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George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff was born in 1870 close to the Russian border in the Armenian city of Alexandropol to Greek parents. Details of his early life are obscure but some of these are related in his later writings. Apparently from an early age he was intrigued by the mysteries of life and later formed a specialised group whose intentions were to investigate many aspects of the paranormal. Gurdjieff had travelled extensively throughout the Middle East, across Siberia and the Gobi desert to Tibet and India in his search for answers to questions that orthodox beliefs failed to give him. On his travels he became acquainted with several esoteric brotherhoods, while he led or organised several archaeological expeditions into the Gobi desert to search for a lost civilisation and into Babylon to rediscover the arcane truths of an ancient brotherhood which had been established in 2,500 BC. Despite the turbulent events of the Russian Revolution and the 1st. World War he was able to gather around him a number of influential "intelligentsia" who assisted and funded his numerous researches and expeditions which would fundamentally alter the traditional views of mainstream theological thought.
He began his work among a select group of individuals in Moscow and St. Petersburg around 1919 giving seminars and talks and even staging theatrical productions as he considered himself to be both a mystic and teacher of dancing. His chief disciple then was Pietr Ouspensky who was prone to intellectualise and formalise much of what Gurdjieff saw as an oral, almost secret form of instruction and initiation. Ouspensky's contribution to Gurdjieff's system was defined in his work "In Search of the Miraculous" but his later attempts to encapsulate his teaching appeared to fall short of the mark. When Gurdjieff was asked to give some critical pronouncement of Ouspensky's later book called a "New Model of the Universe" Gurdjieff described it as "A New Muddle of the Universe". Needless to say their relationship came under considerable strain at this point.
Gurdjieff returned to the West with a uniquely reworked system of individual self development which encompassed the ancient truths contained within all religious and metaphysical doctrines and established a school entitled -"The Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man" at Fontainebleu in Paris in 1923.
Between the 1920s' & 30s' he travelled to various European cities where his notoriety and fame was well known to the radical middle-class who were then in a stage of personal transformation brought on by the conflict of science, contemporary culture and the dogmatic attitudes of the old religions.
Gurdjieff claimed that his system was fundamentally Esoteric Christianity and did not challenge orthodox views on Faith or the Grace of God. However, he wrote several books which were meant to fundamentally alter the ideas, and beliefs which many traditional faiths had treasured as indisputable. "Beelzebubs' Tales to his Grandson" was meant to act as a purgative to those "human diseases" or personal misconceptions which Gurdjieff mercilessly and vehemently attacked, while "Meetings with Remarkable Men" was partly biographical and subtly instructive in its' approach. The final work, "The Self is Only Real - Then, When I Am" was to provide his readers and students with new material for constructing a new model of the Self in relation to others and the Universe at large. The relevance of these works to his teachings is discussed below.
He also travelled to America where he drew much media and press attention, although he did criticise strongly the American obsession with material concerns and lack of true spiritual insight. In England he was admired by the scientist J.G. Bennett who formulated much of Gurdjieffs' teaching into esoteric Christian doctrines, scientific and philosophical truths. Towards the 2nd. World War he became something of a recluse and later died of injuries sustained in a tragic car crash.
Beelzebub is derived from the Philistine or Canaanite God BAAL-ZEBUL,
The Lord of the Mansion of the North. The Canaanites worshipped him as a
kind of Northern God of the otherworld. He is a god of Prophecy &
Fertility, a type of autumnal Dionysus who prophesied when intoxicated
with a concoction made of hallucinogenic mushrooms - most likely
amanita muscaria or "fly agaric" and the idea that
Beelzebub was the Lord of the Flies. Much later in Judaeo-Christian era he
became associated with Satan or the Devil.
Strictly speaking he was in fact a type of Lucifer or "fallen
Much of Gurdjieff's teaching or "philosophy" was ostensibly an oral process of transmission, but after his accident he decided rather reluctantly to delineate its essence for mankind in the form of 3 written volumes. The First volume entitled "Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson" is composed of three books or sections. The second volume "Meetings with Remarkable Men", and the third "Life is Only Real, Then when I am".
