E X P L O R I N G T H E E N T E R P R I S I N G S P I R I T
Parts exist in contemplation of the whole.
P r o l o g u e
Featured above is an engraving from Flammarion’s 1888 l’Atmosphere, in the style of a 17th Century woodcut. This engraving constitutes cartography detailing the enterprising spirit in action. To the enterprising spirit, activity becomes considered a waste of time, passively wallowing in chaos waiting for “something more” to happen – thus being at the mercy of the Four Winds. Whereas, performance is considered creating order out of chaos, actively manifesting that “something more” to happen – thus having the potential for the enterprising spirit to attain mastery of self and correspondingly of the Four Winds.
Like the necessary work in becoming an adept tightrope walker, mastery of any sort – such as
vocation or avocation — takes learning through practice and experience, also known as practical work and experimentation. Indeed, the human life experience has been compared to tightrope
walking. Bottom-line brass tacks is that mastery
involves the action of being dynamically engaged in doing.
All the great world wisdom traditions developed in what philosopher Karl Jaspers defined as the “Axial Age” of 900 to 200 BCE – ranging from Confucianism to Buddhism to Grecian philosophical rationalism to the monotheism of Israel. The singular fulcrum of these traditions at their genesis was not about what you believed, but rather how you behaved. To the ancients of all world wisdom traditions, action spoke louder than words.
Abounding speculation about the engraving since it appeared includes the concept that the tree in the cartography represents the Judaic Kabbalah Tree of Life. Such a concept has its appeal, as does the notion that the person in the cartography has gleaned what was needed from the Tree and is now deploying to get about doing his or her life mission. For according to Kabbalah, every individual has a vital role to do in a given lifetime. It is considered the responsibility of each individual to discover one’s own role, and then get on with doing it.
The cartography is also an analogue for the concept that perception is the view looking in a mirror whereas perspective is the view looking out a window. Acting upon self and circumstance, the enterprising spirit has the opportunity to climb out the window of perspective into the kaleidoscope of Reality.
It has been variously postulated through the time and tide of civilization that Reality is the greatest journey Heaven can allow.
The beehive is a classical symbol of the enterprising spirit
If a consideration of human civilization in general and an enterprise or individual in particular reveals nothing else to the discerning eye, it can show that the enterprising spirit is architect of one’s fate, engineer of one’s being. And there is a humongous
UNDER CONSTRUCTION sign heralding the gateway to the royal road of life that the
enterprising spirit travels, as ancient Greek philosopher Aeschylus put it, “by the awful grace of God”:
God, whose law it is that he who learns must suffer…
And even in our sleep, pain that cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart.
And in our despair – against our will –
comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
You know what? If nothing else, having Wisdom covering your back and Grace doing scouting duty on your behalf surely is not a bad way to have it on this journey.
It all makes for a curiously fascinating traveling circus abundant with uproarious laughter and salty tears, comedy and tragedy. There is frivolity, folklore, fun, wit, and intrigue. There are banners, balloons, and popcorn. Why, it is a downright gypsy caravan of four-ring spectacle really, heralding endless opportunities for mischief, mayhem, magic, mystery and – ultimately – Divinity in action.
The traveling circus of life has always been inclusive of the entire cavalcade of saints and sinners, bullshitters and Bolsheviks, cannibals and charlatans – not forgetting the tightrope walkers, magicians, and the omnipresent clowns. Oh yes – by all means there are clowns! They are vital figures in this caravan, ranking right up there in stature with the kings, queens, knights, and pages who are encountered along the way. The caravan is both majestic and humble, as well as horribly grotesque and awesomely beautiful – for that is the journey and reality of the process called civilization.
Bottom-line brass tacks is that adventuring on the Royal Road takes an enterprising spirit with the guts, heart, brains, and initiative for it. It can even be equally stated that those four characteristics constitute the enterprising spirit.
A beauteous fact about the caravan is that one does not need to be stuck alone, clamoring in the wilderness. Not only is that fact beauteous, it is also important to remember — like the song goes: NO ONE IS ALONE. So there is always – always – ample room aboard the caravan of exploration and learning for misfits, adventurers, loners, animals, whirling dervishes, singers, and a joke or two. And fellow travelers of constructive divergent vantage points can make for some mighty good companions along the way.
It’s a really old and wise proverb. Well, a proverb generally is old and wise which is why it’s a proverb. Sidestepping that mire of stating the obvious, here it is: “The dogs bark but the caravan moves on.”
You come too.
C H A P T E R 1 : C h a r t i n g t h e L a n d s c a p e
This 33 Gateway Lane exploration titled At the Gateway and subtitled Exploring the
Enterprising Spirit is a workbook for learning and developing a degree of dexterity with a most ancient and proven learning tool existing for use by an enterprising spirit. This tool is called the Art of Correspondence. The following definition of the Art of Correspondence is from the 33 Gateway Lane exploration titled CRUCIBLE: The Handbook of 33 Gateway Lane.
The Art of Correspondence involves dynamically and interactively mapping a particular
concept, object, symbol, process, or environment. It is about establishing connections, cathections, dynamics, analogies, and relationships. Such work makes it possible to consider parallels between different aspects of life; to contemplate subtle interrelations that are
internal to the concept being examined; to assess various elements of the mapped concept or condition in relation to each other; to apply many of the lessons learned from the theoretical life experience to the practical real life experience and visa-versa; and to interrelate elements of various variables such as concepts and contexts.
The Art of Correspondence is literally a tool of both assessment and manifestation, and it is possible to render an infinite variety of insights from this ancient tool. Accordingly, layers of corresponded variables, content, context, subtext, symbols, denotations, and connotations can be coherently revealed, identified, examined, studied, and assimilated as a process of
individuated learning; discovery, creation, and manifestation of individuated potential;
personal individual cognitive integration; and evolvement of oneself and therefore Humanity.
Working with the Art of Correspondence is considered conceptual, contextual, theoretical, analogical, experimental, experiential, practical, creative, imaginative, quantifiable, and qualifiable. In recognizing there is no such thing as nothing and as a mechanism for
differentiation between the subjective and objective, the Art of Correspondence represents an opportunity for discerning the “chaff along the root” in the journey of discovery, clarity,
equilibriation, and mastery.
Aside from all that, the Art of Correspondence is the operational platform and innate
functionality upon which the human brain has evolved and dynamically, interactively
performs cognition to the degree the individual has the will to do and initiative to act upon.
Cultivating a human being’s right brain and left brain degrees of functionalities, in concert with degrees of interface and interactivity between the two sides of the brain, the Art of
Correspondence is interwoven with and confronts Cognition.
Cultivating an enterprising spirit’s apprehension and comprehension, in concert with
conscious awareness, the Art of Correspondence is interwoven with and confronts the mission statement, dynamic nature, and challenge of being a human and alive: ORDO AB CHAO
(“order out of chaos”). That is, after all, the true quest of the enterprising spirit.
To move forward a distance in mastering the Art of Correspondence, At the Gateway encourages doing the Art of Correspondence in contemplation of four platforms or frameworks:
1 33 Gateway Lane (33GL)
2 Kabbalah, in context of the Tree of Life glyph (TOL)
3 The Universe, in context of the Theory of Everything (TOE)
4 The Human Being, in context of the natures of being (Self)
There is nothing new or obtuse about the Art of Correspondence; consider the following charting of four equilibriated “modern” derivatives:
The typical human being is constantly engaged in the Art of Correspondence, as practiced while one goes about one’s daily life jockeying the following charting of four variables:
2 To Do List
Contemplate well that at a seminal level, the Art of Correspondence as practiced by the typical human being via the above four variables establish structure for the typical human being. Typically, that structure becomes the driver of the human being. When practiced by the enterprising spirit, the Art of Correspondence establishes orientation of the
enterprising spirit, thus a compendium of mastery of Self and circumstance.
