Mystical Slots

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The mystical slots of The 8 x 8 Grid. The lower right corner of the slot array is closest to the origin of the coordinate system.
AESTHETIC CHAOTIC IGNORING DEGRADING
MAGICAL LIBERATING CORRUPTING DAMAGING
RITUALISTIC CELEBRATING CULTURAL GREEDY
INNOCENT RECEIVING ACTIVE COINCIDENTAL

Mystical patterns appear as unexpected coincidences that don't necessarily invite a rational explanation. Instead of a rational explanation their function might be associative: they might remind the observer of something else so that the observer would pay attention to that other thing. Sometimes this makes it easy to perform complicated tasks without needing to remain self-aware. The unnecessarity of self-awareness explain why inclination towards mysticism may make people more relaxed and ready to react to unexpected events.

Of course it can be explained rationally why some two coinciding things are united by meaning - why they are synchronicities - but there mightn't be a rational theory that accounts how such synchronicity came into existence. Yet there seems to be something meaningful in it.

No sequence of numbers has been proven to be truly random. And sometimes we find rational rules that govern these synchronicties, but in order to explain them we must first notice them. Scientists are often able to derive information from synchronicities once the rules have been established and proven to work but few are able to establish the rules.

Ritualistic patterns belong to the ritualistic slot, which means they can be expressed as vectors whose coordinates are (-4,2). Having already written the parts on subjective and normative quality today, I felt rather exhausted upon beginning this article. In order to improve my performance I shaved the sides of my head and did my hair (wide mohawk). When my mohawk is undone I look slightly like Gyro Gearloose. When I have mohawk I don't look like that. I just don't imagine Gyro Gearloose using Tarot cards so I felt I shouldn't look like that when writing about mystical quality.

Ritualistic patterns have the potential of aesthetic, ie. it's possible that I attain aesthetic quality because of performing the aforementioned ritual of doing my hair. But the actuality of that ritual, for me, is that I feel unable to write about mystical quality unless looking like a person who might know something about it. The likeness, I suppose, could strengthen some synchronistic bond whose essence I am unable to comprehend or to penetrate with my mind. Perhaps God gets bored if people don't do their hair for themselves only.

And what do I know of mystical quality? Well, it should be respected. It can be approached, but it can't be approached just like that (according to others) even though it can (according to me at this particular moment). That is to say, I don't wish to inconvenience mystical quality by making myself awkward in front of it.

Coincidental Slot

See Coincidental level

Active Slot

Activity is an attempt to realize some desire that affects the harmony of one's environment. The desire could involve candy, beer, cleanliness, world dominion or something else. Activity is thus defined as an attempt to accomplish something one wants. However, activity is not necessarily conscious. The person who acts might not know how or why they act. This could be described as "the right hand now knowing what the left is doing" or something similar. Sometimes people do things they don't remember or notice because they so strongly want not to notice them.

Receiving Slot

We may contrast activity with receiving, which is a passive way of interacting with reality. It could also be called perceiving. Vision is passive in the sense that the slots in the eye do not alter the reality they interpret where as the echolocation calls of bats actively scan reality. The scan is convenient but unless it is a mere reflex that bats make such calls, making them is an activity pattern, not a receiving pattern. Also human radar systems, if they were sentient, would perceive actively in addition to perceiving in the passive sense that is intended here. The active part of the perception is the sending of the signal and the passive part is receiving the response.

Innocent Slot

Innocent patterns, on the other hand, involve an agency that is both active and passive but doesn't have a morally remarkable past. No culture openly worships a deity it proclaims to be maximally evil. At least, not to my knowledge. Since worship is possible if the object of worship possesses aesthetic quality, it follows that objects of worship should not be evil. They can only be non-evil if they are innocent. But innocent patterns are not even objects of worship. They lack both degeneracy and moral elevation.

In my opinion, innocent patterns are cultivated at least in Zen monasteries in which people are very firmly grounded to an everyday reality that involves unglamorous chores such as cooking simple food, farming and fixing broken things. These would often be thought as quite different from what a metaphysician or a programmer might have to do in order to maximize his cognitive abilities, as that might even involve microdosing LSD or doing something else that is at least culturally considered extraordinary even though that, too, could be quite mundane in another culture.

