternally) experiences as the form of conditional existence. It is "Unique Self" and "Unique Everything Else". Unique self and unique other-ness emerge in every moment in a unified way, as the creative motion of all-ness manifests itself and consumes itself, like the Uroborus, the World-Serpent that swallows its own tail eternally, more and more. The creative flow continues and consumes itself -- and yet eternally, Transcendental Awakeness is ageless, timeless, and undefinable by the indications of words. It appears conditionally as all of the forms of life, which seem tangible and eternal as long as they exist because of the eternality of their source: Real Now.

"6:19" is the integration of memory and imagination-in-anticipation ("Stage 1") of Transcendental Awakening. That anticipation is a kind of eros. The eros of Transcendental awakening "sees" and transcends conditional existence ("9"). It is everything and is beyond everything. It has been sifted out from the forms of experience as the Very Ground Substance of experience, which is Itself.

New integration always brings new emergents. New emergents are the products of eros. Eros is attraction to the newly emergent. There are two "aspects" of eros: conditional and unconditional. Again, these words are not to provide some kind of conceptual understanding, but rather to label a direct experience.

Conditional eros leads to every new integration; unconditional eros is the realization that occurs when integration is successful. Unconditional eros occurs when attention is no longer distracted and rests in its own unconditioned condition. The enjoyment of transcendence is unconditional eros,


The realization of "9" 
is that conditional existence arises from
unconditional intuition: something from nothing.

"9" is always both immanent (conditional eros)
and transcendent (unconditional eros).

Inclusive integration to the point of Transcendental Awakening occurs again and again, perpetually.

The means of this integration is the awakening of the four subjective/internal aspects of the TetraSeed 


ATTENDING | REMEMBERING | INTENDING | IMAGINING

in a balanced way, as accomplished via the TetraSeed Transformation Procedures (search term)

with their four objective/external aspects


LOCATION | PERSISTENCE | EXISTENCE | DIRECTION

This integration is Erotic
Again and Again,
On and On.

The Conditional World is the Domain of Humans' Suffering

The Conditional World is the Domain of Humans' Suffering

To the conditional world
which includes our own state of mind
we may have two responses as options:

to open to The Conditional World and to experience It more keenly
or
to close to The Conditional World, to mute its effects in us.

The first option is to become sensitized to the world
in a sensory sense
and the second option is to be desensitized to the world
in a sensory sense.

The first option is to open intelligence
and
the section option is to close down intelligence.

The problem of the more sensitized, open intelligence
is that it is more open to being invaded by prongs of life,
pokey pushings of life that churn us in unpleasant ways.
Prongings and pushings that come both from both outside and from within
pronging pushings that make us want to back down
to avoid being prodded.

The problem of desensitized, densitized, closed or shrunken intelligence is that it is less competent, competent in fewer ways, clumsily regulated and sometimes, obnoxious or hostile. Desensitized, densitized, shrunken intelligence adds to the roughness of life that shock the more sensitized, open intelligence.

Desensitized, densitized intelligence makes things harder on open, sensitized intelligence.

In order for open, sensitized intelligence to continue to flower, to continue to open, to continue to increase in integrity, complexity, and grace, it must overcome both the minimizing effects of desensitized, densitized intelligence on its own flowering -- and -- the internal reaction one may have to being minimized, namely, minimizing oneself. One must also integrate and dissolve the force of complaint against the seeming stupidities of life.

Integrate, because we don't know -- the "seeming stupidities" may be right, after all.
Dissolve, because who wants to be trapped in the dilemma of it all?

Neither one nor the other
neither either nor both --
unconditional
the unknown Unknown
into which higher intelligence flowers.

The way out of the trap is not to negotiate the possibilities, not so solve the difficulties, but to DISSOLVE them, to dissolve our fixation upon them without residue or backward lingering, to lift anchor and continue of the voyage of developing intelligence. Then, the adversities and adversaries to flowering point the way to transformations instead of to stagnation in the swamp of stupidities.


http://lawrencegoldsomatics.blogspot.com/2013/03/somatology-gold-key-release-for.html



The Inner and Outer Aspects of the TetraSeed

The four focal points of the TetraSeed, in its variations, are observable, replicatable, verifiable, testifiable focal points that have observable, replicatable, verifiable, testifiable psychoactive properties.

The psychoactive properties of the TetraSeed appear as an awakening of the different internal connections of oneself so they may be recognized and corrected, as native intelligence indicates on a focus-by-focus basis.

The word, "focus", pertains to each of the step-elements that constitute the TetraSeed Transformation Procedures, e.g., "Intending | Intending Existence".

Back to the psychoactive properties: the word, Transformational.

What is being transformed, and how so?

What's being transformed is the activation-balance between the different focal points of the TetraSeed.

