Dear Friends, we are sharing with you a few excerpts from Mister Gurdjieff ‘s very much neglected work, ‘ The Herald of Coming Good‘. There is in it a wealth of information awaiting for the lover of the Real ! Here is excerpt number 02. Enjoy !
‘ The modern man does not think, but something thinks for him; he does not act but something acts through him; he does not create, but something is created through him; he does not achieve, but something is achieved through him.
In a newly-born child these three diverse parts of the general human psyche may be compared to a system of blank gramophone rolls upon which begin to be recorded, from the day of its appearance into the world, the external significance of objects and the subjective understanding of their inner significance, or sense of the result of all actions taking place in the outer world, as well as in the inner world already forming in him; all this is recorded in accordance with the correspondence between the nature of these actions and the nature of those distinct systems which form themselves in man.
All kinds of these recorded results of environing actions remain unchanged on each of these ‘ depository-rolls’ for life, in the same sequence and in the same correlation with the impressions previously recorded, in which they are perceived. All the impressions recorded in these three relatively independent parts, composing man’s general psyche, later produce, in the period of responsible age, all kind of associations in diverse combinations.
That which is called ‘ reason’ in man. As well as in all other external forms of life, is nothing more than the concentration of the results of impressions of different quality formerly perceived; and the stimulation and repetition of these provokes different kinds of associations in the being. The recorded impressions have three sources of origin, and are subject to three different law-abiding influences.
One category of associations is formed by impressions perceived involuntarily and coming directly from the outer world as well as springing from man’s inner world, as a result of certain previous, constant and automatically repeated associations.
The second category is formed by voluntarily perceived impressions either springing from the external world or crystallizing in man’s inner world by means of deliberate active thinking and verification of reality.
And the third category originates exclusively from the process of so-called ‘ transformed-contemplation’, that is, from the confrontation of homogeneous impressions of all origins, which were already fixed, while continuous contact is maintained between their inner and separates centers.
The depositing in man’s entirety of the three distinct categories of impressions, enumerated above, for the subsequent manifestations of man’s general psyche confirms, among other things, the real diversity of the three determinate states of man’s consciousness and defines their quality and importance.’
From Gurdjieff ’s ‘ The Herald of Coming Good’, Paris, 1933. Pages 31-32.