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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 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.


Pondering on Impressions

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