In creating these movements each detail has a meaning, the smallest element is taken into account, nothing is left to chance or to imagination. There is only one possible gesture, posture and rhythm with which to represent a given human or cosmic situation. Another gesture, posture or movement would not present the truth—it would be false. If there is the least miscalculation in the composition of a movement the dance would be desecrated, and fantasy would take the place of knowledge. Mr. Gurdjieff, during a long life devoted to study and questioning, mastered the principles of those sacred dances which constitute a branch of objective art. Understanding the principles, he was able to demonstrate truths through these movements.
The student, even from the beginning, through the high degree of sustained attention required to perfect himself in the movements, is using one of the specific means of self-knowledge, and of attaining ‘the cognition and comprehension of reality.’
|Copyright © 1969 C. S. Nott|
This webpage © 2002 Gurdjieff Electronic Publishing
Featured: Spring 2002 Issue, Vol. V (1)
Revision: April 1, 2002
An excerpt from C. S. Nott’s, Journey Through This World: The Second Journal of a Pupil, Weiser, 1969, pp. 240–241.