|Journey to Essence Newsletter from GurdjieffWork.com|
|In This Issue|
Essays on the Teachings of a Master
|The Unitive State and Experience of No-Self|
"Our obligation is to be true to our own insights, our own inner light."
|Fourth Way Books|
|Esoteric TalksBeing Fruitful"Everyone manifests something all the time. We're all bearing fruit. The question is how can we insure what we manifest is something that will further our inner development?"Spiritual Journey
TeachingsThe Resurrected LifeA rare artistic expression, and in-depth study of the symbols of the crucifixion and resurrection as well as the spiritual and transformational meaning of Easter.GurdjieffWork.com
|Journey to Essence Newsletter|
"Pain teaches a most counterintuitive thing; that we must go down before we even know what up is. In terms of the ego, most religions teach in some way that we all must die before we die, and then we will not be afraid of dying. Suffering of some sort seems to be the only thing strong enough to destabilize our arrogance and our ignorance. I would define suffering very simply as whenever you are not in control.
If religion cannot find a meaning for human suffering, humanity is in major trouble. All healthy religion shows you what to do with your pain. Great religion shows you what to do with the absurd, the tragic, the nonsensical, the unjust.
If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it.
If there isn't some way to find some deeper meaning to our suffering, to find that God is somewhere in it, and can even use it for good, we will normally close up or close down. The natural movement of the ego is to protect itself so as not to be hurt again. The soul just wants meaning, and then it can live."
Center for Action & Contemplation
Self-Observation: The Awakening of Conscience
"Conscience doesn't develop automatically. It develops with self-observation and without judgment."
Self-Observation is an in-depth examination of the process of self-study known as self-observation. The methods presented are capable of restoring attention to a fully functional and powerful tool for success in life and relationships. We live in an age when humanity has lost its connection with conscience.
When humanity has poisoned the Earth's atmosphere, water, air and soil, when cancer is in epidemic proportions and is mainly an environmental illness, the author asks, "What is the root cause?"
Red Hawk answers: "Failure to develop conscience! Self-observation", he asserts, "is the most ancient, scientific, and proven means to develop this crucial inner guide to awakening and a moral life."
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"We are born into this world to learn the lesson of love; love of God, love of ourselves, and love of our neighbor. What we see in the world, the poor, the hungry, the wars, the government corruption, the drug addiction, and all the sorrow and misery is simply a reflection of the low consciousness of man in general.
Only the individual can transform him or herself, and as one does he or she naturally wants to lead others to the path of true life.
None of us can shoulder the burden of the world's sorrows, but in one's living one can love all, one can serve all, and this is the greatest gift one can give to humanity."
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For the first time, Tim Cook's sermons are now available in book form. You Hold Us While We Grow is an important celebration of Tim's significant contribution to contemplative Christianity in our era.
Timely, poignant and personal, Tim's sermons and prayers are a witness to God's love and unending desire for our personal healing, growth and transformation in Christ.
Tim Cook is the Minister of The Church of Conscious Harmony in Austin, Texas, and was ordained in 1983 by the Unity School of Christianity.
The intention in the establishment of The Church of Conscious Harmony is to build a community of people who want to make God-devotion the center of their lives while living in the ordinary world without the aid of monastery walls.
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|What Do You Seek?
What Do You Seek?
"I'd like to talk to you today about a question that was asked by Jesus at the beginning of his ministry in the Gospel of John. When those first disciples come to him, former disciples of John the Babtist, he sends them off to this new Rabbi, Jesus. In the first century, before Hebrew history, there was such a reverence for wisdom and for the sacred that teachers of such matters were highly honored. Rabbi means, my great one, and the disciples would gather around these individuals who had reached a new level of understanding and quality of consciousness, a new sense of reality and presence of the divine, and the wisdom of such other teachers before them.