One important factor relevant in understanding the sophistication of Gurdjieff's System was the language he employed to write these literary works. All of them were originally written in Armenian and contained numerous esoteric word ciphers which required a knowledge of the keys to the cryptic clues required for deciphering their real meaning. The Armenian language is derived and partly based on the Georgian Language which was in turn largely a combination of the Indo-Iranian and Caucasian languages. The Georgian language strangely enough is like the Greek in that numerically it is an isosephic tongue whereby all its' letters contain the number range from 1 to 1,000.
Two distinct writing styles developed within the Georgian alphabet -
the "Khutsuri" or priestly letters which are somewhat square
in shape and the more cursive "Mkhedruli" or warrior letters
developed around 1,000 CE. As a direct result of the development of the
more cursive script the Georgian language itself was reduced from 39 to
33 letters. This mathematically reflects
the symmetry contained in the number 9 and the number 11 - these two
numbers reoccur within Arabic and Sanskrit esoteric number symbolism (See
99 Names of
As many students of the Gurdjieffian system are aware G.I. Gurdjieff was well travelled and studied the components of esoteric Arabic mathematics, the tenets of Sufism, Buddhism, Christianity and the Greek "Soma Sophia". He no doubt aligned much of his work along the lines of the abstract numerical symbolism contained within these particular occult systems. It is therefore a subtle blend of Eastern Mysticism, Gnosticism or Esoteric Christianity.
It should be noted that the First
Book or section contains 27 chapters which correspond to the 28 Lunar
Mansions or "manzils" of Arabic astrology defined by
al-Arabi's astrological scale. The major calendrical and
cosmological systems of the world have corresponding asterisms each with
various names or titles. These lunar asterisms usually contain an
additional intercalary "month" thus bringing the final total to 28. Based
again on the laws of the octave, there are 4 Palaces representing the four
cardinal directions, each one containing 7 asterisms. The Chinese Compass Plates
used in Divination and
Shui are also relevant to this form of geomantic division of the
360 degrees of the Celestial Sphere where conveniently 4 x 9 = 36.
Finally, the Third
Book contains 8 chapters which accord with the Geomantic Ogdoad.
The last chapter entitled "From the Author" is a subtle
addition and can be set aside from the entire three volumes thus totalling
45. "From the Author" contains a description of the automatic or
mechanical nature of the human psyche analogously expressed as a Horse and
One simple starting point in the analysis of the Enneagrams'
qualitative and quantitative attributes in understanding the human psyche
was to represent the 7 cardinal sins Pride, Greed, Lust, Anger, Gluttony,
Envy and Sloth and include 2 further indiscretions Fear and Deceit to the
list to form a complete compendium of the human condition. These were
viewed as compulsions or addictions which human beings were inextricably
drawn towards and which had to be firstly observed and then later
transformed into divine qualities.
People who work in advertising or politics for example are in effect psychopathic liars who have a sublime talent for persuasion, hypnotism and on the whole distorting the truth. Lying is good for business, I do not doubt the efficacy of this tactic. Everybody is susceptible to greed and prefers to believe the lie, that is everybody wants something for nothing.
Advertising moguls are skilled at placing any number of suggestions in people's minds and with the additional use of the media they can induce people to buy products they have absolutely no use for. The same phenomena can take place during the complete or passive hypnotic state, but persuasion occurs during the waking states when we are in effect semi-conscious and requires the juxtaposition of words and images on the part of the "hypnotist". Often the advertisement appeals to the lowest common denominator - that it will improve their sex life, make them popular with their peers, improve their financial status, make them appear intelligent, sensitive, aware, original, and even down to earth.
When people lie their bodies do not like it - it is inhuman to lie, in fact it is an abhorrence but modern man tolerates this psychological disease. The body hates the dichotomy of falsehood, that's why when we observe ourselves when lying our body reacts abnormally. That is why lie detectors work with the GSR (galvanic skin response) and are so successful in detecting whether or not people are really being sincere with their fellow man. In time and with practice many of these physiological responses can however be blocked although the body has its own field of integrity and resists these egotistical anomalies by for example blushing or sweating. The reason is that in the hidden depths of our soul we all personally know what is false and what is true. As we grow up and develop, this faculty begins to conflict with our conscience as we encounter pretension, hypocrisy, and deceit in others.
