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Taking Instruction

posted Feb 8, 2012, 12:32 PM by Jim Turner   [ updated Feb 8, 2012, 3:07 PM ]
February 8, 2012


“I teach simple things.  I teach that when it rains the pavements get wet.” - G.I. Gurdjieff

regarding Pierre Elliot by Jose Reyes

His way of teaching was personal and direct and he never believed in being the head of a Fourth Way organization. He used to say: Organizations could 
easily be a double edge sword, the more you need to Organize the further you are from "Real Work". You have to find a happy medium; otherwise you have to create so many rules that you loose spontaneity, which is the basic ingredient of the Work. Many organizations are only rules and the substance of the Work has escaped from them. 

His approach to sensing was also unique; he said that sensing was not a practice that was confined to a meditation room. It is instead an hourly need and no matter in what we are engaged in during the day we must bring sensation to bear. He told the story of Madame asking him many years back if he knew how to separate. He said yes, only to understand many years latter that he was not able to bring himself away from the activity and bear witness. 

He ask me once: How do you bring separation about? 
I quickly answered: -through sensation. 
He said: "that is only the beginning of a long process. What you are saying is, that all that is needed to cook a meal is fire".
"Fire is only an ingredient ".

"Sensation is the beginning of separation, but connection is the next step. When you connect you do not connect to the old self, you are making a sustaining, an intentional effort, to be in a better part of yourself. How long one can keep this separation alive depends on the quality of the available energy stored previously."