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
preserve the ideas and methods of the noted spiritual teacher George
explore what their practice requires in today's world,
maintain a community of seekers that welcomes new members who share
these interests, and
contribute to society's understanding of the human condition, both the
great promise and the great peril.
2014 Fall Series
Introduction to the Ideas and
Practice of the Gurdjieff Teaching
Presented by experienced members of the Society, followed by questions
Wednesday October 8 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday November 12 at 7:30 pm
Sunday December 14 at 4:00 pm
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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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'.