The diagonals of the TET reveal the two components necessary for the pursuit of happiness or the . They have been named:
The Equilibrium set of
Pleasure ↔ Meaning ↔ Enlightenment ↔ Spirituality.
Equilibrium, from the immersion in reality. Unexpected disappointment, accidents, illness and misfortune are to be expected. The everyday world, with its difficulties, confusions, accidents, and messiness causes us pain, frustration, fear, and disappointment. Such states are captured here as misfortune and suffering. Equilibrium Quests assist in bearing this misfortune and suffering.
Note: Misfortune is often a projection of wishes on to the world such that when the world does not take care of you, you have something external to blame as the cause of your suffering. , , and are sometimes used in this way.
To ameliorate suffering and inhibit blaming, eachdemands active concentration and focus in a particular way: often called «taking yourself in hand». Each permits you to psychologically escape from or metaphorically «rise above» your situation.
Theseare activated by stress, as long as it is not of traumatic severity.
A trauma disrupts your connection with reality, making it hard to think straight and decide sensibly. Traumas (e.g. in early childhood or in combat zones) prevent the normal working through of experiences in the mind. Instead there is a «hole» in the mind that must be avoided to prevent recurrence of the traumatic state with its intense fear and inability to do anything.
Equilibrium within reality is then maintained with the aid of protective mechanisms that are neurotic (distorting-displacing) or psychotic (paranoid-depressive). Psychoanalysis was devised expressly to deal with this situation. (More in my publications on repression and narcissism.)
Concentrating on images and thoughts of pleasure, and doing what is required to realize them, temporarily distracts and provides for anticipatory escape from problems. Once engaged in the pleasurable experience, concentration on desired sensual qualities and inner feelings of happiness can be complete. Following the experience, you are re-balanced, re-energized and able to re-engage with work and other demands.
Meaning lets you rise above events because the requires you to concentrate with a focus on , that together reveal how your world should be and can be, in contrast to how it is.
Making a difference is difficult and the path hazardous. However, concentration on ideals inspires you and a focus on specific goals energizes you. Keeping aware of how you feel provides additional inner support. The numerous risks, uncertainties and social obstacles often recede in consciousness and become fuzzy or simply ignored (as in"it's a mystery, but it will all work out somehow"). Usually you are engaged with others, and sharing the burden in pursuit of common values is gratifying.
Enlightenment provides for balance by dispelling the illusions permeating the social environment. You must concentrate intrinsic to whatever seems most important and puzzling.
Here is a more determined rising above realities, both pleasant and unpleasant as others perceive them. This clarity, based on self-knowledge, enables a liberation from unnecessary and counter-productive distress in the face of unfortunate events. Insight leading to foresight often guides expectations, allows calm acceptance and patience, or enables withdrawal if situations are hostile or intractable.
Spirituality enables the most radical departure from the world as we ordinarily know it. Equilibrium is obtained by concentrating : that is perfect, whole and unifying.
Realizing that the everyday world is an ensnaring delusion is not easy. So spiritual philosophies and dogmas accompany spiritual paths. These pay much attention to explaining and handling the presence of suffering and misfortune. They also offer comfort in the face of your difficulties in achieving spiritual states of union.
The diagonal containsthat range from » to « ».
Moving up the diagonal, these
Correspondingly, there is a progressive increase in the personal effort needed to sustain pursuit of the. As a result, still moving up but now from an outsider's perspective, persons involved with these seem:
Originally posted: 27-Jul-2012.