The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, & Brainwashing
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This book attempts to depict the strange transformation of the free human mind into an automatically responding machine a transformation which can be bought about by some of the cultural undercurrents in our present day society as well as by deliberate experiments in the service of a political ideology.
The rape of the mind and stealthy mental coercion are among the oldest crimes of mankind. They probably began back in pre historic days when man first discovered that he could exploit human qualities...
I Ching (Book of Changes)
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The I Ching, or Book of Changes, a common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy, is one of the first efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. The oldest of the Chinese classics, it has exerted a living influence in China for 3,000 years, and is an influential text read throughout the world — providing inspiration to the worlds of religion, psychoanalysis, business, literature, and art.
Originally a divination...
The Theory of Celestial Influence — Man, the Universe, and Cosmic Mystery by Rodney Collin
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The Theory of Celestial Influence with the subtitle: Man, The Universe and Cosmic Mystery is an exploration of the universe and man’s place in it.
Rodney Collin examines 20th-century scientific discoveries and traditional esoteric teachings and concludes that the driving force behind everything is neither procreation nor survival, but expansion of awareness.
Collin sets out to reconcile the considerable contradictions of the rational and imaginative minds and of the ways we see the external world versus our inner selves.
For readers familiar with Gurdjieff’s cosmology will here find further examinations...
The People of the Secret
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Are biological evolution and human history directed by a hierarchy of Intelligences, the lowest level of which makes physical contact with mankind?
Do invisible guardians of this planet "seed" ideas into the earth's culture to prepare human beings for huge steps in their development?
The author suggests not only that it may be so, but that it may also be possible to recognize these "People of the Secret."
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2 - A...
Contemporary status of the Work
Although more than half a century has elapsed since Gurdjieff's death, his life and teachings continue to challenge and intrigue contemporary seekers of spiritual wisdom.
Interest in Gurdjieff's teachings is also growing in the secular world and many of his psychological and cosmological ideas have influenced various “Human Potential” and “New Age” movements and even entered the cultural and academic mainstream. His name and ideas appear in a surprising array of current cultural expressions:
CDs and Internet downloads of the music of Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann
DVDs and videos of the Movements
The emergence of the enneagram symbol as...
Gurdjieff – Sexual Beliefs and Practices
By all accounts Gurdjieff was a vigorous, charismatic man with a robust sexual nature, described by biographer James Webb as “a sensual man who enjoyed the pleasures of the bed as much as those of the table.”
Gurdjieff's sexual conduct shocked many people in the 1920s and 1930s, especially in conservative America.
There were rumours that he had a highly varied sex life and was involved in unusual sexual practices.
Some claimed he was a master of exotic Tantric sexual teachings learned in the East.
Gurdjieff's Search for Esoteric Knowledge
G.I. Gurdjieff has been described as one of the most fascinating and remarkable men of the 20th century.
He possessed immense personal magnetism and profound esoteric knowledge of human transformation, and he brought a spiritual teaching of vast scope and power to the Western world.
Yet, throughout his life Gurdjieff was an enigma even to his closest students and was widely misunderstood by observers, critics and the public.
All Wars Are Bankers' Wars!
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I know many people have a great deal of difficulty comprehending just how many wars are started for no other purpose than to force private central banks onto nations, so let me share a few examples, so that you understand why the US Government is mired in so many wars against so many foreign nations. There is ample precedent for this.
Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of a pen they will...
Gurdjieff's Cosmological Ideas
The system of knowledge that Gurdjieff taught has a psychological side and a cosmological side, which form twin halves of a comprehensive whole.
Study of the psychological ideas is helpful in understanding the cosmological concepts, and vice versa.
To a certain extent, a thorough grounding in Gurdjieff’s basic psychological ideas is a prerequisite to approaching his complex cosmology.
Sources of Gurdjieff's Teachings
From the beginning of Gurdjieff’s teaching mission in the West, a number of questions have fueled an ongoing debate about the source of his teachings and practices.
Where did he learn his powerful system of psychological and cosmological ideas?
What particular spiritual teachings form the foundation of his work?
Which teachers inspired and influenced his development?
Origins of Life
Life in the Milky Way galaxy began between 13.6 billion to 10 billion years ago. All the constituent and necessary elements for creating life are produced during supernova, and are dispersed to nebular clouds which act as cradles of life.
