Category Archives: KHTK

Knowing How to Know

Mental Distress and KHTK


August 11, 2014: This essay is superseded by Mindfulness Therapy.


[Reference: What is KHTK?]

For improvement to occur a person needs the ability to be mindful, which means that he should be able to see things as they are. It is only when a person is being mindful that he is able to spot and resolve inconsistencies to handle his unwanted condition.

When a person is mentally distressed or ill, his ability to be mindful is compromised. However, such a person may be guided toward mindfulness. This is done by asking him about only those things that he is able to recognize.

In the beginning, you can help a mentally distressed person by minimizing distractions in his environment. If he is sick physically then take care of that sickness first as best as you can. Make sure that he is on a nutritious diet and that his environment is being kept calm and peaceful.

Once he is comfortable and in a calm environment then get him to recognize simple things. Start with items that he was familiar with in his childhood, such as, his favorite toys. Take him to his favorite locations and have him recognize the objects there.

Keep in mind that it is much easier to recognize concrete objects than subjective thoughts and ideas. Do not ask any subjective questions that require him to recall memories. Recall of memories requires visualization and this may be too much for him.

Get him to recognize large, simple physical objects first by looking, touching and feeling them. Then give him smaller and more complex objects. He should be encouraged to use all his perceptions.

After the person can recognize concrete objects comfortably, only then ask him to recognize simple characteristics of those things, such as, number, shape and color. Make sure that numbers are small, shapes are simple, and the colors are bright. Keep any interaction with him in terms of characteristics that are quite obvious.

Next, get the person to visualize and draw simple objects, such as, ball, table, chair, etc. Never exceed his capability to visualize. If ideas get too complex for him to visualize, then make them simpler until he can visualize them comfortably.

Gradually, get him to visualize subjective and complex ideas and describe them. Build up his ability to be mindful slowly and carefully. This itself will prove to be a wonderful therapy.

Then, when he is up to doing the KHTK exercises, get him started on them.


[For further details, please see: KHTK Index]


TRAINING: Attention and Mindfulness


To pay attention is to direct the mind to observe with care. A person should be able to direct his attention freely.

If the attention keeps on getting drawn to something then that attention is fixed. If the attention is difficult to focus then that attention is dispersed. In either case the attention is not free.

Underlying that fixed or dispersed attention; there is influence that the person is not aware of. As the persons looks with mindfulness and becomes aware of the influence, the attention frees up.

For example, the attention gets drawn to commotion in an area that is generally quiet, or to a lull in an area that is generally bustling. As soon as we become aware of the unusual factor that got introduced, our attention returns to normal. Similarly, when one encounters strangeness in something usually familiar, the attention gets dispersed and becomes hard to focus until it dawns on one that something that should be there is missing.

Whenever you find the attention to be non-optimum, isolate the area that seems to be involved directly. Use mindfulness to look at it more closely. Experience it without resisting. Let the mind unstack itself. Very soon you shall become aware of what is actually there and the attention will free up.

The following steps may help you look at an area more closely.

  1. Look broadly at the area.
  2. Consider its purpose and ideal scene.
  3. Isolate parts that do not seem to be consistent.
  4. View closely and experience those parts fully.

When an area is simply too complicated, such as, finances or certain relationships, then carefully apply each aspect of mindfulness. Use Mindful Subject Clearing to sort it all out. At the first instance of discomfort, take a step back and put attention on the physical environment. This will help you get regrounded in the present moment. Then continue with the procedure as before until the attention frees up.

In summary, attention becomes non-optimum to the degree it is fixed or dispersed. Underlying non-optimum attention there is data waiting to be viewed and experienced. Pursue non-optimum attention as an indicator to determine where to look, and then apply mindfulness to look closely.

Love and Liking


Love and Liking can have many flavors.

But, underlying them all

Is mindfulness.


The 12 aspects of mindfulness are:

  1. Observe without expecting anything, or attempting to get an answer.
  2. Observe things as they really are, not as they seem to be.
  3. If something is missing do not imagine something else in its place. 
  4. If something does not make sense then do not explain it away.
  5. Use physical senses as well as mental sense to observe.
  6. Let the mind un-stack itself. 
  7. Experience fully what is there.  
  8. Do not suppress anything.
  9. Associate data freely.
  10. Do not get hung up on name and form.
  11. Contemplate thoughtfully.
  12. Let it all be effortless.


Mindful Subject Clearing (MSC)


[Reference: What is KHTK?]


The Mindful Subject Clearing (MSC) consists of:

Word Clearing

Subject Clearing

The prerequisite for applying MSC are:

Technique of Mindfulness

The tools required are

A good Dictionary

A good encyclopedia

Or, access to them on Internet

Google Search

An example of a process based on this KHTK approach is the following,

The Intention to Harm

This approach may be done solo, or with the help of a KHTK guide. I shall be tweaking this approach further and reporting on it on this thread.


[For further details, please see: KHTK Mindfulness]

The Source of KHTK


KHTK Mindfulness is a product of the Unknowables.

It is incorrect to think that KHTK is a product of Vinay or Vinaire or any one person.

The source of KHTK is unknowable.

KHTK is available to be used freely by anybody just like the knowledge of science is used freely. It cannot be copyrighted.