Subtle Energy and the Structure of Subject-Object Consciousness

Buck, Gary (2010) Subtle Energy and the Structure of Subject-Object Consciousness. Doctoral thesis, Meridian University.

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Abstract

This study explores ways in which attending with mindfulness to subtle energy patterning that underlies and structures subject-object consciousness enables openings and shifts towards participatory consciousness. The research hypothesis stated that by mindfully engaging the subtle energy patterns that solidify the subject-object structure of consciousness, this structure would be transmuted, breaking the segregation of the knowing subject from its objects, revealing the realm of participatory consciousness. Literature in Western Psychology about consciousness, human development, and research on Buddhist meditation, plus sources on subtle energy, Buddhism and Imaginal Psychology were reviewed. There was a gap in the literature regarding analysis of first person reports of expert meditators exploring the transition between subject-object and participatory consciousness, especially from the subtle energy perspective. The methodology used Imaginal Inquiry to explore the experience of expert meditators focused on hypothesized subtle energy boundaries between subject and object. The Cumulative Learning stated that mindfully inquiring into the apparent boundary between subject and object within the context of the Imaginal Inquiry research paradigm was an effective strategy for experientially exploring the transition between vi subject-object and participatory forms of consciousness including the variety of expressions of participatory consciousness. Learning One demonstrated that Buddhist meditators expert in both concentration and mindful inquiry techniques who focus on the apparent boundary between subject and object have easy access to this realm of participatory consciousness. Learning Two empirically demonstrated that the transition from subject-object consciousness to states where there is no longer a sense of separation between subject and object represents a range of discrete experiences that has a natural sequence. Learning Three demonstrated that expert meditators can detail the process by which subject-object consciousness shifts into participatory modes of experiencing, highlighting the role of attention. Learning Four demonstrated that expert meditators can detail the process by which primordial awareness expresses itself as subject/object consciousness. These Learnings demonstrated the efficacy of Imaginal Inquiry to explore the transition between subject-object and participatory forms of consciousness and offered empirical evidence for views held in Buddhist contexts. This research had implications for those studying perception, attention, projection, consciousness, and the psychological role of subtle energy.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Psychology > Critical Theory
Depositing User: Gary Buck
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2017 18:57
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 18:57
URI: http://scholarship.meridianuniversity.edu/id/eprint/128

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