The molecules are incubated within nebular clouds, creating complex organic molecules, left-handed amino acids, proteins, nucleotides, and DNA. These chemical compounds were mixed together, provided protection, nutrients and energy, over billions of years of time, in over a trillion different locations, such that by 10 billion years ago in this galaxy, carbon-DNA-based replicons had been fashioned which evolved into...
The Inner Circle of Humanity
The source of Gurdjieff's teachings has never been conclusively established by either scholars or students of Gurdjieff.
However, some have speculated that he contacted and learned from esoteric schools that were custodians of ancient spiritual teachings on the evolution of humanity.
Gurdjieff spoke in general terms about esoteric schools directed by a circle of evolved human beings who have guided the spiritual development of humanity throughout history.
Gurdjieff – Drugs, Alcohol and Food
Anthropological research suggests that human beings in virtually every culture in history have ingested chemical substances to alter their consciousness.
Certain spiritual traditions celebrate inebriation as a metaphor for conscious transformation.
Sufi mystics speak of being ‘drunk with the wine of love.’
The Zen tradition has a history of poets and teaching masters who were spirited drinkers of saké.
Other spiritual traditions have employed certain ‘power drugs’ and psychedelics in sacred rituals and ceremonies as an integral part of their teaching.
A rich and multifaceted literature has been created over the years from the pens of Gurdjieff, his direct students (first generation), pupils of his students (second generation), scholars and researchers, journalists and critics, and biographers.
At best these writings (Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson, In Search of the Miraculous) are works of ‘objective art’ which convey, on multiple levels, great spiritual truths and ideas with an undeniable impact on the reader.
At worst they are shallow, ill-informed and misleading, as they attempt to define Gurdjieff and his teachings through the lens of subjectivity, preconception and dogmatic bias.
Taken as a whole, the...
Why Work Is Turning Into a Nightmare
How would you like to live in an economy where robots do everything that can be predictably programmed in advance, and almost all profits go to the robots' owners?
Meanwhile, human beings do the work that's unpredictable - odd jobs, on-call projects, fetching and fixing, driving and delivering, tiny tasks needed at any and all hours - and patch together barely enough to live on.
Brace yourself.This is the economy we're now barreling toward.
Evolution: A Critical Appraisal
Evolution is defined by science as an orderly and progressive development of organic life governed by certain laws.
From the perspective of science the biological evolution of plants, animals and humans is a series of irreversible transformations of the genetic composition of populations, based primarily upon altered interactions with and adaptations to their environment.
Although many aspects of human evolution based on the Darwinian and neo-Darwinian perspectives have been validated through a variety of scientific findings in many different fields of study, these are primarily related to physical evidence while disregarding the role of mind and consciousness in the evolutionary process.
The term – Consensus Trance – was coined by American psychologist Charles T. Tart
An automated state of consciousness; actually, the normal consciousness, based on the premise that people believe what they are told to be true as opposed to what they have themselves realized to be true.
Becoming "normal" – a fully-fledged member of your culture – involves a selected shaping:
Development of approved ("natural", "godly", "polite", "civil") identities and
Inhibition of disapproved ("evil", "criminal", "delinquent", "disrespectful") ones.
While it might be possible to role-play these, without internalizing them, this is difficult for most people.
From a culture's point of view, it is...
Fringe Knowledge for Beginners
The last half of my life has been spent in the active pursuit of truth. In the following pages I sketch the broadest map of what I have learned in the fewest words possible.
You will not ﬁnd proof between the covers of this book, rather ideas and principles that give you
understanding and perspective on proof existing all around and within you.
The more you investigate these ideas for yourself, the more intelligently you can judge the accuracy of my map.
If ignorance is bliss, why seek truth? Because permanent freedom is far more valuable...
The Last Hour of Life
Imagine, that you have only a few minutes, maybe an hour left to live; somehow you have discovered exactly when you will die. What would you do with this precious hour of your stay on Earth? Would you be able to complete all your things in this last hour, do you have a conscious idea about how to do it?
And letting go your last breath would you feel satisfaction from knowing that you have done everything possible in this life to fulfill that you are constantly present, always vibrating, always waiting, like the son is waiting...
Life Beyond Matter
Astrophysicist Paul Davies at Arizona State University suggests that advanced technology might not even be made of matter. That it might have no fixed size or shape; have no well-defined boundaries. Is dynamical on all scales of space and time. Or, conversely, does not appear to do anything at all that we can discern. Does not consist of discrete, separate things; but rather it is a system, or a subtle higher-level correlation of things.
Are matter and information, Davies asks, all there is? Five hundred years ago, Davies writes, "the very concept of a device manipulating information, or software, would...
