It took me a long time to realize that hardly anyone knew anything about The Tales. One met with two distinct postures in respect of Gurdjieff’s magnum opus, as follows:
- One was met with comments that were along the lines of: “I also find it very difficult.” This was common and it was honest. There was no evidence from this that any people had gleaned much at all.
- One was met with a posture that implied an understanding: “I know some things but I cannot possibly reveal them.” or “It is for the emotional center. It can’t be expressed in words.” This was often the posture of senior people in The Work. Such people were usually lying.
There were a few exceptions,very few – it eventually became apparent that hardly anyone knew anything at all. There was no go-to person anywhere. Not in the UK, not in the US, not in France. Nowhere.
It took far too long to come to that realization.
But then, what to do…
There were two choices, throw the book away, or dive into it as deeply as possible. That was 2011. It is a deep thing to dive into – no doubt about it. And you dive in alone. At least that’s what we did.
We’ll recount this journey. It will take a few bursts of writing to do so.