Gurdjieff #2

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

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What then is this "work"? Those inrepparttar Gurdjieff school write of "work on oneself," and often capitalizerepparttar 150712 concept, as in "The Work." Gurdjieff time and again insisted onrepparttar 150713 importance of direct transmission of knowledge from teacher to student, and emphatically warned ofrepparttar 150714 grave dangers of attempting to learn exercises from a book or cramming one's head full of abstract spiritual notions on one's own. Those who have met an authentic teacher knowrepparttar 150715 sense of presence so important torepparttar 150716 whole process,repparttar 150717 teacher is an embodiment ofrepparttar 150718 knowledge of which he or she speaks, and in a sense what he or she says is of little importance compared withrepparttar 150719 student's opportunity to observe what he or she is. Descriptions of Gurdjieff by those who worked with him are filled with references to his effortless bearing, his economy of movement, his feline grace, his almost overwhelming physical presence as well as his spontaneity and earthy sense of humor. A student in Gurdjieff's Moscow circle described his first meeting withrepparttar 150720 teacher: ‘He looked at me, and I hadrepparttar 150721 distinct impression that he took me inrepparttar 150722 palm of his hand and weighed me.’ {He could cause women to feel sexually aggressive and lose all inhibition throughrepparttar 150723 use of this look combined with breathing techniques.}

Although knowledge is not hoarded secretively, there are inevitable difficulties and pitfalls in efforts to share it with outsiders. Jesus called this "casting pearls before swine." Gurdjieff said students of his methods would find themselves "unable to transmit correctly what is said inrepparttar 150724 groups. [Students] very soon begin to learn from their own personal experience how much effort, how much time, and how much explaining is necessary in order to grasp what is said in groups. It becomes clear to them that they are unable to give their friends a right idea of what they have learned themselves." Ouspensky relates that inrepparttar 150725 early work with Gurdjieff in Moscow and St. Petersburg, it was strictly forbidden for students to write down, much less publish, anything at all connected with Gurdjieff and his ideas; somewhat later, Gurdjieff relaxed this rule, accepting as students many who subsequently published accounts of their experiences inrepparttar 150726 work.

Having, I think, caveatedrepparttar 150727 whole matter sufficiently intorepparttar 150728 dust, I offer here a brief outsider's summary of what was involved inrepparttar 150729 work of Gurdjieff's groups.

Relaxation. Many of Gurdjieff's exercises involved or began with some sort of gradual relaxation ofrepparttar 150730 muscles, starting withrepparttar 150731 muscles ofrepparttar 150732 face and working downward throughrepparttar 150733 body. Fripp has said that we can do nothing when not relaxed, and since his time at Sherborne has practiced a regular routine of relaxation inrepparttar 150734 morning before breakfast; such a ritual, led by a qualified instructor, has been worked intorepparttar 150735 Guitar Craft seminars. Along with relaxation goes a type of exercise for sensingrepparttar 150736 different parts ofrepparttar 150737 body "fromrepparttar 150738 inside." For Gurdjieff's groups, this might have involved, for instance, lying on one's back and concentrating all of one's awareness first on one's nose, then on one's right foot, and so on.

Other Exercises; The Movements. Ouspensky relates a series of what he found to be "unbelievably difficult" physical/mental exercises that Gurdjieff had picked up in various esoteric schools during his travels. In general, these involved some precise and exact combination of counting, breathing, sensing of body parts, and movements, to be done in some coordinated sequence. The famous "movements," often done to music Gurdjieff had composed himself, were dances based on those Gurdjieff had observed and participated in, notably among Sufis and dervishes, and in ancient hidden monasteries. Gurdjieff taught thatrepparttar 150739 movements were not merely calisthenics, exercises in concentration, and displays of bodily coordination and aesthetic sensibility: onrepparttar 150740 contrary, inrepparttar 150741 movements was embedded real, concrete knowledge, passed from generation to generation of initiates - each posture and gesture representing some cosmic truth thatrepparttar 150742 informed observer could read like a book.

Que sera, sera

Conspiracy Theorist

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

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How does one find out what a religion or national identity is about? You can askrepparttar people who live or believe and followrepparttar 150610 system if they will inform you. That is important to do. But if you rely on that alone you will invariably get a lot of hype and unexamined beliefs. We all knowrepparttar 150611 various Abrahamic religions have sects that hate and wage war upon each other but it is not so different in other areas of belief which people like to think is wisdom or knowledge. Those who desire an apocalypse should be raptured to one geographical area along with other sociopaths where they can strive against each other to their hearts content whilerepparttar 150612 rest ofrepparttar 150613 species looks forward to exploringrepparttar 150614 cosmos and tidyingrepparttar 150615 place up in case any neighbors come calling. We can be so much more – if we would DO as Jesus and other desposyni did. There are despots in these groups ofrepparttar 150616 Merovingian or family of Jesus however.

The same thing is true with history. I can attest torepparttar 150617 fact thatrepparttar 150618 Flat Earth and Bible Narrative fictions have an enduring impact on what people think about history. People actually believe there was a time when mariners thoughtrepparttar 150619 earth was flat – I kid you not. They think they know these things because they read them in accredited books from professors who hold forth onrepparttar 150620 subjects they study which are narrow in focus. Seldom do these teachers keep up to date with other fields of endeavour.

The truly amazing thing to me isrepparttar 150621 extent to which people defendrepparttar 150622 myths and fictions of history. Even when presented with facts and artifacts people still want to believe in some alien influence rather than human ingenuity. Andrepparttar 150623 really funny thing is they call someone who presentsrepparttar 150624 facts and evidences of that advanced human culture by terms like Conspiracy Theorist. I wonder how we will ever get past these myths if people are not willing to learnrepparttar 150625 facts. There are all manner of people saying they are Druids, Wiccans and other sorts of people who claim their view of history is true – it is not justrepparttar 150626 major religions. The facts should dorepparttar 150627 talking rather than wishful thinking cults or imaginary aliens. That is not to suggest there are not aliens and they might well visit our planet. Let’s just forget allrepparttar 150628 dragon people and Chanes myths or know humans claimed to be Elohim or aliens to make themselves more powerful inrepparttar 150629 eyes of those they kept in ignorance through fear. Let’s drop those Bible Narratives with Nephilim or whatever and start looking at reality for a change.

It was long beforerepparttar 150630 recent X and Y genetic research came to my attention when I had already written many books using other disciplines that showedrepparttar 150631 secret trading Empires that empoweredrepparttar 150632 Divine Kings and other debauched and immoral organizations. Corporatism as defined by Chomsky is not new by any stretch ofrepparttar 150633 imagination. His work is a necessary read for anyone wanting to knowrepparttar 150634 structural deficiencies of our oligarchies.

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