Creating Our Existence Anew

Whenever you have an experience, a memory of it follows. The experience may have been a product of the activity of your intelligence, but the memory is passive. Think of a waterfall and a picture of the waterfall: the waterfall is dynamic; the photograph is passive.

The growth-directed individual lives with an active intelligence, but there is a tendency in us; after some positive experience, to dwell on the memory of it-passively coasting. The memory has a value when ...

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Reality Overcomes Our Dreams

The buffering mechanism in our mind plays many tricks on our thinking in order to spare us pain.  However, at the same time it inhibits our growth.

One of the illusions that this mechanism produces in us is that spiritual growth is attained by just flowing to our essential being.  Spinoza and other true spiritual teachers emphasize the great effort that is required for inner work.

Some individuals with intuitive sensitivity have heard this stated time and again ...

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Beyond the Level of Life

One of the fundamental points to understand about the work required for growth, and this Gurdjieff emphasizes, is that, it does not begin at the level of life but originates from a different level. Many individuals who believe they are interested in growth attempt to go about it as they would approach any other project, whether it is working on one’s job, studying for some profession, designing a building or composing music.

The path of spiritual growth cannot be ...

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Experiencing, Living in the Now, in the Moment

Three to four times a week I take a walk for about 35 minutes, after my walk I practice a few Yoga postures and stretching exercises.  On a Friday, after my walk, I went to my room, removed my parka, and went to the kitchen to prepare lunch for the owner of the home where I live. Maria is always rushing out to go to work and never has time to prepare lunch, since I am retired, I ...

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Beyond the Level of Life

One of the fundamental points to understand about the work required for growth, and this Gurdjieff emphasizes, is that, it does not begin at the level of life but originates from a different level. Many individuals who believe they are interested in growth attempt to go about it as they would approach any other project, whether it is working on one’s job, studying for some profession, designing a building or composing music.

The path of spiritual growth cannot be attempted successfully ...

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Being Master of Oneself

Gurdjieff would explain, “Being a master of oneself,” is a key to man’s happiness and continual growth.  His writings clearly tell us that in the present mental state of man there is no real future, that man is governed by his instincts, negative emotions, and he reacts to life rather than actively participating fully and consciously.

We believe and think we can do and that we have freedom to choose. If we were free, why is it that ...

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