Subject: Human Condition

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

This special glossary is being developed for the subject of HUMAN CONDITION. It is made up of a Key Word List, and a Glossary.

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KEY WORD LIST

This Key Word List provides a logical arrangement of the key words by their concepts. You may look up the keys words of the glossary in this sequence. Not all the words of the glossary are listed here.

  1. HUMAN (Self, Identity, Consciousness)
  2. CONDITION (Aberration, Psychosomatic Illness, Dianetics, Subject Clearing)
  3. SELF (“I”, Ego, Egotism, Beingness)
  4. IDENTITY (body, mind, Individuality, Life cycle)
  5. CONSCIOUSNESS (Spirit, Soul, Thetan, Ātman, Immortality)
  6. EVOLUTION (Survival, Static Viewpoint, Paramātman, God)
  7. MIND (Senses, Mental Matrix, Assimilation, Perception, Memory, Thought)
  8. MENTAL MATRIX (Analytical Mind, Reactive Mind, Trauma, Facsimile)
  9. FACSIMILE (Anomaly, Arbitrary)

Conclusion: The human condition results from unresolved anomalies. The anomalies are there because of missing knowledge. As knowledge becomes available in the area of doubt and perplexity, one should make every effort to resolve those doubts.

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GLOSSARY

The glossary lists the key words and their meaning in an alphabetical order.

ABERRATION
Broad concept: “to wander, deviate.” Definition: “mental irregularity or disorder, especially of a minor or temporary nature; lapse from a sound mental state.” “When an individual is acting contrary to survival of himself, his group, progeny, race, mankind, or life he can be considered to be unintelligent, uninformed or aberrated.” (~ Hubbard). All aberrations arise from unassimilated impressions (See FACSIMILE). Aberration manifests itself as fixation that prevents one from seeing things as they are.

ANALYTICAL MIND
Broad concept (analytical): “undoing, loosening.” Definition: “The conscious aware mind which thinks, observes data, remembers it, and resolves problems. The analytical mind is the one which is alert and aware.” The analytical mind refers to the assimilated parts of the mental matrix. This is the natural state of the mind.

ANOMALY
Broad concept: “irregular.” Definition: “an odd, peculiar, or strange condition, situation, quality, etc.; an incongruity or inconsistency.” An anomaly is any violation of the oneness of reality, such as, discontinuity (missing data), inconsistency (contradictory data), or disharmony (arbitrary data).

ARBITRARY
Broad concept: “uncertain, capricious.” Definition: “subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one’s discretion.” Example: “an arbitrary decision.” An arbitrary consists of the assumption or projection made during the assimilation of perceptual elements to maintain continuity, consistency and harmony. The mental matrix is full of arbitrariness because not all data is known. Such arbitrariness then leads to anomalies when more data comes to be known. These anomalies lead to doubts and perplexities. To have doubts and perplexities is normal as they encourage one to get more precise data.

ASSIMILATION
Broad concept: “made similar.” Definition: “taken in and incorporated as one’s own.” As sensations keep coming in the mind keeps breaking them down into elements and relating them to existing elements throughout itself such that there is continuity, consistency and harmony among all data. This is assimilation. When the incoming sensations cannot be broken down into elements (as is the case of trauma) they are left as unassimilated impressions in the matrix.

ĀTMAN
Broad concept: “to breathe.” Definition: “essence, nature, character, peculiarity, self.” Atman refers to human consciousness. Jivatman refers to consciousness of a person. Paramatman refers to ultimate consciousness.

BEINGNESS
Broad concept: “(I) am.” Definition: “the quality, state, or condition of having existence.” Example: “It has a crystalline, heartbreaking purity, that ontological beauty… of each object resonating in its beingness…” The beingness follows the laws of nature.

BODY
Broad concept: “person in general.” Definition: “the physical structure and material substance of a person, animal or plant, living or dead.” The human body is material structure of the identity. It is composed of many different types of cells that together create tissues and subsequently organ systems. It comprises a head, neck, trunk (which includes the thorax and abdomen), arms and hands, legs and feet.

CONDITION
Broad concept: “talk together, discussion, agreement, stipulation, provision, situation, mode of being.” Definition: “a particular mode of being of a person or thing; existing state; situation with respect to circumstances.”