Channelling a One World Government
The reverse side of the Great Sealof the United States (1776) Under Construction
Look around and you see a world in increasing distress. Conventional modes of politics and the nation state are showing unmistakable signs of strain. It seems civilisation is facing an internecine struggle against confronting new realities. Many communities are being afflicted by various crises as the world transitions through tumultuous channels of change.
A chorus of calls to reform the world’s governance and economic systems have risen sharply in recent years, particularly since the onset of the Global Financial Crisis. From almost every corner of the...
Authenticity as a Spiritual Teacher
Gurdjieff first emerged as a spiritual teacher in 1908 in Tashkent, Turkestan where he attracted a small circle of pupils.
His teaching activity from this initial stage until 1912 is largely shrouded in mystery and cannot be independently verified in any way.
Research by John Bennett and biographer James Moore suggests that this period was essentially experimental, as Gurdjieff tested his ideas and teaching methods on a wide spectrum of personality types.
Classified top secret report of the last Bilderberg meeting
My dear contarians, my dear contrarians!
This is a special edition, very special that I propose today. I would like you to understand the real ways of the world, the world in which we live but more likely for very long time.
I reproduce in lines below the exclusive report of the last meeting of Bilderberg, this meeting which is held every year and which attend personalities of very high level of all the countries of the world. It is in this kind of inner circle set that, for decades, shapes the world of tomorrow.
Clock Work Orange meets American Psycho
The United States will protect its people and advance our prosperity irrespective of the actions of any other nation.… - President Barack Obama in National Security Strategy of the US, 2010
The American Empire is not in decline. It is rebooting for a new era of dominance.
The American Empire's success depends on successfully converting the national American psyche into a sociopathic national consciousness (SNC). Once completed, America's empire will be as successful as it is ruthless.
This conversion process is ad hoc and always the consequence of an "outside" event or "crisis" and the fear it engenders. The sociopath, as individual...
The Invention of Money
A Reply to Robert Murphy’s ‘Have Anthropologists Overturned Menger?
By David Graeber, who currently holds the position of Reader in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths University London. Prior to this he was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University. He is the author of ‘Debt: The First 5,000 Years’ which is available from Amazon
Xenology - An Introduction to the Scientific Study of Extraterrestrial Life, Intelligence, and Civilization
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About Xenology (the field)
Xenology may be defined as the scientific study of all aspects of extraterrestrial life, intelligence, and civilization. Similarly, xenobiology refers to the study of the biology of extraterrestrial lifeforms not native to Earth, xenopsychology refers to the higher mental processes of such lifeforms if they are intelligent, and so forth.
The xeno-based terminology was first coined for this...
The Handbook of Human Ownership
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A Manual for New Tax Farmers
Hey - seriously - congratulations on your new political post!
If you are reading this, it means that you have ascended to the highest levels of government, so it's really, really important that you don't do or say anything stupid, and screw things up for the rest of us.
The first thing to remember is that you are a figurehead, about as relevant to the direction of the state as a hood ornament is to the direction of a car - but you are a very important distraction, the "smiling face...
What is the Matrix?
School or prison, depending on your chosen perspective.
On the one hand, it is a hyperdimensional teaching system accelerating your rate of spiritual evolution by providing you with catalytic experiences in response to your thoughts, emotions, and spiritual composition.
On the other hand, many of these experiences manifest as predatory forces preying upon your weaknesses.
Of course, the only way to prevent being manipulated by these forces is to discover, integrate, and transform your weaknesses into strengths, thereby indirectly accomplishing the higher purpose of the Matrix which is to help you transcend it. Nevertheless, these hyperdimensional predatory forces...
Gurdjieff and the Fourth Way: A Critical Appraisal
George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, who brought an ancient esoteric teaching to the West, was one of the most important spiritual teachers of the 20th century.
The impact of his ideas, teaching methods and powerful personality continue to challenge and fascinate seekers of wisdom more than 65 years after his death.
His teaching, known as ‘the Work’ - which has come to be called the ‘Fourth Way’ - has greatly influenced spiritual seekers throughout the world.
Assessments of Gurdjieff by students, followers, journalists, critics, scholars and fellow spiritual teachers are bewilderingly diverse, ranging from ‘charlatan’ and...
A Figure Who Drops Into History
Over the course of the many years that we have studied ‘the fourth way,’ Chris and I have had ample reason and opportunity to ponder why Gurdjieff’s thought has had such an insignificant impact on Western academic psychology.
