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)
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...
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...
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...
“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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...