The miraculous is all around us, but we are asleep to it.
We formed this group to study how multiple paths support the search for awakening. One great integrator of the East and the West was G.I. Gurdjieff and we discuss his indications on how outwardly differing traditions develop consciousness. We meet to sit together, to learn how to observe ourselves with grace, and to discuss the path of meditation and prayer. We read sacred texts as well as texts that support a meditative path such as: "Zen and the Bible" by Kadowaki, "The Mark" by Maurice Nicoll, "Lost Christianity" by Needleman and others. This is a real, living practice that transcends earthly categories, brings us into contact with what is eternal and opens us to a new dimension of being.
The being of Christ had a more profound, more transformative and more significant influence on humanity than any other individual in history. This radical influence exerted itself by rejecting earthly power, force and compulsion in favor of awakened compassion. No king, scholar, warrior, scientist or celebrity had more influence than the Christ. Ironically this happened even though Christ was born in a backwater, in humble circumstances, without connections to the prestigious or powerful people of the day. The Buddha’s rejection of princely power illustrates the same principle, that it is not political or material power that truly changes us. Gurdjieff showed that the light brought by self-observation changes everything. All three of these teachings point to awareness over outward power.
The fourth way is school that studies how all three of our human aspects (body, emotions, mind) can be developed together. It posits the idea is that the soul develops when it can observe these three (body, emotions, mind) all at once. The fourth way is a path of staying in touch with these three forces, physical, emotional, and intellectual and sensing that there is a higher spirit beyond all three of them. If you are looking for a group that studies real transformation, this group is for you.
Our local study group reads works related to the Gurdjieff ideas from multiple sources and then exchanges impressions, thoughts, and questions. We try to exchange ideas in a non-judgemental way, so that each person can have the freedom to express questions and be heard. Our group highly values asking questions, even if there is no immediate answer. So part of our study is how to hear questions and viewpoints from others. We welcome those who just want to find out what this is about. We are currently reading a book called "In Search of the Miraculous." This book is available online, so you do not need a copy to be part of the study.
We will be meeting again on December 18th, at 6:30 pm to 8pm. This time we will meet in room E2 of the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
"Seek the Path, do not seek attainment, seek the Path within yourself. Do not expect to hear the truth from others, nor to see it, or read it in books" - Ouspensky