Stated most simply, the answer is that almost no one in Psychology has ever heard of Gurdjieff.
That raises, in turn, the question of accounting for his virtual anonymity. The answer, as we have come to understand it, is complicated, and often exceedingly subtle–perhaps more so than we are capable of supposing.
However, I think it can be asserted...
Illumination: the Secret Religion - How to Become God
Hyperborea - the land of the Illuminati
“Neither by land nor by sea shalt thou find the road to the Hyperboreans.”(Pindar, Illuminatus)
Hyperborea: the perpetually illuminated paradise beyond the north wind where Apollo, god of Reason, spent his winters. Illumination, the religion of the Illuminati, is the world's only rational, mathematical, scientific and philosophical religion. We condemn all religions of faith, superstition and irrationality. We condemn the slave religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam that worship a Torture God who orders fathers to kill their children and revels in sending those who disobey him...
The Hidden Evil: The Psychopathic Influence
Both the financial elite and their servants who maintain this system, appear to exhibit behavior that is consistent with symptoms associated with a medical disorder known as psychopathy.(*)
Psychopaths, also called sociopaths, are categorized as those who exhibit superficial charm and intelligence, and are absent of delusions or nervousness. Their traits include:
Deceitful and manipulative behavior (either goal-oriented or for the delight of the act itself)
Lack of remorse or shame
Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
Incapacity for love
Poverty of general emotions
Loss of insight
Law of Reciprocal Maintenance
This law is defined in Tales.
When His Endlessness (God) realises that his dwelling place, the Sun Absolute, is vunerable to time, he creates the universe into which he expels time.
The Law of Reciprocal Maintenance (called by Beelzebub 'the trogoautoegocrat') functions so that the universe is nourished by an exchange of substances, and this protects the Sun Absolute from the destructive results of time: i.e. change, decay and death.
The fundamental purpose for the existence of men and the other three-brained beings of the universe is to serve as apparatuses through which cosmic substances are transmuted for the...
The Silver Saga
The incredible collapse of value of silver in the 19th century — don't blame Comstock!
The silver standard did not die a natural death.
It was deliberately killed.
A proper search for the assassins was never carried out.
There was never a post-mortem.
In this paper we focus on the conspiracy as it might have unfolded between the two dates:
April 9, 1865 (the day General Lee of the Confederacy surrendered at Appomattox to General Grant of the Union marking the end of the War Between the States) and
January 1, 1879 (Resumption Day, when payment of the victorious Union’s...
The Work 'Ethic'
Reconsidering work and 'leisure time'
Did you ever wonder why your parents act so disoriented when it comes to 'leisure' activities? Why they start one little hobby, and either fail to follow through with it or become pathologically obsessed with it... even though it doesn't seem to have anything to do with their lives?
Maybe they seek to lose themselves in gardening or following the exploits of some basketball team. Maybe your father buys all sorts of fancy tools (the kind of tools many men his age have), but only uses them for a few days before setting them aside —...
The Greatest Challenge: the Golden Future
This small book, The Greatest Challenge: the Golden Future, is unashamedly addressed to the intelligent people of this threatened planet. It is a response to the report of the United Nations from the World Commission on Environment and Development, Our Common Future, which identifies the major issues threatening the future of this planet.
This book presents another facet of the Osho vision, a proposal for a viable humanity; a diagnosis of the psychological and social sicknesses that divide human beings, within and without, into warring factions. It outlines the critical steps required if there is to be...
Since Gurdjieff has choosen to present his ideas in part in the form of allegory, one can read those parts of this book simply as fascinating science-fiction.
The story opens aboard the space ship Karnak. Beelzebub is traveling to a conference where his sage advice is needed on matters of cosmic significance. He is accompanied by his grandson, Hassein, and his old and faithful servant Ahoon.
As they travel, Beelzebub regales Hassein with tales about the Earth, about events in the universe, and about cosmological and psychological law. Beelzebub tells Hassein how he happened to become interested in the planet Earth.
A Western Way
While the ways of the East are not closed to Westerners, and the ways of the West are not closed to Easterners, there is much more difficulty than may be commonly realized in adopting another way.
As has been pointed out, for example, a Westerner studying an Eastern teaching like Buddhism often comes across the idea of "nothingness" as a desired state. This, of course, is ridiculous East and West. This word, so dutifully translated, really means "no-thing-ness". More properly translated with a Western term such as "unity".
Also, the idea in the East of, as it is translated "detachment", is...