CONSCIOUSNESS
Broad concept: “to know together.” Definition: “the state of being conscious; awareness of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.” Consciousness may be plotted on a scale of consciousness (C-scale) that extends from mystery to knowingness. The lowest point on this scale is the mystery of unconsciousness and waiting. The highest point of this scale is the knowingness of the laws of nature. A level of consciousness may be plotted on this scale as a point (C-point). Consciousness depends on the degree of fineness of the matrix elements (see MENTAL MATRIX). Human consciousness is higher than the consciousness in animals because the human matrix elements are much finer.

DIANETICS
Broad concept: “through mind.” Definition: “a subject that addresses psychosomatic causes of illnesses and aberrations afflicting the human self.” Hubbard: “Dianetics consists of discovering the aberration in the individual, finding the physically painful experience which corresponds to it and placing the data therein contained at the disposal of the analytical mind.” In Dianetics therapy, impressions from the periods of unconsciousness (facsimiles) were found to exist in the mind. Hubbard’s Dianetics theory offers these facsimiles as the source of all psychosomatic illnesses and aberrations. This theory was published in 1950 in the book: DIANETICS: The Modern Science of Mental Health. The actual discovery of Dianetics is that the mind is capable of recording the details of events, such as, severe injury, delirium, or surgical anesthesia, while the person appears to be unconscious. Such recordings are called “facsimiles.” They normally stay below the level of consciousness, but can be retrieved back into consciousness with some effort. The existence of facsimiles has been known as “samskāra” since Buddha’s time (500 BC). Buddha’s approach to handle samskāra is “mindfulness meditation.” Dianetics, however, handles facsimiles through a “repeater technique.” A person, however, can’t apply this technique to himself because the mind tends to go “unconscious” as it approaches the facsimile. An “auditor” had to be trained to apply this technique to the person. The “repeater technique” is quite difficult to apply as it requires great observation and skill. Misapplication  of “repeater technique” affects the mind adversely. Hubbard subsequently came up with a more gradient auditing approach under the subject of Scientology. This approach was presented as a series of auditing steps called Scientology Grade Chart. At the final stages of OT Levels the person audits himself, much like in meditation. These OT Levels have remained open ended since Hubbard passed away in 1986. The results have not been as spectacular and broad as were hoped. A summary and criticism of these OT Levels is presented at Scientology OT Levels. Even at OT Levels, where a person is auditing himself, the auditing procedure is fraught with errors. The insertion of an auditing approach with E-meter has presented its own set of new difficulties. It makes a broader application very expensive and practically unfeasible. 

EGO
Broad concept: “I, conscious self.” Definition: “the ‘I’ or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought.” The ego is the awareness of oneself.

EGOTISM
Broad concept: “I, self-centered.” Definition: “excessive and objectionable reference to oneself in conversation or writing; conceit; boastfulness.” Egotism arises when “I” identifies itself with the identity and gets fixated on it.

EVOLUTION
Broad concept: “rolling out, unfolding.” Definition: “any process of formation or growth; development.” Example: “the evolution of a language; the evolution of the airplane.” Evolution is not limited to Charles Darwin’s theory. The universe has been evolving since the so-called Big Bang. Evolution means improvement of form, and that means death of the existing form and birth of a better form. Fixation on survival has led to the desire for the permanence of the existing form. This is an anomaly. By no means, has consciousness evolved to its full potential. The ultimate consciousness is visualized as Paramātman or God. 

FACSIMILE
Broad concept: “make similar” Definition: “The physical universe impression on thought with a time tag on it.” A facsimile is a recording of sensations as received by the sense organs. The facsimiles of physical and mental traumas are difficult to break down and they continue as unassimilated impressions in the mental matrix. Since the facsimile is not assimilated the mind is not aware of it. When the facsimile gets activated as part of a mental circuit, it inserts literal data regardless of the context. This causes irrationality which influences a person’s behavior and generates unwanted condition. The solution lies in somehow finding and assimilating the facsimile.

GOD
Broad concept: “call, that which is invoked.” Definition: “the Supreme Being according to some particular religion or conception.” Example: “the God of Islam.” God is essentially the beingness of supreme consciousness.

HUMAN
Broad concept: “earthly beings.” Definition: “of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or having the nature of people.” Example: “human frailty.”

