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Suit Yourself™ International Magazine #33: Archetype - Gravity

  

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Suit Yourself™ International Magazine  #33: Archetype - Gravity

 

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GRAVITY

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This is the 33rd in our articles series and I hope this information is helpful.

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Obviously, we can rearrange matter, if only to sit down. And if energy and mass are fungible, because energy is equal to mass times the speed of light squared, why can't we simply rearrange all the matter and energy in our lives into forms better suited to our immediate needs? 

The physical world is obdurate. You may or may not know that the concepts of gravity, mass, and energy are not just abstract ideas. They affect us in concrete ways, every second of our lives, most of us are completely unaware of what this means, or how to optimize it.

We first understand a literal picture, then a word, then a number, then a symbol, then a concept, then a principle, and then an ideal. Comprehension moves in a sequential pattern of increasing abstraction. Why?

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        Animated drawing of a spiral rotation of circular stairs.

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By 'abstraction' I mean moving away from simply comprehending what something literally is on the surface, while moving towards awareness of a less obvious but more deeply embedded significant meaning. This implies you're recognizing that something in front of you is not just some isolated thingy, but instead represents a cause and effect symptom of some larger pattern. Life is a sequence of such emanations.

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Logarithmic spiral involute animated graph.

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When trying to comprehend anything, our mind moves through a very precise progression of steps. As we move through life, we're applying this sequence over and over and over again, layering it, countless times.  Sequence pattern repetition happens throughout nature, not just as the flow of thought. Pythagorus represented it using the Golden Mean. Fibonacci noticed the patterns in the ways plants grow. Seashells form in this way. 

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The golden mean as a rotating  nautilus shell spiral.

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To comprehend anything, our minds move through a sequence of steps, of increasing levels of abstraction, until finally, we arrive at an understanding we're then able to integrate with whatever else we may know.  Only then might we chose to act. And all this happens in a flash, so fast that we aren't conscious of it. We first begin with literal recognition, trying to map the 'new' to what we already know (the 'old' tried-and-true). Eventually, after a certain 'age',  we overlay our 'old' onto the 'new', in order to "re-cognize' it.  

The older we get, the more likely we are to be wrong in any first encounter with something falling outside our previous experience. We've simply stored too much previous experience that we automatically use to build on, and we don't see 'new' as 'new' anymore.  The older we get, the more important it is to understand sequences; comprehending them and using them practically can save us a lot of grief and time we don't have to spare. 

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An animated infinite spiral. 

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Each of these sequences is layered and intermingled with all the previous ones. The process of comprehension groups itself into seven increasing abstractions (i.e. 'steps' or 'stages': literal picture, then word, then number, then symbol, then concept, then principle, then ideal). The seven step sequence is an octave. Each octave builds on the previous one, in an ever ascending spiral forming sequential octaves. 

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The spiral with movement becomes a wave.

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Upon arriving at any eighth step, we're at a different 'level'; we've developed a new perspective which is both an ending of our old notions, and a beginning of the new. The intervals are interrelated. Comprehension has an inherent rhythm. And because endings and beginnings are interrelated, as part of rhythmic sequence, it can be difficult to identify them precisely

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Dessin, danse, le passe-pied, XVIIIe siècle. 18th century drawing of a diagram for a dance.

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Musical analogies are obvious; for example, the Western musical scale known as the interval circle of fifths, forming an octave of seven frequency intervals or 'notes', ever ascending in pitch.

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 Musical circle of fifths combined with the color wheel.

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This sequence analogy holds true for any spectrum, including the human visual spectrum of light frequencies, which ranges between ultraviolet and infrared frequencies as the perceived color sequence red, orange,yellow, green, blue, violet, and indigo.

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The color wheel.

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Complementary colors on the color wheel.

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We also see such a spectrum, or sequence, in human gestation.

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La formation de l'enfant à différents stades de la grossesse. How to build a human. 

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For those of you who dance, you know how difficult it is to dance with a partner who hasn't any sense of rhythm. 

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Animation using the photographs of Harry Whittier Frees. The Dance, 1927. US National Archives.

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It's not just your feet that are stepped on; adjusting and adapting to them requires far more effort than just dancing, and leaves you aching all over.  We convey this with the phrase "being out of step".   Rhythm is cause and effect working through movement.

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Feet formation to dance the Rhumba

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An analogous situation occurs whenever you're the only person caring enough about some outcome to fully comprehend what's required to achieve it.  

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Those who don't get it....

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The reverse can also occur; you may recognize reoccurrences. Certain things may always seem to happen to you, or those you love, at certain intervals, for better or worse. Either way, our culture offers few legitimate pointers for alterations and doesn't recommend having a life altered by a tailor.  However, the principle is the same: a pattern produces a similar pattern. 

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"We can't solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."- Albert Einstein

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If some undesirable result keeps reoccurring, then some pattern is producing it, that's why it's repeating, and that rhythm can, in theory, be changed. 

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"If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got." - Albert Einstein

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Until it is changed, it will continue to produce the same result. 

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Harry Whittier Frees, photograph, rabbit and kitten on a float with HELP sign, and frog coming to the rescue. 

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Einstein once defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"

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"If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then I'll stop cleaning the house." 

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So, unless you're planning to go solo, in isolation, and never age for the duration, it makes sense to comprehend patterns, rhythms, and sequences at the level required to make adjustments to them. 

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Breakdancing diagrams.

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Stay tuned.

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Einstein: intuitive mind=sacred gift, rational=faithful servant, society honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

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I sign our magazine articles "See Into The Invisible". Thanks for reading.

Best Wishes, 
Debra Spencer

All Content is © Debra Spencer, Suit Yourself™ International. Technical Library FAQ Index ISSN 2474-820X. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce in part or in whole without express written consent. Thank you.
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