The Higher Right

The Higher Right

29 JULY 2017 (10AM California Time) Online Workshop hosted by Evgueni and Jack. From the Work perspective, what is right and what is wrong? Are there degrees of right and wrong? Are they relative? Is there a lower and a higher right and what is the difference between...
Live Introductory Meeting

Live Introductory Meeting

23 JULY 2017 (10AM California Time) Free 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. We will end with a question...
Incarnation

Incarnation

In this workshop, we will examine the role of the intellectual center in formulating and keeping aim. 'Formulation' means putting something immaterial into concrete form. This was expressed as 'incarnation' in ancient teachings, which literally meant 'entering into...
Work on the Intellect

Work on the Intellect

“Work on intellect means thinking in a new way,” says Peter Ouspensky, “creating new points of view, destroying illusions.” In this workshop, we will explore how to apply this practically, drawing from the story of Prince Siddhartha's excursions outside of his palace,...
Knowledge and Being

Knowledge and Being

Bread symbolizes knowledge. July shows our farmer harvesting wheat, the primary ingredient in bread. In this workshop, we will examine the role of knowledge in our work as an indispensable aid in bringing about right thinking. We will share ideas harvested throughout...
Identification

Identification

If we cannot become observant to our inner world than we lose our self to its thoughts, feelings or sensations and fall into the state of identification. In this workshop we will explore the mechanics of identification and see how we can struggle against it. The...
Dining Consciously

Dining Consciously

June invites us to review our understandings around the physical body, the moving/instinctive centers. In last week's workshop on Ritual and Routine, we focused on bringing consciousness to repetitive moving-centered activities by transforming them into rituals. In...
Ritual & Routine

Ritual & Routine

In the spirit of the June labor, we will dedicate this workshop to harvesting disciplines around the moving-instinctive centers. Our days are filled with repetitive physical activities; getting ready in the morning, eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, driving to and...
Verification

Verification

June shows our farmer harvesting hay. It is the first labor in our annual cycle that features a harvest, which is the act of preserving the surplus of a crop for future use. In this workshop we will approach the processes of verification and understanding as...
Emotional Fear

Emotional Fear

“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 instinctive fear; emotional fear is different, it is based on imagination.” The coming...
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...
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