Such contemplation lends illumination to the old saw that “we are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience”. And the corresponding ramifications vis-à-vis such issues as cause-and-effect, action or reaction, ‘creating your own reality”, and truth or consequences are humongous.
The following considerations are provided to broadly establish what is outside the metes and bounds of At the Gateway:
1. NOT a forensic examination of various fields and disciplines. Lacking is the intent and need for such an effort.
2. NOT a dogmatic, inflexible how-to manual – which would be a disservice. Lacking is the intent and gall for such disservice.
3. NOT a sales pitch or advertisement for anything. Lacking is the intent and zeal of a
missionary or salesman.
4. NOT a harbor of hidden agendas. Lacking is the intent and verve for covert operations.
The following considerations are characterized to broadly establish the landscape of
concept, context, purpose, and intent of At the Gateway:
1. The concept of this exploration is to present a fundamental, essential analogue or
correspondence of four platforms or frameworks as identified in this exploration in
establishing a working dexterity with the Art of Correspondence.
2. If there is an operative keyword to chart context upon, that would be FOUR vis-a-vis the fourfold core principles and action elements representing the nature of Reality as
contemplated in this exploration.
3. Provided for informational purposes, this exploration may also serve some practical usefulness.
4. As to intentionality – ORDO AB CHAO !
What? You don’t hear the sound of dogs barking right now? Terrific! That suggests you’ve stepped through the gateway that is your enterprising spirit.
C H A P T E R 2 : I n s p i r a t i o n o f t h e E n t e r p r i s i n g S p i r i t
The diverse explorations at 33 Gateway Lane present various information contemplated in respectful and mindful context, correspondence, and analogue with architecture and
engineering of the classical Kabbalah Tree of Life glyph; the Universe in context of the
Theory of Everything; and the Human Being. The purpose is to reflect perspective and
potential practical usefulness of such material in current contextual compendium,
nomenclature, and idiom.
1 33 Gateway Lane (33GL)
2 Kabbalah, in context of the Tree of Life glyph (TOL or Tree)
3 The Universe, in context of the Theory of Everything (TOE)
4 The Human Being, in context of the natures of being (Self)
At the forefront and constituting the hub of At the Gateway, there are four progressively
interactive, dynamic core principles or phases that establish a convergent vantage point in context of the Art of Correspondence. These four components or stages constitute a
potentially transformational phased formula which delineates the genesis, framework, phased process, and functionality of the Tree, TOE, and Self.
Accordingly, various corresponding nomenclature, concepts, and symbols of the four
components are established and/or otherwise utilized in this exploration and workbook, such as illustrated in the following charting:
ACTION BUSINESS REALMS OF TREE
ELEMENTS ELEMENTS HUMAN BEING PRINCIPLES/PHASES
1 Organizationize Transaction Intuition Receiving
2 Aggregate Negotiation Intellect Integrating
3 Individuate Reciprocity Emotion Balancing
4 Personalize Payback Instinct Evolving
Note well that the Art of Correspondence is accomplished and utilized not only vertically, but horizontally as well.
Etz Chayim or the Tree of Life image (Tree) is the cartography of Kabbalah, the
metaphysical and mystical aspect of Judaic tradition. Kabbalah is literally translated as “to receive”, but that does not paint the whole picture because receiving is but the genesis of the life experience. Kabbalah is called the “Wisdom of Israel”, which does more justice to what it is about. The Tree is at the heart of Kabbalah, and considered at the heart of the universe itself. This Tree is the center of Kabalistic teaching and framework upon which Kabbalah hinges. It is said to illustrate the pattern by which God created the universe, by which the soul itself is borne through the universe, as well as map suprastructure by which all can be understood. As a tool of psychological consideration, it is a compendium for transformation, transition, and evolvement. Be as may, having a handle on one’s life or at least having a better idea of what the hell is going on with it seems like a positive,
advantageous position. The Tree is highly regarded as an enduring effective tool in that effort.
Moving beyond mists of the past to current reality, bottom-line brass tacks is that the Tree is considered the best map or glyph of all because it is most comprehensive. Scientists, mathematicians, and those who know the manner of working within the context of
esoteric organizations understand that a whole cosmogony and psychology can be
conveyed in a glyph which means nothing to the uninitiated. In Kabbalah, what are called “32 Mystical Paths of the Concealed Glory” or “32 Paths of Wisdom” comprising the
interactive framework of the Tree glyph are considered literally ways and means of life, or gateways that must be used, or “rules of the road”. It is written that those who want to
unravel secrets of the Paths must tread them.
Through time and circumstance, the 32 Paths of Wisdom constituting the Tree have also been called the “Royal Road”. This is a fine, worthy name. Imagery of a road or path-of-travel establishes the nature of a journey and can call to mind great established roads of travel and trade routes that have themselves entrenched their way into history, such as the legendary Silk Road of China. Certainly travel stories have long been able to capture the imagination and inform the enterprising spirit. Explorer Sir Richard Burton wrote
stridently of his Pilgrimage to Mecca, with “strident” being the operative word in how he conducted his pilgrimage!
No mindful individual overlooks posted maps of evacuation routes and EXIT signage in a public building to be followed in event of an emergency.
Or how about the “Borscht Belt”! From the 1920s onward into the 1970s, comedians, singers, dancers, musicians, and other variety acts regularly performed in the
entertainment circuit of Catskill Mountains summer resorts in upstate New York.
Authors and actors and speakers-for-hire are well familiar with following established tour routes to hit major markets. Theatrical troupes and circuses have travelled established “circuits” ever since theatrical troupes and circuses came about.
Then there is the legendary Route 66 highway – “The Mother Road” — being slowly
restored and revitalized, with not a little core intent of effort to recapture the
ineffable dimension of magic, aura, and allure of popular imagination seemingly mixed in the very tar that paves the way.
Santiago de Compostela in Spain actively remains a popular and sacred pilgrimage route as it has for hundreds of years, continuing to offer potential of hope, redemption, healing, and spiritual development to those trodding its path. Gypsies can still travel around the globe on their own secret by-ways. In geographical proximity and engrained in the
American gestalt are wagon trains and routes like the Oregon Trail. Wagon trains generally travelled what became established routes. It is worth noting that even though routes
became familiar to leaders and guides, that knowledge-ability did not necessarily mitigate dangers and perils of such a journey individually or collectively.
What about the pilgrimage route that yielded Canterbury Tales! Writing about pilgrimages in Mysteries of the Middle Ages, historian Thomas Cahill captures the essential nature of such a journey:
All across Europe, a pilgrimage in company with others was a life-defining event and one of the principal satisfactions of a well-tuned life. A man or woman went on pilgrimage in thanksgiving for a favor granted or to ask a member of the court of Heaven for something greatly desired or as penance for sins committed. But even a penitential pilgrimage was full of incidental pleasures. The pilgrim joined with other pilgrims for safety and companionship, and each pilgrimage offered its promise of adventure. One was, after all, traveling farther into the world than one had ever ventured before. Most medieval wayfarers had never gone beyond the nearest market town, so every pilgrim could look forward to marvelous sights and strange encounters. Especially from your fellow pilgrims, mostly people
previously unknown to you, you could expect to receive an unparalleled learning experience. For these were people from other places, places you had never seen, who had life stories quite unlike the ones you were familiar with. So though pilgrimage was a religious duty, it also became a glorious – and sometimes picaresque – experience.
