Issue #18 December 2022

“People’s whole lives often consist in paying off the promissory notes of small accidental I’s.”


Gurdjieff’s Birthday?

The passport above gives his Gurdjieff’s birth date as the 28th December 1877 – the year 1877 is one of the three birth years about which Gurdjieff’s biographers debate.

The two alternatives are 1866 and 1872 with the month and day usually given as January 13th. A little complexity is created

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Gurdjieff on Hypnosis

The following is a record of a lecture on hypnosis given by Gurdjieff in Tiflis

“In Europe, hypnotism is much spoken about and much used in medical treatment. However the knowledge of it is very superficial which explains the frequently unsuccessful outcome of the treatment. it can be said that the curing of a sick man takes place entirely by chance if the hypnotist happens accidentally to do what the given patient needs.

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The Straying Camel

Like This

If anyone asks you how the perfect satisfaction
of all our sexual wanting will look,
lift your face and say,
“Like this.”

When someone mentions the gracefulness of the night sky,
climb up on the roof
and dance and say,
“Like this.”

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What Exactly Is Gravity?

Einstein theorized that gravity was not a force, but a property of space. This sounds bizarre, and, in my view, it is both bizarre and incorrect.

Nevertheless Einstein’s theory of gravitation can be intellectually supported using the following argument…

Consider a chamber floating in space in a region where there is no prevailing source of gravitational attraction.

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