Wednesday, August 22, 2007
"A musician must practice by prearranged schedule regardless of his inclination at the moment. So with a devout soul. [One cannot] postpone worship for the right mood and the perfect setting..." Shared ritual observances promote fellowship and social bonding which can be both good and bad. Any "we" feeling is good insofar as it does not encourage a disdain (or hatred) for "them" (those outside the tribal "family"). We all know what such "sectarian malice" can do to the "family of man (women included)". Social cohesion DOES come when members pray at prescribed times of the year or day (as in both Judaism and Islam and in the cloisters of Christendom).
But it is my own conviction that ALL such devotions to the LIFE SPIRIT (God?) should be based on global experiences common to ALL of Earth´s "tribes". These would be events such as solstices, equinoxes, phases of the Moon, or the monthly change of "Sun-sign". I think it is a mistake to base shared worship on HISTORICAL EVENTS which are peculiar to any specific "tribe". These tend to be commemorative celebrations of political (too often military) victories over one´s enemies. I seriously advise dropping all such parochial celebrations from our larger, ecumenical, total "human-family" reality so as to encourage us to celebrate, not our differences but our commonalities. And even the beloved "Honoring of the Ancestors" prescribed by Confucius in I-Ching Hexagram 16 "Enthusiasm" (I call it "Religious Theatre") should not be limited to "heroes" from the political past. I would wish to honor a much wider and deeper "tribe of ancestors" which would include not only our Ape forebears but the mammals and reptiles before them and even the bacterial forms which can still be found operating in our brains and in the other parts of our BODIES.
We MUST AFFIRM that we are all part of the same LIVING GLOBAL FABRIC.
The 72 Angels of the DAY-NITE Arena
Certainly all people who share the same local longitude can learn to feel the Natural "mood changes" of the 72-sector DAY-NITE Arena.. Each of these 20-minute-wide RLT sectors not only has a different mood (and an I-CHING message to contemplate). Each one probably should signal your BODY to change its posture, attitude, or even activity EVERY 20 MINUTES (regardless of the "message").
For this reason I was delighted when in the year 2001, I heard from the mouth of a Brazilian friend an old "folk saying" which declared: "Every 20 minutes, an angel brings a new message."
Whether such an "angel" has wings or not, I believe that there is a basic "sine-wave" logic operating in our global turning which has been best explained by the YIN and YANG lines and "places" of the I-CHING "Calendar Hexagrams". Perhaps the "messages" as recorded in the "Book of Changes" have been "corrupted" by some Chinese historical (political) events and need "purifying" with further, more scientific observation. But it wouldn´t hurt to give them a fair try as now written. Only we can "prove" their validity in our daily lives.
A Mid-Day Ritual Prayer
An important part of my travelling "pantomime-dance" act is a statement by the narrator:
"I salute the Sun."
Such a daily honoring of Earth´s source of power at Mid-Day should take into account its 5-day-long position in one of the 6 "places" of whatever "SIGN" it is in. However, this varies according to whether your BODY is in the northern or the southern hemisphere. For example, for the date 20 August, a resident of Europe or the U.S.A. (north temperate zone) will "see" the Sun in "place 6" of LEO (H33) while a resident of Uruguay or Australia (south temperate zone) will "see" the Sun in "place 6" of AQU (H 19), the OPPOSITE sign. And only careful mathematical calculation will tell the resident of the northern or southern TROPIC ZONE at what time of the DAY- or -NITE the Sun is in LEO or in AQU. Lacking this exact information, the tropical-zone "Sun worshiper" probably should just honor them BOTH (as we do in our 36 RLT SONGS of the day cycle).
