Principle 12 Accumulating Actions

This week we begin our reflections on principle #12, “The Principle of Accumulating Actions” which says: “If you repeat your acts of internal unity then nothing can detain you.”

Take a look at the principle and this week try to discover at least one situation where you allowed small failures to accumulate and demoralize you. Find at least one situation where you can recognize that small efforts added up, or could add up, resulting in your being able to do something larger.

At our next meeting we can compare results. Since this is our first go at the principle this month I’m sending around a kind of overview. We can discuss it as well at this week’s meeting. In the next weeks we’ll consider how we’ve seen this in action in our pasts. We’ll look at how the principle could be applied to our present circumstance and what it might mean for us in future situations..
During the week we will try to apply it. It’s another thing we can discuss at the next meeting (or you can mull over as circumstances dictate).

The following examples, illustrations, etc are drawn from conversations with many people, and also from materials created over the years to illustrate various aspects of the principles. I’m sorry that in most cases I can’t credit specific individuals for their contributions, but where I can, I will.


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More Monkey Biz: loneliness

Interesting bit of monkey business. Researchers claim that older adults run a 14% greater chance of premature death if they feel social isolated.

Anyone acquainted with my scribblings or my conversation may well have heard me make use the phrase: monkey business. You can find an entry under money business in the glossary section of this website.

I use it to refer to the “mechanical” behaviours that are our biological inheritance from our pre-human ancestors, which underly seemingly rational activities. It covers almost everything given by our biology and our culture.

On the second day of the journey outlined in the Inner Look, Silo points out that not only do my thoughts, feelings and actions not depend on me, but even “I” and my desire to change are all dependant on external forces.

Here’s some current research that strikes me as an interesting anecdote to add to that discussion. It seems that they’ve discovered at least one biological mechanism that explains how loneliness can make you ill.




Lonely Shadow of a Man
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Principle 11 Opposites 4

This week we continue with our reflections on principle #11, “The Principle of the Negation of Opposites”, from chapter 13 of the The Inner Look. It says: “It does not matter in what faction events have placed you what matters is for you to understand that you have not chosen any faction.”

At our next meeting we will look at our experiences of, and considerations about, this Principle and it’s applications. In previous weeks we looked at the principle overall, examples from the past and from our present situations. This week we turn to the future and reflect on how this principle might be applied to situations we see arising.

Next week we will try to apply it and compare results.

Meanwhile, here’s some personal reflections related to this subject. I hope you find them of some use in triggering your own meditations. Sharing your thoughts can be useful both in forcing you to give them some order but also in clarifying, inspiring or infuriating others — even that last can be useful. Please consider sharing your ideas with us at the meeting or in these notes…

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This month we are looking at Principle #11, The Principle of the Negation of Opposites”, from chapter 13 of The Inner Look. It says: “It does not matter in what faction events have placed you what matters is for you to understand that you have not chosen any faction.”  

Take a look at the principle and this week try to discover at least one situation where it was or would be applicable.  During the  week we will try to apply it and compare results when we get together.

Since this is our first go at the principle this month I’m sending around a kind of overview on the principle. We can discuss it at this week’s meeting. In the next weeks we’ll consider how we’ve seen this in action in our pasts. We’ll look at how the principle could be applied to our present circumstance and what it might mean for us in future situations.



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Illustration thanks to Rafael Edwards

Here are some of the considerations about this principle. I’m drawing them largely from conversations with many people. Also from materials we created over the years to illustrate various aspects of the principles. I’m sorry that in most cases I can’t credit specific individuals for their contributions but if I can I will.

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