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SUBJECT CLEARING STEP 11—Subject: The Human Condition

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

This step looks at the human condition through Scientology, which calls itself a science of mind. The bulk of the problems with the human condition are addressed on Grade 4 of Scientology. This grade is called “Ability Release,” and it helps a person move out of fixed conditions and gain abilities to do new things. 

NOTE: The material provided below may remind one of Scientology, but it differs in most respects from standard Scientology. This material is used by a person to subject clear his or her human condition by oneself. The person is not being audited as in Scientology.

The three most important tasks for any science of mind are:

  1. Get the person to be there extroverted in present time.
  2. Get the person to think beyond black and white in shades of gray.
  3. Get the person to assimilate all his sensations and operate with an assimilated mental matrix.

The unassimilated impressions may be called facsimiles because they are literal copies of the sensations received during a trauma. The facsimiles are unknown to the person since they are not assimilated in the mental matrix. These facsimiles insert themselves into the activity of the mental matrix adding their literal interpretations to its computations. Downstream, the corrupted mental computations generate aberrated behavior and psychosomatic illnesses. The handling of aberrations and psychosomatic illnesses requires the assimilation of the facsimiles into the mental matrix. Once their content is assimilated, the facsimiles disappear.

The above is a succinct summary of the mind that further improves upon the Hubbard’s theory of the Reactive mind.

There are heavy, medium and light facsimiles. The heavy facsimiles require the running of sharp efforts, such as those involved in shocks and impacts. These efforts are run only to the point that the emotions are reached. The heavy facsimiles are referred to as engrams in Scientology.

In the medium facsimiles, the emotions are accessible directly. These emotions reflect the degree of conflicted effort in the trauma.  Emotions of apathy, grief, fear, anger, antagonism and boredom, represent the declining degree of conflicted effort. Emotions are run until the underlying thoughts are reached. The medium facsimiles are referred to as secondaries in Scientology. 

In the light facsimiles, thoughts are accessible directly. These thoughts are in confusion and full of anomalies. A person contemplates and meditates on the anomalies to resolve them. When one discovers the arbitrary postulate underlying an anomaly, the conflicts resolve and the facsimile assimilates. One feels relieved and happy. The light facsimiles are referred to as locks in Scientology.

In dealing with facsimiles, one is dealing with heavily compressed thoughts, emotions and sensations that need to be decompressed.

These facsimiles seem to reside in the electromagnetic field within and around the body. This field primarily contains the mental matrix whose characteristics are continuity, consistency and harmony. The facsimiles exist in this field as discontinuities, inconsistencies and disharmonies.

As these old facsimiles are assimilated in the mental matrix the tasks listed above for the science of mind become easier to accomplish.

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KEY WORDS

Facsimile, Service Facsimile, Computation, Justification, Overt Act, Withhold, Motivator, Rightness & Wrongness, Certainty, Fixed Solution, Certainty Processing, Cause Level, Responsibility.

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READING MATERIALS

  1. Running a Process Command
  2. “SOURCE” – A Scientology Power Process
  3. “EXISTENCE” – A Scientology Power Process
  4. “CONDITIONS” – A Scientology Power Process

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GLOSSARY

FACSIMILE
Facsimile is a mental impression that is too jumbled up to be assimilated in the mental matrix. Therefore, it is not available as perception and/or experience. But it exerts a hidden “literal” influence on the functioning of mental matrix. Upon assimilation, the impression reduces to thoughts, emotions and efforts that can be managed. 

SERVICE FACSIMILE
This facsimile provides a hidden influence that the person finds useful.  It helps the person use his weakness and disability to his advantage. It provides him with justifications that he can use to escape responsibility. He may use the facsimile to invite sympathy or cooperation from others, for example, by playing as a victim. It makes him right and others wrong. But he is using a fixed method to do so, and that provides the clue to the service facsimile. 

