“This work has service at its apex not its foundation. At its foundation it has understanding what our situation really is.”—J.G. Bennett. Fallen Leaves. Private Collection, 1980. “Tonight when we reached Hopeless Idiots, G was very solemn and after the Addition, spoke about ‘this small aim’ not to perish like a dog, and how everyone […]
“Love is a force, by which all life is transformed, and everything returns to its source.” — JG Bennett Along with ninety other students from around the world, I studied with John Bennett at his Sherborne Academy the last months of his life. Mr. Bennett was a sincere and adventurous man filled with a visible […]
Attention is a force—and an energy and a mystery. As a force, attention, when directed inward, awakens in us a “sensation”—a sensitive energy. This simple act of “sensing” is unique to the legacy of human development work transmitted by GI Gurdjieff.
“There is at the present time a great spiritualizing action that is preparing the [future].” —JG Bennett in 1974 in his monograph, Gurdjieff Today. [This monograph is in Bennett’s book, Is There Life on Earth?] JOHN GODOLPHIN BENNETT—as visionary mystics are apt to be—was ahead of his times. In the 1970s he inspired and encouraged […]
practical |ˈpraktikəl| adjective. Of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas. Gurdjieff’s teaching is a practical philosophy for becoming whole while struggling to awaken to who we are. It is a living hologram whose three dimensions of body, mind, and heart which, when enlightened by active […]
In the sixties, a woman with a two-year-old daughter makes a U-turn in her life as single mother in New York City. As her peers choose India as a destination, Lillian Firestone meets the Gurdjieff Work, stays in America, and allows her daughter’s development and education to become a living backdrop and stage upon which […]
This blog is dedicated to nurturing, nourishing, and further developing a living legacy of work-on-oneself introduced into Western culture by George Ivanovich Gurdjieff at the opening of the twentieth century. It is a legacy of harmonious development, continuous education, ongoing practice, and lived experience in the many-faceted mystery of being human. Throughout the first half […]