Category Archives: Subject Clearing

SUBJECT CLEARING STEP 9—Subject: Enlightenment

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

Looking at Buddha and other spiritual masters we wonder, “What is enlightenment?”

Enlightenment is a deep personal realization of the laws underlying our spiritual nature. It seems that subject clearing (especially steps 7 and 8) may speed up the path to enlightenment.

The key to subject clearing is contemplating over the fundamental concepts in any subject and mediating over personal anomalies (doubts and perplexities) until they resolve. The anomalies are discovered when one places different interpretations of the same concept side by side. This is very apparent when one looks at concepts like God and self from different cultures, religions and philosophies.

One may have certainties in a subject when considering broad concepts; but, as one starts to look deeper, doubts and perplexities may arise. As one resolves these anomalies greater certainties are established; but there are always doubts that carry one’s quest forward. Each time a certainty is established it is a point of enlightenment because one simply lights up. Many such points are minor, but some are major, and finally, there may be a point of enlightenment that simply blows one’s mind. Thus, one may accomplish a lot, and still the quest may continue. It is doubtful if the quest for certainty will ever end.

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Key Words

Enlightenment, Contemplate, Concepts, Meditate, Anomaly, Interpretation, Emptiness, Certainty, Light up, …

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Reading Materials

  1. The Quest for Certainty
  2. Meditation
  3. The Meaning of Enlightenment
  4. Emptiness

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Glossary

Enlightenment
To enlighten is to give intellectual or spiritual light to; instruct; impart knowledge to. There may be a major point of enlightenment, such as, the realization of the laws underlying our spiritual nature, but further enlightenment is always a possibility.

Contemplate
To contemplate is to think studiously, or consider deliberately.

Concept
Concept has the basic sense something “taken together,” or conceived through thought or imagination. It is an idea or mental picture of a group or class of objects formed by combining all their aspects.

Meditate
To meditate is to engage in deep thought or contemplation; reflect. See SUBJECT CLEARING STEP 4—The Discipline of Meditation.

Anomaly
An anomaly is something that is perplexing and leads to some doubt. The anomaly fundamentally consists of

  1. A disharmony,
  2. An inconsistency,
  3. A discontinuity.

Interpretation
To interpret is to explain or translate. Interpretation is the action of explaining the meaning of something.

Emptiness
Emptiness is the ultimate reference point from which all phenomena can be understood objectively without any preconceived notion.

Certainty
Certainty is a firm conviction that something is the case. It is achieved by resolving all known anomalies. There is no such thing as absolute certainty.

Light up
To brighten with animation or joy, as the face or eyes. One lights up as certainties are established.

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SUBJECT CLEARING STEP 8—Subject: Unwanted Condition

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

Unwanted condition is probably the most intimate subject to clear. An unwanted condition is something that persists and does not go away. It may be described in terms of life events on which the person’s attention dwells often. These life events are often those that are somehow connected to some trauma. It takes a review of related life events to process them completely.

A life events happens in one’s environment. The environment is continually sensed through sense organs. The sensations are continually transmitting to the mind. The mind breaks the sensations down into fine elements. These elements are then assimilated in a mental matrix. Until these sensations are assimilated, there are no perceptions of the environment. Perceptions arise through the process of assimilation.

When a person receives a trauma, the sensations generated are very chaotic as they consist of shock and confusion. Such traumatic sensations are difficult to break down into fine elements in real time. Therefore, they are not assimilated in the mental matrix, and thus, never converted into perceptions. Therefore, unconsciousness occurs during a trauma. The traumatic sensations are placed in a holding area for later processing.

Later, when the mind is considering the situation, the memory reconstructs perceptions from the mental matrix. But the perception of actual trauma is not available. The traumatic sensations are still waiting to be broken down into fine elements and assimilated. Such sensations appear only as pain and discomfort.

Pain and discomfort from unwanted conditions, therefore, are indications of unprocessed traumatic sensations. The processing requires a closer examination of related life events. A life event may be identified as described in the glossary below. 

