What is Stirring the Pot?

January 4th, 2024

Welcome to a new year and the next step in developing a new potential for you.  The basic instruction, if you recall from close of last year, is to leave the new range you created void and simply observe or attend to what propagates within.  You are looking for a clue or an inspiration (I term this as a “wind in your head”) that invokes questions.  This new creation is discovered by the inspiration ignited by the questions.  What you need to know is that this takes lots of questions to seam into form.  Most get a clue and integrate past experience to form, a modified old strategy.  It may be enough for some change but most of these plans fail to inspire a novel scheme. 

Being patient is the most difficult task for me and I will share some concepts that helped me prevail.  The philosophy of Merleay-Ponty on perception has aided me in filtering out what I assume from what I in fact observe.  To develop this skill, take some time to sit and observe and record everything you see without the opinions or conjectures that freely flow from your thinking.  I like coffee shops but watching workers is also fun.  When you review your notes after a period of observation you may be astonished by how many assumptions you recorded.  We humans are story tellers by default.  Take some time to refine this skill.     

Based on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, I believe the “background” is the element that evolves steadily over time.  Background is the field of evolutionary change and independent of our actions or reactions.  Perhaps you have noticed that in our present state of change.  Direct your observations to answer the question, “what is the subject doing now?” and note their action.  Ignore the background elements and your interpretation for their actions.

I imagine we are all aware of deduction and induction reasoning (THINKING, FAST and SLOW, Daniel Kahneman).  Charles Sanders Peirce, an American philosopher and logician from the late 1800s defined three kinds of reasoning we use to solve problems.  As you may recall, deduction draws inferences where the truth of the premises ensures the truth of the conclusions.  Induction is simply a way to draw conclusions from a series of observations.  The third is abduction, a less structured form of reasoning but focused at the core of insights.  Based on the act of insight, although perhaps an extremely fallible insight and not universally shared with a group.  It arrives from putting together what we had never before dreamed of putting together and it comes to us like a flash.

We may be impatient but the truth is the automatic (defensive) programs activate faster than we can think and this process conserves energy.  Nice design if your goal is to secure as redundant only your recorded past experience.  A new potential, a new version or accomplishment for you, is going to take an investment of energy—time and work. 

My blogs are simply my thoughts on a subject and all the academic book references are a product of the research I did to create my new ranges.  This process may not be revealed in any of those titles and I list them to remind you to always expand range.  A stranger or an outside symbol (information source-books, movies, friends) are the frequent means to integrate (and still mind safety patterns) new interpersonal values.

Chriss

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