Polar thinking - finding connections in duality and polar opposites.

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Qultura, like Creative Law, is based on mysticism and the I-Ching. Both Buddhism, out of which Qultura has been derived, and the Tao Te Ching are based on a skill which is known as polar thinking. In Buddhism it is known as dependent arising, while in the Tao Te Ching it is known as mutual arising. The Tao Te Ching was developed out of The School of Yin Yang around 400 BC, the School of Yin Yang was a derivative of the I-Ching.

The I-Ching, or Book of Changes, was developed way back around 1300 BC but it could have been even earlier. This is the earliest of the Chinese classics, because it is the first mapping out of how the Chinese think, and not just the Chinese. It is the first actual record of human thinking processes, which are based on duality and polarities. To be or not to be? That is the question.

You might be interested to know that all digital technology, including the algorithms of Google, Facebook, and 5G technology, are all based on the I-Ching.

The I-Ching in itself is a form of divination known as cleromancy. Six numbers, supposedly at random, between six and nine are chosen to create 64 different hexagrams which are arranged in what is known as the King Wen sequence to give different meanings. Yarrow sticks or coins are tossed, to give one of 64 different outcomes, which are then looked up for the meaning. But we won't go into all that. We will stick with polar thinking.

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Based on the Creative Law meme to illustrate yin yang, we will first explain the basic concept of mutual arising or dependent arising. As this is, that becomes. This is the fundamental basis of polar thinking. Polar thinking is a skill where you find the connection between two seemingly polar opposites and figure out how both opposites are mutually necessary and how they 'go together'.

The false illusion of separateness

Polar thinking is fundamental to getting past the false illusion of separateness between you and environment and between 'you' and 'other' which is central to feelings of isolation, loneliness, alienation and even exclusion which you may feel or experience through living in society in the West.

This false illusion of separateness is a central part of your Somebody training and development of an Ego. It is a central aspect of the education you were forced to go through to become a functioning member of society and fit in with the so called 'system'. In fact the whole point of your formal education was to force you to develop an Ego and this was achieved through the 'carrot and stick' psychology of grades, marks, tests, exams, and so on which force you to conform to external authority, compete with other kids, and get used to being part of a system which is based on hierarchy and conformity.

This is further emphasized by a very heavy emphasis on having the right beliefs, believing in the 'right dogmas, the right doctrines, and often this is far more important in Western society than right action, have the right experience, or even truth and personal authenticity. Not everybody cares if you are real or not, particularly if you're wearing the right clothes, have the right amount of money, claim to have the right position in life and the right qualifications or indeed, the right skin colour. Likewise not many people care how real you are if you're not wearing the right clothes, have no money, no position in life, you don't look right, you have no qualifications, or your skin colour or nationality isn't the right one or you have a disability and bits of you aren't working properly. Then it don't matter because you get judged as a Nobody and once that happens fewer people will give a damn about you.

Then you get told that you have freedom, you have democracy, you have rights, you have certain entitlements (which is true if you're prepared to fill out all the forms and jump through all the hoops) and thus - and this is the kicker when it comes to individualism - if something isn't working out for you, then it must be your fault and something you're doing wrong. The only people therefore who really understand what's really going on are generally the poor and the excluded, but nobody listens to them because they have no authority because most people are living on the basis of some Ego trip. This is usually whether they like it or not. Other people also figure it out as well, but usually when it's too late, so they end up going through life with a sense of having been cheated.

This is also because of the very heavy emphasis on moral reasoning and the emphasis of good triumphing over evil. There's a lot of issues with this. First of all define good. Now define evil. What makes your definition of good and evil any better or any worse than anyone else's? This is where we get the culture of conflict, where someone's beliefs come into conflict with someone else's beliefs. Where someone's Ego clashes with someone else's Ego. The games of domination and submission. The endless philosophizing, moralizing, point scoring, psychological and mental constipation, people being scumbags, other people being drama queens, and the games of politics and political and social melodrama.

Examples of polar thinking

We're going to run through some examples of polar thinking so you get some idea of what this is all about. Some examples will be obvious to you, others less so. But hopefully by the end of this post you should have a pretty clear idea of what polar thinking is about and be able to make your own connections based on your perspective and life experiences.

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Perspective and experience

Okay so let's start with the most fundamental of all dualities, and that is individual conscious perspective and experience of spatial reality. This is of course the duality between existence and reality and also between consciousness and space. There is a basic, constant transaction here between perspective and experience.

The tree has been created out of the environment. You do not find trees growing on the Moon, or on Mars, nor do you see flying trees and or find trees at the bottom of the ocean. Trees are only found on the surface of this planet, and so wherever you find dry land on the surface of this planet, sooner or later you will find trees. In this way trees 'go together' with the surface of this planet. Therefore tree are a part of the environment, simply because if there is no environment there are no trees.