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Born 26 Nov.1929 (in the Sun-sign SAG) as R. Don Springer, he established on 08 Nov.1988 (at the time of his second "Saturn return") a new identity (the Sun-sign SCO) and a new name. The new name has symbolic meaning: The I CHING says that EVEN numbers are on the left side of the BODY and that ODD numbers are on the right side of the BODY. Numerology (from the Kabala) gives the number 5 (fingers on left hand and on right hand) to the name EVN and to the name ODM (the total is 10 which "distills" to the "unity" ONE). Also the "evening" (EVE) quadrant of the 24-hour day is equal (in I-CHING meaning) to the "autumn" (AUT) quadrant of the 365-day year (an evening in autumn). And finally, because Don has been a long-time professional dancer (classical ballet and musical comedy), he likes to say of himself: "Even autumn (EVN ODM) is a good time of my life to dance." And so as a travelling performer, he continues (now 2007, at age 78) to dance (in his "born-again-chimp" costume) so as to help save "his mother, the TREE" (MORE ABOUT THIS LATER).
2. What does this new system offer?
First and foremost, this new system REPLACES Traditional Western Astrology (TWA) which has been replete with serious "global errors" for over 2000 years. (Read Don´s book: "The I-CHING Ecliptic Tuner")
3. Is it then a new astrology?
NO, do not call it "astrology" because "astro" means "star", and the ONLY "star" in this new system is our Sun which stands STILL in the center of the ECLIPTIC "race-track" of moving planets. Therefore, we call our new system "I-CHING ECLIPTOLOGY", and we DO NOT move the Sun around in our birth charts (as do the archaic TWA "gurus").
4. Why I-CHING?
The Chinese I-CHING "Book of Changes" contains 64 hexagrams. But 12 of these are called the "Calendar Hexagrams" which exquisitely explain our GLOBAL TIME in reference to the Sun and NOT to the eastern horizon (the "ascendant"). These 12 hexagrams then become the 12 "signs" of the yearly 365-day cycle and also become the 12 "signs" (TWA´s "houses") of the daily 24-hour cycle. These "Day-Nite-Arena" signs operate ONLY with the observation of Real Local Time (RLT) and NOT according to the commonly observed "clock & watch" standard-zone (commercial) time. (MORE ABOUT THIS LATER)
5. Is this then "Chinese astrology"?
NO, this is not "Chinese astrology" (the year of the pig, dog, snake, or whatever). There are absolutely NO ANIMALS (and NO "ZOODIAC" of "star signs") in our new system...only twelve very logical, philosophical concepts relating to the "born-again chimp" BODY which is commonly (and much too arrogantly) called "human".
6. How do the 12 "signs" relate to the new BODY?
The circular drawing shows how Traditional Western Astrology (TWA) relates the "signs" to the "human" BODY. This, of course, is a ridiculous contortion based on the "ouroboros", the snake which swallows his own tail. The rectangular drawing shows how the new I-CHING system relates the "signs" to the "born-again chimp" BODY.
7. What is "Don´s new BODY Credo"?
DON´S NEW "BODY CREDO" (The Born-Again Chimp):
Now (2007) at age 78, I have finally found three little words to be the key to my daily "philosophy" (call it my "religion" if you like). This "holy trinity" of words is TIME-CHING-BODY.
During the 60´s and 70´s I believed in Traditional Western Astrology (TWA). Its northern-hemisphere view of TIME as a meaningful variation of the four seasons with their 12 "zoodiac" signs and its clocking of the Moon and planetary cycles seemed to "promise" a deeper understanding of my experiences here on Earth. But during the 80´s I abandoned that TWA "promise" and found in the 12 "Calendar Hexagrams" of the Chinese I-CHING a better explanation of both TIME and our globe´s evolving biological forms. These 12 hexagrams not only explain the 12 yearly signs better than TWA does; they also tell the colonialized people of the southern hemisphere that they are the sign OPPOSITE from what those northern-hemisphere TWA "gurus" say they are.
This "new truth" comes from the undeniable fact that "opposite seasons mean opposite signs". Finally, because of my studies in dance, meditation, and Tai Chi, I have come to realize that every part of my BODY has its own "intelligence" (call it "brain" if you like). Furthermore, I am convinced that when we, as ape-mammals, descended from the trees, much of our innate (natural) BODY WISDOM was confiscated by our cultures (NOT natural).
