Glossary (Vinaire’s Blog)

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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 page on Facebook.

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ABERRATION:

Aberration is the presence of inconsistencies.

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ABSOLUTE TRUTH:

Absolute truth will be the deepest common denominator of all existence. But like an irrational number this depth keeps on going deeper and deeper. There is no end to it.

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AETHER:

Aether is the substance of the universe. Spectrum of the density of this substance forms the physical universe. This spectrum consists of

MATERIAL PARTICLES
NUCLEAR “PARTICLES”
ELECTRONS
ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM
GRAVITATIONAL FORCE
VOID

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ANGER:

Overcoming anger requires looking at the object of anger with compassion. You don’t really know what is going on there.

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ANOMALY:

The fundamental anomalies are:

    1. Discontinuity
    2. Disharmony
    3. Inconsistency

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ASTRAL BODIES:

Astral bodies are the result of visualization or belief that the person has, but he is unaware of it. Astral bodies do not exist independently of the person.

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ATOM:

The ATOM is a whirlpool of substance that is thinning in density and increasing in speed as it spreads out from the nucleus. The highly dense nucleus appears as the “stationary” center of mass. The immediate substance surrounding the nucleus is the rapidly whirling continuum of electrons.

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AUDITOR:

An auditor is the individual trained in the procedures of mindfulness meditation and Scientology. The auditor helps resolve the complexities of the thetan. An individual can be his own auditor. The first step in auditing is to get over the fixation on the body.

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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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BEAUTY:

Beauty is associated with continuity, harmony and consistency. In case of human body, it is associated with nice proportions of body parts, smoothness of skin, and fairness of color. One needs to simply appreciate it and leave it alone.

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BLACKNESS:

(1) Blackness is absence of differentiation. There is no visualization. There is only hallucination. (2) Blackness is the desire to be an effect and the inability to be cause.

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BROKEN COMMUNICATIONS:

Communications just go silent when they are not continued. Simply review them now and then and continue a communication only if your heart is in it.

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BRAHMAN:

The metaphysical BRAHMAN in Hinduism represents the concept of EMPTINESS, or NOUMENON.

trimurthis

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BUDDHA NATURE:

Buddha Nature is the universal viewpoint that views everything objectively. It is characterized by complete extroversion. Of course, it operates in the world of phenomena.

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BULLSHIT:

A bullshit is whatever that is added to a subject without any concern for logic. The fundamental characteristics of logic are continuity, harmony and consistency.

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CERTAINTY:

There is a gradient of certainty. Certainty increases as inconsistencies are eliminated from what is known. Assertion of ideas that involve inconsistency is not certainty.

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CHAOS:

Chaos is no order or absence of order. It is more than just some random motion. Having no random motion, or no motion at all can also be chaos if order is missing.

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CHARGE:

Charge is the dynamic motion of field-substance. (See MASS)

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CONFINEMENT:

Confinement implies restricting of space, movement or perceptions. One is usually left with oneself. He is limited in things he can experience. It usually fixes attention. But it may provide an opportunity to reflect on issues and resolve them.

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CONTINUUM:

A CONTINUUM is substance that has density (mass) but no center of mass. The continuum is infinitely divisible.

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CONTINUUM, LAW OF

The law of Continuum is a universal law. It manifests itself in continuity, harmony and consistency. Therefore, the universe is a continuum in all its physical, and in all its spiritual aspects. There is also a continuum between spiritual and physical aspects. A person forms a continuum with his environment.

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DELUSION:

(1) Delusion is a a belief in something which is contrary to fact or reality. Basically, delusion is part of the person and not something out there that can be inspected and cleared up easily. (2) Delusion is a belief in things that are not consistent with reality.

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DENSITY:

DENSITY is the degree of substantiality of substance.

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DIMENSION:

The root meaning of dimension is “a measuring”, so the use of metric makes sense. The metric forms a continuous scale of the numerical values for the characteristic being measured as a dimension. Since there are basic and derived characteristics, there are also basic and derived dimensions. Please see The 4th and 5th Dimensions.

