Saros Philosophy

Philosophy means love of wisdom. In Saros, we think it is an approach to understanding our world and ourselves. Philosophy can be both abstract and practical.

The basis of Saros Philosophy is that underlying all the complexities of life there is a fundamental simplicity. For example, writing a book, building a house and raising a child all follow a common pattern - periods of steady development with occasional pauses and sudden changes. The same fundamental process is at work. By cutting through the complexity we can achieve an understanding of this simplicity, which can then be used to organize our experience.

Organization of experience is necessary because only then can we begin to appreciate its meaning and to act appropriately. We have already organized our everyday experience - when we sense heat we take our fingers off the stove - but as we begin to explore a bigger world, we need guidelines.

One example of such a guideline that is commonly used in Saros is a threefold paradigm for understanding events and situations. Another is the `octave of man', which is a model of the faculties inherent in all people. In this model our usual awareness is centred in the sense of `I', and extends only to associations and conditioning, our habitual modes of thinking and acting. Sometimes when we experience a moment of joy or clear perception, our awareness extends out to meaning and interaction. To go further is rare except by accident or by conscious work, and so a large proportion of our faculties is unknown to us.

The value of this model is that, like a map, it gives us an idea of the terrain that lies beyond our normal range of experience, and helps us to recognize it when we get there.

 


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