In this respect the human psyche is two-fold, as a companion and guide it helps us remeber who we are until the higher intuitional qualities have been developed and channelled. It is both masculine and feminine, perhaps even androgynous in some circumstances in its' sexual orientation. In this sense it has both a passive, active and neutral function within the human psyche.
Before any individual "lies" to others they must convince themselves of the so-called truth ie: construct an alibi using pieces of reality and mould them into a plausible reality. Having done this they are then able to present others with this imaginary tale or set of circumstances.
The position of Mercury in the natal chart for example reveals
the nature or manner in which individuals are likely to mislead others. In
Fire Signs people are likely to attempt to bluff, brag or extemporise upon
the truth and although people suspect a yarn is being spun decline to
break its' spell in the listening audience. In Water Signs people lie to
avoid embarrassment, to protect theirs or others feelings and to elicit
sympathy - in this way they feel that they are justified in their subtle
deceptions. In Earth Signs people lie most clearly and perceptively by
hiding or obstructing the truth from others and make every effort to
provide convincing alibis and visible proof of their mendacity. Finally,
in Air Signs people are downright pretentious, smug and diplomatic in most
cases social or political etiquette and protocols are the means by which
they collude with others and hoodwink their victims. They are by far the
most likely to be addicted to gossip, scandal and contractual "small
print" which they use to manoeuvre people into their snares. In our
well-meaning attempts to be honest to others we often become innocent
victims of other peoples' lies and fabrications of the truth. For example
when someone asks how such a person is doing at work - are they
subversively probing for information which you foolishly provide - not
realising its' potential to discredit, deceive or even blackmail your best
The system that Gurdjieff employed was essentially a synthesis of several other psycho-spiritual techniques taken from the Eastern esoteric schools and applied to meet the demands of western lifestyles and psychology. It became known as the "Fourth Way", the other traditional spiritual paths being the Way of the Fakir - Hatha Yoga or Asceticism that is - physical training, The Way of the Monk - Bhakti Yoga (Service & Devotion), while the Third way was the Way of the Scientist or intellectual - Gnana Yoga (Knowledge). All these three methods were rejected by Gurdjieff because he thought they eventually led to imbalances, in fact he rejected the whole idea of adopting lifestyles as such and instead recommended altering one's attitudes to life. However, alongside the idea that energy was in a state of change or rather modification Gurdjieff also compared the Human body to that of a factory that took raw materials and then processed them into products. Some people criticise Gurdjieff for reducing human beings to their mechanical functioning, however this form of objective observation of oneself and the striving to overcome the vagaries of human nature is a necessary prerequisite to understanding oneself.
Gurdjieff used the analogy of a "Factory" to describe how the 3
centres functioned within man. This factory had three floors, each floor
had one manager and numerous workers at each level. These 3 managers could
not communicate with each other directly and relied entirely on their
secretary to pass on memos. Each of these floors housed the activities of
the Body, Heart and Mind. There was also a receptionist - which symbolised
the persona, and the secretary who dealt with communications and everyday
duties - she represented a formatory apparatus or ability not a centre as
such. The role of the receptionist was to greet visitors and generally
give them the false impression that everything that occurred within the
factory was organised to their liking and proceeded as if on perfectly
"greased wheels". As each manager communicated in their own unique
"language" the job of the secretary was to decode messages, decide who to
send it to and translate that into a language that the next recipient
would understand. This is a bit like sending encrypted emails really, so
that each message was decoded, then re-encrypted and finally passed to the
relevant managerial department. The channels of communication between
these centres were like pipes and the diameter of these pipes tended to
vary according to certain conditions like for example the weather,
consequently the level of understanding between these centres or brains
also varied. The secretary represented a specific apparatus in our mind,
not a centre as such. She acted mechanically, and had numerous automated
or standard procedures to fulfill, such as receiving messages or visitors,
attaching labels to things, mailing reports, sorting through the manager's
diaries, and arranging meetings. At times however, the secretary became
distracted, confused or simply negligent in her duties. Perhaps a
situation arose in which she was uncertain or she was ignorant of the
correct response, in these cases information might go astray or not quite
be intelligible for one or other of the managers or centres. As simple as
this analogy sounds, one should bear in mind that the interaction of these
three centres, the involuntary responses, subconscious feelings and memory
of an individual are extremely complex operations. Moreover, the languages
required of each of these centres may not encompass every situation, the
secretary may not have the right education or knowledge, she might spend
too much time looking at herself in the mirror or have an extra half hour
for lunch and so forth. In this set of circumstances it is easy to see why
things may go drastically wrong both within human beings and their
relationship to each other.
