|Journey to Essence Newsletter from GurdjieffWork.com|
"The level above Man is called the Kingdom of Heaven or Kingdom of God in the Gospels.
It has many other names in different writings. In the Gospels, it is said that the Kingdom of Heaven is within.
It is at a higher level of a man. To reach it, a man must reach a higher level in himself. If everyone did this, the level of life on this earth would change."
|Oragean Version of the Fourth Way|
"For a human being, any serious critique of reality must commence with himself, that is, with him who is making the critique in the first place."
C. Daly King
|Fourth Way Books|
An esoteric system is a way of guiding man to a right relationship to himself, others and the Universe of which he is a part.
After we've accurately located ourselves in the big scheme of things we are ready to move forward to what we came here to do, and becoming what we are destined to be.
TeachingsSpiritual messages by Ted Nottingham are based on in-depth study of the Scriptures and leading guides of the spiritual life down through the centuries.
These messages provide practical methods for applying wisdom in living one's daily life.
This Inner Work is a developmental path of practical psychological instruction intended to help you know yourself more objectively.
Purifying our behavior results in increased consciousness, compassion and wisdom.
|Journey to Essence Newsletter|
|Empowering Truths of Gandhi|
How do we respond to this onslaught against humanity we're witnessing?
"You must not lose faith in humanity."
"The future depends on what you do today."
"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."
"You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing there will be no results."
"An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind."
"To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer."
"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."
"To befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion."
"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win."
"You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind."
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
"Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable."
"Where there is love there is life."
"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."
"My life is my message."
M. K. Gandhi
"All of us are mortal and every man may die at any moment. Now the question arises, can a man really picture to himself and, so to say, "experience" in his consciousness the process of his own death?
If he seriously ponders and is really able to enter deeply into this, what would then remain, one asks, of all that had until then filled up and constituted his life?
Everything would lose its sense and significance for him. They would no longer have that significance which had been given them, and before him, in clear-cut form, the question would arise: "Why then should we live and toil and suffer?""
G. I. Gurdjieff
"What the individual is, the society is. What you are matters infinitely.
That is not a mere slogan but, if you go into it really deeply, you will discover how significant your actions are, how what you are affects the world in which you live, which is the world of your relationships, however small, however limited.
And, if we can fundamentally alter, bring about a radical revolution in ourselves, inwardly, then there is a possibility of creating a different world, a different set of values."
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|The Kingdom of Heaven Maurice Nicoll
The Kingdom of Heaven is Above the Level of Man
Although no one can understand the level of life belonging to the Kingdom of Heaven, a man can understand the level of life on which he is. Everyone can see the nature of life in this world. He can see through his outer senses what is done by people on this level of life, and he can, if he looks at himself, see with his inner senses what he does. He will then see what life is like and what he is like at this level. And neither life nor he can be different at this level. For, understood internally, the Universe is a series of levels, and a thing is what it is according to where it is in this series.
The level above Man is called the Kingdom of Heaven or Kingdom of God in the Gospels. It has many other names in different writings. In the Gospels, it is said that the Kingdom of Heaven is within. It is at a higher level of a man. To reach it, a man must reach a higher level in himself. If everyone did this, the level of life on this earth would change. The whole earth would take a step up in evolution. But this step can only be taken by an individual man. A man can reach a higher level in himself and yet live in the life of this earth.
Each person has an inner but different access to a higher level. It is a possibility in him, for Man is created as a being capable of a further individual evolution or, as it is called in the Gospels, a re-birth. A man does not have to wait until he observes with his very eyes a visible Kingdom called the Kingdom of Heaven surrounding him. Christ said that the Kingdom of Heaven is not to be looked for as coming in a way that can be observed outwardly. He said: "And being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God cometh, he answered them and said, 'The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo, here! or There!, for Lo, the Kingdom of God is within you.'"
The Kingdom of Heaven is an inner state, not an outer place. It is an inner state of development that a man can reach. There is no question of time and space, of when or where connected with it, for it is above a man, always, as a higher possibility of himself. But we must understand that between these two levels often called "earth" and "heaven" are many intermediate degrees. There are degrees of "earth", the highest of which is less than the lowest degree of "heaven".
|A Doorway Between Two Worlds|
"What you see in the mirror is not you. In fact,
it would be better if you saw nothing at all."
– Maurice Nicoll –
"We must remember that we live in two worlds, the world of manifestation as in the visible seen world of physical phenomena, then the unseen, unmanifest world of thoughts, feelings and sensations. Both are very real, both are very necessary for individual development.
In fact the inner world (unmanifest) can be more real for some, while the outer world can be equally more real for others. By keeping these two worlds separate, by belief in only one of them, we miss the mark either side entirely. We are then relegated to a mechanical life, where things happen and we have very little control over the outcome.
