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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


Fall 2015 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

Topic for Wednesday October 14, 7:30pm

The Wish to Be

We are born with the potential to evolve, to experience and serve different levels of reality.  But that isn't the first task, it's the second.  The first task is to find one's place in life.  By the early adult years, most of us dvelop the ability to survive in the world as we encounter it, perhaps even to prosper.  This is not all that's possible, not all that is needed.  To develop further, something more is required of us.

In moments when we question our lives, an internal longing can naturally arise within us, a wish for something more, and more meaningful.  If we do not immediately seek resolution of this longing in the material world, we may hear an inner call, the wish to be.  One somehow knows that this is utterly important.  It is essential to respond.  But how?

In light of the Gurdjieff teaching, this talk will explore the nature of the wish to be, obstacles met when responding to this call, and the initial steps necessary to discover and realize our potential and purpose.

Future talks will be on November 11 and December 13

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