I’ve recently been deeply immersed in meditation relative to the nature of the mind, how it functions, & how I can elevate my personal cognitive condition. One of the theories that I find intriguing within this psychological realm is Gestalt Psychology. The theory basically holds that the human mind & human behavior represent a whole which is a collective singular reality. It’s the source of the saying, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The founders of this school of thought include Max Wertheimer, Kurt Koffka, & Wolfgang Kohler. Wertheimer was pivotal in advancing the idea that rapid sequences of perceptual events create the illusion of motion. Rows of flashing lights are an example of this concept which is referred to as the “phi phenomenon.” As the theory began to take shape, a set of principles called the Gestalt Laws of Perceptual Organization became it’s backbone. They include:
The Law of Similarity: Items that are similar tend to be grouped together.
The Law of Pragnanz: Reality is organized or reduced to the simplest form possible.
The Law of Proximity: Objects that are similar tend to be grouped together.
The Law of Continuity: Lines are seen as following the smoothest path.
The Law of Closure: Objects that are grouped together are seen as a whole.
Upon examination, one will notice a common thread which permeates each of the aforementioned laws. That thread is their reference to the magnetic property of the mind. The reference is not direct but rather inferred. We perceptually manufacture order where, on face value, it would appear that there is, or can be, none. Think about it. We take singular objects and individuals and place them in groups based on similarity. This is typically done based on proximity. We mentally make rough images of lines smooth so that we can see continuity. Functionally, we are constantly reducing complexity to simplicity in an effort to make our reality easier to navigate. The bottom line is, we mentally strive to bring order to virtually all situations & arrangements. In my judgement, we do so because the magnetic property of the mind makes us predisposed to pull things together so to speak.
This is certainly not applicable across the board. Generally, the more civilized a person is the more “together” they will be…can you say one having knowledge, wisdom, understanding, culture, & refinement and is not a savage in the pursuit of happiness? Responsibility falls right in line with civilization and the establishment of order because a person who is truly responsible takes on the duty of helping others, whose lives are dis-orderly, clean themselves up. The Prescribed Law of Islam explicity states this. Mathematics again manifests itself from the qualitative angle of the square. It’s the universally accepted & applied science of keeping order. What it boils down to is our inherent desire for equality. Babies aren’t born with knowledge of lying, stealing, or how to master others. The fact that the devil was taught such trick-knowledge shows & proves that such behavior is learned. It’s, therefore, only logical that counteracting such savage ways actions is akin to teaching their antithetical counterparts such as civilization, righteousness, the knowledge of self, & the science of everything in life, love, peace, & happiness.
When we examine the way that our minds function concurrent with optimal maintenance, the true potential of their power makes itself known. Abilities such as telepathy, telekinesis, & other forms of ESP come into the picture. The reason we have such a hard time tapping into, developing, & controlling said abilities is because our minds are overloaded with undue stress & information that yields little to no practical value. The result is a Pelonic cognitive reality. Consider the things from which we extract the most joy. Studying, reading, & doing for others don’t top the leisure list for most people. However, gambling, strip clubs, & bar hopping do. Do I have my vices? Indeed, I do. Even still I can honestly say that I get the most joy out of sharing social equality with the people I love. Get togethers whether with family, friends, or both are my shit. Realationships with good people and the opportunity to advocate one common cause is right up there with peace & happiness as far as rewards for destroying the devil’s civilization. Never underestimate your ability to impact those within close proximity & make sure that impact is of a divine nature.
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