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 preserved — will be dedicated to observing the moving center.
The moving center governs movement. Its mechanical part enables us a wide range of automatic and imitative actions crucial to daily functioning, such as walking, picking up objects, opening and closing doors, handling basic tools and utensils, and navigating spatially without bumping into people — to name a few. Its emotional part experiences the joy of movement as in sports, driving, gaming, etc., as well as the frustration at being slowed down. Its intellectual part is able to visualize abstractions as in spatial planning and invention. “The moving center has many useful and useless functions,” says Peter Ouspensky. “We think that the intellectual and emotional side is more important, but actually most of our life is controlled by instinctive and moving minds. ”
The moving center plays a big role in the energy leaks discussed during the March labor. It eliminates energy through unnecessary haste, unnecessary talk, internal humming, and many other superfluous movements, physical or abstract. Through such unintentional movement, it also sustains a psychological momentum that inhibits consciousness, because it is impossible to Be while submerged in a current of unconscious action. Therefore, the labor of June invites us to observe unconscious actions, eliminate those that are unnecessary, and find creative ways to perform those that are necessary more consciously.
If habits are an unconscious collaboration between centers, then the labor of June is also an opportunity to examine the role of our moving center in the predominant habit of daydreaming. “The inclination to daydream is due partly to the laziness of the thinking center,” explains George Gurdjieff, “and partly to the tendency of the emotional and the moving centers to repeat to themselves, to keep alive or to recreate experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant, that have been previously lived through or ‘imagined.’” That the moving center plays a role in daydreaming also means that daydreaming can be stopped through the moving center. The halting of unnecessary movement or the slowing down of haste in themselves are often sufficient to stopping daydreaming. In other words, by pushing the break on our chariot, we force the horses and driver into alignment. This is one potential harvest of our moving center.
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