Holistic Perspective

The Theory of Holistic Perspective provides a framework for understanding how sentient beings, including humans, perceive and interact with the world. It’s centered around the concept that all beings simplify reality by intuitively assigning three of the six universal dimensions to their experiences, particularly when interacting with their environment. This process is largely unconscious and automatic but can become more conscious with experience and development, especially after language is acquired.

Key Components of the Theory

Six Universal Reality Dimensions

The Six Universal Reality Dimensions, as presented in the Theory of Holistic Perspective, describe the fundamental aspects through which all sentient beings perceive and engage with reality. These six dimensions are categorized into three complementary pairs that represent the spectrum of our experiences and understandings:

  1. Material and Immaterial – Existence/Space: This dimension differentiates between what is tangible and physical (material) and what is conceptual or ideational (immaterial). It encompasses the physical objects and substances in our world as well as the thoughts, ideas, and concepts that do not have a physical form.
  2. Internal and External – Interconnections/Holons: Incorporating the Internal and External dimension with the concept of holons, which are entities that are simultaneously wholes and parts of other wholes, highlights our interaction with reality through nested layers of complexity.

    Holons exemplify how we perceive and influence our internal experiences and the external world. This distinction aids in understanding the interconnectedness of self with broader systems, emphasizing that our internal perceptions (thoughts, feelings, and intuitions) and external actions (interactions with the environment and others) are integral parts of a continuous spectrum of reality. By recognizing this we can better navigate the boundaries and interconnections between the internal and external, appreciating the complexity and interdependence of our existence.
  3. Relativistic and Reflexive – Interaction/Time: Relativistic Reality relates to the objective interaction of inanimate objects, following physical and natural laws, devoid of interpretation. The “Law of Least Resistance” describes this kind of interaction. This dimension is always in the present moment.
    Reflexive Reality, in contrast, involves subjective interactions based on intent, free will, and personal interpretation. The “Law of Eliminating Discrepancies” describes this kind of interaction.This dimension is always in the past or future.

By becoming aware of how these dimensions influence our perceptions, we can better navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by our interactions with the world and with others. This awareness can lead to a more holistic understanding of ourselves and the universe, enhancing our capacity for empathy, ethical decision-making, and meaningful engagement with our environment and society.

Eight Personal Perspective Positions

The Theory suggests that there are eight distinct perspectives that sentient beings can adopt, generated by combining three of the six universal dimensions. These perspectives are:

    1. Sensed Reality (Internal and External): Sensed Reality is about perceiving the world through direct sensory experiences. The internal aspect focuses on personal sensations like hunger, while the external aspect involves understanding others’ perceptions, such as empathy through mirror neurons.
    2. Observed Reality (Internal and External): Observed Reality involves understanding cause-and-effect relationships in material and reflexive dimensions. Internally, it deals with controlling personal systems and processes, while externally, it focuses on managing external events, systems, or scenarios.
    3. Intuited Reality (Internal and External): Intuited Reality is centered on interpreting intangible concepts like values and priorities. Internally, it pertains to personal interpretations and narratives, whereas externally, it relates to understanding others’ interpretations and mental models.
    4. Transimmanent Reality (Internal and External): Transimmanent Reality encompasses the understanding of potential and possibilities in both tangible and intangible realms. Internally, it involves realizing one’s own full potential, while externally, it is about recognizing the full potential and possibilities in others and the external world.

Personal, Shared, and Universal Truths

  • Personal Truths are individual narratives shaped by combining three of the six Universal Reality Dimensions.
  • Shared Truths emerge when individuals perceive something similarly, reflecting collective beliefs or opinions.
  • Universal Truths are fundamental truths rooted in the three axes of the Theory, representing aspects of reality all sentient beings are bound to experience.

Holistic Perspective

  • Understanding Biases and Mental Models: The Theory of Holistic Perspective enriches our approach to understanding biases and mental models by emphasizing the conscious recognition of how we intuitively assign the six universal reality dimensions to our experiences. This enhanced awareness is fundamental in identifying potential blind spots and limiting beliefs that can obscure our perception of reality. By acknowledging these automatic cognitive processes, we can begin to challenge and expand our mental models, paving the way for a more accurate and inclusive understanding of the world around us.
  • Seeing True Reality: The Theory aims to encourage a more holistic view of reality by recognizing and integrating the material and immaterial, the internal and external, and the relativistic and reflexive dimensions of experience. This holistic viewpoint acknowledges the complexity and interconnectedness of all aspects of reality, encouraging a deeper appreciation for the many ways in which we can experience and understand our existence.
  • Promoting Holistic Decision-Making: In promoting holistic decision-making, the Theory not only enhances personal growth and understanding but also equips us to navigate the complexities of modern life with greater empathy, compassion, and effectiveness. By embracing its framework, we can make decisions that are informed by a fuller appreciation of the diverse facets of reality, leading to outcomes that are beneficial for ourselves and the broader community.