Let us not forget waterways. The Nile carved its way into mythos and history of all
civilization. And is there any river mightier in the hearts and folklore of America than the Mississippi!
Finally, let us not forget the experiential life path of a human being’s outer or
exoteric nature – the physical and instinctive — which has a parallel inner or
esoteric nature – the metaphysical and intuitive. Psychologist Carl Jung, a prominent
explorer and pioneer upon the two-way Royal Road, expresses the challenging nature of the journey:
But the right way to wholeness is made up, unfortunately, of fateful detours and wrong
turnings. It is a longissima via, not straight, but snakelike, a path that unites the opposites, reminding us of the guiding caduceus, a path whose labyrinthine twists and turns are not lacking in terrors.
Travel, pilgrimages, journeys — people who have taken a vacation, train, bus, subway, or airplane should easily be able to comprehend the concept and potential individual impact of a journey or path-of-travel – not to mention potential value of an itinerary! And these roads yield individual experiences directly relative to the number of people traversing the roads whether for the first or fiftieth time. It depends upon each individual travelling the road to determine what the experience will yield. The road may be similar, but it can be a unique experience for each person journeying on that particular road. Or the individual may only be “moved” physically, pun intended.
Aye, and there be the rub.
The Sinclair Lewis short story “Travel Is So Broadening” is a comic masterpiece capturing the concept of how an individual can take a journey and be utterly untouched or unmoved by the experience. It is as though the main character in the story never left one’s own
living room – and in the most significant ways, did not. The body may travel, but the mind’s consciousness and/or awareness may not step from the front porch. The travel is done in context of a fixed vantage point; not experienced in context of a journey,
destination, or itinerary that could expand and enrich a vantage point or perhaps even change it altogether.
Certainly writer Elizabeth Drew captured this sort of potential stasis when she noted that “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation”.
Adventurer and writer Ernest Hemingway was characteristically blunt about it: “Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.”
In recognizing importance of the mind, and thanks in no small part to dramatic and
dynamic advancing brain science, popular recognition continues to grow for the concept that thought grew out of language, not language out of thought. Language and, more pointedly, speaking is cartography in action. This concept is considered old news to many Kabbalists at large; further, so the ancient teachings go, what words are to thought,
symbols are to Intuition. The Tree of Life – and operation of human cognition itself — is nothing if not an ever-astonishing array of symbols comprising a map. Similarly, the Tree of Life and human cognition can be compared to an intricate keyhole.
Whether cartography or keyhole, a key is beneficial.
Working with the Tree of Life symbols or network is a landscape to morph what is generally a fragmented, chaotic, adversarial, conflictive dynamic for the individual — for example, Instinct and Intuition; or Emotion and Intellect; or happiness and unhappiness — into a
coherent, congruent, integrated, and stable structure of individuated being. Positive and thus progressive potentials can thereby be created and manifested for a compendium of ongoing evolvement, growth, and success. Such evolvement is in dynamic accord with the inevitable evolvement of Humanity and the world on the road of Time, because the
dynamic of continual motion which is the essence of Time itself is the prevailing law of Nature.
ORIENTATIONS OF INSPIRATION
Accordingly, various 33 Gateway Lane explorations establish and explore an analogue with the Tree of Life. Considering that the Tree of Life is the cartography of Jewish mystical
tradition of Kabbalah, it is acknowledged that cartography which is being actually used is a growing entity because the experience of each practitioner enriches the map and thus becomes part of the shared experience enriching the treasure trove. Time has moved on since the Tree of Life first took root in human conscious awareness, and human civilization is under a new dispensation. But what was true in principle then at least merits
consideration for being true in principle now, and consequently of some corresponding
degree of value.
In such consideration, as well as in any sort of self-assessment for example, one is well
advised to relentlessly pursue objectivity in efforting to mitigate potential delusion and misguidance so as to be vigilantly positioned, as philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset
observed, “… to recognize that truth changes, that yesterday’s truth is today’s error and that by the same token today’s truth will not be serviceable tomorrow”. For it is fairly
observed that in common everyday operational flow of life, what is waved under the
banner of Truth is typically whatever is subjectively convincing or convenient at one’s
current point of view.
What is distilled through rigorous discerning assessment is considered pure gold:
liberation, which is the yield of Will effectively activated through affective mastery. Since liberation is a primary potential effect in working with the Tree of Life, liberation is
explored vis-a-vis concepts such as sustainable success, profitability, and growth for the enterprising spirit of an enterprise and/or employee in the spirit of an authentic integrative and transformational teamwork dynamic.
To amplify understanding, 33 Gateway Lane explorations must not and do not hesitate in venturing into the fray of, for example, the four great arenas or dimensions of human knowledge — science, psychology, philosophy, and theology. Such venturing is necessary and appropriate because, simply and wholistically considered, the Tree of Life has long
revealed itself as the interactive compendium of science, psychology, philosophy, and
theology. Correspondingly, the Tree of Life emerges as a functional map for the Instinctual, Emotional, Intellectual, and Intuitive levels, dimensions, and realms of the human being, addressed at 33 Gateway Lane. A functional map of Metaphysics exemplifying the fifth great level or dimension is necessarily addressed.
ARENAS OF KNOWLEDGE
That may sound like a tall order, but it’s a big Tree.
As a practical matter, the Tree has stood the test of time and continues to stand rooted in its own merit because it continues to be commended as a progressive, positive force in people’s lives. This is feasible through potential development of various capacities by way of dynamic, conscious work with the Tree.
In being amenable to compelling commendations of the beneficial nature in working with the Tree, one could therefore be tempted to let the matter rest there in philosophical
collusion with physicist Ludwig Boltzmann whereby “there are no correct reasonings
except those which have practical results.” However, that concept emerges as potentially the lowest common denominator of what Humanity can offer up. No dishonor there, as the premise and methodology of Physics (study of the physical realm) is founded upon the
factor considered the lowest common denominator. On the other end of that two-way common denominator spectrum of reality, it is the premise and methodology of
Metaphysics (study of that inclusive of and beyond the physical realm) to be predicated upon the highest common denominator.
What is identified and explored at 33 Gateway Lane as Spectrum of the Common
Denominator entails a striking qualifiable and quantifiable concept that has always been an ineffable, tacit backbone of the Tree ever since its origins back through the layers of Time: “It is not our abilities that define us; it is the choices we make.” Abdication of choice – which in itself is also a choice — is viewed as a conduit whereby an enterprise or
individual therefore becomes a vacuum that is amenable to whatever fair or foul winds are blowing. Equally noteworthy of consideration in viewing circumstances is what was not chosen; the path not taken can represent a fascinating and enlightening view, though not always a pleasing one. This is not suggestive of a subjective shuffling of the “What If Deck” of circumstances, but rather a mindfully objective consideration of experience in
perspective. Such provides a compendium of realizing what has been learned through
experience, yielding insight and, according to the ancient teachings, the capacity of prophecy.
