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Awakening Body Consciousness: Seven Steps to Integrating Body, Mind and Heart

Come alive to your Body Being — the multi-faceted container that takes us everywhere we want to go and helps process everything that happens to us. Whether you wish to explore spiritual development, ...

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 Gurdjieff's Movements: The Pattern of All and Everything

G.I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) dedicated his life to the pursuit and teaching of an ancient knowledge about Man and the Universe.
Gurdjieff's Movements is the name given to the collective body of dances ...


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 Gurdjieff's Early Talks 1914-1931

In Moscow, St. Petersburg, Essentuki, Tiflis, Constantinople, Berlin, Paris, London, Fontainebleau, New York, and Chicago

With a foreword by Joseph Azize

The talks in this volume are not verbatim ...


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 Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology

This is a definitive book on the Sufi way of blame that addresses the cultural life of Sufism in its entirety. Originating in ninth-century Persia, the way of blame (Arab. malamatiyya) is a little-known ...

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 Beyond Sufism Travels and Essays [Kindle Edition]

BEYOND SUFISM - TRAVELS & ESSAYS
A series of travels and essays in modern Sufism and beyond. These essays cover many subjects; modern sufi spirituality, experiences in painting and colour, a history of ...


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 Spiritual Physics

An exploration of the ideas of G. I. Gurdjieff through questions and answers. Compiled by John Anderson & Marshall May. Ships in 6-8 business days.

There is a chapter in this book that introduces Jerry's ...


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 The Globalization of Hesychasm and the Jesus Prayer:

The meditative prayer practices known as Hesychasm and the Jesus Prayer have played an important role in the history of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. This book explores how these prayer practices have ...

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 Breathe, for God's Sake!

This book holds a treasure of deep insights into the great mystery of breathfrom a spiritual perspective. Inspiring discourses, effective and safe practices and beautiful poetry from various traditions ...

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 Atmen Sie, um Gottes Willen!

Vorträge über die mystische Kunst und Wissenschaft des Atems

Dieses neue Buch, dessen Erstausgabe bei Chalice gleichzeitig im englischen Original sowie in einer deutschen übersetzung erscheint, ...


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 The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity

Just as she's done in her previous books, Cynthia Bourgeault asks us to take a look at an idea from traditional Christianity - this time the formula of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as though we're looking ...

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A Personal Tribute to Mr. Gurdjieff



To the Living Memory of the Teacher

Mr. Gurdjieff said we learn from those who know. This is a fact of life. But it is important that we understand what he meant by knowing and knowledge. He certainly did not mean that one should possess lots of information and have great erudition. In fact, he emphatically said in many places of his writings that such achievements were obstacles rather than accomplishments on the way to normal development.

On page 902 of Beelzebub"s Tales, he wrote about the difference between mental knowledge and knowledge of being. Here is the exact quote:

And any information, even if true, gives to beings in general only "mental knowledge," and this mental knowledge, as I have already once told you, always serves beings only as a means to diminish their possibilities of acquiring this knowledge-of-being.

And on pages 1166-1167, he elaborated in great detail about the difference between what he designated as Reason-of-knowing and Reason-of-understanding. The alchemy of how these two Reasons are formed in us is well explained in those pages in respect to the operation of the Sacred Triamazikamno. In this respect, the major difference in how the third factor or sacred-reconciling participates in the formation of two reasons. For the Reason-of-knowing, the third factor is served by the new impressions proceeding from without. In the Reason-of-understanding, the third factor is served by what is described as "the results of the persevering actualizing of the striving towards the manifestation of one"s own individuality. It is obvious that, contrary to the formation of the Reason-of-knowing, the formation of the Reason-of-understanding demands certain very specific efforts.

But it is in the third series of the Legomonism All and Everything, in the Fifth Talk of Life is real only then, when "I am," that Mr. Gurdjieff tells us in very clear terms about the difference between knowledge and being. Here is the exact quote:

The initiates belonging to the first category were those who thanks to their intentional sufferings and conscious labors attained a high gradation of what is called Being, and for this they acquired the title of "Saint." To the second category belonged those who thanks to the same factors acquired a great deal of information, and to their names was added the title "Learned;" and to the third category, those who by means of again the same factors attained Being and also enlightened themselves concerning a great number of objective truths, and to their names was added the title "Sage."