Greedy Slot

Also known as LUST

Greedy pattens have an excess of actuality. They are coincidences that break something that worked without offering an equal or better replacement. Yoshida Kenkō tells of an intimate ceremony in which a blind person played a certain stringed musical instrument. Some part of that instrument was missing. A young man interjected that such a part can be fashioned from the part of a certain household utensil. He had grown the nails of his one hand long which implied that he played this instrument himself and wanted to demonstrate that he knows everything about it.

The remark didn't fit the ceremony. That the soloist was blind seems intended to imply that the audience was intended to have sympathy for him or her. The instructions provided and attitude displayed felt competitive and downright cruel in that context. The young man seemed like someone who wants to be a hero who lets the blind person play but is a much better player himself. Furthermore, there seemed to be no aesthetic value in the slight drama this disturbance caused. That is to say, the drama was aesthetically barren by virtue of lacking similarity with anything desirable.

However, that unfortunate state of affairs might have been corrected by Yoshida Kenkō himself. After all, by writing down what happened Kenkō may have rescued an unwanted moment by turning it into a useful lesson, which is probably what monks are supposed to do. This in turn bestows aesthetic value on Kenkō himself, supposing he didn't write down the anecdote in order to assist me in metaphysical inquiry even though I found his anecdote helpful in that way.

Of course Kenkō's anecedote may be also deemed rationally helpful by virtue of telling what kind of behavior is aesthetically harmful. But Kenkō himself might have been able to expect that whereas he'd be very unlikely to have expected me to find his anecdote useful for metaphysical research.

Cultural Slot

See Cultural Level

Celebrating Slot

Also known as YAY!

When activity suits the surrounding environment we have a cultural pattern. If we have an otherwise cultural pattern whose potential quality is that of freedom, we have a celebrating pattern. Celebrations are intended as occasions in which people spontaneously gain energy. Being the host of such celebrations is a honor even though the host rarely can arrange the celebration in total spontaneity. All the more fascinating if the host can. In order to spontaneously gain energy people need to be free. But celebration is not yet freedom, only an attempt at cultivating freedom. An example of a celebration pattern would be an unpretentious and modest person singing karaoke loudly, happily and not extremely well.

Ritualistic Slot

Also known as CAN

Rituals, on the other hand, are not intended for making people free. Rituals are intended to realize the will of those who engage in them - in whatever acceptable form. In this way, rituals subordinate people to their own will. Of course it depends of situational factors whether some attempt of realizing ones will is "acceptable" but doing one's hair, like I did before writing this, is hardly unacceptable. It is easy to understand how it could be aesthetic that something one wants to happen does happen, because how else could volition be aesthetic?

Damaging Slot

Also known as HOSTILE

Damaging patterns are those that damage the ability to perceive mystical quality. The temporal nature of the damage is undefined: it can be temporary, permanent, frequent, irregular or in another kind of temporal configuration. In any case, the damage manifests as a person expecting something bad to happen due to prior experience so that this expectation, however, is unwarranted in the current situation.

Corrupting Slot

Also known as BOREDOM

Boredom patterns are such that lack of stimuli causes the focus to receptivity to atrophy. Even willpower does not restore perception to its earlier perceived state except perhaps temporarily. How could you be beautiful to someone who doesn't notice who you are? Even if that person thought you're beautiful they'd feel that way for the wrong reasons.

Usually, if a beautiful thing visited a bored person the person would not notice that thing. At least not in the sense it ought to be noticed. Of course things like boob size can be noticed if that is so central to beauty, but all too often remarks to breast size are done in an objective context that makes them repulsive instead of beautiful. The mystical quadrant is about the power of beauty, not about the power of power.

Corruptive patterns are such that something cherished gradually loses its splendour and becomes trite. It may be the result of carelessly or immorally used freedom. For example, blasphemy for the sake of freedom might turn out to be corruption. Corruption is frequently associated with power, and power makes individuals free although they do quite often wield it at considerable personal expense or in an immoral or flawed manner.

Corruption differs from boredom so that boredom is inherent to the bored person but corruption is inherent to whatever becomes corrupted. Unlike boredom, corruption doesn't necessarily hamper the creation of new beautiful things. These can be created by what many people might call magic.

