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BOOK: The Mindfulness Approach

BOOK: The Disturbance Theory

BOOK: Education in Information Age

A Critique of Scientology Philosophy

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Start, Stop and Change

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Reference: Mindfulness Approach

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The steps of this exercise are similar to those of Accessibility of Memory.

In this exercise the student simply looks at the memories of starting, stopping and changing (moving) things. He lets the memory come up naturally and does not force the mind. If no memory comes up then he moves to the next step.

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EXERCISE: Start, Stop and Change

PURPOSE: To look at the accessible memories of start, stop and change.

PREREQUISITE:  In case there is increasing discomfort on this exercise, return to the exercise Accessibility of Memory.

GUIDING PRINCIPLE: The Discipline of Mindfulness

STEPS:

  1. Focus your attention on the first item from the following list. Contemplate it to see if it triggers a memory.

  2. If a memory comes up, acknowledge its presence and view the physical perceptions connected to that memory. Then see if there is another memory connected with that item.

  3. When there are several memories triggered by an item, find the earliest memory present and view the physical perceptions connected with that memory.

  4. If no memory comes up, then acknowledge that memory is not accessible at that moment. Focus your attention on the next item from the list.

  5. When a memory comes up that is too introverting or upsetting then go back to Accessibility of Memory to extrovert the attention.

  6. Do not interfere with the mind. Let it carry out its natural functions in the background.

  7. Do this exercise for at least 20 minutes. Then end it off at a good point.

The List:

  1. When you started something relevant to yourself only
  2. When you stopped something relevant to yourself only
  3. When you changed something relevant to yourself only
  4. When you started something relevant to your family
  5. When you stopped something relevant to your family
  6. When you changed something relevant to your family
  7. When you started something relevant to the society
  8. When you stopped something relevant to the society
  9. When you changed something relevant to the society
  10. When you started something relevant to the mankind
  11. When you stopped something relevant to the mankind
  12. When you changed something relevant to the mankind
  13. When you started something relevant to life
  14. When you stopped something relevant to life
  15. When you changed something relevant to life
  16. When you started something relevant to the physical existence
  17. When you stopped something relevant to the physical existence
  18. When you changed something relevant to the physical existence
  19. When you started something relevant to the spiritual existence
  20. When you stopped something relevant to the spiritual existence
  21. When you changed something relevant to the spiritual existence
  22. When you started something relevant to the entirety of the universe
  23. When you stopped something relevant to the entirety of the universe
  24. When you changed something relevant to the entirety of the universe

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The Mindfulness Guide

Mindfulness Guide

Reference: Mindfulness Approach

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The role of the mindfulness guide is to help reestablish the ability of a person to think for himself. This is done by resolving all unassimilated nodes in the person’s mental matrix. The mindfulness guide does not assert any control over the other person.

The mindfulness guide acts as follows when guiding another person.

ACT ONE: He must review his commitment to restore the other person’s ability to think for himself.

ACT TWO: He must establish himself simply as a guide in the mind of the other person, and not as some authority.

ACT THREE: His beginning actions are to clean up the anomalies currently absorbing the other person’s attention. He does that by listening to the other person and acknowledging his concerns. He then explains the discipline of mindfulness, and how it can handle the other person’s concerns.

ACT FOUR: His next action is to establish in the other person the understanding of the discipline of mindfulness through the exercise, Discerning the Environment. He then helps the person unwind his mind through the exercise, Accessibility of Memory.

This approach shall help extrovert the person’s attention and help him think more clearly. This is especially vital for heavily introverted cases.

The mindfulness guide then helps the other person become a mindfulness practitioner by practicing subsequent exercises as laid out here.

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Universe, the Beginning

Reference: The Creation Hymn of Rig Veda

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Here we have the Ancient Creation Hymn along with a modern scientific rendition.

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There was neither non-existence nor existence then.
There was neither the realm of space nor the sky which is beyond.
What stirred?
Where?
In whose protection?
Was there water, bottomlessly deep?

Prior to the universe there was no idea of existence or non-existence.

