Life is a continuous and unbroken cycle of cause and effect. In the final analysis - there are no accidents. Behind every effect there exist a cause, a genesis of that effect. 

Random occurrences, sometimes described as accidents do present themselves to us all, but there was a cause of that 'happening'; an effect somewhere earlier in a chain of causes.  

This is all good to know, but what can I do about effecting, or maybe more accurately engineering, in a favorable way, my own personal sequence of this cause and effect? Why should this be important to me?  

Why? Because you are the genesis of our own personal cycle of consequence, and here is how I believe it works; it all starts with perception; with your personal precepts of your world.

To further explain: How one perceives something (events, circumstances, personal luck, possibilities, themselves, etc) directly affects how one feels about that something. How one feels about something influences, most assuredly, how one thinks about that thing. How one thinks about something directs the actions one takes in relation to the thing that is being thought about. And in the final analysis, the actions one takes serves as the proof of the initial perception: this action being only a delayed reflection of the initial precept. And, of course results come from specific actions, and not from vague hopes, wishes, and good intentions. But first, and always, the key generative factor was how you first perceived the thing occupying your field of vision and or thought. Therefore this sequence and consequence cycle first began with the quality of your perception, recognition, comprehension; your grasp of what is real, real for you at least; perception was the genesis of all that came later.  

To further explain, precepts (the products of perception) furnish the elemental materials from which we think. This leads to what we do; the one and only proof of what we are really thinking. Our precepts are the units on which our memory, imagination, thoughts, reason, and judgment build their structures. If we will but perceive things differently, i.e. better, more confidently, etc. we will do things differently. If we see things truthfully, we thus feel, think, and act truthfully. Precepts, the products of our perception, are the first, and most important, link in life's chain of sequence and consequence.  

No matter how varied, wonderful, and abundant the outside world actually is, my inner world - where my precepts and I reside - is limited to my personal view of whatever this real world is. Therefore, my perceptions form the foundational layer upon which I create, architect, build, and eventually rule my actual world: I am the ultimate creator of its boundaries. I decide, beginning with my perceptions, and all that is spawned from these perceptions, the heights of the peaks and the depths of the valleys of my life.  

Knowing this and understanding that each of us is the sold creator of our world, our highest duty is to increase our power of perception, because it is only and exactly this which provides the materials, units, and structures that constitute our one and only world, and nothing but our world. Below the idea, described here, is put into schematic I call the Cycle of Consequence.


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This idea comes from the perceptions of Garry Fitchett, the author of Life is a Bicycle - A Living Philosophy to Finding Your Authenticity.

THE FORMULA by Garry Fitchett

There is a formula, a first principle axiom, capable of bringing one to more fully understand their soul, and to come to understand the nature of the spirit residing within this soul: in essence, to come to a place in the road where one can truly know - who they are as an individual.  And if such talk of searching for your soul and its spirit feels hyperbolical or pretentious then just characterize this process as a venture to find out, 'what makes you tick'.

There has to be this formula. Every answer to be found has, by definition, a method - a method of discovery: some very simple, others convoluted and arcane. However, once understood, a formula can be used by anyone desirous of finding their answer.  AND WHAT AN ANSWER TO BE FOUND.

Before you can understand any subject, concept, truth - to really know it - we must first know the truth of who we are. This by definition, maybe default has to be our starting point. However, this is not an easy thing. Why? Because chronologically it does not work out this way for us.  We, unwittingly, are born into a world that for thousands of years has already been designed, developed, formulated by others who have come before us.  It is not inconceivable that maybe some errors have occurred: maybe these designers were asleep, or at least a little drowsy.  A society developed by generations of men and women who were not always up to such an important task.  

Our goal, as we unavoidably come into such a world, wide-eyed and innocent, is to earnestly learn of our immediate environment, and come to understand it as best we can.  And low and behold we find ourselves up to the mission being the curious intelligent beings we naturally are.  Then, as time goes by, and as we start to get a grip on what makes society function we find, most directly, our key role is to fit-in, assimilate, and to conform to this ready-made world. Rare is a person who thinks otherwise.

Therefore, the need and desire to know who we really are comes, if it ever comes, much later. This important task, maybe the most important one we really have, comes after we have already done a lot of looking, a lot of study, and a lot of trying to conform. Habits like this are long in the making and, understandably, hard to break. It is easy to become blind to them. A fish is the last to discover water. Then, it is to this accepting, mechanical, conforming life we embark and quickly solidify by habit. Habits which indelibly, and maybe forever furrow our lines of action, and channel our chains of thought.

