George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (January 13, 1866 – October 29, 1949) was an influential spiritual teacher of the early to mid-20th century. He taught that most humans live their lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep" but that it was possible to transcend to a higher state of consciousness, achieving full human potentials. Gurdjieff developed a method for doing so. He called his discipline "The Work" or "the Method". According to his principles and instructions, Gurdjieff's method for awakening one's consciousness expressed the truth found in ancient religions and wisdom teachings. Since it was different from that of the fakir, monk or yogi, he originally called it the "Fourth Way". Gurdjieff also described his teaching as "esoteric Christianity".
At my talk, I will present Gurdjieff's teachings, share some luminious experiences of my shamanic path, and teach Gurdjieff's exercises for the development of awakened mind.