This system is primarily an tool for inspiration and systematic
introspection. All systematic approaches to psychology and personal development
give useful insights but if you use too many of them you can be overwhelmed and
your focus fractured. Looking at a few different ones though can help to point out
the holes which are inevitable in each.
The seven categories we are using here are loosely based on an updating of
the traditional systems of both the East (the main Chakras) and the Bible
(Jacob's Ladder) without all the cosmological/cultural baggage.
For a practical application of this system check out the planning.
It is aimed at a practical holistic approach to a work and success-oriented
planning process. As you'll see each of the sections has a fractal structure, in
that when applying each element you use the same categories to think about it -
the larger picture is made up of smaller versions of the same picture. Hard to
say but look at the application and you'll get it.
- Environment. On a personal level this relate to - Survival issues
(specifically things which you're afraid of), background, history.
- Motivation. This represents desire-based emotions. The goals
and wishes which energize you. General energy levels and sexual issues.
- Body. This includes the physical body (its use and your comfort
with it), and emotional identity,
including attitudes to yourself - self value/esteem - and gender issues like
how comfortable you are with your body. How generally talented, confident
and proud you feel of your activities, yourself and your body.
- Action. This represents those aspects of the outside world which
are within arms' reach. So it is love and hate. How you deal with
anger, failure and success.
- Communication. This how well you listen and connect to other
people, as a result ti represents those closer relationships, like friends
and family where non-verbal communication is an expression of intimate
connection. Good use of the language is a matter of personal pride and
action often not related to improving connection or increasing intimacy (and
therefore fit into the two previous one).
- Meaning. The meaning of an event or process comes from its
affect on its context. The real meaning of a word is found in the sentences
it is used in. This is how words change meaning over time. In the case of
your actions and thoughts, they are defined by the emotional, culture and
physical (ecological) situation.
- Unpredictable. What you don't and can't know, including the
randomness of nature, destiny and the blindness of your own psychology. When
you can judge what is possible to know but simply out of your reach, and
those things which cannot be known.
If you look at the the Finding Direction
you'll see a practical application to exploring yourself and history for your