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Pattern: Meaningful symbols of self-transformation

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Part of a 5-fold Pattern Language.
Subsequently published in Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986)

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A space can best be given further definition by associating with it a set of meaningful, self-chosen symbols that have a catalytic power in the continuous process of self-transformation (possibly as an outward counterpart to the unconscious). This function will be inadequately fulfilled by using symbols recommended by external specialists.

Physical Things from one's own life (e.g. pictures, objects), as opposed to the recommendations of interior decorators.

Social Special rituals and behaviour patterns embodying meaningful moments in the history of the integration of the group, as opposed to rituals recommended or imposed by well-intentioned outsiders.

Conceptual Special concepts or code words which have helped to define the unique flavour of the particular language or mode of communication used.

Psychic Personal memories and associations, as opposed to those obtained or imposed via the media.

Broader Symbols of integration; Accessible facilities for perspective adjuncts; Relatively isolated context for each perspective.

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