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The Holy Equation Exercise
Attention Exercises
Sensing Exercises
Intentional Suffering Categories
Enneachord of Suffering Exercise
Breathing Exercises
Affirmations
Impressions Exercises
Self Remembering
Reminders Exercises
Self Importance
Role Playing Exercises
Will Exercises
Eating Exercises
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Neither food nor air can be changed. But impressions, that is, the quality
of impressions available to man, are not subject to any cosmic law.

Impressions Exercises

One of the biggest sources of higher energies for the growth of Being is

the taking in of the energies of Impressions. The two biggest sources of

Impressions for us as humans are the senses of sight and sound. Smell,

Taste and Sensing the body are also good sources of Impressions. Sensing

is a particularly important exercise and is described separately on this

web site.

The energy which triggers a sensory nerve never actually gets into the

brain, it simply trips a switch, so to speak, which releases pre-existing

energy in the nerve to initiate an ionic chain reaction and its

accompanying electromagnetic field to transmit an 'electrical impulse' to

the brain. The higher brain centers are receiving 'information' about a

change of state of our internal electromagnetic environment, not any new

energy from the outside world, like the food and air octaves. The

information is represented by different shapes and sizes of electrical

impulses. The interesting thing about information is that it can be

represented by almost any kind of medium. For example, these words

appear on your computer screen by illuminated phosphors, they may

then be printed on a piece of paper with ink. They have been transmitted

to you with binary digits of 0 and 1's represented by pulses of

electromagnetic energy. I could scratch these words in the sand with a

stick or spell them out with stones. In other words, information exists on

a different level of reality than the matter/energy used to represent it.

We 'eat' the information from impressions by moving electrical impulses

that represent the information around the brain to certain places where

that information is stored in another form of medium, possibly various

combinations of proteins. Memory is a mental accumulator of

information. The more attention we pay to our incoming information, the

more of it gets stored in our accumulator.

Dr. B: I would like to ask a question about the relationship between work

and fatigue. It seems to me there is a difference between work efforts

and automatic efforts. Outer work takes energy. Inner work is the

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opposite - it should accumulate energy. It should even be restful if it is

done correctly. But for me it is the opposite. At the moment of making an

effort something believes that the gates through which energy escapes

will close automatically. But it's the opposite. I become tired. I lose my

energy.

GURDJIEFF: Consciously, we eat the electricity that is in the body and

transform it. This establishes in us a force. In ordinary life you

automatically lose this. But here it's not the same thing; it's not the same

kind of fatigue. This other fatigue has a future. It's tiring but it brings

you a substantial result. It refills your accumulators. If you continue, a

certain substance will refill your accumulator. Today, the more you tire

yourself, the more your organism will produce this substance.

Impressions Exercises

Exercises for these modalities can begin with a relaxed three centered

state. In the most simple form of this exercise, one sits quietly in a

meditative position and allows the five senses, sequentially or

simultaneously, to impartially receive and record the arrival of sense

impressions at the respective sense receptors in a non-judgmental and

non-discriminatory way. This means that the Formatory Center is not

allowed to label or categorize the various sense impressions and thus

they do not become associated with our habitual emotions as they pass

through the emotional center. These exercises are associated with

assimilating Third Being Food.

One can perform these exercises whenever one is sitting, walking, lying in

bed, driving the car or doing in any number of mundane tasks where the

senses can be allowed to roam free, unhindered by the constraints of the

task at hand.

l Sensing - One attends to all the sensations in the body, taking in all

sensations without identifying or labeling the impressions as pleasant

or unpleasant.

l Sightless Gaze - one attends to ones total visual field as a panoramic

field of light, taking in everything at once without focusing on objects

and without identifying or labeling the impressions as things or

actions, good or bad.

l Soundless Sound - one attends to ones total aural field as a

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