Identification

Identification

15 JULY 2018 | 6pm GMT In the first workshop of this month, we used a Hindu miniature to study the relation of higher centers to intellectual parts of centers in a new way. In the second workshop of this month, we used a Dutch illuminated manuscript to explore the...
Observing the Intellectual Center

Observing the Intellectual Center

8 JULY 2018 | 6pm GMT Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman The labor of July invites us to review the role of our intellectual center in this work. What can we harvest from our mind? What are useful thoughts? To answer this, we must better understand our thinking....
Revisiting Aims

Revisiting Aims

1 JULY 2018 | 6pm GMT Wheat harvest in July symbolizes work on the mind, the intellectual center. July also marks the half-year-point in the annual cycle since we formulated aims in January. We will therefore dedicate this workshop to re-visiting aims, to witness the...
The Role of Exercises in this Work

The Role of Exercises in this Work

17 JUNE 2018 | 6pm GMT Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman During the past week, we worked with the exercise of avoiding multitasking. Our aim was to restrict our moving center's tendency to overfill the moment with activity, crowding out consciousness. In this...
Reining in the Moving Horse

Reining in the Moving Horse

10 JUNE 2018 | 6pm GMT Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman We concluded the previous workshop by setting an aim to distinguish between daydreaming generated by the moving center and daydreaming generated by the emotional center. This exercise helped bring more...
Learning about Consciousness through the Moving Center

Learning about Consciousness through the Moving Center

SUNDAY, 10 JUNE 2018, 1PM GMT Free introductory workshop online hosted by Asaf Braverman "In no system of ordinary psychology are the moving and instinctive functions described and divided in the right way," said Peter Ouspensky. In this free introductory workshop, we...
Observing the Moving Center

Observing the Moving Center

In the previous labor, we related hay harvest to work on our physical bodies. May — the month of our symbolic calendar in which hay grew spontaneously — was dedicated to observing the instinctive center. June — the month in which it must be harvested, bundled, and...
Mechanical and Conscious Movement

Mechanical and Conscious Movement

3 JUNE 2018 | 6pm GMT Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman To study our moving center, we begin begin by observing its mechanical movements. Some of these can be safely eliminated, while others must eventually be performed more consciously, intentionally, and...
Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

20 MAY 2018 | 6pm GMT Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman The third workshop of May will be dedicated to questions and answers. "To question wisely is to instruct," goes an old saying. Since a good question requires self-observation and self-study, formulating...
Accepting the Present

Accepting the Present

13 MAY 2018 | 6pm GMT Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman To "Be" always requires separating from our expectation of the moment and accepting the present as it is. In this workshop, we will go deeper into the nature of this effort by superimposing it onto the...
Discrimination

Discrimination

6 MAY 2018 | 6pm GMT Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman In observing the triad of horse, chariot, and driver so far, we focused on three centers: emotional, intellectual, and moving. In this workshop (and throughout the labor of May) we will aim to understand...
Observing the Instinctive Center

Observing the Instinctive Center

Of the three brains that make up our microcosmos — body, mind, and heart — the body is the one we share in common with the animals. Although different in shape and skill, our body digests food, breathes air, and circulates blood in exactly the same way any as other...
Parts of Centers

Parts of Centers

22 APRIL 2018 | 6pm GMT Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman The labor of April invited us to break our day into smaller units of time and examine which were routinely wasted in sleep. Another way to approach our 'acreage' is by dividing it into centers and parts...
How to Observe Myself?

How to Observe Myself?

[vc_row njt-role="logged-in"][vc_column][vc_column_text] SUNDAY, 22 APRIL 2018, 1PM GMT Free introductory workshop online hosted by Asaf Braverman How can I observe myself? "To learn the methods of self-observation and of right self-study," said George Gurdjieff,...
Talking Consciously & Unnecessary Talk

Talking Consciously & Unnecessary Talk

15 APRIL 2018 | 6pm GMT Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman In the previous workshop, students mentioned self-remembering while talking as an area of difficulty. It is more challenging to separate our identity from our 'I's when we verbalize them than when they...
Turning Routine into Ritual

Turning Routine into Ritual

8 APRIL 2018 | 6pm GMT Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman The dictionary definition of 'routine' is 'commonplace tasks, chores, or duties that must be done regularly.' The definition for 'ritual' is close to 'routine,' except that the regular activity carries a...
Small efforts

Small efforts

In March, we pruned our psychology. We observed which ‘I’s habitually drained our energy during the first hour of our day. This placed our habits in a more impersonal light: instead of taking them at face value, we examined them as energy leaks. We sought to catch...
What have we learned?