NOTE #1: In subject clearing, the subject of Unwanted Condition follows the subject of Self, because it is only after some understanding of self can you really start clearing up your unwanted conditions for good.

NOTE #2: The content of this document are just to get you started. You should continue the subject clearing on your own exploring other theories and methods until you achieve the clarity that you are looking for.

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Key Words

Unwanted Condition, Environment, Sense Organ, Sensation, Mental Matrix, Perception, Memory, Trauma, Traumatic sensation, Life event, Anomaly, … (Life events as “key words”) …

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Reading Materials

  1. Mind: The Matrix Model
  2. The Mind as a Matrix
  3. The Basics of Meditation

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Glossary

Unwanted Condition
These are conditions, such as, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and illnesses that seem to persist. They start to resolve as traumatic sensations are finally assimilated.

Environment
The environment is “the aggregate of the conditions in which a person or thing lives”; the natural world.

Sense organ
A specialized bodily structure that senses the environment and conveys those sensations to the mind.

Sensation
Sensations are generated continuously as the sense organs interact with the environment. The sensations are transmitted to the mind where they are broken down into fine elements. Until then the sensations exist in a literal “picture” form.

Mental matrix
The mental matrix is a knowledge repository where the sensations from the sense organs are assimilated after being broken down into fine elements.  

Perception
Perceptions arise only after the sensations from sense organs get assimilated into the mental matrix, and not before.

Memory
Memory is a reconstruction of original perceptions from the assimilated matrix elements. Memory is reconstructed automatically when needed for consideration. 

Trauma
A life event may contain a trauma. The basic sense of trauma is “wound.” The general meaning of trauma is “a body wound or shock produced by sudden physical injury, as from violence or accident.”

Traumatic Sensation 
These are sensations of shock and confusion that are too intense to be assimilated in real time. Therefore, they do not get converted into perceptions and the organism appears to be unconscious for the duration of such sensations. The sensations remain in a holding area in the form of a “literal recording” waiting to be processed.

Pain and Discomfort
Traumatic sensations appear as pain and discomfort until they are assimilated and converted into perceptions.

Life Event
A life event is some event that occurred on which a person’s attention dwells often. There is some anomaly associated with that event that needs to be resolved. A life event may be identified by age, location and season. It may be described by the dominating thought, emotion, effort and the anomaly associated with it. For example,

  1. Age: 3 years and 6 months (03-06), 
  2. Location: New Orleans, 
  3. Season: summer 
  4. Thought: birds 
  5. Emotion: happiness
  6. Effort: running
  7. Anomaly: Attention is fixed on a scene

Anomaly
An anomaly is something that is perplexing and leads to some doubt. The anomaly fundamentally consists of

  1. A disharmony,
  2. An inconsistency,
  3. A discontinuity.

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Processing the Unwanted Condition

An unwanted condition may be processed as follows:

  1. Treat the “unwanted condition” as a subject.
  2. Treat the life events related to that unwanted condition as “key words.”
  3. Arrange all related life events in the time sequence that they occurred in your life.
  4. Scan over the anomalies connected with these life events.
  5. Start meditating over the anomalies in the order attention goes to them. See Subject Clearing Step 4.
  6. During the meditation, If more life events come to mind, then add them to the list. 
  7. Continue the meditation until the pain starts to break down into fine elements.
  8. Let the assimilation takes place at which point the details of the trauma shall start to appear.

The unwanted condition resolves as the related traumatic sensations get assimilated in the mental matrix. 

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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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SUBJECT CLEARING STEP 6—Discussing the Subject

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

A person working on a key word may clarify his understanding by discussing it with another person. The key word may be the subject title. Such a discussion may be carried out face-to-face, or through messages back and forth. The discussion must be limited to that one word to sort out its

  1. Broad concept
  2. Definition, and
  3. Related anomalies.

The end product will be no more anomalies, a conceptual understanding of the key word, and a clarity on its definition in the given context.

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Discussion

The purpose of a discussion is to learn by exchanging viewpoints. One uses experience and experimentation to obtain data and then brings it to the table to be discussed.

