THE ART OF SELF
HOLISTIC LIFESTYLE ADVANCEMENT
Philosophy is both the individual and partnered quest for a life that is fully alive. Drawing on the insights of philosophers through the ages, The Path philosophically clarifies what it means to live life intensely – to understand who and where you are and to share success.
Traditionally, it is said, there are three ways that a man or woman may come to realise his or her own self;
- The Path of Action
- The Path of Devotion
- The Path of Knowledge
Combined in thought, intention and practice the Path is developed by applying contemporary and ancient teachings to the modern living Art of Self.
The Art of Self is based upon 3 values: Confucianism, Taoism and Lateral Dialectics.
Confucianism values are those of harmony and moderation
Confucianism, also known as Ruism, is a system of thought and behavior originating in ancient China. Variously described as a tradition, a philosophy, a religion, a humanistic or rationalistic religion, a way of governing, or simply a way of life. Confucianism developed from what was later called the Hundred Schools of Thought from the teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius (551–479 BCE).
Taoism values perception and dialects
The Daoism/Taoism Chinese philosophy based on the writings of Laozi, advocating humility and piety. The core principles of Taoism are that ‘Tao’, the origin and law of all things in the universe represent a school of thought that developed over a period of 200-300 years. Intuity in lifestyle is based upon the Daoism/Taoism philosophy of the proper path in life or the philosophy of The Way. Such as the I-Ching’s Yin and Yang. Realising that complexities can and are easily simplified through lateral views. Dialectic or dialectics related to dialogue, also known as the dialectical method, is at base a discourse between two or more people holding different points of view about a subject but wishing to establish the truth through reasoned methods of argumentation. Dialectic resembles debate, but the concept excludes subjective elements such as emotional appeal and the modern pejorative sense of rhetoric. Dialectic may thus be contrasted with both the eristic, which refers to argument that aims to successfully dispute another's argument (rather than searching for truth), and the didactic method, wherein one side of the conversation teaches the other. Dialectic is alternatively known as minor logic, as opposed to major logic or critique. Perception being the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses and Dialects being the ability to establish distinctive beneficial features in communication.
The Art of Self - values of lateral dialectics
Dialectics as the art of exploring or deliberating the truth of opinions. In classical philosophy, dialectic or dialectics is a form of reasoning based upon dialogue of arguments and counter arguments, advocating propositions (theses) and counter propositions (antitheses). The outcome of such a dialectic might be the refutation of a relevant proposition, of a synthesis, a combination of the opposing assertions, or a qualitative improvement of the dialogue. The Art of Self is formulated in Lateral Dialectics in defence as offense (Yin and Yang) and offense as defence (Yang and Yin) through a combination of simple direct-line functional concepts and principles, rather than absolute lineal formality. Lineal formality is an absolute requirement in practice and demonstration to develop and improve the understanding of simple responsive concepts and principles and is more likely to improve proficiency in technique and technique development. It is rapid simplicity which provides defence as offense and offense as defense solutions. Simultaneous beneficial actions delivering the desired effect. The Lateral enters fully when the response to a sudden situation through a combination of simple direct-line functional lateral or moment-necessary concepts and principles, rather than absolute lineal formality are required. The importance of re-directing of the opponents planned movements to fit the situation and abolish their offensive-defensive structure appear initially to be of a defensive nature but are the seeds of attack from conception; utilising both Yin and Yang in nature. Perception being the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses and Dialects being the ability to establish distinctive beneficial features and composing the moment-necessary variants into a single active function from methodology. The Art of Self is Making the Complex Simple; Offense and Defence Are One of the Same.
In terminology, Taoism is outpacing Daoism in the popular use of the word. Modern practitioners are interjecting their essence into Taoism, with many people trying to stay true to roots in Daoism. Using a word to capture purity is a complex fascination in life. Daoism as with many belief, religion and lifestyle-based preoccupation is a vast weave of multiple and differing stories. Daoism did, and will continue to evolve over time, and drift across human societies so it would be truthful to consider that it will be difficult for it to be maintained as a single pure Daoism. Contradictions in human thought vary, especially when one encounters a judgmental, defending lineage regarding the purity of practice, belief, or style. All lineages are interesting interpretations of societal, cultural, and individual/personal values that are generally needs/wants attuned, based on the time and reasoning of establishment. No pure Daoist lineage exists relative to what we call Dao, except in reflection to its baseline. This is just one of the reverences we see in ‘Intuity’ Awakening Self, Embracing Self and Empowering Self. Something pure in simplicity and capacity is to be held uniquely by each person. We are observing divergence of post modernism philosophical/spiritual/lifestyle constructs, the late 20th-century style and concept in the arts and criticism; a departure from modernism characterised by the self-conscious use of earlier styles and conventions, in a mixing of different artistic styles and media, associating a growing healthy general distrust of dictatorial mainstream theories. Rooted in the past, yes, but something distinctly its own and new within the Daoist/Taoist lineages forming today.
The Path of Action
The path of action using Mindfulness to examine the questions; what really is an action, what are the constituent elements of an action, how is it possible to act in a manner that is liberating rather than binding, how is it possible to know a good action from a bad action, what is right action and what is not, how may actions be refined, what is it that acts, and how in action may we discover ourselves?
