Inner Consideration

Inner Consideration

25 NOVEMBER 2017 (10AM California Time) 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...
The Five Senses

The Five Senses

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 train the senses, by applying the November...
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...
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

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 between the book and Mary, between the...
Inspiration

Inspiration

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 Holy Spirit impregnating Mary in the...
Refining Emotions

Refining Emotions

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 accident. In this workshop, we will aim to...
What Clouds the Moment?

What Clouds the Moment?

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 irritating the machine," said Anselmo, "but the...
Emotion as Fuel

Emotion as Fuel

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 our micro-cosmos. In this workshop, we...
Observing Emotions

Observing Emotions

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 harvest of impulses and our mind a...
Community Aphorisms

Community Aphorisms

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 each aphorism is expressed. However, let...
Time

Time

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 state of consciousness. We will therefore...
Transcending Thought

Transcending Thought

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 introduce and prolong consciousness, and...
The Higher Right

The Higher Right

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 available for beperiod subscribers only:...
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...
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...
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...
Inspiration

Inspiration

3 September 2016 (10AM PST) Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman Psychologically, the word ‘inspiration’ means entering a state of special creativity. Physiologically, it means inhaling air into the lungs. In this workshop, we will explore the mystical...
The Driver, Carriage, Horse, and Master

The Driver, Carriage, Horse, and Master

27 August 2016 (10AM PST) Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman Hinduism compares the mind, body, and heart to a driver, carriage, and horse. To obey the Master, the three must be well kept and properly connected. Work on oneself, in this respect, advances in two...
Developing a Steward

Developing a Steward

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman A steward manages his master’s household. His usefulness depends on his knowledge of his master’s needs. A steward who doesn’t know his master’s needs will let the household fall into chaos. A steward...
Responsibility

Responsibility

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman In this work, responsibility means the ability to respond to the needs of moment. As we gain experience observing ourselves, we become responsible for what we see. In this workshop we will explore how to anticipate mechanical...
Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman This question-and-answer workshop will focus on our recent explorations on the mind and the heart. We will build on the Three Experiments post, and invite questions on how to use the mind, body and heart to generate and support...
Guarding the Heart

Guarding the Heart

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman When we are emotional about something, we readily make efforts to attain it. The same applies to this work. To become conscious, we must become emotional about being conscious, and to become emotional about being conscious, we...
Using the Mind

Using the Mind

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman The Fourth Way emphasizes the need of stopping aimless thought and of using intentional thinking. How do we use the mind? In this workshop we will draw from the Genesis story of Adam naming the creation to understand how the...
Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

Online Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman This is the first in a series of monthly question-and-answer online workshops. Questions can cover any work-related topic, large or small, external or internal. Bear in mind that “To question wisely is to instruct.”...
Self-Observation

Self-Observation

Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman In this workshop we will explore the effort of self-observation from the point of view of directing a ray of light within. We will draw from the Genesis Creation of Light, and aim to see why our effort to Be must include an element of...
Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman Where do our efforts in prayer and meditation lead? What can we expect to occur if we succeed in prolonging the duration of our consciousness? In this workshop, we will explore the potential reward of focused efforts, using Lewis...
Practice of Prayer

Practice of Prayer

Workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman How to pray? How to meditate? Prayer and meditation must be founded on a proper understanding of the human brains and their relation to consciousness. This workshop presents the practice of prayer and meditation. View Workshop...
Theory of Prayer

Theory of Prayer

How to pray? How to meditate? Prayer and meditation must be founded on a proper understanding of the human brains and their relation to consciousness. This workshop presents the theory of prayer and meditation. View Workshop Recording Subscribe – $50/mo...
The Last Temptation

The Last Temptation

What is the right effort in this moment? The present is dynamic and so are our many “I”s. In this workshop, we will explore how to apply the proper tool to each moment, drawing from the Hindu myth of the Incarnations of Vishnu. View Workshop Recording...
Choosing the Right Tool

Choosing the Right Tool

What is the right effort in this moment? The present is dynamic and so are our many “I”s. In this workshop, we will explore how to apply the proper tool to each moment, drawing from the Hindu myth of the Incarnations of Vishnu View Workshop Recording...
Struggle of Yes and No

Struggle of Yes and No

Inner unity is obtained through the struggle between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in man. In this workshop, we will draw from a Renaissance portrayal of this struggle to highlight moments in our day in which it can be enacted, understand the foundation upon...
Returning to the Present

Returning to the Present

Exploring the effort of catching ourselves asleep and re-gripping the present. We will draw from a Dutch illuminated manuscript that portrays the internal dynamics of this effort. View Workshop Recording Subscribe – $50/mo Recurring monthly subscription Attend...
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