SUBJECT CLEARING STEP 7—Subject: SELF

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

SELF is the most basic subject that raises the question, “Who am I?”

We are definitely different from each other in terms of identity (the soul). That is why, in Christianity, we cannot be one with God.

We maybe more similar in terms of aliveness (the spirit). But aliveness still depends on the body-mind system.

But we can be identical in our viewpoint on reality, especially in the absence of illusions. That is the true concept of atman that transmigrates from one life cycle to the next, attempting to be free of illusions, and ultimately becoming one with “paramatman” (God).

In the above chart by David R. Hawkins and Kasey Claytor, the View of Life column may describe the viewpoint (beingness). The Energetic Frequency column may represent the spirit (liveliness). The soul will, then, function as the carrier of the viewpoint (beingness), manifesting it as spirit (liveliness). The soul will change from one life cycle to the next, while atman (the state of beingness or the viewpoint) shall progress toward the state of paramatman.

Below is a list of key words, reading materials and a glossary. You are free to add key words, reading materials, and definitions from reference dictionaries as you see fit. The idea is to consolidate your understanding of the fundamental concepts involved in the subject of SELF.

NOTE: The content of this document are just to get you started. You should continue the subject clearing on your own until you achieve the clarity through your own meditation.

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KEY WORDS

Body, Mind, Body-mind system, Self, Spirit, Death, Life cycle, Soul, Evolution, Viewpoint, Static viewpoint, Atman, Ego…

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READING MATERIALS

  1. Interiorization & Exteriorization
  2. The Doctrine of No-Soul: Anatta
  3. The Cleared Individual

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GLOSSARY

Body
Body means a physical organism. It refers to the material organism of an individual, human or animal, either living or dead.

Mind
Mind is that part of a human being that thinks, feels, and wills, as contrasted with body: His mind was capable of grasping the significance of the problem.

Body-Mind System
A person is represented by his body-mind system. It is a single system because body and mind are intimately connected. The body influences the mind, and the mind influences the body. The body-mind system provides the sense of individual identity. The body-mind system extends way beyond the body.

Self
Self operates as the “center of awareness” of the body-mind system. It refers to itself as ‘I’. The self is a person’s essential being that distinguishes him from others. Self is the complete individuality of the person that forms the basis of all his identities.

Spirit
The original meaning of the word “spirit” is “breath” signifying the aliveness of a person. The spirit may be thought of as energizing the body-mind system, the same way as electricity energizes a machinery. In this sense, spirit is not the identity of the person, but a “life force.” 

Death
Upon death, the body-mind system gets unplugged and the spirit stops flowing through it. The body-mind system loses its aliveness, and the sense of self also disappears. The body-mind system, ultimately, disintegrates into molecules that carry forward the mental programming from the life just lived. Such molecules are then used to assemble new and updated body-mind systems that are plugged back in to the life force, or spirit, to start a new life cycle. 

Life Cycle
A life cycle, broadly, starts at birth and it ends with death. The whole purpose of life cycles is to bring about evolution to the universe. The contribution of each life cycle to the evolution may not be visible; but it starts to become appreciable over hundreds and thousands of life cycles. Man is the peak expression of the evolution of the universe that supposedly started about 14 billion years ago. Human life cycles have accelerated that evolution by leaps and bounds.

Soul
A person’s “soul” is that aspect of his self that is non-physical, separate from the body, and believed to survive death. It is different from “spirit” (life force) in the sense that it is associated with the  sense of “I” or “me”. The soul, in Christianity, cannot be one with God because of this association. The belief that the soul survives death seems to come from the experience of the person, that he is separate from the body, as in a lucid dream, under the influence of drugs, or in a near death experience. In reality, what survives a person after his death, is the improvement his life cycle brought to the condition of other life cycles. This is how evolution is affected in the universe.

