Jim Marshall, a polymathic scholar who has devoted over 50,000 hours to the study and practice of multiple dimensions of human potential and development, shares how to achieve your goals faster and easier. Marshall is the author of the breakthrough book Septemics.
The data in this book are vital for every human being, and can help you to achieve your goals faster and easier, by explaining what might otherwise seem to be inexplicable or random. If someone were to invite you to a rendezvous, you would certainly expect him to tell you the exact location, and perhaps also how to get there. Needless to say, it is very difficult to get somewhere if you don’t know where you are, don’t know where you are going, and don’t know how to get to your destination. This sounds idiotic, but most people do this regularly.
For example, When I started driving extensively, long before the proliferation of GPS units, I was surprised to learn how many people did not know (geographically) precisely where they were, nor exactly how to get there. More often than not, my request for directions to the location of the person on the other end of the telephone was requited by vague and often inaccurate instructions, which often did more harm than good. I learned to ask only for the address, which many could not give anyway, and then look it up on a good map.
If this is so with physical locations, it is even more so with conceptual locations, because they are abstract. Most people wander through life aimlessly, so much so that it is considered “normal.” Whether discussing politics, career, romance, finances, health – you name it – most people do not know where they are, where they are going, nor how to get there. If you want to improve your or another’s condition, these scales are very useful, because each scale is a roadmap for some area of human activity. It enables you to find out precisely where you are, where you are going, and how to get there, given some specific context. There are very few human-behavioral contexts to which at least one of these scales does not apply.
If you have the world on a string, and cannot envision any storm clouds on the horizon, then you do not need this book. However, I have not met anyone who fits that description.
Each of these scales dispels confusion by orienting the person in his situation. Confusion is the result of disorientation. Consequently, when a person “knows where he stands,” he can think much more clearly about that area. These scales facilitate the ascertainment of your present location or condition, your immediate objective, and the pathway to achieve it, in some given context. No matter where you are, nor where you are trying to go, these scales can help you arrive more swiftly, and less painfully.
You can use this book by finding your level (present location) on the appropriate scale, which also tells you the next level up (immediate destination), and the next level down (where you will wind up if you fail), and puts it all in the context of where you have been and where you are headed.
An extremely useful datum of Septemics is that one can only move to the level immediately above or below. Next to not knowing what level one is at, the most common failing in life is attempting to move to a level that is not adjacent to the level one is occupying. It is always impossible to skip a level. One might go through a level swiftly, easily or without realizing it, but one went through nevertheless.