Emotional Fear

Emotional Fear

27 MAY 2017 (10AM California Time) Online Workshop hosted by Myrto K. and Anselmo S. “In some cases the negative emotion of fear seems useful, otherwise people would cross the road at any time without looking.” In response to this, Ouspensky said: “You speak about...
Developing a Steward

Developing a Steward

In the previous workshop, we explored the difference between being able to observe a habit and being able to control it. We described this difference as transitioning from observing 'I' to deputy steward, and saw its personification in the Old Testament Kings Saul and...
Using Habits

Using Habits

40 days away from the summer solstice, we are approaching the brightest time of the year (in the northern hemisphere). But the increase of light in nature cannot guarantee the increase of light in man. Self-observation increases only by intelligent effort. We will...
Catching the First ‘I’

Catching the First ‘I’

We will dedicate this first workshop of May to the labor of photographing the first ‘I’ that intrudes into our day and formulating a work discipline around it. We will draw from the Genesis temptation myth to see how the 'I's intrude into our psychological landscape,...
Observing Emotions

Observing Emotions

In this workshop, we will draw from the metaphor of the horse, carriage, and driver to learn how to observe emotional attitudes that are conducive to sleep or to awakening. The recording of this workshop is available for beperiod subscribers only: Subscribe...
Taking in Impressions

Taking in Impressions

The leaf transforms light into cellular energy and we can transform the impressions of our environment into consciousness. In this workshop, we will explore taking in impressions as a tool for stopping uncontrolled mind activity by finding the present more interesting...
Energy

Energy

In this workshop, we will approach the April Labor from a different direction: we will view habit as energy leak and effort as energy generation. "We would have enough energy for everything we want to do if we did not waste it on unnecessary things," says Peter...
What Really Works?

What Really Works?

This workshop is the first in our April series. Having formulated aims around our habits during January, experimented with non-identification during February, and pruned our work during March, we now naturally ask ourselves: which of our efforts really worked? In this...
Feeding Essence

Feeding Essence

Parallel to studying what hinders our work, we must also consider what nourishes it. "A man's real I, his individuality, can grow only from his essence," says Gurdjieff. "It can be said that a man's individuality is his essence, grown up, mature." In this workshop, we...
Consciousness and Functions

Consciousness and Functions

Continuing our March labor of bringing more understanding to our aims in the work, we will dedicate this workshop to the relation of consciousness to functions. "Each of the four functions can manifest itself in [different] states of consciousness," says Ouspensky....
Revisiting Aims

Revisiting Aims

If you’re new to this teaching, now is the time to formulate an aim. If you’ve already formulated an aim in January, now is the time to examine whether it still reflects what you’d like to harvest. In this workshop, we will approach our aims from the point of view of...
Essence & Personality

Essence & Personality

Our third February workshop will be dedicated to essence and personality. "If a man's feature is at the service of personality," says Rodney Collin, "it will be his weakness; but if the same thing serves essence or an ideal then it is that which justifies the man's...
Understanding

Understanding

"The more understanding we have," says Peter Ouspensky, "the better the results of our efforts." By this token, the more we understand what we observe in ourselves, the more will we be able to separate from it and Be. In this workshop, we will add the ingredient of...
Identification

Identification

As our ability to observe ourselves grows, it opens new areas of work, as well as the need to continually separate from what we observe. We will dedicate this workshop to work on identification: shifting our identity from what we observe, to what observes. The...
Naming

Naming

Work on features doesn't imply changing the feature, but changing identity. By understanding our chief feature, we are better able to separate from it and observe it, extricating the sense of 'I' from what we observe to what observes. In this workshop we will use...
Chief Feature

Chief Feature

The formulation of aim forces us to observe ourselves more deeply and brings us a step closer to our chief feature. "Every man has a certain feature in his character which is central," said George Gurdjieff, "like an axle round which all his false personality...
Setting Aims

Setting Aims

We will dedicate this workshop to examining where we stand at the beginning of 2017, and setting an appropriate aim. This aim will be adjusted throughout the year as we cycle through the labors of the month. Peter Ouspensky said, "Aim must be clearly formulated,...
Success with Self-Remembering

Success with Self-Remembering

We dedicate the last workshop of 2016 to reviewing the year. What have you learned? Where did you succeed? And which successes will you now carry with you into a new year? We will use this workshop as an opportunity to end the year on a note of inspiration by sharing...
Working with Haste

Working with Haste

Haste manifests through each of the four lower centers. We are driven to eat quickly, move quickly, interact quickly and think quickly. In most of these instances, haste is unwarranted. It is therefore a habit that must be understood and curbed. In this workshop we...
Creating a Moon in Oneself

Creating a Moon in Oneself

December is the darkest month of the year (in the northern hemisphere). We will use this manifestation of the macro-cosmos to explore how to sustain our work in the absence of light in our micro-cosmos. How do we replicate the light of consciousness? How do we create...
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