However, a few, having failed to completely succumb to societal forces, begin to approach a point where understanding, awareness, and the urge to know what makes them tick overwhelms their rather mechanical faux-fabricated life. This task, hiding in plain sight, finally appears on the horizon.  It is here where a hard break in the daily chain of habit is necessary.  And break it we must if our life is to ever approach the heights it was created to achieve.  A life full of imagination, creativity, and power; full of emotion and joy.

But HOW? Oh, what a question. For those who feel this urge to live a life like this, even if felt only rarely, and then only faintly, is not easily forgotten.  We know we have a problem; to find a way out of our self-imposed maze that society has lent a big hand in constructing. We know, instinctively, there is a way, a plan, format, possibly some strategy that could be employed that will do the trick for us.  Something to bring up to an action point of relief, even if not absolute success.  Something to override, supersede, and bleach-out not the precious moments and times we've had, but just the injurious consequences of the times.  A way to know our unique individuality and not have to live as a manufactured personality with all its fears, doubts, and envies that have, over time, taken root in our being.  Can an order as tall as this really have a simple answer? NO. But it can have a formula. An efficient formula efficaciously performing the act of taking something that each, in his or her own way, is searching; then make it understandable, and most importantly, actionable.  A formulaic that once memorized, poured-over, and pursued with just a bit of tenacity, will reap results beyond one's widest dreams.

A prescription, true and precise as a mathematical equation demonstrating a relationship of cause and effect.  A formula designed to disentangle our genuine self from the machinery of mind and body that has been bent and molded by the throes of society. A formula finding something that is just SO, as it was designed to be. A formula to un-riddle ourselves and to find our place on a once boundless shoreless sea.  A formula like this exist and it will be revealed in simplistic clarity so that all who wish to know, may know.

The Formula designed to break your pattern and cycle of inauthenticity goes like this:

This formula, along with its components and relationships, will be explained in detail so that you can make it operational and useful for yourself. So that you have the opportunity to get some real good out of it; and know how to make it work for you.  Work for you along the lines of the penultimate task of discovering your individuality, and once found can live true to that unique individuality the rest of your life.

The Formula stated goes like this:  YOU(U) equals your attractions(a) times your intuitions(i) divided by what you innately Will(w) times forever or infinity.

This philosophic formula, a first of its kind, is designed to discover one's authenticity.  This formula moves one past the value of knowing quote, "The Secret", for it makes the secret operational.  The goal of devising this formula is to have people come to acknowledge their essential individuality and then to have a living, breathing working way of discovering their authenticity.  Faith naturally resides in the idea that people striving to unfold their true-self is a good thing.  A good thing for not only oneself, but for the health and well-being of society, everywhere. Let those operating true to their nature procure compass, protractor, rule and become the architects of society.

In short, the formula is the have you become your self, your whole self, and nothing but yourself.  It's ultimate over-arching objective is two-fold: One, to bring to one's conscious attention the essence of one's true spirit, and two, to have this knowing, powerful, imaginative 'thing' through you, meaning your heart, mind, and body, exert its (positive, loving) Will upon its immediate environment, if not the world.

To begin, the formula will be explained in a summary format so that you will immediately get the gist of what it is all about.  This will allow your subconscious to begin to get 'its arms around' the dynamics involve in executing the formula for the benefit of self and others.

The Formula Explained in Summary

YOU (U) means the true, essential, real, unique, one-of-a-kind you. That unalloyed, powerful, imaginative, creative YOU.  A YOU that has risen above having once been fallen, as the german philosopher Martin Heidegger called it, into the structure, requirements, and expectations of the society we find ourselves living day to day. This YOU is that eternal essence that makes up the kernel and core of your, "I AM I" as it is sometimes referred.

'a' stands for ATTRACTION, meaning what it is you are naturally attracted to including: people, places, things, ideas, notions, etc. where you give easy and unbridled attention in your daily life. Attraction indicates desire. It is both cognitive and emotive in nature.

'i' stands for INTUITION. Intuition's a form of constructive imaginative thinking providing a sudden and immediate insight into a thought, problem, purpose, or plan.

