Spring 2002 Issue, Vol. V No. 1
A Teacher of Dancing
Although we have been gathering articles about movements since we established the Gurdjieff International Review in 1996, this is the first time we have provided coverage of this vital aspect of Gurdjieffs teaching.
The views expressed in this collection are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of any specific organization.
Our guest editor, Ellen Dooling Draper, is a member of the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York and a previous editor with Parabola Magazine.
“When one’s body revolts against work, fatigue soon sets in; then one must not rest for it would be a victory for the body. When the body desires to rest, don’t; when the mind knows it ought to rest, do so, but one must know and distinguish language of body and mind, and be honest.”
G. I. Gurdjieff
“What exactly are these movements? This question can really be answered only from direct experience of practice of the movements.”
“Occasionally there were public performances. Gurdjieff, in one of his irrepressible freaks, would dress everyone up in Turkish costume. This just had to be borne.”
“When one begins to study the Movements, very quickly what becomes obvious is the weakness of the attention: it has no endurance, no defense against the endless motion of the associations, and it is often unconsciously taken away at the very moment that its full concentration would be needed.”
“We realise in the movements … that one can collect one’s attention; that one can be awake at times and have an overall sensation of oneself; that a quietness of mind, an awareness of body and an interest of feeling can be brought together and that this results in a more complete state of attentiveness in which the life force is felt and one is sensitive to higher influences. Thus, one has a taste of how life can be lived differently.”
“You do not realize enough that your attention is your only chance. Without it you can do nothing.”
Jeanne de Salzmann
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