Suffering

In the Work, we speak of suffering and intentional suffering. There is an important distinction. Unnecessary Suffering and Inescapable Suffering Unnecessary suffering is the suffering we inflict on ourselves because of our mechanicality—suffering we incur because of...

Effort and Super Effort

In normal life, we use the word “effort” to describe anything that demands energy from us to complete. This is mechanical effort.  We have the habit of making some efforts and the habit of avoiding others. But effort in The Work is different, or at least it should be...

Belcultassi

Read this slowly, several times, for full impact… “First of all he decided to attain without delay such a ‘potency’ as would give him the strength and possibility to be quite sincere with himself, that is to say, to be able to conquer those impulses which had...

Objective Self-Observation

Self-observation is very difficult. The more you try, the more clearly you will see this. At present you should practice it not for results but to understand that you cannot observe yourselves. In the past you imagined that you saw and knew yourselves. I am speaking...

Gurdjieff’s Advice on Reading The Tales

[Written impromptu by the author on delivering this book, already prepared for publication, to the printer.] ACCORDING TO the numerous deductions and conclusions made by me during experimental elucidations concerning the productivity of the perception by contemporary...

We Do Not Know How To Read

 om In Search of the Miraculous “A great deal can be found by reading. For instance, take yourself: you mightalready know a great deal if you knew how to read. I mean that, if you understood everything you have read in your life, you would already know whatyou are...