John the Baptist represented that whole tradition of visionary prophets, people who had such an immediate sense of the divine that they were, if you will, channels of it. They had surrendered so fully to it and were so transparent to that presence, that power, that others knew that. And so, the disciples would gather around to learn...because all of us are on a journey, and have to move forward in knowledge and understanding of ourselves, of the great wisdom that is available to all of us so that as we process through our life we can find meaning and purpose, and a sense of why we are here.
These fundamental questions that make a difference between a life that is utterly miserable, empty, confused, and angry; all of those things that really poison what should be, and what is wanted of us by our Creator. And what is that? Bliss, peace, happiness and joy, because God is, because we are temporarily put on this earth, on this little planet, to rejoice at the glory that all that is beautiful, and beyond that beauty to see that it is sacred. Each of us finds our deepest identity in participating in the work of the sacred in this world; in the work of goodness, caring, of healing and helping others, all coming out of our own empowerment, out of our own wisdom, and knowing that Spirit is at the center of reality, greater mind, unconditional love, mysterious and wondrous depths that we can't see physically except when intuition increases our sense of what a beautiful sunset is.
In this part of the world where there is so much beauty to see, how many of us enjoy just listening to the ocean coming on shore, the quiet waves, or the trickle of a river? These elements of reality place us in a contemplative space that connects us with our deeper selves, with our spiritual self. This brings a quality of contentment and gratitude, of acceptance, and of healing that is beyond anything else that the world has to give. This is what is at the heart of all wisdom teachings, of religions and spiritualities. And we can find in the teachings and appearance of Christ an extraordinary methodology to walk that journey of discovery, an internal journey that opens us to our own spiritual selves, which are directly connected to the greater Spirit.
So many of us long for this without knowing what we are longing for. We have this yearning, this need, this sense that there is something more that pulls on our heart and soul. The great wisdom teachings are here to affirm that these intuitions are right and that there is more to life than the craziness that is all around us that we know so well, the harsh duties or obligations that are the basis of survival, and the terrible struggles in relationships. It doesn't need to be this way. To have wisdom to live, to be at peace with ourselves and others, to understand others and ourselves, to step out of a life of conflict, you have to have encountered, experienced a place within yourself, an inner sanctuary where you receive help from beyond, help from above, help from Spirit. But, what kind of help, you might ask?
This help comes to us in moments of intuition, in peace and joy, even when things are not going your way. All of these things are available to us now--in the present moments. This help is meant to mold us and change us, to make us whole and healthy, to help us be the best that we are capable of being, and to make us what we knew ourselves to be as little children before all the pressure and pain of life came down upon us. This can be found. It is true that this inner sanctuary is hard to find but it can be found in spiritual teachers, people of wisdom who have practical knowledge for each and every one of us.
Unfortunately, many churches don't have that as their purpose, even though it is out of that spiritual awakening, that spiritual empowerment that we can do all the other things that wisdom teachings calls us to do; compassion and caring for those in need, the weaker ones, all of that. But it all begins within each of us. As we are healed we can heal others. As we are made peaceful, we can bring peace into the world. How silly to think that we can have peace outside when we have no peace inside. So, when Jesus says to his first disciples, 'What are you looking for, what do you seek?', that is the universal, eternal question for all of us. What do you seek deep in your soul, in your spirit, and in those places in you that not even you go to, yet which call from the beginning for something beautiful and meaningful that comes from spirit? We are called to incarnate that dimension of ourselves, find fulfillment in that and in the process, bring blessings to others. There are such people. Do you wish to become one of them? What do you seek? Seek and you will find."
|The Unitive State and the Experience of No-Self|
"Obviously there is far more to the elusive experience we call self than just the ego. The paradox of our passage is that we really do not know what self or consciousness is, so long as we are living it, or are it. The true nature of self can only be fully disclosed when it is gone, when there is no self".
- Bernadette Roberts -
My view of what some authors call the "unitive state" is that it begins with the Dark Night of the Spirit, or the onset of the transformational process, when the larva enters the cocoon, so to speak. Up to this point, we are actively reforming ourselves, doing what we can to bring about an abiding union with the divine. But at a certain point, when we have done all we can, the divine steps in and takes over.
