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The Gurdjieff Society of Massachusetts

The Gurdjieff Society of Massachusetts is an affiliate of the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York and meets in the Boston/Cambridge area. 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

 

Spring 2017 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


Next talk: Wednesday, April 5, 7:30pm


Relationships


To be related is to be connected. To whom and to what are we related? Certainly, to individuals and to our environment. But also to ourselves. And, finally, to that which is higher than ourselves.

Our inner state affects the nature and quality of relationships; it affects the giving and receiving that is the essence of relationship. While we cannot change what we see, hear, and sense, we can change how we receive impressions.

Gurdjieff taught that we must begin by knowing ourselves. With relaxation, attention, and self-observation, we begin to see how we relate: we often enter into new relationships in a reactive state; we often continue established relationships burdened by opinion, indifference, prejudice, anger, and fixed memory; we often ignore the development of a higher self.  Is it possible to open so that we receive deeper, more real impressions of others, from the environment, from ourselves, and from that which is higher? What practical work provides a way forward? What are the obstacles we must overcome?

Through inner work, we are able to develop the capacity to transform our way of being in relationship and to discover new meaning and purpose in our lives.
 
 

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