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Conscious Ritualing Conscious ritualing is a way of cultivating qualiadelic relationships, especially with qualia such as our ideas and intuitions. When we act out or play with an idea or intuition, they are transformed from vague possibilities into clear sighted visions. Since we use our bodies in ritualing, we literally embody ideas – we make them real, and tangible, so that we can see them, and evaluate them, and work with them. Conscious ritualing lets us participate with our qualiascapes.
Controlled Spontaneity Arises out of the framework of ritual, when we play. The key to controlled spontaneity is that knowledge (control) does not inhibit spontaneity. Quite the opposite is true, actually – knowledge enhances the opportunities for spontaneous play. If you are walking by the edge of a small cliff above a lake, you are not likely to all of the sudden jump in. Unless, of course, you already know that there are no rocks or submerged branches at that spot, and that the water is deep enough there – then your knowledge frees you to be spontaneous and literally fling yourself over a cliff!
Event From the philosopher Whitehead, an event is the ultimate unit of natural occurrence. When the universe “began,” the original material of the universe was attracted to qualia, or qualiadelic patterns, the way a freezing water molecule is attracted to a hexagon. Such events give rise to Qualiadelic Relationships, which allow matter to endure. This is Whitehead's philosophy of organism (see Organism below), which he opposed to the idea of an inanimate, material universe (“scientific materialism”). Events occur continuously and can be analogized with rituals, which are at the center of all qualiadelic relationships (ritual itself is a qualiadelic pattern).
Fibonacci Sequence The sequence of numbers, 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144... each is the sum of the previous two. In addition, the ratio of each number to that of the number before it forms a very pleasing, “divine” or “golden” proportion, called phi, or 1.618 (5/3, or 8/5, 13/8, etc.). Phi is to be found everywhere in nature, in the flowers, stems, leaves and seeds of plants and trees, in the family trees of honey-bees, in the spirals of shells and galaxies, and even, some argue, in the proportions of the human body, the overtones of a musical note, and the aesthetics of art and architecture. It is well worth developing an eye for phi...
Magical Realism An idea which makes us question our perspective: one man's realism is another man's magic. The ordinary occurrences in the daily life of one culture may seem extraordinary to another. Our world is solid, but the argument of this book is that it doesn't have to be.
Momentary God An idea from Ernst Cassirer in his book Language and Myth. The fortuitous appearance of something in nature (a tree, a river, a sudden storm) which saves us from a crisis. For a moment we appreciate our savior as a god, and perhaps we return to it in order to re-capture and give thanks for that lucky moment. In this way primitive man's original expressions of delight or fear were remembered, and eventually momentary gods evolved into more complex, enduring ideas.
Organism, Whitehead's Philosophy of Organism When Whitehead uses the word “organism,” he does not mean some carbon-based life form like we think of; it is no animal or plant, and not even a one-celled organism. He connects “organism” with the word “material” because he is going back way before life as we know it. He says that the original brute matter of the universe has a subtle perception of, and moves toward, qualia. This is an Event, the creation of a Qualiadelic Relationship, which endures and evolves through time; as such it is also an organism.
Participation (Participation Mystique) is a term derived from the anthropologist, Lévy-Bruhl. As defined by Carl Jung, it denotes a peculiar kind of psychological connection with objects, and consists in the fact that the subject cannot clearly distinguish himself from the object but is bound to it by a direct relationship which amounts to partial identity.
Qualia Qualia is a is a philosophical term used to describe the subjective quality of conscious experience (Wikipedia). The basic meaning of the word is confusing: a property (such as redness) considered apart from things having the property (Websters). Qualia is a nonessential property of an object, such as color, sound, smell, texture, taste, and pattern. Qualia is as much in the mind as it is in the object which contains it, and this makes it impossible to scientifically measure qualia. Ideas and intuition are complex forms of qualia. Qualia can best be understood in terms of a relation-ship. The fundamental thing to remember about qualia is that it attracts us and we move toward it. See Event above. See also Qualiadelia (complex qualia) below.
Qualiadelia Qualiadelia is another word for the complex qualia that has evolved through its relationship with the human mind. When early man finally took notice of the qualia within, both brain and qualia began to evolve. Ideas and intuitions are evolved qualia, which we sometimes refer to as qualiadelia. Even the laws of physics are qualiadelia, for we only know of them through the mind, as ideas.
