Powerful Recovery Rubric

This is something simple you can do, to get started on improving your life right now.

You can repeat this system at any time. It is especially valuable for those occasions you feel overwhelmed by circumstances or can’t cope.

But it is not confined to use in a drastic crisis. It would help a very efficient and successful person up a notch or two as well. Such simple step-wise programs we call in Supernoetics™ a “rubric” (a formula).

Step 1. Make a List

Start by making a list of undone things that are holding you back in life, from the smallest to the most intimidating. Empty your head as the thoughts come. Don’t try to put them in any sequence or hierarchical order. Continue reading

Fictional and Factual Imagination Are Different

Creative imagination is the supreme activity of the human mind. By using his imagination creatively, Man has been able to make many leaps forward, improving his existing reality to a better one. To use imagination creatively, a person must proceed from a series of known facts toward a series of supposed or invented facts or conditions. The supposed facts or conditions may end up  close to or far removed from the point of departure.

Imagination is the integral portion of creativity, which shapes a concept or course of action in advance of the event and directs activities. It conceives interpretations and translates an idea into action in a way that provides a person with a clear objective; a determinable goal toward which to progress.

Sometimes, imagination is thought to be functioning when reality has been left far behind and flights of fancy have taken over. This is because there are two types of imagination that function for all of us: fictional and factual. Fiction denotes something already removed from fact. If the basis for an act of imagination, itself a mental act beyond fact, rests on fiction, the result is twice removed from the original source.

Fictional imagination operates from assumed rather than observed and proven facts, or from assumptions that are false rather than true. Often fictional imagination creates images that are more a projection of a wish than of sound reasoning; images out of which dreams and madness are made. Fictional imagination is the primary source of fixed viewpoints, fears and beliefs ungrounded in reality. It is seldom of positive value.

Factual imagination operates from a basis of comprehended knowledge. It functions as freely as the fictional kind – as freely as the imagination must operate – but it is logical, based on fidelity rather than half truths. Factual imagination is based on truth, not fugitive from it. In this respect the extent to which creative imagination is stretched is not the critical factor in the soundness of its use: the degree of truth in the relationship to reality or proven facts determines the quality of creative imagination.

By differentiating and discriminating between these two types of imagination, you will be better placed to make the transition from a bounded reality to an unbounded reality, and to discard beliefs ungrounded in reality.

Plausible Distractions

I came up with this phrase today but it’s an old, old concept, once you know what to look for.

It comes down to this:

Often we fail by doing what is most important!

Huh? That’s right. We engage in something which is so easy to sell to ourselves as vital, significant and part of the way forward. But it isn’t. In fact it’s a distraction form what we should be doing.

I’m a writer, so this applies especially to me: so long as I am writing, progress is good, right?


There are things we all have to do in life. One particular anchor is the next step in our master life plan. That must take priority over all other activity. So, if we let something get in the way of ding it, we are letting ourselves be distracted.

Here’s today’s example. I was talking with a colleague and proudly boasted I wrote 11,000 words yesterday. That’s impossible, of course. I wrote about 4,000 new words and edited/rewrote another 7,000.

Rewriting and editing is still very demanding and, I would guess, about 65% of the effort of fresh, creative writing. So yesterday was a very formidable output indeed. I doubt even 0.5% of writers who have ever lived could equal that (nobody before the age of word processors).

But actually, I hurt myself. Because I didn’t do something even more important…. Continue reading

The Supreme Test Of History (Success)

“Make it so!”

This popular catch phrase from the second generation Star Trek series encapsulates a key philosophy of living: do what needs doing.

There is an attitude to life which says “Do your best!” Not good enough! You don’t stop at doing your best: you do whatever needs to be done.


Forget the excuses, obfuscations, problems. The supreme test of personal competence is simply the answer to the question: did you do the action you had to do?

We had a look in an earlier section at the concept of excuses, justifications and Whys. Excuses and justifications are get-outs. They answer nothing; they promote and reinforce failure. Shun these imposters.

A why is a real reason — but only if it leads to a resolution of what was non-optimum. Otherwise it remains merely an excuse. We especially shun that “why” of Fate; if it is not under your control, it isn’t a legitimate reason for anything.

We come back to the supreme test: just DID IT or DIDN’T IT happen?

Task-Oriented vs. People Oriented

You will hear debate sometimes over individuals who are supposed to be “task-oriented” and those who are “people-oriented”. Task-oriented people are those who judge by the result, whether or not it happened. The task rules the state of play. People-oriented individuals believe they put people first and the task comes second.

It isn’t nearly as clear cut as this. Continue reading

10 Rules Of Healing Logic – 2

Thanks a lot for your input from article 1:

It was great to have so much feedback and help, asking for “strong logic”, rule #10. It’s a subject that fascinates me and excited strong emotions, the way poetry can do. In fact there is a kind of poetry in sweet logic, don’t you think?

I see thousands of you were on the case and over a hundred good ideas were posted.

The commonest suggestion was “If it ain’t busted, don’t fix it”. Certainly basic logic there. But that’s my #1 in disguise. If something is working, do more of it. Thing is, the tendency that people have is to change things, even if it’s working. So you lose the good; maybe it stops working altogether.

I have written elsewhere that everyone has taken the first step to millionaire. You sold something, right? Well, if you had kept on and on and on doing just that, you could have processed $millions. But you stopped!

It’s sort of a joke; but it sort of isn’t either! Continue reading

Keep it Simple Stupid! 10 Rules of Healing Logic.

How simple and basic can success strategies get? I already posted my own look at a success formula. But for decades I’ve been looking at REALLY SIMPLE, REALLY STUPID logic and how people violate it, or ignore it.

Good thought structures and even half decent logic has the power to heal and transform. I know that. Too bad that most people don’t get it and choose magic and fairy talk, over cool reason!

Magical laws and stuff didn’t get us down from the trees and building TVs, computers, cars and rocket ships! Only what Samuel Firestone called “hard thinking”, as opposed to what I call “fluffy pink thoughts” of the New Agers.

I’m still waiting for #10 on my list of 10 Silly Basics of Reason. See if you can point me towards it, with ideas of your own.

This is absolute down low and dirty bottom-rung undercut LOGIC!

This is my Nine-So-Far Basics of Reason. Don’t swallow them all at once, or you’ll get indigestion!

  1. If it works, keep doing it!
  2. If it doesn’t work, stop doing it!
  3. Whenever something good happens, there is ALWAYS a reason for it. Find the reason and strengthen it.
  4. Whenever something bad happens, there is ALWAYS a reason. Find the reason and eliminate it.
  5. What works, works! If it’s worked before, it’ll likely work again!
  6. Life can change in an INSTANT. All it takes is a decision.
  7. If you don’t know, find out!
  8. Communicate. Make yourself known. If you don’t, nobody will know you are there.
  9. If it works one day, it will work ANY day.
  10. ???

That 10th on the list is out there, just waiting for me to grab it, for a perfect 10 out of 10!

#9, I got from my patients and medical expertise: If you can feel well, with no symptoms, on any one day, you can feel well every day! There is, by definition, nothing wrong, nothing busted, nothing missing, no genes, nothing PERMANENT, if you can have even just one day of good health! Never settle for less…

Well of course it applies to everything, not just health, otherwise I wouldn’t bring it up here. If you can sell a $million of widgets one day, you can sell a million every day! Get to work and see that you do! If you can paint a masterpiece one day, you can do it over and over.If you can write a page, you can write a novel. Get the idea?

Your comments are welcome.

UPDATE, Oct 27th:

To see what finally won, you need to read the second blog on this: