Introduction to the Ideas and
Practice of the Gurdjieff Teaching
Presented by experienced members of the Society,
followed by questions
Next talk: Wednesday, April 5, 7:30pm
To be related is to be
connected. To whom and to what are we related? Certainly, to
individuals and to our environment. But also to ourselves. And,
finally, to that which is higher than ourselves. Our talks are held at
Our inner state affects the nature and quality of relationships; it
affects the giving and receiving that is the essence of relationship.
While we cannot change what we see, hear, and sense, we can change how
we receive impressions.
Gurdjieff taught that we must begin by knowing ourselves. With
relaxation, attention, and self-observation, we begin to see how we
relate: we often enter into new relationships in a reactive state; we
often continue established relationships burdened by opinion,
indifference, prejudice, anger, and fixed memory; we often ignore the
development of a higher self. Is it possible to open so that we
receive deeper, more real impressions of others, from the environment,
from ourselves, and from that which is higher? What practical work
provides a way forward? What are the obstacles we must overcome?
Through inner work, we are able to develop the capacity to transform
our way of being in relationship and to discover new meaning and
purpose in our lives.