Sadly, it was never intended to be this way, we were originally given the ability to be equally aware in both worlds. We lost this ability through the trick of "Imaginary I" and "False personality". It has to do with levels of consciousness and the trick of imagination at every turn. Self-awareness, knowledge of the three forces of manifestation, among other ideas and understandings, can lead one back to the "ladder" of "inner evolution", where we have a right to be.
The third force in this equation would be the "light of greater consciousness". Like a doorway between both worlds, it would convey greater meaning from both worlds, allowing us to see what is real and what is imagination. We would no longer be tricked by all the "False I's", which are legion, and we would come to know the truth of each and every situation, event, and manifestation."
|Inner Work of Self-Transformation|
Reflections on Some Fourth Way Concepts
By Rebecca Nottingham
The aim of the Work is to transform the acquired, automatic behavior into enlightened, intentional action. In this process, the ego (false personality) made up of only self-interest, must be displaced gradually with a more evolved self. Purifying the emotional center, purifying the psychology of self-interest, is the substance of the Work. I suggest that everyone "in the Work" reflect upon their motives for making these efforts. If one's motives have something to do with gaining personal power, that self-interest will effectively block any kind of real development.
Those who are courageous enough to continue will find valuation of the Work to be the only third force needed. Therefore, the new faculty in one's psychology (that of developing consciousness) is fed by the power of right valuation.
The path of evolution is upward toward illumination, through the sight of understanding, toward finer and finer energies that cannot support the weight of violence. This path leads away from the automatic animal level of being toward enlightened intentionality.
Observing states and identifications is much more important work and is essential for building a right foundation. Observing functions, for instance, the Intellectual Center doing a crossword puzzle, or the Moving Center at the gym, doesn't give you enough information or context to be of great value in the beginning of this Work. Now you can identify an "I" by the state it produces in you. Knowing what center is functioning is much less important than seeing mechanics, verifying Multiplicity, or practicing Inner Separation.
Wrong work of the emotional center results in wasted energy (can you afford it?) and is an obstruction to Higher Emotion, and will foul up the workings of the other centers with hurry and identification, etc.
When you are faced with an intellectual task and you find it unpleasant, get practical. What does it matter that you don't like it if it has to be done? The feeling of dislike is subjective, part of false personality (acquired). It is mechanical; it will make your task harder and therefore more unpleasant. It is a responsibility of your Work to go against your mechanics.
Awakening involves becoming intentional in one's actions. Mentally "see" the emotional center and the intellectual center separately. For instance, the intellectual center can do simple math without any action of the emotional center. Keep trying to put aside your "feelings" about your task and focus only on doing it one step at a time. Make it a sacrifice to do "it" well. Reward your emotional center when you have finished your task. Ease your task by doing it in the best possible circumstances (when you are rested). Surround yourself with instinctive and emotional comforts (tea, scents, music, silence ... whatever makes it easier), then accept the fact that we all have to do many things we'd rather not. Accepting the requirements of life and therefore giving up some unnecessary suffering is growth in the Work.
How would one be aware that their Consciousness is increasing? Is it something that can be observed by themselves?
You will become aware that your Consciousness is increasing when it does. It's like falling in love. You don't have to ask how do you know if you are in love. You know. You are in love. A less flippant response to your question would be this: You will know that your Consciousness is increasing because you will be able to observe it and see the changes in it. You will also recognize a new perspective that comes with it. Self-Observation comes first always. Being, in the Work sense, grows. Trying to manifest Being without going through the process to reach it will not give you a permanent or satisfactory result. If you are saying that in your experience of a moment of increased Consciousness there is a sense of Real I, the response to this would be, indeed it does.
I can observe myself not being, but who would observe Being? I think the Personality's attempt to do this has made God in Man's image. I think the term is anthropomorphic.
The reason you have this misunderstanding is because you still take yourself as one unified "I". The "who" that would observe Being is "Observing I". Observing I is a place in your psychology that you have to create through this Work. Behind Observing I is Real I which is informed and shaped by Objective Conscience. There is no anthropomorphic element in the Work. This would be hard to discern looking at the teachers and students it has produced. But the real success stories in the Work are constituted of Humility. And Humility does not seek to be God.
I tried to find ways to discover, or uncover, "Pictures" [photographs of myself], ways to help determine what they are, and how to see them.
I formulated some questions to ask myself:
What is the significance of a Picture to me?; Why is it there?; What is the need for it?; Why do I need Pictures?; Who is in control, the Picture or Real I?; Why am I composed of Pictures?; Why are Pictures important to me?; What replaces a Picture?; How is a Picture revealed?; How is a Picture overcome?; What is a Picture made of?; How does a Picture manifest?; What am I without Pictures?; Where is it that "I" become "touchy"?
I tried to sound out some comments that might point to Pictures:
I try to get other people to like what I like.; I am insulted when others criticize what I like.; I am flattered when others praise what I like.