Hence our various BODY PARTS (especially our hands, arms, and feet) have been enslaved (by tools and by architecture) and forced to pay hidden BODY TAXES in our daily work rituals.
In conclusion, I feel it is now my mission in life to spread the new "gospel" of the "BORN-AGAIN APE" so that people can actually "feel" with their WHOLE BODIES every one of the 20-minute-wide "TIME-CHING" changes of the 24-hour Real-Time (NOT commercial Clock-Time) day.
8. Why does the word "ecliptic" sound like the word "eclipse", and what is the difference?
Most people when they hear the word “ECLIPSE”, think “SHADOW”. An “eclipse” of the Moon means that the Earth is throwing a shadow on the Moon. An “eclipse” of the Sun means that the Moon is throwing a shadow on the Earth. We also use the word “poetically” as in: “His performance in school was ‘eclipsed’ by that of his brother”. This means that as a student, he “stood in his brother’s shadow”.
But what most people don’t know is that the word “eclipse” comes from the word “ECLIPTIC” which is the name of an invisible flat plane. This plane is like a round, glass table-top with "race-track lanes" in which the planets circle the stationary Sun in the center. The “ECLIPTIC LINE” begins in the center of the Sun, runs thru the center of the Earth, and extends out to Neptune. The only times we can have “an eclipse” is when the Moon is ON THIS LINE. (See figures below; click image to enlarge)
9. Why do you keep CAPITALIZING the word "BODY"?
By now (if you have read the answers to questions 1 thru 8) you will probably "sense" that I capitalize the word "BODY" because I wish to stress its primary position in that "trinity" of cultural (historical and religious) "values" we call "mental, physical, and spiritual". Yes, I know that it is possible to maintain a healthy and clever "brain" inside one´s skull even though the rest of the BODY functions badly (as in the remarkable case of Stephen Hawking, among others). However, I am constantly dismayed by the way too many people neglect or even mal-treat their bodies either in the pusuit of short-time, excessive pleasures or in the hopes that a denigration of the BODY will somehow "elevate" the "spirit" into "bliss", "nirvana", or some other kind of exalted "merit" in a supposed afterlife.
For most of my long life I have treated my BODY with great respect because I refuse to believe it is less important than "mind" or "spirit". Also I seriously doubt that when my BODY "breaks-down" into death, I will be awarded another BODY in another life. And when I do feel this "breaking-down" process, I will be very happy to hail my BODY as the "best friend" I ever had in this life. Such has been my special blessing. Would that everyone could say the same.
10. What is this new "system" trying to "SELL" me?
Actually, I am not "SELLING" anything because money for this project does not interest me. No, I am a TEACHER who feels that my steady work and heavy investment on and in this new system (for the past 30 years) is MY GIFT TO THE WORLD in which the combined fields of theatre and public education have treated me VERY WELL, indeed. I am grateful for the many blessings in my long life. Let us say that I wish (in my final years on this globe) to PROMOTE (not to "SELL") four major "BUNDLES" of revolutionary information within this new system.
These four "BUNDLES" are as follows:
BUNDLE 1. My firm belief that we "humans" evolved from the "great apes" and that we owe many of our unique attributes to what we learned from "our mother, the TREE".
BUNDLE 2. My suspicion that in spite of the inordinate pride we take in such "human" things as extensive tool-usage (much too clever our "mischievous" hands), language (we talk too much), architecture (too much of the vertical and horizontal "plus" axis as in architecture, windows, and furniture), we really need to be much more aware of what our tree-trained BODY is telling us every "double-hour" of the day.
