The law of three

The Law of three is the most significant abstract principle of life and living systems.

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The Law of three is the most significant abstract principle of life and living systems. In has been recognised as such as a informing pattern of a wide range of metaphysical systems.
It was introduced to the west by
George Gurdjieff
and later refined by one of his students (in my opinion the most significant of them),
John G Bennett
who extended beyond the triad (3), heptad (7) and enneagram (9) to a whole new field he called
Systematics
.
Every system (of the 3 laws) is a part of a larger system and is itself a whole to contained systems ("multiordinality")
It is interesting that in searching for a better label for the 3 laws than Bennett's that the LO3 expresses itself in the hunt for a label that "reconciles" its dualistic nature of being & becoming.
The law of three is the name Gurdjieff gave to a 3 term system; that is any system that has 3 terms or nodes. Each of the terms of the triadic has a particular unique character, often called a force. Together these 3 forces combine to create a larger whole or holon.

The 3 forces

These are the 3 components of the law of three.
  1. Affirmative force
  1. Receptive force
  1. Reconciling force

The first term of any system is the meta term of that system (?)

For example
  1. The unity force is meta to nothingness
  1. The dyadic force is meta to one-ness
  1. The reconciling force is meta to the other dyadic forces
  1. The meta-affirmative is meta to the other three forces
  1. The meta-reconciling is meta to the rest of the system

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The LO3 applied to cognition

The LO3 applied to cognition