I propose to talk this morning about conscious labor and intentional suffering – being-Partkdolg-duty. The phrase, in either form, recurs throughout Beelzebub’s Tales, and it is a key concept in Gurdjieff’s presentation. But I believe it has to be much more than an idea for us. Gurdjieff, through his alter-ego Beelzebub, makes two things crystal clear.
The first is that being-Partkdolg-duty is an obligation for all three-brained beings and
Second, that our planet is in dire straits precisely because we are not actualizing it.
If that is the case, and if we take Beelzebub at all seriously, we need to understand...
Gurdjieff & Money
When Mr. Gurdjieff arrived in Russia in 1912 he did not come as a beggar but as a man of some wealth. He came with a million rubles, a fantastic sum at that time; one ruble could feed a lowerclass family of five for about three days. He came as well with two invaluable collections, one of old and rare carpets, and another of porcelain and Chinese cloisonné. He came, as he said, with a “sacred task”1 — to establish the ancient teaching of the Fourth Way in the West.
His plan was to create an institute by which...
Cosmic Serpent ♦ Excerpts
Some biologists describe DNA as an "ancient high biotechnology," containing "over a hundred trillion times as much information by volume as our most sophisticated information storage devices." Could one still speak of technology in these circumstances? Yes, because there is no other word to qualify this duplicable, information-storing molecule. DNA is only ten atoms wide and as such constitutes a sort of ultimate technology: It is organic and so miniturized that it approaches the limits of material existence.
Methods of Work
The main goals of the International Gurdjieff Club are:
The preservation and the development of Gurdjieff's teaching,
The support of the Gurdjieff Work in various cities of Russia and Ukraine,
Projects of joint work with leaders of Gurdjieff groups in Europe, USA and Canada,
Organization of conferences, seminars and workshops,
Inviting prominent instructors from abroad and
Participation in the international conference "All and Everything" and other international meetings and conferences.
Surro-predation and Global Psychosis
THE SOLUTION to collective schizophrenia is the wake-up that happens, one person at a time but with increasing synergy among the awakened, when you begin to detect in any situation that the stated aim is not the actual aim. Global schizophrenia involves a lot of harmless madness and even some playfulness, invention and fabulation, but it has its dark side as well.
The dark side of global schizophrenia is social evil, or the orchestration of social wrong-doing through the 3-D technique: deception-division-domination. What happens in the final phase of Kali Yuga is that a small part of the...
The Psychopathology of Work
Depersonalization and alienation from our deepest desires is implanted during childhood via school, church, movies, and TV, and soon reaches the point where an individual's desire is not only a net of contradictions, but also a commodity like all the others.
Work, now? Never,never. I'm on strike.—Arthur Rimbaud
"True life" always seems to be just a bit beyond what a weekly paycheck and credit card can afford, and is thus indefinitely postponed. And each postponement contributes to the reproduction of a social system that practically everyone who is not a multimillionaire or a masochist has come to loathe.
More Time for Leisure
In praise of the national dividend
In their paper “Major Douglas’ Proposals for a National Dividend: A Logical Successor to the Wage” Brian Burkitt and Frances Hutchinson defend Major C.H. Douglas’ idea of a national dividend.
Conventional economies are based on the exponential growth in production from technological change, which with labour-saving inevitably leads to unemployment. To counter this, Douglas proposed placing “every citizen on a level economic playing-field” with a proposal “derived from the view that all social production originates in a common cultural inheritance of past invention, with present individual effort playing a secondary role”.
In doing this...
The Cult of the Job
On The Leisure Track
I am job-free. Out of the rat race. Unemployed, as they say, but definitely by choice. My self-esteem is intact, thank you, I'm not "in transition", and I have no intention of getting a job again.
That's right – I'm on the leisure track permanently. I don't have a cushy nine-to-five job with profit-sharing, "security", stock options, health insurance, advancement opportunities, or free parking.
GI Gurdjieff (1872-1949) is one of the more interesting teachers to emerge from the so-called "esoteric" tradition in the modern period. You can read a brief bio by clicking on this link.
The cosmological aspects of Gurdjieff's work as presented in the trilogy Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson, are intriguing but need to be taken with a grain or two of salt. Beelzebub's Tales reads like science fiction. The protagonist, Beelzebub, reflects upon his life in the Solar System, Ors, where he had been banished by "His Endlessness". While in exile he observes our solar system and develops a keen...