The transforming process is a divine undoing and redoing that culminates in what is called the state of "transforming union" or "mystical marriage", considered to be the definitive state for the Christian contemplative. In experience, the onset of this process is the descent of the cloud of unknowing, which, because his former light had gone out and left him in darkness, the contemplative initially interprets as the divine gone into hiding. In modern terms, the descent of the cloud is actually the falling away of the ego-center, which leaves us looking into a dark hole, a void or empty space in ourselves. Without the veil of the ego-center, we do not recognize the divine; it is not as we thought it should be.
Seeing the divine eye to eye is a reality that shatters our expectations of light and bliss. From here on we must feel our way in the dark, and the special eye that allows us to see in the dark opens up at this time.
Read The Unitive State and the Experience of No-Self
|Becoming Real: Essays on the Teachings of a Master|
"The aim is to pull man from his despair and lead him to wholeness. This despair is his constitutive condition. He is in despair because he is a prisoner of his I - his Ego - delivered over to the world, separated from his essential Being, closed into his spatiotemporal condition, depending on his rational spirit and separated from Reality which transcends reason and whose nature is beyond time and space."
- Alphonse Goettmann -
There will only be a new beginning through a return to the origin and essence of humanity, where a true rebirth can take place. In order to survive, humanity needs a spiritual revolution. It was the becoming of humanity which Durckheim dealt with and he therefore questioned all the institutions which pretend to care for it: the army, school, family, medicine, church and the kind of civilization they sustain. He presented a new way of living and being.
All these institutions have much to learn from him, but it is especially the Church, which is meant to be an instrument for the fulfillment of humanity, which must hear his message. Durkheim is therefore infinitely more than a master who has come and gone. His voice remains that of a prophet among us, one of the pioneers of a return to the origins of Christianity. When he shows us how the East can reveal to the West its forgotten roots, this applies particularly to the Church whose roots are properly eastern. Meister Eckhart, Durckheim's great teacher, impregnated by the ancient Tradition, was a powerful revelation for him. His mysticism was a reaction to an invading rational theology which has never left us.
In communion with this master whose writings he never ceased to study, Durckheim broke through to the essence of the faith of the Fathers of earliest times: all his underlying metaphysical insight is Trinitarian and he often said that nothing lives outside of the Trinity.
This provides a fundamental vision of a human being who is both citizen of earth and of heaven. These two givens guide human destiny which is a path of transformation where the human being becomes God. Only this becoming justifies the presence of humanity on earth and every institution, especially the Church, which does not respond to the call inscribed in the heart of each being, betrays its mission.
Durckheim believed that a God who becomes flesh and blood must be experienced! And every method: the Bible, the sacraments, our own body are first and foremost invitations to this foundational experience. The Church itself is nothing other than a place for rebirth. It is in this perspective that some disciples and friends of Durckheim join together in this book to express, each in his or her own way, how Durckheim made possible for them a new approach to Christianity. The purpose is not to praise a great master but to open the doors for which he gave us the keys and discover the new country which lies beyond them.
Read Becoming Real: Essays on the Teachings of a Master
|The Terror of the Situation|
"Owned and Operated is a mosaic of the world through the lens of the internet, showing our lives as consumers, under the thumbs of privileged individuals and their methods of control. But the world is awakening, and the experience is something outside the normal rules of social interaction, causing excitement in those who are not served by the current system, and fear in those who are pampered by it. This documentary attempts to present these events using the video, audio and written content uploaded to the internet by the collective human consciousness comprised of every individual participant."
"Only after the last tree is cut down,
the last of the water poisoned,
the last animal destroyed;
only then will you realize that
you cannot eat money."– Cree Indian Prophecy –For Your Listening Enjoyment
Queen of HeartsLonnie Liston SmithScience and the Outer Streams: Philosophy Professor Dr. Theodore
Kneupper Explains the Spiritual Teachings of J. Krishnamurti
Krishnamurti's teachings lead seekers to that universal truth of being which allows one to experience his or her own essence as the very "oneness of all creation", that which "IS", truly a gift from the source of life itself. J. Krishnamurti has the capacity to articulate the central problem of human existence and to point out the direction in which one may find a solution, while insisting on one's own responsibility of the discovery of real freedom and the realization of enlightenment.
