Category Archives: Exercises

“KEX” Exercises

Reference: Course on Human Nature

KEX stands for “Knowledge exercise.” The “KEX” series of exercises are designed specifically to allow misinterpretations to bubble up into our awareness, and get sorted out automatically. These exercises are derived from Sadhguru’s Isha Kriya, which you may try out first.

1. KEX #1: Detachment

2. KEX #2: Responsibility

3. KEX #3: Mental Process

4. KEX #4: Unwanted Condition

.

KEX Exercises and the Mind

Just like a picture on the computer screen is made up of physical pixels (picture elements); a picture on the mind’s screen is made up of mental pixels. The perception that enters our sense channels comes together in the mind and gets formed into these mental pixels.

The physical pixels on a computer screen are spread in two spatial dimensions. They have additional dimensions of sight with sub-dimensions of color, brightness, hue, etc. Therefore, these physical pixels may be arranged in a matrix containing these dimensions.

We may postulate the mental pixels to be spread in three spatial dimensions, with additional dimensions and sub-dimensions of sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, etc. Therefore, the mental pixels form a mental matrix that is incredibly more complex than any physical matrix based on sight alone. All that we perceive and experience gets continually formed into mental pixels that are then added to this mental matrix.

The mind can, therefore, be modeled as a huge and complex matrix made up of mental pixels.

The mental matrix continually consolidates the duplicate mental pixels obtained from different perceptions and keeps itself efficiently organized. Therefore, no perception is stored as a simple copy of the original. All perceptions are broken down into mental pixels, which are then absorbed into the mental matrix.

Original associations are maintained in the mental matrix that allow the perceptions to be reconstructed as memory. A recalled memory is always a reorganization of mental pixels per stored associations, which is then presented to one’s attention. The mental pixels may also be associated as new visualizations.

The mental pixels are reorganized consciously or unconsciously into memories and visualizations, such as, dreams, day dreams, goals, imagination, etc.

All memories are made up of original associations among mental pixels that existed at the time of perception. They reflect the associations existing in the external world. The external world is stable and consistent. Therefore, the associations that make up the memories throughout the mental matrix are also stable and consistent. They form the basis of the rest of our visualizations.

A wrong association among mental pixels can occur in the mental matrix. If such mis-association occurs at the moment of receiving the original perceptions, then that mis-association becomes the basis of all subsequent visualizations. These fundamental mis-associations can also influence the intellect; so, the intellect alone cannot be relied upon to handle them. The effort then boils down to allowing the mis-associations to bubble up into awareness.

A person becomes aware of mis-associations and misinterpretations by accompanying inconsistency, disharmony and discontinuity. As he becomes aware of the full extent of that misinterpretation it gets sorted out rapidly.

These “KEX” exercises are designed so that mis-associations may bubble up into our awareness and get sorted out automatically.

.

KEX #2: Responsibility

Reference: KEX #1: Detachment

Introduction

The system of the body and the mind may be referred to as the “energy body.” The physical body forms the nucleus of this energy body. The energy body is much bigger than the physical body just like the atom is much bigger than its nucleus. It is true that you are neither your body, nor your mind; therefore, you are not this energy body either. But you are responsible for this energy body.

You come closest to being the “center” of this energy body. To establish yourself stably as the center, you must bring the energy body in complete harmony within itself.

This second exercise “KEX #2” is same as “KEX #1” except for the thoughts that you mentally say to yourself (see below). Therefore, “KEX #1,” (see the reference above), is the prerequisite to this exercise.

.

The Posture

Sit in a straight-backed chair with feet flat on the floor and arms resting comfortably in the lap. The knees are positioned parallel to the shoulders. This alternate posture allows the body to remain stably erect even in deep state of concentration. During this exercise, focus your attention mildly between the eyebrows.

.

The Exercise

In this exercise you simply BE there and face all perceptions, sensations, feelings and emotions without avoiding, resisting, suppressing, or denying them.

In addition you do the following.
… (1) Inhale and exhale gently, slowly.
… (2) With each inhalation, mentally say to yourself: “I am responsible for the body.” The inhalation should last the whole duration of that thought.
… (3) With each exhalation, mentally say to yourself: “I am responsible for the mind.” The exhalation should last the whole duration of that thought.

Do this exercise for at least 20 minutes at a stretch so that your energies get properly organized,

OPTIONAL: You may do this exercise while walking on a treadmill at a gentle pace. Make sure you have a safety cord attached to you, in case you stumble. Your body is generating more energy on a treadmill and that helps organize the energies better.

.

Please Note

This is an experimental exercise, which is a natural extension of KEX #1.

Do this exercise for 20 minutes, twice a day, for 1 week.  After that you may extend this exercise by one week at a time (twice a day) till you are satisfied with what this exercise may do.

You may then either go to a new exercise that is available, or go back to a previous exercise already completed, to consolidate the results.

When returning to a previous exercise always do it for at least one week, and then extend it by one week at a time (twice a day) till you are satisfied.

.