What have we learned?

24 MARCH 2018 | 6pm GMT Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman Let us celebrate the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere by pausing to consider what we've learned so far this year. Students of the Be community have made considerable efforts and gathered...
Self-Government

Self-Government

17 MARCH 2018 | 10am California time Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman In the first week of March, we focused on observing and plugging leaks. In the second week, our focused shifted to generating energy through voluntary suffering. Entering the third week of...
How to move from multiplicity toward unity?

How to move from multiplicity toward unity?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 18 MARCH 2018 | 7pm GMT Free Introductory Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman What does it mean that we are not unified? "Each minute, each moment, man is saying or thinking 'I.' And each time his I is different," said George...
JERUSALEM 2018

JERUSALEM 2018

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 21-27 MAY 2018 'Jerusalem' is Hebrew for 'place of peace.' It is the only major metropolis that occupies a central role in three traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Viewed literally, the city's title is erroneous as its...
Recovering Self Remembering

Recovering Self Remembering

10 MARCH 2018 | 10am California time Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman In last week's workshop we explored the need of catching the first 'I' in a group of habitual 'I's. We set a community-wide aim to resist habitual energy leaks during the first hour of our...
Stopping Leaks

Stopping Leaks

The branches we clip when pruning vines aren’t fundamentally bad. They’re only counterproductive from the point of view of our aim to produce robust grape. If we scale back the natural growth of a vine at this time of year, we redirect the energy it would normally...
How to detect energy leaks?

How to detect energy leaks?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 4 MARCH 2018 | 6pm GMT Free Introductory Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman "What is a person to do when they begin to realize that they have not enough energy to attain their aims?" asks George Gurdjieff. "The answer to this is that...
Catching the First ‘I’

Catching the First ‘I’

3 MARCH 2018 | 10am California time Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman In the first workshop of March, we will explore the value and need of catching the first 'I' in a group of habitual 'I's. "Some habits are quite ordinary and harmless," said Peter Ouspensky,...
The Law of Three

The Law of Three

24 FEBRUARY 2018 | 10am California time Online Workshop hosted by Myrto K Maurice Nicoll refers to the Law of Three as follows: “Every manifestation in the universe is the result of the combination of three forces. These forces are called Active Force (1st Force),...
Consciousness and Functions

Consciousness and Functions

17 FEBRUARY 2018 | 10am California time Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman Building on last Saturday's workshop on Body Types and Features, we will dedicate this workshop to the relation of features to consciousness. Features are part of our functions, and this...
Body Types and Chief Features

Body Types and Chief Features

10 FEBRUARY 2018 | 10AM CALIFORNIA TIME Online Workshop hosted by Erika and Mario This workshop will present the main body types and their corresponding features. "At a certain moment in the work," said Peter Ouspensky, "besides understanding the general principles,...
How to Observe Myself?

How to Observe Myself?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] SUNDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2018, 4PM GMT Free introductory workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman How can I observe myself? "To learn the methods of self-observation and of right self-study," said George Gurdjieff, "requires a certain...
Self Observation

Self Observation

Last month, we reexamined our desire to awaken and labored to extract from it a practical aim. Student’s responses naturally revolved around repetitive psychological patterns that inhibited their awakening. Some formulated aims around fear, others around inner...
Transformation

Transformation

3 FEBRUARY 2018 | 10am California time Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman We normally think of aims as destinations to be reached. By this token, those working on fear should become courageous, those working on inner considering should become self-assured, and...
Essence and Personality

Essence and Personality

27 JANUARY 2018 | 10am California time Online Workshop hosted by Fabrizio Agozzino Endocrine or planetary types attempt to describe the essence of each type and the effect of a super-normal sensitivity of one gland or receiving apparatus. A perfectly harmonized man,...
What is Self-Remembering?

