Access to the workshops below is restricted to BePeriod students
In this third workshop of December, we will invite students to share their experiences of applying meditation, as it was presented in the previous workshop. “The method of the fourth way consists in doing something in one room and simultaneously doing something corresponding to it in the two other rooms,” says George Gurdjieff in In Search of the Miraculous. We will explore how Jan van Eyck portrays this process in his painting, The Arnolfini Couple.
Meditation was originally a practice of harnessing the three primary brains of the micro-cosmos – mind, body, and heart – to a single aim. In this second December workshop, we will explore the practice of using single-syllable commands through a string of breaths to prolong self-remembering. From the Upanishads: “Let your body be the lower fire-stick; let the mantra be the upper. Rub them against each other in meditation.”
Frequency, duration, and depth of self-remembering are closely related. If I increase frequency, I increase the likelihood that some of my efforts will be of greater duration. And this increase in duration raises the likelihood that some of these longer efforts will go deeper. In preparation for the first December workshop, we will examine why many moments of self-remembering promptly vanish, while others last longer. What contributes to duration?
“‘New birth’ depends as much upon sex energy as do physical birth and the propagation of species,” says George Gurdjieff. “This is the matter with which sex works and which sex manufactures. It is ‘seed’ or ‘fruit.’” In this last November workshop, we will cover the theory of sex energy and the sex center, and lay the groundwork for practical observation and understanding.
“When a man who has his real I… pronounces aloud or to himself the words “I am,” then there always proceeds in his “solar plexus” a “reverberation,” something like a vibration or a feeling,” says George Gurdjieff. How can the command “Be” fall on good earth to produce such a reverberation? We will dedicate this workshop to exploring this process.
Online workshop hosted by Asaf Braverman
During the past week, our communities worked on intoning work ‘I’s. Nothing fundamentally changed in our day-to-day efforts to remember ourselves, except that we introduced to many moments relevant commands. We called our consciousness back to the present by advising it to Look in moments where there was something to be seen, or Hear when there was something to be listened to, etc. This brought to mind the image featured atop this post, of Krishna (the driver) instructing Arjuna (the master).
Students experienced both successes and failures. In this workshop, we will break into groups to share and understand these experiences.
We will share highlights from last week’s BePeriod Paris gathering. I will present some of the noteworthy sites and objects of art we visited, and will invite students who attended to express their related verifications.
The expression of negative emotions is the biggest energy leak of our cosmos. The September labor invites us to review our habitual negative emotions and classify them. Note also that only the more obvious negative emotions manifest externally; many subtle negative emotions express themselves internally, when our minds mill over accounts our hearts have formed with others. We will dedicate this workshop to detecting these leaks and plugging them, drawing from a unique artwork titled “The phases of man.”
Since several students have joined BePeriod lately, and since on the other hand there is a core of students who’ve completed a few annual cycles, we will dedicate this next workshop for a question and answer session. Newer students are invited to pose questions to more experienced students. “On the fourth way there is not one teacher,” said George Gurdjieff; “Whoever is the elder, he is the teacher. And as the teacher is indispensable to the pupil, so also is the pupil indispensable to the teacher.” This workshop will be an opportunity both for new students to ask questions, as well as for more experienced students to formulate their verifications around the questions asked.