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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ENGRAMS:

An engram is an experience that cannot be assimilated with the rest of the experience because of the heavy discontinuity (shock) in it. This then leads to disharmony and inconsistencies that cannot be fully eliminated without eliminating the original discontinuity.

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EGO:

A person who is totally extroverted, and who has no attention on self, has no ego. His viewpoint is universal. It is the viewpoint that is important. Ego has nothing to do with the physical aspect of speaking.

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ELECTRONICS:

Electronics parallels the phenomena of thought, but it is much cruder.

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EMPTINESS:

The reference point that allows ultimate objectivity in viewing the universe is EMPTINESS.

The Heart Sutra of Buddhism defines emptiness as no Birth no Death, no Being no Non-being, no Defilement no Purity, no Increasing no Decreasing. In other words, in emptiness there is complete absence of any phenomena.

The viewpoint of emptiness is just that. It is totally fresh. It is completely clean. There are no preconceived notions, no fixed ideas, no bias, etc. In short, the concept of emptiness is not viewed through any filters. It is simply what it is.

Emptiness has that property of being inherenly understood because it denotes the absence of all realities. From this reference point it is possible to give an objective meaning to any phenomena.  Emptiness itself is not a phenomenon, just like zero is not a value.

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ENTITY (Scientology):

Entities are ridges (fixations of thoughts) in the system of considerations that is not interal to the preclear.  It is merely attached to the preclear and can be easily separated.

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ETHER:

See AETHER.

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EXTERIORIZATION (Scientology)

Exteriorization means ‘dropping of mental filters’ so one can perceive reality directly. The reality is no longer being modified by the filters. This reality follows the Law of Continuum.

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FACSIMILES:

Facsimiles come about when one views from ridges. These are inconsistencies that persist.

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FIELD-SUBSTANCE:

This is the non-structured aspect of substance that starts as a wave of disturbance. This wave congeals into greater substantial-ness as it follows paths of smaller and smaller radius. This leads to a pattern similar to a “whirlpool”. The substantial-ness increases as one approaches the center of this whirlpool formation.  The electromagnetic spectrum provides the progression of substantial-ness of field-substance. The substantial-ness of field-substance is measured in terms of QUANTIZATION.

The field-substance, as electromagnetic phenomenon, is identified as “energy” as in “mass-energy equivalence” but it is not the same thing as the classical notion of energy. This mis-identification of field-substance as “energy” generates confusion.

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FORCE:

FORCE is the sense of substantiality of substance.

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FREEDOM:

Freedom is naturally there in the make-up of beingness and life. Freedom lessens to the degree one deviates from that nature. To increase freedom, one needs to overcome the natural programming.

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GENETIC ENTITY (Scientology):

The Genetic entity is the system of considerations that run the body. It complements the thetan.

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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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GPM (Scientology):

GPM (goals-problem-mass) are ridges (fixations of thoughts) in the system of considerations that make up the ‘I’ of the preclear.

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GRAVITY:

GRAVITY is a substance that is a continuum because it does not have center of mass.

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HATE:

Overcoming of hate requires looking at the object of hate with compassion. You don’t really know what is going on there.

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“I”:

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

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ILLUSION:

(1) Illusion is a surface manifestation which disappears when experience is consulted. Basically, illusion is out there which, when closely inspected, clears up. (2) Illusion is anything that is not seen for what it is. It is colored by one’s filters.

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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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KARMA, LAW OF

The law of ‘karma’ is that incomplete cycles remain in play until completed. Incomplete cycles extend even beyond individual lifetimes.

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KENSHO (lit., “seeing into one’s own nature”):

Semantically, kensho and satori have virtually the same meaning, and they are often used interchangeably. In describing the enlightenment of the Buddha and the Patriarchs, however, it is customary to use the word satori rather than kensho, the term satori implying a deeper experience.

