In Search of the Miraculous: The Definitive Exploration of G. I. Gurdjieff's Mystical Thought and Universal View (Harvest Book)

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In Search of the Miraculous: The Definitive Exploration of G. I. Gurdjieff's Mystical Thought and Universal View (Harvest Book)

In Search of the Miraculous: The Definitive Exploration of G. I. Gurdjieff's Mystical Thought and Universal View (Harvest Book)

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We actually require higher emotional energy to become conscious, and negative emotions drain us of this. He holds a pessimistic view of the ability of any person to free themselves from this bondage (hence the inevitable failure of New Years's resolutions) except for the intervention of a higher power, or teacher.

My copy of it is littered with underlined sentences, enneagrams, scribbled notes on will, being and function, and notes on octaves and self-observation. I was a bit disappointed since, even though well written, I was expecting a stronger connection between faith, prayer and miracles.

Subatomic particles, radiation (the craze to label every new thing a "this ray" and "that ray") and relativity were cutting edge science at the time and seemed to open up a previously unsuspected invisible realm. I can only find connection between his methods and other, historical systems in the widest sense — perhaps some Sufism, and Hindu spiritual techniques. Ouspensky appears at first attractively somewhat on the side of scepticism rather than blind faith, and seems honest, dutifully focused on understanding and practicing the teachings.

All in all, Ouspensky studied the Gurdjieff system directly under Gurdjieff's own supervision for a period of ten years, from 1915 to 1924.Le persone molto probabilmente ne traevano giovamento, ma solo il suo insegnamento era quello completo che portava l'essere umano a un risveglio totale o all'illuminazione. I came for the Eastern ideas, but funnily enough it was rather the topics that are already quite central to Western philosophy that made me stay: Gurdjieff's questioning of human freedom, his distrust of the prevailing norms, values and morality, his ideas on self-remembering and self-realization, his distinction between objective and subjective truth — all of these things I found remarkably interesting to read about. This is inevitably Ouspensky's own interpretation of Gurdjieff's teachings, so although most of it is framed as direct quotation, I suspect he's included a lot of his own views just as Plato made Socrates a character in his own dialogues.

A blurb about her book: “ NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In her stunning debut, the creator of Black Liturgies weaves stories from three generations of her family alongside contemplative reflections to discover the “necessary rituals” that connect us with our belonging, dignity, and liberatio n. Devo aggiungere però che Gurdjieff, onestamente e umilmente, non considerava questo insegnamento come suo, ma più di una volta afferma che lui è soltanto un Maestro e nemmeno l'unico. In addition to being a faithful presentation of major aspects of the Gurdjieff teaching, the book thereby also provides much material about the life of Gurdjieff and the early history of what has now become known as “the work. At the age of 16, he was expelled from school for painting graffiti on the wall in plain sight of a visiting inspector.Unlike many young adults who give up their youthful adoration of Dear Old Dad, Hood only grew to cherish her father more as a grown-up, and as she watched him die. During his years in Moscow, Ouspensky wrote for several newspapers and was particularly interested in the then-fashionable idea of the fourth dimension. Gurdjieff also speaks about the absence of unity in another, more fundamental way which also points to the meaning, in this teaching, of man’s potentially developed unity. There are at least four spiritual paths, the one who practices is asceticism, the monk who does it socially and emotionally, the intellectual and finally the follow a guru.

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