Self-Selection Part 1: Primary Tool of Thought

Gurdjieff's Enneagram

Self-selection answers the puzzle not only of how we know “What is this?” but also accounts for the incredible dynamism we employ as we initiate center activity to process our models of reality. Can you recall the last time an optical sight entered your modeling system in a state of complete incomprehensibility?

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Humans are designed to live here. We may not always know, for example, what something does, but we always seem to know what it is, or, at least, something else that it is “like” either a lot, a little or “sort of like.” How does all this work so well, so fast and so accurately? Are we so identified in our expectations that this system functions “under the radar” of our Instinctive Centers?

This paper refers to Ouspensky’s book In Search of the Miraculous; The Creation of Conscious Man, and Brain Systems for nomenclature, both papers listed in this series/

Part I: Self-Selection — The Internal Sensation Process (Our Favorite Wrench in the Human Tool Box)

  • Introducing “Self-Selection” (An Esoteric Question of Format)
  • Visiting the “What is this?” Fast Food Cafe (What If We Never Knew What Anything Was?)
  • From Eye to Optic Nerve (What Do We Have To Work With Sight-Wise? rods and cones)
  • Understanding Two Important Formats (The Language of Rods and Cones and the Language of Inner Thought)
  • An Overview of the Model at Work (“What is it?” We See. We Model. We Remember.)
  • Diagram: The World, The Sensation, The Impression and The Model ( Individualism Developing in Stages)
  • BINGO! The System Locates an Entry Point (The End of Matching by Chance, The Start of
  • Matching by System. From the Law of Accidents to the Law of Responsibility)
  • Time to Visit the Second Site of Self-Selection (HCMem, Reality Process and Centers. Next Right)
  • Model Making in the Reality Process Center (No, it’s not a little plastic thunderbird)

This paper continues in Self-Selection Part 2.

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