1. The Moshaiku Little Path

  1. The Moshaiku Little Path is suitable for everyday minor decisions. For important ones The Moshaiku Path is more appropriate.

  2. Other differences between the two is that this Little Path has fewer and simpler stages, and that it can be practiced anywhere (the Path requieres more time and also a quiet place). You can read Decisions and moshaikus to know the basis of both.

  3. I hope that following this Little Path you’ll make the best possible decision :)

  4. 1. Preparations

  5. You must have a moshaiku at hand, which can be downloaded here. You also need a pen or pencil and eraser. It is also important to maintain an attitude of calm and respect throughout the whole process.

  6. 2. The question

  7. Find a short question that matches your decision. Say it aloud and write it on top of the moshaiku. Suppose you need to find a gift for your sweetheart Sara, and you doubt between a book or a CD. Your question in this case could be Book or album? Other situations may induce questions like should I change my glasses?, movie or concert?, should I pay him a visit?, should I bring a dessert or a bottle of wine?

  8. 3. The helper

  9. Now place your pencil on the paper, with its center at the center of the moshaiku, and make it turn like a roulette. Note the moshaiku’s corner closest to the tip of the pencil when it stops. Suppose it is the bottom left corner.

  10. Now think of a person with whom you would like to share your thoughts, and write his name in the corner found before, as shown in figure. This person is your helper and you’ll talk to him after the moshaiku is solved. In our example you have decided that your friend Mike will be the one.

  11. 4. The M circuit

  12. Now we have to draw the M circuit (M after Moshaiku), which is a small circuit of dotted lines chosen among the ones outlined in the second moshaiku. If your moshaiku has different dimensions the candidate circuits will be again the squares that are at a distance half the square’s side from the border.

  13. Now hold the pencil upright with the tip of your finger on top, and its tip on the center of the moshaiku, then drop it... Assume that the pencil’s tip lands where the star is. Draw the circuit that encloses it (in green in the figure), outlining it well so that later it won’t be masked when you solve the puzzle. If the pencil falls outside the indicated circuits, outline the one closest to it.

  14. 5. The resolution

  15. Solve the moshaiku now as per the rules in a calm and caring way, bearing in mind both your question and your helper. The third moshaiku shows the result. Another point to keep in mind during the resolution is the following one. We saw that a circuit passing through 4, 6, 8,... pairs of triangles was balanceable if it had respectively 2, 3, 4,... filled triangles pointing in one direction and less in the other. Then, for each balanceable circuit you find associate each of those 2, 3, 4,... filled triangles with one obstacle in the decision, even if you are not now aware of its nature. Think with each one:

  16. “this obstacle prevents my decision”

Associate then each filled triangle that already exists in the other direction, as well as those ones that you fill in, to an action to overcome an obstacle. Think with each one:

  1. “this action overcomes an obstacle”

6. Actions

  1. Once completed, turn the moshaiku so that the helper’s name is on top, as shown in the fourth moshaiku of the figure. Outline the M circuit as shown so as to bring out the bicon that corresponds to your decision. This bicon (from bi+icon, two icons) indicates two actions that you will practice with your helper (see Bicons and Actions for this). In our case bicon B6 came out, which customized to our case stands for: Reply to Mike when he asks you about the gift to Sara and help him to ask about it.

  2. 7. The practice

  3. The key here is let Mike ask you about the gift to Sara, and help him to do so by following the indications of the bicon. Call Mike and share with him your doubts about the gift, asking him to please come with some questions on the matter. Mike might ask things like what do you think Sarah would like more?, have you thought about a particular disk or book?, do you think Sara has time now to read?, etc. Show willingness to answer all questions, and try to be an attentive listener also.

  4. 8. The decision

  5. After talking with your helper, make your decision and be grateful to Mike for his help.


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