I tried to describe some Pictures: (Note that these are all positives.)
I am well-read.; I am rational.; I am no-nonsense.; I am informed.; I am persuasive.; I am always-right.; I am intelligent.; I am sophisticated.; I am quick-witted.
I tried to develop some leading questions or comments to uncover Pictures:
"Well, you know what I always say..."; "Well, you know me...", "Well, you know, I'm the kind of person who will always..."; "If you know me, then you'll know that..."; "Don't you know who I am?"
Using the "Commentaries" index, I read Nicoll on the subject:
"Pictures of ourselves prevent us from seeing what we are like. Pictures and photographs cannot agree. Pictures and photographs do not correspond.
Nicoll: "Pictures of every kind exist. You can have a picture of yourself as a good democrat, gentleman, revolutionary, tough guy, aristocrat and so on. They are all pictures; they are all imagination. Behind these pictures, the real person stands but the REAL PERSON NEVER STANDS IN HIS OR HER PICTURES. What is genuine and what is imaginary can never meet. They are two different orders of experience on different planes. Only being conscious can alter mechanicalness. The destruction of pictures is not possible unless something else has begun to form itself behind them that we can hold onto."
The significance of a Picture, the reason it exists, the reason you need it is to validate your ego. Who is in control? The Picture. You are composed of Pictures because they are acquired Personality imitations. They are important to you because if you do not see them, you can never get beyond them. That means you cannot grow in the Work. A Picture is revealed through Self-Observation and is overcome through Inner Separation. It is made of Imagination. It manifests in False Personality behavior and attitudes. Without Pictures a person not in the Work ceases to exist. Because what replaces a Picture in a developing Consciousness is an authentic perspective of yourself without self-interest.
Where you are most Identified is where you become "touchy."
|The Terror of the Situation|
Chemtrails - HAARP - Fukushima
"If we can fundamentally alter, bring about a radical revolution in ourselves, inwardly, then there is a possibility of creating a different world, a different set of values."
- J. Krishnamurti -
We are witnessing a frightening worldwide onslaught against humanity and the environment, and many of us are wondering how one should respond. The little that I can do may be insignificant but the combined actions of those who can make such efforts - efforts which each of us must be responsible for - is our only hope of transforming the existing madness into a more sane, just and peaceful society.
We must not remain blind or naive to what is taking place all around us. We must education ourselves - and others - if there is any chance of creating an awakening among sufficient numbers of people to alter the course of our current trajectory. Please share the Journey to Essence newsletter with friends and family for our future depends on what each of us does today.
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The Oragean Version
By Charles Daly King
"The unreal has no being. The real never ceases to be."
Inscription on A. R. Orage's Gravestone at Hampstead Churchyard
Charles Daly King was a student of A.R. Orage during the period in which he lead the Gurdjieff Work in America from 1924-1931. In The Oragean Version, King sets down a complete exposition of the basic ideas that he learned from Orage.
"What is a human being? Why is a human being? What is the meaning and aim of human existence? How may such aims be fulfilled personally and individually, and what are the obstacles that prevent the fulfillment of them? These are the fundamental questions which all human beings must eventually confront simply by reason of the fact that they are human beings.
A man cannot become an angel, nor can he become a planet, nor can he become God. All propositions of such a character are really impossible and thus they are within the field of unreality. The actuality about men is that they are humanly undeveloped; their potentiality lies exactly in the real possibility of their fuller and more harmonious development. The real potential in relation to men is that they may become Men."
"When we talk about compassion we talk in terms of being kind. But compassion is not so much being kind; it is being creative enough to wake a person up."
— Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoch —
"Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm. But the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it. Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves."
— T. S. Eliot —
"In order to understand the interrelation of truth and falsehood in life, a man must understand falsehood in himself, the constant incessant lies he tells himself."
— G. I. Gurdjieff —
"Whether we use psychological or esoteric terminology, the basic fact remains the same: human beings do not earn free will except through self-discovery, and they do not attempt self-discovery until things become so painful that they have no other choice. If the individual makes no effort to expand his consciousness so that he can understand the nature of his total unfoldment and can begin to cooperate with it, then it will seem that he is the pawn of fate and has no control over his life. He can only earn his freedom by learning about himself so that he can understand what value a particular experience has for the development of his whole self."
— Liz Green —
"Development cannot begin on the basis of lying to oneself, or deceiving oneself. Man must know what he has and what he has not. It means that he must realize that he does not possess the qualities already described, which he ascribes to himself; that is, capacity to do, individuality, or unity, permanent Ego, and in addition Consciousness and Will. It is necessary for man to know this, because as long as he believes that he possesses these qualities he will not make right effort to acquire them, exactly as a man will not buy costly things and pay a high price for them, if he thinks that he already possesses them"
— P. D. Ouspensky —