The participants in a discussion focus on the subject and not on each other. A discussion is not a debate where one is in a contest to win argument against others. There is no need for sophistry. In a discussion there are no opponents. All participants are on the same side. On the other side may just be ignorance. In a discussion each participant’s viewpoint is bound to change and evolve as he/she learns from the data pooled together by all.

Thus, a discussion is a cooperative effort. There is no reason to censor any data in a discussion. The data simply needs to be examined in detail.

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Conceptual Understanding

A concept means “something conceived”. It has to do with “seizing” an idea. In order to seize an idea completely, it must be fully assimilated with one’s knowledge. There should not be anything anomalous within that concept. In other words, the concept must be completely continuous, consistent and harmonious within itself.

Each key word must be brought to the state of conceptual understanding in subject clearing.

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Definition

A definition has the etymological sense of being a “finished or completed product.” It refers to the precise meaning of a word in a given context. There is a definite clarity associated with it. Therefore, after obtaining the conceptual understanding of a word one must define it completely in the given context.

Each key word most be defined completely in the context at hand in subject clearing.

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Anomaly

An anomaly is something irregular, which does not fit in. It has to do with incongruity or inconsistency. In subject clearing, one resolves any sense of discontinuity, inconsistency or disharmony connected with the key word.

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Subject Clearing and Discussion

Besides dictionary, Wikipedia and textbooks, discussion is a valuable tool to be used in subject clearing. It is an activity in which two or more people closely examine a key word together.

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Rules of Discussion

For the rules of discussion, please see

  1. Mindfulness Discussions

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SUBJECT CLEARING STEP 5—Studying the Subject

Education Desk Studying Books Writing Table

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

Textbooks exist because more than dictionaries are needed to clear the whole subject. Key words help one understand the fundamentals and main ideas of a subject in the proper sequence. But text books are needed to fill in all the supportive details.

When studying the text, one must not go by a word or symbol that he does not understand. It is not only the meaning of the words that one clears up, he also sorts out the anomalies encountered. 

NOTE: Procure the study materials in a form that you can add your thoughts to them. This can be done when the materials are copied to a word processor on a computer. Add the comments in a color different from the text. See an example here: Socrates.

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Steps for Studying a Subject

1. Read the subject material one paragraph at a time.

Study the materials of the subject one paragraph at a time. If the paragraph is too big, break it down into chunks of reasonable size.  If the paragraph is too small, then combine two or more consecutive paragraphs together. 

2. If the paragraph is difficult to understand then look for the first word not fully understood.

If you find your mind going blank as you read the paragraph, then find the first sentence which doesn’t make sense. Then find the first word in that sentence that seem to generate confusion. Here you have to be careful because the confusion may come from a simple word like “on”, “of”, or “in”. 

A word usually has more than one definition. Confusion arises when a wrong definition is used. Usually there is an obvious word, whose meaning you may have guessed in the past, but never actually looked up in a standard dictionary. Make sure you have the right definitions of words such that the sentence make sense. Repeat this procedure until the whole paragraph is understood. 

3. If the paragraph is still difficult to understand then look for anomalies. 

If the difficulty persists even after looking up all possible words that could have been misunderstood, then look for anomalies in that paragraph. An anomaly is generated when there is a discontinuity (missing information), an inconsistency (contradictory information), or disharmony (altered importance of arbitrary opinion). Once the anomaly is precisely identified, it would explain the difficulty.

4. When the paragraph, or its difficulty, is understood, write your comment below it.

The comment may consist of your understanding of the main thought expressed in that paragraph, or your reaction to that thought. Treat this action as having a conversation with the author. Additionally, you may write down any anomaly you noticed in that paragraph. Write you comments such that they are helpful when you review them later. See examples of comments at Comments on Books.

5. Check the paragraph for key words, or for explanations given for key words.

Go over the paragraph as many times as necessary to understand the main thought. Make sure that you understand the key word to which that thought relates. If that thought relates to a new key word, that add that word to your Key Word List. Furthermore, you may add brief explanations to those key words.

