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Many terms are used in Landmark Worldwide in special ways, and sometimes there is confusion. For example, the term "enrollment" is used to mean "enrolling" others in a possibility, so that they are "moved, touched, and inspired," and does not refer to enrolling people in courses. "Registration" is as described below, and, in context, often refers to actually signing up for a course (the generic meaning in the training is the acceptance of an offered choice, but it is also used with the ordinary meaning, i.e, action to formally place one's name in a list of "registrants.").

Every discipline has its own language, borrowing general terms and providing specific meanings. For example, in physics the words "force", "work", "power" are given specific meanings for the mathematical modeling to work consistently, so while "work" means force through a distance in physics, "work" means applying effort, either mental or physical, to everyone else. To a physicist, pressing as hard as you can against a wall and not moving it = no work; but to everyone else, it is a lot of possibly useless work, having exerted a lot of effort to no affect, other than to give your muscles some isometric exercise. So it is with Landmark, it borrows words from common language and gives them specific meanings, creating its own sublanguage, in order to communicate specific ideas in unusual ways. The idea is born out of the educational principle "you don't learn something until you have discovered it for yourself." The unusual usage forces fresh use of the mind to elicit the discovery of whatever is being presented.

Please use this page to express definitions of these terms as used by Landmark. Discussion of these definitions should take place on the attached Talk page (the "Discuss" tab, usually above). If there are disagreements, we should attempt to find consensus on the Talk page. This resource is intended to explain how these words are actually used by leaders of seminars in Landmark, and by Landmark Forum graduates in the Landmark community, not to propose these definitions as the "correct" meanings of the words.

Feel free to write definitions, and sign them with <small>~~~</small>. Feel free, as well, to write brief comments or alternative definitions.

These definitions have not been approved by Landmark Worldwide.

