necessarily involves self-assertion, and that requires a stable social base. We find it difficult to stabilize ourselves because of the tremendous diversity of individuals and social situations in our social milieu.
Without compromising individuality or integrity, there must be a proper way for each of us to get positioned. Stable positions are provided by Precepts that develop through combining only odd- or only even-numbered . (Review this oscillating duality.)
Here we deal with combining the odd which demand getting a grip on yourself. The next topic deals with combining even which require paying attention to others.
To survive in society and play our part, including being able to, we must of how we can usefully.
First and foremost that means working and contributing positively to social life. You can bypass
Because there are two Centres in both and , there are four possible Channels. However, two of these are not permissible.
Fundamental to working well and being enterprising is the ability to see opportunities. These do not exist independently in the empirical world. You mustthat you deliberately engineer or that you find yourself in, and then that you can do with them.
So the Precept Find Your Opportunities.is named:
If you are to, then you must develop and use specific talents, skills, and knowledge. You also have temperamental qualities (e.g. patience, fervour) and biological strengths (e.g. physical endurance, quick reflexes). The requirement to must draw on your about what you are capable of. You cannot depend on the views of others here. Your deepest strengths are only revealed as you rise to challenges, face down detractors and persist despite failure.
So the Precept Apply Your Strengths.is named:
cannot combine with because the experiential processes are too similar and the orientations too different. Neither particularly assists or necessarily affects the other (directly).
cannot combine with , again because of the similarity. Productivity is about managing a flow of situations.
These Channels deal with your private life and bypass . While is essential for social life, you must also respect your inner and largely private existence. To enable inner calm and strength, you must determine and apply your own idiosyncratic view of what is good, without being too concerned about what others may say or value.
If you can, then you can arrange them so as to in various ways. These situations are your personal environment, and there is no reason why they should not be organized so as to be pleasant for you. Whatever it is—your home, your place of work, your bedroom, your restaurant, your travelling route, your weekends—you must arrange matters to suit yourself so far as possible.
So the Precept Make Congenial Arrangements.is named:
As youin specific situations, you will be influenced by discovering what you from. Similarly, should also lead to about what affects you and how. Discovering things like your priorities, your preferred roles, enjoyed and disliked activities, all makes sense.
So the Precept Discover Your Preferences.is named:
Note: One odd Level is not included: : perhaps because it has already been activated to generate the foundation for stability.
Direct interaction does not make sense becauseis like an opposite to : it depends on seeing a fault or a difference and fixing, improving or building something. Perhaps more significantly, bypassing is dangerous. This does not interfere in any way with the requirement to or to , so it does not need to be bypassed. The reverse is the case: fosters and supports both surrounding .
THEE Note: In the many Tree frameworks developed to date, it has never been possible or sensible to have Level-7 ↔ Level-5 Channels that bypass Level-6. It is therefore no surprise that this principle applies here.
Such a direct combination would be dysfunctional, even if commonly expected or attempted. The very nature of having fun in life does not mean avoiding pain!entails putting to one side:
Also, as well as bypassingand , the link proposes that you should not concern yourself with . This is too extreme, zero when is just building castles in the air, and that is definitely not . A direct link would suggest that should guide your or vice versa, irrespective of any of yourself or your situation (not to mention effects on others or your notion of what is good). This is just not sensible. You might fail to note your exhaustion or self-deceptions, or overlook exploitation or neglect of others.
In both milieus, the two Precepts mutually support each other. In your work life, your known strengths are likely to shape opportunities, and opportunities are likely to activate and develop specific strengths. In the arena of private choices, discovering your preferences will help you make congenial arrangements, and making such arrangements will raise issues of what you prefer.
However, stability in regard to what you need for yourself is not enough. You must also pay attention to others so as to meet their needs in a basic way.
Originally posted: 31-Jan-2013