"When one sees this reality for what it is, when you see totally with your whole being, not with just your eyes, not with just one part of your head but totally with your whole being, there is a spontaneous response which is a response of, you could say, of feeling of concern, of care. For example, if you are walking down the road and you see a piece of glass lying on path, many people would just pass by and not think anything about it. But when you see there is a piece of glass lying there, and you see that it could cause somebody else pain, and you immediately see not only the piece of glass but its connection to everything else, and you pick up the piece of glass to care for the other people who are there, to care for the beauty of the environment, to want to change it in such a way that it becomes a much more beautiful place, basically is what Krishnamurti would say is the essence of love.
When one looks at reality and sees dark and light, sees the good and the evil, then one is prompted when he sees with the heart - that's what intuition is about - when you see with the heart your immediate response is a caring for that reality. And when you care for that reality, it will prompt you in those cases where you see disorder to bring about a greater order. In other words, not only will you see the flower in its beauty, but in seeing the beauty of the flower that experience itself will cause you to flower in your own goodness, in your own beauty, and become actively engaged in life so that spontaneously, immediately, like the Taoist says, “you don't have to think about it, you don't have to plan it out”. You see what's appropriate to be done; you make the changes in the world around you, you may say the right word, you may give the right smile, you may do the right thing to make the changes, whatever it is, to make the world a more beautiful place. And, like what Jesus was saying, you get the idea of love; when you see truth, love is the spontaneous response to that, and when you live in that way you are no longer concerned about tomorrow; you are only concerned about the troubles of today, and not concerned about the troubles of tomorrow, and you are like the lilies of the field who neither toil or spin.
Instead, what you do is enter into a relationship with life where you don't have any concern about what may come next; you are totally concerned with what is happening right now because that is the only reality we have access to. Our lived experience is only now, it's constantly changing and arising in new form after new form, and when you are engaged in life, as Krishnamuti points out, life takes care of you. Jesus said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all things will be given to you."
Krishnamurti doesn't use the term heaven and so on; he tries to stay away from theological concepts because those concepts, particularly from the old tradition, have become so colored and so misleading because of all the connotations they have with them, but he says Jesus may have been a great master, and that Buddha may have been a great master, and there may have been many others, but it doesn't make one bit of difference if you don't see that reality for yourself. It's important for you to see the truth yourself.
Be your own teacher, be your own master, be your own guide because only when you reach that state of freedom within yourself can you be a truly contributing creative individual in the universe, which is what Krishnamurti meant when he said, "I want to set human beings absolutely unconditionally free", that is, to bring human beings to the realization, by this inner transformation of consciousness, to get away from this rat-race, get away from all this silliness that we do; we destroy each other and ourselves in all the petty little goals that we have to try to make things happen, trying to force the world into the way we want it, our old egoistic self-centered kind of activity. You see, if we could let that go, then we could flow with life and be a contributing creative force in life that would make the world into a wonderful place. And if everybody would do that together, we would have the kingdom of heaven on earth."
"Be conscious at every moment of what you are
thinking, sensing, feeling, desiring, and doing."
- G. I. Gurdjieff -
"Meditation is not a means of forgetting the ego; it is a method
of using the ego to observe and tame its own manifestations."
- Mark Epstein -
"Expand your mind to understand,
We all must live in peace.
Extend your hand, to help the,
Plan of love to all mankind."
- Lonnie Liston Smith -
"When are we going to seriously start respecting and protecting God's creation?"
- Tony Magliano -
"In observing your own useless suffering, realize also that your neighbor
suffers; therefore do nothing that adds to the suffering of your neighbor."
- J. I. Meyers -