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  The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl  
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Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine January 1953

"The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl" is a short story by Ray Bradbury. It was first published in Detective Book Magazine in November 1948 as "Touch and Go". The story was re-titled and published as "The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl" in EQMM in January 1953.

The plot exemplifies Identification.

Mr. Acton begins the story standing over the body of Mr. Huxley, whom he has just killed. While attempting to cover up his tracks, he has flashbacks of his encounters with Mr. Huxley, with whom he is having an altercation over a woman.

His frenzy to remove all of the evidence distracts him from his actual objective, to get away with the crime. He is eventually caught, after polishing the entire house, while polishing and re-polishing the glass fruit at the bottom of a bowl.

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  Man Is in a Prison  
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When I was younger, for my sins, I spent time locked up in several of Her Majesty's prisons.

In this Work Mr. Gurdjieff and others have often made use of the analogy that Man is in a Prison, of the need to escape his situation and of what realizations and efforts are required.

When I look back upon my experiences of suddenly finding myself in prison – the austere and cramped conditions, the atmosphere and rules and regulations, the loss of what little dignity I had – I am immediately struck by how quickly one adjusts to the alien and hostile environment one finds oneself in. It immediately becomes normal and acceptable.

The prison environment is a mirror and reflection of outside society on all levels. There are those who find it hard – even impossible – to deal with the situation they find themselves in. Likewise, some find the strain of outer life hard to bear. The wardens, bullies, barons, and bravado all have their reflection in the human types and interactions outside. But the majority with a modicum of intelligence fit into the running of the machine from the first morning: just like in life, you do what is required.

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  Lying: Detailed Definition  

If a man could be described as a zoological type, he would be described as a lying animal.

lies psychology

People pretend that they know all sorts of things:

  • about God,
  • about the future life,
  • about the universe,
  • about the origin of man,
  • about evolution,
  • about everything;
  • but in reality they do not know anything, even about themselves.

And every time they speak about something they do not know as though they knew it, they lie.

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  The Five Strivings  
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quote small leftAll 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…quote small right - Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson

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  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.

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  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)
  • Sex centre
  • Potential connection with two higher centers
  • (soul & spirit)

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  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.

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The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl

  The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl   Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine January 1953 "The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl" is a short story by Ray Bradbury. It was first published in Detective Book Magazine in November 1948 as "Touch and Go". The story was re-titled and published as "The Fruit...

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Man Is in a Prison

  Man Is in a Prison   When I was younger, for my sins, I spent time locked up in several of Her Majesty's prisons. In this Work Mr. Gurdjieff and others have often made use of the analogy that Man is in a Prison, of the need to escape his situation and...

Read more

Lying: Detailed Definition

  Lying: Detailed Definition   If a man could be described as a zoological type, he would be described as a lying animal. People pretend that they know all sorts of things: about God, about the future life, about the universe, about the origin of man, about evolution, about everything; but in reality they...

Read more

The Five Strivings

  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...

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Confluence and waking sleep

  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...

Read more

Structure and Function of the Human Mach…

  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) Sex centre Potential connection with two higher centers (soul & spirit)

Read more

Seven primary obstacles to self-awarenes…

  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...

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