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KNOWINGNESS:

Knowingness depends upon lack of inconsistencies in one’s mental matrix and perception.

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KNOWLEDGE:

Knowledge is knowledge. There should be an overall continuity. harmony and consistency among all knowledge.

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LIGHT:

LIGHT, as a substance, is a continuum because it does not have any center of mass. Only its interactions with other things appear as “energy particles”. At those moments it is said to have collapsed. Light is alive with intrinsic motion.

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LOCATION:

A location is where something is. A thetan considers itself to be located at the center of the skull where perceptions converge. This consideration is generally fixed, although a thetan may consider itself to be located somewhere else if it wishes. The thetan believes itself to be the body, but this is only a belief. A thetan is capable of generating any belief.

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LOGIC:

Finest logic exists in the continuity, harmony and consistency of reality. The mind naturally follows that logic unless it is interfered with.

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MASS:

Mass is the degree of substantiality, or density, of substance.

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MATERIAL-SUBSTANCE:

This is the structured aspect of substance. The smallest material-particle having the simplest structure is the hydrogen atom.  Atoms acquire greater substantial-ness by growing in size. They acquire more complex structures by combining in various ways as molecules and aggregates. The substantial-ness of material-substance is measured in terms of INERTIA.

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MATTER:

MATTER is a substance that has the property of center of mass.

LIGHT and GRAVITY are substances that do not have the property of center of mass.

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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:

The fundamental motion is the oscillation that characterizes the very substance of this universe. It appears physically as the oscillation between electrical and magnetic fields. Its essence lies in awareness.

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MUTUAL DEPENDENCY:

From a scientific viewpoint, everything in this universe is interconnected like in a matrix. In other words, everything physical, metaphysical, mental, spiritual, etc., are in intimate association with each other as part of this universe. The universe as a single dynamic entity. The fundamental characteristic of this universe is continuity, harmony and consistency.

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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.

Noumenon is a speculative reference point like “zero”. It is “zero existence”. We do not know if there is “zero existence” or not, so we speculate one. It is mathematics on a cosmic scale.

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” is speculation that belongs to the phenomenal world.

Noumenon is represented by the principle of BRAHMAN in Hinduism.

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OBJECTIVE:

The objective view is “observation of things as they are, with full awareness of one’s assumptions” . This is also mindfulness. Objectivity depends on the lack of interpretive filters.

It may be said that perception itself is a filter but that is a philosophical postulate. In a practical sense we perceive what is there; and what we perceive can be with or without interpretations. There can be more interpretations or less. A view can be farther from the truth, or closer.

A view is objective to the degree the filters and anomalies in the mind are resolved.

Thus, there is gradient scale from total objectivity to complete subjectivity. The ends of this scale may only be approached but not actually attained. So there is always a quest for complete objectivity.

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ORIENTATION:

Orientation is knowingness with respect to some reference point.

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PARTICLE:

A MATERIAL PARTICLE in space is defined by its center of mass. The opposite of particle is CONTINUUM.

An ENERGY PARTICLE is the amount of substance participating in an interaction. It is defined by the interaction.

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PERCEPTION:

MEST perception is the perception derived from physical sense organs of the body. Theta perception is the perception of abstract patterns underlying the MEST perceptions. These patterns arise from consistency, harmony and continuity among perceptions. There is the dimension of abstraction from MEST to Theta.

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PHENOMENON:

A PHENOMENON is characterized by motion and awareness. Phenomena forms a scale from physical to metaphysical.

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PHENOMENOLOGY:

In my opinion, objectivity is extroversion, and subjectivity is introversion. The whole subject of Phenomenology seems to be born out of introversion.

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PHOTON:

A photon is an energy particle, meaning it is the energy of an interaction within the electromagnetic spectrum. A photon does not exist in the absence of interaction.

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PHYSICS:

PHYSICS is the objective study of nature. When we say that physics is objective, we mean that there is a natural continuity, harmony and consistency among all its observations, interpretations and conclusions.