The Enneagram is an
ancient symbol of spiritual development whose 9 points were arranged in
such a way as to define both the nine basic human personality types in
their relationship to the divine principles of Faith, Hope and Love. The
study of this talisman was integral to many esoteric schools in the East
and West whose teachings advocated both spiritual and dynamic
psychological techniques to curb the destructive tendencies of human
egocentric behaviour. Records of its' existence go back as far as 4,500
years from the theological sanskrit mathematicians of India, to the
philosophers, the Sufi
Mystics of Persia and to the Gnostics
of the early esoteric Christian church. Its' abstract number symbolism was
well-known to the Greek Philosopher Pythagoras
who travelled extensively in these regions compiling his own comparative
study of the essence contained within all religious doctrines.
"Speaking in general terms it must be
understood that the enneagram is a universal symbol, therefore all
knowledge can be contained within the diagram and consequently it can also
be interpreted. Only what a man is able to put in the Enneagram can he
hope to understand, what he cannot place within its' structure, he will
not be able to comprehend. Everything can be included and read in the
enneagram and every time a man examines the laws contained within it he
can learn something new, something he did not know before"
An interesting part of his psychoanalytic process were analogous
riddles and allegories, no doubt employed after the style of the Zen
Buddhists and communicated in a somewhat cryptic and eccentric way
to his pupils.
Students at the Preurie Institute at Fontainebleu for the Harmonious Development of Man studied the enneagram from a number of perspectives. The dances or movements taught by Gurdjieff were collected from a number of Eastern sources probably of Sufi origin and are a form of Bhakti & Hatha Yoga in motion. The participants in these movements said that they felt great amounts of energy being released, a sense of euphoria and generally a feeling that one had awakened from a state of sleep. Among some of these students were some of Europe's leading bohemians and intelligentsia for example the novelist Catherine Mansfield and the dancer Isadora Duncan.
After Gurdjieff's death in 1949 some of the students dispersed into other avenues while a number of his more ardent followers sought out another teacher to replace him. Gurdjieff had apparently told a number of pupils that someone indeed would take his place in the scheme of things and that this person would appear in the East. The Dickers, Subud and the Gurdjieff Society are just some of these offshoots from the original Gurdjieff School. The enneagram was used to symbolise octaves of sound, light and motion. It could for example illustrate the sequence of events or stages in the start of a new project to its' final completion.
The Dickers are also quite shy of public exposure but have now begun to publicise their work. They incorporate the teachings of Ouspensky, Gurdjieff and Dr. Maurice Nicholl from the Jungian School. They only accommodate people who have a serious interest in the work of Gurdjieff and are prepared to make a serious commitment to its' applications.
The Subud Group or Society began in the Far East originally in 1933 and was not established in England until 1957 by Pak Subuh an accountant from Indonesia who achieved a state of grace and much later formulated his teaching and practice into a strange amalgam or doctrine. Followers of the late Gurdjieff believed he was a type of messianic figure and tranferred their allegiance to him. His initiations involve intense periods of babbling, chanting and spontaneous movements called the "Latihan" which are intended to raise awareness and unite one with the God Force.
The Gurdjieff Society
was formed in England in 1955 and continues it's work even without the
personal guidance of its' original founder and does not allow aspects of
this work to enter the public domain.
