After thirty-years of investigation and discovery, I have isolated the single greatest source of man’s inability to handle life, himself, and his relationships with others and his environment.

That source of inability is SPIRITUAL ILLITERACY.

It must be understood that an individual is a composite of six basic factors:

The first factor is You, the Spiritual Being or life force.

The second factor is your intentions, dreams, and goals.

The third factor is your vision of what you intend to attain.

The fourth factor is your mind, the device you use to record, store, and retrieve data.

The fifth factor is your body, the physical object that You, the being, animates and directs to produce the sixth factor, that factor being your outcomes; the end result of You, your mind, your intentions, your visions, and the application and direction of those through your body to produce and manifest your intended creations into the physical universe.

THE COMPOSITE YOU

The composite utilization of these six factors gives the being its self-worth and makes up its identity.  To be at cause over your life, your mind, your body, and your environment, it is necessary to be at cause over YOURSELF, the Spiritual Being.

When a being is illiterate in an area, that being is ignorant of the fundamentals of the area of knowledge that is needed.  Further, that being cannot receive the data necessary to obtain the information, as the being cannot really comprehend what is to be read or is written, owing to its having no word or conceptual understandings of the area.  Thus the being is blocked from getting or using its abilities in that area.

Definitions:

ILLITERACY:  n.  1. The quality or condition of being unable to read and write.  2. An error caused by or thought characteristic of this condition.     

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ILLITERATE:  adj.  1.  Unable to read and write.  2a.  Marked by inferiority to an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature.  b.  Violating prescribed standards of speech or writing.  3.  Ignorant of the fundamentals of a given art or branch of knowledge:  musically illiterate.  -n.  One who is illiterate.       

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Illiteracy, or being illiterate, in an area leads to ignorance.  Ignorance causes the being to have to ignore the area.  This is extremely painful to the being and often it will substitute something else to explain its ignoring the illiterate area, which leads to disaster and bad consequences.

Definitions:

IGNORANCE:  n.  The condition of being ignorant; lack of knowledge.    

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IGNORANCE: n.  1. The unknowingness and unawareness of the interactions and interdependence of the correct and exact and precise correctness of spirit, game, perception, intention, vision, plan, who,  what,  where,  when,  why,  how,  importance,  value,  mood,  responsibility,  motion,  and action,  with inaccurately predicted consequences,  outcomes,  and  accomplishments of those interactions and interdependences. It is the incorrectly evaluated, not fully owned result of inaccurate perception. Ignorance always is demonstrated by inability to apply and the degree of incompetence in the area. Refusal or reluctance to apply, or a lack of application or competence in an area means the area is not fully known.

IGNORANT:  adj.  1. Without education or knowledge.  2. Exhibiting lack of education or knowledge.  3. Unaware or uninformed.       

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IGNORE:  tr.v.  To refuse to pay attention to; disregard.   

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As you can observe by reading the definitions above, we end up with the opposite effect of what we want. As our goal is all the way back to full potential, we would need to acquire a tremendous amount of knowledge.

Trying to assimilate the knowledge blocked by illiteracy without first handling the basic source (Spiritual Illiteracy) is extremely destructive.  Therefore, the first step on all courses and all seminars is to fully define all words and subjects connected to the Spiritual Being.

To do this will require several steps.  This is no easy matter, as we immediately run into the basic law of no two things may occupy the same space at the same time.

You, the Spiritual Being, have been substituting all sorts of things for yourself, so when the knowledge is presented to you, it will be blocked by the previous false data or substitution.

THE FIRST STEP:  DEFINING THE SPIRITUAL AREA

Definitions (all definitions are from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language unless otherwise noted):

SPIRITUAL:  adj.  1. Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not tangible or material.  2. Of, concerned with, or affecting the soul.  3. Of, from or pertaining to God.

4. Of or belonging to a church or religion; ecclesiastical; sacred.  5. Pertaining to or having the nature of spirits; supernatural.         

SPIRIT:  n.  1. That which is traditionally believed to be the vital principle or animating force within living beings.  2. Any supernatural being, such as a ghost.  3. That which constitutes one’s unseen, intangible being.  4. The essential and activating principle of a person; the will.

tr.v.  1. To impart courage, animation, or determination to; stimulate; encourage.

SPIRITUALITY: n.  1. The state, quality, or fact of being spiritual.  2. Ecclesiastics collectively; the clergy.       

