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G I Gurdjieff

Author : Michael Pittman
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This volume presents a selection of writings based on papers originally presented at the G.I. Gurdjieff: Caucasian Influence in Contemporary Life and Thought conferences or, as they came to be called, the Armenia-Gurdjieff Conferences, which were held in Yerevan, Armenia in the summers from 2004-2007. Gurdjieff was born in Gyumri, Armenia, to an Armenian mother and a Cappadocian-Greek father, and was raised in eastern Asia Minor and the Caucasus. According to his own accounting, he spent his early years traveling in Central Asia, Asia Minor, Egypt, India, and Tibet in search of undiscovered knowledge. Eventually, after 1921, his work led him to Europe where lived, wrote, and taught until his death in 1949. Though not having received great popular attention, he remains an important figure of the twentieth century and his influence continues to grow into the twenty-first century. A growing body of secondary literature connected to the work of Gurdjieff has been produced in fields as disparate as psychology, philosophy, literature, health, ecology, and religion. The conferences and the book aim to provide a forum of exchange about the ideas, influence, and work of Gurdjieff, while making a contribution to the reintroduction of the work of Gurdjieff to Armenia, which had been cut off from his ideas and works during the Soviet period. The articles here reflect a range of work addressing key contributions and ideas of Gurdjieff, from more academic studies of All and Everything, or Beelzebubs Tales to His Grandson, to a discussion of the application of Gurdjieffs ideas and principles in the education of children, to a chapter on the music and of Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann.

The Herald of Coming Good

Author : G. I. Gurdjieff
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G I Gurdjieff

Author : Paul Beekman Taylor
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"He outlines his attempts to establish the Institute in the United States at Olgivanna and Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin East in Wisconsin, Mabel Luhan's ranch in Taos, New Mexico, Marjorie Content and Jean Toomer's Mill House in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and New York City where his emissary, A. R. Orage, had formed a well-organized and faithful body of followers of Gurdjieff's ideas since 1924. This biography stands apart from other biographical writings about Gurdjieff by emphasizing his relations with the many children for whom he played a fatherly role in the Caucasus, Fontainebleau, and New York City. It includes as well a review of Gurdjieff's misunderstood relations with the women who bore his children. In effect, this scan of his life covers virtually every significant aspect of his extraordinary life and brings to light photographs which have not been available to readers"--Back cover.

G I Gurdjieff A Life

Author : Paul Beekman Taylor
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This book is a revised and corrected addendum to the biography G. I. Gurdjieff, A New Life, which was published in 2008It is appropriate to justify presenting another book to the corpus of works about him, and to wonder whether there are enough interested readers to warrant its publication. The response is an emphatic "yes," for the ideas of Gurdjieff and their sources are not passing mid nineteenth century fads or fancies. Not only was he recognized during his lifetime as an important messenger of vital ideas (Taylor, Gurdjieff in the Public Eye), but since his death his ideas have moved in ever widening cultural circles everywhere. There are over fifty Gurdjieff groups in the Western world alone, and groups in Africa, South America and Australia. I estimate there are over forty thousand active followers of Gurdjieff's ideas, as well as countless others who are exposed to his fourth way concepts and designs such as his enneagram. Interest in Gurdjieff and studies of him are bound to continue expanding.

G I Gurdjieff

Author : Colin Wilson
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Wilson examines the life and work of one of the most influential psychological theorists of modern times, George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. This revised, expanded edition provides the definitive introduction to Gurdjieff.

Becoming Conscious with G I Gurdjieff

Author : Solange Claustres
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Solanges Claustres was close to Gurdjieff from 1941 until his death in 1949. She has more than 60 years experience of being involved in this teaching. She led movements classes from the very beginning, and she took part in numerous movements films. She has led her own work groups on Gurdjieff's teaching in France. She has directed movements classes, and taken part in the guidance of work groups in England, Holland and the U.S.A

Life Is Real Only Then When I Am

Author : G Gurdjieff
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"I bury the bone so deep, the dogs have to dig to find it." Life is Real, Only Then, When I Am, is the incomplete text of the third part of Gurdjieff's All and Everything Series which includes Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson and Meetings with Remarkable Men. The purpose of this series, according to Gurdjieff, is to assist the arising - in the mentation and in the feelings of the reader - of a veritable, non-fantastic representation, not of that illusory world which he now perceives, but of the world existing in reality." Gurdjieff's style is intentionally difficult, as he purposefully violates the conventions of proper writing in order to force the reader to flex the muscles of the mind to glean the pearls of wisdom contained within.

Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of G I Gurdjieff and P D Ouspensky

Author : Maurice Nicoll
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The Struggle of the Magicians

Author : G.I. Gurdjieff
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"My ballet is not a mystery," replied Mr. G. "The purpose of it is to present an interesting and beautiful spectacle. Of course, under the visible forms a certain sense is hidden, but I did not aim at demonstrating or emphasizing it. The chief position in this ballet is occupied by certain dances. I will explain this to you shortly. "Imagine that in studying the laws of movement of the celestial bodies, let us say the planets of the solar system, you have constructed a special mechanism for the vivid representation and recording of these laws. Every planet of this mechanism is represented by a ball of corresponding size and is placed at a strictly determined distance from the central ball which stands for the sun. You set the mechanism in motion and all the balls begin to turn and move in definite ways reproducing in a lifelike manner the laws which rule their movements. This mechanism reminds you of your knowledge. Likewise in the rhythm of certain dances, in strictly determined movements and combinations of the dances, certain laws are vividly recalled. Such dances are called sacred. "During the period of my wanderings in the East, I often saw dances of this kind executed during the performances of sacred services in some of the ancient temples. This spectacle is inaccessible and unknown to Europeans. Some of these dances are reproduced in The Struggle of the Magicians. "Further than this I may tell you that at the basis of The Struggle of the Magicians lie three thoughts, but as I have no hope that they will he understood by the public if I only give the ballet on the stage I call it simply a spectacle." -- Gurdjieff's Early Talks 1914-1931, Reflexes of Truth (p. 27)

How to Start a Gurdjieff Group and Other Essays and Letters About the Practical Christianity of G I Gurdjieff

Author : Colin K. Brown
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A selection of letters, anecdotes and essays that reflect the journey of one man as he traverses the modern mystical path of human transformation described by G.I. Gurdjieff and his students.

G I Gurdjieff Paris Meetings 1943

Author : Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff
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Gurdjieff s Early Talks 1914 1931

Author : G.I. Gurdjieff
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Includes: In appreciation: a short essay of commendation / Joseph Azize.

The Enneagram of G I Gurdjieff

Author : Christian Wertenbaker
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This book is an attempt to explore various aspects of the enneagram, the symbol that G. I. Gurdjieff introduced to the modern world, and which he stated represented a complete description of the laws governing the universe. Because of the importance he attached to it, it has long intrigued followers of his teaching, and others, yet the understanding of its meanings remains very incomplete. In particular, how it relates to modern mathematical and scientific descriptions of the laws governing the universe has largely been unexplored. This book tries to find connections between these two approaches to the truth, while also recognizing and exploring the differences between knowledge based on symbols and that based on scientific theories and mathematical formulae.

The Realized Idiot

Author : Bruno Martin
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Becoming an Idiot... "Everyone who decides to work on himself is an idiot in both meanings. The wise know that he is seeking reality. The foolish think he has taken leave of his senses," John G. Bennett says. The famous “life teacher” and philosopher G. I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) taught his developmental psychology for thirty years during daily ritual meals. In this book this special teaching gets published for the first time and is explained in a contemporary way. The “Science of Idiotism” puts out a challenge for those who are striving to get to the bottom of their own being – for those who want to become an Idiot in the original sense and step up the “ladder of reason” as Gurdjieff puts it. Bruno Martin found a key for interpreting the metaphorical descriptions of the 21 types of “Idiots” Gurdjieff used in the old Tarot of Marseilles and compares both teachings. Teaching stories from Sufism and Zen are further illustrating the meanings. Written in an inspiring and entertaining way the book gives an introduction in Gurdjieff’s artful psychology and also instructions for conducting a ritual meal with the toasts on the idiots, which can help to win new insights into the essence of the participants.

Of the Life Aligned

Author : Frank R. Sinclair
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Frank Sinclair, author of Without Benefit of Clergy: Some Personal Footnotes to the Gurdjieff Teaching, has written a searching sequel to his earlier account of a life devoted to the exploration of the perennial wisdom. Drawn as a young man to the Greek-Armenian esotericist G.I. Gurdjieff’s ideas about the Great Knowledge—”the powerful ancient stream of true knowledge of being”—Sinclair has spent half a century in this vocation. The present book recounts his ponderings on the “unfolding reality” of the perennialist vision following a near-fatal brush with the “outer darkness” and the passing of his wife of almost 50 years. In the process, he delves into the timeless mysteries of life and death.

