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The Calmswan Gurdjieff Chronicles

The Calmswan Gurdjieff Chronicles

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An attempt to assess dispassionately my experiences over seven years as an active menber in a very well-established Foundation Gurdjieff Group. The human foibles within the Organization are noted and accepted without blinking. Suggestions are made as to how the Group might become more effective toward its purpose of awakening its members.
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An attempt to assess dispassionately my experiences over seven years as an active menber in a very well-established Foundation Gurdjieff Group. The human foibles within the Organization are noted and accepted without blinking. Suggestions are made as to how the Group might become more effective toward its purpose of awakening its members.

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The Calmswan Gurdjieff Chronicles
Copyright © 2004-2009 Nosrepa de Mannu
THE CALMSWAN GURDJIEFF CHRONICLES
ONE PERSON’S EXPERIENCE IN THE GURDJIEFF WORK 
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2004-2009 Nosrepa de Mannu. All rights reserved.
Uploaded to Scribd.com April 18b, 2009:Chapter 26 re-written for improved clarity; minor editing throughout for improved clarity.
“We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time.Through the unknown, unremembered gateWhen the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning;At the source of the longest river The voice of the hidden waterfallAnd the children in the apple-tree Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillnessBetween two waves of the sea.Quick now, here, now, always— A condition of complete simplicity(Costing not less than everything)And all shall be well andAll manner of thing shall be wellWhen the tongues of flame are in-foldedInto the crowned knot of fireAnd the fire and the rose are one.”
-T. S. Eliot, “Four Quartets,” “Quartet No. 4: Little Gidding" (end of Stanza 5)
The poetry above is far better than the entire essay that follows.This would be a good place to stop reading.
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The Calmswan Gurdjieff Chronicles
Copyright © 2004-2009 Nosrepa de Mannu
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1. PREFACE: A WAY STATION CREDO ..................................................................5Objectivity ........................................................................................................................6Escaping the Personal ......................................................................................................7.........................................................................................................................................7Beyond Consciousness .....................................................................................................9Directing Attention .........................................................................................................13Peering Around Cognition .............................................................................................15Beyond Cognition ..........................................................................................................15A Practical Guide to Here-Now .....................................................................................16The Innocence of Pure Awareness .................................................................................18Defense and Attack ........................................................................................................20Questioning Time ..........................................................................................................21Bohm’s Cylinder ............................................................................................................23Duality ............................................................................................................................25Dissolving ‘Me’ .............................................................................................................262. THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY OF CALMSWAN ..................................303. CALMSWAN ..............................................................................................................31The Personages ..............................................................................................................31Beyond Good and Bad ...................................................................................................34Roles or Simplicity? .......................................................................................................37As Others See Us ...........................................................................................................38Heroes ............................................................................................................................39A Fisheye World .............................................................................................................40The Innocent Unity of ‘Me’ ...........................................................................................42......................................................................................................................................424. A BUNCH OF WORDS .....................................................................................44...................................................................................................................................46...................................................................................................................................465. DEDICATION AND CAVEAT ..........................................................................466. ONCE UPON A TIME .......................................................................................497. BOOTED OUT ............................................................................................................508. THE SCREAMING ............................................................................................509. HEARTACHE ..............................................................................................................5110. BUSINESS-AS-USUAL ............................................................................................5311. EMOTIONS AND REALITY ...................................................................................5612. THE INNOCENCE OF IT ALL ...............................................................................5813. MAKING AN UNNECESSARY SCENE ........................................................6014. APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY ..............................................................................6115. THE ROLE OF MARC ....................................................................................632
 
The Calmswan Gurdjieff Chronicles
Copyright © 2004-2009 Nosrepa de Mannu
16. MARC, THE LORD, AND SAMUEL ............................................................6717. MARC’S BELL CURVE ..................................................................................6718. THE CALMSWAN DEMOGRAPHIC ............................................................6919. MARC’S COMMITMENT TO “A RESPECTED MAN OF THE WORK”...........................................................................................................................................7020. HANK AND WALTER MITTY .......................................................................7321. MARC’S CAPACITY FOR ATTENTION ..........................................................7722. FIFTEEN MINUTES OF STEADY ATTENTION .........................................7823. FIFTEEN MINUTES VERSUS FIFTEEN SECONDS ...........................8024. THE GUILTY LITTLE BOY ...........................................................................8325. WARMTH, DIRECTNESS, AND BULLHEADEDNESS ..............................8426. A REPEATED REMINDER TO PAY ATTENTION ........................................8427. ATTENTION IN THE GURDJIEFF MOVEMENTS (SACRED DANCES) ............8828. AN EXCITING CRAPSHOOT ........................................................................9429. THE FOUNDATION’S CREATION OF A TRADITION ...............................9730. PARALLELS: CALMSWAN’S APPROACH TO MOVEMENTS; MARC’SAPPROACH TO PIANO ..............................................................................................9931. A PEEK AT THE MEN’S WEEKEND OF MAY 2004 ..................................102 Nosrepa’s Favorite Moth Story ...........................................................103Beyond the Moth Story ..............................................................10632. GAMES AND MACHISMO ..........................................................................10833. AN AWAKENED ASSHOLE? .......................................................................11034. THE REAL REASON ....................................................................................11335. THE SECRET .................................................................................................11736. SECRECY IN THE CALMSWAN EQUATION ...........................................12237. THE TOME ....................................................................................................124Beelzebub’s Tales: An Overview Askance ...................................................................124Synopsis .......................................................................................................................126Silence and Monkeys ...................................................................................................132An Alternative View ...................................................................................................133The Present Moment Obfuscated .................................................................................134Getting Bogged Down at Karnak .................................................................................136A Refreshing Interlude of Synchronicity .....................................................................138Ecclesiastes, B.T., and NOW .......................................................................................140The Gurdjieff “Work” Seen Through ...........................................................................142Confusing the Troops ...................................................................................................145Stalking the Wild Essence-Vow ...................................................................................14639. GOO ................................................................................................................15040. MARC AND ZEN ..........................................................................................15141. THE BENEFIT OF CALMSWAN MEMBERSHIP ......................................15442. THE REAL WORK ........................................................................................15543. CURATORS OR GARDENERS? ..................................................................15844. FUN ..........................................................................................................................162.........................................................................................................................................16246. A GUIDE TO REFINING MOTION IN SERVICE TO MUSIC .............................1653

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