Excerpt: Folding 0.7: Introduction

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1 Introduction

This document is intended to be a relatively accessible and jargon-free introduction to some pretty esoteric stuff. This introduction is abstract, and convoluted, but it gets breezier from here.

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People want things, and they have plans to get them.

And, those desires and plans depend, in part, on beliefs about what exists, what’s possible, and how the world works.

People aren’t always aware of the existence or details of their desires, plans, and beliefs.

And, speaking loosely, desires can be confused, plans can be inelegant, and beliefs can be wrong.

Sometimes, over time, a person’s desires bloom and clarify, and their plans and beliefs become more likely to work and more correct. Other times, some desires, plans, and beliefs do enrich and change, and others don’t. Everyone is a mixture of growth and arrest.

When a person lacks awareness of the existence or details of some of their desires, plans, and beliefs, the evolution of those desires, plans, and beliefs is more likely to be arrested.

When a person has increased awareness of the existence and details of their desires, plans, and beliefs, this, by itself, can promote change, growth, and evolution of those desires, plans, and beliefs.

Further, people can be taught how to have increased awareness of the existence and details of their desires, plans, and beliefs.

Further, people can also be taught how to have, not just increased awareness of the content of their desires, plans, and beliefs, but also increased awareness and skill for interaction with their desires, plans, and beliefs.

That is, people can learn to deliberately and constructively interact with their desires, plans, and beliefs, whose growth might be arrested, thereby promoting the positive change and integration of those desires, plans, and beliefs with respect to other desires, plans, and beliefs within the person.

And, on their own terms, people can get better and better at interfacing with themselves, which leads to people getting more of what the do want and less of what they don’t want, and which leads to everything being more OK, while all of that is going on.

In, hopefully, relatively plain and straightforward language, this document explores one collection of ways to do just that.

In the sections below, first, I will present a bunch of concepts, then I’ll present things that you can do, then I’ll list things that you may experience. And, all of that put together will allow to you to explore the claims above, for yourself, at your own pace.

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