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The Gurdjieff Society of Massachusetts

The Gurdjieff Society of Massachusetts is an affiliate of the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York.  The Society is nonsectarian and nondenominational, and its membership is composed of individuals from a wide variety of personal, ethnic, and professional backgrounds.  The aims of the Society are


Spring 2016 Series of Talks


Introduction to the Ideas and Practice of the Gurdjieff Teaching
Presented by experienced members of the Society,
followed by questions and discussion

Topic for Wednesday February 10, 7:30pm


In what way does the development of the emotional life relate to a work toward consciousness—toward an integrated identity that is dynamic and challenging for oneself and genuinely helpful to others? The Gurdjieff teaching offers a map of human being that gives the emotional center as much importance as the intellectual and moving/instinctive centers. That map serves best as a guide for self-observation: we learn what we are, even from moment to moment. The life of the feelings, ranging from triggered reactions to deeply felt knowledge, is there to be discovered.  

The emotional center doesn’t yield its secrets easily. Emotions are quicker and more subtle than movement and thinking. Their language needs to be understood. How is it possible in practice to move toward this understanding? And what is the role of attention in this process of questioning and discovery?

Many emotions are what they are: ordinary, not so interesting or revealing. But sometimes a feeling appears that is immediately recognized as a different quality of knowing accompanied by a new experience of self -- of one’s identity. These moments of finer quality can serve as a guide in the direction of self-study, deeper questioning, and relatedness. Gurdjieff once described the emotions as potentially a means of knowing. What a promising idea, that emotional awareness can develop into a unique way of knowing, appreciating, and direction-finding. On the other hand, he promised work. Referring to the emotions he said, "The horse must change."

We welcome your questions.

The next talk will be on Wednesday March 9.

Our talks are held at
First Parish Church of Cambridge
3 Church Street, Cambridge, MA
Harvard Square T-stop


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The evolution of man is the evolution of his consciousness. And 'consciousness' cannot evolve unconsciously.  The evolution of man is the evolution of his will, and 'will' cannot evolve involuntarily.  The evolution of man is the evolution of his power of doing, and 'doing' cannot be the result of things which 'happen'.

G. I. Gurdjieff