Starting with pattern #4: First I establish room within myself.


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 examples.


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 new things.

Subsequent steps

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 disposal.


Illustrations: individual variations of this pattern of beginning

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) [ source ]
fig.1: Albert Einstein, birth chart would, as his next step, after his initiative of action (phase 1) having established sufficient hold on the matter,

  • get to work (phase 6) straight away. For him work means thinking, analyzing theories, setting tentative objectives. An essential part of his work is made up by his feelings: does this idea feel good, can I believe that it is going to work.
  • From this point (6) he concentrates on the limits of the theory (phase 8), he investigates if the heart of the matter would clarify or expand any of the known limitations (8);
  • and subsequently would test his understanding of the essential matter (8) with his frame of reference (phase 2);
  • he brings these values (2) in at the next step towards the development of his research in cosmology (phase 9), for which he also has his faculties of strength, flexibility, control and playfulness at his disposal;
  • his ideals or the theories (9) are then intuively and critically examined in the group (phase 11);
  • before they can be methodically observed and weighed on their consistency (phase 10);
  • subsequently he would be using his conviction (10) as a strong and structured argument in a discussion with other people (phase 7); he expects to be aided, supported and supplemented with information, additional structure, intuition and insight by his partners;
  • at which point the cooperation (7) brings him back to the development of his theories about the cosmos (phase 9), with his faculties of strength, flexibility, control and playfulness.

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 ]
fig.2: Marie Curie, birth chart would, as her next step, as soon as she would feel really involved (phase 1),
  • like to go straight away to her goal, plunge right into it and search until she gets to the bottom of it (phase 8);
  • from then on her search, which she can hardly let go of (8), leads towards invisible radiation in matter (phase 12);
  • this investigation (8) into the invisible (12) then leads to a phase of routinely testing (phase 5) for which she also has her faculties of strength, differentiating, collecting and categorizing at her disposal;
  • after this bringing to light phase (5) its value needs to be practically verified (phase 10);
  • which brings her back to the routinely testing and bringing to light of the matter (5) with the help of her faculties of strength, differentiating, collecting and categorizing.

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 ]
fig.3: Louis-Victor de Broglie, birth chart would tend, as soon as he has found some thing to hold on to (phase 1),
  • to look at his initiative from the viewpoint of social values, from being accepted by the social group of friends, colleagues or confidants to which he belongs (phase 11);
  • which, in turn, will incite him to take new tangible initiatives (1).

In fact he moves back and forth between his social group and his own initiatives.
There the process comes to a halt, until it gets interrupted by something else.

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).

  • Indeed, de Broglie would consider working to be ideal (phase 6), especially if it could give him a higher status (phase 10), as teaching would;
  • from this position (10) he would want to do research in a field where he could set new limits (phase 8);
  • these investigations (8) would, in turn, lead him to insights in the essence and the substance of matter (phase 4);
  • from which base (4) he could initiate new substantial activities (phase 1);
  • activities (1) which again would lead to the test by his social group (phase 11) and that to new beginnings (1).

For de Broglie, the scientist and researcher (9, 5), another combination would also be plausible:

  • he would conduct his investigations (phase 9, phase 5) as a routine in the background and get through limitless amounts of data (12);
  • the data he collected (phase 12) he would then, in his own way, minutely analyze (3);
  • and carefully study the structure of the smallest of particles, analyse the results and make them available (phase 3).

Many others share(d) this pattern [ sources ], for examples see the separate page.

Links to
individual space-time thanks to a unique system of co-ordinates - structure #9/3,
events oriented and connected in space and time - structure #13/4.


The outline of the the-inner-space-making pattern of beginning.


  1. My start is based on my feelings, emotional things always come first. In the first place I look for the human factor. Before I start I need to know if I can have my own place, that I can get a good grip on the matter. I like to draw things towards me and hold them tight;
    My second condition is that I also have an overall view, that I can be in control.
  2. In managing my frame of reference I want to be the supervisor, I leave it to other people to do the hard work. I am generous and I don't want to depend on possessions. I want to control the decisions of my partner;
    The final condition of this phase is that it will be pure and that it serves my purpose.
  3. I am helpful with passing acquaintances. I analyze my knowledge, my acquaintances are critical. I acquire knowledge in a critical way, pure knowledge;
    Ultimately I keep another route open, I search for information of a harmonic nature.
  4. I provide for my security by striving for beauty. I always undertake two things at a time, I feel more safe when there is an alternative available. At home I need harmony as my base;
    I started on an emotional basis; but ultimately my venture also has to be concise, practical and without detours.
  5. Deep inside I am extremely vulnerable and over-sensitive. In my inner self I want to be to the point and practical. I search for my core, for clarity about myself. I deny those aspects of myself which I do not want to see;
    The second condition is that I can continue to believe in myself.
  6. My work is my ideal. I believe in my work. I have an optimistic, idealistic and flexible attitude towards my work. I work with ideals, goals, with beliefs;
    However ultimately my work must be feasible.
  7. I always start with the human side, I try first to get a handhold, a grip on the matter. I'll leave the complementary person to work alone, in a formal way, establishing structure, bringing certitude and stability, being trustworthy. I achieve inner harmony by being self-reliant while working in cooperation with others;
    The second condition is that an exceptional collaboration is finally possible, that collaboration is free of tension, is between equals.
  8. My partner's frame of reference must be unique. I reach decisions on the basis of equivalence. I choose my singular goals in a unique, innovative manner. I relish going beyond limits. Whenever something does not suit me, when I feel uncertain or powerless, I deny equivalence;
    Afterwards I search for a solution, so I can let go.
  9. My partner's way is to sacrifice, is to be liberal, is to find solutions. I develop goals without bounds. I form unfathomable ideals. My ideals dissolve and disappear. My ideal is to sacrifice. I am, in a sacrificing manner, a na´ve person;
    The second condition I make is that I can mold my goal in a practical way into a tangible form.
  10. I work energetically in somebody else's business. I want to be active in the community. I have practical ideas about society. I have a need for security which is practical and energetic. I have a practical profession in which I can put a significant amount of energy;
    My second condition is that it has to result in a product.
  11. At the outset I will move in the circle of my friends in a patient manner, but I shall never abandon true friends. My associate is in essence faithful and tractable, has a patient, but ultimately product centered, attitude, and I can be sure that he or she perseveres until the end. My friends are loyal, I am loyal to my friends;
    In the long run this has to result in communication, my friends must be able to see things in perspective.
  12. I know how to deal with chaotic information. I can let go in a detached manner. I let go of connections. I take off with my partner's work, the type of work my partner does is to objectify and communicate. I bring things to a conclusion if I can do better elsewhere;
    I shall only let go if I can finally grasp it emotionally; when I have found a new emotional handhold I shall let go of the old one.