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.
Introduction to the Ideas and
Practice of the Gurdjieff Teaching
Presented by experienced members of the Society, followed by questions
Topic for June 10, 2015
Observation and Attention
We are born natural observers, not only
with our eyes but with all our senses. It's nonetheless true that
our observations often occur automatically with an external focus and
little self-awareness. But on occasion haven't we all experienced
a qualitative difference when our attention and capacity to observe are
Attention without the usual distractions can follow a movement, a
thought or feeling. Sometimes we might be aware of ourselves as a
whole, nothing left out. This often unnoticed possibility is a sign of
an attention that for the most part remains hidden, a latent
This simultaneous experience of myself and the world of impressions is
the doorway that Gurdjieff’s teaching invites us to enter.
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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'.