Since this is a personal blog post, by no means do I assume to be the utmost authority on this subject. I write this as a way to clarify my thoughts and I invite any reader to read critically. I encourage and welcome any comments with suggestions for improvement.
What is success?
An expectation of certain events stated about the future which then turns out to actually occur. Worthy of note is that success does not imply any notions of good or bad.
What is required for success?
To start with, there has to be a division of things within consciousness, measurables that can be observed.
To have success, we must know by observation what particularities of consciousness it is that the success entails. The more focused the observation, the more likely is it to be understood and controlled. Thus attention and focus are key factors of success.
Next, the idea of the expected future event or goal need to be as clear as possible. Vision or imagination is required to delineate a goal, to create a picture, model or statement in the present about the expected future outcome. An interesting feature of reality is that actual time does not exist, but is only an emergent property from correlating observations. Thus, the more a goal can be believably stated and acted upon as already achieved, the faster its success will be.
What can assist in success?
Visualization does away with time for as long as it is maintained and bring the goal closer to actual reality. It also practices attention, focus and imagination. To help trigger imagination, we can ask questions such as ‘How would it be if the goal had happened?’ and ‘What if this goal was already achieved?’
Another powerful tool is to assume the expected outcome has already happened. If the mind objects, it can be reminded that neither the past nor future is actually real, and so are interchangeable at will.
How does human science relate to success?
Success closely ties in with science. In fact, we might see science as a form of meta-success; the scientific method is a very successful method, if not the most, of consistently spreading success.
How does mathematics relate to science and success?
We assume for simplicity’s sake that mathematics is a language and that we can agree upon that as a language it permeates and aids in creating successful models in almost all fields of modern western science. This success may be attributed the particular property of a meta-symbolic language, as distinct from a common language. By meta-symbolic we mean a language whose symbols initially does not point to anything other than the symbols themselves. By not assuming anything mathematics as a language evolves without limits other than those assumed at the initially exploration. Its resulting theories are transferable and applicable by substitution of its symbols for those of more common languages. These in turn refer to observable facts, things and events in life, be it science or other knowledge fields.
Limits of Science
Science and western science in particular has not yet taken fully into account its limitations, which are pointed to by paradoxical results and unsolved questions in both mathematics and physics. These limitations stem from fundamental assumptions made about reality and consciousness, which are completely overlooked by scientists and even philosophers.
Here are some of these assumptions
- There exist external and internal realities of individual observers
- There exist observers apart from the observed
- There exist energy, matter, time and space and a material realities apart from direct present consciousness
- Symbols refer to something in actual reality
- There is an actual reality
By overlooking these assumptions, science practitioners and societies adhering to scientific results are greatly limiting themselves.