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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 Fall 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 October 8 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday November 12 at 7:30 pm
Sunday December 14 at 4:00 pm

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

Topic for Wednesday October 8:
Do We Live Our Lives in Waking Sleep?

First it is necessary to recognize that I am asleep -- to really experience and realize that I function throughout my life in a state of unconscious automatism, completely unaware of myself or the world around me, detached and disconnected from reality and life itself.  I have no center, no self.  I exist merely as a floating leaf on the surface of the river of life.  I react to events around me in a completely automatic way, taken by the current.

Is it possible to become more aware of how I am in my day-to-day life?  To really see that I am asleep?  One of the primary tenets of the Gurdjieff teaching is the practice of self observation.  This involves paying attention to how I am in the moment, being aware of my state such as it is.  Can I be aware of myself in this moment?

We will speak from our own experience and then offer a few exercises in demonstrating the principles discussed.  We welcome your questions.


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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