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Do you seek the highest, the greatest? The plant can teach you:
What it is without will, be you willing - that is it!" (Schiller)

Mandelbroth set

The "Mandelbrot set" is a set of complex numbers named after the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot. "Complex numbers" are the product of "real" and "imaginary" factors. "Real" numbers we can imagine, they correspond to our everyday experience of countable things. "Imaginary" numbers, on the other hand, are counterintuitive at first: the square of the imaginary number "i" is -1.

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Carl Gustav Jung assumed that contemporary humans have two types of consciousness: "directed thinking" and "fantasising" (See on this: "The Red Book - Liber Novus", C.G. Jung, 2009). Directed thinking is logical, linguistic and relatively young in human history. Fantasising, on the other hand, is pictorial, mythological and - from a historical point of view - much older. Jung's life's work consisted, among other things, in systematically uncovering and tapping into the unconscious but all the more powerfully effective layer of the mystical image-consciousness in man - and thus his hidden sources of power.

Jung distinguished "No. 1" and "No. 2" within himself throughout his life. Jung observed in himself two "subpersonalities" which throughout his life stood in a dynamic, rarely simple relationship to each other. "No. 1" was the socialised everyday person who "was just the way he was" and with whom one "somehow had to come to terms". "No. 2", on the other hand, "lived in the world of God". "No. 2" was deeply religious and tended to be lonely. "No. 2" had "something heavy" about him and he was connected to "past centuries - especially the Middle Ages".

Jung saw life as a process of "individuation", i.e. the gradual liberation from external determination. This "path to the self" was at the same time the primal myth of man. No wonder Jung was an enthusiastic reader of Nietzsche's Zarathustra, which reminded him very much of "No. 2". The process of "alchemy", the transformation of lead into gold, was for Jung a psychological process, an always also heroic, individual path out of the comfort zone of the familiar into the shallows of the possibilities of the boundless, human spirit.

IceCube

The neutrino detector "IceCube" at the South Pole is intended to help detect so-called "dark matter" and understand the nature of the universe. The discovery of "neutrinos" goes back to the German physicist Wolfgang Pauli. Jung and Pauli were linked by a lifelong friendship, which eventually opened up the concept of "synchronicity" to Jung: a - viewed objectively - purely coincidental event, which is accompanied by a - subjectively experienced - deep sense of significance, connection and meaning.

In a complex system, all agents are instantaneously connected. The phenomenon of synchronicity is the psychological analogue of the physical phenomenon of entanglement, the non-locality of fields. While the perspective of causality makes the future appear to me as a "continuation" of the past, the perspective of synchronicity makes the past appear to me as an "outcome" of the envisioning, meaning-making future.

With the causal mind I can see how something has become what it is today. With the creative imagination or "active imagination" I can guess what it might be tomorrow. I then no longer ask myself who caused a certain condition. I then ask myself much more what the current state might be good for: "What do I want now?"

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Aaron Antonovsky, the founder of salutogenesis research, coined the term "sense of coherence" for this. It is the "sense of coherence" that leads me out of being a victim and into a self-effective, productive mode of creation. We can train this sense organ. In gradual refinement, tinkering, "recursive iteration" or presensing.



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