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 Winter/Spring Series
Introduction to the Ideas and
Practice of the Gurdjieff Teaching
Presented by experienced members of the Society, followed by questions
Topic for Wednesday June 11: What stands in the way of experiencing my true self?
true self exists, yet we are not in touch with it. We do not
"become" it nor do we create it; it is already there and we can become
connected to it. What is missing is our experience of this truer,
more real self.
Automatic behavior is one of the mechanisms that separate us from
experiencing reality and being present. Our habitual associations
-- the constant chatter of the mind -- is another. Experiencing
my true self should seem a perfectly reasonable wish and not hard to
achieve. But I soon see that I am not in control, and that in
fact I must use all my strength and resourcefulness if I am to attempt
to battle against even the most simple of these habits. It is a
fascinating voyage of discovery to begin to know and understand these
repetitive behaviors. Struggling against them illuminates my
current situation and indicates the path towards my true self.
Three women, longtime students of the Gurdjieff Work, talk about their own experience.
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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'.