Beisser: Flying Without Wings

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Arnold Biesser is the Author “Paradoxical Theory of change”
one of my favourite essays.

Briefly stated, it is this: that change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not

http://www.gestalt.org/arnie.htm

Paradoxical Theory of Change on PDF

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A practical definition of self.. who-i-am (repost)

nō-self ~ self―concept

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What I have observed over the last decade, without casting blame on the usual suspects… excessive media sources, peer pressure, technological uses with out concern for ethics… is the possibility of many  individuals feeling fragmented, polarized or ambivalent.  This trend will probably continue for a long time.  Some are looking for just a starting point to the address the question “Who am I?”
“Who I am” is a slowly evolving and rigorously  tested concept for me. This is the development of the “healthy self concept” which I think is central to my  health and wellness management over the years.

The following is a repost from  April of 2011:

“In the widest sense possible, mans Self: is the sum total of all he can call his,
not only  body and psychic powers, but  his clothes and his house, his wife and children, his ancestors and his friends,his reputations and…

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Understanding Others for Career Choices

reprise (reposted)

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After Visiting the Library  I found a great book for young old––
for   plotting  future career considerations:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/carreer.jpg Career- graphic guide to finding the perfect.. (DM publishing)

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I decided to make my mindmap  (A note and brainstorming tool)
using page 10:

Understanding Yourself

mindmaps are a great tool   for  brainstorming or general notes––
all you really need is a pencil and paper.
I used  Freeplane  software  in this case. (note: freeplane requires Java)

Here is my map:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/understanding-yourself1-pennsylvania-echoes.jpg Understanding yourself: for Careers

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Outline Form:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/understanding-yourself-freeplace-pennsylvania.jpg Understanding Yourself- Career Paths  outline form (Freeplane)

click here shows an outline in text

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Good luck on your own Career choices

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Fun With Gestalt images

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When You look at the Image above which do you see first?
the white silhouette  figures of two heads ?
or a black Chalice?
or something completely different?

saxophone-player-and-lady-gestalt*

  • How bout one to the Right?
  • The image of a womans Face?
  • or a the profile of a jazzman saxophone player?

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Gestalt psychology was introduced by Max Wertheimer  in the late 1800s. The  first fundamental is:  we perceive  in organized  groups or wholes.

In the pictures above are mostly black and white  blotches. we see a chalice faces or a saxophone player through a holistic process called  “insight”.
Basically,
are eyes  take in the black and white undefined shades,
This stuff is compared with our memory, expectations and the rest of the biology of our brains…
reificationand  we organize the images into the form of Faces, Jazz men  triangles that we see in these images.

If you see a Triangle…

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Time

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Time is, in my estimation, fascinating concept. Time from, a first person point of view, is the consciousness of change.

Persistence of Memory

Time is not something we can hold in our hands or literally see.  As  we engage in observing  phenomena  change in displacement, position  and appearance in space,  we can measure these events over graduated increments.
Time is a rational organization of  observed changes in nature .

In Physics If we  study an   Event , such as a ball rolling from point A to B: We measure speed as {the change of position as the ball moves from A to B} divided by {increments of time} .
{distance}  divided  by {time} equals speed.
Divide the {change of speed}  by  {increments of time} and  we  get the acceleration of the ball moving from point a  to point b.
{distance / time} divided by {time}.
In fact many  rates  and …

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phenomenology

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Phenomenology is the  study of experiences: generally the experiences of a subjects (an organism, a group, or a single conciousness) interaction with “other” (eg. the environment, field, “world”, other happenings or other people  in contact with the subject) and from the subject’s  point of view.
This includes all integral structures and components:

  • mood, excitement, aggression, apprehension and expectations in circumstances.
  • Bias, “world view”, outlooks and introjection
  • intentionality (or towardeness) and mindfulness.
  • sensing, near and far (touch and taste are near, sight and hearing far)
  • sensing time  and observing change
  • imagining, feeling, problem solving, abstracting,
  • desiring, empathizing,expressing,
  •  affecting and being affected
  • experiential learning -learning by experience and activity
  • the limitations of experiencing
  • The communication of experiencing, i.e language, language modes
  • context and meanings
  • patterns (similarities of different experiences and applications)

Some benefits  of phenomenological investigation is:

  • One may improve his understanding of his ways of cognating and acting.

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Zen is a Discipline

禪 禅 Thiền 禪

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Zen is one discipline in realizing our everyday existence, Its primary method is Zazen or Zen mediation, in which one “empties” his/her mind of Language, Constructs,  Meanings, and  Concepts  for a short period. The focus of Zen is direct experience… centering ones attention to “The task at hand” so to speak, and  refining experiential learning   with  mindfulness of the unity all “things”, including the spontaneity of all “events”.

Zen or Zen Buddhism is a discipline and method. But it has long metaphysical roots.

Daruma Daishi BodhidharmaZen’s philosophical background evolved from Indian Buddhism and the influence of ancient Taoism as the two paradigms met and as people exchanged ideas in central Asia and China.

The origional school,  Ch’an started in the sixth century or earlier, and Its the exact history is debated. Some describe the philosophies leading to Chan (“Zen” in Japanese) as a Buddhist revival of Early Taoism with…

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