COMPUTATION
The assimilated data of the mental matrix provides natural thinking that is harmonious, continuous and consistent. But the data from the facsimile, when inserted, generates thinking that has become corrupted. The mental matrix has the awareness of something being wrong but it cannot resolve it because it does not have the content of the facsimile available. The corrupted thinking expresses itself in aberrated behaviors and illnesses. The computations of such corrupted thinking appear as fixations.

JUSTIFICATION
When the mental matrix cannot resolve the corruption of thinking that is inserted by the hidden facsimiles, it does its best to come up with the most plausible explanation for the resulting aberrated behaviors and illnesses. Such explanation seems perfectly right to the person making it, but to others it may appear as a justification for the most flagrant wrongness. The person using justification comes across as making himself right and others wrong.

OVERT ACT
The overt act is part of the aberrated behavior resulting from aberrated thinking. Being irrational an overt act is injurious or harmful in nature, but it appears totally justified to the person committing it.  The person may not know the actual reason why he acted that way. The circumstances may make him feel that he should not have acted that way, at least openly. And so, he may try to restrain himself. This builds up a pressure in him. When a person can clearly see the outpoints in his overt act and confesses to them then he may feel some relief.

WITHHOLD
A withhold is a lack of confession. Confession is a limited effort to relieve a person of the pressure of his overt acts. It is limited because full acceptance of responsibility can come only from uncovering the hidden facsimile. 

MOTIVATOR
A motivator is what justifies to the person the “rightness” of his overt act. It makes him feel that he was justified to have acted the way he did. The motivator could be something that unknowingly triggered his hidden facsimile to influence his computation.

RIGHTNESS & WRONGNESS
The over act appears right to the person committing it because it is the best option per his “thinking”. He doesn’t know that his thinking is influenced by the facsimile. Others are under no such influence so they see his overt act as being harmful and injurious.

CERTAINTY
A person can only be as certain of his solution as the data available to him. So, he can be certain that his “aberrated action” is the right solution. However, certainty improves as more data becomes available. So, the person can be given data that makes him realize that his “aberrated behavior” is injurious to others. But this may not always work. So, he may have to be assisted in processing his facsimiles.

FIXED SOLUTION
Since it is the same facsimile that is injecting itself into the computations of the mental matrix, it may lead to the same “aberrated solution” time and time again. This may provide a clue to the nature of the facsimile and to the incident that may have caused it.

CERTAINTY PROCESSING
A person who is uncertain is oscillating between two opposite certainties. He is thinking in black and white terms. We resolve this uncertainty by having him consider the opposite certainties one at a time, until he can see that there can be shades of gray.

CAUSE LEVEL
Cause level is a person’s ability to see outpoints, even in his own actions. He can then understand better the influence of the unknown facsimile.

RESPONSIBILITY
Responsibility comes about when one really understands the actual situation, and the plus points and outpoints in it. This allows him to responsibly assume control over it.

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Some Grade 4 Processes

The following are some Grade 4 processes of Scientology.

As you work through these processes, you shall uncover anomalies in your past and present, and also in your thinking. Make sure you continue the process until all anomalies brought to your notice during that process are resolved.

  1. Follow the reference Running a Process Command.
  2. You may also use “another” and “others” in place of “you” in the following commands.

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Process: MUST & MUST NOT HAPPEN 
“Tell me some things you wouldn’t want to have happen again.” 
“Tell me some things you would like to have happen again.” 

Process: OVERT ACTS
“In this lifetime what have you done?” 
“What haven’t you done?” 

Process: JUSTIFICATION
“In this lifetime what overt have you committed?“
“How have you justified it? “

More processes are provided under the Reading Materials section above.

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Running a Process Command

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

In Scientology, an auditor runs a process on a preclear. (NOTE: A preclear is a person who is clearing himself of psychosomatic illnesses and aberrations.) There are thousands of processes in Scientology. Here is an example of a process “MUST & MUST NOT HAPPEN”:

“Tell me some things you wouldn’t want to have happen again.”
“Tell me some things you would like to have happen again.”