Jeanne de Saltzmann who spent nearly thirty years with Gurdjieff from 1919 in Tiflis until his death in 1949 discussed the role of the work in relation to the numerous organisations which claim sovereignty over his ideas, principles and working methods. In this respect she made the following statement:
"Today when Gurdjieff's teaching is being studied and put into practice by sizeable research groups in Asia, America and Europe it seems desirable to shed some light on a fundamental characteristic of his teaching. While the truths sought were the same, the forms through which he helped his pupils approach it served only for a limited time. As soon as a new understanding had been reached, the form of the teachings would change. The readings, talks, discussions and studies, which had been the main feature of work for a period of time and had been a stimulus to the pupils intelligence, opening them up to a new way of seeing, being and doing were, for some reason or other suddenly brought to an end."
Essentially this put the pupil on the spot and prevented any automatic assimilation or comprehension of the material. Acquiring information for its own sake like an academic parrot was not encouraged as this did not contribute to a greater awareness of the self. It was more advantageous however to acquire the correct attitude and apply this in as many circumstances as were presented in the individual's life. Therefore in so much as it is possible to describe Gurdjieff's working methods and doctrines by way of text, analogies and diagrams it is a different matter to begin working with them and to acquire competence without the essential aid of a living teacher or guide. For example one may be able to describe the motions of swimming, but it is a totally different matter for them without previous practice and experience to get into a pool or ocean and begin a cross-channel swim. I am not personally a member of any group or authorised Gurdjieff Society or organisation, so with this in mind I have simply attempted to summarise Gurdjieff's ideas and hopefully stimulate an interest in the reader so that they may become curious enough to find out more. To begin "work on oneself" a person will need to be acquainted with someone who has fully realised the Principles of Gurdjieff, and in my own personal opinion will also need to have the following qualities:
3 PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
3 EMOTIONAL ATTITUDES:
3 INTELLECTUAL FACULTIES:
Development of these 6 human qualities alongside the ideas and practices outlined by Gurdjieff will result in:
3 SPIRITUAL QUALITIES:
"FAITH" * "HOPE" *
Faith in Consciousness is
Love of Consciousness evokes a
Hope of consciousness is
Is Your Life GOOD, BAD or
Individuals can be classified according to their inner workings and outward manifestation of personality traits. They fall firstly into two distinct groups that are commonly called introvert and extrovert. The "introvert" is essentially an extrovert working against a certain extrovert tendency or "complex", while the "extrovert" is also affected by an unconscious introversion and is attempting to balance out the two opposing qualities in their human psyche. When a certain pattern of energies accumulate in one's personality we are prone to create a certain type of psychological complex which if it is not properly dealt with will form into more permanent "psychoses or neuroses". Whether they are prepared to admit to it or not, most people are a series of dominant or passive and some indifferent or unrecognised sub-personalities. Until a real and sustainable sense of "I" is developed a person is generally victim to their subconscious hopes, feelings and fears (Emotional Centre), automatic or conditioned thought processes (Thinking Centre), and the personal animal or carnal appetites (Physical Centre).
Adaptation to environmental factors and personal phobias or inadequacies is often expressed on the instinctual and emotional levels simply with the well-known "fight or flight" response. On a mental level they will fall into the categories of identifying their impressions as “true or false”, “good or bad” – the individual will then use their inherent skills and ability to memorise, internalise and intellectually decide what further tactics to employ. Several decisions will then become available to an individual who is confronted by both new and repeated experiences and they will respond using their experience of past events to decide their next move. The traditional game of chess is analogous to this process of learning using memory, personal experience and acquired knowledge. These tactics can further be defined as ACTIVE, PASSIVE, and NEUTRAL reactions – and manifest as positive ACTION, long periods of INDECISON or instinctive RETREAT.
Furthermore throughout this process the biological
organism is attempting to cope with numerous physical and chemical
processes and interactions using a natural cycle of growth and decay. We
become subjected to certain states such as waking, sleeping, dreaming and
require several fuels or foods to function fully in our environment. As
the products of great nature go in - FOOD, AIR &
IMPRESSIONS (5 senses) they are processed and assimilated,
consequently further actions take place and numerous waste products are
eliminated. This process can be viewed as the Yang (male principle)
extending into the Yin (female principle) - the two polar aspects
of NATURE and the self co-existing within a much greater cosmic
principle – our solar system and the Universe beyond. Gurdjieff recognised
this interaction of energy as "Holy Affirming", "Holy Denying" and "Holy
Reconciling" - or The Law of Triamazikamno.
