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a gift - to see patterns
So here I am,
A big question - how to do this?
I can do this,
It's easiest in the morning.
What do you see when
I look and see ... what?
do I see patterns?
I see myself and
see patterns, my patterns
pattern perception is good -
but what about
yes, I can talk to myself -
and I can keep seeing patterns -
but what's the good of
talking only to myself?
A knack, a gift: seeing patterns. An obstacle: difficulty reaching others.
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.
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.)
My pattern, at that point: see, investigate, EUREKA!, come up against a wall.
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.
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.
So my pattern was a bit different: see, write, desire to reach others, deal with my own fear.
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.
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 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.
* 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.
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.
A final thought - combining gifts.
I think that's about it for now.
As always, welcome into my world.
Daryl, USA, August 6, 2009:
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