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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 Winter/Spring 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
Wednesday June 11 at 7:30 pm

First Parish Church of Cambridge
3 Church Street, Cambridge, MA
Harvard Square T-stop

Topic for Wednesday June 11:
What stands in the way of experiencing my true self?

Our true self exists, yet we are not in touch with it.  We do not "become" it nor do we create it; it is already there and we can become connected to it.  What is missing is our experience of this truer, more real self.

Automatic behavior is one of the mechanisms that separate us from experiencing reality and being present.  Our habitual associations -- the constant chatter of the mind -- is another.  Experiencing my true self should seem a perfectly reasonable wish and not hard to achieve.  But I soon see that I am not in control, and that in fact I must use all my strength and resourcefulness if I am to attempt to battle against even the most simple of these habits.  It is a fascinating voyage of discovery to begin to know and understand these repetitive behaviors.  Struggling against them illuminates my current situation and indicates the path towards my true self.

Three women, longtime students of the Gurdjieff Work, talk about their own experience.


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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