Evolution
At this stage of the universe is evolving most rapidly through human life cycles. As the condition of life improves so does the evolution of the universe. The conditions of life may be represented on a “scale” from mystery to knowingness. A person is somewhere on this scale in terms of his beingness, or viewpoint. Life after life he is trying to progress up this scale towards the knowingness of Static Viewpoint, or God.

Viewpoint
A viewpoint is different from the identity of a person. It is actually a window into the person’s beingness. We use the word “viewpoint” to refer to the evolutionary status of that beingness. That viewpoint can be anywhere on a scale from mystery to knowingness. For details on this scale, please see Meditation from Mystery to Knowing. Life after life a person is trying to progress up this scale towards full knowingness, which he views as God. A personal viewpoint progresses toward the Static viewpoint as it lets go of its fixations. 

Static Viewpoint
The Static viewpoint refers to the ultimate beingness recognized as God. It is the eternal beingness on which everything in this universe is based. The Static viewpoint sees things as they are without filters. It penetrates everything. For details, please see The Static Viewpoint. Therefore, the eternal aspect of a person, and also of the universe, is the Static viewpoint and not the soul. The Static Viewpoint is attained as a person, society, mankind, or the universe, when all fixations are removed. Subject Clearing helps one attain the Static Viewpoint.

Atman
Buddha is denying the interpretation of Atman as “soul” that goes to the heaven or to the hell. Buddha is not denying Atman in the sense of “beingness.” When we look at the meaning given to Atman in Bhagavad Gita (Hinduism), it is in the sense of “beingness.” Neither Hinduism, nor Buddhism, defines Atman the way Christianity defines “soul.” The Brahmins in the times of Buddha were interpreting Atman in the sense of “soul” and Buddha’s purpose was to correct that misinterpretation. Thus, Buddha is not contradicting Bhagavad Gita. Atman is not what the person thinks he is. Atman is the metaphysical essence of the person that goes beyond thought even.

Ego
Ego is defined as the self, especially with a sense of self-importance. Thus, ego implies that the attention of a person is fixed on “self.” When one has no attention, either on oneself or on the self of others, then there is an extroverted self and no ego.

Theta (Scientology)
The concept of “theta” In Scientology is similar to the concept of “spirit.”

Thetan (Scientology)
The concept of “thetan” In Scientology is similar to the concept of “soul.”

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Comments

  • vinaire  On July 8, 2021 at 7:47 AM

    Why is extroversion from self important?

    This applies to any guilt feeling you have.

    Suppose you dropped an egg on the floor, and the egg broke and splattered all over the floor. If you are introverted into your self you will feel guilty about dropping that egg, and your attention may get fixed on being very careful about holding an egg.

    But, if you are extroverted, you would curiously look at that incident of dropping an egg and meditate over it. As a result, you may learn something about gravity and friction. You will then know how to hold an egg better.

    So, it is only when you are introverted into your self that you wonder about, “Who am I?” But, when you are extroverted, you simply learn to be without fixation on “I”.

  • vinaire  On July 8, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    On Jul 7, 2021, at 11:55 PM, Roger Weller wrote:

    Great article no self.
    https://o-meditation.com/2017/07/28/no-self-no-other-osho/

    My response:

    I think all Osho is talking about is not getting fixated either on self or on knowledge. When there are anomalies you have to resolve them, and for that you do need self and you do need knowledge. You cannot ignore either of them.

    Osho’s life really didn’t end well. He was involved in conflicts within his organization. Where did he go wrong?

    What did you like about this article?

  • vinaire  On July 8, 2021 at 10:47 AM

    On Jul 8, 2021, at 12:21 AM, Roger Weller wrote:

    This my my fav and the talk of real love
    https://o-meditation.com/2020/06/11/all-feelings-of-self-are-false-osho/

    My response:

    In my opinion, the self is there only when you have attention on it. The self is not there when you have no attention on it. So, all that matters is not being introverted in self. I have the original verses of Tilopa here:

    Song of Mahamudra

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