BUNDLE 3: I give you a completely new Birth-Chart and Transit-Chart form based on viewing our globe from either the North Star (Polaris) and some "South Star" (now nameless). This new chart-form is fully explained in my book, "The I-CHING Ecliptic Tuner." The drawings in the section "About The Book "The I-Ching Ecliptic Tuner" will give you a sense of why this chart is different from the one TWAs use for their births and transits.
BUNDLE 4: the Law of Oppositions. "Extremes can resolve to a middle. Polarities always seek a resolution." (Part of the message from I-CHING'S Hexagram "OPPOSITION")
New Lyrics to an Old Song:
-NITE and DAY-
You are the two,
The most basic opposition
We ever knew.
But our globe just won´t
Till we make a marriage
Of "One" from you.
DAY- and -NITE
What can we do?
NOTE: the answer to that question will be found in the next section under the heading "Telling Time" which then leads to our musical setting of the 72 "Fortune Cookie Messages" into "opposition pairs" (-Day message plus NITE- message) as lyrics to our new ... "36 GLOBAL RLT SONGS" (a Future Automated Service via computer & phone)
Beyond the "BUNDLES" we have or will have soon other "PROGRAMS", as follows:
1. ALREADY RECORDED VIDEO ACTS:
A. The 12min. "It´s About Time" (in two parts).
B. A 6-min. "Pipa Brazil Family Ritual" promotional video.
C. A 2-hour (two acts) TV-studio "Equinox Ceremony", Natal Brazil (2004) which can be viewed whole or in parts.
2. FUTURE ECO-TRAVEL ACTS (made to order as a fund-raiser for your "Save-the" org)
This act can be an attractive fund-raising event for various ecological oganizations.
Wherever it goes, it changes its content to celebrate a specific occasion or a significant time. It can celebate a time of birth (of a person or of an organization ), a wedding, or an anniversary. Or it can celebrate the time of a cosmic event in the heavens such as a new moon, a full moon, or an equinox.The possibilities are endless, and each show is tailor-made to suit each occasion.
Don and one assistant are the travelling core of the act. All other personnel such as narrator and technical assistants (lights, sound, house management) will be recruited locally wherever the act travels. Because we are using this act primarily to promote the sales of Don´s book, there is no charge for our professional services. We ask only the travel cost, temporary housing, and the hiring of the local narrator and technical personnel required for the performance and for the rehearsals. We require a rehearsal time of three weeks before the performance.
3. THREE FUTURE PROGRAMS "TO HEAL THE ILLS OF SOCIETY"
1. To convince any reader of its REVOLUTIONARY nature.
2. To attract a DARING agent who might be in a position to promote the publishing of the entire work in English, Spanish, or Portuguese so that it can be seen in bookshops and libraries (in the I-CHING section, not the Astrology section).
1. Why REVOLUTIONARY?
I am convinced that this book corrects over 2,000 years of erroneous "astrological" theory and practice by the imperialistic cultures of the northern hemisphere. For example, if you were born 25 December in Montevideo Uruguay, you are a Cancer (not a Capricorn) because "Opposite seasons means opposite signs." The 12 signs are created, not by the star patterns (constellations) IN the sky which for centuries guided the mercantile sailors of the northern hemisphere. No, the 12 signs are created by the back-and-forth movement of the Sun´s ecliptic striking point (ESP) ON the surface of the globe within the two zones above and below the equator which we call "the tropics".
Perhaps the most revolutionary thing about the book is its rejection of the "horizon worship" practiced by the TWAs of the northern hemisphere and even some of the watchers of Venus in the southern hemisphere. Now that we have ascended into outer space with our rockets, we can affirm a new "vertical axis" and abandon such outdated concepts as the ascendant and descendant (eastern and western horizons). These concepts no longer apply (if they ever really did). Also it´s time we dropped those erroneous assignments of fire, earth, air, and water to certain signs. This was an attempt to unite astrology with the medical practice of the ancients who believed in the "four humors" of the body. Nonsense. Also nonsense is the idea that a planet "rules" a sign (or even has a certain "affinity" for it).