  • Act. An act is an inauthentic way of being that you project to others to make yourself look good; or that, motivated by being right, you take on for yourself in furtherance of your own desired self-image or as part of your strong suit. Many guys, for example, think of themselves as "tough guys", and perhaps should take a closer look at ways in which they really are not. True tough guys don't need to prove it by treating badly because they can, or by bullying waitresses in diners. Truly wealthy people don't need to prove it by ostentatious lifestyles. You may like to think of yourself as a responsible person, or as a generous person, but are you? You may like to show up for others as an extroverted or outgoing person, but if you're always feeling a need to prove it . . . MakeItRain
  • Agreement/Alignment For agreement is merely a condition of content in which everyone is going to same place. Alignment, on the other hand, is a context in which everyone is coming from the same source" sercotec-lf
  • Already always listening.™ Undistinguished pre-existing interpretations that shape, color and influence the way people experience their relationships with people, circumstances, and even themselves. Examples may include: rolling your eyes as you see a number or person you recognize calling your phone as you, before they have even spoken to you, decide you already know something about how that call will go.grantlam
  • That little voice in your head, the voice of your imagination, and the interpretations it is constantly making. AnyTDorH
  • Advanced Course. The second course in the "Curriculum for Living."
  • Aliveness. Occurrance when you get yourself in the game instead of spectate it and you are aware what you are doing at that moment sercotec-lf
  • At effect. Usage is "at the effect of [some circumstance]"; to be a victim of circumstances or dependent upon them for success. See also At cause. Abd
  • Authenticity.When one is being consistent with how they portray themselves to be with others and themselves. grantlam
  • Breakthrough.Freeing yourself from some limitation that allows you to achieve immediate and permanent quantum leaps in performance and quality of life. grantlam
  • When "the light bulb clicks on in your head" and you "get it" and it causes a discrete change in behavior. AnyTDorH
  • Breakdown. A breakdown happens when some possibility, intention or commitment is frustrated, stopped or thwarted grantlam
  • When things don't go as expected or intended, or when you don't do as you said you would -- "not keeping your word" -- , also known as a loss of integrity, a loss of workability. AnyTDorH
  • Complete. When one is complete with any aspect of the past and therefore the past has no constraint on who one is being or how they are acting in the present. In communication, being complete is one being left with no lingering resentments, regrets or "unfinished business. grantlam
  • Cost. (as used in Rackets™). The impact of one’s reactive ways of being and acting. See also Payoff. Abd edited by grantlam
  • The costs of rackets™ are love/affinity, vitality/well-being, self-expression, and satisfaction/fulfillment, all of which fall under aliveness. Shinigami Realm
  • Change. (versus transformation). Change begins with a something that is made different in distance (from here to there), time (from now to then) or form (for example, from a square to a circle). An aspect of the nature of change is that change causes the persistence of the something being changed. grantlam
  • Change is a gradual continual shift. Transformation is a discrete jump. A caterpillar transforms into a moth or butterfly, but the metamorphosis that happens in the cocoon is change. Improvement and evolution are in the world of change. Transformation is about something new, different, a creation. Change = a+1 , Transformaton = before was A, now is B. AnyTDorH
  • Choosing vs. Deciding Deciding is related to other "*cide" words (suicide, insecticide, genocide), and is the result of applying reason to eliminate alternatives, effectively killing them. Usually a single thing is left and that becomes the decision. Choosing is about making a choice purely for the sake of choosing, not applying reason, not applying logic, not removing or disqualifying the other choices. I have purposefully not quoted the Landmark definition of decision and choice as that is copywrited material by them. Everyone likes to use reason, but ultimately, at the bottom of every decision or even proofs, is either fundamental choice or reason: "I choose to believe ..." or "I choose to trust ..." adding "because" makes it a reason. By using reason, one then absolves oneself from responsibility for the choice, it becomes the fault of the reason or the reasoning process if it fails. Choice demands responsibility for making the choice. AnyTDorH
  • Clearing The most common analogy is of a field, and removing the stones and stumps and whatever obstacles are there in the field, that interfere with the functioning of the field: whether to grow something, or to play a game, or something else. The abstraction in this case is a mental construct in which possibilities can be placed, created. The clearing is like a vacuum, and can draw things towards it. If the thing in the clearing is "I'm no good" then it draws things that supports that attitude. You are then a clearing for "I'm no good". If you want the possibility of contribution to the world to be in your clearing, to draw those flavors of possibilities and opportunities, then you would need to remove the "I'm no good" thing from your clearing. AnyTDorH
  • Context. Context is your occurring world; the total of how the world around you, and the people and things in it (either in totality, or in a given situation), show up for you. Nearly all context in which humans live is created. As a "meaning-making machine", it forms the setting and the background of your story and you tend to take actions based upon it in response. And you take it for granted and don't realize it: the one thing your occurring world doesn't automatically occur for you as is context. For example, for a fish, water is a major part of his context. A fish has no appreciation of water, it's just there, life consists of dealing with it all the time, he 'swims in it'. No other fish has ever been out of water for any length of time and come back to tell him what it's like, so the fish doesn't know anything but water, and nothing else is possible to him. (The difference is, the fish's context of water is beneficial to him, and he can't overcome it and survive. You, however, might "swim in" a context that isn't altogether beneficial to you, and that you can overcome. By contrast, responsibility is an empowering context.) When your life sucks, when you're in a negative or disempowering context; the way to break out of it, to overcome the negative or disempowering context, is to distinguish something (see Distinguish, Distinction). Then you can see your disempowering story as a story, and take new action in alignment with reality; or take on one or more new ways of being that might work better for you. MakeItRain
  • Curriculum for Living™ The basic Landmark curriculum, which includes The Landmark Forum®, The Advanced Course®, The Self Expression and Leadership Program, and The Landmark Forum In Action Series.
  • Disappear To "disappear something" is to eliminate it, such as to disappear a complaint. JF, edited by Abd (discusscontribs)
  • Distinction. A distinction is a linguistic phenomenon that brings something into being as a presence, for which previously there was no presence. grantlam