You will also notice that the tree is a living tree. It is conscious. It has an individual conscious perspective. A tree does everything a human does but as it would be crap at being human, it does everything naturally as a tree. Note that a tree doesn't need to be taught how to be a tree. It just is, naturally. It is just as creative as a human and just as capable of empathy. It takes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, creates wood from the carbon and oxygen which it doesn't need, and so it breathes out for the animals.

Please note that the transaction between the tree and the environment is an illusion simply because the tree is the environment. Everything grows out of the surface of the planet. Note the radial pattern of branches and limbs growing out from the trunk. You do not see branches without trunks, do you? Note that you are exactly the same as the tree, you are part of the environment. Sure you might have legs and be able to move around. But can you naturally fly? Can you live at the bottom of the ocean? You are rooted very much to the dry surface of this planet as trees are.

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Existence and non-existence

Another fundamental duality and polarity is the one between consciousness and space, or existence and non-existence.

This is the duality found not just throughout the universe but is also the basis of all digital technology which is based entirely on the binary system of numbers and sequences of ones and zeros, such as 001100111101010. You might remember the noises of the electronic pulses from dial up internet or you might have even called a fax number by mistake and had your ear drum assaulted by the fax machine on the other end trying to connect to your mind and receive the message.

Today through digital technology consciousness and space can be communicated through energy (fundamentally electricity) anywhere in the universe and can also be accurately reproduced so that, for example a Zoom meeting or phone call is not much different to a live conversation or meeting in person. What is more through 5G technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) many inanimate objects from lorries, trains, cars to 'smart' household appliances, locks, pill bottles and even toilets can be fitted with a chip and connected to broadband internet. This means that instead of being driven and controlled by humans, many things can be controlled and managed through algorithms on the internet.

It's important however to understand the limitations of digital technology. While digital technology can process logical information infinitely more efficiently than the human brain, it cannot process or develop consciousness anywhere close to a human being. Neither your smartphone nor your computer is capable of empathy or sympathy, neither will ever ever be able to 'feel' you or connect to you on an emotional level.

This is something the Government failed to understand when it developed the online only corporate style system of Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and why Universal Credit is critically flawed as a social security system, welfare benefit system or even as a Universal Basic Income. Any such system requires empathy and trust between Government and claimant, and Universal Credit offers neither. It's too rigid and inflexible as a system to serve its intended purpose. This was a system which really needed to be developed by a bank, an organization which understands how money works, and not by politicians.

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However the duality and polarity of existence and non-existence is why all babies love games of peekaboo. Babies have a much better understanding of reality than anyone else because they have little or no life experience and don't have a fully developed brain to be able to properly develop consciousness. Unlike adults, who have a refined and differentiated conscious perspective, and are highly selective in their focus of conscious attention, babies have an undifferentiated conscious perspective. They are completely open minded and to them, everything is equally important.

This is why you can play games of peekaboo for ages, and baby will be kept amused and engaged, because peekaboo never gets old for a baby. Even if you're revealing the same face over and over and over again.

Peekaboo works for human babies very much in the same way as games of fetch and shining a small flashlight keeps small kittens and puppies amused for hours. Being carnivores dogs and cats perceive motion far better than humans whereas humans perceive colours and shapes much better and being incredibly sensitive to consciousness, human babies detect minor changes in things much better than most adults, who have been put through Somebody training and have been forced to develop an Ego, which generally bends minds out of shape and dulls conscious perception.

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Perspective and ignorance

Another fundamental duality or polarity is conscious perspective and ignorance. This you can see for yourself by looking at the Gestalt images above. Do you see the Rubin vase on the left or two faces in profile? What about the centre image? Do you see a tree and birds? Or do you see a gorilla and a lioness? What about the image on the right? What do you see?

You will focus on the focus of your conscious attention, which is naturally attuned to pick out consciousness at the expense of reality, which you dismiss as background or less important. So in each image you will see or perceive only that what your individual conscious perspective most strongly identifies with. But as you create new consciousness, you also create new space and new reality.

But see, in each image above, the reality or background is just as important as what you see as the foreground. This goes back to what we pointed out earlier in this post that perspective creates experience out of spatial reality. If there is no environment and no reality, then there can be no experience and no existence. Polar thinking is all about understanding how the environment and reality goes together with the existence and conscious perspective.

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Space and solid

It's like many people dismiss space as empty, nothing, or not important. Really?

Is not the most important thing about a bag or a suitcase the space inside the bag or suitcase? Is not what defines a glass or a cup the space inside the cup or glass? How about when you look for your wallet or purse, but all you find is an empty space? Are you just going to shrug and say to yourself "Ah it's just space. Not important."? Really? Or are you going to panic and start looking for your wallet and purse?

Space is your mind, it's the sky, it's silences, it's empty space, it's time, it's money, it's absences. It's things which are missing and not present. These things are important, or we hope they are for you. This is what polar thinking is all about. It's about paying attention not just to what's there and what exists, but also paying attention to what's not there and what doesn't exist.

Hopefully now you can see that polar thinking is an incredibly important and even necessary skill to develop.