Much of our life is spent lost amid the intricacies of the day, automatically reacting to each unfolding event. We lose contact with who we are and who we can be. Life can become a rut — dull, circular, and without meaning. We are told that the fault is in us, or in the culture, and that the solution is for each of us to become a better person. This is a trap. Self-improvement does not address the underlying problem: we still live outside ourselves, reacting to others and to events. Can we experience real change so that we respond from within?
The Gurdjieff teaching posits a work on oneself so that we can participate actively in each moment without getting caught up in it. The result is not only a deeper, more vivid experience of life, but also the ability to see what is missing, to observe the choices we make, and to discover who we are. This aim of active participation in one’s life is not easily won; it requires constant and repeated effort — a daily practice in awareness of the mind, the feeling, and the body, and of the connections between them.
This presentation will focus on the ways this teaching can support a work on self — particularly work in daily life with the body and sensation. We welcome your questions.
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