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I know it can be done, but

I can do this,elsa - word, story, image idea music person
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It's easiest in the morning. elsa - word, story, image idea music person
Everything seems possible then.


What do you see when
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I keep trying. I'm not sure
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and over again, I keep
trying - because something
in me doesn't give up, not
forever anyway.


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I look and see ... what?
do I see patterns?

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I see myself and
see patterns, my patterns

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pattern recognition,
pattern perception is good -
but what about
reaching others?

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yes, I can talk to myself -
and I can keep seeing patterns -
but what's the good of
talking only to myself?

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I'd rather talk to you.
Especially, if I tell you
what I see -
could you please check:
do you see patterns
like those I see?
What's your
pattern recognition,
pattern perception?
Do you care about
seeing patterns?
What do you see?


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A knack, a gift: seeing patterns. An obstacle: difficulty reaching others.
More gifts: persistence, and conviction in the importance of what I see.
The question: will my gifts get me past my obstacle?

JULY 29, 2009


First, personal leanings, innate personal gifts.

Someone just sent me a massive bunch of detailed research. Fabulous.

I also know how to do research - but it isn't my deepest desire. I'm more drawn to "pattern seeing" - using my experiences, the research of others, my research, things I come across, to see patterns.

I remember the film, A Beautiful Mind, on the man who saw a pattern others didn't - in very brief, he saw win-win instead of one-wins/all-others-lose -which had been THE model in economics for 150 years. He turned economics on its head, ended up with a Nobel prize. (The film is best known for its portrayal of the man's schizophrenia. Name of man forgotten - but very famous.)

Anyway, seeing a pattern - breaking through the pattern we're supposed to see (well-dressed emperor) to something more accurate (naked emperor) - or seeing something very few others have been interested in - that's grabbed me, over and over.

In A Beautiful Mind, the man struggles and struggles to come to an original perception, though he has an uncanny knack for pattern perception - so later he's a brilliant code breaker.

Unlike him, finding a generally unrecognized pattern isn't something I've struggled long and hard to do. It's just that every now and then, I've found that what I saw and what others saw was quite different, or that I was seeing something others either didn't see or didn't care about.


So when I was very involved in women's issues, I thought I could be seeing a pattern: the positive impact of this involvement on the women involved. I went to the library to find books on this - NOTHING. I asked around - NOTHING. Loads and loads on the devastating impact of rape and battering and incest. Loads and loads on the many forms of discrimination against women. Also, of course, loads and loads on other forms of discrimination - racism, homophobia, etc. But I drew just about a total blank on explorations of the impact of getting involved with these rights movements, except for some personal accounts, such as Betty Friedan's It Changed My Life. As for research into these areas - I found nothing - and when I asked everyone I knew, I found that no one had even heard of anything in this area.

For me, this didn't make sense. How could this not be attracting huge attention? Here was something I could see was a powerful personal and social transformative process - and it might as well not exist, for all the attention it was getting. (If you want a name for it, how about the PST Process - personal and social transformative process.)

I went from speculation to a massive amount of research - a bit like Michelangelo with sculpture. He claimed he saw the sculpture in the marble - he just had to bring it out. I don't see patterns that well - my research fleshed out and made much more detailed and complex the simple pattern I thought could be there. There was a dangerous stage I hadn't expected.

No one else (that I found) was researching this.

I was so excited. I was sure this was amazing stuff. I wanted it out in the world, known. I could see so much I hadn't seen - especially on a dangerous stage, but also on the powerfully positive stages.

No publisher I wrote to was interested in publishing.

I didn't give up permanently. But I did put that project aside, went on to other things.

My pattern, at that point: see, investigate, EUREKA!, come up against a wall.

I came to college teaching at just about that point, and taught some of this material - in other words, got many of the findings out in a tiny way to groups of students. I knew this wasn't enough, but it was the best I could do.


Another pattern I noticed - way earlier, when I was about twelve - was the way that good social movements - the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution - often went sour. Mass murder. I wanted to understand why that pattern happened.

Here it was a bit different. It's an easy pattern to see. But I couldn't understand why. And I couldn't find an explanation that made sense to me.

I think I've figured out a lot - and I think it relates to my findings on the PST Process.


Most recently seeing a pattern happened when there was a huge amount of Muslim fuss about a Danish cartoon. I didn't see what I kept being told I should see (Muslims offended for good reason). Instead I saw hugely disproportional rage being directed at a cartoon by a group that did not look at at massive violence done by members of the religion in the name of the religion. My sense: what I was supposed to see was an extremely distorted view of what was happening.

I wanted to make what I was seeing clear to others.

Here I had something else to deal with, other than widespread indifference. Most people were afraid to speak if they saw things in a way similar to me.

So my pattern was a bit different: see, write, desire to reach others, deal with my own fear.

This time I avoided the wall of trying to find a publisher.

This time I tried the web. Much to learn there. So much I just didn't know, so many skills I didn't have. It's taken all my persistence to keep going. But learning these skills has been easier for me than trying to convince publishers.


Behind my persistence is that huge drive to reach people. Seeing the pattern, or the generally invisible reality, is the easy part for me - something I'm not trying for, something that just happens.

In A Beautiful Mind, the hard part for the main character was to have that original thought. Then he brilliantly put it down . It immediately blew away his dissertation advisor. Instant recognition. The rest, as they say, is history. (He had already been recognized as super brilliant, and had been a top student at a top university.)

It's after the perception that I come to my hard part. (I certainly don't claim, by the way, that my perception was anything as brilliant as his.)