So The Formula to this point is as follows: The one and only YOU(U) equals what attracts your Attention(a) multiplied by what you Intuit(i).  All of this is divided by your Will(w), that is to say, what one most innately WILL's. Will, used in this context, is a palpable force coming from deep within oneself.  It desires things, people, conditions, etc., and wishes to exercise its inherent powers in a specific direction to achieve, gain, effect, acquire, or improve a situation. Will, as positioned in the formulaic equation, is the common denominator of both Attention, and Intuition.  And the reasons are as follows: one surely needs to be aware, cognizant, even alive enough to feel one's Will as it is attracted to and desirous of paying attention to that with which it has an affinity, and two, the exercising of the Will is necessary to detect and discern one's intuitions.  Furthermore, the Will has an even bigger role in developing the conviction to act on one's attractions and intuitions. Having the capacity to not only feel, but be conscious of one's Will exercising its instinctual powers places one, most immediately, in rarified air. One's attractions, intuitions, and what one Wills comprise the foundational compounds that make the essential you, and nothing but you. 

The infinity symbol indicates that this process for every individual will carry-on forever; indicating the belief that your current life, now, here on this Earth, is but a small small segment of your entire spiritual existence. You are living your eternal life right now; this is part of it.  When you one-day-die from this earthly existence your body will not discard your spirit, but your eternal spirit discards the earthly body, and on and on.  We come, dwellith a while, then go. But back of this our spirit lives forever.  

that which brought you into being, will continue you in being; that which created you, will recreate you; that which generated you, will regenerate you; that what breathed life into you, will continue to breath life into you - if you will but set its powers into activity.




What if there existed, awaiting to be discovered, an easily remembered equation that clearly and precisely demonstrated a way, a formula, a first principle theorem designed to lead one on a journey of ultimate self discovery?  Would it be helpful for those who desire to embark on such a search?  

We are all very familiar with mathematical equations, with perhaps the most famous being Albert Einsteins's  

Magnificent! indeed. Brilliant. Precise. Einstein used just five, easy to remember symbols, and explained the complex relationship between Energy and Mass.

What if a similar formula or equation could be used to show the complex, and seemingly equally illusive relationship between who we really are and whom we consider ourselves to be.

Here is just such an equation:

U =  ai ➗ w  x  infinity

This Formula will be explained in the next blog.        

Three Questions - Perpetually Illusive

There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?
— Rumi

On March 6, 1974 the Russian-born philosopher, Ayn Rand, addressed the graduating class of The United States Military Academy at West Point.  She began with a 'short short story' that began like this. Suppose that you are an astronaut whose spaceship gets out of control and crashes on an unknown planet. When you regain consciousness and find that you are not badly hurt, the first three questions in your mind would be: Where am I? How can I discover it? What should I do?  

Now this is a very interesting series of questions which could lead to a very intense philosophical discussion. However, for my purposes here lets begin by visualizing ourselves in the same spaceship crashing on an unknown planet. But, this time, the impact of the crash has caused you to hit your head on the control panel which induces an immediate state of amnesia. Now, your first questions could very well become: Who am I? How can I discover it? What should I do?  

As you begin to gain your wits, you start to take notice of your surroundings in search of clues. You gaze over the instrument panel where you find no encouraging help; and, in addition, quickly come to the realization that the readout dials could be faulty, from either the impact of the crash, or from your head having banged into the controls.  With every passing minute and hour, the world around you is becoming more clear, but the questions: Who am I? How can I discover it? and What should I do? remain unanswered.

When I fast-forward to present day I find that these are the precise questions I have asked myself since I was maybe a boy of twelve; or basically all my life. These questions have pulled-at me, tantalized me, and, at times, haunted me to the point of abject frustration. I don't even bother with pondering why is it that I ask, as these questions seem most natural and self-evident. As self-evident as having two arms, which I have never spent a minute wondering about why I have them. And no matter how ardently I seek answers I still find myself spinning in a mental cul-de-sac of a blind alley.

Understanding that my answers probably will not come from the same mental plane that originated the questions in the first place, I begin to search elsewhere for direction. And knowing that it would not be very intelligent to listen to just anybody, on such important questions - as most appear to be as lost as I am - I fancied that it would be wise to seek advice from someone I respected. But Whom? Who could help me most directly in exiting and laying-to-rest my self-imposed three-faced dilemma. Eventually, after years of reading, I happened upon the writer, Lev Shestov, who put-forth the idea, he had found helpful along the lines of a task like mine, of 'taking a pilgrimage through great souls'.

