The learning material and contents provided by the AltanaESP Network & System, frequently make use of terms and concepts that aren't all that familiar to most people. This glossary - AltanaESP Terms and Concepts - is a collection of the constructs (i.e. words, terms & concepts) often used in AltanaESP materials and content. This glossary act as a source of reference to enhance the contextual meaning and understanding of these "odd" terms and concepts. Words and/or phrases hold different meanings for each person. Therefore, it is a sensible idea to "define" the constructs used and to "place every body on the same page" when dealing with such constructs. You, the reader - most likely - have quite a different definition for, understanding of or perspective regarding such constructs... and that is fine! However, within the Altana... Electronic Support Platform (i.e. Network and System), the various terms, concepts and implications are quite specific and contextual.

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Reaction implies that we take steps to counteract a situation, event or circumstances as "acting before we think". To react is generally seen as inappropriate, compared to response... not because it is necessarily the "wrong way of doing things", but because to react implies "NOT to think things over"... not even for a second or two.

Reacting to a situation or event is often the result of...
As a result of the above, it is more than likely that we would rather react, than respond to stimulus from our external environment.

Key Reactions is driven by uncontrollable emotions, inappropriate impulses, survival instincts out of context and source mainly from our sabotage programs, which frequently results in the "start-up" of the domino effect.
A reactive attitude - although not strongly encouraged - is sometimes necessary to avoid harm and protect us from danger. A reactive attitude is required when we find ourselves in a life threatening situation, especially when "thinking" (i.e. to respond) could cause serious harm. For example...
  • car accidents,
  • hijackings,
  • being attacked,
  • catastrophes,
  • natural disasters, ...etc.
Under the above circumstances, to react could save lives and may prevent "grave bodily harm". However, under normal circumstances and during everyday activities, a reactive attitude is best to be replaced by a proactive attitude.

Key The natural energy flow of a reactive attitude is to REACT to situations, events and circumstances.
Reality - in popular terms - implies "the state of things as they actually exist" or differently stated "what things are and not appear to be". In a sense reality reflects what is real (i.e. actual, true, genuine and authentic). The term reality, in its widest sense, includes everything that is, whether or not it is observable and/or comprehensible. Reality in this sense includes beingness and sometimes is also considered to include nothingness or emptiness. Reality as related to existence is often restricted to beingness as compare with "existing in creation".

However, people cannot agree on what reality "really" is and their is a number of different views, perceptions and "facts" about the "truths" of reality that can be described as follows...

Interpretations of Reality

"Reality" the concept, is often contrasted with a wide variety of other concepts, which largely depends upon the context and point of view held within in a particular discipline (e.g. the sciences, religious dogmas, a political stance, ...etc.). Thus, what we say, belief or see is not real, because we see it through many different perspectives and therefore there is no "real" basis for reality... only interpretations of reality.

But on the other hand - usually - when there are no original and related proofs (facts), it isn't regarded as reality. Reality is consistent for all people, and it would be the perceptions and interpretations of this common reality that are different. An example of this is the belief that rain is the work of gods or divine forces, rather than a natural occurrence that has a scientific explanation. The perception and interpretation of rain is that it involves the supernatural, but this belief does not change the fact that rain is caused by water moving from a gaseous state into a liquid state. The reality is consistent, and it is the interpretation that is different... not the cause of the event.

In most people's points of view, reality is often contrasted with non-existence (penguins do exist; so they are real) and possibilities (e.g. a mountain made of gold) is merely possible, but is not known to be real... that is, actual rather than possible... unless a mountain of gold is discovered. People are inclined to treat reality as contrasted with existence itself; they have in mind the notion that there is a kind of reality - a mental or intentional reality, if you like - that imaginary objects, such as the golden mountain - for example - have. The holding that such things and ideas have so-called subsistence, and therefore represents a kind of reality... even while they do not actually exist.

However in ethics, political theory and the arts, reality is often contrasted with what is the "ideal". One of the fundamental issues can be formulated as follows... Given our knowledge of the way the world "IS", how can we know for sure the way the world "ought to be"' like? Most ethical views hold that the world we live in (i.e. the real world) is not ideal... and - as such - not actually true (or real). Obviously, when speaking in this sense, "real" (or "realistic") does not have the same meaning as it does when - for example - a scientist uses the REALITY to simply distinguish what exists from that what does not exist.

