The fundamental differentiating process
- At any given moment in a process, we have a certain partially evolved state of a structure. This state is described by the wholeness: the system of centers, and their relative nesting and degrees of life.
- We pay attention as profoundly as possible to this wholeness — its global, large-scale order, both actual and latent.
- We try to identify the sense in which this structure is weakest as a whole, weakest in its coherence as a whole, most deeply lacking in feeling.
- We look for the latent centers in the whole. These are not those centers which are robust and exist strongly already; rather, they are centers which are dimly present in a weak form, but which seem to us to contribute to or cause the current absence of life in the whole.
- We then choose one of these latent centers to work on. It may be a large center, or middle-sized, or small.
- We use one or more of the fifteen structure-preserving transformations, singly or in combination, to differentiate and strengthen the structure in its wholeness.
- As a result of the differentiation which occurs, new centers are born. The extent of the fifteen properties which accompany creation of new centers will also take place.
- In particular we shall have increased the strength of certain larger centers; we shall also have increased the strength of parallel centers; and we shall also have increased the strength of smaller centers. As a whole, the structure will now, as a result of this differentiation, be stronger and have more coherence and definition as a living structure.
- We test to make sure that this is actually so, and that the presumed increase of life has actually taken place.
- We also test that what we have done is the simplest differentiation possible, to accomplish this goal in respect of the center that is under development.
- When complete, we go back to the beginning of the cycle, and apply the same process again.
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