SPIRITUALIZE:  tr.v.  1. To impart a spiritual nature to; refine; purify.  2. To invest with or treat as having a spiritual sense or meaning.    

SERENE: adj.  1. Unaffected by disturbance; calm and unruffled. 2. Unclouded; fair: serene skies and a bright blue sea.  3. Often Serene.  Used as a title and form of address for certain members of royalty: Her Serene Highness; His Serene Highness.

INTEGRITY: n.  1. Rigid adherence to a code of behavior; probity.  2. The state of being unimpaired; soundness.  3. Completeness; unity.

UPHOLD:  tr. v.  1. To hold aloft; raise: upheld the banner proudly.  2. To prevent from falling or sinking; support.  3. To maintain or affirm against opposition.  –upholder  n.

MAINTAIN: tr.v.  1. To keep up or carry on; continue: maintain good relations.  2. To keep in an existing state; preserve or retain: maintain one’s composure.  3. To keep in a condition of good repair or efficiency: maintain two cars.   4.a.  To provide for; support: maintain a family.  b.  To keep in existence; sustain: enough food to maintain life.  5.  To defend or hold against criticism or attack: maintained his stand on taxes.   6. To declare to be true; affirm: maintained her innocence.

HONOR:  n.  1. Esteem; respect; reverence.  2. Reputation; good name.  3. Nobility of mind; probity; integrity.  4. Personal integrity maintained without legal or other obligation.   

–tr. v.  1.a. To esteem; hold in respect.  b. To show great respect for.  2. To confer distinction upon.

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The spiritual being action of fighting to maintain and expand the precise exactness and correctness of spirit, perception, intention, vision, plan, action, motion, outcome, who, what, where, when, why, how, importance, value, and mood.

Alan C. Walter

INTELLIGENCE: n.  1.a. The capacity to acquire and apply knowledge.  b. The faculty of thought and reason.  c. Superior powers of mind.  2.a  Theology. An intelligent, incorporeal being, especially an angel.  b. Intelligence. Christian Science. The primal, eternal quality of God.  3. Information; news.  4.a. Secret information, especially about an actual or potential enemy;  b. An agency or an office that gathers such information.  c. Espionage agents, organizations, and activities considered as a group:  “Intelligence is nothing if not an institutionalized black market in perishable commodities.” (John le Carre).

EVALUATE:  tr.v. 1.  To ascertain or fix the value or worth of.  2. To examine and judge carefully:  appraise.  3.  Mathematics. To calculate the numerical value of; express numerically.   –evaluation n.  –evaluative  adj.  –evaluator  n

IMPORTANCES:  n. (pl.) 1. The state, quality or condition of being important; significance.  2.  A person’s, place’s or thing’s status or standing.

IMPORTANT:  adj. 1. Having or showing great significance, value or consequences.

2. Being influential or worthy of note, attention of esteem.

JUDGMENT: n.  1. The act or process of judging; the formation of an opinion after consideration or deliberation.  2.a. The mental ability to perceive and distinguish relationships; discernment: Fatigue may affect a pilot’s judgment of distances.  b. The capacity to form an opinion by distinguishing and evaluating: His judgment of fine music is impeccable.  c. The capacity to assess situations or circumstances and draw sound conclusions; good sense: She showed good judgment in saving her money.  3. An opinion or estimate formed after consideration or deliberation, especially a formal or authoritative decision: awaited the judgment of the umpire.  4. Law. a. A determination of a court of law; a judicial decision.  b. A court act creating or affirming an obligation, such as a debt.  c. A writ in witness of such an act.  5. An assertion of something believed.  6. A misfortune believed to be sent by God as punishment for sin.  7. Judgment. In traditional Christian eschatology, God’s determination of which human beings shall be sent to heaven and which condemned to hell.

ESTIMATE: tr.v.  1. To calculate approximately (the amount, extent, magnitude, position, or value of something).  2. To form an opinion about; evaluate:  “While an author is yet living we estimate his powers by his worst performance.” (Samuel Johnson). —estimate 1. The act of evaluating or appraising.  2. A tentative evaluation or rough calculation, as of worth, quantity, or size.  3. A statement of the approximate cost of work to be done, such as a building project or car repairs.  4. A judgment based upon one’s impressions; an opinion.  [Latin aestimare, aestimat-.]  –estimative  adj.  –estimator  n.

EFFORT:  n.  1. The use of physical or mental energy to do something; exertion.  2. A difficult exertion of the strength or will: It was an effort to get up.  3. A usually earnest attempt:  Make an effort to arrive promptly.  4. Something done or produced through exertion:  a play that was his finest effort.  5. Physics. Force applied against inertia.

