19 - Positing and Negating
Let's introduce here some holistic mathematical terminology to interpret the dynamic nature of experience!
To posit simply means to make a phenomenon conscious (which implies separation with respect to the fundamental polarities).
This also implies the separation of conscious and unconscious (with the conscious aspect solely recognised). Therefore an undue emphasis on conscious positing gradually leads to loss of contact with the unconscious.
To negate simply means to make a phenomenon unconscious. However it is important here to distinguish as between rigid and dynamic negation.
Rigid negation arises whenever there is undue emphasis on the conscious positing of phenomena in experience. (In other words rigid negation is always associated with the rigid positing of phenomena!)
This imbalance - in terms of conscious meaning - leads to phenomena acquiring a rigid (absolute) form where only one pole is properly recognised. For example when we recognise objects we are thereby emphasising the exterior pole.
This leads then to unconscious repression of the opposite unrecognised pole, which then indirectly expresses itself through projection. So rigid negation implies (unconscious) repression of phenomena!
Dynamic negation arises when understanding is properly bi-directional (leading to paradoxical appreciation of the nature of all phenomena). This enables access to the unconscious in a fluid manner (without undue repression). Such activity only properly develops with advanced spiritual development.
As regards the quadrants, in dynamic interactive terms forward development with respect to - say - the exterior aspect of stages implies - relatively - backward development with respect to interior (and vice versa). This means for example that trans with respect to one aspect is necessarily always associated with pre understanding with respect to the other.
However the incorporation of forward and backward directions requires the similar incorporation of both conscious and unconscious (through the positing and negation of all stages).