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This is a group or "school" of individuals genuinely interested in reading The Reality of Being: The Fourth Way of Gurdjieff by Jeanne De Salzmann, a book about awakening the intelligence within that can distinguish between the real and the illusory, provide equanimity in the face of change and chaos, and shift repetitive or habitual conditioned patterns toward a generative, life-giving trajectory.

Six dates will be established when at least six people come together with a commitment to: 1) reverently exploring the questions invoked by the teachings; and, 2) creating a contemplative space together that lies outside of academic, persuasive, or religious dogma.

The description in Amazon:
As the closest pupil of the charismatic spiritual master G. I. Gurdjieff (1866–1949), Jeanne de Salzmann was charged with carrying on his teachings of spiritual transformation. Known as the Fourth Way or "the Work," Gurdjieff’s system was based on teachings of the East that he adapted for modern life in the West. Now, some twenty years after de Salzmann's death, the notebooks that she filled with her insights over a forty-year period (and intended to publish) have been translated and edited by a small group of her family and followers. The result is this long-awaited guide to Gurdjieff's teaching, describing the routes to be traveled and the landmarks encountered along the way. Organized according to themes, the chapters touch on all the important concepts and practices of the Work, including:

· awakening from the sleep of identification with the ordinary level of being
· self-observation and self-remembering
· conscious effort and voluntary suffering
· understanding symbolic concepts like the Enneagram
· the Gurdjieff Movements, bodily exercises that provide training in Presence and the awareness of subtle energies
· the necessity of a "school," meaning the collective practice of the teaching in a group

Madame de Salzmann brings to the Work her own strong, direct language and personal journey in learning to live that knowledge of a higher level of being, which, she insists, "you have to see for yourself" on a level beyond theory and concept. De Salzmann consistently refused to discuss the teaching in terms of ideas, for this Fourth Way is to be experienced, not simply thought or believed.

Excerpt from the Book:

"Esoteric knowledge is the science of man’s relation with God and the universe. Its transmission requires an engagement with others—so-called “schools”—because a certain energy can only be produced in conditions where people work together. Schools may differ in their knowledge and their approach—their way—but they have the same aim in common: to see reality. The knowledge is passed on theoretically and through direct experience, that is, by living a drama which follows the particular way of the school. This creates a relation, the link without which it would not be possible to live in two worlds of different levels at the same time.

De Salzmann, Jeanne. The Reality of Being (p. 2). Shambhala. Kindle Edition.

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