What is Self-Remembering?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 28 JANUARY 2018 | 4pm Greenwich Mean Time Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman What is self-remembering? Why is it considered the central effort in this teaching? Can we remember ourselves if we cannot 'do'? What is the 'self'...
Levels of Being

Levels of Being

20 JANUARY 2018 | 10am California time Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman "A change in the nature of knowledge is possible only with a change in the nature of being," said George Gurdjieff. In this workshop, we will examine what change of being means by looking...
What should I aim for?

What should I aim for?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What should I aim for? How should I make effort toward an aim? Can I work alone? What is the role of other people in my work? Join a free introductory presentation hosted by Asaf Braverman with questions and answers about this...
Workshop on Setting Aims

Workshop on Setting Aims

6 JANUARY 2018 | 10am California time Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman In the first workshop of 2018, we will share some of the aims set by BePeriod students upon entering a new year. We will seek to find a balance between aims that are emotional, and at the...
Setting Aims

Setting Aims

(This post is part of the Labors of the Month teaching. To learn more about this teaching, watch the introductory video here) We lay one brick over another to build a house. We match one note to another to compose a tune. We rhyme one word with another to write a...
December 2017

December 2017

Our farmer sits at his feasting table on the final month of the year with the fruits of his labors spread before him. He’s well-positioned for winter, enjoying meat from livestock sustained by hay harvested in June, bread from wheat harvested in July, and wine from...

Consciousness

Last week’s post on “giving a gift to consciousness” brings us back to the foundation of this teaching. The “Be” pyramid aims at change of consciousness. We only alter functions in as much as they affect consciousness. For this, we must establish the difference...

The Many “I”s

In the previous tutorial, we set an aim to increase the frequency of our consciousness by changing the ring-tones of our phones and using them as reminders to “Be.” But why do we need external reminders? Why can we not remember to “Be” simply because we want to “Be”?...
November 2017

November 2017

The Chartres November window presents the labor of fattening boar with acorn for imminent slaughter. However, other tasks derive from the symbols featured here, preparations that must also occur as our farmer approaches the barren period of the year. Fattening the...
October 2017

October 2017

What kind of wine would you like your vineyard to yield? A vintner aims at a particular flavor. Conceived in January, this aim dictates the vintner’s March pruning and determines the precise time for harvest in September. It governs grape-pressing, fermenting,...

Self-Observation

How does the appearance of light manifest in the Micro-cosmos man? In this tutorial, we will take the dramatic image of the rising sun internally. We will look at it as self-observation, in the sense of directing a ray of light within. We will draw from the Genesis...

Small Aims

In the tutorial on “Consciousness,” we listed the three parameters by which consciousness can be measured: frequency, duration, and depth. In the tutorial on “The Many “I”s,” we studied our multiplicity, and created external shocks to remind us to Be, in effect...
September 2017

September 2017

Grape harvest cannot be achieved by a single farmer. The window of time from when a grape ripens till it rots is relatively short, so that our farmer must recruit help for the occasion. Therefore, the Chartres September window is the only labor of twelve that features...
August 2017 Granary

August 2017 Granary

In a higher state of consciousness I observe my inner world as if from the top of a mountain. I see panoramically how different parts of my psychology relate to each other. I can discern what is less or more important, give preference to one group of ‘I’s over...

Knowledge and Being

During the labor of February, we experimented with using our deeper habits as fuel for self-observation. This required intelligent, rather than forceful, efforts. As our understanding of ourselves deepens, so does our ability to make such intelligent efforts....
August 2017

August 2017

Suppose I’ve observed a tendency to postpone. I habitually let my obligations pile up, delaying responding till forced by circumstances. If this were the habit I’d chosen during last month’s labor, I’d have been called to observe the illusions that kept that habit...
Live Introductory Meeting

Live Introductory Meeting

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Introductory Presentation hosted by Asaf Braverman A live introductory presentation for those interested in learning more about the teaching of BePeriod and how it functions as a fourth way school, with a question and answer...