It's my urgent desire to reach people, combined with my massive difficulty in doing this via a publisher, that motivated(drove?) me to learn how to get Google to rank my stuff well.

Getting ranking on Google - it all seemed a total gobbledygook mumbo-jumbo hodgepodge of incomprehensible terms when I started. And I misunderstood a couple of important things, in my complete ignorance of the whole search engine world, which slowed me down considerably at the start.

But my drive to reach is quite powerful. So I've kept caring to learn.


This brings me back to another of my innate gifts. Persistence.

I'm still persisting, still committed to getting out the info, on the PST Process. Much of the research is almost 2 decades old now, but not out of date, as I see when i see events unfold around me in a way that makes sense with this pattern.


I started with: someone has just sent me a massive amount of research material, and doing research isn't my biggest drive.

Seeing a pattern relates to research, of course. Galileo and Copernicus did loads of research to see a pattern (earth going round the sun, not vice versa). One doesn't see, with no information. My biggest research had to do with going much further with a pattern I thought I saw, that others were not noticing, or anyway not commenting on. I couldn't find any research in the library. Instead I found that parts of the pattern were in a taboo area. (In this case, by the way, I ended up doing massive research - interviews - creating the information I needed to check out if what I thought I saw was real..


But again, doing research wasn't and isn't my deepest desire. An innate gift (as I see it, anyway) is pattern perception, pattern recognition - and below that, seeing more of reality and human nature.

I'm happy to draw on the research of others - though it was also amazingly satisfying to create information by doing in-depth interviews. But if the research has been done - I'm delighted. The information makes what I say/see much stronger.

Then I come to what I experience as an innate desire: to reach others. I can see it as part of another innate desire: to help.


So my own pattern goes, as far as I can make out:

* from information (what I see, hear about, experience);

* to seeing a pattern and/or a reality that isn't widely seen;

* and/or to asking myself questions I can't answer about what I see: what is going on here? why is this happening? recently, why do we have all these insistent Muslim claims that Islam is a religion of peace when the evidence shows something very different?

* to thinking about the pattern or the questions and not finding answers;

* to doing as much research as I need, also drawing on experiences, readings, the research of others. This may modify what I see, or may strengthen the pattern perception.

* almost from the start, part of my pattern is to feel my message is urgent, is important to others;

* to trying to get my message out - and generally failing;

* to persistence. I have been using the persistence to try to change the pattern, to break through what I see as my biggest obstacle - the wall between me and others.

I don't know how to reach others easily. But I'm compelled to keep going, keep trying. I'm impressed by Al Gore - who wouldn't stop with his message about global warming despite not getting fully heard year after year, not reaching enough people to get many policies to change.

Recently I was listening to someone who calls herself the queen of conversion - meaning that she sells to a much higher percentage of people than just about anyone else. How does she do it? Persistent learning. Not pushing at those who say no. But figuring out what stopped them from saying yes, figuring out how to reach ever more people.

Me? I'm trying in so many ways. With visibility on the web. And with trying to get more people to subscribe to my updates - so they'll keep getting more and more of my stuff. And i want media attention.


A final thought - combining gifts.

* I tremendously appreciate the research of others - it goes with my gifts.

* And I long for someone to help me get out into the world - someone who has a drive to do this, whose gifts would combine with mine. In the meantime, as this is someone I haven't found, I'm trying to develop that side in myself.

I think that's about it for now.

As always, welcome into my world.


JULY 29, 2009
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Daryl, USA, August 6, 2009:

My wife did some original research on the USA women's suffrage movement. Found some good stuff about Elizabeth Cady Stanton especially. I can't imagine trying to get the right to vote - I mean the RIGHT to actually vote. And this in an democracy that was about 145 years old already!!!

Countries need more women's rights appreciation days/months. We have, in February in the USA an african american history/appreciation month - why not the same for women?

And there needs to be more education on stopping the double standards out there. Consider: Hillary Clinton speaks forcefully on subjects while running for president - and she is called "shrill" (among other things). A man saying the same thing is called "forceful" or some adjective describing "power."

An older fat man looks more "powerful" while an older, fat woman looks... apply various demeaning adjectives.

I fight for women, too!

PS My beautiful, full figured wife is a successful, self employed lawyer in "rotary" club - previously the exclusive realm of mostly old, fat, white businessmen. Right on!



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Seeing is not believing
seeing patterns is believing they exist

to see a pattern means to perceive a pattern, means pattern perception,
and there you have it: pattern recognition.

but there are thousands of patterns - invisible patterns, for the most part.

we see patterns - but only a few of the patterns.

seeing patterns - it's natural, but when we're used to seeing some patterns,
we may be blind to others.

see patterns? seeing certain patters - it's not the only way to arrange reality.

seeing certain patterns, having certain pattern recognition, pattern perception,
may violate taboos: you must not see this - it does not exist.

and even if it's not taboo to see invisible patterns, it's easiest to see patterns
we're used to seeing -

it's like only seeing the roads we're used to traveling.

I try to see patterns, see patterns, see patterns:
connect the dots, make sense, pattern recognition, pattern perception.

all of us have walls against seeing patterns we're not used to seeing:
discrimination against women - absurd

most of us resist when generally invisible patterns are pointed out to us.

most of us don't ask: how much of reality are my patterns showing -
which also means, how much of reality are my patters hiding.

see patterns - it's pattern perception from a millions dots.

connect the dots in a million different ways -

sometimes the connections obliterate, obfuscate.

pattern perception, pattern recognition ...

there are not just stars, there are constellations.

July 30, 2009
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