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Does the author omit that between is and the? Are the verbs about turned down and cooled in the subjunctive?

The Buddha taught that kind of happiness. He put it this way: “True happiness can only be found by eliminating the false idea of ‘I’ or ‘self.’” Only then is the survival brain turned down and the personality fever cooled. The only problem with that formulation is that once the “I” or “self ” has been eliminated, then there is no one around to enjoy the feeling of happiness.
(Excerpt from Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! by Wes "Scoop" Nisker.)

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  • my fault... I ask a wrong question ... let me edit it ...it's not "Does the author omit the "that" between "the" and "survival"?" , but "Does the author omit the "that" between "is" and "the"?"
    – Lincoln
    Sep 28, 2013 at 13:51

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Does the author omit that between is and the?

No. This is a sentence in which the phrase "only then" has been shifted to the front of the sentence, for emphasis and to put it next to the referent of then, which refers to when the false idea is eliminated.

The survival brain is turned down and the personality fever cooled only then.
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Only then is the survival brain turned down and the personality fever cooled.     

Are the verbs about turned down and cooled in the subjunctive?

No. They are in the passive:

The survival brain is turned down.  
The personality fever [is] cooled.
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  • @kiamlaluno Thanks for editing to keep us talking about the same thing! Sep 30, 2013 at 0:57
  • @kiamlaluno Thanks for editing my question too. But as an non-native speaker , I think writing it as “that” would be better than writing it as that , because the readers can find out the point easier.
    – Lincoln
    Sep 30, 2013 at 1:19
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    @Lincoln Use of italics for "mentioned" terms is the established convention in discussion of grammar, and we mostly follow that convention here. Sep 30, 2013 at 1:45

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