Similation and Similistics describe the ways in which spiritual ideas inhabit all humans. The Four Antiphons were formulated by L.C. Frenzel in answer to questions on how the Nine Meditations, derived from the Enneagram, are revealed in meditation.

Charles A. Frenzel

The Similistic view of genetics suggests that each of us is our own species. Yet, we remain “similar enough” to provide continuity between generations. Of course, there hasn’t yet been time enough for  chaotic coupling  to provide clearly recognizable differentiation. As they say, it is only a matter of time. Similistics puts a very forward-looking view to evolution. Classically, genetics has given us a very backwards view of evolution.

My friend, Darwin, said, “God spoke to me at 4:38 in the morning, January 17, 2011. Here us what I wrote down.”

I am not Jesus, Mohamed, or Buddha, or anything that you can Name, for I am All, everything in their many manifestations. I am the basis, the irreducible representation, the Creator. So long as there is life, I have consciousness. I have not a son or a child as these are but  pieces of the All. That no one comes to the Unnamed but through me is a metaphor of Being.This is the Truth.

I am everything that it is possible for you to either apprehend or comprehend because you are of the All. This is the truth.

I am beyond comprehension, yet I am all that you can comprehend. When you Name a thing, you apprehend a thing. When you Name another thing, you apprehend two things. When you apprehend two things you can comprehend how two Names are related to each other. That is why all things lead to me, the irreducible representation. This is the truth.

The Styles of Attenion

If the bulk of what the Enniagram teaches sounds negative, then you’ve probably made progress in understanding . The whole process is intended to make you face just how poorly you stand with respect to where you can go. On the other hand, there are the positives you embrace: tranquility, humility, truth, equanimity, generosity, courage, moderation, compassion, and worth. These are the principal tools of your journey.

Beware the enticements of symmetry because they lead to compulsion. Embrace the patterns of similistics because they are life.

Basic Journey

The Journey of inherent spirituality can be towards compulsion or towards enlightenment, sometimes called unity. The least redeemed are governed by compulsion to practice their survival intention and move away from community; ultimate wisdom would come from arriving at the center where one accepts that the goal of all journeys is the same.

In compulsion, the pattern is fixed, in unity, all patterns are similar. The Journey is by similation, by recursive development of pattern. The pattern is without name.

This is why there is No One Name.

The Needs of the Intentions

Needs: to be right, to be needed, to succeed, to be special, to perceive, to be safe, to avoid pain, to be against, to avoid engagement. There is a recognizable need that goes with each survival intention. The meditations are developed around these basic motivations.

Classic Enneagram

The list: Anger, Pride, Deceit, Envy, Avarice, Fear, Gluttony, Lust, Sloth. The classic picture of the Enneagram is visualized with the nine sins catagorizing the nine paths to enlightenment or redemption. Similation recognizes that what some label “sin” is actually an original intention that corresponds to a survival trait or style of attention. That these styles of attention function well for us at an early age argues for their relative stability within the personality throughout our life.  This also explains why skewing the person’s “natural” style of attention leads to so many difficulties. Similation poses the idea of recursive development of inherent spirituality by building on the similarities of pattern arising from the maturing of the survival intention.

Oddly enough, almost anything which lends itself to recursive evolution is similistic in nature. I might use a movie as an example. Seen as an ordered aggregate of frames, the concept of the “next” frame is really tied to the information that is repeated in that frame. That is a sort of recursive development in which the information is fed back into the next event and variation occurs. The fact that there is space between the frames is irrelevant to the way we interpret the experience.

However, this space is not at all irrelevant to the way similations work. I will come back to this illusion of connectedness later. For now, imagine that you take the film strip and you cut it into piles of randomly stacked frames. Even with the most fortunate of accidents, there is no way to prove that any assembly is like the original (unless, of course, you have an original to compare it with). In fact, it is similistically unlike the original. The recursive quality of frame following frame has been muddled. I would venture to say that this would be readily apparent to the viewer even if it were not easily analyzed objectively.

 In fact, it cannot be objectively analyzed because  we cannot come up with a rule which will tell us how much information must be shared between subsequent frames for the order to be the same as the original. One might say, “It varies.”

And this brings up another loose end in our quest for similation. This is the notion of prior knowledge, intention, affecting the outcome of the experiment—something else that we will explore later.

Last night I was given another epiphany. I know that there is hardly anything worse than someone who has just had an epiphany because they surely feel the need to go around explaining to everyone how profound their experience was and how important and how necessary it is that everyone should share in their revelation.

 So let me set this aside and merely say that the experience was like being touched by a hand and having my sight extended into the darkness.

 Similation. That all things are created in the image of the Unnamed. I might even interpret this as being in Her name. I see now, upon further reflection, that mine was the vision of self similarity in which I could suddenly sense what is really meant by something called Oneness or Unity. Silly, really. The simplicity of it all. I guess that’s why it is called an epiphany.

 Once before I had the “epiphany of form” in which I sat eating breakfast on the porch of a little Mexican restaurant in Jackson, California. The sun had barely risen that Sunday morning. The short stack of pancakes seemed especially good, and the taste of the butter and honey was rich and went well with the dark roast coffee. I was looking across the valley at a hillside. How well I remember all those trees and bushes, rocks and rills, suddenly coalescing into a single form with an incomplete, yet profound beauty that held me in thrall for several moments before a delivery truck drove in front of me and dissipated the connection. But during that short time, I absolutely knew how I was connected to that hillside, and what that meant.

 Last night Oneness suddenly made complete, visceral sense. I “saw” the pattern emerge and where I fit within it. I don’t want to be metaphysical about this. I don’t want you to think this was experience occurring at a higher plane of existence. No, it was a simple, raw, and perhaps momentarily frightening experience in which I seemed to drift away and touch the universe.

 So, if this is the second time that I’ve had a “similar” epiphany does it “mean” anything? I suppose that if I’m true to my philosophy, it is significant. Will there be a third revelation in which all things will be made clear? I think not.