FAQ - System Structure
These are frequently asked questions give to us pertaining how we interact as a system and so on.
~ How was your system formed?
Honestly - we don’t know. At least not for sure though each of us have our own pet hypothesis. Nevertheless, the cause and means of us being a system is very foggy and circumstantial at best. Much is speculated, but little is actually known. We know concretely that even when our body was a child, we were still aware we were not alone (even if we had no idea what to consider ourselves). So at least by age 8 or 9, we were already plural. Outside of what we know, some of us prefer spiritual explanations to our system being, others lean to psychological explanations , some neurological ones, a few a mix of two or more of those, and even some have no opinion either which way.
For more information on our thoughts on how we came to be, you can see our essay, The Creation of A System.
~ Are there any requirements for system members?
Our system does have a number of requirements that any system member has to abide by, though most are fairly standard and straight forward. Of course, there is abiding by the system rules which included such things at seeking to work together as a group, keeping up The Mask around people we are not out to, not doing anything which would internally harm our body or others, and so on. Other than that, our requirements include things like an openness to paganism (though not a requirement to actually practice or believe in some form of paganism) and an acceptance of other in-system dynamics.
~ How does your system keep organized?
With a lot of comprise and understanding of everyone’s needs. Each of us has our own ideas of what we want to do at any given time in our innerworld and in the outerworld through our human body, however we also have responsibilities to uphold. We run our system like a direct democracy - each person has an equal vote and when there is something big we need to make a decision on we all have to come to some kind of agreement. Plus we have our system organized into three groups - The Lion’s Head, The Goat’s Head, and The Snake’s Head each with their more focused concerns within the system based on how they naturally concern themselves anyway. With The Lion’s Head being for headmates who deal with outerworld matters, The Goat’s Head for headmates who deal with innerworld matters, and The Snake’s Head who deal with spiritual matters and counseling/advising people
~ How do you talk to one another?
Do to most of our system being nonhuman in some way we can’t simply speak English words out of our months at each other. Instead we communicate to each other through our minds. We refer to this as our “mental network” when talking about it. Through this mental network, we can talk to anyone in our system wherever they may be in our innerworld. Plus we can either talk to certain people alone or let a number (or everyone) in the system hear what is being said. Plus, we can not only send thoughts compressed into words but also emotions, images, and memories through our mental network as well.
~ What about privacy between all of you?
Privacy actually isn’t in short supply in our system really. Our innerworld is rather expansive so there are lot of places to go and places anyone can be. Plus sending thoughts or feelings to someone else is fully voluntary. So we actually have a fair amount of privacy, and its not like we’re all crammed into a small space and we’re always having to listen to each other’s every little thoughts.