Furthermore, in the social sciences (especially psychiatry, psychology and education) reality - or rather the idea of "being in touch" with reality - is an integral aspect of diagnostics. Schizophrenia - for example - which has been defined as "unhealthy" in part by reference to being "out of touch" with reality. The schizophrenic is said to have hallucinations, illusions and delusions which concern people and events that are not "real". However, there is much controversy over what is considered to be "out of touch" with reality,"... because one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

Key Reality does not actually exist, merely our interpretations of what we believe to be true as depended on the context of such a perceived concept of a reality.

For example: The "actuality" of a Creator energy force present in the universe is interpreted differently, for instance by Christians as God, Moslems as Allah, Hindoes as Lord Shiva, Evolutionists as Time, ...etc.

"What is" Reality

The "what is" of reality is a combination of two essential aspects...
  1. the nature of reality itself and
  2. the relationship that exists between the human mind (as well as language and culture) and reality.
Reality - particularly in discussions of objectivity that have feet in both metaphysics and epistemology - discussions often concern the ways in which reality is, or is not; in some way dependent upon (or, to use fashionable jargon, "constructed" out of) mental and cultural factors such as perceptions, beliefs and other mental states, as well as cultural artifacts, such as religions and political movements, on up to the vague notion of a common collective consciousness.

The most popular view that often prevails pertaining reality, implies that reality is independent of any beliefs, perceptions, mindsets, points of view, ...etc.; which is often called realism. Generally, where one can identify any class of object, the existence or essential characteristics of which is said not to depend on perceptions, beliefs, language or any other human artifacts, one can speak of "realism about" that object an/or subject.

Reality can also be described as the most probable outcome or prediction.

For example: When an individual asks on which side a flipped coin will land (i.e. heads or tails), the answer is different. This answer is probabilistic, in that it is given not in the form of a specific prediction, but in the form of a general claim about the results as a whole. The coin has a 50-50 chance of landing on heads (and the same chance for tails). Practically speaking, this roughly means that the more times we flip the coin, the closer our heads-tails results will get to being half of one and half of the other. However, it does not tell us nor predict the outcome for any particular coin toss.

Phenomenological reality (i.e. our umwelt)

On a much broader and more subjective level; private experiences, curiosity, inquiry, previous experiences (i.e. personal history) and the selectivity involved in personal interpretation of events or circumstances; shapes reality as seen by one and only one individual and hence is differentiated as phenomenological realities. While this form of reality might be common to other people as well, it - however - is unique to oneself as to be never experienced or agreed upon by anyone else. Much of the kind of experiences, that is deemed spiritual, occurs on this level of reality.

Key Reality is what we make of our environment and our circumstances... and what we believe to be true.
Reality isn't always what we thing it is!
Reality check implies an assessment or evaluation to determine whether an individual's personal views, beliefs, perspectives, circumstances or expectations conform to the reality that exists as determined by the majority of accepted collective truths and facts. Also implied with reality check, is whether something said or done, demonstrate the unrealistic nature of somebody's dreams, ideas or desires.

Normally, reality check, is a word or phrase used to bring a person back into aligning him-/herself to the reality of those around him/her. Applying reality checks, without considering the context or dynamics of the circumstances, frequently results in smashing hopes, expectations and dreams. Mainly because it isn't realistic enough or conform to collective acceptable norms. Especially when the individual's reality do not synchronize or conform to "our" reality as supported by the majority's point of view.

Reality check within an AltanaESP context, also implies to "monitor, evaluate and compare yourself", NOT with what is collectively expected (as is indicated above), BUT with who you really and truly are (i.e. compared to an authentic, reliable and valid SWOT-analysis).

RedNotebook is a modern electronic journal which includes a calendar navigation, customizable templates, export functionality and word clouds. One can also format, tag and search entries made.

RedNotebook is a method to systematically collect day to day data, which - in tandem with Dropbox - is supportive to individualised assistance and guidance.

For more information visit the RedNotebook website.

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