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Gurdjieff: Real Understanding

Posted in evolution, gurdjieff, gurus, transformation on April 24, 2011 by ewakening

Among Gurdjieff’s closest pupils there has been no unanimity as to how we are to understand his intentions.  He made many confusing and contradictory statements that could not be attributed either to carelessness or to caprice. … He was well aware that the sense of satisfaction that overtakes our thinking apparatus when we recognize a formula that fits our mental patterns is a barrier to real understanding.

— J.G. Bennett, Gurdjieff: Making a New World 


Rays of consciousness (Ouspensky)

Posted in gurdjieff on February 27, 2009 by ewakening

If the world is a Great Something, possessing the consciousness of itself, so we are rays of that consciousness which is conscious of itself, but unconcious of the whole.

— P.D. Ouspensky, from Tertium Organum

Gurdjieff on Ceremony

Posted in gurdjieff on May 12, 2008 by ewakening

Every ceremony or rite has a value if it is performed without alteration. A ceremony is a book in which a great deal is written. Anyone who understands can read it. One rite often contains more than a hundred books.

— Gurdjieff

Work ideas vs. sleep ideas

Posted in gurdjieff on January 9, 2008 by ewakening

All ideas of the work begin with the idea of sleep and the possibility of waking. All other ideas may be clever or elaborate but they are all ideas of sleeping people produced for other sleeping people.

— Ouspensky, from Conscience: The Search for Truth

Limited chances

Posted in gurdjieff on November 29, 2007 by ewakening

Everybody has a limited number of chances. If people live an ordinary life and do not accumulate right influences, and do not form a magnetic center, after some time they lose even the possibility of forming one.

— Ouspensky, from The Fourth Way

Ouspensky on entropy

Posted in gurdjieff on November 29, 2007 by ewakening

If one does not develop, one goes down. In life, in ordinary conditions, everything goes down, or one capacity may develop at the expense of another. All capacities cannot develop without the help of a school, for system and method are necessary.

— Ouspensky, from The Fourth Way