SUBJECT CLEARING STEP 3—Meditating on a Key Word

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

As mentioned on STEP 2, when you take up a key word, the first action is to meditate upon it. 

The whole purpose of meditating on a key word is to bring up dormant questions and anomalies, and resolve whatever does not make sense.

Full resolution will depend on how far you are able to assimilate data in your mental matrix.

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Conceptual Understanding

The first step is to make sure you have a conceptual understanding of the key word. So, you look up the origin of that word in a dictionary, or type on Google, “Origin of the word _____” to get the concept underlying that word. For example, the concept underlying the word STUDY is ‘zeal, painstaking application’.

You then look up the definitions of the word in a dictionary, or type on Google, “Meaning of the word _____” to get those definitions. You visualize those definitions one at a time as you read them. Visualize some examples of each definition until you get full conceptual understanding of the key word. Continue meditating on the key word until you have examined its concept from all different angles.

You may use Google Image to help you with visualization, especially of objects, trees, fruits, and animals.

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Word Chain

If you are having difficulty in visualizing a definition, then there may be a word in that definition that you need to look up. As you continue, you may end up with a word chain.

A word chain could be a phenomenon of not having a good understanding of the language. You may simply work your way through the word chain. This will improve your vocabulary in that language. To speed up you may need some understanding of the grammar of that language. Therefore, LANGUAGE and GRAMMAR may themselves become important subjects for you to clear later.

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Key Words

After forming a conceptual understanding continue meditating on the key word from different angles. As you do so you may come up with a question, or an anomaly (a discontinuity, inconsistency or disharmony). You now focus on answering that question, or resolving that anomaly. Your attention may simply move to other key words in that subject. For example, while meditating on the word “education” your attention may shift to the word “discipline”. 

Add these additional key words to your Key Word List in the sequence they come to your attention. Make sure you have a working understanding of these key words, and then continue meditating on the original key word you are on.

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Subject List

The broader is the subject that you are clearing, the more likely it is to come up with key words that should be treated as separate subjects on their own. For example, when you are clearing the subject “human condition” your attention may shift to words like BODY and MIND that could be treated as subjects in themselves. You may then clear these words broadly as to their purpose, and then add them on your list of subjects to clear.

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Line of Inquiry

In meditating over a key word, and its underlying concept, it is important to keep close to your main line of inquiry. Therefore, you may clear other words only to the degree that you are able to continue with your main line of inquiry. But set those words aside for detailed consideration later.

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Questions and Anomalies

As questions and anomalies come up during your meditation, you may find that you need to study some textual material from Wikipedia or a text book. Just make sure that, when studying these materials, you do not go by a word that you do not understand. Just apply your judgment on how far you need to clear up words that are not on your main line of inquiry. But always set aside words you need to follow up later by adding them to your Key Word List, or to the Subject List.

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Key Word List

Make sure that you keep adding and rearranging the key words in your list in the sequence in which the concepts seem to be developing—both forward and backwards. Focus on clearing up those key words first that represent more fundamental concepts. You may find yourself jumping back to more basic key words. This is ok.

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Also see

  1. Mind: The Matrix Model
  2. Word Clearing
  3. Visualization
  4. Self-Learning and Assimilation

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  • vinaire  On June 11, 2021 at 4:36 PM

    June 11, 2021–Revision # 1

  • Alfredo Illiano  On June 16, 2021 at 11:10 AM

    Can I use Google image to visualize definitions or I have to use only my imagination?

    • vinaire  On June 16, 2021 at 1:08 PM

      Of course, you can use Google Image. It is a wonderful asset. I have clarified this on STEP 3 above.

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