6. Continue as above.

Continue as above with rest of the paragraphs in that chapter, and with the chapters in the book. 

7. Gradually build up the key word list and glossary for that subject.

Add new key words to your list as you come across them. It may be convenient to build up the Kew Word List on Excel, where you can easily rearrange their sequence. You also start adding next to each word its original broad concept and the applicable definition. It is easy to cut and paste. 

As you study the subject chapter after chapter, and book after book, note down additional concepts next to the appropriate key word. Also note down the questions that may arise in your mind about the key words or the underlying concept. In this way, you may convert your Key Word List into a subject glossary and a research reference. Keep it concise and to the point.

When you are dealing with a broad subject, such as, Religion, you may find many different definitions for the same key word, such as, GOD, all written down in one place. You may also find different words used in different religions for the same fundamental concept.

As you work on this step for a subject you will have many realizations along the way. This is a continuing step. 

8. Arrange the key words in sequences appropriate for understanding.

The concepts in a subject always evolve in some sequence. This sequence may be linear at first but then it branches out in different directions like a network or a matrix of concepts. This can easily be seen in Mathematics and Science.

In Excel, you may place the “fundamental concepts” on one worksheet, and “derived concepts” on separate  worksheets, and then arrange the concepts in each worksheet in the best order they seem to have evolved.

Since the sequence of the evolution of these concepts is multi-dimensional, you may set up the Excel worksheet to sort out the key words in different sequences. To do this you may create different “priority columns” in the worksheet. In each “priority column” assign a unique number to the key word so it sorts out in the order you want. The whole idea is to arrange these words in different ways to examine the relations among them.

9. Note any inconsistencies among the concepts and clarify them.

As the study of the subject progresses, you’ll be collecting more data to describe each key word. As you come across an anomaly for a key word, resolve it through careful examination and contemplation. Once resolved, express the broad concept and meanings for the key word in your own words. You are now creating your own glossary.

Next, examine the evolution of the key words by arranging and rearranging them in different sequences. You are looking for inconsistencies that do not make sense. Or they simply be holes among the concepts that need to be filled. Be wary of arbitrary notions, assumptions and beliefs that may be covering those holes. Isolate the areas of anomalies and discover and get rid of arbitrariness and assumptions. 

Deeper research may be required to clearly identify the holes among the concepts, and fill them. Review your study materials to clarify the anomaly. Research through other materials in the library, or on Internet, until the inconsistency is resolved.

10. Clarify the fundamentals of the subject as a priority.

The consistency of the fundamentals determines the consistency in rest of the subject. Any inconsistency at the fundamental level must be handled as a priority. For example, a unified theory is desperately being looked for in the subject of Physics, which could bring the fundamentals of Newtonian Physics, the Theory of Relativity, and Quantum Mechanics in line. This means that inconsistencies exist in our understanding at the fundamental level of physics

There are likely to be many contributors to a subject who may use different words for the same concept. This is the case with religious knowledge from different cultures. Group such words together to discover inconsistencies among concepts.

Study of anomalies may lead to discovery of arbitrary beliefs that were advanced in the absence of knowledge, or you may find erroneous observation, or simply some notions that are taken for granted. This may reveal gaps in the subject itself. Develop your own understanding by seeking consistency among the fundamental concepts in a subject.

11. Make the subject as complete as possible.

There are many examples in the subject of religion where gaps in knowledge are hidden under fixed beliefs and dubious explanations. This may be the case with any subject where anomalies abound. Follow up on anomalies, which may then reveal gaps in the subject. Real progress then becomes possible.

Fill gaps in the subject with wider research. Make the subject as complete as possible through direct experience and experimentation.

12. Keep your viewpoint as objective as possible.

This step is done after one has acquired a good bit of experience with subject clearing. This is an advanced step that consists of doing meditation along the following lines: Meditation from Mystery to Knowing.

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Also see:

  1. General Study
  2. Subject Clearing
  3. Subject Glossary

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