Ober’s Rules – Defined
Throughout Mankind’s history, every culture/society, has implemented RULES, designed to guide, and constrain social behavior! Today, the three major religious philosophies all have rules, all derived from the story of Moses – or as we know them the Ten Commandments. However, those 10 Commandments, are rules of action – controls!
The Arcana philosophy offers a set of rules, and yes there are 10 to consider, but the rules known as Ober’s Rules to Living, are not about controlling action, but instead, they address thought.
Ober’s Rules, offer a directive for positive thinking, understanding, and self-awareness, but in likeness to the commandments, they are each simple and straight forward – yet, seemingly obscure.
Recognizing, that some perspectives might miss-interpret the subject meanings, we will address each individually, to assure clarity … What follows is a combination of literal translation and their more subjective meanings.
Take each one of the Ruless, individually, ponder what the words mean to you personally. The combined essence of the lessons will mesh in time. As Ober suggests, take one step and know what it is to walk, take too many, too fast, and know what it is to stumble!
In the Beginning …
Rule #1 … The Cycle must be maintained :
Obér points out that in all, which surrounds us, cycles exist, patterns of motion and habit.
From the rotational journey of the planets and the courses of the seasons to the
migration habits of the common insect, nothing escapes. Understanding life as a series
of cycles combined to comprise a great journey, we are encouraged to keep in mind that
the path must be kept clear of debris and the course must be attended or the journey
will be one of struggle.
Focus on the choices you make
From the earliest moments of our own free expression, roughly around the age two or
three, we begin to set patterns in our lives – some we choose and some are set for us.
We must recognize these patterns, determine which of them serve and which hinder.
Too often we go blindly through the motions of our lives driven and controlled by these
patterns without even giving thought to the manner or method we use to deal with
Early in life we are conditioned by learned experience to react in certain ways to various
circumstances or to pursue specific paths out of comfort of familiarity. For instance, it
is less stressful to follow in our preverbal father’s footsteps than it is to go forth in an
individual direction. So readily do we accept the idea of being a follower instead of a
leader or being subservient to those close to us rather than risk their displeasure or
disapproval. The way we respond when confronted with aggression or disapproval, and
our outward behavior when we receive praise or encouragement, are just a couple of
examples of conditioning. How do you handle aggression? Do you confront it head on
or do you turn away fearful of your own security and well-being? Do you behave in the
same way when you are confronted one on one as you do when you are in the security
of a group?
Focus on the patterns that you follow
Take a moment to sit down with a paper and pencil. Make a list of your daily activities,
beginning with the earliest part of your day. List with as much detail as possible the
functions that you under go. Continue the list through the rest of the day. Now reflect
upon yesterday, recall the moments which generated undesirable conditions or
emotions, compare these to your list of activities, look for parallels. Are there
reoccurring patterns between the daily rituals and the daily frustrations?