Principle 2 Action & Reaction 1

Principle 2, First week
   This month we will take as a subject of meditation #2 from chapter 13 of the book (
The Inner Look). It is also called “The Principle of Action and Reaction” it says: When you force something towards an end you produce the contrary.”

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This Week
We’ll start by focusing on the general structure and implications of the principle. This week’s meeting will give us an opportunity to discuss our thoughts, doubts, questions, and insights about this principle. As always we should remember the
Principles are not meant as isolated bits of wisdom, any more than they’re meant to form a conventional moral code. Rather, they are part of a dynamic meditation, the rudiments of a discipline that you can practice in every moment of your life. They are principles, general ideas that you can weave together into a coherent style of life, aimed in a particular direction.

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Principle 1 Adaptation 4

Principle 1. Fourth Week
This week we will continue with the first of the principles of valid action, also called  “The Principle of
Adaptation”. It is drawn from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look), and tells us that: “To go against the evolution of things is to go against yourself.” 


In the previous three weeks we focused on the general structure and implications of the principle and investigated how this principle played out (or didn't) in our past. As well we looked at how we might apply this principle in our current situations. This week we look at what we think the future may hold and how this principle might be applied.



A video about this months principle. From Rafael Edwards and friends (credits follow video).



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Principle 1 Adaptation 1


Principle 1. First Week
Since we are looking at one principle a month, we start the cycle of reflection all over this week — beginning the new year with the first of the principles of valid action. Also called  “The Principle of
Adaptation” it is drawn from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It says: “To go against the evolution of things is to go against yourself.” 

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We’ll start by focusing on the general structure and implications of the principle. This week’s meeting will give us an opportunity to discuss our thoughts, doubts, questions, and insights about this principle. As always we should remember the Principles are not meant as isolated bits of wisdom, any more than they’re meant as a conventional moral code. Rather, they are part of a dynamic meditation, the rudiments of a discipline that you can practice in every moment of your life. They are principles, general ideas that you can weave together into a coherent style of life, aimed in a particular direction.

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Principle 12 Accumulation 2

Principle 12, Second Week
This week we continue 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.” This weeks meeting will give us an opportunity to discuss what we’ve learned so far about how we applied, or could have applied this idea in the past. Can I notice how even small steps accumulate and form a direction in my life. For example, can I recognize how laying down the beginnings of a new habit could have changed a later outcome. Among other things, our weekly meetings give us an opportunity to compare notes, discoveries, questions, etc., about the principles.

Everyone has their own way of approaching these principles. I like to
take a look at the principle we are considering, and over the week I’ll try to discover at least one situation where I allowed old habits and small failures to accumulate and demoralize me. Then I will consider how, for at least one situation, I might have change this by doing some small things in a new way, with the intention of creating new habits and extending them to more situations and bigger things.

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Principle 12 Accumulation 1

Principle 12, First Week
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.


Since this is our first go at the principle this note will centre on a kind of overview of the principle. Among other things, our weekly meetings give us an opportunity to compare notes, discoveries, questions, etc. about the principles.

Everyone has their own way of approaching these principles. I like to
take a look at the principle we are considering, and over the first week I try to discover at least one situation where I allowed small failures to accumulate and demoralize me. Then I look for at least one situation where I can recognize that small efforts added up, or could add up, resulting in my being able to do something larger.


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Principle 10 Solidarity 3

Principle 10, third week
This month we are focusing on principle #10. It is also called “The Principle of Solidarity” it says: “When You Treat Others As You Would Have Them Treat You, You Liberate Yourself.” 

In previous weeks we have looked at the structure of the principle, and how it was, or could have been applied in the past. This week we turn to examples from the present. We will try to clarify issues around, and strategies to perfect, how we use this principle in particular and all the Principles of Valid Action in general.

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Priniciple 8 Comprehended Action 4

Principle 8, fourth week
 
Every 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’s
Principle is  #8, “The Principle of Comprehended Action, it says: “You Will Make Your Conflicts Disappear When You Understand Them In Their Ultimate Root, Not When You Want To Resolve Them”.

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Principle 8, first week

Every 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’s Principle is #8, “The Principle of Comprehended Action, it says: “You Will Make Your Conflicts Disappear When You Understand Them In Their Ultimate Root, Not When You Want To Resolve Them”.

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Rafael Edwards

We take the time to think and talk about each principle, not just in order 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.

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Principle 7 Immediate Action 1

Principle 7, first 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. 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 4

Principle 6, fourth week
 
The week we continue with our exploration of the
principle of pleasure, which  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.”  This is Principle #6 of the Principles of Valid Action, from chapter 13 of Silo’s, The Inner Look

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Principle 6 Pleasure 3


Principle 6, third week

 
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The week we continue with our exploration of the principle of pleasure, which 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.”  This is Principle #6 of the Principles of Valid Action, from chapter 13 of Silo’s, The Inner Look

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Principle 6 Pleasure 1

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.”

