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Pre-conceived Notions

Preconceived

Reference: Mindfulness Meditation

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EXERCISE MM 2:

Reduce pre-conceived notions.

PURPOSE:

To train the student to BE there comfortably and face pre-conceived notions. The idea is to get the student to BE there and not do anything else but BE there.

PRE-REQUISITES:

The student must have completed Exercise MM 1: Mental Chatter & Anxiety

The student must have read and understood: The Universal Viewpoint

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Establish yourself in meditative posture. Comfortably perceive whatever is presented by your environment and the mind. Hold still, watch the flow of your breath, not attach yourself to passing attitudes, emotions, sensations and pains, and see what would happen.

When a problem or a situation show up become very alert. Ask yourself,

“How would this situation look different from a universally broad viewpoint?”

Keep looking at that situation with that question at the back of your mind. Simply BE there and do nothing else but BE there.

As you persevere in being there the situation may shift around and the pre-conceived notion may come to view. This may produce many realizations.

Each session may be 20 to 30-minute long; but a session can be as long as two hours. You may continue with this exercise over several sessions until you reach the end of this exercise.

END OF THE EXERCISE:

When you can BE there comfortably and PERCEIVE and have reached a major stable win, the exercise is passed.

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Anomalies in Thinking

Anomaly

Reference: Mindfulness Meditation

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EXERCISE MM 3:

Reduce anomalies in thinking.

PURPOSE:

To train the student to BE there comfortably and face anomalies in thinking. The idea is to get the student to BE there and not do anything else but BE there.

PRE-REQUISITES:

The student must have completed Exercise MM 2: Pre-conceived Notions

The student must have read and understood: The Law of Continuum

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Establish yourself in meditative posture. Comfortably perceive whatever is presented by your environment and the mind. Hold still, watch the flow of your breath, not attach yourself to passing attitudes, emotions, sensations and pains, and see what would happen.

When something comes up that does not make sense become very alert. You may consult a dictionary or an encyclopedia to get more information on it. Assume the universal viewpoint as in the previous exercise. This will help you recognize the anomaly and the preconceived notion underlying it. Such anomalies may exist in the daily situations that you are confronted with.

As the anomaly comes into focus, ask yourself,

“What is making this anomaly violate the law of Continuum?”

Keep looking at that situation with that question at the back of your mind. Maintain the universal viewpoint. Simply BE there and do nothing else but BE there.

As you persevere in being there, the anomaly starts to unravel and the preconceived notion comes to view. This may produce many realizations.

Each session may be 20 to 30-minute long; but a session can be as long as two hours. You may continue with this exercise over several sessions until you reach the end of this exercise.

END OF THE EXERCISE:

When you can BE there comfortably and PERCEIVE and have reached a major stable win, the exercise is passed.

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The Law of Continuum

Continuum

Reference: Mindfulness Meditation

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The law of Continuum is a universal law. It manifests itself as continuity, harmony and consistency. The law of Continuum underlies all evolution, where it appears as cosmic intelligence.

A careful study shows that the universe is a continuum. All structures in the universe are continuous, harmonious, and consistent with each other. Underlying those structures is the same basic substance.

That basic substance may be called “consciousness”. As consciousness is disturbed, it quantizes into thought, force and matter as the frequency of this disturbance increases.

The law of continuum is self-evident from the universal viewpoint. As the viewpoint narrows, the anomalies of discontinuity, disharmony and inconsistency creep in, and unwanted conditions follow.

Currently, anomalies may be found to exist in the following thought structures:

  1. There is a common belief that God created the world. This belief leads to errors when discontinuity is assumed between God and the world.

  2. There is a belief that spirit is completely separate from the physical universe. This implies erroneously that disharmony exists between spirit and the physical universe.

  3. There is a belief that spiritual entities act on the material entities and not vice versa. This implies erroneously that there is inconsistency between spiritual and material entities.

Spirit and matter forms a duality, and so does many other things in this universe, such as, “something—nothing”, “life—death”, “success—failure”, etc.  A universal viewpoint sees duality as two ends of a continuous scale per the law of Continuum.

A narrower viewpoint, however, sees duality erroneously as two separate conditions, and ignores the law of Continuum.

To resolve unwanted conditions, a person must be able to assume the Universal viewpoint and apply the law of Continuum to let go of the anomalies of discontinuity, disharmony and inconsistency.

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TR0 and Mindfulness

Mindfulness TR0

Reference: Exercises based on Scientology

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 principles of 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 as quoted below.

OTTR0

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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. However, the student must also confront his other fears to be comfortable with himself.

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.

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Exercises from Buddha

These exercises are derived directly from Satipatthana Sutta.

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Exercise 1: Buddha on Body (Set 1)

Exercise 2: Buddha on Body (Set 2)

Exercise 3: Buddha on Mind (Set 1)

Exercise 4: Buddha on Mind (Set 2)

Exercise 5: Buddha on Mind (Set 3)

Exercise 6: Buddha on Mind (Set 4)

Exercise 7: Buddha on Mind (Set 5)

Exercise 8: Buddha on Mind (Final Set)

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