Ego as forced driver Will as driving force
Physical base Metaphysical base
Left Brain tendency Right Brain tendency
Bottom-Up Continuum Top-Down Continuum
Lower self of Singularity Higher self of Singularity
External Spectrum Internal Spectrum
Indeed, that concept of choice is refracted throughout human history as representative of the simultaneous highest and lowest common denominator of Humanity as manifest in all religions, philosophies, arts, and sciences. Such is the cause-and-effect compendium of Will – the nature of Force and conduit of Power. And the “Will” part of that equation is the means by which Humanity defies gravity.
Of equal play to such seriousness is recognition that the Tree can be applied to any
discipline or field of inquiry be it, for example, theology, philosophy, psychology, or
science. To reemphasize a most worthy consideration, it is an open secret that those four individuated arenas and many others are deeply indebted to the Tree which by its nature is the compendium from whence those individuations are equilibriated derivatives to the degree by which they become distinct arenas. The Tree is considered a complete and
pervasive non-reductionist set of principles expressed in symbols. Each symbol of the Tree identified and explored at 33 Gateway Lane via corresponding and analogued
nomenclature represents an intrinsic factor in a progressive process as well as a variable or keynote of delineated Potential.
Certainly it becomes discernable under an objective eye of scrutiny that functionality of the Tree corresponds to that of human DNA, the human brain, and human blood — to
identify but a significant few. Such correspondences and others are necessarily
contemplated at 33 Gateway Lane to varying degrees for amplification of understanding. As such, these correspondences are appropriately extrapolated to the prevailing and
progressive fourfold nature that constitutes their genesis.
ORIENTATIONS ABOUT GOD DIMENSIONAL HIERARCHY OF HUMAN BEING
1 There is only God: Mysticism Intuition
2 There is one God: Monotheism Intellect
3 There are many Gods: Polytheism Emotion
4 There is no God: Atheism Instinct
Accordingly, what is identified and explored at 33 Gateway Lane as Realm of Four
constitutes the context and consideration of that seminal fixed, sequential fourfold
framework of principles that is reported as the crux of Creation itself.
C H A P T E R 3: C o n c e p t i o n o f t h e E n t e r p r i s i n g S p i r i t
Realm of Four is a pervasive, ubiquitous concept and context. For example, there are four interactive core principles comprising Kabbalah as symbolized by the Tree. These four principles are characterized by and correspond with the fourfold fixed action sequence constituting the genesis and framework of Kabbalah and the Tree:
KABBALAH-TREE OF LIFE 33 GATEWAY LANE
1 Receiving Inspiration
2 Integrating Conception
3 Balancing Formulation
4 Evolving Actuation
The following comments by three enterprising spirits capture head-on the advantageous, rational, pragmatic, and practical nature of the Realm of Four.
As to methods, there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods,
ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of the beautiful things about learning any subject is the fact that you don’t need to know everything – you only need to understand a few critically important concepts that provide most of the value. Once you have a solid scaffold of core principles to work from, building upon your knowledge and making progress becomes much easier.
When you first start to study a field, it seems like you have to memorize a zillion things. You don’t. What you need is to identify the core principles – generally three to 12 of them – that govern the field. The million things you thought you had to memorize are simply various
combinations of the core principles.
John T. Reed
Analogous to that fourfold framework is the cyclical phased growth process of (i) Thesis, (ii) Antithesis, (iii) Synthesis, and (iv) Position, to identify but one of the myriad of fourfold frameworks within context of which civilization continues to evolve.
Another overt corresponding classical fourfold framework is problem-solving:
1 Recognition that problem exists; recognition necessitates DISCERNMENT.
2 Analysis of problem and its causes; analysis necessitates DEFINITION.
3 Development of workable solution; development necessitates DISCIPLINE.
4 Mobilization of resources to implement solution; mobilization necessitates
A critical point is that terms such as “fixed” and “sequential” are operative keywords in
understanding the fourfold functionality of the Tree and, indeed, the universe, natural world, an enterprise, and an individual. That fourfold functionality is a phased process or interfaced progression. Significantly, it can be transformational.
33 GATEWAY LANE PROBLEM GROWTH HUMAN APPROACH
PRINCIPLES/STAGES SOLVING PROCESS VARIABLES
1 Inspiration Recognition Thesis Advantageous
2 Conception Analysis Antithesis Rational
3 Formulation Development Synthesis Pragmatic
4 Actuation Mobilization Position Practical
If one can conceptualize that the pivotal dynamic of transformation is not evolution in the traditional sense, but rather interaction, then it can become a mere statement of the obvious for those having even minimal exposure to the Tree that no system or process
offers more interactivity than the Tree. Certainly current prevailing societal predilection is focused on a notion of interactivity; the Tree hinged on that functionality since its genesis one hell of a long time ago.
The concept of an interactive, progressive, evolving, collaborative process thus suggests that since the genesis is by way of (1) Inspiration, quite naturally then the other three
principles must therefore be fully recognized, accommodated, and integrated
progressively in context and relationship in the established sequence of (2) Conception, then (3) Formulation, then (4) Actuation. This is in keeping with the quite sensible action of positioning the horse before the cart.
Realm of Four is not only significant, it is imperative.
For here is a new riddle on an old theme: What can go in all four directions at once as long as all four directions are converging on it at the same time?
This oftentimes seemingly magical, four-tiered, staged or phased process constituting Realm of Four is found throughout the historical landscape of human existence,
experience, and knowledge – over there in genetics one can recognize it as the four bases of DNA. Over there in Egypt, it is the formula embodied by the great Giza pyramid through its lion’s feet, oxtail, eagle wings, and human head. Look to compass points of north, east, west, and south, and the passage of Time is recognized as glimpses are captured of the sun as it appears to make a predictable orbit through a fourfold sky, where time becomes classified as past, present, future, and everlasting. From algebra to zoology, to chemistry and onward by way of an armchair grand tour of Realm of Four including Pythagorean mathematics, philosophy, and likewise the world of the Arts and not forgetting chemistry — let us wrap it up and simply specify “all the arts and sciences” – all have genesis or nexus in Realm of Four.
Continuing on an armchair grand tour, one can get downright primordial about it in
consideration of the four classical elements of Fire, Air, Water, and Earth. And nowhere can the four-tier, stepped-down process be more overtly and beautifully demonstrated than right here on terra firma in the consecutive four seasons of weather. Summer always
follows Spring; Autumn always follows Summer, Winter always follows Autumn. While a Summer may be characterized as, for example, having been “a hot one” in prevailing
temperatures; or a Winter may be characterized as “mild” or “short” in intensity and
duration, those are simple characterizations of correspondence between seasons of
various experienced years. However, the sequence of those years and the sequencing of the seasons themselves simply does not vary.
Such comparative analysis show scalability and polarities of assessment by
correspondence within context of four seasons, and the sequence of the four-season cycle remains “as constant as the Northern Star”. Even if it seems like one did not experience a particular Summer, it was still there. One can even choose to ignore a season or year or even a lifetime – but the records will show: it was still there in reality, despite selective
ignorance and memory to the contrary. Time evolves civilization whether an individual within the sphere of time chooses to evolve or not. “Time is the tester of all things,”
maintains one domineeringly energetic enterprising spirit. While one may not see exactly eyeball to eyeball with the wisdom of that maxim in practice, it is a reasonable concept fairly stated and points in the direction toward inevitability of the earthly field of time, which is everlasting as opposed to eternal. Eternity is outside the field of time and,
indeed, embraces time in its timeless landscape.