  • The idea of a distinction comes from Taoism, when you name something as beautiful, not beautiful comes into existence as well. It also comes from sublanguages created to facilitate an area of thought or information -- the example of physics used above. A distinction is simply a term, a word, used to name something to facilitate the abstraction, discussion and/or use of that thing. AnyTDorH
  • Distinguish. To take something from an undifferentiated background and bring it to the foreground. Shinigami Realm
  • Effect. See At effect.
  • Empty. Not real, made up, no substance. Generally used in conjunction with "meaningless" as in "empty and meaningless" see "meaningless" below. AnyTDorH
  • Enrollment. A kind of sharing that causes a new possibility to be present for another such that they are touched moved and inspired by that new possibility. This is not to be confused with Registration. grantlam
  • Force. (versus power. Force is not a distinction recognized by Landmark. Personally, I feel that 'force' should be a distinction -- force as distinct from 'power', since within the Landmark technology, the two terms are so often used together, and so often contrasted against one another -- so I'll attempt to generate one for you here that will work for you.) Access to the distinction between force vs. power, lies in the outcome, the result. Power produces outcomes that will fall into place without a whole lot of resistance, and that once in place will stay in place indefinitely. Force can produce outcomes, but force nearly always meets with resistance. Force frequently produces outcomes other than what the person applying the force wants, or had in mind. Force produces unintended consequences. No one likes being forced, after all, and most anyone will seek ways to thwart whatever or whoever is trying to force something on them. And when force produces an outcome at all, that outcome will stay in place only for as long as the force can continue to be applied effectively. Once the force goes away, or is removed, or is met with an opposing force; once someone who is unhappy with the outcome produced by force comes up with a way to get around the force, or force back, or to evade the punishment that it threatens, the outcome produced by force is going to unravel. Power is, by its nature, successful. Force, by its nature, isn't successful, and certainly isn't powerful. Access to power lies in force-free communication. MakeItRain
  • The Landmark Forum. An accelerated learning experience, set up as a guided dialog between the instructor and participants designed to bring about a transformational shift in the participants' effectiveness and quality of life in three days. The first course in the "Curriculum for Living," The Landmark Forum® is the entry point for all Landmark programs. grantlam
  • Graduate. A person who has completed The Landmark Forum. edited by grantlam
  • I. What people tend to think of, in its capacity as an identity, as being a collection of characteristics, attributes, and experiences from the past. Shinigami Realm
  • A pattern of patterns of neurons firing, see Identity. Abd
  • Identity. A story that we invented about ourselves. The process of inventing an identity began in childhood, as we gradually adopted ways of being and acting to deal successfully with things that didn't quite go the way we thought they should. Abd
  • Informative learning. Learning that increases what people know and adds to their skills by bringing new knowledge to an existing worldview and frame of reference. Compare to transformative learning. Shinigami Realm
  • Integrity. Integrity is a state or condition of being whole, perfect, complete and unimpaired, in perfect condition. For a person, integrity is a matter of a person’s word. The extent to which who you are reflects the person you intend to be. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:02, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Integrity is well defined in a dictionary and covers all usage in Landmark. It is presented, though, from a perspective of workability. The more workable, the more integrity, the less workable, there is a loss of integrity. Keeping ones word is associated with integrity -- agreeing with common usage -- but in Landmark, it is a progression. Not keeping your word, means you were inauthentic about your word. Inauthenticity leads to unreliability, which reduces workability, and thus a loss of integrity. If you say you will be at a meeting at 5pm and show up at 5:10pm, there is inauthenticity, and there is the loss of 10 minutes of time, reducing the workability of the meeting, which may have to still end on time, so there is less time for discussion, information sharing, etc. which can lead to incompleteness, which reduces workability. Thus a lack of integrity, a loss of integrity, or simply, no integrity. AnyTDorH
  • Life, as in "yourself and your life." Our entire set of relationships with people. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:04, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Listening In Landmark Education, "Listening" does include the action of actually listening to another person in the common sense, but also includes a state of being. In this regard, the qualifying statements are similar to "... in your listening". This state of being is recognized as providing a coloration to your listening to what others are saying, and to what is happening around you, even if no sound is hitting your ears. It is the application of interpretation, and the recognition that we are always applying some sort of interpretation to our sensory input. By recognizing that we are applying color, and the color that is being applied, we can then choose that coloration. The state of being is referred to as "your clearing", and that clearing provides the coloration, the interpretation, and the responses produced. AnyTDorH
  • Meaningless. The absence of inherent meaning. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:04, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Used in conjunction with "empty" as in "empty and meaningless". This sentiment comes from Ecclesiastes. Meaning is the association of things with other things. This is an action of interpretation, of creating "story". Since it is made up, it is not real, and therefore empty. People tend to use "meaning" to ascribe substance and value to something. But since the meaning is made up, empty, it is really meaningless, without substance, and thus subject to change, alteration, transformation, or disappearance. AnyTDorH
  • Occur Used in the plural form, as in "how it occurs ...", in an active form "occurring" and in the past tense "how it occurred ..." . The interpretation of something. Occurring applies story, reason, to what happened, or to how you think about something. Occurring is a subconscious summarization and associative process that hits the conscious mind as real, as truth. It is difficult to recognize this without training. Someone yelling at you could occur as they being angry; or you thinking they think you are deaf, or stupid; or as an urgent notification of something you need to pay attention to; or something else. Thus when trying to describe what happened, you may include that interpretation unknowingly, when it is really how it occurred to you. AnyTDorH