Destined to Collapse
Several years after the Wall Street-ignited crisis began, the nation’s top bank CEOs (who far out-accumulated their European and other international counterparts) continue to hobnob with the president at campaign dinners where each plate costs more than one out of four US households make in a year. Financial bigwigs lead their affluent lives, unaffected, unremorseful, and unindicted for wreaking havoc on the nation. Why? Because they won. They hustled better. They are living the American Dream.
This is not the American Dream that says if you work hard you can be more comfortable than your parents; but rather, if...
The Perfect State
Over and over again in the West, the message goes out that the parents must be allowed to decide the fate of their children:
What beliefs to give them,
To what school to send them,
What values to instil in them,
How to discipline them.
It is regarded as outrageous that the State should interfere.
But look at what's happening in the East, in China. … Chinese parents have internalized the values of the State and … realized the imperative of maximizing their children's talents. The phenomenon of the "Tiger Mother"
The decline and fall of work
In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.
What spark of humanity, of possible creativity, can remain alive in a being dragged out of sleep at six every morning, jolted about in suburban trains, deafened by the racket of machinery, bleached and steamed by meaningless sounds and gestures, spun dry by statistical controls, and tossed out at the end of the day into the entrance halls of railway stations, those cathedrals of departure for the hell of weekdays and the purgatory...
10 Ways to Avoid Brainwashing
If we don’t own our minds, we’re like pawns in a game where we’re not the player. We’re being played. Corporations, governments, advertisers and even religions have gone to great lengths to control your mind. Sometimes their tactics are obvious, but most of the time they are downright sneaky.
If we want to ensure that we’re living for ourselves and not serving some corporation’s agenda, we have to put on our mental armor. We have to arm our minds so we can first know when their is an assault on our sovereignty.
Here are 10 tools you can...
What is the Work?
Gurdjieff strongly condemned masturbation, contraception and homosexuality as affronts to the proper order of nature. (LINK)
Perhaps that helps to explain why he was such a prolific procreater. According to Mark Pilkington, "He was highly charismatic and a notorious womaniser, said to have fathered over 100 children."
Much has been written about what "the Work" is (see here, here, and here). My intention is not to restate that which has been well defined.
I've been trying to come up with a suitable allegory for the Work, and what first came to mind is an automobile factory in which new cars are manufactured (new-born human...
Seven primary obstacles to self-awareness
Identification – One of the characteristics of our psychology is that we lose ourselves by becoming absorbed into events, thoughts, and emotions.
Negative Emotions – One of the chief obstacles to awakening is losing energy through the expression of negative and unpleasant emotions.
Imagination – Our imagining that we already possess qualities and abilities that we do not have, and that can only be developed through long efforts.
Lying – Our tendency to talk about things we do not know, or can not know, as though we do know.
The Abolition of Work
No one should ever work.
Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world.
Almost any evil you'd care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work.
In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working.
That doesn't mean we have to stop doing things. It does mean creating a new way of life based on play. In other words, a *ludic* conviviality, commensality, and maybe even art.
There is more to play than child's play, as worthy as that is. I call for a collective adventure in generalized joy and freely interdependent exuberance.
Play isn't passive...
The Future of the Work
After a six-week Intensive in the Gurdieff/JG Bennett Work and a period of reflection, I see that this Work has a further and necessary step to take in order to remain valuable and to fulfill its purpose in the world. The Work, as with every teaching where the initial teacher has died, must keep evolving (as did Gurdjieff himself) in order to remain responsive to the changing needs of the world.
This utility is the key to the parable of the ‘Sower and the Seed’. Man has a necessary role to play, that both of sower and...
The psychology of George Gurdjieff: Implications for counseling
Abstract From: Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health
This paper examines aspects of the teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff in the light of the current knowledge base of contemporary applied psychology, and in particular, that of current counselling theory and practice.
It focusses on enunciating relevant aspects of Gurdjieff’s teaching in the idiom of modern day psychology and counselling theory so as to draw out the parallels between some of the ideas of the major schools of thought in
psychology and the coinciding resonances of those same ideas in Gurdjieff’s teaching.
It is argued that there are many such...
Gurdjieff at Lascaux August 1949
Soon after posting How I began "the Work", I began thinking about that title, and the fact that few people would have any idea as to what "the Work" is and means. So, I set about looking for a web page that I could copy which provided a brief and easy to understand definition of what exactly the Work is.
I browsed at least 20 web pages, but did not find what I was looking for. What I see is a repeat of the basic definition as quoted below from The Gurdjieff Foundation:
The Gurdjieff work remains above all essentially an oral tradition, transmitted under...
