Fall 2003 Issue, Vol. VII No. 1
The Movement of Transmission
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With every sentence of this remarkable communication, we are brought directly in front of ourselves in a way that calls us to another level—wherein “it is in my essence that I reunite with that which sees.”
In these exchanges from group meetings, John Pentland responds to observations and questions from his pupils regarding their inner work and does so in ways that called them—and us—to a state of attention, to a state of vibrant attentiveness, of inner alignment and attunement, which, when we are sufficiently still inside, possesses a potency reminding us that the real inner work is a response to a higher and deeper calling.
In this essay we accompany the author who is led on an inner-world journey by Mr. Gurdjieff. “Man has three worlds . . . you must make intentional contact between outer-world struggle and inner-world struggle; only then can you make data for the Third World of Man, sometimes called World of the Soul.”
In this penetratingly evocative account, Michel Conge shares with us impressions of what it was like to be in the presence of Gurdjieff, to be a direct recipient of the inner shocks that he induced, shocks which revealed the uncompromising truth of one’s inner state, yet Gurdjieff brought this about in such a way that he left room for Mr. Conge to experience the reality of his being.
Early in this dialog, Gurdjieff reminds his visitor of the formulation from the Emerald Tablets of Trismegistus “As Above, So Below” but taking that formulation only as a starting point from which Gurdjieff develops his central theme: the overall unity of all that exists—about unity in multiplicity. That it is not enough to understand this only with the mind, but that it is necessary “to feel with your being the absolute truth and immutability of this fact; only then will you be able, consciously and with conviction, to say I know.”
Scholarly evidence places the life of Hermes Trismegistus in the first century B.C.
These excerpts are taken from the recently published book, A Voice at the Borders of Silence: The Autobiography of William Segal. Segal was a pupil of some of the most influential spiritual masters of the 20th century—including Mr. Gurdjieff and D. T. Suzuki. His life is explored through his own writings and art, as well as through interviews.
These excerpts are taken from the book, It’s Up to Ourselves: A Mother, a Daughter, and Gurdjieff, A Joint Memoir, by Jessmin and Dushka Howarth. “As the years pass, I become increasingly, and painfully, aware of how few of us are still around who actually knew Mr. Gurdjieff, spent time with him, shared meals, or traveled with him. Simple, human aspects of his life are being forgotten, misconstrued, or blown up out of all proportion.”
This text on some of the aspects of being in and leading a Movements class was among the papers left by the late Joanna Haggerty. “The movements have a double aim—to contain and express a certain form of knowledge and, at the same time, to serve as a means of acquiring a harmonious state of being. Because of their conscious construction they serve a higher purpose in which these two aspects eventually unite. In this way, the human body can act, can transmit and can be of service.”
In this powerful communication, Jeanne de Salzmann states uncompromisingly that we have no measure with which to measure ourselves. “You must understand that all the other measures—talent, education, culture, genius—are changing measures, measures of detail. The only exact measure, the only unchanging, objective real measure is the measure of inner vision. I see—I see myself—by this, you have measured.”
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Late lunch with John Pentland in a roadside café, France 1949.
© 2003 Dushka Howarth
“There are two strugglesinner-world struggle and outer-world struggle, but never can these two make contact, to make data for the third world. Not even God gives this possibility for contact between inner- and outer-world struggles; not even your heredity. Only one thingyou must make intentional contact between outer-world struggle and inner-world struggle; only then can you make data for the Third World of Man, sometimes called World of the Soul.”
G. I. Gurdjieff
“Today we have nothing but the illusion of what we are. We think too highly of ourselves. We do not respect ourselves. In order to respect myself, I have to recognize a part in myself which is above the other parts, and my attitude toward this part should bear witness to the respect that I have for it. In this way I shall respect myself. And my relations with others will be governed by the same respect.”
Jeanne de Salzmann
“The point is, the head, which takes in ideas, and the feeling, which takes in scale, can never meet. Sensation is the relating element. How to feel what you think or to think what you feel is through sensation.”
“A teaching is a two-way channel linking Heaven and earth, the invisible and the visible; the ‘visible’ being everything in the universe revealed to us by our sense organs, and the ‘invisible’ being what other, more discerning, organs of perception enable us to perceive beyond the surface, which until then seemed to be the sole reality.”
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October 1, 2003
October 1, 2003