Principle 7 Immediate Action

Principle 7, first week (Immediate Action)
 
Each month we focus one of the 12 Principles of Valid Action. These can be found in Chapter 13 of the book, The Inner Look. Each week we look at a different aspect of that principle. The
Principle we chose to consider this week is #7 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is also called  “The Principle of Immediate Action” it says: “If You Pursue An End You Enchain Yourself. If Everything You Do Is Realized As An End In Itself You Liberate Yourself.”

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Principle 6 Pleasure 4th Week

Principle 6, fourth week

Each month we focus one of the 12 Principles of Valid Action. These can be found in Chapter 13 of the book, The Inner Look. Each week we look at a different aspect of that principle. This week we are considering how we can apply Principle #6, also called the principle of pleasure in the present moment. This principle says: “If you pursue pleasure, you enchain yourself to suffering. But as long as you do not harm your health, enjoy without inhibition when the opportunity presents itself.”

You can find more about this principle in particular and the principles of valid action
here.

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Rafael Edwards

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Principle 6 Pleasure 2nd Week

For some reason or other last weeks notes didn’t get posted here. They were only sent as an email and posted on Facebook (Community of Silo’s Message Toronto Annex). Here they are now.

Principle 6, second week
We’ve been considering one of the 12 Principles of Valid Action each month. In the same way we’ll spend the next four weeks considering various aspects of principle #6 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is also called the principle of pleasure, it says: “If you pursue pleasure, you enchain yourself to suffering. But as long as you do not harm your health, enjoy without inhibition when the opportunity presents itself.”

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Principle 6 Pleasure 3rd Week

Principle 6, third week
 
Each month we focus one of the 12 Principles of Valid Action. These can be found in Chapter 13 of the book, The Inner Look. Each week we look at a different aspect of that principle. This week we are considering how we can apply Principle #6, also called the
principle of pleasure in the present moment. This principle says: “If you pursue pleasure, you enchain yourself to suffering. But as long as you do not harm your health, enjoy without inhibition when the opportunity presents itself.” 

You can find more about this principle in particular and the principles of valid action in general
here

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Principle 6 Pleasure

Principle 6, first week

We’ve been considering one of the 12 Principles of Valid Action each month. In the same way we’ll spend the next four weeks considering various aspects of principle #6 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is also called the principle of pleasure, it says: “If you pursue pleasure, you enchain yourself to suffering. But as long as you do not harm your health, enjoy without inhibition when the opportunity presents itself.”

principle 6 illustration

illustration by Rafael Edwards

We spend all this time thinking and talking about each principle not just to understand it in itself but also to begin to reflect more rigorously about our behaviour. These principles, or guidelines, or however you think of them are elements that we can form into a discipline which can be practiced at every moment and in every circumstance. They are a kind of dynamic meditation. With time and application these efforts will give all my activities a particular tone, mood, and mental direction. Our goal is to weave these general ideas that you can weave together into a coherent style of life.

In the next weeks we’ll look at how we applied, or could have applied, this principle in the past, how we apply this principle in the present moment, and how we have might apply it in the future. Here are some general considerations about this principle. In order to illustrate various aspects of the principles I’ve drawn ideas from conversations with various people, as well as from materials we created over the years. If I can know who to credit for these contributions I will.

Here’s some thoughts about the
principle of pleasure:

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