ABSTRACT” CONTINGENT BEINGS FORMATION
Primitive Africans’ Magical Thinking was perhaps thoughts of unrealistic Contingent Beings (CB)–each able to affect each other–an Imitative (Homeopathic) Magic Principle (i.e. Law of Similarity). To control/resist unwanted powers from “Invisible” Realms, they also used Magical Practices to encourage good spirits while soothing or defending against bad spirits. Their Magical Arts (put Spirits to work) techniques of coercion–activating powers of good Spirits to counter the “bad” Spirits–was the first use of Causation to deliberately influence a desired Effect–an Effect pregnant with Consequences. Those Consequences were intended to generate favorable patterns affecting their atmosphere and environment in an assortment of wide spread daily living categories. The people’s selected Spirit Magicians used theory and dogma in many mental processes as an orderly progression of mental “stepping stones” so as to be translated into action. Its ‘big picture’ pattern featured a leader officiating things said and things done. The process embraced starting with many particular things/events and moving within or behind them to a single generality called an Abstract—i.e. the Virtual (an inactive boundaryless ‘Becoming Being’) in Metaphysical or Supernatural realms–as opposed to the Physical Abstraction. Process components are: the Spell (things said according to a formula in a set order); Rites (things done, like dances, rituals, or prayers) to generate an invisible, intangible force able to operate at a distance without any visible or tangible vehicle–and a CB.
The Sensation source of a CB can be out of ones memory; from something going on inside ones Selfhood; from something entering a human’s senses from the outside world; from ones interpretations of the monitored feedback one gets from outside influences; or a combination of these. A first and natural display of the human mind’s activity upon acquiring these “raw materials” is called a Percept–a sensation making one aware of something good (like what the ingredients for a flower bud do) or bad (like a threat, disturbance in harmony, or atmosphere of danger). A Sensation does not convey “what it is” that exists but rather its “That it is” existence–meaning it is a Primary Quality foundational to the development of a CB. Although a Primary Quality, a bodiless presence, cannot be grasped explicitly by the mind–i.e. it is not clear, definite, or in detail–by its own nature, the “That it is” Being is unified with ‘what it is doing’. Furthermore, the “Genetics” of the “That it is” determines the capabilities for how it is to develop, for what it is to do, for how it is to grow, and for the type of ‘payload’ impact it will have. A Percept can stop or be erased at this point. But otherwise it evolves into the Implicit to begin the Conceptual stage–an Identity which undergoes four forms of development so as to impart its nature. First, the Implicit–like the smell of a newly forming flower bud–is vague, hazy, organized Sensations which give ones mind an awareness of what is contained or included, though not expressed, in the Sensation. However, the Implicit is capable of being implied by inference and without being stated. Second is a Notion formation–a “what it is”–an “Entity” with a specific nature which hints at its Identity and which possesses specific attributes.
Third is the evolving and further internally developing Percept/Notion, similar to the beginning flowering of a flower bud–a bud called an “Idea” (‘a becoming’). An Idea is an awareness of specific, particular aspects–e.g. properties, characteristics, traits, or features–which represent an explicit concept of “Identity.” An Idea (‘model’; form) is a patterned quantity of “frozen” energy whose forces are shaped into a defined “Thing”–the shape that imparts power. Fourth, like the Fruiting flower, a matured idea is the formation of a “Unit”–a CB. The Unit (joined together) results from an idea’s similarities/differences contents having been meshed into sensible relationships. In contrast to Units of Cognition (e.g. conceptual or mathematics), an Imaged Unit can be real, distorted, or fantasy. Although all CB are non-factual, those CBs with powers capable of changing established beliefs are visualized within the context of Icon Images. As such, by contrast to most thoughts and imaginings of the mind, Icon CB are falsely perceived as real and thus can carry meaningful ‘payloads’ having wide-ranging ripples into many areas of ones life. Icon CB can be life-changing tools for switching Character traits or to shape them into the Good. jabaileymd.com