"ATTENDING" | "INTENDING" | "REMEMBERING" | "IMAGINING"
The Four Internal or Left Quadrant TetraSeed Mind Elements
(upper right image is The AQAL Matrix -- Google-search the term.)

We tend, by our enculturation, to work at a more or less illumined or oblivious degree of development -- mostly oblivious. Sometimes, the words,

"ATTENDING" | "INTENDING" | "REMEMBERING" | "IMAGINING"

by themselves, individually, and in relation to each other, seem somehow vague and obscure, not readily recognizable. This starting condition is a good one for demonstrating the potential for a person's awakening of faculties by contemplating and applying the TetraSeed. Before that process of awakening, all manner of semi-conscious automatic conditioning simply runs the show, with the "monitoring self" wringing its hands over its own craziness.

The transformation consists of
  1. awakening and progressively steadying into focus these four focal/archetypes,
    and then 
  2. combining the focal/archetypes in every combination of twos and threes
    to awaken and enhance intelligence.

    It feels like an awakening.
     
  3. What happens is that submerged patternings of mind emerge in dreamlike perceptual experiences that one may recognize as ones own habitual dreamset of what life is remembered to be -- and having recognized, adjust by mere feeling-intention. Many shifts occur.

What happens is a dissolving of semi-conscious and unconscious, automatic habits of mind by recognizing all things as made of the same "ground substance" -- the congealing of attention on persistent objects with a location and a direction of change.

What happens is a shifting of tensions by a series of releases, a shifting that occurs merely by contemplating things in terms of The TetraSeed -- attending to an object, remembering an object, intending the existence of an object, imagining an object -- as taught in the various TetraSeed transformation procedures found under the search-term

TetraSeed

In the illustration, "I-AM-I" symbolizes the emergence of all forms of experience from a uniform ground of being-consciousness.

At this point, further discussion depends on your having had experience working with the TetraSeed and TetraSeed Transformation Procedures. To try to understand without that experiential background risks brain-lock.



Having had such experience and found that the TetraSeed is indeed psychoactive, you (and I) may wonder:

What is the TetraSeed made of?

After all, it's just seems to be a mental abstraction that somehow names what our mind is made of, but really -- The TetraSeed actually functions, so what is its substance? its foundation?

Something somehow becomes the four-ness of the TetraSeed that functions the way it does. Or perhaps it isn't something or anything until it appears as concrete expressions of the four elements of the TetraSeed. But a TetraSeed is made of it. What is THAT? It must always have existed and exist now and already, since it is apparently the substance and functioning of EVERYTHING.

The following news may help you with that contemplation.

Internal/Left Side Quadrants of the AQAL Matrix
"ATTENDING" | "INTENDING" | "REMEMBERING" | "IMAGINING"
 "LOCATION" | "EXISTENCE" | "PERSISTENCE" | "DIRECTION"
External/Right Side Quadrants of the AQAL Matrix




Integration of the upper and lower elements produces a deepening of perception and brings background to the foreground for witnessing, melting and transformation -- or burning.

A Second Stand at Standing Rock

It has already been predicted that a new standoff is going to occur at Standing Rock over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

With that standoff, we may see what the Trump Administration is made of.

http://somatics.com/mp3/A Second Stand at Standing Rock.mp3



Here's a quote curated from the Act Blue website:

The new administration has sent hundreds of law enforcement to Standing Rock over the last 48 hours and the oil companies have matched them with over 300 new and aggressive security staff. Over the weekend, a water protector was run over by a snowmobile and the North Dakota legislature is about to pass a law allowing drivers to run over Water Protectors without charges! Help us match these acts of violence with non-violent protests and prayer. We need food, medical care, and legal support more than ever. 

A big problem with the DAPL is that it is to pass under a freshwater lake that serves as the main source of water for the local population -- hence the name, "Standing Rock Water Protectors". A fracture or leak of the DAPL at that location would contaminate that water. Such has already occurred, recently, in Pennsylvania.

On the side of the DAPL are the mass of Stupids who believe that the highest accomplishment of a man is to acquire money. That includes the new President, President Donald, a man whose time has come -- and gone -- long ago -- a relic of a previous mentality now inhabited primarily by young people starting out, the poverty-sticken, immigrants, and those in a state of arrested development.

The Stupids believe that the risk of contamination of the lake is an acceptable price to pay for their profit, even at the cost of the health of thousands, as occurred in Flint, Michigan.

The standoff, which may go in a number of directions, may, I believe, set the tone for this administration's handling of all manner of civil disobedience.

http://tinyurl.com/8kffne6
 Click to download and listen.

Today, I was asked to leave the senate gallery of the New Mexico legislature in Santa Fe because I refused to remove my hat. One of the attendants called the police to have me removed and one told me that I might be arrested. I suggested that he tell them that I had refused to remove my hat.