The auditor asks such commands alternately and repeatedly. The preclear executes these commands. The auditor is trained in how to deliver the commands, in the auditing style to use, how to observe and monitor the preclear’s execution of command, and how to note preclear’s tone level and responses. The preclear is also trained in how to execute the command through drills called TRs.

Hubbard had lot of trouble training auditors because the mind cannot be treated in a mechanical fashion. The best approach is to teach a person to audit himself or herself with the simplest approach possible. We shall now see how the Scientology processes can be applied by the preclear using the simple approach of Subject Clearing. 

Let’s take the process above. Right away one can see that the purpose of this, or any process, is to “audit” traumatic impressions until they are assimilated in the mental matrix. These traumatic impressions have been collecting in the mind since ages.

Such traumatic impressions are unknown to the preclear because they are not assimilated and, therefore, they have not been converted into perceptions.

Most of the traumas that produced these impressions are also submerged since long ago. So, this “auditing” is basically a blind and random search.

The first rule of executing the process command is to be very gentle about it. Here the process is about “what must or must not happen.” So, you just lightly keep your attention on the command, and let the mind do its work. The moment you become anxious about coming up with the requested information it won’t work.

The first rule is to just lightly keep your attention on the command, and let the mind do its work.

There are certain unassimilated impressions that are currently active and causing your illness and aberration. You do not know anything about these impressions. There is an amazing mental matrix that exists with infinite possibilities of perceptions. You cannot search this matrix by memory. By lightly keeping your attention on the process command, you let a current flow through your matrix. If this particular current interacts with the unassimilated impressions in some way, it would let you know right away. So, you just sit back and wait for some interaction. Just be very alert.

If there is no interaction resulting from the present process within a reasonable amount of time then you need to move to a different process. The important thing is not to get anxious about the process.

There are scores of processes on each grade of Scientology. The purpose of all these processes is to find clues to the unknown assimilated impressions. Sometimes it may take just a few clues, and at other times dozens of clues to resolve an unassimilated impression.

In Scientology auditing, overrun and further complications occur because the auditor and the preclear get anxious about the process. It is better to leave a process without getting anxious if no interaction occurs. You can always come back to that process in the future.

Sometimes these processes work in a certain sequence depending on how the unassimilated impressions are stacked up in the mind. You cannot always predict the sequence in which to apply the processes. So, you have to live with some amount of trial and error.

If no interactions result from the present process then move to the next process.

The second rule is that when there is an interaction you let it play itself out without you reacting to it. If there is a reaction than treat it as if it is part of the interaction. The whole idea is to “be there and confront.”

Suppose you have light attention on “what must or must not happen” and you are relaxed and fully alert to possible interactions. The first interaction may not be in terms of some memory coming up. It could be a feeling about what you are doing. You might think that you are wasting your time with this process, that this process is not going to work, that you may never get better, that everybody else is happy, but you are miserable, etc. You just watch these feelings and thoughts play themselves out. There may be sensations, such as, feeling scratchy all over the body, feeling exhausted, body perspiring, dread in the pit of the stomach, etc. You do not resist or suppress any of these sensations and emotions. You just let them play out.

The second rule is to just let the feelings and sensations play themselves out. All you have to do is, “be there and confront.” 

You may be watching the influence of the unassimilated impression leaking into the mental matrix. It is a fascinating experience even when it makes you uncomfortable. The less you avoid or deny it, the better it is. You never know what may come up. You may even go to sleep. Just do not interfere with whatever is happening. You may ultimately be rewarded with sudden emergence of perceptions as the impression assimilates into the mental matrix.

Once you get the perceptions, that were hidden, the major struggle is over. Now you can start looking around for anomalies, and start to clean them up one by one. At other times, memories my come up by themselves in response to the process command. When that happens you don’t have to do anything like before. Just be alert for anomalies. When an anomaly shows up as something puzzling, simply subject clear whatever does not make sense. It is possible that such subject clearing may cross path with an unassimilated impression.

Once you get the perceptions start resolving the anomalies.

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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 we hear of so much is an identity because it different from person to person. That is why, in some religions we cannot be one with God because those religions look upon God as having an identity.