Application

In practice, applying the Theory involves engaging in Mindfulness Awareness practices, developing Causality Awareness through systems thinking, embracing the potential of each moment with Open Awareness, and actively refining our awareness of the world with Witnessing Awareness.

It means integrating these practices into our daily routines, relationships, and decision-making processes, thereby transforming our approach to life into one that is more aware, deliberate, and harmonious. By doing so, we align our actions with a broader understanding and respect for the interconnectedness of all life, leading to a more meaningful, purposeful, and sustainable existence.

The Diamond of Purpose and Meaning

The Diamond of Purpose and Meaning is a supporting model within the Theory of Holistic Perspective. It offers a framework for understanding and developing fundamental mental models that self-aware beings use to create identities and find meaning and purpose in life. The Diamond helps in balancing various aspects of life, guiding individuals towards a fulfilling existence that aligns with their deeper values and aspirations.

Structure of the Diamond of Purpose and Meaning:

Central Top Part – Awareness

  • Focuses on how self-aware beings create a mental model of self and the world through the Eight Personal Perspective Positions in the Theory of Holistic Perspective.
  • Explores four well defined awareness exercises; Witnessing, Causality, Mindfulness, and Open Awareness.

Top Left Side – Long-Term Facets

  • These are more enduring aspects of a person’s life and personality, shaping one’s identity, long-term motivation, worldview, and life trajectory.
  • Includes elements like Life situation, Needs, Genes, Attitudes, Values, Beliefs, Vision, and Mission.

Top Right Side – Short-Term Facets

  • These represent immediate, situational aspects of motivation, experiences, and mental models.
  • Comprises Situation, Desires, Impulses, Feelings, Preferences, Opinions, Priorities, and Focus.

Middle Part Left – Long-term Fulfillment

  • Encompasses Goals, Character, and Potential.
  • The interplay between Goals, Character, and Potential is foundational to personal development and fulfillment. Goals represent the aspirations or outcomes we strive to achieve, acting as a compass that guides our decisions and actions over time. These aspirations are deeply influenced by our Character, the qualities and traits that define our ethical and moral nature. Character shapes how we pursue our goals, ensuring that our actions align with our values and principles. Meanwhile, our Potential encompasses the inherent abilities and capacities that may not yet be fully realized.

Middle Part Right – Short-term Achievement

  • Involves Intent, Integrity, and Mastery.
  • Intent serves as the foundational driving force, representing our purposeful determination and the conscious motivations behind our actions. Integrity is the ethical framework or compass that ensures our intentions and actions are consistent with our moral and ethical standards. Mastery is the culmination of diligently applying our intent through the lens of integrity, honing our skills, and realizing our talents to the fullest.

Bottom Part – Wisdom and Wuwei

  • Wisdom is mastery in holistic decision making and epresents the culmination of personal development through the Four Pillars of Wuwei, each consisting of three cornerstones from Ikigai.
  • Wuwei (effortless action) is achieved through a deep sense of Duty, Calling, Meaning, and Purpose, aligning with elements like what the world needs, what one is good at, what one loves, and what one is paid for.

Key Concepts in the Diamond

  • Vision and Priorities: Aligning long-term Vision with short-term Priorities to ensure daily decisions support broader life aspirations.
  • Mission and Focus: Harmonizing long-term Mission with immediate Focus to maintain coherence between efforts and long-term goals.

Importance:

  • Finding Meaning and Purpose: The Diamond guides individuals in discovering and nurturing their true purpose and meaning in life.
  • Balancing Life Aspects: It helps in maintaining a balance between immediate needs and long-term goals, ensuring a well-rounded approach to personal development.
  • Creating a Fulfilling Life: By aligning the Diamond’s facets, individuals can achieve a deep sense of fulfillment and achievement, leading to a sustainable and meaningful existence.

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