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.
Winter 2017 Series
Introduction to the Ideas and
Practice of the Gurdjieff Teaching
Presented by experienced members of the Society,
followed by questions
Next talk: Wednesday, February 8, 7:30pm
Knowing and Not Knowing
How do we know? What
different ways of knowing are there? What are the differences between
knowing with the head, knowing with feeling, knowing with body, and
knowing from experience?
What kind of knowing cuts us off from experience? Is there a knowing that keeps us from being present?
Is "not knowing" the opposite of knowing? We often think of not knowing
as a lack, as ignorance. But is there a "not knowing" that is integral
to any true Way?
And then another question, hidden among all these: what is the difference between knowing and being?
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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'.