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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Rafael Edwards


Principle 9 Liberty 3

Principle 9, third week
This week’s principle is  #9, The Principle of Liberty” it says: “When You Harm Others You Remain Enchained, But If You Do Not Harm Anyone You May Freely Do Whatever You Want”.

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First time here? Then you should know…
Every month we focus one of the 12
Principles of Valid Action. These acan be found in Chapter 13 of the book, The Inner Look. Each week we look at a different aspect of that principle. 

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.

Coming up:
Last week we reflected on how we applied it or could have applied this principle in the past, and what the consequences were, or might have been. This week we’ll focus on how we are applying, (or could apply) this principle in the present moment. The fourth week we’ll explore how we have might apply it in the future.