Steve: So, all of these things like AK, Chi or Qi, meridians, energy body are all metaphorical systems that evolved over time to help us interpret the data our IUOC are sharing, exchanging and experiencing?
Tom: I do not have enough personal experience or knowledge of Chi or Qi, of acupuncture, to say "yes" unequivocally (best not to make pronouncements about thinks you do not know much about). The scientist in me must remain skeptical of everything, including myself - so my lack of specific firsthand knowledge of these things may be an issue. However, having given that caveat, (buyer beware) it is my present opinion that these systems (and let's include Reiki, chakras, and astrology, and many others in this list) are indeed "metaphorical systems that evolved over time to help us interpret [and apply] the data our IUOC are sharing, exchanging and experiencing". Such metaphors offer a useful or practical interpretation of information about the nature of reality in terms of PMR concepts and language. They provide a conceptual structure that (through focusing intent in a clear and precise way) allows practitioners (and their subjects or patients) to apply that information to physical systems within PMR. So, the effects of such tools within PMR are real enough, however, the process that appears to implement those effects represents a man-made tool that is designed to facilitates an understanding, manipulation, data transfer, or reorganization of the source data that defines both the physical and the larger reality.
Steve: In fact, couldn't you say that the entire NPMR is all metaphorical symbols and systems? (from PMR perspective)
Tom: Yes, I could say that.... and probably would. But I would modify your parenthetical to say: (from the perspective of someone embodied within PMR)
Steve: If consciousness can lower its entropy and become more organized and efficient does that mean a metaphorical system can also?
Tom: A metaphorical system is not self-modifying -- it does not lower its own entropy like consciousness does, but the metaphor can be refined and extended (evolved) by its practitioners to become more and more effective and useful to whatever extent that is possible. It also can devolve to become less useful -- particularly if it becomes encumbered with non-productive ritual, applied widely by those who are incompetent in its application, or fragmented by leaders with ego driven personal agendas.
Steve: Can one metaphorical system or tool be used to lower the entropy of another metaphorical system or tool?
Tom: Sure - to any number of levels. An example: One uses the metaphor of a beam of light to cure illness represented by the metaphor of a black spot within the metaphor of an energy body (typically the beam is used to evaporate the black spot that represents the illness in the energy body that represents the physical patient which represents the IUOC). Intent is the only prime mover of data and organization within consciousness, how that intent is generated is irrelevant.
Steve: For example: Opening the energy pathways of the acupuncture meridian system (metaphorical system) to become more efficient by using acupuncture needles? (metaphorical tool)
Tom: The needles serve a specific function within the metaphor and are thus necessary to complete the focusing of intent of both the practitioner and patient. PMR beings have cultural beliefs that make it nearly impossible for them to focus their intent clearly without doing something. They believe that only by doing something can physical change be accomplished. Thus needles, a Ouija board, a hand full of chicken bones, visualizing a light beam, or consulting the oracle of weak/strong muscle resistance (or a swinging pendulum) becomes a necessary part of the process.
Steve: "Sometimes deliver" must have to do with our being open minded and in sync or co operative with the idea of the metaphor.
Steve: If both individuals (Patient and acupuncturist) are in sync with metaphor i would guess the probability of the metaphor being used effectively will be higher.
Tom: That is true
Steve: But if only one individual is in sync would that mean the probability odds go way down?
Tom: Yes, on the average, effectiveness in that case is likely to be greatly diminished.
Steve: Like if the patient receiving the acupuncture treatment was a skeptic (not in sync) or a dog (unable to understand the metaphor)
Tom: If the patient's intent was to be very receptive and the patient had no fear, ego, expectations , or beliefs interfering with the process - one would get optimal results. If the skeptic were open-minded, there also would be no problem. Consider the dog as an open minded skeptic. If the skeptic is close minded and determined to prove that the process does not work, it probably will not work. If it does, that it worked will be denied.
Steve: Can one individual's intent override another's if that individual's quality of conscious is lower in entropy?
Tom: My above use of "probably" and "on the average" will be explained here. If the intent of the practitioner is clear and strong enough, it can indeed override other forces that are at play. The more power a practitioner has the more careful he/she must be not to overwhelm the free will or larger plan of another. Such power and such understanding evolve together. Those at beginning or intermediate levels generally can do little inadvertent harm.
Having lower or higher in entropy is not a necessary condition of one overriding another unless both are actively engaged in opposing each other.
Steve: Is that why "double-blinds" don't work when testing NPMR metaphors or viewpoints?
Tom: Yes. These metaphorical processes work well only among those who cooperate and facilitate the process of intent working effectively within consciousness.
Steve: Is the "criteria" you need to meet in order to access and effectively use the metaphorical system very specific for each different metaphor or more broad sweeping like "you just need to have a lower entropy and more focused intent"
Tom: Both. One must clearly understand and "Buy into" or internalize the metaphor on a deep (being) level or the metaphor will not have much power to focus intent. A naÃƒÂ¯ve person (not thoroughly trained and not thoroughly experienced in applying the metaphoric process) just going through the motions without fully engaging their focused consciousness at the being level will not be effective. However, it is not required to "believe" in the metaphor. If one understands the nature of reality, one can use the metaphor effectively as a focusing tool without being trapped by a limiting belief. However most people practicing such metaphoric processes do not understand the nature of reality and do believe that the metaphor directly, rather than indirectly, represents reality.
Because of this attachment to belief, many metaphorical processes incorporate ritual (unnecessary process) that typically represents individual specific tools that have been attached to the general tool. A person with a broad understanding, low entropy, and finely focused intent can use common tools or generate their own bag of custom tools that fit their understanding and experience base perfectly. Or if understanding is great enough, skip the tools because there is no need for aids in focusing intent.