Qualiadelic A state of being based upon awareness of one's attraction to, and interaction with, qualia (see qualiadelic relationships below). When something attracts us, and we move toward it, we say that it is qualiadelic. For instance, a rose is very qualiadelic. Our goal is to have qualiadelic experiences.
Qualiadelic Relationship When the attraction of qualia brings matter and/or organisms together, they endure because of their qualiadelic relationship. A qualiadelic relationship is more than a symbiotic relationship. While a symbiotic relationship is mutually beneficial, the relationship in a qualiadelic relationship is still being discovered.
Symbiotic relationships are qualiadelic first, before they find a cooperative balance. For instance, the bees' senses were not always so well developed, nor the colors of the flowers so brilliant. The ongoing relationship (a ritual carried on through many generations) allowed the bees' senses to evolve right along with the flowers' colors. But after a time the evolution reaches an equilibrium, a balance where everyone's needs are satisfied, and the qualiadelic relationship slows down to a symbiotic routine.
Qualiadelic Stage of Ritual The qualiadelic stage is the second stage of a ritual. It's the stage where we are physically acting out and using the body. Literally, in the qualiadelic stage we are trying out new qualia as an actor tries out new props. This is when things happen, when we open our minds and new possibilities appear. We feel them. We let them move us. It may be nothing more than remembering something that we need to do, but it may also be nothing short of a life changing epiphany. No matter how small or grand, these are events worth playing with.
Qualiascape A localized manifestation of the qualiasphere. As primitives ritual with the features of the landscape, we ritual with ideas – naming things, creating stories and producing objects – and these become our qualiascapes.
Qualiasphere The Qualiasphere is a recent addition to the planet. Like the atmosphere and the biosphere, each has transformed the Earth. Just as the atmosphere was created by living entities (such as the one-celled creatures whose excrement, millions of years ago, was oxygen); and just as all creatures, plant and animal, multiplied and interacted, creating the biosphere; so too, the co-evolution of qualia and consciousness has created the qualiasphere.
The products of the human mind, whether abstract (like ideas and intuitions) or material (like the stuff and junk we manufacture), make up the qualiasphere. Culture, civilization, and pollution cover the land from sea to shining sea and are fast reaching out into the vacuum of space.
Return Stage of Ritual The third and final stage of ritualing is the return stage, when we return to the normal, everyday humdrum. Back to the routine. The difference is that now we're filled with the qualiadelic effects of our ritualing. We're back to the routine, but the routine is no longer humdrum. It's no longer routine because we have ritualed with it!
Ritual A method of facing crisis in three stages: the separation from the routine habits; the qualiadelic moment when we act out with controlled spontaneity; and the return to the routine. Ritual is often confused with routine because when rituals work we repeat them. See Conscious Ritualing and Event above.
Separation Stage of Ritual The separation stage is where we literally separate ourselves from everyday, humdrum routines. We have but to make it so, to say to ourselves “let it begin,” and the subjunctive “would-be, could-be” reality of ritualing has begun.
Subtle Perception A quality attributed by Francis Bacon to inanimate objects which seemed to perceive things we could not. For instance, the water-level in the spout of a weatherglass would rise if it was going to rain. This prescientific explanation has merits which Whitehead (see
Event above) picked up on for his philosophy of organism. There is some level of perception which allows all things to recognize that it is easier, or more “correct” to move into specific patterns than otherwise. Currently, in nano-technology, this is called molecular self-assembly. Perhaps Bacon was right to feel that sense is but a dull thing in comparison to subtle perception. Human subtle perception may be seen as intuition; however one can also get an idea of it from the thrill of standing next to the Grand Canyon, or being on top of a building – the subtle perception of the body bespeaks caution, while it is the sophomoric mind which persuades us to look over the edge.
Symbol An idea made manifest. The idea itself is qualia, but when we express it becomes sound, or a written word or a picture, or an object. See also, Momentary God, above.
Torus A donut shape. As a model of the universe, the torus shows how things emerge in time and are enfolded back into fabric of the universe. It also occurs everywhere in the natural world, from electromagnetic fields to galaxies, from atoms to apples. If you google this you will find mind-blowing images and videos. Be sure to compare them to the Mobius and the Klein-bottle shapes.
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