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Breathe Into Being Retreat

            For a description of this weekend retreat with Dennis Lewis and Master Yu, click here. For a retreat registration form, click here. Once you’ve filled out the form, pay the full retreat amount by … Continue reading

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Stop Trying to Erase What You Don’t Like

I was in a weekend art class with Mrs Nyland, Willem Nyland’s wife, at the San Francisco Gurdjieff Foundation many years ago. As I was drawing, not very well in my estimation, she came over to me and strongly suggested … Continue reading

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Observing Our Self-Importance

“The famous Tibetan meditator Geshe Ben said that his only practice was to watch his self-importance bloat up and then crumble down again and again. Seeing how it made his mind freer and freer every time it crumbled brought meaning … Continue reading

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Listening In Two Directions at Once

The effort to listen in two directions at once, inwardly and outwardly, and suddenly realizing that, in a very real sense, there is no inward and outward; there is only the vast, silent spaciousness of Presence that welcomes everything into … Continue reading

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Do You Create a Negative Atmosphere Around Yourself?

Some people create a negative atmosphere around them by frequently expressing their anger and other negative thoughts and emotions. This atmosphere, this energy field, affects them and everyone near them and, like a magnet, attracts even more negativity into their … Continue reading

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Open Mind, Open Heart

Some people today put great emphasis on heart-based perception. To be sure, the heart is a powerful brain–one of three main brains, or instruments of perception (head, heart, and gut) according to G. I. Gurdjieff, as well as to modern … Continue reading

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Defining and Labeling

As part of the latest spiritual paradigm, some people will tell you that it’s better if you can avoid defining and labeling things, especially in relation to ourselves and others. Of course, that may be a very difficult task, since … Continue reading

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Awakening: Two Perspectives

“Awakening comes unexpectedly when you do not wait for it, when you live in not-knowing. Only then are you available.”–Jean Klein, Blossoms In Silence “Awakening begins when a man realizes that he is going nowhere and does not know where … Continue reading

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“I Work With What I’ve Got”

In complaining once to Lord Pentland, whom Gurdjieff put in charge of The Gurdjieff Work in America, about some group leaders in the Gurdjieff Foundation (San Francisco) where I had been studying for a few years, he responded tersely but … Continue reading

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Lord Have Murphy: Waking Up In the Spiritual Marketplace

Fran Shaw recently sent me a hard copy of this marvelous book. We read some passages from the book in a recent Sunday group meeting, and everyone loved it. It helped open, in funny and unusual ways, many deep questions … Continue reading

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Gurdjieff: Payment

“Man never on any account wants to pay for anything; and above all he does not want to pay for what is most important for him. You now know that everything must be paid for and that it must be … Continue reading

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