Centers and their Parts

Centers and their Parts

19 AUGUST 2018 | 6pm GMT Online workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman In this workshop, we will review how the lower centers govern our psychology, and how they divide into parts (Jacks, Queens, and Kings). Just like each of us is born with a dominant left or right hand,...
Naming

Naming

12 AUGUST 2018 | 6pm GMT Online workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman We continue exploring how to harness the mind to consciousness, this time using its ability to name what we observe. "Control of any of our faculties can only be obtained with the help of knowledge,"...
Harnessing the Mind to Consciousness

Harnessing the Mind to Consciousness

5 AUGUST 2018 | 6pm GMT Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman "Consciousness is not thought," says Peter Ouspensky. "You use thought just to give it a push, and then it begins to move in this direction, and you become conscious without thought.". We will dedicate...
Influences A, B, and C

Influences A, B, and C

29 JULY 2018 | 6pm GMT Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman We will dedicate the last July workshop to the topic of influences. "Man lives in life under two kinds of influences governed by the law of accident," said George Gurdjieff. "Through a third type of...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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,...
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...
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...
Concluding 2017

Concluding 2017

23 DECEMBER 2017 | 10am California time Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman In the last workshop of 2017, we will review our journey through the twelve labors, get a bigger picture of this teaching, the community it is attracting, and the fourth way school it is...
The Practice of Prayer

The Practice of Prayer

16 DECEMBER 2017 Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman Prayer and Meditation were originally a practice of harnessing the three principle brains of the micro-cosmos - mind, body, and heart - to a single aim. In this second December workshop, we will explore the...
The Theory of Prayer

The Theory of Prayer

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman Prayer and Meditation were originally a practice of harnessing the three principle brains of the micro-cosmos - mind, body, and heart - to a single aim. In this first December workshop, we will explore the theory behind this...
Inner Consideration

Inner Consideration

Online Workshop hosted by Myrto K George Gurdjieff said, "It would be possible to bring forward many examples of inner considering. But you must do this yourselves, that is, you must seek these examples in your observations of yourselves and of others.” In this...
The Five Senses

The Five Senses

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman The Bhagavad Gita says, "Those who take wisdom as their highest goal, whose faith is deep and whose senses are trained, attain wisdom quickly and enter into perfect peace." In this workshop we will examine what it means to...
Understanding

Understanding

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman “A man thinks of what ‘being’ means,” says George Gurdjieff. “It is possible ‘to be’ in different ways. He wants ‘to be’ not merely in the sense of existence but in the sense of greatness of power. The words ‘to be’ acquire...
Encapsulation

Encapsulation

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman In this workshop we will examine the theory behind encapsulating our verifications into monosyllabic commands. We will view this effort as an attempt to bring our minds and hearts under the power of our will. And we will share...
The Habit of Interrupting Others

The Habit of Interrupting Others

Online Workshop hosted by Kalev K. and Goran D. In this workshop we will review student's observations on working with the habit of interrupting others. We will examine different ways our machine can interrupt, attempt to understand the urge behind interruption, and...
Bringing Mind to Heart

Bringing Mind to Heart

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman In the previous workshop, we noted the book that Mary reads a moment before her Annunciation and associated it with an intellectual element that precedes the state of inspiration. In this workshop, we will explore this relation...
Inspiration

Inspiration

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman The September and October labors reveal the fuller spectrum of our emotional center and beg the question, how are deeper emotions generated? In this workshop, we will explore this question by examining different versions of the...
Refining Emotions

Refining Emotions

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman Which emotions would accelerate our work if we could experience them more frequently, more durably, and more deeply? Until we formulate for ourselves which are these emotions, we will only experience them infrequently and by...
What Clouds the Moment?

What Clouds the Moment?

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman During the last two workshops, students observed their emotional centers generating subtle negative attitudes that cloud the moment. "With each impression I take in," said Jim, "an immediate judgment occurs." "Nobody was...
Emotion as Fuel

Emotion as Fuel

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman In the Hindu metaphor of the driver, carriage, and horse, the driver represents the mind, the carriage represents the body, and the horse represents the heart. This implies that our emotional center plays the role of engine to...
Observing Emotions

Observing Emotions

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman September is our last of three annual harvests, the harvest of grapes. We associate this labor with work on the emotional center, so during the month of September we will focus on observing emotions. If our body daily yields a...
Community Aphorisms

Community Aphorisms

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman We conclude our August labor with a workshop dedicated to discussing and refining our community aphorisms. The chosen ten will serve as our community guidelines until next August. You’re welcome to offer refinements to the way...
Time

Time

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman During last month's labor, students made frequent observations about time. They shared illusions that promoted the misuse of time, the miscalculation of time, and so forth. Our experience of time is directly related to our...
Transcending Thought

Transcending Thought

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman The Labor of August calls us to replace the wrong thinking observed during July with right attitudes. In this workshop we will choose five attitudes - five aphorisms - contributed by community members, plan how to use them to...
The Higher Right

The Higher Right

Online Workshop hosted by Evgueni Z. 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 them? The recording of this workshop is...
Incarnation

Incarnation

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
Work on the Intellect

Work on the Intellect

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman “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...
Knowledge and Being

Knowledge and Being

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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....
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

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
Ritual & Routine

Ritual & Routine

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
Verification

Verification

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
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

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
Using Habits

Using Habits

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
Catching the First ‘I’

Catching the First ‘I’

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
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 to BePeriod students only Are you a student? Log in...
Taking in Impressions

Taking in Impressions

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
Energy

Energy

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
What Really Works?

What Really Works?

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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:...
Feeding Essence

Feeding Essence

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
Consciousness and Functions

Consciousness and Functions

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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]...
Revisiting Aims

Revisiting Aims

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
Essence & Personality

Essence & Personality

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
Understanding

Understanding

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman "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...
Identification

Identification

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
Naming

Naming

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
Chief Feature

Chief Feature

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...
Setting Aims

Setting Aims

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman 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...