“I”
Broad concept: “one.” Definition: “the nominative singular pronoun, used by a speaker in referring to himself or herself.” ”I” is the viewpoint of self, which is the same as C-point as explained under CONSCIOUSNESS. The “I” believes itself to be the identity but it is not the same because the “I” evolves, while the identity remains the same during the life cycle.

IDENTITY
Broad concept: “same, always being itself, individuality.” Definition: “condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is; the qualities, beliefs, etc., that distinguish or identify a person or thing.” Example: “a case of mistaken identity; a male gender identity; immigrants with strong ethnic identities.” The identity remains the same throughout its life cycle and terminates at the end. It functions according to the laws of nature and contributes to consciousness.

IMMORTALITY
Broad concept: “not die.” Definition: “undying condition; unending life.” It is natural for individual identities to go through the cycle of life and death in order to evolve. Therefore, the concept of immortality does not apply to individual identities, such as, spirit, soul, thetan, etc.  Immortality applies only to the state of consciousness that continues to evolve over life cycles. Hinduism defines immortality as freedom from identification with perishable mental impressions of sense-objects.

INDIVIDUALITY
Broad concept: “not divisible.” Definition: “the particular character, or aggregate of qualities, that distinguishes one person or thing from others; sole and personal nature.” Example: “a person of marked individuality.” The individuality is part of a person’s identity as it differentiates him from others of his kind. But consciousness is a more general characteristic that may differentiate humans from animals but not necessarily from one another.

LIFE CYCLE
Broad concept (life): “body (aliveness),” and (cycle): “circle, wheel.”  A life cycle is the cycle of life from birth to death. The identity and individuality remain the same during the life cycle, and change from one life cycle to another. The consciousness, however, evolves during the life cycle and continues with the next life cycle.

MEMORY
Broad concept: “mindful, remembering.” Definition: “the mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions, etc., or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences.” Memory is generated when the perceptual elements are related according to their original pattern in which they were first received. Note that the merging of multiple occurrences of the same element in the mental matrix makes the “storage of memories” efficient.

MENTAL MATRIX
Broad concept (matrix): “womb.” Definition (matrix): “something that constitutes the place or point from which something else originates, takes form, or develops.” In a normal functioning mind, the sensations of touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell from the environment are received through the sense organs. These sensations break down into fine elements and are related through their time stamp, similarities and differences. As more sensations come in they are broken down and related in the same way among themselves and to all existing elements. Duplicate elements are merged and an efficient matrix of relationships is built up. This is the mental matrix. It forms the core of the mind.

MIND
Broad concept: “think, remember.” Definition: “the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.” Example: “the processes of the human mind.” The human mind is the operating system of the identity. It perceives the environment, and outputs directions to the body for its internal maintenance and external activity. Its main function is to resolve anomalies. The mind-body system operates on electro-chemical-mechanical laws.

PARAMĀTMAN
Broad concept: “supreme atman or consciousness.” Definition: “the Supreme Spirit.” Paramātman is the ultimate consciousness to which all jivātmans converge upon expansion. Selflessness is the attribute of Paramatman, because all personality/individuality vanishes at this level. 

PERCEPTION
Broad concept: “a taking in.” Definition: “the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.” Assimilation of sensations by the mental matrix gives them meaning. Before they are assimilated sensations may appear merely as pain or discomfort. Only after assimilation do the sensations appear as perceptions. 

PERCEPTUAL ELEMENTS
The sensations of touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell from the environment are, at first, broken down into fine elements by the mind. These are perceptual elements as they generate perceptions when related to each other in the context of the mental matrix. 

PSYCHOSOMATIC
Broad concept (psyche): “breath, spirit”; (soma): “body.” Definition: “of or relating to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors.” “[Psychosomatic illness is] the physical manifestations of mental aberration.” (~ Hubbard)

REACTIVE MIND
Broad concept (reactive): “Act back.” Definition: “A portion of a person’s mindwhich works on a totally stimulus-response basis, which is not under his volitional control, and which exerts force and the power of command over his awareness, purposes, thoughts, body and actions. The reactive mind simply reacts without analysis.” The reactive mind refers to the unassimilated parts of the mental matrix. At the core of reactive mind are facsimiles of shocks and traumas that could not be broken down and assimilated.

