The Universe & Mind

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

This Key Word List and Glossary introduces the universe and its relationship to the mind. The universe provides all possible relationships. The mind generates associations in a mental matrix to conceive the universe.

Note: The Key Word List and the Glossary have been updated since the issuance of the video above.


Key Word List

Universe, Existence, Sense, Sensation, Perceptual Element,  Perception, Knowingness, Awareness, Mental matrix



Origin: “entire, all, literally, turned into one.” The universe refers to all matter, all energy, all space, all time, and all thought. In other words, the universe includes everything physical, metaphysical, real, imaginary, postulated or speculated. Nothing is excluded from the universe. It is the whole existence treated as ONE. 

Any thing that can be sensed and perceived has existence. It is part of the universe.

Origin: “to feel”. At the most basic level, to sense is to have a contact and subsequent reaction. A contact occurs because there is some relationship. All the laws of nature come about because the elements of the universe are able to sense each other. As life evolves the activity of “sensing” becomes more complex. In humans, “sensing” involves the faculties of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. 

Sensations are basically reactions based on relationship and contact. In humans, the sensations are outcome of interactions between the faculties of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch, and the environment. Sensations may be thought of as made of perceptual elements.

Perceptual Element
A perceptual element is an association generated from the relationships in the universe. In humans the perceptual elements are much finer than in the animals. Therefore, the character of awareness in humans is also very different compared to animals.

Origin: “made similar”. Assimilation establishes all possible associations among the perceptual elements. Duplicate perceptual elements are merged together. 

Origin: “a taking in”. Perceptions come about as the perceptual elements from incoming sensations continually get assimilated with each other. Thus, sensations get increasingly defined through complex and sophisticated associations and become perceptions.

Origin: “to know how, be able to” To know is to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty. Knowingness comes about as perception get assimilated and evolve into deep understanding. Here we have extremely sophisticated associations of the elements of the universe.

Awareness arises on a gradient from associations among the perceptual elements of the universe as sensations, perceptions and knowingness.

Mental matrix
Origin of matrix: “womb”. The mind is essentially a multi-dimensional, complex matrix of perceptual elements accumulated over its existence. The mental matrix provides a copy of the universe based on one’s exposure to it. The more sophisticated are the perceptual elements within the mental matrix, the clearer is the awareness of the universe.

See Mental matrix.

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