Liberating Slot

See Freedom Level

Magical Slot

Magical patterns are such that what appears to be mere freedom seems to unravel something profound that cannot be penetrated with the mind but is of interest and pleasure to it. There are things like black magic but it has been said that black magic and white magic produce morally equal results if used correctly. It would be a magical pattern if this sigil, made for the purpose of Loki receiving money, would perform its intended function.


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Supposing Loki is a synecdoche that means a shape-shifter, this magical spell was fulfilled by a realization that when I was a child, my brother and his friend gave me a diploma and a sum of money equivalent to about fifty euros as a reward for preventing World War III. At the moment of receiving that prize, however, I had not prevented World War III. But after making a few metaphysical innovations I have argued that said innovations may have prevented World War III, and again elsewhere mentioned about receiving a monetary reward for preventing that war. The latter statement, from a subjective viewpoint, may be considered to have performed the intended function of this magic spell as it may lead the reader to imagine a shape-shifter to receive money. However, it should be noted that should some other World War commence it would be called World War III despite being a different World War III than the one I prevented. Anyway, surely an unusual experience, such as a prevention of a World War, would change a person's identity enough for that person to qualify at least as an amateur shape-shifter. How could one's identity remain completely unchanged after that?

Degrading Slot

Also known as VIOLATE

Degrading patterns are worse than damaging patterns in the sense that damage has not only been done but the subject of the damage is aware of the damage and it hampers his or her ability to perceive aesthetic quality in his or her own self. That is to say, damage turns into degradation when it becomes a part of one's identity. The damage caused by degradation is so severe that people might need to be "reborn" as Christians or to "return" to Islam in order to alleviate the damage. In these cases mere psychotherapy mightn't have enough power to redeem whatever suffering someone experienced. This may be hard to understand for people who believe in science more than anything else. But even these people would have a hard time ignoring the fact that not all people want to be like them.

Ignoring Slot

Also known as REGRET

Ignoring patterns occur when people ignore something beautiful. There are infinitely many such patterns but people judge each other based on what kind of beauty do they ignore. They do these judgements unconsciously and would themselves think that they simply do not prefer these people but not think much about that. The paradox of total ignorance is that you can only see it in other people. Partial ignorance - to know that there is the unknown - at least implies a readiness to perceive something about the beautiful thing instead of ignoring it. Because of this, said kind of ignorance should be thought of as a variant of boredom and furthermore, that lack of cognitive ability is a chronic form of boredom.

A bored or intellectually impaired person doesn't necessary ignore lots of beauty in the sense that he'd never think it ever was there. An example of such a person could be Feodor I of Russia, at least if he really was of pious character. Actual piety is involuntary - a compulsion to believe that is so thorough it defines the person who believes. It is also such that it makes it possible for the believer to have aesthetic quality. Therefore piety indicates some absence of boredom. But dogmatic interpretation of religion is a form of ritualized boredom.

True ignorance is not dimwittedness but deliberate disturbance of spirituality which is the archetypal instance of spiritual ignorance. From a Muslim point of view, an instance of ignorance would be to state that pictures of Muhammed should be tolerated. With the exception of innocence there is no excuse for making such a statement except a compulsive tendency to relativize the issue to the objective quadrant which is equivalent to a rejection of Islam and possibly a denial or rejection of mystical quality in general.

The Quran advises Muslims to remain open towards perceiving aesthetic quality in people who do not share their aesthetics if this is so because they haven't read the Quran. But if the non-Muslim is aware of said conception of aesthetics and still ignores it it's probably hard for the Muslim to like him. This makes it mutually hard for them to perceive aesthetic quality in each other.

Chaotic Slot

Also known as MESS

Chaotic patterns are such that although beauty occurs, it is difficult to distinguish the beauty from the static. Hunger and cold are some things that impair perception of beauty by drawing the mind towards survival mode which favors objective thinking that is the opposite of mystical thinking. However, if hunger and cold are accepted and tolerated - such as in a kind of a warrior aesthetic - this doesn't apply.

Aesthetic Slot

See Aesthetic Level

See Also