STANDARD:  n.  1. A flag, banner, or ensign, especially:  a. The ensign of the chief of a state, nation, or city.  b. A long, tapering flag bearing heraldic devices distinctive of a person or corporation.  c. An emblem or flag of an army, raised on a pole to indicate the rallying point in a battle.  d. The colors of a mounted or motorized military unit.  2.a. An acknowledged measure of comparison for quantitative or qualitative value.; a criterion.  b. An object that under specified conditions defines, represents, or records the magnitude of a unit.  3. The set proportion by weight of gold or silver to alloy metal prescribed for use in coinage.  4. The commodity or commodities used to back a monetary system.  5.a. A degree or level of requirement, excellence, or attainment.  b. Often standards.  A requirement of moral conduct.  6. Chiefly British. A grade level in elementary schools.  7. A pedestal, stand, or base. 8. Botany. a. The large upper petal of the flower of a pea or related plant.  b. One of the narrow, upright petals of an iris.  also called banner, vexillum.  9. A shrub or small tree that through grafting or training has a single stem of limited height with a crown of leaves and flowers at its apex.  10. Music. A composition that is continually used in repertoires. –standard  adj.  1. Serving as or conforming to a standard of measurement or value.  2. Widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence: a standard reference work.  3. Acceptable but of less than top quality: a standard grade of beef.  4. Normal, familiar, or usual: the standard excuse.  5. Commonly used or applied: standard car equipment.  6. Linguistics.  Conforming to established educated usage in speech or writing.  [ME < Fr. estandard, rallying place, probably from Frankish *standhard : *standan, to stand.

* hard, fast. hard.]  –standardly adv.

EXPECT:  v.tr.  1.a. To look forward to the probable occurrence or appearance of: expecting a telephone call; expects rain on Sunday.  b. To consider likely or certain: expect to see them soon.  2. To consider reasonable or due: We expect an apology.  3. To consider obligatory; require:  The school expects its pupils to be on time.  4. Informal.  To presume; suppose.

intr.  1. To look forward to the birth of one’s child.  Used in progressive tenses:  His sister is expecting in May.  2. To be pregnant.  Used in progressive tenses:  My wife is expecting again.

–expectable adj. –expectably  adv. –expectedly  adv. –expectedness  n.

PERCEIVE:  vt., vi.  1. To grasp mentally; take note (of); observe.  2. To become aware (of) through sight, hearing, touch, taste, or smell.

TRUTH:  n. The exact and precise correctness of spirit,  knowledge,  game,  perception,  intention,  vision,  plan,  who,  what,  where,  when,  why,  how,  importance,  value,  mood,  responsibility,  motion,  action,  accurately predicted consequences,  outcomes,  and  accomplishments; and  opposing spirit,  opposing knowledge,  opposing game,  opposing perception,  opposing intention,  opposing vision,  opposing plan,  opposing who,  opposing what,  opposing where,  opposing when,  opposing why,  opposing how,  opposing importance,  opposing value,  opposing mood,  opposing responsibility,  opposing motion,  opposing action,  opposing accurately predicted consequences,  opposing outcomes,  and opposing accomplishments.

Truth covers not only words, but deeds as well.  A person who operates at a high truth level has no separation between what is said, what is done, and what is accomplished.

By being able to predict exactly and precisely both sides (your own and the opposition’s) of truth, you achieve the states of total empathy and omni-determination over all games and situations.

Alan C. Walter

OBSERVE: v.tr.  1. To be or become aware of, especially through careful and directed attention; notice.  2. To watch attentively:  observe a child’s behavior.  3. To make a systematic or scientific observation of: observe the orbit of the moon.  4. To say casually; remark.  5. To adhere to or abide by: observe the terms of a contract.  6. To keep or celebrate (a holiday, for example): observe an anniversary.  –intr.  1. To take notice.  2. To say something; make a comment or remark.  3. To watch or be present without participating actively:  We were invited to the conference solely to observe.

OBSERVER: n.  1. One that observes: an observer of local customs; observers of religious holidays.  2. A delegate sent to observe and report on the proceedings of an assembly or a meting but not vote or otherwise participate.  3.a. A crew member on a military aircraft who makes observations.  b. A member of an armed force who watches and reports from an observation post.

