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North Whitehead, Alfred – 13 Paths and roads

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025757

Type of spiritual experience

Background

Using the analogy of a computer package there are two main stages in a computer package’s life – it is developed and then it is copied, sold and used.

The development process applies both when the package is being first developed, and after it has been implemented it is still applied in order to evolve the package.  Evolution in small increments or much larger configurations is the norm for packages – one develops them first but for the rest of their long commercial lives they are simply being evolved.  A good package developer will have a feedback loop in place to monitor the problems or changes needed to the package and changes are subject to what is called ‘change control’.

The process used to develop and evolve the system of the universe is known as the Great Work, and all its actual entities see – because they are the product of the initial development process -  is the Great Work as a process of evolution.

Thus a person for example, may be actually involved in the evolution process – executing functions that are part of the Great Work, or they may simply be executing the functions/processes that are part of the package that is the system of the universe.  Even if all they are doing is executing the processes, it appears that all this is monitored via perceptions in order to evolve the system. 

In other words there are some so called decisions that are actually part of the process they have and they have no free will because it is built in that that will be the response.  Fluff up the nose produces a sneeze.  But in terms of the Great Work it appears more flexibility is allowed, we have a job to do – our destiny- and we are steered to make the right sort of decisions, but overall our will and ego can simply ignore our inner voices – our Higher spirit and act otherwise. 

Thus there are paths and roads and the roads we follow may affect those in relationships with us and certainly every decision we make becomes part of our perception log and thus part of us – who we are or as the eastern thinkers may say – our karma

A description of the experience

PART II   Discussions And Applications

Chapter I  - Fact And Form

Section II

The ontological principle asserts the relativity of decision; whereby every decision expresses the relation of the actual thing, for which a decision is made, to an actual thing by which that decision is made. But 'decision' cannot be construed as a casual adjunct of an actual entity. It constitutes the very meaning of actuality. An actual entity arises from decisions for it, and by its very existence provides decisions for other actual entities which supersede it. Thus the ontological principle is the first stage in constituting a theory embracing the notions of 'actual entity’, 'givenness,' and 'process’.

The source of the experience

North Whitehead, Alfred

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Observation contributed by: Rosie Rock-Evans