Silverington - Personal Strategies


A Personal Intergrated Experience

Perception as Reflex Point Instant Realities The Thing in Itself Mindscapes
T'ai Chi Ch'üan The Mind/Body




Wei-Chi/GO Natural Strategy
Reasoning with Hetero- geneous Elements Psychohistory
Imaginative Judgment Nature's Defense/ Attack Strategies Comfortable with Catastrophes Integration as Transcen-dental
Knowledge and Wisdom
To be of use to anyone except mathematicians, computer nerds, theoretical economists or technicians, the ugly caterpillar of generalized Western knowledge must climb into the cocoon of specific Eastern Wisdom, where it can mature and later emerge-a beautiful, global butterfly of applied art. The five light squares represent five different perspectives of an integration and personal power constellation. The dark squares represent eight advanced concepts integrated by means of over forty years of General System's Elements research. The light squares and dark squares together they become the basis of an intuitive knowledge that spans the technical meta-systems and the personal strategies from seven different integrated perspectives. Each perspective begins with a simple informal, interactive introduction to personal, private and organization integration problems. The course ends with a transient experience of a future potential reality.
Optimized Global Perspectives
Together, participants experience six optimized, global, perspectives from which to view other people, themselves and reality in general. Some will be experienced as "personal" and obvious. Others will seem familiar and natural, and some will feel altogether alien. All will include sophisticated personal and organization integration strategies for coping with situations ranging from abstract philosophical positions (like what is reality to me?) to concrete ethical strategies (like how is it best for me to react when under psychological and/or physical attack?). Experience with four very different personal strategies (mindscapes) and first hand experience with logic from different cultures and paradigms leads to a truly global view. Much of the course is devoted to learning how to learn.
This is called synchronic thinking. Since most of us have been taught to think in ways that make integration virtually impossible, the first problem is to learn to do consciously what we automatically do subconsciously. Top performers, athletes, Yogi, martial artists and geneticists all learn to consciously apply synchronic thinking, so one need not become a hippy, use drugs or join a "flower power" counter-culture movement to develop the techniques. Integration courses are designed to help you train yourself with a minimum number of distractions.
The simple phrase "four plus one" describes synchronic reasoning featured in the integration courses. Stated simply and intuitively, one lets events form their own patterns while you wait for the proper time window when you will act swiftly and decisively. The brain works this way when you see a color. Instead of "either Black or White" choices, there are always four paired options presented simultaneously (Blue-Yellow and Red-Green). Your integrated decision can be one of the four, but it will most likely be some combination of the four. When deciding which color you are seeing on a TV set, your brain uses this synchronic method to choose between a possible 16.7 million colors. The whole process takes place in a fraction of a second. Most subconscious decisions are made using this magnificently efficient method, unless you have been taught to think (logically).
Personal empowerment
Learning to teach yourself is essential because only you have access to the controls necessary to use these arts creatively and with the necessary precision. And a thorough personal knowledge of how these systems work will supply valuable insights into how groups integrated by these techniques can function in concert. The four courses have the following functions.
Psychohistory is the "existential" course. It teaches you to explore your space-time relationships to your environment from four basic perspectives: as an isolated individual, a member of an extended family, part of history and as a member of an evolving species.
Mindscapes teach the relationships between individuals, groups and fundamental paradigms. Mindscapes define individuals in relationships to cultures, themselves and others. They are especially valuable for predicting and avoiding personality clashes. The four basic Mindscapes (H-, S-, I-, and G-) can also be used to integrate heterogeneous personalities into a smoothly functioning network.
T'ai Chi Ch'üan and Go teach the use of synchronic processes to develop a strategy for survival as an individual and as a member of a network. The two are actually different aspects of the same thing. Advanced T'ai Chi concepts focuses on relationships between individuals, and the game of GO applies the same patterns to groups. Thinking of pairs as complimentary rather than opponents makes integration of Mindscapes possible.
Mirrors and Scales teach a realistic method of self evaluation. This phase of the course integrates the others into a whole. It also teaches individuals the fundamentals for developing a personal language, a language that specifically defines personal empowerment for the individual and integration for groups and organizations.

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