Meditation 103: Reaction to People

Reference: A Scientific Approach to Meditation

After doing the two earlier exercises you may find that your mind is gradually growing calmer, especially when you are alone. That calm, however, may go away when there are people around. The following exercise is designed to handle reactions that are triggered by the presence of another person.

Meditation Exercise 3:

Confronting another person

Purpose:

To train the student to be there comfortably in front of another person. The idea is to get the student able to BE there comfortably in a position three feet in front of another person, to BE there and not do anything else but BE there.

Pre-requisites:

Complete the exercises up to Meditation 102: Reactions

Instructions:

Have the student sit in front of another person, a comfortable distance apart—about three feet. The other person may also be a student of meditation. Let them sit facing each other with eyes closed, and start meditating per the exercise in Chapter 6. Both students handle any reactions and mental chattering as per the previous exercise. There is no conversation. This is a silent drill. There should be nothing added to BE there.

As the students feel comfortable being there with eyes closed, they may half open their eyes.  They may do so individually only when they feel comfortable. As the presence of the other person comes into view, some new reactions may be triggered. The students continue with the exercise as before to discharge the reactions.

As the students feel comfortable being there with eyes half-open, they may fully open their eyes individually as they feel comfortable.
Soon both students shall be looking at each other. The gaze should be directed at the other person’s face and eyes. This may trigger new reactions. The students handle these reactions with mindfulness as before.

Neither student should be making any conversation or effort to be interesting. They should sit and look at each other and say or do nothing for some hours (if possible). The students must not speak, blink fidget, giggle or be embarrassed or go unconscious. Any such reaction should be fully run out. The exercise should continue while a reaction is occurring until it is fully run out.

Thoughts may get triggered on this exercise, which, even when trivial, makes the student feel ashamed about himself. The student must clean up such baggage by facing such thoughts (and imagined situations) until all mental and physical reactions run out fully. He must be comfortable with himself before he can be comfortable with others.

It will found that the students may confront WITH a body part, or use a system, such as, an attitude to confront, rather than just BE there. The whole action is to accustom a person to BEING THERE three feet in front of another person without apologizing or moving or being startled or embarrassed or defending self.

This exercise may take many sessions if done in 20 minute sessions. The benefits are much greater when sessions are much longer.

NOTE: The two students do not have to be the same every time. They may be kept the same if that is convenient.

End of Exercise:

When major reactions are discharged, and the student’s find that they can just BE there comfortably in a position three feet in front of another person, then this exercise is passed.

NOTE 1: At any point you may return to a previous exercise if you feel that you need to complete it.

NOTE 2: This exercise is inspired by a similar exercise developed by Hubbard in Scientology 1.

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1 HCO Bulletin of 16 August 1971, Issue II, TRAINING DRILLS MODERNIZED.

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