Introduction to the Ideas and
Practice of the Gurdjieff Teaching
Presented by experienced members of the Society,
followed by questions
Next talk: Wednesday, October 12, 7:30pm
The Witness Within
Who isn't familiar with
times of adversity and doubt, or a lingering sense that life isn't
adding up very well? At those times, we may long for something more --
for some life-changing, firm creativity one can hardly describe.
Future talks will be on Sunday November 13 at 4pm,
Uncertainty is the human condition, but we all have the potential to
live the human condition with clarity, positive energy, sustained
inquiry. All of these good things -- elements of a new awakening -- are
linked to the gradual appearance in us, out of the fog and imprecision
of our lives, of a witnessing presence: my friend, my impartial and
respected judge, an increasingly dependable guide, a transformer.
For most people, this witnessing presence needs to be earned. It calls
for persevering work in the circle of an authentic teaching. Gurdjieff
once spoke of the need for "a club in every city" -- a community of
fellow seekers willing to undertake this work while continuing to live
just where they are, with just who is there -- family, friends,
neighbors, colleagues, and co-workers. This work is in life.
By what method might we begin to discover this inner witness? By what
practice can we struggle to create this more stable presence? In the
Gurdjieff teaching, this work begins with efforts to know oneself.
Through intentional effort and opening to a new attention and new
relaxation, we begin to find a balance between our higher and lower
selves and a deepening awareness of who I am. The aim is a quality of
conscious thinking, feeling, and movement that enriches us as
individuals and as contributing members of the commonweal.
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