Payment and Effort

In the Fourth Way, knowledge goes hand in hand with verification. Knowledge can be given, but verification is only earned through payment. In this tutorial, we will go deeper into the principle of payment; we will weave it into the non-expression of negative emotions;...
July 2017

July 2017

How can we work with a well-established habit? Suppose I discover that fear of the future is a predominant negative emotion in my psychology. It regularly invents imaginary scenarios of catastrophe that pull me away from reality and hinder my ability to Be. My desire...
June 2017

June 2017

Nature fluctuates. In one season it gives little and in another it bestows much. If this were not so, then mankind could live in nature as Adam and Eve lived in Paradise, feasting freely on its fruits. “There was not a man to till the ground, but there went up a mist...

Positive Attitude

There is a paradox in this work: When I am in a higher state of consciousness I know exactly what I must do in order to "Be," but I don't need that knowledge because I already "Am." When I am in a lower state of consciousness I forget what I must do in order to "Be,"...
ROME 2017

ROME 2017

Museum and site visits, meetings and dining events, a concert, and a puppet show — all prepared and performed by Beperiod members. Events are focused around a weekend. However, if you’re able to come earlier, there will be daily activities during the week leading to...
May 2017

May 2017

Each day offers a fresh start as we get up with recharged accumulators ready for fulfilling the tasks of that day. “The organism usually produces in the course of one day all the substances necessary for the following day,” confirms George Gurdjieff. Let’s say that...

Negative Emotions

What is the transformation that this teaching points to? What actually happens when I reach the top of the pyramid? In the tutorial on "Knowledge and Being" we examined how learning proceeds step by step, one step of knowledge followed by a step of verification, and...

Four Lower Centers (Part 1)

Just as photosynthesis increases the production of energy in a plant, self-remembering increases the production of energy in the micro-cosmos. This means that after a series of successful efforts we have more energy at our disposal. This energy is volatile and will...
April 2017

April 2017

A miracle is the manifestation in this world of the laws of another world. A higher world is exempt from the laws that govern the worlds beneath it, and this exemption, seen from the vantage point of the lower, comes across as miraculous. If, like Jesus, I walk on...

Micro-Cosmos

What is a cosmos? Why may a human being be considered a cosmos? And what are the implications of this special status? In this tutorial we see that one of the important implications of this status is that we can learn by seeing ourselves reflected in other cosmoses....

Live Introductory Workshop

Live open workshop lead by Asaf Braverman about the Be Community, its discoveries during the month of March, and a forward glance towards...

Heart and Mind

Each moment is a lock that has a key. First, I must remember my aim to "Be." This, in itself, is difficult, because I am not unified, I forget. But even then, when I do remember, there remain two more elements that determine whether I can unlock the moment: Can I find...
March 2017

March 2017

We do not lack; we waste. We allocate energy indiscriminately and misuse the tools at our disposal. “Man has quite enough energy to begin work on himself,” says George Gurdjieff, “only it is necessary to learn how to save the greater part of that energy for useful...

Identification

If I cannot see the thoughts, sensations and emotions of this moment as a small part of me, as something separate from the rest of myself, then they become all of me, I fall into what in this teaching is called, a state of identification. In this tutorial we will...
February 2017

February 2017

A log suitable for firewood didn’t spring up last month. It grew in the course of years. Smaller branches may serve as kindling, but a fully-fledged fire such as the one that warms the personification of February featured atop this post can only be sustained by proper...

Self-Observation

We become responsible for what we see. The moment I witness a manifestation of my sleep, my conscience cannot remain clear without my attempting to work on that manifestation. Therefore, aims rooted in self-observation are accompanied by the desire to change, an...
January 2017

January 2017

Where were you a year ago, on the eve of 2016? Were you alone? Were you partying? Were you watching a firecracker spectacle from your kitchen balcony? Wherever you were, 365 days have gone by and the earth has completed a cycle around the sun. The celebratory nature...