There was no awareness of matter, energy, space or time.

The universe seems to arise from some disturbance 

Of what? We do not know.

There was neither death nor immortality then.
There was no distinguishing sign of night nor of day.
That One breathed, windless, by its own impulse.
Other than that there was nothing beyond.

There was no idea of death or immortality then.

There was neither day nor night.

There was only the slightest awareness

Of motion appearing by itself

Darkness was hidden by darkness in the beginning,
with no distinguishing sign, all this was water.
The life force that was covered with emptiness,
that One arose through the power of heat.

Lack of motion was hidden by lack of awareness

Nothing was distinguishable, everything was the same

The motion that arose was surrounded by no motion

There alone was the power of awareness.

Desire came upon that One in the beginning,
that was the first seed of mind.
Poets seeking in their heart with wisdom
found the bond of existence and non-existence.

It was the desire that was the disturbance

It was the beginning of the mind

There was then the awareness of existence

That also brought the awareness of non-existence.

Their cord was extended across.
Was there below?
Was there above?
There were seed-placers, there were powers.
There was impulse beneath, there was giving forth above.

Scale was formed from physical motion to metaphysical awareness, 

All opposites, such as below and above, had a scale as well.

There was concrete reality, and the abstraction underlying it

There was desire below,  and there was change above.

Who really knows?
Who will here proclaim it?
Whence was it produced?
Whence is this creation?
The gods came afterwards, with the creation of this universe.
Who then knows whence it has arisen?

Before the beginning of awareness

There was non-awareness

Before the beginning of motion

Who would know what was there?

Any knower came afterwards with the creation

Who then knows how disturbance came to be?

Whence this creation has arisen
– perhaps it formed itself, or perhaps it did not –
the One who looks down on it,
in the highest heaven, only He knows
or perhaps He does not know.

The beginning of the universe is there

Perhaps it formed itself, or perhaps it did not

Maybe the broadest viewpoint of it

Could reveal the secret of the beginning

Or, perhaps, it may not.

 

Summary

  1. We do not know what was there prior to the beginning of the universe. So, we shall call that state BRAHMAN as referred to in the ancient Vedas. This is also the “noumenon” of Kant.

  2. The universe seems to arise from the disturbance of this earlier state of BRAHMAN, or absolute zero. This beginning is characterized by motion and awareness. This is also the “phenomenon” of Kant.

  3. When there is motion there is also awareness. When there is no motion there is no awareness. Thus, motion and awareness present two different aspects of disturbance.

  4. The dimension of disturbance may be represented by a ‘concrete-to-abstract’ scale with concrete motion at one end also appearing as abstract awareness at the other end.

  5. This scale may be formalized as physical motion that is getting increasingly abstracted as metaphysical awareness.

  6. Thus there is a gradient of abstraction from PHYSICAL to METAPHYSICAL just like there is a gradient of temperature from HOT to COLD.

 

Accessibility of Memory

recall
Reference: Mindfulness Approach

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This exercise helps practice mindfulness with respect to memory. The student may feel that a memory may be there, but then he determines rapidly whether that memory is accessible or not.

In this exercise the student reads an item from a list to see if it triggers a memory or not. If a memory comes up, he acknowledges its presence and looks at all the physical perceptions it contains.

If no memory comes up, he understands that the memory is not accessible at that time. He does not force the mind, or interferes with it in any way, to bring the memory up. He trusts the natural processes of the mind to provide him with the memories.

The exercise gives the person some familiarity with the Discipline of Mindfulness.

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EXERCISE: Accessibility of Memory

PURPOSE: To recognize and respect the accessibility of memories.

PREREQUISITE:  Always go back to Discerning the Environment if you are having trouble doing this exercise.

GUIDING PRINCIPLE: The Discipline of Mindfulness

STEPS:

  1. Focus your attention randomly on an item from the following list. Contemplate it to see if it triggers a memory.

  2. If a memory comes up, acknowledge its presence and view the physical perceptions connected to that memory. Then see if there is another memory connected with that item.

  3. If no memory comes up, then acknowledge that memory is not accessible at that moment. Focus your attention on another item from the list.