And what is the most frustrating and often tragic consideration about time? Perhaps when one is in the position of recognition that there does not seem to be enough of it.
ORIENTATIONS OF CONCEPTION
In terms of cycles of time, each decade has its own emphasis on one of four levels or
concepts. In the USA for example, the recent 1950s were about instinctive liberation; 1960s were about emotional liberation, and 1970s were about intellectual liberation. The 1980s were about intuitive liberation given the influence of the often-superficial New Age
movement, and issues such as the “Wounded Catholic” syndrome and “Inner Child” pop phenomenon.
The cycle commenced again with 1990s signaling a return to instinctive entanglements; that is, young adults undergoing extended adolescence and “the unbroken umbilical cord” phenomenon. The 2000s represented a recapitulation of emotional stunting and lack of maturation thereof, yielding an individuated sense of entitlement. The 2010s herald
intellectual superficiality and flightiness with the inevitable and enlarging gulf of
dissonance between low-mindedness (and congruently “low-brow” pop culture) and high-mindedness (and congruently “high-brow” culture). Such polarization parallels the economic morph of a dominant middle class to that prominent duality of the “Haves and Have Nots”.
It is suggestive given the cyclical nature of reality that the 2020s will be a recasting of
intuitive perspective. It is also suggestive given reality of technology and global warming that what was roughly a decade-long cycle is intensifying — therefore becoming more compressed in nature and thus shorter in duration. We are on a no-holds-barred roller coaster ride of accelerating speed whereby speed itself becomes a dislodged and archaic variable, replaced by the ubiquitous NOW. To wit: societal predilection with instant
gratification and “instantaneous” social media. And the clarion demand: FASTER!
Finally, one must not overlook the process of life itself. In embryonic state, the potential individual passes through a recapitulation of four Kingdoms with which the individual is acquainted through common knowledge — Mineral, Plant, Animal, and Human. After birth, repetition of this pattern of Kingdoms is seen everywhere. Certainly the physical body itself functions in accord with this fourfold pattern, as indeed does the individual
human brain. Then, lest one forget the obvious, once one has embarked from the womb, there is the unavoidable consequentially phased pathway of infancy, childhood,
adulthood, and maturity that flows in correspondence with the passage of time. Whether or not an individual responds to those phases as they come along in one’s life is the topic of many a vexed conversation.
Pausing a moment in this little conceit of a grand tour going on here, a respectful glimpse-and-nod is offered toward a small curiosity of a book that has been hugely influential through time. Called The Art of War, it was written 2,500 years ago by Sun Tzu in an area of the world now part of China. It is understood in various quarters that the book is not
actually about war in the traditional sense of the term. Rather – no reason not to dare to even speak it out loud let alone offer it in written form for that matter — it examines how to conquer wars that rage esoterically and exoterically with oneself and be at some
semblance of foursquare in context with hierarchical four-level reality of self, humanity, the world, and universe. The book is popularly characterized as basically a guidebook on strategy. Such is a reductionist characterization. A lot of confusion and stumbling has
resulted from that misguiding vantage point, because strategy represents only 25% of any formula, calculations, or considerations associated with dimensions of reality let alone, say, an enterprise or individual.
The first chapter is a cryptic introduction to what emerges in subsequent 12 chapters as four components of individual and professional evolvement in context of oneself,
humanity, the natural world, and universe. This fourfold phased process is not overtly
delineated in this seemingly obtuse book but rather is explored for benefit of the
enterprising spirit to discover and discern for oneself. Once the fourfold phased process is properly distilled and demonstrated in practice, what was perhaps once considered an
obtuse document for the strategically challenged human emerges as an elegantly
constructed and timeless guideline for the enterprising spirit.
Yes, fine, it can be contemplated here without contrivance or flight of fancy: It is feasible that Sun Tzu was a Kabbalist. Given the timeline and circumstances of history, it makes perfectly reasonable sense that his The Art of War was a direct response and outcome of his understanding and work with Kabbalah, or similarly stated of the influence of Kabbalah in his life. It appears to be the right time and place, person and circumstance.
Be that as it may or not be, the point is to not let us succumb to ego-based conspiracy
theory paranoia — thus vacuous, debilitating worry and concern — that there is a
Kabbalist, or scientist, or zealot for that matter, “lurking” around every corner and by-way throughout history and in one’s individual lifetime and circumstances thereof. We may be better served to maintain presence of mind and vigilance about ourselves, and thus be a master of one’s own individuated unique lifetime and circumstances which compose it.
Onward for this little grand tour, one must not overlook the actual number FOUR itself.
Rabbi Michael L. Munk offers a variety of perspectives about FOUR in The Wisdom in the
Hebrew Alphabet, such as the following:
The fourth letter [of the Hebrew alphabet, Dalet] …is cognate with door…with its numerical value of four, represents the physical world that extends in four directions – north, south, east and west. The shape of the Dalet is like that of a door with its lintel spreading right and left, and its doorpost reaching up and down.
Even the metaphysical is divided into four parts as it flows and comes into contact with the physical world. Thus, when the river that watered the Garden of Eden flowed outward, it branched into four streams. Kabbalistic literature explains God’s creation of the universe as a process in which there are “Four Worlds,” representing descending states of holiness, from the stage closest to God, which is holy beyond human comprehension. The Four Worlds (and their loose translations) are Emanation; Creation; Formation; and Action.
To permit the human mind to grasp the implications of the Exodus from Egypt, it was brought about in four states – delineated by the four words (Exodus 6:6-7): I shall bring you forth, I shall save you, I shall redeem you, I shall take you….
Finally reaching bottom-line brass tacks, FOUR is a number, numeral, a glyph.
Denotatively FOUR is a cardinal number, three plus one; a symbol of this number, 4 or IV or IIII; a set of this many persons or things. So four is the natural number following the
number three and preceding the number five.
It is said that “everything is four”, and here is the snappy little old trick used to
demonstrates this concept. Look at how many characters a word contains. For example, the word EVERYTHING contains ten characters. TEN contains three characters. Hence, ten is three. The word THREE consists of five characters. FIVE uses the magic number of four
characters. FOUR has four characters and is thus four.
It is as simple as that.
Another example: The word FORTITUDE contains nine characters. NINE contains four
characters. FOUR has four characters and is thus four.
Yet another: PHILOSOPHICAL has thirteen characters. THIRTEEN has eight characters. EIGHT has five characters. FIVE has four characters. FOUR has four characters and is thus four.
Finally, ONE has three characters. THREE has five characters. FIVE has four characters. FOUR has four characters and is thus four.
It’s almost cute in its perversely logical fashion. The open secret of why it works is because FOUR is the only number with the same number of characters as its value.
And – note well — all the other values converge to four at a given point.
We are now prepared to leave this too brief armchair grand tour. All such considerations and contexts of the FOUR concept appropriately become central to 33 Gateway Lane by virtue of the four-fold nature of – well – everything as far as that goes, with the
corresponding four components or levels comprising the fulcrum of Kabbalah, the Tree, an enterprise, and an individual.
However: There is one sequence of FOUR that makes all else pale in what can only be in one sense an audacious absurdity of comparison. It in fact is held in respectful
representation of the concept of 33 Gateway Lane in context of Realm of Four. Composed and read from right to left in the manner of the Hebrew language, four Hebrew characters (or letters, Yud; Heh; Vav; Heh) comprise YHVH, or Tetragrammaton.