KEX #1: Detachment

Reference: TR0 and Mindfulness
Reference: Sadhguru: Isha Kriya Instructions

Introduction

Neti, neti” is an ancient Vedic method to discover and get rid of unwitting identifications. People generally identify themselves with their body and mind, and identify others by their body and mind. The body is an accumulation of physical elements. The mind is an accumulation of impressions of such elements. So a person is neither the body nor the mind.

The purpose of this exercise is to help a person become aware of the primary misidentifications with body and mind, while seeing them for what they really are.

This is the first exercise of “KEX” series. “KEX #1” simply means “Knowledge Exercise #1.” Elements of this exercise are borrowed from Scientology exercise called TR0, and Sadhguru’s exercise on Kriya Yoga (see the two references above). It is important that you become reasonably familiar with these two references.

.

The Posture

The purpose of the posture in meditation is to keep the body stably erect in a natural and comfortable manner, even in deep meditation. The legs are crossed while sitting in meditation because it locks the body in a stable position. In many cultures, especially in European culture, people are not used to sitting with their legs crossed. Therefore, as in TR0, one may sit in a straight-backed chair with feet flat on the floor and arms resting comfortably in the lap. The knees are positioned parallel to the shoulders. This alternate posture allows the body to remain stably erect.

For KEX #1, we use the posture as used in TR0, while focusing the attention mildly between the eyebrows as in Isha Kriya.

.

The Exercise

In this exercise you simply BE there and face all perceptions, sensations, feelings and emotions without avoiding, resisting, suppressing, or denying them (see TR0 and The Discipline of Mindfulness).

In addition you do the following (see Isha Kriya).
… (1) Inhale and exhale gently, slowly.
… (2) With each inhalation, mentally say to yourself: “I am not the body.” The inhalation should last the whole duration of that thought.
… (3) With each exhalation, mentally say to yourself: “I am not even the mind.” The exhalation should last the whole duration of that thought.

Do this exercise for at least 20 minutes at a stretch so that your energies get properly organized,

OPTIONAL: You may do this exercise while walking on a treadmill at a gentle pace. Make sure you have a safety cord attached to you, in case you stumble. Your body is generating more energy on a treadmill and that helps organize the energies better.

.

Please Note

This is an experimental exercise derived from Hubbard’s and Sadhguru’s interpretations of ancient knowledge. Here we have a consolidation of those interpretations.

Do this exercise for 20 minutes, twice a day, for 48 days; or once a day for 90 days. This is your commitment as recommended for Isha Kriya.

In doing this exercise one may get into very deep concentration, in which the thought being repeated turns into visualizations. Simply BE with those visualizations without interfering with them.

If you want, you can do the sitting exercise for up to 2 hours at a stretch, safely, as was determined on TR0.

.

Isha Kriya

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

Reference: Course on Human Nature

This exercise is taught at Sadhguru’s ISHA Foundation. Please do this exercise as instructed. If you cannot sit in a cross-legged posture comfortably then you may sit on a chair facing East (see Detachment).

This exercise requires a long commitment. During the 48 days that you would be doing Isha Kriya, find some time to study the documents under the section: The Discipline.

.

TR0 with Mindfulness

Mindfulness TR0

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

TR0 is the very first exercise in Scientology. “TR” stands for training routine. “0” stands for a reference point on a scale. Thus, TR0 serves as the fundamental reference point for all other training in Scientology.

People get wonderful results on TR0, when they naturally apply the Law of Non-Interference as related to mindfulness. The purpose of mindfulness is, “To be there with total attention so you can see things as they are.”

In the context of assisting another person, one should be able to see exactly what is going on with the other person. This requires that the person learn to be totally comfortable in the presence of another person. But before he can do that, he should learn to be comfortable with himself.

The first part of TR0 is “OT TR0, Operating Thetan Confronting.”

Here the student is not really confronting the other person because his eyes are closed. But he could be confronting his fear of being in the presence of another person. Before he can do that, the student must also learn to be comfortable with himself.

Everybody has skeletons in their closet. These are the things the person does not want others to find out about about him, even when they are trivial. The student needs to confront all such things about himself that make him withdraw. He must be comfortable with himself before he can be comfortable with others.

Hence, the missing gradient in Scientology TR0 is that the student needs to learn to confront himself before he can learn to confront another person.

This can be accomplished by using The Discipline of Mindfulness on OT TR0.

You actually confront another person on the second part of TR0 called “TR 0 Confronting.”

This is not a simple exercise. It makes the student confront his social machinery, which is not easy to do. If ‘TR0 Confronting’ becomes a bit overwhelming, one may go back to ‘OT TR0’, until one can do both parts of TR0 comfortably.

.

Please Note

The TR0 exercises requires two students who are practicing TR0. There is no coaching other than supporting each other by simply being present. The two students may not be the same each time. The pairing can keep on changing.

The longer is the TR0 session (uninterrupted), the more beneficial it is. You can start with a 20 minute session and build it up to a session that lasts for 2 hours or more. Do it daily until you can do both parts comfortably.  After that you may extend this exercise by one week at a time, depending on its merit.

You may then either go to a new exercise that is available, or go back to a previous exercise, already completed, to consolidate the results.

When returning to a previous exercise always do it for at least one week, and then extend it by one week at a time, depending on its merit.

.