Inconsistencies among theories, lack of proper definitions, and disagreements among physicists are strong indicators of subjectivity that needs to be resolved.

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QUANTUM:

A QUANTUM is an energy particle. It is the discrete amount drawn from a continuum for an interaction at the atomic level.

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QUANTIZATION:

QUANTIZATION is the process of congealing through which the field-substance gradually becomes more substantial and discrete. Quantization parallels the increasing frequency of the elecromagnetic spectrum.

When the field-substance transitions into material-substance with the formation of nucleus at the upper end of the spectrum, the process of quantization appears as increasing INERTIA of the material-substance.

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REALITY:

(1) Objective reality is what remains after all discontinuities, disharmonies and inconsistencies in perception and knowledge (illusions and delusions) are cleared up to the deepest level. (2) Reality is that perception from which all inconsistencies have been resolved. It is continuous and harmonious. It is what it is.

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REINCARNATION:

Reincarnation is the precipitation of physical and spiritual elements in a new configuration. It is never the same body or identity.

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RIDGE (Scientology):

(1) A ridge is an apparent motionlessness like that of a standing wave. It is caused by two energy flows coinciding and causing an enturbulence of energy. Ridge in the mind represents fixation of thoughts. (2) Ridges are delusional beliefs. They are fixed ideas.

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ROTATION:

The only way there can be persistent acceleration is through rotation and not through linear motion. Rotation is a change in direction. A direction is a persisting condition. The persisting condition is a field or mass. Thus, a rotation is real and not abstract. It does not depend on masses around one. There is no Mach’s principle.

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SATORI:

The Japanese term for the experience of enlightenment, i.e., Self-realization, opening the Mind’s eye, awakening to one’s True-nature and hence of the nature of all existence. See also “kensho.”

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SELF-DETERMINISM:

Self-determinism is the ability to determine one’s location in time and space. It is the ability to overcome any fixation of considerations regarding one’s location or anything else.

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SOUL, THE HUMAN :

The human soul is a system of considerations that is condensed and which persists but it is not permanent. It acts as a terminal.

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SPACE:

(1) Space is the property of extension of substance (matter, light and gravity). (2) Space is the spread of substance (mass and energy) such that it becomes really thin.

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SUBJECTIVE:

A datum is subjective to the degree it is not defined but assumed. Thus, the postulate one is starting out from is the most subjective datum. This postulate is simply accepted as true,  therefore, it is real to the person. But it is also the most subjective datum because it is not defined by any other datum. The data that is defined within the reference frame of one’s postulate appears as objective, but it is objective relative to that reference frame only.

The data that lies outside the reference frame of one’s postulate appears to be subjective by definition. It also appears to be anomolous because it cannot be defined within one’s reference frame. To become objective, an anomaly must be resolved within the reference frame of one’s postulate. Too many anomalies may require a review of one’s basic postulate and its upgrade.

One’s awareness is, therefore, subjective, to the degree anomalies are present.

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SUBSTANCE:

SUBSTANCE is anything that is substantial enough to be sensed.

FORCE is the sense of substantiality of substance. DENSITY or MASS is the degree of substantiality of substance. VOID is that which cannot be sensed.

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TERMINALS:

Terminals are condensed considerations that act as nodes in the universal matrix. They are connected by finely programmed relationships. They are kept in place by the structure of the matrix.

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TERMINAL, END OF:

A person forms one end of his communication lines. The other end is attached to something the person is communicating with, or simply perceiving.  When something at the other end is not there, the communicate is left incomplete and the attention introverts. There is a feeling of loss which brings about grief. Such feeling may be resolved by visualizing the terminal at the other end of the communication line in creative ways and completing the communication cycles.

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THETAN (Scientology):

(1) The individual is a complex system. The core of the individual may be referred to as the thetan. (2) A thetan is the bundle of basic considerations that appear as the ‘I’. The thetan has a dynamic goal to resolve itself. The activity toward this goal appears as a mission with a purpose. (3) Thetan is essentially a structure of considerations, which consists of solidified and flowing energy.

