January 2001 | Uncompleted
Principles of Re-reading and Rapplication
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The world is experienced from the present: Projections into perspectives
from the future, or the past, are problematic if that from the present is not
of assured quality and groundedness
Phenomena experienced externally are a reflection of an articulation of
one's inner world: This applies as much to natural phenomena (mountains,
lakes, etc., as intimated by the I Ching) as conditions such as poverty,
malnourishment, injustice, unemployment, etc
Failure to recognize the engendering bond with the outer world converts
its phenomena into essentially intractable objects: This has the advantage
that they can then be acted upon and manipulated but ensures that the significance
of any external changes is only symbolically echoed within.
People and relationships may be experienced in the same way: In this
sense special relationships are also holding clusters of "undigested" meaning
by which one may be challenged and about which one may be forced to puzzle -
especially when they are only experienced as externalities.
Quests for meaning, harmony, unity or peace in the external world are essentially
symbolic journeys of little consequence unless they are grounded within: From
within, the external markers may then be used to firm up the distinctions that
need to be made, allowing work to be done with them that is of real (rather
than solely symbolic) inner significance.
Quests around the geographic world are symbolic echoes of explorations of
one's own roundedness: How and whether one's own inner roundedness
can be explored in all its variety is another matter - as with the sense
and significance of circumnavigation.
Neither the external nor the internal world needs to be "put together";
each is already "together": The pressure to ensure the emergence
of greater unity results from a failure to recognize the existence and nature
of that unity - and of one's relationship to it. This failure engenders
external projects to bring about a pattern that already prevails -- but is unrecognized
because its dimensions are perceived through ungrounded focus on externalities.
The external world is a script that calls for re-reading: As undigested
and uninternalized "remainders" of an incomplete relationship to a
larger and more fundamental world, the externalities form a complex script that
may be usefully re-read for their internal correspondences and significance.
As the "writing on the wall", all the disciplines may be mined for
Rapplication of internalized understanding ensures appropriate cultivation:
It is through the resonance between internal and external configurations that
overtones of significance can be expressed - nourishing both the inner
and the outer worlds.
Harmonies through play on resonance: Just as the relationship between
inner and outer experiences is richer than implied by purely mechanical metaphors
(bonds, links, etc), so the resonance between them lends itself to myriad harmonies
as the art of playing them becomes apparent. How these harmonies play off against
each other is the dynamic carrier of deeper understanding.
Re-enchantment of the world: External phenomena are entrained into a
new mode as a consequence of such harmonizing. This vivifies the pattern of
relationships between what is otherwise experienced as fragmented. This is effectively
a sacralizing process.
Isotopes and Isomorphs: External phenomena, as resonant projections
of inner structures, may usefully be understood as "isotopes" -- namely
structures in the same configurative "place", despite the significant
difference in the degree to which the "I" is carried by them. "I-so-tope"
might even be understood as "I-so-place". The morphological correspondences
are suggested by "isomorph", also holding the implications of the
morphological shift through which the apparent "externality" of the
phenomena is ensured by "I-so-morph".
Ecosystemic library: Having effectively "stored" or "placed"
memetic clusters in the external world -- embedding forgotten meaning there
-- this ecosystemic library may be explored through re-reading to trigger recognition
of inner correspondences. This raises questions about the roles played by my
inner: USA, Hitler, UN, Osama bin Laden, CIA, whales, mosquitoes, rivers, mountains,
deserts, volcanoes, forests, bushfires, etc?
Stewardship: Reification into the external world follows from a renunciation
of stewardship. Recognition of correspondence re-engenders stewardship for these
seemingly disparate phenomena in the light of the resonances between them in
one's inner world. This activates one's larger self.
Art and discipline: Once the dynamics for which "they" are
normally considered responsible become one's own, the challenges of governance
of the world take on a very intimate significance. How should the inner "rivers"
flow and when should the inner "sun" shine? How should the "rainforests"
be sustained given the needs of the "loggers"? Why is it important
to ensure the survival of a particular "songbird"? To what degree
should one rely on "oil reserves" and what "alternative energy
sources" might be used? How can "people" be nourished -- and
is there an overpopulation problem? Does their inner status allow each such
dilemma to be resolved through a form of non-action that ensures some form of
coherent self-organization? When does discipline become informed by art?