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Principle 5 Acceptance 4

Principle 5, fourth week

This week we are focusing on summarizing our thoughts on principle 5 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). This Principle of Valid Action is also called “The Principle of Acceptance ” it says: “If day and night summer and winter are well with you, you have surpassed the contradiction”

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Principle 5 Acceptance 2

Principle 5, second week

Each month we have been considering one of the 12 Principles of Valid Action, as they appear in Chapter 13 of the book, The Inner Look.  The principles are not a list of “thou shall” or “thou shall nots” typical of moral or ethical guidelines. We have to keep in mind that the Principles are not meant as isolated bits of wisdom, any more than they’re meant as moral commandments. As it says in the chapter on the principles in The Inner Look:
It is not indifferent what you do with your life. Your life, subject to laws, is open to possibilities among which you can choose… …Thus, what-one-must-do does not depend upon distant, incomprehensible, and conventional morals, but upon laws: laws of life, of light, of evolution. 

This month we are considering principle  #5 called  “
The Principle of Acceptance ” it says: “If day and night summer and winter are well with you, you have surpassed the contradiction”

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Principle 5 Acceptance 1

Principle 5, First Week
This week some wide-ranging thoughts as we begin our considerations of a new principle in our monthly rotation through the 12 Principles of Valid Action. These appear in Chapter 13 of the book, The Inner Look. This one is the fifth one and is sometimes called The Principle of Acceptance ” it says: “If day and night summer and winter are well with you, you have surpassed the contradiction”

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Principle 4 Proportion 1

Principle 4, first week

In keeping with our practice of considering one of the 12 Principles of Valid Action each month, we will spend the next four weeks considering various aspects of principle  #4 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is also called  “The Principle of Proportion” it says: “Things are well when they move together not in isolation.”

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Principle 4 Proportion 1

Principle 4, first week

In keeping with our practice of considering one of the 12 Principles of Valid Action each month, we will spend the next four weeks considering various aspects of principle  #4 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is also called  “The Principle of Proportion” it says: “Things are well when they move together not in isolation.”

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Principle 3 Well Timed Action 3

Principle of Well Timed Action Week 3

This week we continue our meditation on “The Principle of Well-Timed Action” it says: “Do not oppose a great force. Retreat until it weakens than advance with resolution.” We are focusing on the present, and on the possibilities and implications of trying to apply this principle in my present circumstances.

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Principle 3 Well Timed Action 2

Principle of Well Timed Action Week 2
This week we have as a subject of meditation “The Principle of Well-Timed Action” it says: “Do not oppose a great force. Retreat until it weakens than advance with resolution.” We are focusing on the past, on how I applied or could have applied this principle.

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Principle 2 Action and Reaction 3

Principle of Valid Action 2, third week
   This week we are continuing with our considerations about principle #2 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is called the “The Principle of Action and Reaction” and says: When you force something towards an end you produce the contrary.”

This week let’s consider future situations and try to imagine how this principle might be applied, what utility it might have, and what possibilities or difficulties it might hold in the situations we know (or imagine) are facing us.

In the conversations at last weeks meeting people shared a number of interesting examples, reflections and questions about how we saw this principle when we focused on event in our past. I’m sure that will be true this week as well when considering all this in terms of the future. 


All of this is not just to understand this principle of valid action more deeply but also to begin to reflect more deeply about our daily behaviour. Can I transform these principles from platitudes into a way of encountering my life, into a dynamic meditation that I can practice at every moment.



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Principle 2, First week
Action and Reaction

This Week
The Principle we will work on all this month is the second principle from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is also called “The Principle of Action and Reaction” it says: When you force something towards an end you produce the contrary.”

We will spend the next weeks considering this principle and its implications, whether it’s useful, and in what ways. We will look at how I applied it or could have applied it in the past, how it might apply in my current situation, how I imagine it might in the future. All of this is not just to understand this principle of valid action more deeply but also to begin to reflect more rigorously about our behaviour.

Perhaps more than anything the goal of this exercise is to help find a way to weave the
Principles of Valid Action into a discipline that I can practice at every moment of my life, a kind of dynamic meditation, almost like learning a mental martial art – where the ability to get out of your opponents way is highly valued.


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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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Principle 11 Opposites 1




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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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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Principle 10 Solidarity 3

Principle 10, third week

This week we continue with our reflections on principle 10 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is also called “The Principle of Solidarity” it says: “When You Treat Others As You Would Have Them Treat You, You Liberate Yourself.”

At tomorrow’s meeting we can take a look at our experiences of, and considerations about, this Principle and it’s applications. In previous weeks we looked at the principle overall, and examples from the past. Now will focus on our present situation and try and clarify issues around, and strategies , applying this principle.

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