SELF
Broad concept: “oneself.” Definition: “a person or thing referred to with respect to complete individuality.” Example: “one’s own self.” The human self is made up of an identity and a state of consciousness. The identity is remains constant throughout the life cycle, while the consciousness evolves. Identity terminates at the end of the life cycle but the consciousness continues. A new life cycle has a new identity but a continuation of consciousness. The individual self is not eternal because the individuality is determined by the identity and the identity terminates at the end of the life cycle.

SENSES
Broad concept: “feel.” Definition: “any of the faculties, as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch, by which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body.” Example: “My sense of smell tells me that dinner is ready.” Senses result in sensations, which then reach the mental matrix.

SOUL
Broad concept: “quick-moving” Definition: “the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect, or as believed to survive death and be subject to happiness or misery in a life to come.” Example: “arguing the immortality of the soul.“ The soul identifies the person apart from the body. It is part of the person’s identity (the body-mind system), and subject to the life cycle. See LIFE CYCLE.

SPIRIT
Broad concept: “breath.” Definition: “the principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul.” The spirit animates the body-mind system just like electricity animates a computer and machinery. The spirit is part of the body-mind system.

STATIC VIEWPOINT
Broad concept (static): “stand;” (view): “see” (point): “prick” Definition: “a viewpoint that itself does not have any motion but has the potential to view all possible motion.” (See The Static Viewpoint). It is the point of knowingness on the scale of consciousness (see CONSCIOUSNESS).

SUBJECT CLEARING
Broad concept (subject): “throw it under, open to inspection.” (clear): “call out.” Definition: “Subject Clearing is an extension of Buddha’s mindfulness approach to handle unassimilated impressions in the mind.” Subject clearing focuses on the resolution of anomalies. An anomaly is any violation of the oneness of reality, such as, discontinuity (missing data), inconsistency (contradictory data), or disharmony (arbitrary data). The obvious anomaly is the human self trying to gain consciousness of itself. This consciousness is coming out of a fog of mystery and evolving toward knowingness. The “I” of the human self is its state of consciousness. The “I” evolves by becoming increasingly conscious of the laws of nature. It senses the environment, breaks down the sensations into perceptual elements and makes them part of a mental matrix. The perceptual elements are freely associated with each other within the matrix. The matrix is assimilated to the degree that the associations are free of anomalies. The perception of the environment depends on the degree of assimilation of perceptual elements in the mental matrix. The natural function of the mental matrix is to keep itself free of anomalies. The resolution of anomalies refines the perceptual elements, which raises the level of consciousness. Therefore, with the resolution of anomalies, the the state of consciousness continually evolves toward the state of knowingness. The development of the Subject Clearing makes it possible to apply the advances made in Dianetics and Scientology without the need for an auditor and E-meter. It can be applied in its current form, freely and safely, by anybody.

SURVIVE
Broad concept: “full of life, lively.” Definition: “to continue to live or exist.” Example: “Few survived after the holocaust.” A person is surviving through a life cycle with the natural goal to evolve in consciousness. The survival may cease at the end of the life cycle, but the consciousness continues. The universe has been evolving and not just surviving.

THETAN
Broad concept: “thought being.” Definition: “the personality and beingness which actually is the individual and is aware of being aware and is ordinarily and normally the “person” and who the individual thinks he is.” This is a concept in the subject of Scientology. Thetan is the identity of the person apart from the body, same as soul. See SOUL.

THOUGHT
Definition: “the product of mental activity; that which one thinks.” Example: “a body of thought.” Thought is generated when when the perceptual elements are related in a pattern within the mental matrix. To be logical, the pattern of perceptual elements must be continuous, consistent and harmonious.

TRAUMA
Broad concept: “wound.” Definition: “A body wound or shock produced by sudden physical injury, as from violence or accident. An experience that produces psychological injury or pain.” The sensations of trauma come in so fast that they are difficult to break down and assimilate in real time. Therefore, the real time perception of a trauma is very poor. It is perceived primarily as pain, and its impression is retained as a literal recording. They just have superficial connections with rest of the matrix. Injuries of the body may heal, but the mental trauma is not healed until its impression can be broken down and assimilated with later contemplation.

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