Ascendant in domain #4, Cancer
|v Starting off something new|
|v Starting with pattern #4: 'First I establish room within myself'|
|v Subsequent steps|
Individual variations. Illustrations:
Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Louis-Victor de Broglie
|v Other examples: more people use this pattern|
|v - outline - of the the-inner-space-making pattern of beginning|
Starting off something new
The way in which a person meets the world is very characteristic behaviour. It can quite easily be recognized by others and most people can clearly recognize it in themselves. We meet the world for example when we wake up in the morning, when we enter some place for the first time, when we start anything new, when we are confronted with a question or with a new idea. This question can be a simple thing like 'do you want a biscuit' or 'shall I have a biscuit'. After any beginning as mentioned here, the rest of 'the process of beginning' follows.
We can distinguish a number of different ways in which people approach the world or something new. One of which is: firstly establishing a space within oneself. This is the first of a series of patterns which we shall describe, namely the space making pattern of beginning. Albert Einstein would follow this pattern of beginning. To me this seems a good enough reason to start off with it.
Einstein shared his pattern with many other people. In this and subsequent descriptions
of patterns of beginning, well-known people from different walks of life shall be given as
Pattern of beginning #4: 'First I establish a space within myself "
The description of their starting point runs as follows: 'Before I start I need first of all to put my basics in order so as to be able to obtain a tangible and practical basis, a handhold. I must be sure that I have a good grip on my things. I am at my best when I take my time to attend to my toilet, have breakfast, and prepare myself for the day ahead'.
Let's suppose that we would have asked Albert Einstein what would have his attention at the start of something, for instance when he enters a house in which he has never been before. He could probably have said something like: 'First of all it is important to me to establish a tangible sense of whether it feels good there, if I can get sufficient hold on the situation. After all I need a basis, or some tie or something tangible on which I can expect to develop my work'.
Had the same question 'How do you start new things', been posed to Marie Curie, she would have given an answer like: 'I need to put things in order first, the plan or the idea must be well-founded. Only when I feel really involved, and when I have realized a real steady grip on things, can I go forward confidently'.
We are going to ask another physicist the same question: Louis Victor, prince (later
duc) de Broglie. 'I start from my feelings, I always start with the emotional things.
I always look for the human side. I tend to draw things towards me and hold on to them'.
|An approach of the surrounding world like this is not exclusive to physicists of past
times. In fact, around 9.5 percent of the population of the world uses this pattern. A
number of friends of mine use this manner to approach the world. Also artists like Vincent
van Gogh and Salvador Dali, Rudyard Kipling and Leo Tolstoj would have recognized
themselves in these descriptions. The same applies to Hector Berlioz, Franz Schubert, Carl
Orff, Michael Glinka and Richard Strauss and famous women like Ava Gardner, Judy Garland,
H.P. Blavatsky, Wallis Simpson and Marie Antoinette. All these people [ sources ] used the same pattern to start
The next step in the process can be described as a second prerequisite before carrying the thing through. The second condition for people who look for a basis to hold on to, according to the space making pattern of beginning, is to obtain an overall picture (see also: outline). For every one of them this is the logical sequel to getting a hold on things. In practice however, the next step is a factor which is determined much more individually. After the starting point we can observe an increasing diversity, leading in the direction of a more individual pattern.
Continuing by trying to obtain a general overview would then be the logical next step
for this group of people. But people do not always do what is the logical thing to do.
Most people rather prefer to follow another direction. That may not seem sensible, but
there is a good possibility that it contributes to their flexibility and certainly
broadens their experience of life. Although (unwittingly) they have the capability to
follow another path, the pattern in all its fractional parts will always be at their
Illustrations: individual variations of this pattern of beginning
This step causes a repetition of the four last phases (9, 11, 10 and 7), and this cycle
is perpetuated and fed by the other phases.
|Marie Curie (1867 - 1934) [ source ]
would, as her next step, as soon as she would feel really involved (phase 1),
Very tenaciously she would go on and on with the routine-work of testing (5) and
determining the origin of the material or the problem at hand (10).
|Louis-Victor de Broglie (1892 - 1987) [ source ]
would tend, as soon as he has found some thing to hold on to (phase 1),
In fact he moves back and forth between his social group and his own initiatives.
For him also a continuation of trying to obtain a general picture of his situation would be the most logical thing (phase 2). However, doing so would not get him any further in the attempt to use all his abilities.
Since in everyday life most people often have to come up to expectations, and the person usually wants to be productive also, 'working' would be an obvious entrance point. All people who use this pattern, including the three in this example of course, approach their work in the same manner: they believe in what they do, they consider their work as being ideal, and they work with enthusiasm (phase 6).
For de Broglie, the scientist and researcher (9, 5), another combination would also be plausible:
The outline of the the-inner-space-making pattern of beginning.