By all accounts, Mr. Gurdjieff was a Sage. He was a man of great Knowledge and great Being.

But where can we go to find this great Knowledge and great Being?

We go to the Legomonism he handed to us and to future generations.

The greatest honor and tribute we can bestow on Mr. Gurdjieff is to go to the Legomonism to meet him and find him, and then to bring him to our lives and to the lives of others.

That is what he anticipated and wished for us with all his Being.



Recently added items that you might want to look at include:

Recent Articles:

Richard Lloyd: Finding Mr. Gurdjieff
Elan Sicroff interviewed by Reijo Oksanen
Dennis Lewis: The Unstruck Sound: Don't Let Yourself Become Breathless When You Speak
Newsletter November 2009
Reijo Oksanen interviewed by Kristina Turner
Ian MacFarlane interviewed by Adam Turner

New Recommended Gurdjieff Books & Music:

Elan Sicroff The Thomas De Hartmann Project
Korman: A Woman's Work
Dorine Tolley: The Power Within
Dushka Howarth: It Is Up to Ourselves

Upcoming Events:

Work Gathering Dates: January 1, 2010 - January 4, 2010
Elan Sicroff Piano Recital Dates: January 29, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Blogs


Gurdjieff Internet Guide now includes a number of blogs related to the Gurdjieff teaching:

A Woman's Work (is never done) by Kristina Turner
What does it mean to be a woman in the work? What does it mean to actively embody passive principle? These are some of the questions I hope to examine in this blog. I look forward to fruitful exchange with men and women alike.

James' Blog by James Kim
My idea about my blog, James' Blog, is that I wanted to write about my experiences and what I valued in them, in my own words, and not in the words from the Gurdjieff literature. Also, I wanted to write about the small things, the ordinary things from my life. I started the blog primarily as a help for myself, to help me to better understand what I was experiencing. But I hope that it may be of benefit to others somehow. I wanted it to be an honest examination of what I was experiencing in a given moment.

Spiritual Archeology by Reijo Oksanen
It is sometimes astounding to see the discoveries archeologists are making in our time, whether digging in the Gobi desert and finding remnants of apparently western civilization or in places where culture has existed for thousands of years - an example of this is the Nag Hammadi library - but have only been "unearthed" in our time.
Often these are said to be remnants of a cult or sect and also places of "ritual worship of unknown Gods". Spiritual Archaeology goes further and tries to find the meaning of the findings and verify the truths found.
In addition to discoveries in the outside world, Spiritual Archaeology studies dreams and imagination in the way they are defined in the work of C. G. Jung; in other words it is also an inner study of the unconscious, which according to G. I. Gurdjieff should take part in our normal state, the waking consciousness.

Objective Art By Will Mesa and Mani Gerlach
Do not love art with your feelings (Aphorism inscribed above the walls of the Study House at the Prieure:)
Objective Art is not a mind game. If it were Mr. Gurdjieff would have not dedicated an entire chapter of Beelzebub¡¯s Tales (BTTHG) to Art and Objective Art. The importance of Objective Art in the Teaching of Mr. Gurdjieff is reflected in the fact that he makes Beelzebub be part of the Club-of-Adherents-of-Legominism.¡± This is the only instance in BTTHG that Beelzebub becomes part of a terrestrial organization or group.
The aim of Objective Art is twofold:
1. To be an instrument for the transmission to posterity of initiate knowledge.
2. To be an instrument for deeper understanding of the two fundamental cosmic laws.

Stories by a member of the Irish group
Observations and notes derived from Inner Work.

Good News Blog by Kristina Turner
The idea behind this blog is to provide food for the horse that is pulling us. Much of the food my horse encounters in daily life is titillation in the form of nervous tension of thrillers and tv shows, negative emotion in the form of depressing news items that have no bearing on my Conscience, i.e. what I can directly relate to and assume responsibility for, sentimentality in the form of films and poor literature and negative emotion in the form of many pop songs. This all goes into my subconscious and colours my day and my experience. This is an attempt at intentionally providing some good news, reminding me and others of the efforts made towards the sacred Antkooano and other good news.

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