  • Payoff. A payoff is something one gets out of certain ways of being and acting that is not immediately obvious. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:04, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Possibility. A phenomenon in language that creates a new future now. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:04, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Power. The rate at which an intention is turned into a result Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Racket.™ A persistent complaint combined with a fixed way of being. Rackets are maintained because of payoffs (see payoff) and persist until dropping the racket (and thus its associated cost) is chosen. Abd
  • Reality. That which is real either independently of language (e.g., a car) and that which is real only in language (e.g., a concept). Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Reason. An excuse we invent to justify choices we make. That would be w:Ambrose Bierce's definition. When choices are made according to "reasons," they are distinguished as the "machine" operating, based on assumptions about truth and reality. Genuine choice operates on another level. Reasoning is not denied, but distinguished as rooted in our stories about reality. NOTE: This is not a Landmark term. Just the generic meaning of the word is used in Landmark programs.Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Reasonable. To justify acting or not acting based on reasons and justifications. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Registration. See also Enrollment. Some action that registers a commitment to the future, for example registering for a gym membership. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Resentment. A poison people swallow hoping it will kill the other person. NOTE: This is not a Landmark term. Just the generic meaning of the word is used in Landmark programs. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Responsibility. “Responsibility begins with the willingness to take the stand that one is cause in the matter of one’s life. It is a declaration not an assertion, that is, it is a context from which one chooses to live. Responsibility is not burden, fault, praise, blame, credit, shame or guilt. In responsibility, there is no evaluation of good or bad, right or wrong. There is simply what’s so, and the stand you choose to take on what’s so. Being responsible starts with the willingness to deal with a situation from the view of life that you are the generator of what you do, what you have and what you are. That is not the truth. It is a place to stand. No one can make you responsible, nor can you impose responsibility on another. It is a grace you give yourself – an empowering context that leaves you with a say in the matter of life.” (Werner Erhard) MakeItRain
  • Self-Expression and Leadership Program. The final course in the Curriculum for Living®., this program expands one’s natural capacity for providing leadership and making a difference as a natural self-expression. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Speaking into the listening. Effectively communicating to another such that the communication is heard in the way in which the speaker intended. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Stinginess. Deliberately holding oneself and one’s contribution ‘close to the vest’ and without generosity. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Story. A "story" is an account or interpretation of past events often mistakenly taken for what actually happened. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Strong suit. A way of being and acting one relies on to produce results and make it in life. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC) Also called a "winning formula" or "winning way." --Abd (discusscontribs) 22:10, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Superstition. The system of ideas, beliefs, social and cultural assumptions, and taken-for-granted conclusions, etc., through which an individual interprets and interacts with the world, other people, and himself or herself. Shinigami Realm NOTE: This is not a Landmark term. Just the generic meaning of the word is used in Landmark programs. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Transformation. The invention of a new realm of possibility for yourself and your life. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • The invention of the realm is a necessary condition, but not sufficient for transformation. Without resultant new actions in alignment with the possibilities populating the realm, the invention is just a mental exercise. AnyTDorH
  • Transformative learning. Transformative learning, gives people an awareness of the basic structures in which one knows, thinks, and acts in the world. From that awareness comes a fundamental shift that leaves people more fully in accord with their own possibilities and those of others. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Transformative learning is contrasted with Informational Learning. Informational learning increases knowledge and ability. Transformative learning results in new perspectives and new abilities (and sometimes disabilities). The common example is of learning to ride a bicycle. Very little information is provided, like "pedal". Suddenly the learner gets balance and is able to ride the bike without help. They have discovered it for themselves, and may never lose the ability to ride a bike. The experience, the learning, transforms the person, their perspective and their abilities. Before they couldn't, now they can. And, a whole new world or realm of possibilities is opened up. AnyTDorH
  • Unreasonable. Not to be mistaken for irrational, going beyond one’s reasons, justifications and considerations to act on something one is committed to. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Unreasonable Request. A request that requires one to go beyond one’s reasons, justifications and considerations to act on something one is committed to. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Vicious circle.™ The human tendency to collapse what happened with the story we tell about what happened. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • The story creates a clearing, a listening, for that which supports the story, resulting in more occurrences of things that further support the story, forming a self supporting vicious circle. AnyTDorH
  • What happened. Consensual reality, "objective," aside from judgment, blame, right/wrong, good/bad, and other forms of "meaning." What happens occurs to us as it is analyzed by the Already Always Listening to be good/bad, etc. If my ex-wife told me she had a problem with what I've done, that's what happened. If I say that she was unreasonable, that's my story about it, not what happened. See also Story. --Abd NOTE: This is not a Landmark term. Just the generic meaning of the word is used in Landmark programs. Grantlam (discusscontribs) 01:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)


Terms with "™" are known to be trademarked by Landmark Education.

Definitions to be added[edit]

  • At choice (vs. at effect)
  • At stake
  • Being
  • Being Present
  • Choice
  • Commitment
  • Communication
  • Competencies
  • Complaint
  • Conspiracy
  • Dimensions
  • Fixed way of being
  • Generate
  • Gossip
  • Got it
  • Ideals
  • Language
  • Looking good
  • No agreement
  • More, better, different
  • On the court (or in the stands)
  • Principles
  • Presence of a person
  • Realm of survival/Realm of enrollment
  • Sharing
  • Significance
  • Stand
  • Standards
  • Throwing your hat over the wall (committing to an outcome without knowing how it can be accomplished)
  • Touch, move, or inspire (define the whole phrase as an indicator of enrollment + define each term)
  • Transform (versus change)
  • Trump card
  • Upset
  • Values
  • Velocity
  • Vitality
  • Winning Formula

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