  4. When there are several memories triggered by an item, find the earliest memory present and view the physical perceptions connected to that memory.

  5. When a memory comes up that is too introverting or upsetting then go back to Discerning the Environment to extrovert the attention.

  6. Do not interfere with the mind. Let it carry out its natural functions in the background.

  7. Do this exercise for at least 20 minutes. Then end it off at a good point.

The List:

  1. You were happy.
  2. You climbed a tree.
  3. You ate something good.
  4. You received a present.
  5. You enjoyed a laugh.
  6. You helped somebody.
  7. You threw a ball.
  8. Something important happened to you.
  9. You played a game.
  10. You jumped down from a tree.
  11. You won a contest.
  12. You laughed loudly.
  13. You met someone you liked.
  14. You flew on a plane.
  15. You were at a beautiful place.
  16. You jumped into a pool.
  17. You enjoyed a beautiful morning.
  18. You went for a walk.
  19. Somebody teased you.
  20. You sat in a coffee shop.
  21. You danced with joy.
  22. You raced with someone.
  23. You completed something important.
  24. You were pleasantly surprised.
  25. You met somebody after a long time.
  26. You were caught in a rain.
  27. You heard a thunder.
  28. Someone smiled at you.
  29. You played with a pet.
  30. You held someone’s hand.
  31. Someone picked you up.
  32. You were spinning around.
  33. You read a good book.
  34. You felt breeze on your face.
  35. You saw a beautiful flower.
  36. You smelled a rose.
  37. Somebody called you.
  38. You were in a play.
  39. You sang aloud.
  40. You watched a movie.
  41. Your team won.
  42. You rode with friends.
  43. You visited a beautiful garden.
  44. You played in water.
  45. The weather was stormy.
  46. Somebody gave you a hug.
  47. You liked somebody.
  48. You slid down a slide.
  49. You ran toward someone you liked.
  50. You enjoyed beautiful weather.

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NOTE:

In mindfulness, the basic tool is the discipline of mindfulness. Apart from that a person is basically interested in the physical and mental objects that form up in the mind.

Physical objects in the mind are copies of physical objects perceived from the environment. Mental objects in the mind are distinct thoughts, emotions and efforts that can be clearly identified.

Mental computations are allowed to occur as automatic free associations in the background. The person does not get involved with the computations.

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Glossary (Vinaire’s Blog)

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BOOK: The Mindfulness Approach

BOOK: The Disturbance Theory

BOOK: Education in Information Age

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This glossary is a work in progress. It is being continually added to and expanded with further feedback at The Mindfulness Approach.

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ANOMALY:

The following are the fundamental anomalies.

  1. Discontinuity
  2. Disharmony
  3. Inconsistency

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AWARENESS:

  1. AWARENESS and motion characterize the beginning of the universe. [See UNIVERSE.]
  2. AWARENESS is the metaphysical essence of motion.
  3. AWARENESS is characterized by desire.
  4. Awareness is closer to “is-ness” to the degree there are no anomalies in perception. [See ANOMALY.]

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BRAHMAN:

The metaphysical BRAHMAN in Hinduism represents the concept of Noumenon. [See NOUMENON.]

trimurthis

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DISCONTINUITY:

Discontinuity exists where continuity is missing and gaps exist. For example, Joe has a good friend named Bill. Suddenly Bill starts to distance himself. This creates discontinuity in relationship. This discontinuity is incomprehensible to Joe.

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DISHARMONY:

Disharmony exists where harmony is missing and upsets exist. For example, Joe and Mary are always disagreeing with each other. Their relationship is full of upsets. They both are unhappy.

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GOD:

God is the fundamental principle that order precipitates naturally from chaos. In fact, this universe is the manifestation of the cumulative order that has precipitated. Without this principle, there would be no universe. [See UNIVERSE.]

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“I”:

The “weighted center” of the mental matrix. [See MIND.]

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INCONSISTENCY:

Inconsistency exists where consisteny is missing and contradictions exist. For example, Bill claims to be a successful businessman, but he is often filing for bankruptcies.