Chapter 3 ♦ Conditioning
Does a child not have as much right to privacy and freedom from parental conditioning as the parents expect for themselves? It is one of the most fundamental problems facing humanity today. The future depends on how we solve it. It has never been encountered before. For the first time man has come of age, a certain maturity has happened - and as you become mature you have to face new problems.
Gurdjieff's Creation Story
Each organism constitutes a thermodynamic system and its survival depends on keeping one's own entropy lower than that of the environment — each organism feeds on negative entropy and excretes positive entropy.
No organism can be beneficial for the environment by its survival. Vegetation on Earth is exceptional because its openness to the sun helps the Earth. Still, in a larger scale, our sun is constantly dissipating its energy through its radiation, thereby increasing the entropy of the entire universe.
Exactly at this point, we must remember a grim fact about living organisms that I mentioned earlier: no organism can...
Transformers and/or Food
Like all organic life on Earth, human beings are apparatuses for transforming energies which are required for some other purpose. However, as a more complicated type of transforming apparatus than plants or animals, human beings possess some choice regarding how to supply the energies required by their existence.
They can transform energy consciously or unconsciously, in greater or lesser quantities, and of varying qualities, thereby influencing the purpose and outcome of their deaths.
Humans are a dynamo for transforming energies.
We were created to be a bridge for spiritualizing life on earth.
The earth needs the energies that only man...
The Sly Man and the Devil
The Sly Man and the Devil — Something Different?
Is it possible the Fourth Way is but another limited hangout?
It undoubtedly was a release of previously hidden information, but was it done in order to prevent a greater exposure of more important details? If so, what are the missing details?
Could there possibly be missing information that is even more important for a seeker to understand than the fundamental concepts of self-remembering, identification, unnecessary talk and negative emotions?
Here we examine the story The Sly Man and the Devil. — Gurdjieff's reply to questions about the origins of the Fourth Way. The story can be found under the...
A Parasitic System
Excerpt: Parasitic System
Homeostatic Equilibrium: Cybernetics and the New World Order [LINK]
The phrases “this intelligence” and “that which orchestrates our perception of this reality” are used early and often throughout this post. There are no shortage of theories out there regarding who or what this entity is, so please insert your own views on this point whenever you see these phrases. My only intent is to acknowledge that whatever it is, it obviously exists.
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In other words it is the virus of civilization that is spreading across the Earth, perpetuating a chronic and otherwise unnatural state of dis-ease within the...
What is Life?
One way to define life rigorously is in terms of specific, enumerated traits., which are as follows: ■ Growth ■ Feeding and metabolism ■ Motility (physical movement) ■ Responsiveness to environmental stimuli ■ Reproduction with adaptation.
Reproduction is probably the most frequently cited"essential" defining characteristic of living systems. – Robert Freitas, Xenology, chapter 6.2.1
“Remember yourself always and everywhere.”
These words were inscribed on the walls of the study house of the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man at the Château Le Prieuré, Fontainebleau-Avon, the home of the esoteric teacher George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. They summarised the essence of his teaching and were written there as a reminder to his students.
Gurdjieff taught that human beings are divided into two parts: Essence and Personality.
“Essence in man is what is his own. Personality in man is what is ‘not his own.’ ‘Not his own’ means what has come from outside, what he has learned, or reflects...
Time and Initiative
Creation is enacted by a unique alteration in the two prime laws, especially in the law of process.
Before creation, they operate on a closed and isolated system. The hermetically sealed design Gurdjieff calls “Autoegocrat”.
The redesigned system (“Trogoautoegocrat”) is governed by laws of interdependence, reciprocity, and exchange.
Since the motive for redesign … is to counteract entropic effects of anarchical time, the world leaps into being for the sake of coping with the Heropass, Time, the Destroyer.
Unusual Assemblage of Syllables
A deliberate and rigorous obscurity … of confusing terms and tangential associations in interminable sentences
Jargon-ridden and intentionally obtuse
For several reasons, including the unique difficulties presented by Gurdjieff’s writing style, little commentary has been written on Beelzebub’s Tales.
Without a determined decision on the part of the reader to make great efforts to understand these writings, without the reader’s constant and conscious participation in the act of reading, little if any sense can be gotten from the Tales.
Unconscious vs. Conscious Procreation
Unconscious procreation — a noun phrase that is virtually unused in the English language. (see: Google search) It is probably by definition a pleonasm (redundant phase).
Why is there no distinction made or no alternative word (or phrase) available to differentiate the process of procreating by the only conscious living being (Man) as opposed to all other forms of (non-conscious / unconscious / instinctive) living organisms?