Certainly the 12 I-CHING "Calendar Hexagrams" in this book are much more reasonable in explaining not only the 12 "signs" of the 365-day year, but the 12 "signs" (TWAs "houses") of the 24-hour, Real-Time, Day-Nite arena. And you will be surprised by what Don has to say about the Moon and the Planets! They are much simpler than those old Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, and much more logical.
Old religions die hard, especially when they continue to make money for their "priests" and practitioners. Therefore, I predict that there will be some very strong resistance to this new system. Specifically, many astrological "authorities" (past and present) will be challenged by my appeal to "stop worshipping the horizon" (the ascendant) and to start considering the probability that a new charting system which views our globe from the two "pole stars" (a north and south "verticality") promises to give us a way to study the possible influence of the mechanics of our Solar system, not only on the human body, but on the bodies of every living organism on Earth, no matter how simple or "primitive".
2. DARING to publish.
It´s important for any prospective agent to know that I do not want this book to appear on the shelves of bookstores and libraries alongside books on astrology (again, it is not "Chinese astrology"). No, it must appear alongside books on the I-CHING. It is this ancient and wise Chinese document with its organic roots in Siberian shamanism that deserves all the credit for this totally new and essentially scientific (geometric) concept of how our globe and its creatures relate to the Solar system.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
When our "SONG SERVICE" is available on your cell phone, you will hear two OPPOSITE song-lyrics combined into a very short "Fortune-Cookie" message which will always guide you wisely thru any given 20-minute sector of any 72-sector DAY (plus NITE). Each song combines a DAY message with its opposite NITE message (in Real Local Time).
Therefore, if you choose to "get guidance" from a global-tuning SONG, you ask the service to enter the longitude-location of your body and then to give you:
FIRST: Your exact Real-Local-Longitude Time (RLT), NOT "commercial time".
SECOND: The SONG for this RLT in the form of:
A. Text message only.
B. Text message plus MELODY.
C. SINGING VOICES (plus instrument accompaniment).
D. INSTRUMENTS ONLY (You supply the lyrics from memory.)
THIRD: Technical Information:
A. "Calendar Hexagram" NUMBER plus Tropical "SIGN" & keyword.
Example: H43 (Aries), keyword = PERSISTING
H20 (Libra), keyword= REFLECTING
B. KEYWORDS for: (examples:)
1. eighth sector = DEMANDING NATIVITY opposite
2. quad sector = NATIVITY opposite EQUALITY
3. half sectors = COMPETITION opposite COOPERATION
and SECURING opposite RISKING
It is our fond hope that as you become familiar with the 36 "Calendar-Hexagram" SONGS, merely hearing their melodies will call to your mind the lyric messages which should be applied to any given 20-min.-wide time-sector of the 24-hour (RLT) DAY-NITE arena. These "Fortune-Cookie" messages will give you valuable, global-tuning guidance to make your life more naturally creative both NITE & DAY.
Friday, June 22, 2007
1. The way we EAT.
2. The way we EXERCISE (if at all).
3. The way we TELL TIME.
By now, most people who read are aware that most commercially "processed" foods commonly displayed on the shelves of food markets have been denatured to the point of being at least useless and often injurious to the health of our bodies. These "processed" foods have been transformed from "vital" to "dead" in order to extend their commercial "shelf life". The desire of the merchants to extend "shelf life" has come to encourage the use of chemical preservatives and refined "sugars" such as SUCROSE and corn-syrup FRUCTOSE. I consider these to be the heroin and crack of the sweeteners in our diets. These seductive substances along with MSG (monosodium glutamate) and other "taste enhancers" should be avoided altogether. No, I do not accept the popular doctrine of "moderation" in the use of these substances. All of them are addictive and have become scandalous public-health menaces. Regardless of what the lurid advertisements tell you, no one should eat or drink any of the many commercially processed taste-tempters. Instead, everyone should eat as close to fresh and vital Nature as possible. This also means that you should avoid eating such commonly accepted "foods" as sugar, white bread, white rice, and white pasta! (Sorry, but it´s true.) And certainly any kind of cake, pie, cookie, pastry, or ice cream should be actively SHUNNED FOREVERMORE. Yes, all this may seem extreme and even anti-social, but unfortunately our commonly accepted cultural feeding habits have too easily become the unsuspected enemy of both our physical and mental health. In short, you must train yourself to FEED YOUR BLOOD and NOT YOUR MOUTH. The amazing thing about this is that it takes only two weeks to "kick" your addictions, but it means that you must read all food and drink labels carefully and refuse to ingest these "poisons".
