SPARK 4 - Distinction: Everything that happens is neutral.

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SPARK 4 . . . Distinction: Everything that happens is neutral . . .

Notes: When something is, it just is. Its existence has no meaning. When something happens, it just happens. The action implies nothing. There is no connection between whether something is or is not, happens or does not happen, and any kind of meaning we may want to give to it. The meaning is not automatic no matter who or what is involved. Meaning does not exist in nature. Everything is originally neutral. Meaning is a creation of the human mind, and is one hundred percent independent of circumstances.

Any meaning could be given to any incident. This is not how it seems to us. We experience meaning as meaningful. Here is why: we created our Box as our original survival strategy. Since we are still alive it is clear that our survival strategy works (because if our survival strategy did not work we would be dead!) Therefore, included in the survival strategy is the imperative that, above all else, our Box must preserve itself (figuring that if our Box can preserve itself it can preserve us!)

In order to preserve itself, our Box has positioned itself as an interface between us and the world. As a result, we do not directly experience the world as it is. Whatever we experience has already been filtered, censored, and modified by the Box ("to protect us"). Whatever we express has already been edited, formulated, and repackaged by the Box ("for our own good"). The Box adds spin, slant, and propaganda. The Box politicizes experience, gives things names, and uses reasons, emotions, criticisms and interpretations to polarize neutrality into good/bad, right/wrong, friend/enemy, superior/inferior, and so on. This keeps us in our Box, puts everything else in its Box, eliminates options, and erases possibility from our world. For a Possibility Manager, options are essential, so a Possibility Manager seeks neutrality. No matter how it seems, everything that happens is neutral.

Experiment: Learn the various ways your Box gives meaning to what is happening. Spend some time closely observing your . . . more wild thinking . . . *schmunzelgrins* (which means: megabright and cheaky smiling)

Warm regards,
Andreas Wiedow, dancin' with BeoniT
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Chloe Farrow

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SPARK 4 - Distinction: Everything that happens is neutral.

Hi Andreas, I agree with the point of your blog, to get us out the box, to make us consider what shapes our ideas and responses to things. To make us think about our thoughts and where they come from. But i'm not entirely sure if i agree with your assumptions to get there. So in a way, your blog has worked, it's got me thinking. I'm talking about this, when you state: "When something is, it just is. Its existence has no meaning. When something happens, it just happens. The action implies nothing. There is no connection between whether something is or is not, happens or does not happen, and any kind of meaning we may want to give to it. The meaning is not automatic no matter who or what is involved. Meaning does not exist in nature. Everything is originally neutral. Meaning is a creation of the human mind, and is one hundred percent independent of circumstances." But really, all that is, is an assumption. You are guessing and you have no way of knowing for sure. That assumption is a 'viewpoint' in itself. A viewpoint that is shaped by the 'box' that you live in, that you see the world through. To add another side. I know many people who would say that existance does have meaning and that because, as humans, we are apart of Mother Nature, she is also imbued with that meaning. There can be no separation between what 'we' think about things and what actually is. To me also, meaning is created by how I chose to see it, what I chose to believe. And is it not true that once we create something, it actually exists? Once we put our mind to something, it comes into being with our intention. Meaning came into existance with humans (and who knows, maybe before?!). There is no way to separate the two. What you are trying to create with your first paragraph is a state of 'passive observance'. Where you try and look at what is around us with objectivity, without being caught up in your box - and conclude that existance has no meaning because you are standing outside of it. But can we truly ever stand outside our meaning? I am a strong believer that circumstances can be shaped by my intention, by how i feel or think about them. 'Meaning' and 'the way we chose to see things' shapes the circumstrances and events that happen to us and the world. It is said that we draw the experiences to us that we need in order to grow and learn, that positive people somehow seem to generate more luck for themselves. But then, i don't believe in random co-incidence either. Andreas, by taking meaning out of the universe you are taking away our responsibility, as humans, for what we think, say and do. Things do not just happen to us, they happen because of us. The meaning we give things is not independant to the things themselves. Maybe there is no 'event/circumstance' and 'us observing and assigning meaning'. MMaybe we are one and the same thing. At this point you and I seem to come to the same ends. We would both like it if people looked at where their thoughts, reactions and ideas came from, by trying to step outside themselves and consider how they reached that point. So that we can consider the affect we have on the universe and on other people. So that we can begin to take some responsibility for who we are and what we 'chose' to believe. But further than that, so that we can know that the meaning we give to something actually changes reality and shapes what happens in the future. Circumstances and events happen as we create them, as we chose them, we are not independant of the reality around us but an amazing swirling whole totally apart of one another. Many Thanks if you've made it to this point. :) Chloe p.s, Andreas, obviously this was not directed at you personally but at what you were standing for. There is a whole branch of philosophy dedicated to 'meaning', what it is and where the objective/subjective distinction lies. I never really got into it till now.

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Stephen "Wills" Wilkes

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SPARK 4 - Distinction: Everything that happens is neutral.

By 'The Box' do you mean my Sky Box? Seems to fit the bill. Steve Wilkes Willpower Consulting Ltd www.monetapartnership.com

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