Let’s consider how our interests define the trajectories of life and attract the circumstances.
People like to predict. People believe in something, have hope for something, every day make predictions based on the knowledge and experience. Everything would be simple if we always got what we wanted and expected. But how often and unpredictably life builds strange trajectories and scenarios, throws us on the bends of quite unexpected events and gives/takes away more than we thought. Clever and beautiful girls sometimes become homeless and addicted people. And some children losers and bullies grow up to be exemplary parents and outstanding workers. Looks like it’s time to understand what drives this world and our lives. Who or what intervenes invisibly in life, now distancing, now bringing it to our ideal?
This leads to the fact that we ourselves are the main helpers and pests for ourselves. Indeed, those achieve greater success who are aware of their interests and competently operate, embodying them. And anyway, even the most successful life is not without confusing surprises. These are they which change our plans and sometimes even the paths of our life, making us sometimes to grab our head in confusion. Then we start to ask questions: how to make better choices, to change the boring and exhausting life scenario? Are we able to choose our destiny?
Iissiidiology helps to understand these questions and learn:
- how one moves along the trends, scenarios of his life;
- what is interest of a man as the real reason for running the surrounding circumstances and building his life scenario.
I am not what happened to me,
I am what I choose to become.Carl Gustav Jung
Our attention focus
Life is a series of points of concentration of our attention. Now you are concentrating on this text, and, in a second, instinctively reaching for a cup of tea and not even noticing that it’s happening. But something in your consciousness receives a signal about the desire to drink tea and fulfills this desire. It takes quite a bit of your attention, but still this attention is shown.
In human attention, a portion of unconscious and conscious motives is always present. All together they add up to the current attention, and the dominant motives determine the direction of attention — its focus. If you have a cup of tea or coffee poured, your attention includes mechanical reaching the hand for this cup (unconscious experience+ action) and realizing this text (conscious experience + action). Reaching the hand corresponds to an unconscious action just like all the biological processes of the body: reflex movements, facial expressions, metabolism. Another thing is the reading and comprehension of the material. This calls for analytical and creative thinking to understand the author’s idea, to compare the text with your experience, to draw conclusions. It is the conscious part of your attention.
Of course, we strive every day to send the vector or our attention focus (the focus of close attention at the moment) for the implementation of the priority interests and try to build our life as we consciously want to. However, our way of life is constantly adjusted by our unconscious interests and choices, which we can hardly explain even to ourselves. For more information about the iissiidiological gradation of human interests and levels of consciousness, click here. We do a lot of actions unconsciously, without deep comprehension of causes and effects. We unconsciously reject suggestions, we unconsciously get angry when losing something, we mindlessly bustle in a hurry, we are afraid of a lot of things — it turns out that we live unconsciously… Thus, quite often the trajectory of our life goes astray of our priority interests due to our unconscious motives. These are they which attract unexpected circumstances in our life.
Our interests define the life scenarios
Let’s find out how our conscious and unconscious interests define the scenarios, life trends and attract different circumstances in it. What is interest? It is a conscious or unconscious motive. An ordinary girl Julia will help us. She wanted to drink tea with dessert at home, except the dessert is absent at home. The girl wondered how to materialize her desire or interest.
What things does Julia’s close attention focus include now? These are unconscious interests — the biological need for replenishment of glucose, for example. However, she seeks to meet this need through conscious ways. She estimates quite consciously how much money and time she would have to spend on the trip to the store, or decides to make a dessert at home by herself out of the left products. It’s a usual, common situation, which is still simple. The reality is much more complicated. In her path there lie her other interests and needs, which are fighting for the focus of her attention. Let’s see what scenarios of later life they will offer to Julia.
After thinking about dessert, the following things sweep through Julia’s consciousness: to scan the social networks, to remove the scattered rubbish, to call a neighbor.
- 1st scenario. Julia’s focus of close attention concentrates on the news in social networks. There she sees the news about the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic and, having been carried away by the video footage of it, forgets about dessert. Julia periodically watches the news about disasters because an unconscious interest in experiencing terror and fear pushes her to this. So she pays attention to the news like this and, from time to time, hangs out watching videos, depriving herself of the opportunity to experience or do something different at this time.
- 2nd scenario. Julia concentrates on cleaning the scattered dirt near a flower pot. Here she can quickly and carefully remove the rubbish, which will distract her from the interest in dessert only slightly, and then she continues to get ready for the store. But if Julia doesn’t feel well or she’s been upset about something in the last days, some part of her attention is absorbed by additional negative worries, and she can absently brush away the pot from the table along with the dirt. This will require to remove the overturned flower, besides Julia’s annoyance may increase to the point of tears, and she again will not want the dessert. However, after half an hour she might want to cheer up and go to the store for a favorite cake. Or, maybe, she will put the flower into the water right away to replant it later, quickly and quietly clean everything from the floor and continue to get ready for the store.
- 3rd scenario. Julia calls the sick elderly neighbor to know whether to buy her something on the way to the bakery. A neighbor asks to buy a medicine. Julia decides that the long-awaited tea can wait. First she will go to the pharmacy, buy the medication and bring it to the neighbor.
In each of these cases, Julia’s focus of close attention is captured by her increased interest, which is actually not necessarily conscious. She can switch from the interest in dessert to the interest in purity; but even here a different need can grab her attention. Julia might not think of bad things, but some repressed emotional pain does not allow to focus even on a simple action (to remove the dust gently). The need to clean is suppressed by the suffering. Mental discomfort immediately “attracts” the fact-proof — broken pot of flowers. Julia has to clean up the debris and the dirt (or to check on the neighbor for money for the medicine) — and she leaves the apartment later and gets (or to the contrary, does not get) in an elevator that has got stuck. Having been trapped in the elevator, she can meet someone, the conversation with whom might become important for Julia or for him.
So Julia’s focus of close attention sends her in the circumstances that meet her perceived, as well as hidden, unconscious interests. The same thing happens with each of us, according to Iissiidiology. This phenomenon is called refocusing of self-consciousness: when the focus of close attention paves the way of life of an individual from moment to moment. Our good and responsible interests, motives refocus us, leading to scenarios where problems are solved more effectively, and bright dreams come true faster. Our selfish and rough instinctive interests respectively fill our scenarios with all sorts of problems and thwart good intentions.
All of these interests and corresponding choices are available to us every moment. Therefore, every moment a sheaf of potentially available choices is unfolding in front of us. Each of them directs the individual’s focus of close attention to a world corresponding to this choice, in which a particular life scenario is performed. For example, each Julia’s scenario is unfolding in its own world, and each scenario exists in its own world in parallel with the one she has chosen already. For the details of parallel worlds of our existence, read the article “Multiverse in Iissiidiology”.
All the diversity of worlds and opportunities exists in multiverse simultaneously. Objectively, all scenarios have been already planned, all roles have been taken. All of this global variety, sheaf of choices available to an individual at the moment is called skrruullerrt system in Iissiidiology. Every moment, a new skrruullerrt system of available choices unfolds in front of a man. Making choice after choice — choosing world after world — in the new system, the individual threads these worlds on the line of life like beads on a string (while the line of the life resembles more a winding path) with his focus of close attention.
It would be wonderful if our choices got us closer to our most important goals, and unconscious interests were not a hindrance and adjusted the scenario in line with our goals. About how to achieve it, you will find hints in the article about the materialization of goals. How to keep and develop the best, kind and wise things despite the barrage of your unconscious interests and their effects — read the article about the Human development direction.
If you want to know better what interests and needs you are experiencing, to realize their potential effects and to understand what to do with them, welcome here — about the levels of human self-consciousness.