Separation and Naming

We bite on the temptation of the moment. Our minds, our bodies and our hearts get carried away and cast our Micro-cosmos into chaos. We call this state identification, because it is characterized by a misplaced sense of identity, by mistakenly calling the impulse of...
What about time?

What about time?

“There seems to be plenty of it,” was all I would answer, when the investigator asked me to say what I felt about time. Take a breath. Experience the sense of I am here in its inhalation. Maintain that sense during the peak of saturation. Exhale consciously. Then...

Master

Where does this work lead to? What would happen if we succeeded in prolonging our efforts to “Be” so that our consciousness became a constant flame? If we became more consistently conscious, then we would access two new functions called “higher emotional” and “higher...
What is Paradise?

What is Paradise?

What is your aim? To know the truth? To become master of yourself? To be able to Be? This state is represented by Paradise, a garden of abundance where all creatures live in harmony. You are given to enjoy the benefits of this garden on condition that you avoid the...
The Unforeseeable Present

The Unforeseeable Present

“I am Lufthansa flight attendant Hans Schupfer and this is my crew manager Claudia Becker. We are very sorry to inform you that you cannot board this flight.” “What? Why not?” “If we let you on the plane, the Russian’s will not let you off.” “What do you mean, won’t...

Four Lower Centers (Part 1)

This teaching divides our thoughts, emotions, movements and sensations into four sharply defined groups, each of which is controlled by a separate mind or “center.” In this tutorial, we will explore these four centers, their location in the Micro-cosmos, their...
Nature’s Trick

Nature’s Trick

“If you ask a man whether he is conscious,” said Peter Ouspensky, “he will answer that he is conscious and that it is absurd to say that he is not, because he hears and understands you. And he will be quite right, although at the same time quite wrong. This is...
Who is the rich man?

Who is the rich man?

“I wish to be famous, rich, and powerful,” I protest. “I need you to be an office-worker,” says God. Reluctantly, I consent. As an office-worker, I must commute five days a week, unwatched by the public, undocumented by the media. Five days a week, I must step out the...

Four Lower Centers (Part II – Parts of Centers & Attention)

In the first tutorial on the four lower centers, we presented the Micro-cosmos has having four brains that controlled all of its ordinary functions. In this tutorial we will go deeper into each center and examine its parts based on the level of attention with which...
Ritual and Routine

Ritual and Routine

The first half hour of my every day is entirely predictable. I get out of bed, step into the shower, shave, comb my hair, brush my teeth, dress myself, and step into the kitchen to grind coffee. Half an hour a day adds up to three and a half hours a week, 14 hours a...

Higher and Lower Self

As we verify the functions of our Micro-cosmos, we begin examining each of them from the point of view of consciousness. Which of our functions can aid our aim to “Be,” which is indifferent to it, and which opposes it? In this tutorial we will explore this question....
Is All the World a Stage?

Is All the World a Stage?

Juliet always falls in love with Romeo, always marries him, and always dies with him. A play with any other outcome cannot rightly be called Romeo and Juliet. We, the audience, witness a predetermined progression and end. We enjoy the lovers’ affections, sympathize...

Deviation

Mara tempts Siddhartha, just as the Genesis serpent tempts Adam and Eve. Like the serpent, Mara uses subtlety. He lists the earthly riches that Siddhartha is about to foolishly renounce. The lesson of this episode is in its timing: Mara appears only when Siddhartha...
The Narrow Way

The Narrow Way

Our driver has made a mistake. The car is now stranded on one lane trying to merge onto another. Until our destination clears, we are forced to dangerously block the approaching traffic. Cars are racing towards us. I sense a surge crawl from the base of my spine to...

Difficult Groups of “I”s

The avenues through which we are accustomed to expel sex energy form our "habits." These are "I"s fueled by a particularly strong energy, which means they come with a stronger sense of identity, a stronger sense of "I." In other words, from the point of view of our...
Three Experiments Revisited

Three Experiments Revisited

In the last month, we explored the relationship of the heart and the mind to consciousness. This post brings what we learned to practical use by applying it to a three-part experiment. To get the most out of this experiment, avoid reading the instructions of the next...
The Power of the Mind

The Power of the Mind

“This is a leaf,” I tell my four-month old son. He stares in fascination. His eyes are witnessing something new, but he doesn’t yet know that it is called “leaf.” Nor does he yet know that he is called “Aviv.” Soon I will reverse the lesson: “What is this?” I will ask...