I left before the police arrived and walked in a leisurely way to the door -- followed by two police officers. One officer told me that to remove my hat was a sign of respect; I countered that it was not a sign of respect, but of obedience. He told me that to remove my hat was a rule of the building; I countered that rules do not deserve respect merely because they are rules, but because of the legitimate function they serve. He said that he was not there to engage in a discussion; I responded I wasn't asking him to, but rather that I was starting a line of thought. All this, over a hat. I pointed to the larger political climate and cited this encounter as an ominous development.

That was an abbreviated accounting of the encounter. I left.

Think on that.

Then, think on larger matters.

There comes a time when both the police and the military should exercise intelligent judgment, confine themselves to enforcing THE LAW and not the arbitrary will of those in power.

Don't you think?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Resistance?? What good are protests if they bring out the police and the military?

How about countless acts of civil disobedience, small and large, that bring oppressive actions so frequent and so repressive, so counter to the American spirit of freedom, that even Trump's supporters repudiate him?



The Quandary of Human Beings is One of Competence

Competence may be defined as "consistently getting the intended result".

Indication of Incompetence: the saying, "The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions".

Frankly, this statement is poorly conceived, poorly expressed, poorly understood.

First of all, "paved"?? Pavement is an invention for smoothing the way.

So, "Good intentions smooth the way to Hell"??

Right away, that is topsy-turvy ("everything reversed") thinking; there's something "off" about it. There must be an explanation that seems to make sense of it. Let's try.



One might observe that, very often, despite good intentions, a hellish result ensues or follows. Little fires may spring up that seem to require your attention, time and energy.

A certain kind of thinking would then make the so-called, "a-priori error" -- the notion that because one thing preceded another, it caused the other. ("Post-hoc, ergo, propter hoc." -- for all you lawyers) This is very primitive thinking probably characteristic of a three-year-old stage of mental development.

The error may be expressed, "My good intentions caused the Hellish Outcomes."

It goes along with, "I caused that," as in, "Wherever I walk, outside, the moon in the sky follows me." It is a kind of egocentric thinking that acts as if everything that happens has to do with oneself." -- which, by the way, is a good way of defining the word, "narcissistic". "I caused that and I'm involved with it." It's the hypnotic, mass trance that characterizes the bulk of human cultures.

A more mature stage of development recognizes that causality emanates from many places and from anyplace at a given time. One may receive the influences of life as well as influence life. This is called, "being sentient", all you beings. This recognition allows for a relative degree of rest or ease in the midst of circumstances, and for a decrease of vigilance, in general. Hellish outcomes may seem to come Out of the Blue, but sometimes, not.

So, as a generality, "The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions" may seem to be true, some of the time, but it says nothing about the causal relation of the good intentions to the Hellish Experience.

Back to, "The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions."

Where's the next weak point?

It's the inherent, "I can't help it," of the saying. "No matter what we do, things turn out badly." Has to be that. After all, good intentions are all about "helping it", and if they end up under our feet, our "hero" has failed. (Heros are all about "shared good intentions", good intentions shared between and among us. A hero is a champion of our good intentions. In this anti-hero culture, villains are called, or positioned as, heros. This is an Orwellian perversity.) For all of these reasons, "I can't help it," is a common pose. It's the pose of "excused resignation", excused mediocrity. "I can't help it," sets the stage for incompetence.

So, "mediocrity and incompetence, I can't help it," are the sagacious meaning of the saying, "The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions." How sagacious?

Here's another meaning:

Creative movement in any direction creates a contrast with our memory of the state of things. Contrast intensifies experience. You go for the right and you perceive everything that's in the way of things going right; you perceive everything that's wrong. (Let's not get captived by the wimpy argument that, "there is no real right or wrong; everything's relative". Not altogether true.) Everything that's organized for an outcome different from the one we intend (including our own automatic reactions and emotional conditioning) we experience as unwelcome, as friction, as opposition, as frustration. There's both an external and an internal burn.

The contrast-burn may be a hellish experience.

So, the saying, "The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions," is incomplete, in itself, and therefore, misleading. Another line is needed: "When you are going through hell, keep going." (Winston Churchill) His saying implies emergence out of hell. It completely changes the thrust of the saying.

The thrust of this saying, when understood this way, points to increasingly higher degrees of competence paid for by an ordeal of transformation (the contrast-burn). I can help it if I persist, learn, remember, attend to it, and stay purposefully intent -- in short, evolve awake) -- that's one part -- and, with that, also recognize that I am working against forces that may make things rather unpleasant, especially if I fail to groom myself regularly of those befouling effects.

Thus, the deck is stacked against the evolution of humanity by our own aversion to the burn of transformation. The burn of transformation is the price paid for competence and superior competence. Thus, the expressions, "taking pains," and "paying the price" or "paying ones dues". The only ones willing to experience that are those with a compelling creative drive; the rest cower -- or oppose.