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In the first 20 points the impact of a single Interruption upon the Creative Pulse comes primarily from the impact upon the Amplitude, not the Area. While the Area contributes it is secondary to the impact upon the Max. For all practical purposes a single interruption undermines the Max by spreading it between two peaks.
An interruption at points 1 or 2 has virtually no effect because the peak has not been split yet. From point 3 to point 15 the first peak while growing is still smaller than the second peak. See diagram.
At point 16 the two peaks are equal.
After point 16 the second peak becomes smaller than the first peak.
At about point 22, the peak is unaffected after this point. The only thing that is affected is the Area. The Dark represents the portion that is subtracted due to interruption.
Eventually at about point 80 the light area goes negative. This has its own parameters, which we shall explore in a bit.
But before we do let’s look briefly at longer Interruptions. Up until now we’ve only seen pictures of one-minute interruptions in a 2-hour session. In the graph below we see a picture of some interruptions in relation to each other. The light gray area represents a 7-minute interruption - the dark gray a 3-minute interruption - the gray blue area represents a 1-minute interruption while the peak of red represents the session with no interruptions.
These interruptions all represent the maximum attack on the peak, where it seems the most damage can be done in terms of impact. Under the method of calculation that we’ve discussed:
the 1-minute interruption causes 13 minutes of damage -
the 3-minute interruption 24 minutes of damage -
the 5-minute interruption 30 minutes of damage -
the 7-minute interruption 30 minutes of damage -
the 10-minute interruption 32 minutes of damage.
My uncle’s intuition of a half an hour loss in production time per interruption seems to be fairly accurate. A 3 to 10 minute interruption causes about a half an hour loss in time. And while a minute only cause a 10-minute gap, whoever has had only a minute interruption - They say a minute but take 5.
In terms of a single interruption, it seems that the maximum impact occurs when the peak is attacked. For while the activity goes on after the interruption, the peak is never as high after a premature interruption. Indeed the peaks are lowest when they are equal. In other words an interruption under this model of the Creative Pulse does not provide a springboard action to reach new heights. Instead any interruption creates two peaks both of which are smaller than the original peak. This means that a premature interruption in this cycle can permanently knock the top off the mountain - the same peak of inspiration will never be reached - no matter how long one works - Come back tomorrow and hope for the best - Perhaps then the Fire can rage unabated, burning away Personal ego and allowing the Universal Voice to speak out against falsehood.
Another point is that the secondary peak is continually moved over with the length of the interruption. The output is even increased at the end. What this means is that for non-inspirational work an interruption is not that bad especially if one has no end to the work. We have arbitrarily limited the session to two hours because the Directional Momentum shrinks to zero by point 120 with a Decay Factor of 16. When there is an interruption, the cycle is moved over and if allowed past the 2-hour limit continues to generate a certain amount of energy. Therefore all of these figures of lost interruption time are based upon a 2-hour time limit instead of unlimited time.
Restating the conclusion: for those with limited time the Creative Pulse is maximized without interruption. However for those with unlimited time and no real need for inspiration the impact of an interruption is not so severe.
With the information that the maximum impact occurs when the peaks are equalized and that a peak forms for each unique interruption, we look at the situation when there are two interruptions. On inspection the equalization of peaks and impact occurs when the interruptions occur at points 15 and 20. See the diagram below.
When there is a 2-minute interruption the maximum impact is 18 minutes, when the peak is attacked. When there are two 1-minute interruptions, the maximum impact is 22 minutes, almost 25% greater. Therefore restating what we noted previously, multiple interruption at the wrong time are much more devastating than a single longer interruption.
Similarly when there is a three-minute interruption it is potentially much less of an impact than three 1-minute interruptions. We use the same reasoning as before, i.e. looking for the three points which yield four peaks of equal height, which gives the spot of greatest impact. See the chart below.
With a single 3 minute interruption, at points 15 -> 17, the maximum impact is 22 minutes while with three 1 minute interruptions, at points 14, 18 and 23, the maximum impact reaches the 29 minutes, almost 30% greater.
When the interruption is over 10 minutes the First Directional goes negative. This means that while we initially began at zero now we are beginning at below zero. This is shown below.
