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Gurdjieff Work Can We Choose Not to Be Angry?

Gurdjieff Work Can We Choose Not to Be Angry?

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In the Gurdjieff Work, the student is to reach a point where he or she can make the choice not to react automatically to external stimuli. This requires going against the grain, against long established habits and self-indulgences. The question is as basic as can we choose not to be angry in the face of something that makes you angry, rather than being wasted in such an outburst?
In the Gurdjieff Work, the student is to reach a point where he or she can make the choice not to react automatically to external stimuli. This requires going against the grain, against long established habits and self-indulgences. The question is as basic as can we choose not to be angry in the face of something that makes you angry, rather than being wasted in such an outburst?

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 Journey to Essence September 2010
 
Can We Choose Not to Be Angry?
 
G. I. Gurdjieff: Teacher of Radical Transformation
 
"The student is to reach a point where he or she can make the choice not to react automatically toexternal stimuli. This requires going against the grain, against long established habits and self-indulgences. The question is as basic as can we choose not to be angry in the face of something thatmakes you angry, rather than being wasted in such an outburst?"Click here to read the full article.
 
G. I. Gurdjieff on Man's Suffering
 
"This world of ours cannot be saved in our measure of time. Had it been possible it would have beensaved a long time ago by prophets and teachers who have been sent. Those who look for the world tobe saved by a single teacher in a given time are shirking their own responsibility. They wait and hopeof a second coming with no effort on their part indulging in the disease of tomorrow."
 
Gurdjieff's System of Human Development
 
"Only by knowing oneself can one come to understand the Universe. Most people feel unfulfilled anddon't understand why, many using mass excitements to solve their problems of inner boredom,frustration and futility. As most psychology deals only with mental and emotional phenomena, and notwith the whole human being, it too cannot solve these problems. The solution is to engage in one'sown conscious evolution by tapping into the vast store of inner peace, beauty and harmony."Clickhere to read the full article.
 
rayer & Meditation
 
Click Here to Enjoy a Soothing Instrumental By Vangelis as You Meditate on the Following Prayer
 
"O sweet nature of the unborn light, purify my mind.Enlighten my understanding so that I may be conscious of you." 
 
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Meister Eckhart
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The Be-Attitudes of Mindful Loving
 
Here is a beautiful mantra, the "5 A's ... And 1" that I pulled from a book which I just added to theGurdjieffWorkd.com bookstore called,
ow to be An Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to MindfulLoving
by David Richo. These six words, whenever brought to mind, will help you create andmaintain a "being-presence" through which you can interact with others to transform all of yourrelationships to a higher level of intimacy as you practice the conscious art of "mindful loving".
1)
 
 Attention
 
to the present moment; observing, listening, and noticing all the feelings at play in ourrelationships.
2
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 Acceptance
 
of ourselves and others just as we are.
3
)
 
 Appreciation
 
of all our gifts, our limits, our longings, and our poignant human predicament.
 
4
)
 
 Affection
 
shown through holding and touching in respectful ways.
5
)
 
 Allowing
 
life and love to be just as they are, with all their ecstasy and ache, without trying to takecontrol.
 And 1 ... Awake
 As I was sharing the above with friend who knew I was involved with the Fourth Way Teachings, shesaid, "Jeff, you know, you should add "Awake" to this list because you can't practice the 5 A's if you'rnot awake."
The Heart and Soul of Maurice Nicoll
 "When I see a familiar thing without associations it looks strange. I see it in a new way. Its meaning isaltered. If I can look at my friend without associations he seems strange. I see him in a new way. It isnot perhaps too much to say that I scarcely recognize him for the moment. In the same way, walkingdown a corridor with an undetected mirror at the end I may not recognize the person walking towardsme. He seems to be a stranger. I see myself without associations for a moment. Ordinarily whenlooking in a mirror we see ourselves through the veil of associations that we have about ourappearance.The point is that when momentarily the veil of associations is stripped away, something happens. Whathappens? Everything becomes alive. If you can by sufficient practice relax from the Personality, whichis where the network of associations lies, and from, let me add, the wrong feeling of 'I', you findyourself in a different world, a world of another meaning. Actually the world is the same, but yourreception of the impressions from it is different and so it's meaning is different. When you are relaxedfrom Personality and Imaginary 'I', things are close to you. They speak to you. You are then trulytaking in impressions. Impressions are falling on Essence. The level of Essence is higher than that ofPersonality. We understand that a higher level receives greater meaning.Now when you are blessed, that is, when you are relaxed from the Personality, you feel the intimacy ofeverything around you, as if things realized they could go on playing and you would not be angry. Ifyou get angry you cannot relax from the Personality. Or it is as if you and everything around you feltquite suddenly at ease and something could creep out from each object and show itself alive to you.And then suddenly life slams the Personality back into its place and everything is dead."
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Maurice Nicoll
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Esoteric Teachings
 The Esoteric principles presented by G. I. Gurdjieff, P. D. Ouspensky and Maurice Nicoll offer a way ofhelping a man find his right relationship to the Universe. When properly applied, these principles willchange you, your world, and how you move about in it. James Parkinson's answers questions posed bystudents and explains how to apply the universal truths of esotericism to ourselves.
urifying the Emotions: "Happiness and Other Delusional Fantasies of Imaginary I" by James
arkinson
 "Feelings are subjective and sully when compared with any real emotions to which we might otherwisehave access. We purify our heart so the eyes of the heart may see clearly. Feelings are like wearing
 
