Do you remember our post of yesterday, the article about the 10th insight of the Celestine Prophecy? There was this nice expression, “the fuller birth version”, which I found very appealing.
Being at home yesterday evening, I was leaf through some books, which are still waiting to be discovered : ) I was searching for s.th., but didn’t know exactly for what. Until I caught sight of The Reality of Being – The Fourth Way of Gurdjieff (Jeanne de Salzmann, Shambhala 2010). Reading the index, I knew why I had especially this book in my hands. As the title already reveals, it is about “being/to be”. Do you see the link to the post of yesterday? This book gives insights about the path to “the fuller birth version”. Starting from tomorrow, we will take off for a journey to remember and re-create ourselves. Step by step we will go through the pages … and who knows? Perhaps we will get companions on this path, blossom together… So, it’s worth to have a look at this blog : )
Before we end our post with a nice excerpt of the book we would like to share a short information about Gurdjieff:
“George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1866-1949) […] respected traditional religions and practices concerned with spiritual transformation, and pointed out that their different approaches could be subsumed under one of three categories: ‘the way of the fakir’, which centers on mastery of the physical body; ‘the way of the monk’, based on faith and religious feeling; and ‘the way of the yogi’, which concentrates on developing the mind. He presented this teaching as a ‘Fourth Way’ that requires work on all three aspects at the same time […] this way calls for the awakening of another intelligence-knowledge and understanding […] The first demand on the ‘Fourth Way’ is ‘Know thyself’, a principle that Gurdjieff reminded us far more ancient than Socrates.” (page 9, Reality of Being)
More information about Gurdjieff can be found on www.gurdjieff.org
And here is the excerpt:
“The child wants to have, the adult wants to be. The wish to be is behind all my manifestations.
To learn to see is the first initiation into self-knowledge. We struggle not against something, we struggle for something.
I believe I need to pay attention when, in fact, I need to see and know my inattention. When I begin to see, I begin to love what I see.
Where our attention is, God is.”