Further, Kabbalah views each of the progressive “Four Worlds” — four stages, phases,
dimensions of Reality — as corresponding to one of four letters of Tetragrammaton
. . . is corresponded with the World of Atziluth (Emanation)
. . . is corresponded with the World of Beria (Creation)
. . . is corresponded with the World of Yetsira (Formation)
. . . is corresponded with the World of Assia (Action)
The Greek alchemist Pythagoras correctly regarded the Ineffable Name of God — the
Tetragrammaton or Four Letter Name — as the key to the mysteries of the universe and of its creation and preservation…. This Name in the Hebrew has but four letters: yod (Y), he (H), vav (V), and he (H). The four letters are rendered in English by the consonants Y, H, V, and H since the vowels did not appear in the earlier written language of the Hebrews.
— Dr. S. Pancoast
Kabbalah-Tree of Life Kabbalah Kabbalah
Principles/Phases Tetragrammaton Four Worlds Elements
1 Receiving Y Yud Atziluth Fire
2 Integrating H Heh Beria Air
3 Balancing V Vav Yetsira Water
4 Evolving H Heh Assia Earth
As elucidated by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, the Tetragrammaton “unfolds” in
accordance with the intrinsic nature of its letters, “in the same order in which they appear in the Name, in the mystery of ten and the mystery of four.” It unfolds in this
aforementioned order and “in the mystery of the four expansions.” Luzzatto summarizes: “In sum, all that exists is founded on the mystery of this Name and upon the mystery of these letters of which it consists. This means that all different orders and laws are all drawn after and come under the order of these four letters. This is not one particular
pathway but rather the general path, which includes everything that exists in Sefirot in all their details and which brings everything under its order.”
So be it!
The penultimate caveat is perhaps that as entities possessing capacity of Will, an
enterprise or individual is therefore not compelled to follow natural sequencing of the four components. Instead, human beings have freedom to function indiscriminately with the four principles; to re-order them, variously ignore them, do the action sequence in
reversed order, manipulate them – whatever is chosen. One can even easily succumb to the belief that such effort is a natural tendency of the human being only to be expected, with classical justification being that “we’re only human”. There is great irony to be found in that classical “excuse”, considering that only humans have the gift or ability of Will. The Mineral, Plant, and Animal Kingdoms do not.
Will being considered humanity’s greatest gift — and, not coincidentally, considered in
various schools of thought as the greatest force for goodness — it also becomes the excuse and indeed justification for all manner of doing other than “good”, or be considered
explanation or justification for why all people do not have living sainthood or at least
Certainly self-serving “let’s mix it up” activity is attempted in a wide variety of disguises such as cunning and strategy. Bank robbers do it all the time. Would-be brats of all ages whether in the guise of, say, an enterprise or employee invariably believe they are exempt from rules and regulations and proceed accordingly, or look for ways to break rules and regulations and not get caught. Such mischief and brattiness should not be confused with mean-spiritedness. However, there are only consequences to be faced in that sort of
activity. Further, such explorations exposes that mischievous fiddle-farting around is what constitutes “playing God”.
But should one get too judgmental about those who go against the grain intentionally or unintentionally, one is well advised to consider that while “ignorance is not an excuse, it is an explanation”. While ignorance of the law is no excuse, it is equally stated that genuine — as opposed to calculated or intentional — ignorance exists through a lack of conscious
experience and situational awareness.
This naturally raises the question: What position and approach is most advantageous,
rational, pragmatic, and practical – summarily termed “effective” — for oneself in any given circumstance? This is a rhetorical question that frames what is identified and
explored at 33 Gateway Lane as Top-Down/Bottom-Up Continuum.
It is when one activates the principles in the natural interactive sequence that one actually causes something to happen or be manifest in accord with the ostensible want or need. That is, if one proceeds in the sequence of Top-Down processing, the mechanism or Reality of cause is activated. This is analogous to the captain being in command of the ship.
Efforting to the contrary in context of the four principles activates effect. Cause is not
activated. To say the least about the operational activity of effects of Bottom-Up
processing, it can be troublesome for an enterprise or individual! This is analogous to the ship being in command of the captain.
What we see around us as the physical world is the world of effects; the causes are actually unseen. Cause is activated esoterically, or internally, and effect is activated
exoterically, or externally. It is similarly suggestive that if there is truth to Man being
created in God’s image, then that image is comprised of the macrocosm of unseen causes and the microcosm of seen effects. Framing the image is Will.
Cause is activated esoterically, or internally, and
effect is activated exoterically, or externally.
Top-Down sequence is effective order in affective action. Another way of viewing this is in recognizing that energy which is reduced to the point of visibility as matter is also
representative of Top-Down process in action. Top-Down is suggestive of the once trendy albeit valid concept of “creating your own Reality”.
Other mixtures or sequencing representative of Bottom-Up promotes chaos and yields an array of unintended consequences. Typically, unintended consequences are apropos of what was ostensibly intended!
Top-Down is a positive polarity flow and Intuition-driven. Such is contrasted to its opposite negative polarity flow of Bottom-Up, which is Instinct-driven. The negative flow of
Bottom-Up is likened to wandering around aimlessly in a dark room with no inkling to find a light switch so one can see what the hell is going on. Now there is a circumstance
reminiscent of Plato’s infamous cave!
Fear being such an intrinsic driver for the fourfold Bottom-Up flow from Instinct, it is therefore imperative such concepts or variables as fear be explored. “Courage,” thundered the indomitable Winston Churchill, “is not absence of fear, but mastery of fear!” Such mastery is realized through the fourfold Top-Down approach.
But make no mistake: The fourfold Bottom-Up approach is vital, valid, and innate to the human condition, and equally worthy of exploration. If for no other reason, exploration of Bottom-Up approach in contrast to Top-Down approach shows why Good will always triumph over Evil.
While garnering an understanding of triumphant Good may in itself be considered worthy, it is important to recognize that Bottom-Up is activity by Instinct, with Emotion as the comptroller. Top-Down is performance by Intuition, with Intellect as the comptroller. Emotion is conducive to subjectivity – and thus by nature self-serving since, after all, we are most vividly confronting self-preservation on all levels when contemplating the generating vantage point of Instinct. Whereas, Intellect is conducive to objectivity – and thus by nature outward bound with a greater tendency toward selflessness when contemplating the generating vantage point of Intuition.
The human being functioning Bottom-Up and thus via Instinct can act upon only that individual’s internalized, direct experience comprising that individual’s past. The human being functioning Top-Down and thus via Intuition can act upon not only that individual’s direct experience comprising that individual’s past, but can and will also act upon indirect experience learned and internalized from external, indirect sources. Instinct does not have the functionality to learn and integrate from external, indirect sources. Intuition does.
In any consideration about the human being and capacities of Intuition and Instinct, bottom-line brass tacks recognition to be acknowledged is that Top-Down establishes a flexible proactive position for action in any circumstance, whereas Bottom-Up establishes a fixed reactive position for action in all circumstances. More pointedly, Top-Down is a fourfold phased process that yields a variety of optional actions applicable and adaptable to any circumstance; whereas, Bottom-Up consists of four fixed optional actions to choose from in all circumstances.
Four Elements of functionality have emerged through time as effectively intrinsic to and developed by affective working with the Tree. Dynamic transformation entails four phases, skill sets in action, or Elements properly utilized in congruence with the fourfold progressive, cyclical phased process.