During my 25 years of teaching Theatre Arts in American high schools, I was appauled at how so-called "Physical Education" was based on competitive (para-military) team sports so as to ignore the need for each person to take responsibility for his own private exercise after graduation. Also I have some doubts about the suitability of some "walking and running" (trail behavior) programs, especially the ones which require you to install exercise machines in your home. These programs ignore the unique history of how our bodies operated when we lived as apes in the trees. Our primate ancestors developed and enjoyed a fully "globalized" body. Their very efficient "body bubble" was not yet so frontally oriented (for tracking and trailing). No, it operated in a space which was not only 360 degrees horizontally, but also 360 degrees vertically (at least a 720-degree experience). When we dropped out of the trees to walk and run upright on the surface of the Earth, we lost much of this efficient "body bubble" and were encouraged to focus our attention ahead on a far horizon. There are ways to "re-globalize" our bodies, ways to reclaim our deep-muscle memories of having lived in that "paradise garden" above. In other words, it is still possible to return to our "roots in the tops of the trees". And for this I have designed a completely new kind of "X"-axis" exercise program which enables you to re-learn what "your mother, the tree" taught you. This program is elaborated in our Website.
By 1884 the entire civilized globe (following the example of the American railroads) installed 24 "Standard Time Zones". Thus our bodies and our minds were immediately "denatured" and subjected to "commercial" time. The I-CHING-ECLIPTIC system is designed to "re-tune" your body and mind to the Real Local Time (RLT) of the longitude you live on. This "re-tuning" gives you back your innate (natural) feeling for the four quadrants of the day and for the 72 I-CHING messages of each 24-hour day. Believe it or not, every 20 minutes of every day there is a specific, geometrically-determined message coming to you along the "L Channel" (the conduit of cosmic resonance created by the meeting of your terrestrial longitude with the longitude of the ECLIPTIC). A daily awareness of these 72 local I-CHING messages (now available as short songs) liberates you from being dominated by your culture´s "denatured" and "commercial" agendas. Thus you not only regain control over your unique individuality in a world of "group-think", you also learn to SHARE a "real time" ethic with the people around you.
Dare We Dream a Future of Global Prayers and Ecumenical Angels?
"I don´t like missionaries, and yet I may be one myself, but hopefully a non-sectarian one."...Don Evn Odm
The Year Cycle For the past seven years I have lived south of the equator in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay where I have experienced the totally illogical domination of yearly religious and marketing events by a "foreign calendar" from the northern hemisphere. Before the 15th Century the LOCAL calendar-makers of every culture (both north and south) held power over the people. They did this thru Priests and Kings who set dates for religious rituals and festival which were carefully TUNED to the four LOCAL SEASONS of the 365-day year-cycle. But since the imperial colonialism of the "white" north over the "darker" people of the south, we have a ridiculously "white (cotton) Christmas" (Ho! Ho! Ho!) near the time of the southern SUMMER solstice! Ridiculous! And we have chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies near the AUTUMN equinox! Tragic! This may be good merchandizing, but it certainly is BAD TIMING.
