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.
Spring 2016 Series
Introduction to the Ideas and
Practice of the Gurdjieff Teaching
Presented by experienced members of the Society,
followed by questions
Topic for Wednesday February 10, 7:30pm
In what way does the development of the
emotional life relate to a work toward consciousness—toward an
integrated identity that is dynamic and challenging for oneself and
genuinely helpful to others? The Gurdjieff teaching offers a map of
human being that gives the emotional center as much importance as the
intellectual and moving/instinctive centers. That map serves best as a
guide for self-observation: we learn what we are, even from moment to
moment. The life of the feelings, ranging from triggered reactions to
deeply felt knowledge, is there to be discovered.
The emotional center doesn’t yield its secrets easily. Emotions are
quicker and more subtle than movement and thinking. Their language
needs to be understood. How is it possible in practice to move toward
this understanding? And what is the role of attention in this process
of questioning and discovery?
Many emotions are what they are: ordinary, not so interesting or
revealing. But sometimes a feeling appears that is immediately
recognized as a different quality of knowing accompanied by a new
experience of self -- of one’s identity. These moments of finer quality
can serve as a guide in the direction of self-study, deeper
questioning, and relatedness. Gurdjieff once described the emotions as
potentially a means of knowing. What a promising idea, that emotional
awareness can develop into a unique way of knowing, appreciating, and
direction-finding. On the other hand, he promised work. Referring to
the emotions he said, "The horse must change."
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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'.