33 GATEWAY LANE
These four Elements have emerged over time as equilibriated exoteric derivative equivalents of the four esoteric keynote principles or phased process components comprising a Macrocosm which works in concert with the 33 Gateway Lane action Elements comprising a Microcosm. It is equally stated that the four equilibriated principles constitute a Structure which is equilibriated with the action Elements Infrastructure.
The four principles can also be characterized as constituting an enterprise and the four Elements characterized as constituting an employee. One can therefore well imagine when an enterprise and employee are not working in concert or in sync, such is the genesis of schism between the enterprise and employee.
All manifestation in the material world, so the ancient teachings go, is an effect of causes operating from a higher plane or dimension, and these causes can be deduced from the effects produced, right back to a Primal Cause. This is also in accordance with the concept and dynamic of Macrocosm / Microcosm and as stated by the ancient axiom “As Above – So Below”. The reversed equation is equally true, that being “As Below – So Above”. And such is the case with the enterprise and/or employee dynamic.
It is obvious that within the human being, the level of causation is higher than the material world — unless one is to regard the human being as an automaton. For to wit, a typical human being’s actions are ruled by one’s mental decisions or emotional directions. This is so critical a consideration, it may be expedient to be embedded in every brain – but of course, of a fashion it is. It may be stated that one’s decisions and directions are in turn an effect of the environment, and this is of course true, for all who live in the material world are affected by it – significantly, some more than others.
…a typical human being’s actions are ruled by one’s mental decisions or emotional directions.
The great majority of humanity is ruled by their environment of external circumstances, and such is typical of an enterprise and an individual. Mastery is working out one’s own
decisions and directions — and then changing one’s environment, or one’s reaction to it, accordingly. This is mastery of one’s destiny in action. More, this heralds mastery of self and thus of circumstance as well.
Such is the potential of the enterprising spirit — doing mastery of self and circumstance.
One primary open secret of mastery is being consciously aware about that self and
circumstance. As has been previously noted, there are three other linchpin open secrets of mastery.
Being and doing take a lot of work, and are not very popular actions except for those who are engaged in a life they are passionate about whereby they are engaged in being and
doing to the point of mastery wherefore being and doing are synonymous. Similar in
concept and context of mastery is “happiness”, exquisitely defined by writer Margaret
Atwood as “… a by-product of being interested in what you do; it is not a goal… or
unattached to anything else.”
HARRY HOUDINI ( March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926 )
For better or worse than the conditions of mastery and happiness, more popular and prevalent is the distraction of engrossed actions of intellectualizing or emoting
respectively. Still further, the predilection of the actions of needing and wanting
respectively can rule one’s personal road. Need corresponds to intellect; Want corresponds to emotion. When the focus is on Need or Want, there is no way one can be engaged in
being and/or doing. Here again the classical subject/object dichotomy is activated.
Conversely, if one becomes infused with passionate engagement in being and doing to the point of mastery and happiness whereby being and doing are synonymous, then
concurrently Need or Want become synonymous as well. In mastery, the inevitable
convergence of Need and Want results in neither Need nor Want. Simultaneously, the
classical subject/object dichotomy is unhitched; there is only IS. This condition is the
individual outside the realm of Time; to wit, one need only consider the “flight” of time when one is engaged in being and doing. It can seem downright shocking how Time
“…one of the essential principles of magic is that man is part of, and one with, Nature; that he is truly the microcosm of the
macrocosm, the little universe in and part of the greater universe around him. Because of this, his action on all levels of being,
physical, emotional, mental and supra-mental affects his
environment, and this in its turn conditions his life in the
— W.E. Butler, The Magician: His Training and Work, 1959
In considering the enterprising spirit of, for example, the enterprise and/or employee
dynamic in action, it is noted there is nothing new to be written or said about style in
particular — service, leadership, management, regulation – or about style in context of an individual or enterprise and/or employee in general. The foursquare nature of Will has been around since God reportedly granted Will in the first place. However, the enterprising spirit is endowed with the capacity to think upon these and other matters in different ways to varied degrees and from different perspectives and perceptions, as well as to feel about such matters in different ways. Most certainly the kings and queens through the time that royalty has been extant have done so. And at least a few of them more effectively than
Finger-pointing in the direction of the dynamic imperative of choice and action in the context of duality alone, one can certainly
contemplate and opine about such matters in infinite ways.
However, it has been amply catalogued through time that mindful considerations invariably end up at the most fundamental of benchmarking, being iterations of the same fourfold action
foundation as enacted by the twofold action operation of Top-Down/Bottom-Up Continuum.
Amplifying understanding in various 33 Gateway Lane explorations of the fourfold
framework are the various Tree symbols which illustrate a wide variety of concepts and variables – thus further clarifying and detailing the core “rules of the road”. These
explorations establish and utilizes an analogous set of terms for the Tree symbols in what may be considered a contemporary context of variables, with a rigorous effort of caution exercised to mitigate reductionism, gross oversimplification, and contrivance of the Tree symbols. Further, various processes and perspectives presented at 33 Gateway Lane are suggestive and illustrative – not cast in stone, prescriptive, or pedantic. Therein resides the greater potential value.
It is a most worthy point to be emphasized some more:
While a wide range of ideas, concepts, and considerations are addressed and
accommodated at 33 Gateway Lane, the framework of context is geared to the fourfold hallmark nature of reception, integration, balance, and evolvement as analogued vis-à-vis, for example, an enterprise and/or employee as explored in the upcoming pendant 33 Gateway Lane work GATEWAY OF THE ENTERPRISING SPIRIT.
Again, such exploration is constructed in context of the fourfold principles or
elements. Therefore, being mindfully cognizant of the material in context of the number FOUR is recommended. This facilitates what is a signature intentionality at 33 Gateway Lane – ORDO AB CHAO (Order out of Chaos). In some circles, this is considered philosophizing; in others, it is considered a search for the truth. For some, such work is viewed as efforting in “transparency”, a voguish term being flung about that has no clarity and even less accuracy in prevailing connotative definition. Still others view such effort as a search for meaning. And yes, for many people, it is quite simply a pain in the ass.
Jabir ibn Hayyan was a wide-ranging genius and is considered the “father of chemistry”. He introduced a scientific and experimental approach, clearly recognizing and
proclaiming the importance of practice as follows:
“The first essential in chemistry is that thou shouldest perform practical work and
conduct experiments, for he who performs not practical work nor makes experiments will never attain to the least degree of mastery.”
It is a proven charted route for being and becoming, for learning and mastery: PRACTICE with EXPERIENCE. Or perhaps as Buckminster Fuller put it, “by trial and error, error,
Such is the road of mastery whereby not acting upon what not to do becomes
synonymous with acting upon what to do. Want (manifest by external circumstances) and Need (manifest by internal circumstances) can via mastery become congenially
convergent. This convergence detonates Power.
However one views such an adventure, there is sure to be uneasy rumbling in the crowd that bemoans what may superficially appear to be such a linear nature of this fixed
fourfold sequencing. Significantly, the smell of hierarchy is in the air! Hierarchy is out of fashion, and is certainly considered “politically incorrect”, or the black sheep, or the
scapegoat in the marketplace and for an enterprise and/or employee. It is faddish to
ostensibly endorse the horizontal or lateral organizational structure and infrastructure due to a variety of psychological speculations and pop pseudo-rebellion – not to forget pseudo-science. But such endorsement put into practice is in itself a cosmic jest. Hierarchy may at large be “the elephant in the room” – but not at 33 Gateway Lane.