The 24-hour Day Cycle Nature wants our bodies to live in Real Local Time (RLT), but Culture insists that we live by standard-commercial clock-time. This "fake-time" was invented, then promoted world-wide in 1884 by the North American railroad companies so as to promote a more efficient commerce. Furthermore, as if "Standard Zone Time" weren´t bad enough, there is a yearly one-hour adjustment both INTO and OUT-OF "Daylight-Savings Time" or "Summer Time" which really throws our BODY´S "circadian clock" awry and divorced from Nature. During the middle ages in Europe every town had its own Real Local Time of day (Sundial on the south wall of every church), and the Catholic Church even had special prayers for people to say from a "Book of Hours". And in some Asian religions there was a habit of igniting various incense odors to fit the various hours of the day. But alas, these "naturally" sensible practices have been abolished by the current reign of commercial clocks all over the entire globe. But "mourn not their passing". I´m the "missionary" who plans to bring them back (alive) in a new, more logical (scientific) form.
Mending the Mess of Astro-Imperialism: What sign are you?
Well, you must be THE OPPOSITE of what THEY said you were! And who are "THEY"?
"THEY" are the imperialist astrologists from the northern hemisphere who are all wrong about the southern hemisphere. Because: Opposite seasons mean opposite signs.
More precisely, if you were born below the Tropic of Capricorn you are:
Not Aries but Libra
Not Leo but Aquarius
Not Taurus but Scorpio
Not Gemini but Sagittarius
Not Cancer but Capricorn
Not Virgo but Pisces
The Tropic-Zones Problem, and How To Solve It
It is our firm belief that anyone living within either the "north tropic" or the "south tropic" region (zone) needs to know the exact time his body switches from above to below (or vice-versa) the plane of the ecliptic. This is important because the two positions represent two opposite "SIGNS" ("Calendar Hexagrams"). So far, in the Appendix of Don´s book we have graphs which show these times for any day of the year, but for the EQUATOR ONLY. This limitation leaves it to you to use a mathematical formula to determine the "switch-times" for your specific latitude either north or south of the equator. We hope that very soon someone with a gift for math can construct a computerized formula for automatically giving you this information without your having to do any "calculations".
Just provide the name of your city (of birth or of current residence) and immediately get answers for whatever day of the year you want.
Tuning Your Body to the Real-Time, DAY-NITE Arena The FOUR HALF-ARENA sectors: (inside, outside, front-side, back-side... of our globe)
The INSIDE (Sun side) of the Arena I will call "DAY-". It spans 12 hours of Real Local Time (and has nothing to do with amounts of "light"). It is the "IN"-or Center- side of Earth´s tracking-orbit around Sun (from arrow-point in front to feather-trail in back). Its RLT is from 06:00 am to 06:00 PM. Mid-Day is its center mark. KEYWORD: "COMPETITION"
The OUTSIDE (outer-space side) of the Arena I will call "-NITE". It spans 12 hours of Real Local Time (and has nothing to do with amounts of "dark"). It is the "OUT"- or Stellar- side of Earth´s tracking-orbit around Sun (from feather-trail in back to arrow-point in front). Its RLT is from 06:00 PM to 06:00 am. Mid-Nite is its center mark. KEYWORD: "COOPERATION"
The FRONT-SIDE (arrow-point side of the arena). It spans 12 hours of Real Local Time (is partly "-NITE" and partly "DAY-). It extends from Mid-Nite to Mid-Day. Its RLT is from12:00 am to 12 PM. KEYWORD: "SECURING" Its I-CHING function is YANGING (increase of Solar Power).
The BACK-SIDE (feather-trail side of the arena). It spans 12 hours of Real Local Time (is partly "DAY-" and partly "-NITE"). It extends from Mid-Day to Mid-Nite. Its RLT is from 12:00 PM to 12:00 am. KEYWORD: "RISKING" Is I-CHING function is YINNING (decrease in Solar Power). The FOUR QUARTER-ARENA sectors. ("QUADRANTS") When we overlap the four half-Arena sectors, we create the quadrants. These are the "four seasons" of the DAY-NITE, Real-Time cycle:
MRN (morning) From 06:00 am to 12:00 PM. This compares with the year cycle´s SPRING. KEYWORD: "NATIVITY"(The new organism struggles for survival.)
