This-essay is a7903161.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %ORTHOGONAL EFFORT CHANGE WORK 790316 Often we need to change in ways which are inconceivable to us. We may be unable to imagine the direction in which we need to change, to move. The direction of change which is needed may be totally unfamiliar to us, or perceived only through the veils of taboo, ambiguity, ignorance, ridicule, fear, etc. To change in such a way is a miracle when love calls and prompts us to move in such directions. Putting out great effort and moving great distances along traditional paths may involve great amounts of work---but may not be positively responsive to our unique situation. To become aware of new directions and to move in them is far more difficult, for often the discovery of the new directions means to move orthogonally to all familiar ways. It is often a miracle to become aware that such new directions exist---in ways which can lead us from where we are, to new realities which are invisible to us in our present orientations. If our "eyes" are turned away from such directions we can not perceive realities which lie in those directions. It is difficult to turn our "eyes" to say "yes" to new directions even though our eyes have "yes" in them. We need to be open to new experiences. Such openness is difficult if we have learned to be afraid---through punishments of stumbling. Punishments are more inhibiting than are natural consequences within supportive communities. Punishments occasion alienation and estrangement. Natural consequences can bring people together if they are shared. Fear of new experiences originates more in punishments, than in natural consequences. Thus fear of new kinds of change is more likely to have originated in punishments (and threats of withheld rewards) than in unfortunate natural consequences due to stumbling (and risks of such consequences). Working hard in traditional ways will not carry us into new dimensions. Pushing in traditional directions will move us in traditional directions. To move in new ways we mush push in new directions---something which is virtually impossible to do if we have no idea that such directions exists, much less know which ways they are. To discover such ways we need to be open to new experiences which cannot be understood in terms of traditional ways and experiences. Yet, it is very human to insist on understanding all new experiences in terms of traditional ways and experiences---and so not recognize genuinely new experiences which are orthogonal to our past lives. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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