One could include many types of exercises under this title. For now, we will take this to mean exercises that include the Repetition of verbal phrases such as affirmations, prayers or mantras. In the Hindu or Vedic tradition this is known as Japa or continuous repetition of a short mantra.
These type of exercises are meant to stem the flow of habitual thoughts and associations in the Lower Intellectual or Formatory Center.
Repetitions are meant to be 'spoken' mentally or silently under the breath. They are repetitive phrases that have a philosophical or religious meaning. Their purpose is to stem the flow, or short circuit, the habitual thoughts generated by the Intellectual or Formatory center by the substitution of a repeated phrase. Another purpose is to provide the Higher Intellectual Center with an object or subject of Contemplation. The source of these inner vocalizations is to be experienced as emanating from the heart.
Note : Repetitions should be used in conjunction with Sensing, Breathing, Evoking or Impression exercises, such that all three centers are involved and Working together towards the common Aim of All Brains Balanced Being Perception.
The prime Christian Repetition is the Jesus Prayer - Lord God have mercy on me, a miserable sinner.
Some examples of Repetitions from Gurdjieff and Beelzebub's Tales are :
I Wish, I Can, I Am.
Transubstantiate in me,
For my Being.
Have mercy on us.
Sources of Divine
Rejoicings, revolts and sufferings,
Direct your actions upon us.
Prayer : Kneeling, arms crossed over chest, head down, sensing back of neck, repeat three times - "Endlessness, thank you for helping me to avoid the pitfalls of judging, knowing, finding, and concluding.
Seekers are encouraged to compose their own Repetitions.
The Endless Search © 2004 Ian C. MacFarlane