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Introduction to the Gurdjieff Work
In this open-ended introductory series of free, open meetings we will explore the concepts that comprise “the Gurdjieff Work”. "The Work" is in essence a training in the development of consciousness. Gurdjieff used a number of different methods and materials, including meetings, music, movements (sacred dance), writings, lectures, and innovative forms of group and individual work. If you suspect that higher levels of consciousness are possible, and you are seriously interested in practical ways to work in that direction for yourself, these meetings might prove satisfying. Please RSVP by 5:00 pm the day before the meeting. ******************* In the early part of the 20th century, George Gurdjieff brought a startling idea to the West from his travels and experiences in the East—it is our birthright to experience life with a level of consciousness higher than the level required for our ordinary lives. Over centuries, knowledge about this higher level of consciousness and the specific efforts required to attain it, has become less and less accessible. This forgotten knowledge is, however, still transmitted among people in certain groups where ancient knowledge has been preserved and where the associated techniques to put this knowledge into practice remains intact. Are you interested in reading introductory material about Gurdjieff's 4th Way system? We can recommend a short book written by one of Gurdjieff's leading students, P.D. Ouspensky, entitled, "The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution". Reading some of this book in advance may help bring some of your most serious questions to the surface, resulting in a more satisfying meeting experience, but reading in advance is NOT required. We operate under the guidance of the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York and we are affiliated with Gurdjieff Foundation groups in most major cities in the US and abroad.

La Madeleine

5493 Brodie Lane · Austin, TX

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These free public meetings serve as an introduction to the Work practiced by members of the Gurdjieff Foundation of Austin. There are no prerequisites.

Our aim is to create conditions which enable a practical, experiential realization of the system brought to the west by George Gurdjieff. Can a specific study of attention bring us to a new understanding of consciousness?

If you are looking to venture beyond reading books or trying to work by yourself, you may want to experiment to see if working in the conditions provided by the Gurdjieff Foundation help you to nurture and experience your genuine inner self.

Gurdjieff's teachings are practical in nature: they are to be verified for oneself.

Gurdjieff left a comprehensive legacy, including books he authored, sacred temple dances, music and techniques to assist in the arising of consciousness.

Members of Gurdjieff Foundation of Austin work together reading and studying Gurdjieff's books, practicing the Gurdjieff movements (sacred temple dances), work with guided sittings (a specific meditation practice unique to the Gurdjieff work), sharing our experiences in group meetings, and working with various crafts as a means for practical work on ourselves.

The Gurdjieff Foundation of Austin is comprised of men and women ranging in age from their 20's to their 70's, with diverse backgrounds.

We operate under the guidance of the New York Foundation. Senior members from the NY Foundation visit us 2-3 times each year. We have the opportunity to visit NY each year for work weeks conducted at a large facility outside of NY city.

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