4th Way

If you’re in the excitatory the system is open to possibility, and you can do new stuff. If you’re in the inhibitory the system is closed to possibility, or you’re thinking about how you do stuff based on existing information. If you’re thinking about it, you’re in analysis and the system is not open to new information. So you may end up thinking about it for a while…

If you have 100% of your attentional units directed outwards, you’re in your experience, in synthesis based on the new information coming in.

Neurosis comes from people thinking, going ‘what does it mean, what does it mean?’ Or ending up in endless analysis, because the system is closed an not open to new information.

Psychosis is when you start to extrapolate from within a closed system, that you have new information…

But remember closing the system is necessary, so you can make sense of the existing information you have. What’s crucial is the reopening to possibility, then you can test the result of your analysis, against real data coming in.

I’d suggest ‘outwards’ is when you are in your experience, and that is all there is. Because there are no attentional units left to place on yourself. In that context you are not ‘thinking’, just being.

For example if you were going to do a martial art or something equally physical, you want to be attention outwards so you have the ‘capacity’ to react or act. If you have any attention on yourself, you don’t have the same ‘capacity’ to react or act. I notice when I do this there is no ‘duality’, it’s not me and my body. It’s just me.

I think I’ve heard Joseph express this more elegantly: “I don’t give a fuck if you understand!!”