Gurdjieff #2

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

Fripp in his teaching does not speculate onrepparttar afterlife, but he sharesrepparttar 150712 Gurdjieff/Ouspensky insistence on man in his normal state as a dozy automaton. It is a paradoxical doctrine, echoed throughrepparttar 150713 ages in many teachings, includingrepparttar 150714 Calvinist doctrine of predestination: we have no free will, development of one's freedom can begin only with a clear-headed recognition of one's absolute slavery to circumstance, mental associations, emotion, instinct, genetics, biochemistry,repparttar 150715 laws of nature. Ouspensky quotes Gurdjieff as saying, ‘Every grown-up man consists wholly of habits, although he is often unaware of it and even denies having any habits at all ... The struggle with small habits is very difficult and boring, but without it self-observation is impossible.’ From Fripp's Guitar Craft Monograph III: Aphorisms: ‘It is difficult to exaggeraterepparttar 150716 power of habit.’

The Danish philosopher and religious thinker Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), regarded asrepparttar 150717 fountainhead of twentieth-century secular and religious existentialism, maintained thatrepparttar 150718 average person, going about his or her daily routines automatically, is as incapable of sin as he or she is of repentance. Kierkegaard, who spent his life as a writer championing conscious subjectivity asrepparttar 150719 sine qua non of authentic existence, and who wantedrepparttar 150720 words "The Individual" inscribed on his tombstone, was wont to find, as was Gurdjieff, confirmation of his own views inrepparttar 150721 words of Socrates: "Know thyself." Gurdjieff put it like this: ‘Individuality, a single and permanent I, consciousness, will,repparttar 150722 ability to do, a state of inner freedom, all these are qualities which ordinary man does not possess. Torepparttar 150723 same category belongsrepparttar 150724 idea of good and evil,repparttar 150725 very existence of which is connected with a permanent aim, with a permanent direction and a permanent center of gravity ... Permanent truth and permanent falsehood can exist only for a permanent man. If a man himself continually changes, then for him truth and falsehood will also continually change.’

Sometimes Gurdjieff would refer to his methods asrepparttar 150726 "Fourth Way." The first three ways wererepparttar 150727 way ofrepparttar 150728 fakir,repparttar 150729 way ofrepparttar 150730 monk, andrepparttar 150731 way ofrepparttar 150732 yogi. The fakir struggles withrepparttar 150733 physical body, devoting himself to mastering incredibly difficult physical exercises and postures {Which will be likerepparttar 150734 Mudras and Mutras inrepparttar 150735 impact of brain lobes. I have used this to help restorerepparttar 150736 mentally ill.}. The way ofrepparttar 150737 monk representsrepparttar 150738 way of faith,repparttar 150739 cultivation of religious feelings, and self-sacrifice. The yogi's approach is through knowledge andrepparttar 150740 mind. Gurdjieff said of his Fourth Way that it combined work simultaneously onrepparttar 150741 body, emotions, and mind, and that it could be followed by ordinary people in everyday life - that it required no retirement intorepparttar 150742 desert. The Fourth Way did involve whole-hearted acceptance of certain conditions imposed by a teacher; it also involved supreme effort to devote oneself continuously to inner work, even though one's outward worldly roles might not change that much. In spite of his insistence that work without a teacher was impossible, Gurdjieff stressed each individual's responsibility:

The fourth way differs fromrepparttar 150743 other ways in thatrepparttar 150744 principal demand made upon a man isrepparttar 150745 demand for understanding. A man must do nothing that he does not understand, except as an experiment underrepparttar 150746 supervision and direction of his teacher. The more a man understands what he is doing,repparttar 150747 greater will berepparttar 150748 results of his efforts. This is a fundamental principle ofrepparttar 150749 fourth way. The results of work are in proportion torepparttar 150750 consciousness ofrepparttar 150751 work. No "faith" is required onrepparttar 150752 fourth way; onrepparttar 150753 contrary, faith of any kind is opposed torepparttar 150754 fourth way. Onrepparttar 150755 fourth way a man must satisfy himself ofrepparttar 150756 truth of what he is told. And until he is satisfied he must do nothing.