AFT (afternoon) From 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM. This compares with the year cycle´s SUMMER. KEYWORD: "IDENTITY" (The individual forms ego from tribal roots, then serves.)
EVE (evening) From 06:00 PM to 12:00 am. This compares with the year cycle´s AUTUMN. KEYWORD: "EQUALITY" (The individual learns to share himself with others.)
DWN (dawning) From 12:00 am o 06:00 am. This compares with the year cycle´s WINTER. KEYWORD: "SOCIETY" (The individual submits himself to ethical enterprises.)
GENERAL MEANINGS: (a geometric philosophy)
I believe that the INSIDE half means COMPETITION and that the OUTSIDE half means COOPERATION. I believe that the FRONT half means SECURING and that the BACK half means RISKING. When these ideas are overlapped, they produce four different "operation systems" for all life forms on our globe. For our own species these four "operation systems" have the following meanings: MRN QUAD: warns the basic biological organism not to waste its reserve supply of energy in BLIND pursuit of survival or advantage over others. The ultimate goal of this quad is to avoid conflict and to make "well-informed" personal CHOICES.
AFT QUAD: encourages the selfish individual first to CONFORM to the local "tribal" (family) limitations and then to develop his own ego center. The ultimate goal of this quad is to become an adult "specialist" in SERVING the SOCIETY.
EVE QUAD: warns the maturing personal ego to observe the rules of FAIR give-and-take, first with those close-by and then with strangers. The ultimate goal of this quad is to develop a "wide-ranging", impartial, NURTURING COMPASSION.
DWN QUAD: encourages the "compassionate" adult to dedicate his talents and resources to the improvement of various larger societies of strangers. The ultimate goal of this quad is to develop "ethical trusting" so as to promote future GLOBAL PEACE.
The TWELVE-PART sectors of the arena. ("SIGNS") "Calendar Hexagrams" THREE KINDS: "START", "MIDDLE", "FINISH" (formerly: "cardinal", "fixed", "mutable")
The TRI-PARTITE QUAD: Of course, each QUAD has three "SIGNS" classified ONLY according to the three capitalized terms above.
WARNING: Never classify any of them by "fire", "earth", "air", "water". They mean NOTHING. The 72-PART ARENA ( 6 "I-CHING Places" in each of the 12 "SIGNS" or hexagrams.) I also call these the "Fortune-Cookie messages" because I have distilled them down to cryptic, one-or-two-sentence "reminders" of the original "Book of Changes" texts.
This last item has led me to create the following poetic metaphor: "Water is the milk of all life." Water is also very heavy, so that when a person is "overwieght", it means he is packing too much excess water about. This uses-up a lot of inefficient energy and slows that person down. Just take a quick look around, and you will immediately see how and where too many people are packing too much body-water about. Notice also how sluggishly they move. Too much body-water packing has robbed them of essential vitality.
Arnold Schwarzenegger became very famous when he appeared in a movie called "Pumping Iron". This title referred to the training of his muscles by the repetitive lifting of heavy metal barbells and dumbells. This weight training was very good for both increasing the muscular energy system of his body and for decreasing its water content. I too recommend weight training for the body, but instead of using metal weights, I like to use plastic bottles of water. There are two reasons for this, as follows:
1. If you drop a plastic water bottle on your toes, it does much less injury than a metal weight does.
2. There's a certain aesthetic in "Pumping Water" with plastic bottles which, I feel, connects me more firmly with Nature, especially with trees. In fact, I like to think that when I do this outdoors, the trees are highly sensitive to, interested in, and entertained by my activity, especially when it takes the form of dance. Therefore, my habit of "pumping water" has become a way of "dancing with trees".
This helps me realize one of the goals of my Ecological Education NGO which is now based in Natal, Brazil.