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THE RULE OF SIX

For the Right Side of the Brain


When I was even younger than I am now and brought my thoughts to my father, he would often say, “Remember the Rule of Six”. Yes. The rule of Six. So inculcated in my nature by now that I have great difficulty in naming only one thing as the root cause of anything else.

For Life is like this: So many individuations acting and interacting at every identifiable moment, that nothing at all, no one thing, can cause anything else.


The Rule of Six says that:

For every perceivable phenomena devise at least six explanations that indeed explain the phenomena. There are probably sixty, but if you devise six, this will sensitize you to the complexity of Universe, the variability of perception. It will prevent you from fixing on the first plausible explanation as The Truth.”

And so it is, in a complex and changing world in which the past affects the future, but the future also affects the past, at least in that our understanding of the probable determines many of our decisions, provides signposts along many diverging, converging paths.

What we see when we open our eyes .... depends on where we are standing at the time. Only move a little, to left, to right ... gain the view from there. tell me now my Brothers, my Sisters, what does your New Vision show you? Move around the circle of the Earth once more .. and look again! A quarter turn to the left. A quarter turn to the right. Sit in the East and study life. Sit in the South and wonder. How is it to view the world from Moscow? Leningrad? Vladislovok? How from Durban? Cairo? New Guinea?

We are all Earth’s Children, and each view has value.

Now turn the Wheel on its edge, my Brothers, my Sisters. How is it now to view Life ... Wolf? Eagle? As those a Hundred Legs? Crawling, walking, swimming through Life .... How is it now?

Complete the Circle in three dimensions .... and then we will talk.


Kind Thoughts come

By Paula Underwood

Three Strands in a Braid:

A Guide for Enablers of Learning”


THE RULE OF SIX

For the Left Side of the Brain


For each apparent phenomenon devise at least six plausible explanations, each one of which indeed explains the phenomenon. There are probably sixty, but if you devise six, this will sensitize you to how many there may yet be and prevent you from focusing in on the first thing that “sounds right” as The Truth. Disciplining yourself to think in this way --- maybe this is happening, but on the other hand, maybe that is happening --- keeps you from being rigid in your thinking, which in my tradition is considered to be extraordinarily counterproductive.


Now you assign a personal probability factor to each explanation. This probability factor will be based on your personal experience. This is all you have to go on. Someone else’s probability factor will be different because their experience is different. You will understand this. This is OK. It is inevitable. Each of us has different experience and, therefore, different estimates of probability.


This personal probability factor can never be 100% --- and never, never 0%.


You see how it is? How all conclusions are wisely tentative, as new information may come in at any moment. Yet, whenever a decision is necessary, you can instantly and clearly select between your top three probabilities. All, we hope, above 95%! Decisions are, thus, enhanced and expedited, while the mind is kept alert to new possibilities.



By Paula Underwood

Three Strands in a Braid:

A Guide for Enablers of Learning”


 

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