Reflections

Control and Influence (Part 3)

(Part 2 can be found here) The Role of Fear Take a moment now and recall the experience of feeling out of control … realizing you have no influence … recognizing that what will happen depends mostly on luck, that you have no personal control over what will occur … that you will just have to wait and see what fate brings to your doorstep. Why do we all seem, innately, to fear what we call “loss of control”? What is...

Control and Influence (Part 2)

(Click here for Part 1 of this series). As I am exploring this subject, I see in my mind flashes of interactions with people over many years. There are situations I wanted to unfold in specific directions but that met resistance or outright denial from others. The love interests that were not reciprocated. The business plans that did not receive support from those who had indicated willingness to help me or the...

Control and Influence (Part 1)

A number of years ago I had surgery for which I agreed to a spinal, rather than a general, anesthetic. In the recovery room I lay on a bed looking at my legs. I had the strange feeling that I was alive, warm, supple from my waist up. Below that there was a sense of something like stone. The lower half of my body was dead weight, There was no sensation other than a sense of extreme density and immovability. A nurse...

The Language Problem

When we first read about the Work we tend to ignore much of what Gurdjieff says. The simple fact is that some of what he says is hard to believe and some of it is hard to take in. A good example of this is what he says about language, that is our language, that is the language we speak. In In Search of the Miraculous p102 we read "A universal language is possible," said G., "only people will never invent it." "Why...

A Little More About Kundabuffer

Aside from the last post on this topic, the only times we are aware of where Gurdjieff mentions Kundabuffer are as follows: Talk in Chicago 1924 Kundabuffer at the base of the spine prevents our seeing things as they are. If we saw ourselves as we really are, we would hang ourselves. Man must desire a way with his essence—he is really afraid to ask him­self if he really wants a way. He may want the way very much...

Kundabuffer

Some believe that kundabuffer was implanted by an operation carried out on mankind at the very beginning—when three-brained beings first peopled the planet Earth. It's an opinion you could acquire if you take The Tales literally.I suspect otherwise. What is written in The Tales is open to interpretation, as will be discussed in the next article on this topic in The Lost Herald. Here I will simply reprint the notes...

The Gurdjieff Legacy

Gurdjieff has no precedent. This becomes crystal clear when we step back and take a comprehensive view of his legacy—the sum total of what he left behind for the world to ponder and explore. By any reasonable measure, it is extraordinary, in both its depth and its breadth. Before we provide an inventory of his work we need to acknowledge that we have no knowledge of who taught him and precisely what he was taught....