Everyday life hides the ‘fact’ of our existence. It covers over the mystery that we are here, alive, and replaces it with a commonplace dress. An unremarkable tedium then masks the creative unfolding of a day, and deletes its incongruities, anomalies, and unexpected visitors. By contrast, the encounter with reality, in its shockingly unadorned guise, leads to a profound affirmation of self. With the gesture, we find ourselves in an essential harmony, and the everyday serves the greater good of humankind. This thought lies at the heart of the teaching of G.I. Gurdjieff.