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Study of the Humanities
The six faculties of our consciousness have essential correspondence with the main humanitarian subjects: 1) Psychology deals with our subjective processes of thinking and self-evaluation; 2) Philosophy deals with our mental ability to overview and conceptualize; 3) Linguistics deals with our faculty of Speech, as a device of communication and self-expression; 4) Sociology and History deal with relationship as such: how the individual and collective relate to one another, on the scale of space (Sociology, Ethnography etc.) or time (History); 5) Art and Culture deal with the refinement of our feelings and senses. 6) Science of Nature deals with Matter as such - the Physical in an objective way.

Every key subject can be combined with another subject, giving it a new dimension. For example, Philosophy of Science, Psychology of Art, History of Philosophy, History of Linguistics, etc. These key disciplines, of course, may include other subjects and topics related to their field of concern. For instance, History of Psychology could include Mythology of Self-discovery (Vedic Mythology, Egyptian Myths, etc.), History of Occultism and Yoga, History of Religion; etc.

Such an approach to knowledge, where all major cognitive functions and capacities of our consciousness could be integrally exercised, is needed for modern education. Having identified the nature of different studies with their cognitive faculties of consciousness, the scholars themselves in their subjective approach could become the field of research. The self-education then would be direct and effective. The division on subjective and objective approach to knowledge would have only a classifying value within the field of studies and the humanitarian disciplines would become a means for self-education, necessary to develop Metaphysical, Psychological, Social (Historical), Artistic, Linguistic and Scientific modes of Consciousness, tuning them to the One Consciousness beyond. Such an integral approach might prepare a wider ground for a truer perception of our life, and lead us eventually to a globalisation of our faculties, opening them up to higher possibilities.



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