Human Faculties – Parts of Wholeness
Human Interest is dynamic in its never-ending pursuit of greater happiness. A typical cycle that plays out inside the mind-heart-intellect trio:
- Interest in the outcome spurs a human into action with an intent to fulfill their interest.
- Conflicting dictates from mind and heart results in a resistance posing difficulties on the path to fulfillment and necessitating efforts to overcome. It is the extent of conflict that is reflected in the shape and size of the difficulties. Effectiveness is a measure of this mind-heart conflict.
- Conflict crops up on account of needs v/s desires, short term v/s long term interests, physiological v/s emotional needs, righteousness v/s duty, and similar. Maslow’s hierarchy explains the dynamic behavior of needs, desires, and aspirations.
- The mind thinks while heart knows
- Others can sense an interest in your mind but can merely speculate about the interest of your heart. You and only you know the interest of your heart.
It is advisable to introspect your own experiences and validate these assertions. Self-chosen actions are much most effective than imposed action.
Constituents of the Fulfillment Journey
Lets us understand the constituents and process of action-effect-outcome – a set of human faculties whose synchronized coherent functioning leads to fulfillment including some commonly used terms for their measurement.
Real and Imaginary Points Connecting Present and Future
When we want something, a mental image gets formed in which the point of action and the point of interest are perceived differently.
A void separates the two points. While the point of action is a real object that we can see and/ or sense. Whereas the point of interest at this stage is an imaginary object in our mind. The point of action represents the current while point of interest represents the desired future. The process of fulfillment involves a journey from point A to the destination point B ie from point of action to point of outcome.
- Whole = W+ Hole: Desires are like a void or a hole negating the natural wholeness.
- Fulfillment: “Full + fill” literally means get full by filling the void. Filling the “hole” leads to a “Whole”. The void is also called as space or nothingness.
- Realization of a dream: Dreams is an image of the future, a mental image. Realization involves a transformation of that mental image into a reality – a physical reality. This process of transformation is known as manifestation.
Fulfillment: Transformation in Time-Attention Continuum
The fulfillment of a desire means manifestation from a mental image into a reality. This transformation process requires energy. Human consciousness is that source of energy and is channelized via human attention. It is the extent of attention energy supplied that determines how much time is required to complete the journey from point A to B. Higher the attention, lesser the time or vice versa forming a time-attention continuum. This time-attention continuum is referred to as a time-space continuum in science.
- Time and attention are the currencies of life. How time is spent determines the quality of life. How attention is spent determines the quality of time. Having more time means nothing if attention is squandered.
Effect: A link between Action and Outcome
The effect is the impact of the energy that does reach the intended destination that results in a gradual transformation from an imaginary point to a real point, a process of manifestation. It’s the effect that connects the action and outcome.
Manifestation is a long process. The dream object gains visibility when the attention energy supplied exceeds its threshold.
Intention: A Direction of Energy Flow
It is the intention, the “why” that connects the two points in our mind. The intention is like a direction guiding human attention from the current location towards the desired one. Thus, it is the intent behind the action that determines the right direction for fulfilling the desire for the person concerned. The strength of intention has a direct impact on the effectiveness of the action.
Terms like good, bad, right, wrong, true, false, and similar are all indicative of the extent of directional alignment between the shortest path and actual path toward the point of interest or effectiveness of the action.
Effective: The Righteous Intention
Effective is the required effect or the right effect. It is a human choice to pay attention to either the action or outcome or both or neither. The action is most effective when attention is solely focussed on point of action, the present. The action is less effective when attention is split between the points of action and interest. The action is least effective when completely focussed on point of interest alone. The action is ineffective when the attention is on neither. The ineffective action scenario occurs in conditions where the doer is either lacking the awareness and knowledge of “What is in it for him?”, “why?” or there is a bigger interest that is distracting his attention. He just goes through the motions resulting in an ineffective outcome.
Thus, the effectiveness is the extent of alignment between the shortest path and the actual path toward the point of interest.
The most effective action is a balance between needs, desires, and competencies,. Vedas refer to this as Dharma. (please note that righteousness, effectiveness, and Dharma are connoting the same meaning in this context and are been used interchangeably.)
Attention: Consciousness Energy Flow
Humans are endowed with a finite amount of energy. Energy flows with attention and/ or action. Action is effective when accompanied by attention and ineffective otherwise. Undivided attention yields the most effective outcome whereas divided attention results in a below-par outcome.
Whatever you put your attention on, grows in your life. Energy flows where attention goes. When attention is paid to problems, the problems grow. Similarly, when attention is on solutions, problems, and challenges stand resolved rather easily.
Amazing things happen with focussed attention. You get insights that weren’t available to you before. You run into people who seem magically parachuted on your path. You overhear conversations or stumble upon resources that further your plan. Nature comes forward to help and support. That’s the secret of how energy flows with attention.
Mind and Heart – Two Distinct Sources of Human Attention
Mind and heart are two distinct sources of human attention. Mind connected with senses is driven by physical needs that require objects from the real world for fulfillment. While heart, a gateway to stored memories and the universal consciousness, is driven by the perceived value and self-worth among the group and society.
Differential dictates coming from the human mind and heart create confusion and conflict. An aligned mind and heart enhance the effectiveness of action. While discord between the expectations of two results in reduced energy flow as well as energy getting dissipated to pull along the disgruntled fellow.
Fulfillment is a condition when both mind and heart are contended and aligned with each other, conserving energy. An activity that is pleasing to mind as it meets the immediate needs and is pleasing to heart as it serves the long-term intentions. Demonstrating the principle of least effort in the process.
Action and Efforts: The Physical Energy Flow
While attention is a carrier of consciousness energy, the action is the carrier of physical energy. The effort is the measure of physical energy supply. Stamina is a measure of its capacity.
Action may or may not be accompanied by attention. Action is effective when the direction of energy flow is guided by attention. The righteous or effective action is that action choice which requires the least effort, travels the shortest path, takes the least time, etc. Nature follows the principle of least path, least effort, or least action.
Size of Personal Universe
The size of a personal universe is defined by the intention behind the action. It is the net difference between the positively and negatively inclined living entities. The personal universe is of least size when the beneficiary is the self and self only. The size starts growing with the inclusion of more beneficiaries and is at a high when one is least bothered for self and concerned for others only.
Bigger the size of a personal universe, lesser the obstacles en route to fulfillment, and longer is the life of benefits that comes with fulfillment. This measure, when applied at the stage of intention, is a reflection of difficulties on road to success. While this measure in the long run is a reflection of sustainability.
Intellect is the human faculty of discrimination and judgment. Knowledge and experience of an object form an infinite spiral loop. Each new experience enriches the knowledge and similarly, growing knowledge enriches the subsequent experience of the said object. Intellect is the human faculty of discrimination that stores a link between knowledge and corresponding experience classified as right or wrong, good or bad, true or false, etc.
Righteousness of Action/ “Ownership”
Nature believes in the conservation of energy. It follows a path of least resistance. Its human intellect that assesses the options available by applying the principle of least. The assessed option is labeled as a righteous option. Since the righteous action is self-choice and hence it is is also referred to as “ownership” of action, most effective because all human faculties are aligned with the choice and that no one else can be blamed for failure.
Righteousness is a highly dynamic and individualistic concept that changes with context and purpose. Context includes knowledge of the prevailing situation and similar experiences in the memory of the individual taking action.