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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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TIME:

TIME is the property of duration of substance (matter, light and gravity).

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TIME TRACK (Scientology):

Time track is the consecutive record of mental image pictures which accumulates through a person’s life. Individual time tracks are experiences limited to a lifetime. They are not linear beyond that life.

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UNIVERSAL LAW:

The universal law is the Law of Continuum, which manifests itself as continuity, harmony and consistency.

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UNIVERSE:

The UNIVERSE is made up of SUBSTANCE that is intrinsically consistent, harmonious and continuous. Beyond the universe is EMPTINESS, that is variously referred to as BRAHMAN in ancient Vedas, or as “noumenon” in the philosophy of Kant.

The universe is characterized by motion and awareness. This is also referred to as the “phenomenon” in the philosophy of Kant. The universe is the superset of everything that exists. All that we are aware of, know about, or speculate upon, is part of this universe.

The purpose of this universe is to evolve to greater consistency, harmony and continuity. Any disorder provides the seed for further evolution.

Purpose of Universe

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VIEWPOINT:

Viewpoint is a frame of reference the person is using. The common viewpoint is that of the body. When person is fixated on this viewpoint, the fixation becomes the first priority in Scientology to be handled. Similar fixation could be on the idea of oneself, which the person uses as a frame of reference. Individual viewpoints spring from the complex awareness of body and self. Such a viewpoint perishes with the body. It is, therefore, very important for the individual viewpoint for the body to survive.

Broader viewpoint is possible, for example, in ant colonies, the viewpoint seems to be tied to the whole colony. But, in case of ants, the individual viewpoint is not as complex as in case of humans. So, among humans, a community viewpoint, a racial viewpoint, or a mankind viewpoint, does emerge when there is some crisis; otherwise, the individual viewpoint prevails. The broadest viewpoint is the universal viewpoint. This viewpoint is gained through universal education. Traveling around the globe is part of such an education.

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VOID:

VOID is that which cannot be sensed.

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WAVE:

WAVES are cycles of oscillations that have the characteristics of a continuum.

A wave can be a disturbance traveling in a stationary medium, such as, the waves on the surface of water in a pond.

A wave can also be a rapidly traveling substance with the characteristics of a continuum, such as, light or the rolling waves of the sea.

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WORK:

Work is the effort involved in getting things done. Heavy effort comes in only when there are barriers and inconsistencies to be resolved. Otherwise, not much effort is required when planning, coordination and activities go smoothly.

Work involves different activities in a society that are supposed to mesh together smoothly to carry forward the progress of that society. When things do not go smoothly, the idea of stress and enforcement gets associated with work.

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ZAZEN (pronounced “zah-zen,” each syllable accented equally):

Zazen is the principle discipline of Zen. Zazen is not “meditation”. In the broad sense zazen embraces more than just correct sitting. To enter fully into every action with total attention and clear awareness is no less zazen.

The prescription for accomplishing this was given by the Buddha himself in an early sutra: “In what is seen there must be just the seen; in what is heard there must be just the heard; in what is sensed (as smell, taste or touch) there must be just what is sensed; in what is thought there must be just the thought.”

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ZEN:

An abbreviation of the Japanese word zenna, which is a transliteration of the Sanskrit dhyana (ch’an or ch’anna in Chinese), i.e., the process of concentration and absorption by which the mind is tranquilized and brought to one-pointedness.

As a Mahayana Buddhist sect, Zen is a religion whose teachings and disciplines are directed toward Self-realization, that is to say, to the attainment of satori, which Shakyamuni Buddha himself experienced under the Bo tree after strenuous self-discipline. The Zen sect embraces the Soto, Rinzai, and Obaku sects.

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  • vinaire  On July 18, 2017 at 9:26 PM

    The “Noumenon” is the same concept as BRAHMAN. And “Phenomenon” is the same concept as the UNIVERSE.

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