Volume 3, Issue 6, page 8


8. A "AIWA on
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THIS ARTICLE is the last of the "Primer
Series". There are two reasons for
bringing this series to a close. The
first, and most important, is because
Dr. A r t Coulter, the originator of
Synergetics, has written a new, simplified
version of Synergetics called "Group Tracking:
hn Introduction to Synergetics". This book explains in ordinary language the basic concepts
of Synergetics much better than I could*. The
second reason for discontinuing this series is
that I have an idea for an experiment. It is
an experiment which will take into consideration several different aspects of the human
being. Among these will be the mind-mental aspect, approached by a schedule of Synergetic
queries; the physical development aspect wi.1l
be approached by a series of physical exercises; the physical regeneration aspect will
be approached by a regimen of diet and a deliberate procedure of functional stimulation;
and the esoteric aspect will be approached
throw the reading of a series of recommended
books. Anyone who may be interested in learning more about this experiment with the possible aim of volunteering as a participant,
please write me. I will be glad to send you
information as it is developed.

Throughout this series we have been considering happiness and ways by which we might
achieve a greater measure of this illusive
state for ourselves. One way to do this is by
coming to grips with our various states of unhappiness and eliminating them. Another way of
stating this would be to say that we could become aware of our present perspective regarding a state of unhappiness and then adopt a
new perspective. Stated still another way, we
could dig out the basic Belief-Attitude-Motive
upon which a state of unhappiness relies for
its existence and change that.

The step-by-step procedure for doing this
is actually quite simple. The individual selects any type of situation in which he experiences unhappiness. He then recalls to memory a recent incident wherein he experienced
this type of situation. (Or one can do this
when he is actually in the process of experiencing unhappiness). He then calls to conscious awareness what his belief is about the
situation and why it causes him unhappiness,
his attitude or physical regponse to this type
of situation, and his motive for believing and
responding in just this way. Having done this,
he ha consciously put together a BAM on this
particular type of incident. His next step is
to track his PAM down to the incident where he
first adopted it. When he has done this he
is then in a position to achieve intellectual
differentiation regarding the BAM. He can
still keep the old one and the unhappiness it
begets, or he can try out a new one.

This process requires two distinct abilities: 1. The ability to be self-honest; and 2.
The ability to achieve intellectual differentiation.

The ability of self-honesty is somewhat
different than it at first appears to be. It
is not necessarily a moral consideration. I
*AUTHOR'S NOTE