We are reminded of the class that is interrupted by a 10-minute fire drill. The momentum of the class is lost and is actually negative. Unless the teacher is exceptional the class might never recover from this hole in the session. When the kids came into the class they were at zero and ready to learn. Now that there is this huge interruption, the attention has shifted from class to relationships. The teacher may as well give up and come back tomorrow.
Mechanically only 10 minutes have been lost. There is still 40 minutes of class time. However if you’ve ever taught, this type of interruption is fatal for the student’s attention, which has a tendency to drift under the best of circumstances. This Directional Momentum model can also be applied to the student’s attention span in class. At neutral when they enter the class, their attention and concentration on the topic grows, peaks out, and then falls. An interruption kills the attention for the topic. It is almost if the student goes into a trance where he is receptive to new information. If the trance is broken prematurely the door closes on new information. The Threshold of Generation is not reached. The Firing is unsuccessful. Come back tomorrow. Conversely if there are no interruptions the Threshold of Generation is crossed - the Door opens - the new information passes through and is stored efficiently for easy retrieval. The class has been successful.
Let it be noted that the secondary peak, the peak after the interruption, does not get lower and lower as the interruption grows. Indeed the maximum impact on the peak occurs when there is a 7-minute interruption. At this point the secondary peak only reaches about 3/4, i.e. 75% of the total potential. Indeed this secondary peak can only reach about 80% of the uninterrupted peak if the interruption is from about 4 to 15 minutes at the wrong time, (or right depending on whether the object is to kill the Data Stream or augment it). A two to three minute interruption is similar to a 20 to 25 minute interruption in terms of peak potential, taking about 15% off the peak. From one minute break at the wrong time is equivalent to a 30 to 40 minutes in terms of secondary peak potential. At this point only 10 % is taken off the uninterrupted peak. An interruption of about 45 to 65 minutes takes about 5% off the peak. Above a 65-minute break, the secondary peak approaches the primary peak as the break gets longer. This condition is demonstrated in the chart below.
After an hour interruption the secondary peak reaches nearly the same height as the potential peak, represented by the darker gray.
One conclusion that can be reached from this mechanism is that: If there is no real time limit on a session, (perhaps one is self employed or independently wealthy) it is probably better to take a longer break if one is interrupted for more than 4 minutes, if the peak potential is important. Under the right conditions, i.e. the break is not too short, one can recover the peak potential after an interruption.
Remember that we have set our session arbitrarily at 2 hours. If the session were one hour, as in a classroom, then all of these measures would be halved. A 2 to 8 minute interruption cuts over 20% off the peak potential, while a half an hour interruption would allow the students to reach nearly the same height as there had been no interruption.
Expressed in percentages: Interruptions in the first part of the session, or class, are by far the most devastating for the peak potential. An interruption is worst at about a sixth of the total time but is nearly as bad anywhere is the first 1/3 of the cycle. This Duration, from the first 1/6th to the first 1/3, includes the majority of the peak of the Creative Pulse. After this point the momentum has manifested and carries one along to the manifestation of one’s potential. The Creative Momentum has spent itself and must be stored up for another day, or at least a later session.
Restating the conclusions: a medium interruption, from 5 to 15 minutes can be more devastating for the peak Inspiration of the session than a longer interruption. The reason is that negative movements are generated by the higher directionals with the intermediate interruption, which must be first overcome before any positive movement can take place. One is fighting against the tide. If the interruption is a bit longer then these Directional Urges are allowed to wear themselves out with no energy to sustain them. The quieter the Directionals – the greater the potential peak. When the Creative drive is started from zero, the Peak potential is highest.
This has many implications. The first is that it is important that once one has begun that it is imperative to continue without interruption for a distinct amount of time to get the full benefit of the instruction. Any interruption impacts the instruction or creative session but the early one’s are worst.
While an early interruption disrupts the peak of a session, a late interruption can kill the end of a session. Below is a one ‘minute’ interruption after 2/3 of the session.
It sends the Directional Momentum into negative territory creating a momentum for stopping, for ceasing this activity. An interruption near the end of class can kill any residual momentum left from the peak. While most of the good has been accomplished, no real closure has occurred, more work will have to be done tomorrow to smooth things over between the two sessions.