Gurdjieff International Review
Dr. Michel de Salzmann
Michel de Salzmann, son of Jeanne de Salzmann was a doctor of psychiatry. After her death, he was looked to as the leader of the Gurdjieff Foundations worldwide. He and wife Josée held many summer work sessions at Chandolin, in the Swiss Alps which were attended by members of groups from many countries. Michel was instrumental in forming the International Association of Gurdjieff Foundations.
Members of the worldwide Gurdjieff community grieve the loss of Dr. Michel de Salzmann on August 4, 2001.
Dr. de Salzmann provides an informed and thoughtful synopsis of Gurdjieffs life, writings and influence as an incomparable awakener of men and spiritual teacher who left behind him a school embodying a specific methodology for the development of consciousness The Gurdjieff teaching has emerged as one of the most penetrating spiritual teachings of modern times.
“Forget all you know about the Work. Its terms are an obstacle for you now. Avoid this old reductionism. Be new. Only then can you wish with real feeling, with love.”
“But at the moment when this threat appeared, like a ditch to cross, a threshold to step over, one was helped to cross it by [Gurdjieff’s] presence itself.”
“Little attention: little question.”
Intimations from Michel de Salzmann of possible ever deepening experiences of attention. “There is a subtle energy penetrating the body, moving through it, and I can perceive that because I am a human being. With a very active attention, I can receive this energy.”
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