Definitions - A Picture of Man
Since we as humans are so complex, as is the everyday events in his life, with the relationships, circumstances and interaction, the picture of man was designed so that we have a way of seeing in graphics what is going on within the mind/spirit/awareness and how that relates to X and the physical body. All of what goes on within is being influenced by the four-dual basic urges [review under "Illustrations" on the main web page] and the unconscious purpose of living of being non-disturbed.
V represents us and the area around it would be the world and the everyday events.
Impressions - represents the sensations we experience from the outside world-other people, other life (pets, plants, etc.) places, things, events. It also represents our inner world of conclusions, associations, and other intangibles.
X - represents Life. Some people call It God, Spirit-each religion has it's name. We don't know what that is, but we know when it's present and when it's not. If it's not, we have a little service and say, "here lies the remains"-and there is nothing happening. So whatever that is, we will refer to it as Life. We don't know what Life is except that we can tell it's around. We can see what it does; but we don't believe there is a definition of Life. We don't have to have a definition because we can see a tree without it and we know it's a dead tree. We could say that energy is Life-with a little intelligence possibly, but we're chasing a rainbow. They say God is love. You say, "What is love?" Love is Life, and so forth. We know It exists, but we can't put a definition on it. Even electricity, which is an energy, cannot exactly be defined. A book starts out "In the beginning God". It could just as easily have said "In the beginning Energy," or "In the beginning Life." Since we can't define It, we will be using the algebraic term X.
Physical Body - The physical body is what is used by Life to carry out all the actions that the awareness reports as a what is and what is of value singly (with feeling).
Awareness - (the What) The awareness is where all the valuing takes place; however it has been deluded from the Primal Purpose of wanting to be non-disturbed created unconsciously at birth. This unconscious purpose of living to be non-disturbed is described in The Picture of Man in the "Basic Section" of the main web page; and in About Babies under "Workshops" in the paragraphs under "Being Born".
· There is a search engine at the bottom of the main page in which you can put a word, and it will search the complete web site. It is very handy for finding specific material.
Primal Purpose - Having as the purpose of living to regain the non-disturbed state by the four dual basic urges.
C - Chooser "I" - represents the identified awareness. "I" identifies with the different families of not "i"s in A side and B side. We are studying the Teachings to eliminate the war within and the Chooser "I" so that we can begin to report accurately to X. When we report singly, we refer to the I as an I with a line under it = I
The Chooser "I" is no longer there with it's conflict.
[from Headlines - The waking Mind which just wants to have a little peace. (Ego)]
1. (half circle in awareness) - First Infant Decision - Complaining and Crying - The infant decides that the way to improve his situation is to complain in order to get his own way right now. The method used by the infant is crying. As he grows older, he discovers more sophisticated ways of complaining.
2. (half circle in awareness) - Second Infant Decision - Sticking Up for Rights - He later forms the idea that the way to improve self is by sticking up for his rights. He becomes belligerent and would fight if he were able. As the infant grows older, he begins to fight for his rights, never once considering why he has what he believes to be rights or if indeed he has any rights. Possibly he only has privileges. Later the child is exposed to "irritable" outside forces from his environment. He continues to get his way by complaining and sticking up for what he feels are his rights. This develops conflict between him and other members of his family. They grow tired of always trying to please him and begin to insist that he please them. His parents express disapproval of his behavior, sometimes by inflicting physical pain.
3. (half circle in awareness) - Third Infant Decision - Pleasing - Because the child has been unable to gain the non-disturbed state using the first two methods, he forms the third method of self-improvement: that it is important to please others. This idea, that one should please others in order to be non-disturbed, is in direct conflict with the two previous ideas. Thus, the self is in inner conflict. One side tells him to please others while the other tells him he should please himself. Once inner conflict has been established, a portion of his inner state splits off to be a "chooser" between these two antagonists.
4. (half circle in awareness) - Fourth Infant Decision - Believing and Doing What Authorities Say - The fourth idea of self-improvement develops when the child is brought into contact with people other than his family members. These people teach him that he cannot gain the non-disturbed state unless he believes and does the things he is told. Thus he decides it is important for him to believe and do what his authorities tell him. He does what his authorities request because he desires their praise and wants to escape the punishment they inflict for disobedience. The rights of others have now become supreme and he is denying his own rights. This action is in direct conflict with the second decision which stated that his rights were supreme. His inner conflict has now increased to a much higher intensity because of these opposing ideas.
5. (half circle in awareness) Fifth Infant Decision - Acting Differently
As the child grows, he forms a fifth idea of how to improve "self," that of acting differently from how he actually feels. He begins to put on a front by giving false statements about his feelings. For example, he will say he is glad to see someone he is not glad to see and says he likes things that he does not like. He may also claim to believe in things that he does not believe in. He says these things simply because he believes that this is what is expected of him. He believes that acting this way will help him escape painful situations. Yet this fifth decision of putting on a front of being different still brings him no peace. It only further accentuates his inner conflict.
6. (half circle in awareness - Sixth Infant Decision - Blaming
The child later forms a sixth idea of how he should improve "self." He concludes that if his circumstances were different-if it, she, they, and you were different-then self would be improved. He places blame on others because he lacks the ability to reach the non-disturbed state using the previous ideas. This blaming leads to his seeking psychological and physical power over others to improve them.
A - arrow represents all the sensations from within and without that come into awareness through the day.
B - arrow represents that the awareness has evaluated or re-evaluated the stimuli and has reported that to X with feeling instead of emotions and reactions. This is where all our Work is.
C - arrow represents X having received the information singly (with feeling) and carrying out the how through the physical body. (see the What and the How on the main web page under "Workshops".)
D - arrow is the result which we experience.
"A" Side of "I" (from Headlines) The childhood conditioning which can't stand anyone else because they are not always ideal. (Id)
"B" Side of "I" (from Headlines) The childhood conditioning which can't stand "me" because "I" am not always ideal. (Super Ego)
Example: We feel thirst which is a sensation from the physical body (although it could be also seen as from being outside and the heat and sun.) The awareness evaluates that sensation and reports to X that a drink of water is needed. X receiving this very clear message moves the physical body to the glass and water and drinks. The thirst is gone, the physical body has what it needs to continue and the whole process is experienced. All we did was report that we wanted a drink of water.
For more detailed information, check Tape 2 and Tape 3 under "Basics" on the menu above.