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MIND:

The mind is a matrix derived from the perceptions of this universe. The nodes of this matrix are in relationship with all other nodes in such a manner that a perfect continuity is maintained. The perceptual nodes are continually broken down into finer elements to allow for finer discrimination. The discrimination of the human mind is much finer than that of the animal mind.

The pattern of the perceptual nodes when activated provides the perception of mental objects, such as, memory, visualization, conclusion, etc. Computations in the mind are carried out with free association among the nodes under the rules of continuity, harmony and consistency. Continual refinement of the nodes provides abstraction that leads to the awareness of space, time and other dimensions.

The matrix structure of the mind has capability of tremendous amount of storage. It is the “weighted center” of this mental matrix that appears as “I”.

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MOTION:

  1. MOTION and awareness characterize the beginning of the universe. [See UNIVERSE.]
  2. MOTION is the physical form of awareness.
  3. MOTION is characterized by change.
  4. Basic MOTION appears as interchanging electric and magnetic fields.

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NOUMENON:

Noumenon is that, which is beyond being sensed. This universe appears as it is sensed, so it is called the phenomenal world. Noumenon is not accessible to the physical or mental senses, and it may be theorized as absolute zero. All existence, physical or metaphysical, including all considerations, assumptions, speculations and logic results from physical and mental senses, and is part of the phenomanal world.

Discrimination lies only in the phenomenal world. Any “discrimination” related to noumenon, such as, calling the noumenon objective and physical, is the result of “sensing” it mentally. Such “discrimination” belongs to the speculations in the phenomenal world.

Noumenon is represented by the principle of BRAHMAN in Hinduism.

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OBJECTIVE:

The awareness approaches objectivity as anomalies are resolved.

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SUBJECTIVE:

The awareness is subjective to the degree anomalies are present.

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THOUGHT, EMOTION, EFFORT & “I”

There is the matrix of thought (mind). Its “weighted center” is intuitively perceived as “I”. The focus of the mental matrix at any moment is felt as emotion. This emotion acts on the endocrine system to produce effort.

Endocrine System

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UNIVERSE, the beginning of:

  1. We do not know what was there prior to the beginning of the universe. So, we shall call that state BRAHMAN as referred to in the ancient Vedas. This is also the “noumenon” of Kant.
  2. The universe seems to arise from the disturbance of this earlier state of BRAHMAN, or absolute zero. This beginning is characterized by motion and awareness. This is also the “phenomenon” of Kant.
  3. When there is motion there is also awareness. When there is no motion there is no awareness. Thus, motion and awareness present two different aspects of disturbance.
  4. The dimension of disturbance may be represented by a ‘concrete-to-abstract’ scale with concrete motion at one end also appearing as abstract awareness at the other end.
  5. This scale may be formalized as physical motion that is getting increasingly abstracted as metaphysical awareness.
  6. Thus there is a gradient of abstraction from PHYSICAL to METAPHYSICAL just like there is a gradient of temperature from HOT to COLD.

Beginning of Universe

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UNIVERSE, the contents of:

  1. The universe consists of motion and awareness.
  2. The physical motion is “disturbed space” or space-time that evolves into energy and matter.
  3. The metaphysical awareness is “desired awareness” that evolves into consciousness and identity.

Contents of Universe

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UNIVERSE, the definition of:

  1. The universe is the superset of everything that exists. All that we are aware of lies within this universe.
  2. It then follows that we are not aware of what lies beyond the universe, because if we become aware of that, it will immediately become part of the universe.
  3. We may only speculate upon what lies beyond the universe. But that speculation would be a part of this universe.
  4. Thus, all that we are aware of, know about, or speculate upon, is part of this universe.
  5. This universe is bound by awareness. Beyond this universe is non-awareness.

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UNIVERSE, the purpose of:

  1. The overall purpose of this universe is evolution and not mere survival.
  2. Everything is connected together and growing with proper balance in every phase. This is the ideal of evolution.
  3. Any disorder provides the seed for further evolution.

Purpose of Universe

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