We maybe more similar in terms of aliveness (the Spirit). In fact, some religions consider the Spirit to be a universal reality that manifests as all the different identities.

We can be very similar in our viewpoint on reality, especially in the absence of illusions. That seems to be the concept underlying the Atman of Vedas. The Atman is said to be present in all life cycles, attempting to be free itself of illusions, and ultimately becoming one with “paramatman” (God). Thus, Atman is the dynamic form of Spirit that is forever evolving from one life cycle to the next. It is at the core of identity.

In the chart (see below) 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 spirit (liveliness). The soul, as the identity, will change from one life cycle to the next, while atman, as the dynamic spirit, shall progress toward the state of paramatman through these life cycles.

Below is a list of key words, reading materials and a glossary. You are free to add key words, reading materials, and definitions from other reference materials as you see fit. The idea is to consolidate your understanding of the fundamental concepts involved in the subject of SELF. The introduction above presents SELF as atman (or spirit) plus identity, but that is just a starting point. Your understanding may take you where it may.

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

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KEY WORDS

Soul, Atman, Viewpoint, Static viewpoint, Evolution, Life cycle, Death, Body-mind system, Body, Mind, Spirit, Self, Ego, Consciousness, Élan vital, Theta, Thetan, …

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READING MATERIALS

  1. Interiorization & Exteriorization
  2. The Cleared Individual
  3. The Doctrine of No-Soul: Anatta
  4. Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2

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GLOSSARY

Soul
A person’s “soul” is believed to be that aspect of his self that is non-physical, separate from the body, and survives death. It is associated with the sense of “I” or “me”. The soul, in Christianity, cannot be one with God because of this association with personal identity. 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. No identity of the person survives death. In reality, what survives death, is the improvement a person’s life brought to the condition of other lives and the environment. It is the evolution his life cycle brought to the universe.

Atman
Buddha does not deny Atman in the sense of “general awareness” that is evolving life after life. Buddha does deny the interpretation of Atman as “personal awareness,” which is always associated with an identity. When we look at the meaning given to Atman in Bhagavad Gita (Hinduism), it is in the sense of “universal awareness.” 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 “individual 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.

Atman and Soul
The understanding of ATMAN is as basic and important as the understanding of QUANTUM. A quantum is not a particle; similarly, atman is not the soul. A particle has a center of mass; similarly, a soul is centered on ‘I’ – the awareness of an identity. A quantum has no mass, instead it has consistency; similarly, atman has no identity but it has awareness. An electron is a quantum and not a particle; it has no mass. It is mistakenly thought of as having mass. Similarly, your essence is The Static Viewpoint of atman and not the ‘I’ of soul. You are mistakenly thought of as being an identity. The identity is the characteristic of the body-mind system just like mass is the characteristic of matter. Atman is beyond the body-mind system just like quantum is beyond matter.

Viewpoint
A viewpoint is a window into the person’s beingness. It is different from the identity of a person. We use the word “viewpoint” to refer to the evolutionary status of that beingness. In Hinduism this viewpoint has the characteristics of TAMAS (ignorance), RAJAS (passion) or SATTVA (purity). In today’s vocabulary we may plot the viewpoint on a scale from mystery to knowingness (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 Paramatman or 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 Paramatman or God (see The Static Viewpoint). It is the eternal beingness from which everything in this universe is viewed fully. The Static viewpoint sees things as they are without fixations. It penetrates everything. Therefore, the eternal essence of a person, and also of the universe, is the Static viewpoint and not some idea of soul. The Static Viewpoint is attained when all fixations are removed from a person, society, mankind, and the universe. Subject Clearing helps one attain the Static Viewpoint.

Evolution
At this stage, 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 cycles after life cycles one is trying to progress up this scale towards the knowingness of Static Viewpoint, Paramatman or God.

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.

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 and genes that carry forward the mental programming from the life just lived. Such molecules and genes are then reused 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. 

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.

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.

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.” 

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.

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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