Viewpoint Expansion


Reference: Course on Human Nature

When you are suppressing something, or being careful of, you are actually limiting your view. When this happens with respect to a subject then it becomes difficult to resolve your  concerns about it. It is only when you are able to look at a subject in its broadest possible context that you are likely to perceive the truth of it.

This mindfulness process helps you remove the limitations that your own considerations might place on the context of the subject that you are viewing. Once you become aware of these limitations you can look past them and handle your concerns on the subject comfortably.



PURPOSE: To become aware of the limiting considerations on a subject.

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

GUIDING PRINCIPLE: Discipline of Subject Clearing


1. Determine the wordings for the subject you want to look at. It could be “On going to school”, “On learning mathematics”, or “In your relationship with _”. You may optionally use a time limiter, such as, “During last year”, “Since third grade”, or “Since last August”.

Here are some examples:
“On going to school during last year…”
“On learning mathematics…”
“In your relationship with _______ since last August…”

2. Formulate the subject as above. Then use buttons (as underlined below) to generate questions to contemplate on.

“(Subject) (Time Limiter optional)

has anything been suppressed?”
has anything been interpreted?”
has anything been invalidated?”
is there anything you have been careful of?”
is there anything you didn’t reveal?”
has anything been denied?”
has anything been suggested?”
has a mistake been made?”
has anything been protested?”
is there anything you have been anxious about?”
has anything been decided?”
is there anything you have withdrawn from?”
is there anything you have reached for?”
has anything been ignored?”
has anything been stated?”
has anything been helped?”
has anything been altered?”
has anything been revealed?”
has anything been asserted?”
has anything been agreed with?”

3. An example of a formulated question would be:

“On learning mathematics, has anything been suppressed?”

NOTE: Those things get suppressed that are shocking and painful to look at. Especially look for a shock, and experience the moment of shock.

4. Take up one question at a time in the sequence given above. Make sure you understand the question fully before you start contemplating on it.

5. You will know right away if something is there or not on a question. If something is there then practice the discipline of mindfulness until the response forms up fully in the mind.

6. If nothing is there on a question, then move to the next question.

7. If something does come up on a question, check to see if something more is there. Many responses may come up on a question. There would be a relaxed feeling when you have gotten everything available in the mind on a question.

NOTE: It is okay to write down the responses that the mind gives, if it helps you focus your attention better.

8. If nothing more is there on a question, then move to the next question.

9. Continue down on the list of these questions, until you find that your concern is gone, you have your answer, or you know what to do. You do not have to continue with rest of the questions.

10. Sometimes you may find that you have gone down all the way to the last question, and some concern is still remaining. In that case, review the wordings of the subject and/or the time limiter. And then repeat the procedure again.

11. If this procedure reveals that there is some upset, then take some time to contemplate over that upset using the discipline of mindfulness, until you have overcome that upset. Then continue with this procedure.


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  • vinaire  On May 28, 2017 at 6:47 AM

    Scientologists may want to apply this exercise to the subject of Scientology itself.

  • Dan Koon  On June 12, 2017 at 7:06 AM

    I tried this procedure and it worked like a bomb, as we used to say. It resolved a major concern I had in 45 minutes. I have felt no need to revisit the procedure since.

  • vinaire  On June 12, 2017 at 7:20 AM

    Thank you, Dan. As Scientologists ask, “Would you like others to have similar wins?”

    Just kidding!

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