Confluence and waking sleep
From: Cassiopaea Glossary
Moravieff uses the term confluence to designate a peculiar hypnotic state in man where he is identified with the mental currents that flow through him and mistaking the thoughts that are engendered from this current as his own thoughts.
Man's submersion into this mental current is what Gurdjieff calls 'waking sleep' or 'relative consciousness' and it is this level of consciousness that an ordinary man is born into, lives his everyday life, and then dies, without ever waking up into more objective states of awareness.
Price of Gold
The price of gold:
Depends upon: ■ How much you want to buy. ■ How soon to take physical possession. ■ Circumstances of purchase. ■ Geopolitical events.
The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution
by: Peter D. Ouspensky
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About this book
Piotr Demianovich Ouspensky
From: The Fourth Way ® Bookshop ♦ This book presents the definitive edition of Ouspensky's famous first series of five psychological lectures which preceded his second series of five cosmological lectures known as The Cosmology of Man's Possible Evolution. Together they form a complete whole view of man in the world. These lectures reproduce Ouspensky's own manuscripts and are in exactly the form he introduced these ideas between 1934-1940.
Studies man in view of what he may become. Describes how man must work simultaneously on his...
The Five Strivings
All the beings of this planet then began to work in order to have in their consciousness this Divine function of genuine conscience, and for this purpose, as everywhere in the Universe, they transubstantiated in themselves what are called the ‘being-obligolnian-strivings’ which consist of the following five… - Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson
Structure and Function of the Human Machine
The human machine has seven different functions.Five ordinarily and two potential.
Four lower functions• Instinctive • Moving • Emotional • Intellectual
(also known as: centers = brains = minds)
Potential connection with two higher centers
(soul & spirit)
Organic Life on Earth
Below are excerpts from
The Fourth Way and
In Search of the Miraculous
in which "Organic Life on Earth" is found in context.
Human Rights (not Children's Rights)
Human rights are moral principles that set out certain standards of human behaviour, and are regularly protected as legal rights in national and international law. They are “commonly understood as inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being.” Human rights are thus conceived as universal (applicable everywhere) and egalitarian (the same for everyone). – Wikipedia
Who Wrote The Code?
From our experience with computers, we know that all software requires intentional intelligence to create. This raises very deep questions about our very being — and about the objectivity of our science.
DNA as software is not merely a metaphor – it is fact.Geneticists now edit DNA as a software program by sequencing – or decoding its meaning and intent.
Could DNA and life itself be an accident? Or will science have to expand to accommodate a far wider sense of reality?
Entropy and the Laws of World-creation and World-maintenance
“In the beginning, when nothing yet existed and when the whole of our Universe was empty endless space ... our Most Great and Most Most Holy Sun Absolute existed alone in all this empty space. . . It was just during this period of the flow of time that there appeared to our Creator All-Maintainer the imperative need to create our now-existing Megalocosmos, that is, our World. . . The Sun Absolute, on which He dwelt with His cherubim and seraphim, was almost imperceptibly, yet steadily, diminishing in volume. As this fact ascertained by Him...
Excerpts about "Sex Center" from:
In Search of the Miraculous
Sexuality and the Evolution of Consciousness
4th Way ♦ Soul References
Excerpts related to the word, "soul", taken from:
The Fourth Way — (9) instances of the word soul.
In Search of the Miraculous — (1) instance of the word soul
Beelzebub's Tales — (85) instances of the word soul.
Gurdjieff's lifelong question
Gurdjieff never gave a simple answer to that simple question!
Gurdjieff's defenders typically claim that Gurdjieff's question is not a simple question, and claim that Beelzebub's Tales provides Gurdjieff's answer to this non-simple question.
This assumes that: ■ Gurdjieff's question is not a simple question. ■ A simple answer does not exist.
What if both asumptions are incorrect? ■ And it is a simple question. ■ With a simple answer.
Penetration: The Question of Extraterrestrial and Human Telepathy
by: Ingo Swann
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Penetration, a nonfiction remote-viewing thriller
This is a story of how badly the government needed to know some information, and to what extent it was willing to go to get it.
Minimally, this is a story about remote viewing and its use by Mr. Swann to explore the idea of extraterrestrial life.
Swann tells of how in the past he interacted with some of the most deeply buried U.S. government intelligence personnel to help them understand the "ET enigma."
This is not a story of academic researchers wanting to know if extraterrestrial life is...