CREATE:  tr. v.  1. To cause to exist; bring into being.  2. To give rise to; produce: that remark created a stir.  3. To invest with a title or office; appoint.  4. To produce through artistic or imaginative effort:  create a poem; create a role.  –create adj.  Archaic.  Created. English

CREATOR: n.  1. One that creates:  the creator of a new television series; a born creator of trouble.  2. Creator.  God.  Used with the.

THOUGHT: v.  1. The act or process of thinking; cogitation.  2. A product of thinking.

3. The faculty of thinking or reasoning.  4. The intellectual activity or production of a particular time or group: ancient Greek thought; deconstructionist thought.  5. Consideration; attention: didn’t give much thought to what she said.  6.a. Intention; purpose:  there was no thought of coming home early.  b. Expectation or conception:  She had no thought that anything was wrong.  7. A trifle; a bit:  You could be a thought more considerate.

DECIDE:  v.tr. 1. To settle conclusively all contention or uncertainty about: decide a case; decided the dispute in favor of the workers.  2. To influence or determine the outcome of: A few votes decided the election.  3. To cause to make or reach a decision.  –intr.  1. To pronounce a judgment; announce a verdict.  2. To make up one’s mind.

ULTIMATE:  adj.  1. Being last in a series, process, or progression:  “As the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution, the Supreme Court occupies a central place in our scheme of government.” (Richard A Epstein).  2. Fundamental; elemental: an ultimate truth.  3.a. Of the greatest possible size or significance; maximum: Has the ultimate diamond been found?  b. Representing or exhibiting the greatest possible development or sophistication: the ultimate bicycle.  c. Utmost; extreme: the ultimate insult.  4. Being most distant or remote; farthest.  5. Eventual: hoped for ultimate victory.  –ultimate  n.  1.The basic or fundamental fact, element, or principle.  2. The final point; the conclusion.  3. The greatest extreme; the maximum: actions that represented the ultimate in political expediency.  [Latin ultimatus, past participle of ultimare, to come to an end, from ultimus last, superlative of ulter, on the other side.]

IMPEL:  tr.v.  1. To urge to action through moral pressure; drive:  We were impelled by circumstances to take a stand.  2. To drive forward; propel.

IMPELLER:  n.  1. One that impels, as a rotating device used to force a fluid in a desired direction under pressure.  2. A rotor or rotor blade.

A SPIRIT IS A LIFE FORCE.

A LIFE FORCE IS BASICALLY SERENE.

A serene Life Force has no form or mass, does not move, and is not locatable in space or time.  It has the ability to perceive and intend.

That is, you cannot see, feel, or touch physically, the Spirit.

You, the Spirit, are the upholder of integrity.

You, the Spirit, are the maintainer of honor.

You, the Spirit, are the intelligence.

You, the Spirit, are the evaluator of importance.

You, the Spirit, are the one that makes judgments.

You, the Spirit, are the estimator of effort.

You, the Spirit, are the standard setter.

You, the Spirit, are the expecter.

You, the Spirit, are the perceiver of truth.

You, the Spirit, are the observer.

You, the Spirit, are the creator of thought.

You, the Spirit, are the decider.

You, the Spirit, are the ultimate impeller.

For You, the Spirit, to operate anywhere near optimum, it is necessary to be extremely honest, of highest integrity, and to maintain high ideals, principals, and ethical standards.

When the Spiritual Being violates it’s basic honesty, integrity, high ideals, principles, and ethical standards, it experiences excruciating, unwanted feelings (pain).  This causes the being to want to forget or not want to know in the area.  This eventually leads to an unwillingness to know; then to an inability to know; then to ignoring the area completely, then to attacking anyone who even suggests it look into the area.  This is a form of harmful act.

Then, as it expects to be punished, the being fears the area.

Thus, the Spiritual Being sets up five ways to not handle the area:

1.   Attack the area.

2.   Flee from the area.

3.   Avoid the area.

4.   Neglect or ignore the area.

5.   Cease to exist or create.

When you observe a new student or client, you will find they have one of those five methods of handling life that is grossly out of control.

If an individual is spiritually illiterate, that being’s awareness level will be low.  Life will be a mystery and the being’s ability to be at cause over, or make things go right in life, will be extremely limited or non-existent.  Further, due to the five methods of not handling areas, it takes a fairly skilled consultant or coach to direct the student’s or client’s attention in the area and bring him to a level of understanding.

The use of the Clean Slate Handling Steps is vital.  You will be causing a tremendous growth for anyone when you handle their illiteracy in the spiritual areas.