Issue #22 April/May 2023
“Three parts to every job: preparation, doing it, cleaning up.”
~ Jane Heap
There is a difference in the public holidays between the US and Europe which, in my view, favors Europe.
In the US, aside from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, the holidays are, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day.
In contrast the UK has: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Easter (Good Friday and Easter Monday), May Day, Whitsun (the Pentecost), and Summer Bank Holiday – adhering (mainly through tradition) to a Christian series of holidays. The rest of Europe is similar. And I guess that’s not surprising as the word holiday originally meant “Holy Day” It seems then that in respect of holidays, the US celebrates Man.
And yet surveys suggest that America is inclined towards religion, with 63% of Americans identifying as Christian and only 3.1% identifying as atheist. For the UK the figures are 46.2% identifying as Christian and 37.2% identifying as atheist. Perhaps the UK and the US should switch holidays.
“All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of our God shall stand forever.”
The Struggle of The Absolute
It begins with the simple childhood question: If God is good why does he let bad things happen?
This valid query is usually brushed aside by priests and preachers, but it is not so easy to brush aside. From the perspective of The Work we reject the notion that God is all-powerful, while affirming that He is the creator. From that perspective, this question becomes less perplexing.
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
Why The Herald?
Our and-3rd Series study group, has finished its journey through the and and 3rd series and has begun to focus on The Herald of Coming Good. The first clear fact that steps out of the pages of this short paperback, his first published is that Gurdjieff employs a deliberately complex writing style, every bit as complex as can be found in The Tales and in Life is Real.
The Ether Problem
The physicist James Clerk Maxwell laid the foundation to the field of electromagnetism and defined the nature of electromagnetic radiation. In doing so he assumed the existence of a hypothetical medium called the “ether” that filled all space and served as the medium through which electromagnetic..
Sacred Dances – The Gurdjieff Movements
Nella Liska’s Sacred Dances: The Gurdiieff Movements is a comprehensive guide to the sacred dances that comprise the life work of George Gurdjieff as a “teacher of dancing.”
The book is a valuable resource for both Movement teachers, Movements pupils, and indeed, anyone interested in exploring the Movements from any perspective.
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