In fact, a battle for control, between Light & Darkness may even continually be taking place, and which though internalised, may also be projected onto emotional or environmental conditions in order for the individual to deal with them visibly and practically.
Medieval Occultists tended to divide the Macrocosmic Sphere into 3 parts, Empyrean - Intellect, Aethereum - Emotion, and Elementorum - Body/Actions.
This corresponds as you know to the Alchemical attributes of Salt, Mercury, & Sulphur.
To this schema they atributed the 15 Major Fixed Stars:
Similarly human beings were subjected to three basic states of
consciousness - Sleep, Dreaming and Waking. Although all these basic
states were capable of extending themselves and mingling somewhat
arbitrarily with each other because we are not in control of them. A lucid
dream for example might contain elements of waking, dream and sleep,
sleep-walking might contain elements of waking and sleep but not dreaming
Another well-documented analogy which was employed by Gurdjieff to illustrate the wholly mechanical nature of human beings was that ancient Hindu or Buddhist allegorical picture of a horse-drawn carriage. The carriage represented the body of man, the horse the emotional nature, the driver the persona or intellect and the passenger the true self. In short the analogy reflects the relationships inherent between the Moving Centre, Feeling Centre and Thinking Centre. The following is a short synopsis, the full account is found in the last chapter of Beelzebub's Tales ("From the Author") and on page 96 of "Views from the Real World".
The general attitude or consciousness of the human self or one's individual will, which corresponds to the passenger, may vary considerably owing to its own personal spiritual training or evolution. Although the "cabby" has already undergone a period of formal education so that he is reasonably literate, much of what he has learnt or acquired beyond his preparatory age is further supported by bits of information acquired from his close associates and his various passengers. With this second-hand information therefore he considers himself fairly competent in matters of religion, philosophy, politics, and sociology. Furthermore, with his equals he likes to argue, with his inferiors he attempts to teach them a "thing or two", and with his superiors he adopts a servile, cap-in-hand attitude. However, one of his chief weaknesses, or rather distractions, is his indulgence in food, wine and an occasional sexual affair with the neighbouring cooks or house maids. To gratify these he may on occasion steal a portion of the money given him by his employer to feed his poor over-worked horse. While he only works hard when under duress, and only appears accommodating in the hope that he might receive the occasional tip. His desire for additional remuneration has taught him how best to exploit the people with whom he has dealings. He has learnt how to employ cunning, to flatter, charm and generally give his customers positive strokes. On any free moment he is tempted to slip away to a saloon bar and over a glass of beer or wine he may read the paper, daydream or chat aimlessly with anyone conveniently placed without any significant consequence.
The horse on the other hand has received little or no education, is completely "locked-in" within itself and its general attitude is one of complete, comatose inertia. Generally it is kept tied up or housed within a stable compound and feeds on the most basic of foods ie: dried straw and rarely eats anything substantially fresh or nutritious. As a result it is more than ready to adhere itself to anyone who offers the slightest caress, an item of sweet food or cooling drink. It never initiates anything independent of its owner or guide, may on occasions be flogged for failing to obey and is subject to its most basic physical and sexual urges. At times and for no apparent reason it may react suddenly and violently to imagined fears, even throw a tantrum or fit.
The cart, which was designed to carry a
variety of burdens is of necessity made of a variety of materials but of a
very complex construction. The designers did not provide an authoritative
manual for this cart and while they had originally intended it for rough,
winding country roads whereas now it is drawn over smooth, asphalt,
straight city streets. For the cart to operate efficiently and without
disruption it requires a regular supply of grease to all its moving parts.
In the absence of any severe shocks or optimum trials the grease or oil
fails to reach some of the components of the cart's mechanism. Furthermore
the cabby has little or no knowledge of its general maintenance but when a
fault is detected he is forced to inquire of a fellow cabby or consult
with an "expert" who may suggest either an overall, a removal or
replacement of some of its parts. In some instances the replacement part
may indeed cost more than a completely new carriage.