The Way of Devotion
The Way of Devotion liberates the power of positive sharing allowing the individual to see all as one, divesting themselves from greed seeing it as a redundant element manifested and perpetuated by reprobates who revel in the three great failures to self and others: False Humility, False Praise and Self-gratifying Falsehoods. Greed could be described as Fear of Failure. False Humility When asked about the difference between an inferiority complex and humility, the monk Radhanath Swami responded, “An inferiority complex is when the (false) ego is frustrated; whereas, humility is when the (false) ego is rejected.” He goes on to explain that inferiority is about appearances. In a society that glamorizes humility, the enactment of humility becomes more important than a true embodiment of it.
False praise is praise given in order to appease, flatter, or manipulate others into believing that the one praising is superior while actually often struggling with their own incompetence and inferiority. The only ones usually believing false praise are most often themselves an obsequious or over obedient and servile self-flatterer or self-seeker, clinging to those they see as holding some level of influence in order to gain personal (egotistical or social standing) advantage while ever remaining mostly useless to society.
It is unfortunate that society must continually suffer those whose ignorance exacerbates their own incompetence. Self-gratifying Falsehoods, are becoming more prominent in society. The Art of Self-Promotion and Self-Gratification through Social Media is a Pathogenic Plague Proportion Problem. Those with little or no self esteem but egos the size of rainbows, perpetrate Self-gratifying Falsehoods as so called Influencers, to rapidly through their own incompetence in many cases to be revealed as the frauds they will always be. This can also considered in 'The Rashomon effect' which describes how parties describe an event in a different and contradictory manner, which reflects their subjective interpretation and self-interested advocacy, rather than an objective truth; it could be said in order to appear of greater importance or attraction.
The Path of Knowledge
The path of knowledge lights the journey from individual to universal, allowing the individual to become the change they would like to see in the world.
The Art of Self - The Philosophy of a Path to a Holistic Way of Life
When ancient philosophy first began, it was a way of life for the ‘householder’. It was “a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant. Philosophy was a way of life, both in its exercise and effort to achieve wisdom, and in its goal, wisdom itself. For real wisdom does not merely cause us to know it makes us “be” in a different way. Such is the lesson of ancient philosophy: an invitation to each human being to transform himself. Philosophy is a conversion, a transformation of one’s way of being and living, and a quest for wisdom.” (Pierre Hadot, Philosophy as a Way of Life)
It is said: “One who flows with an inner strength as life flows, needs little else.” Flow states have been beneficially experienced since the very beginning. Individuals often create flow, which is then embodied and embraced by the group.
Across the progression of humanity, the astute have attuned flow to status potentials
Ancient philosophers, samurai warriors and eastern monks assimilated flow into their spiritual, creative and martial arts practice to progress continual improvement towards seeking peak performance in the search of satisfying perfection. The Samurai Way The Japanese martial & creative arts use the word mushin to describe an unusually heightened state of awareness holding no thoughts or emotions to block accessing the zone of pinnacle performance. It comes from “mushin no shin”, a Zen term for “mind of no mind.” This concept is very much at the core of all the Japanese martial arts, in addition to high degree creative arts. Wu wei, in the Chinese internal arts, is a philosophy of flow often translated as effortless motion/action or effortless doing. Both wu wei and mushin describe the entering of a state in which it feels as though the flow of being (rather than thinking mind) is the influence. The ancient Indian Vedic tradition, has the concept of samyama (perfect mind control) that can be considered highly similar to mushin and wu wei.
The philosophy of flow is to transform your life from a chaotic race to a transcendent rhythm, assisting us exist consciously, and live and act with attentive awareness.
Embracing the Philosophy of Flow
Embracing and understanding flow, invites the vision that that the flow state does not have to be all about achieving at the detriment of others; it is an understanding of shared success. It is really so simple.
Five Steps to Flow
Practice becoming more aware in all thoughts and all things:
Focus awareness on the moment, on the real events and what is really happening. Be acutely aware of your senses:
- What do you see?
- What do you hear?
- What do you smell?
- What do you taste?
- What do you feel?
Become aware of the urge to reach for your phone or to distract yourself away from living the moment. Understand what is happening and what position you are in and/or could be in before you act without interpreting your senses. Remember Fight or Flight is an emotional choice...often not fully thought through and more often ending in peril!
When you understand mindset and learn to use your mind as a tool, empowering combined thought and action as a practiced synergy you release random thought and random action, gaining instead a path that finds its way to personal freedom.
Training your mindset embraces your power and allows you to focus your attention. Managing mindset takes willpower and discipline that deliver unimaginable rewards.
Training mindset involves three primary stages:
1. Set focus targets, and hold the mindset.
2. Progressively stretch the targets.
3. Set mindfulness meditations; challenging yourself to keep your attention initially focussed upon one of the sensations in the moment:
- What you see?
- What you hear?
- What you smell?
- What you taste?
- What you feel?
Seeking Mindfulness: The Synergistics of Mindset and Physicality
This method, usually commenced through led-practice meditation allows you to remove clutter and distractions from your life.
The more you release distractions the greater you are able to generate a focused state of mind.
The Zen philosophy of minimalism - channeling to maximise flow, opening positive receptive pathways and walking with them.
Minimal Effort Expended for Maximum Energy Flow
Achieve managed multi-tasking. Allow you mind and body to jointly determine the needs, want and outcomes. Mentally and physically plan and manage everything you are going to do and are actually doing.
- Avoid clutter and cluttered people
- Do not let them lead you
- Flow with them gently merging direction to motivate their shift
Motivate positive transformation In all you do:
- At work
- Within yourself
- Within others
- Within the home
- Within society
Practice mindful attention. When in conversation with someone, listen as intently as you can. If you are waiting to talk...you are not attentively listening. You take in so much more when you are focussed on the delivery and the deliverer than yourself and your response.