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The Gurdjieff Society of Santa Cruz is a small work group in Santa Cruz, California -- some of us are also affiliated with the Gurdjieff Foundation in San Francisco. Mr. Gurdjieff's "Work" is an attempt to recast, or reconstitute an ancient spiritual tradition, or "wisdom tradition," into a form that would be more accessible to people reared and educated in western scientific and philosophical traditions. It begins from the realization that there is "something wrong" in our perception of the world and ourselves -- that things are not exactly as they seem to be. For people who feel this discrepancy deeply, and feel compelled to try to get to the bottom of the profound misunderstandings that permeate our lives, and our ordinary world views, The Work provides a practical approach to a search for an inner balance, a truer knowledge of oneself -- even an "inner freedom." But there is a price to be paid, an inner personal price, which is why it is commonly called "The Work." We meet regularly to help one another strengthen our personal searches.
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