One describes a tale best by telling the tale. You see? The way one describes a story, to oneself or to the world, is by telling the story. It is a balancing act and it is a dream. The more accurate the map, the more it resembles the territory. The most accurate map possible would be the territory, and thus would be perfectly accurate and perfectly useless. The tale is the map which is the territory. You must remember this.
We say the map is different from the territory. But what is the territory? Operationally, somebody went out with a retina or a measuring stick and made representations which were then put on paper. What is on the paper map is a representation of what was in the retinal representation of the man who made the map; and as you push the question back, what you find is an infinite regress, an infinite series of maps. The territory never gets in at all. […] Always, the process of representation will filter it out so that the mental world is only maps of maps, ad infinitum.
Hi this was a long time ago but I remember a post here about a website that was basically an interactive map of Canada that showed all the traditional territories of the indigenous populations with treaties and history. I can't remember the name of the site and was wondering if someone could help me out?
Note: These levels are assigned arbitrarily. You can break it down further and have more than 5 levels, or you can take a more generalized approach and have less than 5.
This is only a map, it is not the territory itself.
Level 0: No practice, filled with social conditioning, worries, regrets, and anxieties. Any time this level goes into a trance the only imagery and thoughts that come to mind are hijacked by the person’s own predispositions.
Level 1: Have begun training the mind and intuition. There is still a high level of conditioning and dis-balance in the self and thus results are rarely reliable, but the mind has moments of clear receptivity where raw intuition may give a solid vision.
Level 2: Have begun grasping analogy and archetypes, intuition becomes empowered by wisdom. When the mind is clear the clairvoyant can give rather useful advice, at times it is even profound.
Level 3: Have begun shedding social conditioning, trauma, and personal bias. The clairvoyant now receives visions unclouded by their own predispositions more often than not. At times the mind is still hijacked by personal bullshit but this becomes increasingly rare.
Level 4: Well practiced in gnosis/dhayana and can enter deep meditative states at will. Can easily tell intuition from conscious interference. Results are profound, thought provoking, and rarely completely off in accuracy.
Level 5: Masterful gnosis ability, clear mind unbothered by daily suffering, and a very strong understanding of both mundane and occult symbols. Very well trained intuition coupled by an admirable level of wisdom. When one of this level does a reading it is a baffling experience to witness. They speak as if they know your life and situation inside out, their reading strikes hard and leaves one in deep contemplation of the advice, and accuracy is almost inexplicable.