Transformation

True identity is neither in Buddha’s discipline nor in Mara’s army; neither in the gods nor the demons; neither in affirmation nor in negation. True identity resides in the part that witnesses the struggle. We are what observes, not what we observe. Once you verify...
How deep is the moment?

How deep is the moment?

When the wealthy trader Giovanni Arnolfini married Costanza Trenta, he hired the best painter to commemorate their nuptial. After all, this would be their happiest moment, and the value of a portrait conveying that memory throughout the rest of their lives was rightly...

Habits in the Instinctive Center

How do we find the middle way of satisfying the body’s needs without becoming its slave? Finding this “middle way” will have to do with working on the brain in charge of the well-being of the body, the instinctive center. Moreover, since our bodily needs are...
Pocket-sized ideas

Pocket-sized ideas

“Which you like most?” Yang Longming pulls out from his collection a bronze Lohan, a porcelain Kwan Ching, and a miniature Buddha. He sits back with a half-smile and observes me, as if there is an obvious right choice between these three artifacts, and after having...
To Desire and to Want

To Desire and to Want

We get what we want. This is a surprising law. The imagined narrative of our lives seems to contradict it. “Am I guaranteed to enjoy good health, or the benefit of using my talent to earn a living, or the fortune of a positive relationship with my spouse? Are you...
Unfound Solutions

Unfound Solutions

In Hinduism, the health of a cosmos relies on the struggle of good and evil. As long as gods and demons perpetually oppose each other, the cosmos they inhabit remains healthy, but if evil gains the upper hand, its well-being is threatened. At such times, a God of a...
Reviewing our New Year’s Resolution

Reviewing our New Year’s Resolution

On the 26th of December 2015, we invited readers to formulate their New Year’s resolution. We quoted Aristotle, who said, “All man’s well-being depends upon two things: one is the right choice of aim, of the end to which actions should tend, the other lies in the...
Struggle of Yes and No

Struggle of Yes and No

“You can take one photo,” says the stubborn guard. “You mean, a photograph of only one painting?” “Si.” Our negotiations have borne fruit; one is better than none. We step into a hall of a thousand sculptures, portraits, and landscapes, some poorly lit, some nestled...
To See or not to See

To See or not to See

We daydream involuntarily, but can we daydream by will? (Can you look at this screen right now and force yourself to daydream?) We become identified involuntarily, but can we be identified by will? (Can you become so fascinated with this screen right now, that you...
What does it mean, to Be?

What does it mean, to Be?

Am I looking through the windshield of my head as I drive through the tasks of my day — eating breakfast, talking on the phone, typing on the keyboard — or is my mind wandering elsewhere while my vessel cruises on autopilot? Autopilot is sufficient to navigate through...
What is your gift to consciousness?

What is your gift to consciousness?

A vineyard rushes by, an orchard, a moor, a mountaintop village. From my train window, they dash in and out of sight, presenting themselves only for an instant. Now I take them in, then I forsake them for daydreams. Much is wasted. I cannot stay for long. My eyes...
Attending While Dining

Attending While Dining

Monks stood in attention. The Abbot appeared, crossed himself at the doorstep, and entered. He was led by a retinue to the farthest table at the hall, and was seated. The assembly sat in response. A bell rang and our neighbors jumped to their food. In an instant, the...
What is the Price of Transformation?

What is the Price of Transformation?

High-end jewelry stores typically hide the price of their merchandise. Jewels are beautiful and price tags are functional. A dangling tag reduces the visual value of what it prices. Moreover, high-end jewelry costs might scare potential buyers from entering the store...
New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

In this work, aims cover distances. I am here and wish to move there – here and there being psychological locations. It is within our power to change considerably, it is only a matter of effort and time. Therefore, aims are measured in time: I am here now and wish to...