The Great Peace Stories
Living focuses on sensing things. We see; we listen; we smell; we touch; we taste.
Information pours in through our senses like water pouring over a dam wall. At times, there is so much information that it simply overwhelms us but, mostly, we try to filter the input into manageable bits.
It is common for people to have a particular listening skill or, maybe, they are highly visually acute. They will tend to focus on the type of sensory input that suits them and, often, will become very skilled at perceiving the nuances of that input. A visual person may notice a slightly lighter shade of blue-green that others don’t pick up. A highly auditory person may hear a subtle sibilant behind a cello’s droning.
More Than the Senses
But, the senses are not the end of the story. Already, you may have noticed that people measure, judge, and classify the information their senses receive. The sounds, sights, smells, touches, and tastes, and messages more generally, are filtered and assessed through the rational mind. Then, we place our conclusions in a large filing system that we call our beliefs, attitudes and/or knowledge.
Let’s say you smell smoke in your home. Something’s burning. You notice the smell. You assess the quality of the smell: is it strong, is it organic or plastic? You hear your partner banging around in the kitchen. So, you conclude that the smoke does not represent danger. It is a standard piece of information that you receive every second evening (when it’s their turn to cook) at about 7 o’clock.
What Happens Next?
Your emotions do not flare out into a panic about something having caught alight in the house. You remain calm. That emotion is the product of the belief you have developed about the smoke.
Then, something else happens.
You call out: “Hey Honey. Something’s burning.”
You hear your partner swear.
So, the action you took was pretty mild. You didn’t rush into the kitchen with a fire extinguisher. You just told your partner what was happening.
After making a judgement about your belief, two things swing into action. Both are ways of expressing your beliefs: emotions and actions.
Although this sequence can seem rather obvious at first glance, it is truly profound when you understand the depth and breadth of its operations both within individuals and throughout the entire range of their interpersonal communication.
Meet the Modes
The five stages of receiving and expressing are “modes.” We shift from one stage of dealing with information to another in an identifiable sequence: information, inference, knowledge, emotions, and actions.
I have created a short way to name these modes: info, infer, infix, infeel, and inforce.
As we learn more about the mode sequence, we will discover, among many other insights, that every individual has their own special pattern of emphasis in the mode sequence. And, it has a profound influence on every way we express ourselves: how we speak; how we operate at work; how we build our families and create our homes.
Most importantly, this sequence of modes operates like a deep language that provides the foundations of all our ways of expressing. And, for that reason, I have called this sequence of modes “Infra Language.” In this case, “infra” means below. It refers to the structure of language.
So, now, let’s learn the structural language that we all use. Let’s gain deeper insight and more powerful foresight.