J G Bennett s Interpretation of the Teachings of G I Gurdjieff

Author : William James Thompson
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Meetings with Remarkable Men

Author : G. I. Gurdjieff
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The exhilarating, life-affirming call to spiritual arms from world-renowned spiritual teacher G. I. Gurdjieff 'Gurdjieff's voice is heard as a call. He calls because he suffers from the inner chaos in which we live. He calls to us to open our eyes. He asks us why we are here, what we wish for, what forces we obey. He asks us, above all, if we understand what we are . . .' Part adventure narrative, part travelogue, part spiritual guide, Meetings with Remarkable Men is suffused with Gurdjieff's unique perspective on life. With vivacity and charm, he organizes his account around portraits of the remarkable men and women who accompanied him through remote parts of the Near East and Central Asia, and who aided his search for hidden knowledge. Among them are Gurdjieff's own father (a traditional bard), a Russian prince dedicated to the search for Truth, a Christian missionary who entered a World Brotherhood deep in Asia, and a woman who escaped slavery to become a trusted member of Gurdjieff's group of fellow seekers. Meetings with Remarkable Men conveys a haunting sense of what it means to live fully - with conscience, with purpose and with heart.

In Search of Being

Author : G. I. Gurdjieff
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Are we able to say that life is governed by a group of conscious people? Where are they? Who are they? We see exactly the opposite: that life is governed by those who are the least conscious, by those who are most asleep. Provocative ideas such as these have attracted generations of thoughtful people to the methods of self-study and inner work devised by Gurdjieff, one of the most radical spiritual teachers of modern times. According to Gurdjieff, the wars raging at this very moment are nothing more than millions of sleeping people trying to annihilate millions of other sleeping people. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such as thing as progress and evolution as long as humanity remains asleep. Two hundred conscious people could change the whole of life on the earth, Gurdjieff says. If we want to become those conscious people, we must learn how to change ourselves. With the help of self-knowledge and an understanding of our relation to the universe, we can awaken to a higher level of being—if we wish to change ourselves. All of Gurdjieff's fundamental principles and methods of transforming the intellect, emotions, and body, in the system known as the Fourth Way, are presented in this book in his own clear, precise words preserved by his closest pupils. Arranged in an orderly sequence of passages drawn from two primary source books—P. D. Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous, and Views from the Real World, edited by Mme. Jeanne de Salzmann—this material is an indispensable introduction for those determined to undertake the efforts and practices necessary for awakening consciousness. All the basic concepts and methods are covered, including: • man is "asleep" • we have no unified "I" • the need for self-knowledge • functions of the human "machine" • states of consciousness • levels of being • three centers: moving, emotional, and thinking • personality and essence • the possibility of self-development • self-observation • remembering oneself • conscious evolution • the law of three forces • the ray of creation • the law of octaves • the Enneagram, a universal symbol • the variety of spiritual ways • esoteric Christianity • working in groups • the necessity of schools

Gurdjieff Reconsidered

Author : Roger Lipsey
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From a master biographer and longtime Gurdjieff practitioner, a brilliant new exploration of the quintessential Western esoteric teacher of the twentieth-century. The Greek-Armenian teacher G.I. Gurdjieff was one of the most original and provocative spiritual teachers in the twentieth-century West. Whereas much work on Gurdjieff has been either fawning or blindly critical, acclaimed scholar and writer Lipsey balances sympathetic interest in Gurdjieff and his "Fourth Way" teachings with a historian's sense of context and a biographer's feel for personality and relationships. Using a wide range of published and unpublished sources, Lipsey explores Gurdjieff's formative travels in Central Asia, his famed teaching institution in France, the development of the Gurdjieff Movements and music, and, above all, Gurdjieff's fascinating continuous evolution as a teacher. Published on the 70th anniversary of Gurdjieff's death, Gurdjieff Reconsidered delves deeply into Gurdjieff's writings and those of his most important students, including P. D. Ouspensky and Jeanne de Salzmann. Lipsey's comprehensive approach and unerring sense of the subject make this a must-read for anyone with a serious intention to explore Gurdjieff's life, teachings, and reputation.

Hidden Meanings and Picture form Language in the Writings of G I Gurdjieff

Author : John Henderson
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Through poetic form, J.W. Doncan discloses some of society's unwritten behavior codes, discusses gender issues, and points to qualities of responsible adults. Subtitles and brief essays announce topics that are explored in the subsections of this book. Her poetry is underscored with Educator and Community Activist sections that feature text analysis questions, essay prompts, and discussion topics for related issues. Fatherless Boys and Mothers On Their Own is a loyal advocate for our fatherless boys, a literary hug to our community moms, and a siren song to lovers everywhere.