Inrepparttar 150757 1988 pamphlet "An Introduction to Guitar Craft," Fripp, who has explicitly called himself a follower ofrepparttar 150758 Fourth Way, wrote, ‘In Guitar Craft there is nothing compulsory. One is not asked to violate cherished beliefs or accept any ofrepparttar 150759 ideas presented. Rather, a healthy skepticism is encouraged.’

By its very nature,repparttar 150760 Fourth Way is not for everyone. Knowledge is not deliberately hidden, Gurdjieff would say, but most people simply are not interested. The former leader of a Gurdjieff group in Boston, Meggan Moorehead, told me of Gurdjieff's "five of twenty of twenty." Only twenty per cent of all people ever think seriously about higher realities; of these, only twenty per cent ever decide to do anything about it; and of these, only five per cent ever actually get anywhere.

Conspiracy Theorist

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

Rudyard Kipling on Masonry: "the closest thing to a religion that I shall ever know".

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: a human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him, a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organismrepparttar overpowering necessity to create, create, create - so that withoutrepparttar 150610 creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”- Pearl Buck

"I never did give anybody hell. I just toldrepparttar 150611 truth and they thought it was hell." - Harry S. Truman

"…repparttar 150612 archetypal Roman shoulderedrepparttar 150613 White Man's Burden,repparttar 150614 arduous but fabulously profitable task of governing those whom, despite all evidence torepparttar 150615 contrary,repparttar 150616 Romans judged incapable of governing themselves." (Lucy Hughes-Hallett from 'Cleopatra')

"[I often get]repparttar 150617 feeling thatrepparttar 150618 very concept of objective truth is fading out ofrepparttar 150619 world... I am willing to believe that history is forrepparttar 150620 most part inaccurate and biased, but what is peculiar to our age isrepparttar 150621 abandonment ofrepparttar 150622 idea that history could be truthfully written. Inrepparttar 150623 past people deliberately lied, or they unconsciously coloured what they wrote, or they struggled afterrepparttar 150624 truth, well knowing that they must make many mistakes; but in each case they believed that 'the facts' existed and were more or less discoverable." – George Orwell from Looking Back onrepparttar 150625 Spanish War

"... our mode of teachingrepparttar 150626 principles of our profession [Masonry] is derived fromrepparttar 150627 Druids ... and our chief emblems originally came from Egypt ..." [William Hutchinson, Mason, The Spirit of Masonry, revised by George Oliver, New York, Bell Publishing, originally published in 1775, p. 195]

“Art is a dialogue we have always carried out withrepparttar 150628 unknown. We have come to distinguishrepparttar 150629 contours ofrepparttar 150630 unknown throughrepparttar 150631 unconscious, through religion and magic and we may soon begin to understand such totally modern emotions asrepparttar 150632 feeling that we belong torepparttar 150633 future, that our civilization isrepparttar 150634 sum of others.” – Andre Malraux who was Minister of Propaganda forrepparttar 150635 Merovingian puppet Charles de Gaulle.

"The clergy convertedrepparttar 150636 simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves...these clergy, in fact, constituterepparttar 150637 real Anti-Christ.” – Thomas Jefferson

“I see inrepparttar 150638 near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble forrepparttar 150639 safety of my country. As a result ofrepparttar 150640 war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, andrepparttar 150641 money power ofrepparttar 150642 country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working uponrepparttar 150643 prejudices ofrepparttar 150644 people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands andrepparttar 150645 Republic is destroyed.” - President Abraham Lincoln, 1865

"It was not my intention to doubt that,repparttar 150646 Doctrines ofrepparttar 150647 Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread inrepparttar 150648 United States. Onrepparttar 150649 contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am... The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe thatrepparttar 150650 Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagaterepparttar 150651 diabolical tenets ofrepparttar 150652 first, or pernicious principles ofrepparttar 150653 latter (if they are susceptible of seperation). That Individuals of them may have done it, or thatrepparttar 150654 founder, or instrument employed to found,repparttar 150655 Democratic Societies inrepparttar 150656 United States, may have had these objects; and actually had a seperation ofrepparttar 150657 People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned." The Writings of George Washington fromrepparttar 150658 Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799. John C. Fitzpatrick, Editor. Mount Vernon, October 24, 1798.

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