Endless fascination – may one suggest the term “distraction” — exists in context of the supposedly advantageous nature of the vertical organizational structure and/or
infrastructure as opposed to the horizontal organizational structure and/or infrastructure. The more accusatory pointed finger of such fascination addresses the issue of hierarchy, which has been proclaimed dead, archaic, unfair, unreasonable, and unsuitable for the present time. Such proclamations have been issued and squealed about in equal measure with the shifting trends of fashion and hair length for a hellaciously long time – certainly since the very founding of the USA.
“Because of this mystical interplay between man and his
environment, magic becomes possible, since by our definition magic is the art of producing changes in consciousness at will. If we change our consciousness, then we act directly upon the inner worlds around us, and thus, ultimately, upon the objective [outer] world.”
— W.E. Butler, The Magician: His Training and Work, 1959
Why that perplexing and overarching determination to impose limitations on humanity by decrying and indeed efforting to invalidate hierarchy? Hierarchy has demonstrated itself through time as the cartographic nature of human potential, alacrity, flexibility, and
liberation. Indeed, the irreversibility of time is the hierarchy of consciousness.
It can seem that nowhere in the world and in the course of human history has the matter of hierarchy been such a pronounced, vexed issue as in the USA. It is postulated that the reason for this chaotic, naive dissonance may be directly relative to the young age of this magnificent country and, accordingly, limited degree of seasoned perspective. Certainly the degree of national wisdom has not gotten in synchronization with the nation’s
amazingly fast growth experienced in so many respects. Certainly there has been
justifiable concerns about those in positions of hierarchical power abusing the privilege. However, that speaks to the nature of the individual, not to the nature of hierarchy itself.
“So, and this is of the utmost importance, all magical work begins within and is projected outwardly. This is one of the first
principles of magic, and it must always be kept in mind.”
— W.E. Butler, The Magician: His Training and Work, 1959
Significantly, the USA was founded in the concept of Democracy. Indeed, abundant
perspective presented over the course of many centuries identifies the USA as being founded with the metaphysical or spiritual level of aptitude central to its genesis –
commonly stated as “one nation under God”. This is a lofty concept, but not unreasonable when contemplating the ideals, values, morals, and intentionalities of that extraordinary group called the “Founding Fathers” (in concert with the traditionally more invisible but no less vital “Founding Mothers”) — which arguably may have been the greatest confluence of brilliant characters in dynamic and dramatic action since the founding members of the Royal Society in 1660.
Capitalism is not a Democracy, and that fact causes tremendous conflagration for a
population in general let alone an enterprise and/or employee in particular insisting upon the denial of that fundamental fact. Democracy is a landscape or environment wherein Capitalization can exist; Democracy is not a corporate profit center unto itself.
“This clown magician musical automaton was made in Paris by Leopold Lambert around 1910…. Impressive clown magician with hand painted face, glass eyes and elaborate costume standing behind a table with a spun metal cup in his right hand and wand in his left. When activated, the magician raises the cup to reveal one of four objects – a watch, a gem, a die, or a compass. The figure performs several actions in order to change the objects under the cup, including raising and lowering his head, shaking head from side-to-side, sticking out tongue, and waving the magic wand in a circular motion. The automaton’s actions are accompanied by a two-tune music box.”
That bone of rebellious contention as regards hierarchy is also addressed at 33 Gateway Lane whereby such terms as “linear” and “fixed” are not incorrectly construed as
synonymous with terms like “pedantic”, “limiting”, and “myopic”. For it is shown that
abstractions such as inspiring ideas and conceiving concepts, for example, are actualized or realized only when the Inspiration and subsequent Conception is manifest in a
four-dimensional hierarchical platform such as Time.
There is, for example, no such thing as inspiring ideas or imaginative concepts in and of themselves that yield the corporate dynamic of profitable production, delivery, and
services of valuable offers to customers. Inspiration and Conception represent only the first two elements of the necessarily hierarchical, fourfold Realm of Four to successfully
accomplish that transactional dynamic in the marketplace. That basic functional and
practical reality must always be faced: Why endeavor to put the cart before the horse.
The Magician card pictured above is from the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck. On the
table are symbols of the four Elements and Natures: WAND for Fire (Intuitive); SWORD for Air (Intellect); CUP for Water (Emotion); and PENTACLE for Earth (Instinct).
Finally, there is bottom-line brass tacks as regards hierarchy: If hierarchy as the interactive framework of reality and life did not exist, nor could Reality and Life. Without a hierarchical platform, the individual, the enterprise and/or employee, not to mention thought and emotion, are but an unrealized chaotic immaturity of smoke-and-mirrors — a puff of
reflected smoke, wafting languidly toward dissolution back into the nothingness from whence it came.
Much shrift, gyration, circle-jerking, and cluster-huckstering has been expended through the course of time regarding the determination and attempted justification and aggregate of various hypothetical, potential, and seemingly infinite hybrid permutations of the four core principles as well as the corresponding four platforms, models, or Constitutions available to an individual and enterprise and employee. These four Constitutions are identified and explored in Gateway of the Enterprising Spirit as C-O, C-A, C-I, and C-P, corresponding to Inspiration, Conception, Formulation, and Actuation respectively.
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PRINCIPLES/PHASES CONSTITUTIONS ACTION ELEMENTS
1 Inspiration C-O Organizationize
2 Conception C-A Aggregate
3 Formulation C-I Individuate
4 Actuation C-P Personalize
There are major industries that put forward such formulas and variables via permutations of the four Constitutions. That collectively equates to everybody and their siblings believing they have a better mousetrap. For the enterprise, this industry takes the form of, for example, business consultants, business coaches, or corporate turnarounds. For the employee, this industry takes the form of, for example, professional coaches and psychologists and human resources department.
Be as may, given the unadulterated core construct of the four principles and analogued four Constitutions as variously explored at 33 Gateway Lane, each enterprise and/or employee with rare and definable exception embodies in theory and practice one of four platforms, models, or archetypal orientations characterized as Constitutions.
It is recommended here that playing chess and playing the ponies may be more value-added efforts than to fiddle-farte with subjective, abstracted permutations and other conflagrated considerations regarding the fourfold phased process. Necessitated requirements of following rules vis-a-vis playing chess or the ponies is more explicit and overt in the spirit of play and recreation. The Achilles Heel of fiddle-farte effort results, of course, in reductionism and consequent reductionist points-of-view and subsequent subjective activity accordingly. “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” Equally stated: “Your arms are too short to box with God.”
Such extraneous effort can be expended and endless hours of fun and challenge be had by toying with and rearranging the four Elements, mixing and matching as time and tide prefer, often in a mischievous effort to invalidate, for example, the nature of hierarchy. This mischief generally follows commonplace intentionality of creating chaos out of order. But curiosity killed the cat. It can be considered a vulgar, undesirable observation, but it is an apt one, that Time neither creates victims nor takes prisoners. We accomplish those pomp antics all on our own, and Time represents the geography for such activities.
On the other hand, one is at liberty to opine that it is always possible that such mischief may be a worthy endeavor.
Whatever intent and circumstances are in play at any given time, most certainly the Law of Entropy will prevail and the enterprising spirit will at some point in time follow the trajectory of that which has been ineluctable action ever since what is called Original Creation: ORDO AB CHAO.
Chapter 4 will start in the next installment post of At the Gateway.