In normal circumstances the cabby can be seen gossiping with his associates, while waiting for a fare, perhaps flirting with a passing maid and to all intents and purposes acquires an outer form resembling an amiable existence. Meanwhile, the horse grows up largely ignored and ill-treated both by its owners and the cabby. In many instances no attempt is made by the cabby at securing any real rapport with the horse on whom so much depends for the safety and well-being of its passengers. The horse has acquired a limited understanding of what is required of it and understands perhaps just three or four basic instructions, namely stop, go, turn left or right. It should also be noted that the carriage is connected to the horse by means of the shafts, the cabby has some tenuous connection with the horse via the reins, and the coach has some connection with the thoroughfare by means of its wheels attached to strong springs which alleviate any potential shocks to the passenger. The passenger likewise has only a fleeting means of communicating his needs or desires from the coach interior to the cabby sat on his pillion atop the coach. Therefore much transpires between the moment that the passenger enters the carriage shouting his instructions to the cabby, and the eventual arrival at any specified destination. However, extending this analogy further, and strictly speaking at times the cabby cannot make these instructions clear to the horse because the reins are made of materials which react to a variety of atmospheric phenomena. Sometimes the reins are wet, become soft or ineffectual, at others they are dry and brittle and therefore in danger of breaking.
"You are acquainted with occult literature," began Mr. Gurdjieff, "and so I will refer to the formula you may know from the "Emerald Tablets" - "As Above, So Below". It is easy to start to build the foundation of our discussion from this. At the same time I must say that there is no need to use occultism as the base from which to approach the understanding of Truth. Truth speaks for itself in whatever form it manifests. You will understand this fully only in the course of time, but I wish to give you today at least a grain of understanding."
"I know you might understand about the unity of the laws governing the Universe, but this understanding is speculative - or rather theoretical. It is not enough to understand with the Mind, it is necessary to feel with your entire being the Absolute Truth and immutability of this fact; only then will you be able consciously and with conviction, to say "I Know".
Gurdjieff maintained that there were in actual fact 7 centres or "Brains" in man which correspond with the 7 traditional Planetary Spheres or Rays of Esoteric Astrology. However, the majority of people only operated from the three lower ones ie Acting, Feeling and Thinking, and then somewhat unconsciously. When human beings are reduced to their basic functions or needs they amount to acquiring food, clothing and shelter, which are in a sense ancilliary functions of sexual activity, eating and social interactions such as talking.
In the following table the 7 "cosmic rays"
(Planets expressed as harmonic numbers) and their relationship to the
subtle body are explored as well as their meaning and interaction. See
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Gurdjieff essentially synthesized ancient
esoteric teachings and made them approachable and
applicable to the lives of rational Western
One old woman came from England to
Gurdjieff. She had heard Ouspensky,
Gurdjieff's disciple, and Ouspensky was a
mathematician, a logician. ...
Gurdjieffian "Conscious suffering"
Gurdjieff said was the only way of evolution is
the same process in which
Gurdjieff precribed taking upon yourself
(the Central Spiritual Sun of
Gurdjieff). What is above is as below. What is
below is like what is above. (We are part of that
unchangeable truth at the ...
It helps to build the psychic body,
Gurdjieff called it, "The Body Kesdjian". The
chakras above the head connect with Atman, God,
Allah, Nirvana - any of ...
Ouspensky, the chief disciple of
Gurdjieff, was working under
Gurdjieff for ten years. It was very difficult
to work under
Gurdjieff said the Objective Art was created
when objects were infused with Sacred Energies by
the creators which then had the effect of creating
MEDITATION EE LEVEL 3, THE REMOVAL OF DEEPER ENERGY
BLOCKAGES - PSYCHOPATHIC ENERGY VAMPIRES High Tantra.
KARMA CLEANING PROCESS, CLEAN THE KARMA FROM PAST
Gurdjieff say about Meditation, Orage, Egoism
and the Enhancement of ......
One of the great tantrics of this
Gurdjieff, says that ...
The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda - A Separate Reality
The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda