On Magic and Implementation
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“How can I optimize Implementation?”
“One of the keys to improving Thinking is the capacity to retrieve the information stored in your mind. I call this accessing. To a large extent, accessing depends on organization, how the information is structured in your mind.
How the information is structured globally, that is, how interconnected the information is. (Interconnectedness)
How the information is structured locally, that is, how much information can be retrieved at once. (Chunking)”
“What has this got to do with Implementation?”
“Implementation also depends on information retrieval. Whatever you want to implement is essentially a sequence of steps – an algorithm.
Let’s take Centering as an example. What are the components of your practice?”
“Connecting with myself, Breathing, Aligning (Posture), Opening / Expanding, Relaxing, Smiling… and I can think of a few more.”
“Which are the most important? Think 80/20.”
“The first two.”
“So breathing, and feeling your[self as the] BodyMind.
Chunking essentially means meaningfully condensing information. You could reduce the practice to just two steps.
Breathe / Expand
Feel / Let go
As you breathe in, you naturally expand. This is a beautiful embodied reminder.
A reminder to physically expand vertically, to stand tall, extend your spine.
A reminder to physically expand in all directions, to take up more space, adopt an expansive (power) pose.
A reminder to expand your Awareness, to your entire field of vision, and to use all senses.
A reminder to expand metaphorically, to open your MindHeart, be more receptive.
As you lovingly feel your beautiful BodyMind, you’ll naturally notice tension. This is a beautiful embodied reminder to let go. As you let go of tension (what I call detensing), relaxation and smiling naturally follow.
This is chunking in action. I’ve condensed the algorithm to only two meaningful steps.
Besides the algorithm, Implementation has another component: representations [<link; medium length]. How you mentally represent the practice to yourself. This makes it more meaningful. For instance you might represent the Centering practice as Homecoming – coming home to yourself.
The algorithm and the representation are two distinct chunks. You can integrate them together through metaphor. For instance, since you love Magic the Gathering, you can think of them as a Magic card.
The algorithm is the text of the card, describing what it does.
The representation is the image of the card, making it more memorable.”