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...
Beperiod – A Forward Glance

Beperiod – A Forward Glance

Schools of the fourth way work on two scales: on the scale of an individual, they teach the development of consciousness; on the scale of a community, they teach harnessing that consciousness to a greater undertaking. In this workshop, we will take a forward glance at...
Imagination & Imaginary Picture

Imagination & Imaginary Picture

In last week's workshop, we saw how our large aims scale down into moment-to-moment efforts. In this workshop, we will see how our imaginary picture of ourselves scales down to moment-to-moment 'I's of imagination. Understanding the close relation between imagination...
Small & Large Aims

Small & Large Aims

5 November 2016 (10AM PST) Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman The aim to become masters of ourselves is very large. As we get down to work, we realize the need to downscale that aim to efforts that fit the moment. If we focus only on our large aim, we lose touch...
Conscience

Conscience

22 October 2016 (10AM PST) Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman When buffers weaken, conscience begins to manifest and we develop a sense of emotional truth. In this workshop, we will conduct an experiment that shows how the sense of truth shifts depending on our...
Buffers

Buffers

15 October 2016 (10AM PST) Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman How quick is our recovery? What prevents us from awakening once we realize we are asleep? We will build on the previous workshop (on the Old & New Man) to uncover the attitudes that keep us asleep...
The Old Man and the New Man

The Old Man and the New Man

8 October 2016 (10AM PST) Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman To change means to replace old ways of thinking, feeling, and acting, with new ways. The old is acquired unintentionally; the new is brought about by will. Thus, the process of change is a journey from...
Returning to the Present

Returning to the Present

24 September 2016 (10AM PST) Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman The moment of catching ourselves asleep is a crossroads. Do we remember ourselves or judge ourselves? Can we receive the photograph of having been asleep without becoming discouraged to renew our...
Two Ways to Higher Centers

Two Ways to Higher Centers

17 September 2016 (10AM PST) Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman In this work, the functions of the human vessel aren’t studied as an end in themselves; functions are studied from the point of view of how they hinder or promote consciousness. This workshop...
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