Comments on Looking

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing


When there is an immediate response in the mind to looking, there is satisfaction and one moves on. But, when there is no response, anxiety may take over, and one may find it difficult to move on. The immediate reaction is to start searching for an explanation.

A better thing to do is to stop searching and just keep some attention in the area of interest while going about one’s daily routine. As one waits patiently without searching, thinking, digging, expecting, etc., the mental fog may ultimately start to lift from that area and bring to view long suppressed material. This may be followed by realizations. Sometimes things may take days to sort themselves out before the realization appears.

The relief comes from looking patiently and not from searching anxiously and trying to be in control. Actually, hectic digging into the mind for explanations has occasionally driven people toward madness.

It is completely safe to look at an area of the mind for as long as one wants, provided one does not start anxiously digging for explanations.



Here are some observations about the process of looking at the mind naturally with no effort to control it.

(1) When a person looks at an area of the mind, the mind starts to un-stack itself. As the top layer comes fully into awareness it dissolves giving way to the next layer. And so it continues.

(2) These layers are connected by significance in a certain order. If these layers come up into awareness and dissolve themselves automatically, there is no overwhelm or harm.

(3) This natural process of un-stacking is interrupted when one anxiously starts to search the mind for answers and explanations.

(4) One exposes oneself to overwhelm and harm only when one interferes with the natural order in which the mind wants to un-stack itself.

A person who is routinely digging into his mind for explanations is definitely exposing himself to great harm.



Most people are using “self” as a filter to observe with. In this case, “self” is a set of considerations that one is identifying with without being aware of them.

You will do yourself a big favor by learning to look without interrupting the mind, so that the mind can un-stack itself in the natural order.

It is the “purity of looking” that matters. It is like being there without any attention on “self”. 


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  • anonymuse  On August 7, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Getting involved is part of the process. One learns to look out while looking in. Being affraid of the inside cannot be the reason to look outside the same way many look outside for fear of the inside. One can look in the same way one looks outside. It’s a natural pendular motion, they are connected. Where are the boundaries between them? No one can really tell.
    No one should fear his own quest(ions). Digging in allows expanding out when there’s trust in one’s own process. Perhaps that is the problem, is that we fear the mind and its content. And so we repress it and it starts creating odd things, like the ones we know and see.

    This is excelent. This reflects the trust I always had in the natural unfolding of things. Sitting and waiting. Breathing. But still I feel things intensily and live the human dreams/dramas.

    Buddhahood is no more perfection than it’s a simple transmission. The whole existence beams and transmits it. The truth speaks through us when there’s no one left in us to speak. When in and out are one, when mind and universe are one. Two sides is the illusion. Man(y) could be the solution.

    The layers of the mind are the layers of the universe
    (Y)our layers.

    Thank you for the inspiration.
    Wonderful job.


  • vinaire  On May 1, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    I have added my latest epiphany to the end of this essay. It came after reading the verse 10.71 of THE RIG VEDA as translated by Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty. It is worth a read.

    See THE RIG VEDA page 61.



  • Chris Thompson  On May 17, 2011 at 2:32 AM

    You have gone to a lot of work and put yourself out here in a courageous fashion. Using your technique and applying it to the thoughts rising in my mind about your blog, I have distilled my question to the one which feel is least judgmental and most sequitur.

    How are these materials an improvement over the TR’s and obnosis drills of Scientology?


    • vinaire  On May 17, 2011 at 5:51 AM

      They are free, and others may improve upon them in the spirit of science.



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