Thursday, April 22, 2010
Small Events, Cumulative Events and Effects
Small events happen, i.e. the blood/chemistry level shifts in the body because of the ingestion of some form of sugar, this process begins a process of cause and effect that has an impact on the individual and the individual’s environment. But small events can interact with other small events and create what I call cumulative events that have cumulative effects. It is often the cumulative event/effects that gets noticed by the conscious mind as a happening in real time. If I were to extrapolate from the sugar ingestion mentioned about, as that shifts thru the system eventually a mood shift will happen and the person begins to interact with other people in a way that is different then it was a moment ago, which the shift and mood swing can set into motion other small events that collect into cumulative events/effects and as they collect, one on top of the others so to speak, then their quantitative result begins the process of us defining how it is that we think we are feeling, good or bad, happy or sad, angry etc., and sets into motion our responses too what it is that we think at an unconscious level is happening to us.
These smaller events when taken together with the cumulative nature of the events-sequences and their effects are the basis of the shaping tools of how we perceive things.
All of this happens outside our control. There is not much we can do about, our looks, our temperament, or our constitution and we do not have any input into how tall we will grow, or how smart we will be or who our parents will be or the time of our birth and it is not in your power or mine to decide whether there will be a war or an economic depres-sion. This list goes on and on and on.
There are many who argue these points from a metaphysical point of view; that we do have all those controls and that we are just not aware of it or them in the here and now. So the problem seems to be; how can you argue with what cannot be argued about with any certainty.
When we arrived on the face of this planet we got a space suit to survive in. It is called a body and the instructions for its operation lay in the genetic structure of the suit not necessarily in the conscious aspect of the device. So it is predetermine how tall, hair colour, our predisposition to disease and this list is lengthening every day with more research being done.
Secondary to the genetic factor are forces that are at work in our lives such as the pull of gravity, the pollen in the air, the historical period into which we are born, and innumerable other conditions, socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually that will determine how it is that we see and what it is that we believe we see, and how it is that we should feel about what it is that we think we feel and see. Probability, more importantly, how and what it is that we might just do based on what it is that think we feel and see.
To look closer on the particular event at any given point in time one has to be able to begin to look into and see the event sequencing and the interplay of the outcomes of the various sequences.
A course example of event sequencing from history is the minor story of King Henry the 8th of England; he was riding horse back one day, fell and lost consciousness for several moments. From that point on in his life he pursed a frantic search for the perfect mate, and all that entailed.
What if he never fell, or what if he did and never hit his head, what would history say about him?
Would there be a Church of England?
This list can extrapolate all through history, and this is just one tangent.
My point is that what I do with something today even though it appears to be the same as the same thing yesterday, its not. It could be but the likely hood is that it is not because at the more subtle levels there very likely is a different event sequencing occurring and for the most part we and not necessarily privy to that daily ins and outs event sequencing because it is not part of what we perceive to be normal waking consciousness.
If it could be monitored in some fashion then it could be used as a shaping instrument for causing more desirable outcomes to occur via experiences that can be safely had and made optimal.
NDT: These concepts stem out of the work done on Flow by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi.
Flow is the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.
According to Csíkszentmihályi, flow is completely focused motivation.