Introduction to the Ideas and Practice of the Gurdjieff Teaching
Presented by The Gurdjieff Society of Massachusetts
April 18, 2012
A talk presented by experienced members of the society, followed by questions and discussion. This months talk we discuss four elements of inner work in the tradition of G.I. Gurdjieff: attention, relaxation, sincerity, perseverance. The challenge of practice involves struggle or striving -- choose your word. Striving to come to, to work with a new attention that is more whole and integrated. Striving toward a relaxation that allows what one is to become visible to oneself. Striving to be sincere with oneself so that whatever is seen isn't falsified. It is seen, known, acknowledged. This is striving over the long term, a perseverance. But the word "striving" doesn't reflect all that needs to be kept in view. "Remembering" speaks to another aspect, softer but no less intent. And with all these values in motion, there can be a practice.