colored glasses at best, or having mud thrown in our eyes at worst." Click onPurifying the Emotionstolisten to this insightful teaching by James Parkinson.
The X-Factor: "We Try to Solve the
roblems of Life When We Need to be Solving the X-Factor" by  James
arkinson
 "The 'Work' is about the kind of person you are because that's what attracts your life. Here is wherethe Work starts: If the kind of person you are always stays the same, you will always take everythingthe way you always have. The only way for anything to change for you is if you change the way youthink. In the Greek, it's called 'metanoia,' which means 'change of thinking'. What this means is thatyou've got to think like a different person, not the person that you think like now. Every type of personthinks in a certain type of way. The kind of person you are is because of how you think. When youchange the way you think, the kind of person you are changes. When the kind of person you arechanges, your being changes. When your being changes, you attract different things. Does that meanthat different things happen to you in life? Yes, it means that. Does it mean the same things happenin life? Yes, it means that. But what it means also is that not only do you start to attract differentthings, but you also react or respond to the things that you attract in a different way. You actuallyattract different things, different people and events, and the same events you respond to in a differentway.X is the algebraic symbol for the unknown. The 'X-factor' plays a huge role in life, and if it plays a hugerole in life, then it plays a huge role in our work. And if it plays a huge role in our work, then the Workmust talk about it, and the Work must know about it. And the Work must, somehow, give us some lightabout this or else we're lost. We've got to have light from somewhere. We're not going to be able torub two sticks together on ourselves and make light. We have to have somebody who has already madeit out. Somebody has to send us instructions on how they got out and how we can get out. What's theway out?" Click onThe X-Factorto listen to this insightful teaching by James Parkinson.
Note:
You may need to download and install Quicktime/iTunes to listen to the podcast. When youclick the podcasts link you will be prompted to download the application. For smoother streaming youmay want to save the file to your computer and then playback with your installed audio player.
Conscious Harmony: "Our Stories Are Happening in Time But Our Life is Eternal" by Tim Cook
 
"The spiritual search for God, is also the search for ourselves." 
 "The question of why we exist has been asked in countless ways for enumerable generations. Why didGod create human beings? Because He loves good stories. Each of us represents a story. Nobody elsehas your story, and nobody else has my story. How did we get our stories? Where did we come from?Our story begins as we are acculturated, as we are impressed by the family situations that we're in, andthen we begin to develop these divergent stories. It's easy to see that our bodies have different shapesand forms, but it's not so easy to realize that so do our souls, our psyche. The psyche is formed, takeson the shape of its culture and its traditions, and its times, and then it begins to have stories based onits prior experiences.When we were little kinds, if we had shocking circumstances and didn't have the capacity to integratethose experiences into a healthy self-concept we may develop inwardness or fear. If we hadpleasurable experiences and were encouraged and acknowledged as good, worthy human beings,another kind of experience grows up and we are formed in a different way and we begin to have adifferent story. But each of us can run our story back to its origins if we pay attention to it. Thechallenge is that we have become identified with our stories; we think that's who we are. Who we areis what happened to us, what we did and what we thought. That's not who we are. We're spirit. Wewere created in the "image and likeness of God" who is spirit. And even though the story may beplausible, and even though it may be justified, and even though it may look like it's just exactly the

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