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September 2, 2011


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urdjieff was a highly original, influential, and revolutionary spiritual guru of the last century. His emphasis was on witnessing and understanding the thought process.
He is most notable for introducing what some refer to as “The Work,” connoting work on oneself according to Gurdjieff’s principles and instructions, or as he first referred to it, the Fourth Way. Gurdjieff taught people how to increase and focus their attention and energy in various ways, and to minimize daydreaming and absentmindedness. He appears to have given new life and practical form to ancient teachings of both East and West. His system, which involved music, movement, dance, and self-criticism, enabled the unrealized individual to transcend the mechanical, acted-upon self and ascend from mere personality to self-actualizing essence.”


We must strive for freedom if we strive for self-knowledge. The task of self-knowledge and of further self-development is of such importance and seriousness, it demands such intensity of effort, that to attempt it any old way and amongst other things is impossible. The person who undertakes this task must put it first in his life, which is not so long that he can afford to squander it on trifles.


Man lives his life in sleep, and in sleep he dies.”As a result of this condition, each person perceives things from a completely subjective perspective. Gurdjieff stated that maleficent events such as wars and so on could not possibly take place if people were more awake. He asserted that people in their typical state function as unconscious automatons, but that one can “wake up” and become a different sort of human being altogether.


Gurdjieff used to say to his disciples that the most important thing is to remember in a dream that “This is a dream.” But how to do it? It seems almost impossible. How to remember in a dream that “This is a dream”? But if you practice the Gurdjieffian method, one day you can remember it. The method is simple. You have to go on remembering the whole day, whatsoever you see, that “This is a dream.” Walking on the street, “This is a dream”; the dog barking, “This is a dream.” Go on remembering the whole day, “This is a dream, this is a dream….” It takes three to nine months for the idea to sink into your heart. Then one day, suddenly, in your dream you remember and you say, “This is a dream!” — and that is a moment of great illumination. Immediately, the dream disappears. The moment you say it is a dream, it disappears and you are awake, fully awake, in the middle of the night. Of course, these trees and the people on the road are not a dream so they don’t disappear. You can go on saying, “This is a dream.” That was just a method to practice. But when you really remember in a dream that “This is a dream,” the dream disappears. The dream can exist only if believed; the dream disappears if you don’t believe in it. Our imagination is intoxicating.


“The Work is about making personality passive, a servant rather than a master.” Gurdjieff investigated many spiritual practices deeply. His distillation remains offbeat and original. Difficult to get a consistent picture from the many schools established in his name.


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