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An Introduction to Design Thinking

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It is best to begin our investigation into design and the design process by considering the fact there are certain principles proven to be self-evident when observing the concept of design from a human level of consciousness. These postulates create a foundation from which we can base future investigations into design. They form a set of guidelines from which a greater understanding of design can be woven and made functional. These postulates are flexible and harbor many opportunities for change and advancement. It remains up to you to determine if you share such points of view. 

verb |ˈpäs ch əˌlāt| [ trans. ]
1 suggest or assume the existence, fact, or truth of (something) as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief : his theory postulated a rotatory movement for hurricanes | [with clause ] he postulated that the environmentalists might have a case.
2 (in ecclesiastical law) nominate or elect (someone) to an ecclesiastical office subject to the sanction of a higher authority.
noun |ˈpäs ch ələt| formal
a thing suggested or assumed as true as the basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief : perhaps the postulate of Babylonian influence on Greek astronomy is incorrect.
 Mathematics an assumption used as a basis for mathematical reasoning.

An important note to consider when contemplating upon design is the realization that in some fashion we've all been "conditioned" in how to view the world and ourselves. This simple fact is inescapable. Our culture, environment, society, institutions, including our family and friends, all contribute to the formation of our belief system. Our points of view (POV) are strongly rooted in how we've been trained and taught to perceive ourselves and others.

Belief systems construct patterns in our minds and give precedence to certain viewpoints concerning reality. These POV contain ideas * we have chosen to believe as containing certain indisputable truths. Belief systems also harbor the tendency to limit knowledge by negating and/or ignoring certain issues that support the beliefs of others. In essence, belief systems assist us in making certain choices in the attempt to make sense of the world. 

Unfortunately belief systems aren’t capable of including every point of view … they aren’t meant to. Some belief systems make it difficult to reach beyond our own self-imposed constraints. Some distort and/or impose their perspective upon the many natural systems made evident in the universe/environment that surrounds us. Many belief systems are highly influential and controlling. Yet every system has its own interpretation concerning issues that surround the concept of "truth" in addition to what is perceived to be real. Yet Design Thinking brings to our attention the fact that everything is connected ... including every belief system imaginable.

Humanity is an integral participant in the manifestation of energy, light and information into its most appropriate form within the constraints of 3D space/time.

Pre-requisite: An open heart and an open mind
First of all in order to fully explore the mystery behind the meaning and purpose of design Thinking it is imperative that we possess an open mind and an open heart. This position is instrumental in both creating and perceiving the multitude of relationships that can be discovered between elements, experiences and/or events. Design’s symbiotic quality also possesses the capacity to subjectively personify relationships in a manner that can effectively change life's experiences. Each relationship offers a meaningful expression between countless issues brought to light as the result of every situation. 

If we become aware of the multitude of symbolic associations brought before our consciousness we should also be capable of learning from them. This requires that we possess sensitivity to the patterns that emerge in life as result of these designed relationships. 

It’s the relationship between elements that is of greatest importance. This is why design thinking is the catalyst behind all creative thought.

Consciousness cannot eliminate the simple fact that the concept of awareness is something we all possess, and that what we think and feel are reflections of who we are. Sensitivity to design thinking by virtue of its symbolic power, becomes appreciated once an awareness of its function and meaning becomes felt and experienced by virtue of a synchronistic moment. Life is our instructor and design helps create the on-going lesson plan for us to follow.

Questions: Are you willing to look at your world from a different point of view? Are you willing to put your own beliefs aside in order to consider and/or ponder upon a situation from a different perspective? Are you willing to consider the ramifications that may result from your position? Be honest. Are you willing to purposely open your mind and your heart to the world?

Design thinking brings a certain structure to our journey towards self-awareness. Design thinking supports us along the way by bringing to our attention the de-signposts upon which we make our choices and decisions. Design thinking tugs at an intuitive knowledge and awareness we have seemingly ignored or forgotten. What we deem conscious is the product of a series of patterns we ourselves have created, accepted, substantiated and repeatedly followed over time. What we experience today are the remnants of a series of systems we've designated as worthy of believing.

Design thinking brings meaning and purpose into our lives. It is through design that we discover who we are by conveying to ourselves our true nature. Over time design thinking has demonstrated itself as being the means and the instrument by which we can discover the mysteries of our own soul.

Design thinking encourages us to "wear someone else’s moccasins" by becoming sensitive, aware and willing to accept and adapt to change. The ability to empathize is instrumental in creating the symbolic and complimentary connection between elements. As stated earlier, design thinking's symbolic power has the capacity to personify our relationships by understanding the world in a manner that can intimately affect our life.

Something to Believe In
The following postulates attempt to prepare our mind for material yet to be presented. Each visitor should determine for themselves the beliefs they are willing to bring to the design experience. Please understand that there are no right or wrong POV when it comes to understanding the concept of design. In design thinking there are no right or wrong answers. Each will naturally resonate to what we know as being appropriate for ourselves while made in reference to the situation at hand.

There is no need to defend your position in design. Everything is in constant flux so there really is no-thing to defend. What was once black can instantly change to become white surrounded by shades of grey. Design thinking brings to light the symbolic correspondences reflecting a universe that can be both measured and hidden. Every elemental represents a pattern of energy unlike anything or anyone else. In every moment every form of energy is in the process of becoming an integral part of a multitude of design patterns never known to exist before. 

* "Thoughts always seek their freedom, never answering to one master. They seek free rein and free range trying to avoid all restraint. Thoughts transcend time and space allowing them selves to be birthed again and again into new forms. Thoughts can be kept captive like a genie in a bottle but not for long, they always seem to find a way out."

Gillian MacBeth-Louthan

We can only be who we are. We can only believe who we are in the presence of the moment. We can only be sensitive to what we have experienced in the form of a presence partially shackled within the constraints of space and time - no more, no less. ** This kind of honest introspection is instrumental in bringing enlightenment to the design experience. Truthfulness and integrity are of upmost significance in the virtuous expansion of any consciousness implied human.

    There exists a nameless mystery from which all things appear to have their being. All things are alive and an indication of this single Life force. Everything seen and unseen is vibratory in character and resonates into and from this same common source.
    Design is universal, multi-dimensional and a symbolic expression of this single force as it resonates in all things seen and unseen. Design thinking qualifies this universal source by means of signs, symbols and metaphor.
    Design thinking is metaphysical in content and context. It harnesses the process by which energy, light and information find expression both in form and formlessness.
    Design thinking illustrates and describes the process of self-empowerment and self-realization by bringing to our awareness the qualities of a universe of our own making in everything imaginable.
    The paths we follow are the manifestations of our dreams and the artful creations of our own lives. Design thinking creates the dimensional structure, i.e. frequency modulation, etc. in which our lives and dreams can be realized in space/time.
    Everything is illusionary and symbolic in content and context while simultaneously remaining vastly relevant in our quest to know the meaning and purpose of the universe. This process is approachable by virtue of knowing ourself by means of design thinking, i.e. hu/man ... know thy self.
    Change is an essential element supporting the concept of design and design thinking.

*   ** Some believe that such a presence spans many lifetimes, many generations and many universes.
     Edited: 01.21.2016
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