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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


2014-15 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 June 10, 2015

Observation and Attention

We are born natural observers, not only with our eyes but with all our senses.  It's nonetheless true that our observations often occur automatically with an external focus and little self-awareness.  But on occasion haven't we all experienced a qualitative difference when our attention and capacity to observe are related?

Attention without the usual distractions can follow a movement, a thought or feeling.  Sometimes we might be aware of ourselves as a whole, nothing left out. This often unnoticed possibility is a sign of an attention that for the most part remains hidden, a latent potential. 

This simultaneous experience of myself and the world of impressions is the doorway that Gurdjieff’s teaching invites us to enter.

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