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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

The talk scheduled for March 4 has been postponed
once again due to unfavorable weather.

Date To Be Determined:

The Evolution of Man


"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 unvoluntarily.  The evolution of man is the evolution of his power of doing, and 'doing' cannot result from things which happen."
G. I. Gurdjieff, as remembered by
P. D. Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous


The focus of the January talk was how we live, the need for evolution, and the practice of self-observation as a beginner’s tool supporting the discovery of consciousness.

In this second of two linked talks, we will explore one of Gurdjieff’s most original and provocative offerings: the Food Diagram. A graphic presentation of human metabolism based on several related ideas, it proposes that we need three foods to survive and flourish, not just one, and that each of these foods can enter into an internal process of refinement that yields awakened minds and hearts, consciousness. The three foods are the food on our tables, the air we breathe, and impressions received through the senses. The interaction of these foods, such that they kindle each other and become progressively more refined, is alchemy—our own, intimate alchemy. No need to seek it in an ancient alchemist’s laboratory. We are the laboratory. 

As we follow the processes of the Food Diagram, what can we understand about the evolution of consciousness, real will, and the ability to do that are free of ego. How are these changes forged? What effort is required of us?



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