Food For Thought

  • To Remember Oneself… What does it mean to “remember oneself”? It is not to remember the person I represent— my body, my position in life, my obligations. It is to become conscious of my inner being. I wish to be whole, unified, one, what I essentially am. When I feel this wish, it is as though my whole ...
  • The Double Movement What we are in our essence— our highest possibilities— we do not know. What we are in our person— the implacable conditioning that defines us— we also do not know. We identify with our person, ignorant of the relation that should exist between it and our essence. Yet inner development begins with the capacity to ...
  • Mobilizing The Attention Gurdjieff brought a teaching of the Fourth Way that calls for conscious work rather than obedience. A fundamental idea is that in our ordinary state everything takes place in sleep. And in sleep we can see nothing. We cannot direct our lives by our own will. We are entirely dependent on influences from outside and ...
  • An Inattentive Mind An inattentive mind is filled with thoughts. In a passive state it is constantly creating images and applying them to what I observe. The images provoke pleasure or pain, which is recorded in my memory, and illusions form around desires for satisfaction. In observing from a fixed vantage point, this mind creates a kind of ...
  • Three Forces We are seeking to approach the unknown, to open the door to what is hidden in us and pass beyond. It is necessary to submit entirely to an inner voice, to a feeling of the divine, of the sacred in us, but we can do it only in part. The sacred manifests as inner consciousness. The ...
  • The Spiritual In Me Today the forces that move us have limited power to vivify. Their waves, their vibrations, quickly diminish. These are vibrations of inertia. The energy put in movement is little charged with will, with a “will to be,” and is incapable of transmitting this will. A call from the depths of oneself is always here. It becomes ...