So I began, at what I would describe as the top-end of a wide funnel, with the hope that my unique and personalized answers to: Who am I? How do I discover it? and What am I to do? would eventually, one day, squeeze themselves out of the small nozzle-end of my funnel: A funnel of knowledge I was eager to construct considering the weight of my three questions.

In the beginning what my search lacked in depth it compensated for in width as I read, rather indiscriminately, what many would consider works of some of the greatest souls of the ages. As my reading continued and especially by paying attention to what I was naturally attracted to, coupled with exercising and feeling the pull of my own Will, I began to enter into the depths, and more personally enlightened narrows, of my discovery funnel. I felt that I was closing in on my answers, or, at least, some concrete steps, that would eventually lead me to what I was seeking. And the common thread running through my journey, fast becoming a useable rope that I could really hold on to, (and the reason for this blog) was this:

Listen to your Masters, admire their musings,
But listen to yourself, when it’s time for the choosing,
Battles roar and rage, along an inner plane,
Welcome the wounds, weariness, and dings,
Because after, and only then, will you grow the wings
— Garry Fitchett

Enculturation versus Individuation: The Only Worthy Battle

Enculturation vs. Individuation:  The only worthy field of battle where all should stand and fight.  All other warring battlefields - religious and secular, past and present - drenched in human blood, are so far beneath the soul and dignity of humankind that it pains one to even consider that they have existed, do exist, and, unfortunately, will continue to exist.  And WHY?

The fight to be one's self, in a world that is doing its very best to have you become like everyone else, is the universal, but often unseen battlefield of everyone's life. This is the ultimate struggle; all are participants, and no one can be spared.  

Those rare warriors who are conscious and aware, and allow their wisdom of perception to be known, are often ridiculed and derided by the human-sea of the unconscious, who ironically, at the end of the day, also fight. 

Most of these worthy warriors are doing their best, but granted do grope in the dark, and without adequate tools; the others don't even take the time to blindly grope, and the few who occasionally do, do so without the help and hope of even finding a tool.

Some bold and bravely fight with tools of rationality and reason; albeit usually powerful, are proven sterile in this theater of endeavor.  Here active imagination, intuition, and listening to the sub or unconscious are the sharpest, most efficacious armaments to employ.  

And what is it that is to be won?  Each, within themselves, only knows.  Therein lies the beauty of the battle.

"The most precious thing that man possesses is his own individuality; indeed, this is the only thing that he really has, or is; and for one instant to allow any outside influence to enter or control this individuality is a crime against man's real self."           ---- Ernest Holmes


Why Read a Book?

Books are the best of things, well used, abused, among the worst.  What is the right use? ... They are for nothing but to inspire.  I had better never see a book, than to be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system.                                                                                                                                                 --- EMERSON

Life is a Bicycle does not, in itself, possess the power to alter matter, objects, or the state of one's living conditions.  But, it sincerely aspires to have the power to alter one's state of mind, which in-turn holds the distinct power to alter matter and thus, one's environment. We know that behind every result, resides an action, and the the ancestor of every action is a thought.  

Life is a Bicycle cheers you on to trust yourself - to pursue, then find your unique orbit of individuality.  And then to have the courage to resolutely remain in that true and authentic orbit.  For the world holds many illusions seemingly designed to lead you elsewhere. Your authenticity, steeped in self-awareness and self-reliance, is where your ultimate power resides.  

Welcome to my blog

Why blog?  There can only be one reason - because you believe you have something 'worthwhile' to say.  And, furthermore, that what you have to say will make some type of difference.  A difference to someone, even if that one, is you, the writer of the blog.

 I will not write or blog on a specific schedule.  As one who advocates nonconformity and self-reliance I will write when I have, or feel I have, something to say.  I am reminded of what Lou Holtz (the illustrious college football coach) said when he became a TV football commentator and was asked if he found the job difficult,  He replied, "No, not really, you just need to keep talking until you find something to say."  So I will blog when I feel I have something to say and not because an arbitrary and manufactured schedule says that it is time to blog.

The focus of my blog will be centered around the idea that the universal goal for people, as they make they way through life, is to find their authenticity.  As Henry David Thoreau said, "If I am not I, who will be?"