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Who Are These Ideas For?

Gurdjieff's ideas suggest that we do not possess the conscious intelligence we usually imagine ourselves to have

The false assumptions we have about ourselves and our powers are a result of social and educational conditioning (and perhaps even cosmic influences).

This reality has resulted in an inner fragmentation and disconnect from who and what we really are and thus, our purpose in life. 

Two worlds

Gurdjieff's ideas are addressed to people who continue to search for meaning - as well as question whether or not there is more to life than what their daily life consists.

These ideas are addressed to those of us who have met with disappointment in ourselves, because try as we might, it seems impossible to make any productive, long term changes in our life.

These ideas are addressed to those of us who recognize that we live in "two worlds" and that these two worlds often times seem to be in conflict with one another. One world demands from us obligations (career, relationships, money, etc.) and the other world: a yearning for a deeper understanding and connection - a yearning of a spiritual dimension.

It is this hunger that calls us to something higher; an intuitive sense of an existing deeper relationship that is possible, but which is also beyond our ordinary daily experience. 

This hunger within our inner world is significant for it is from this place where important questions emerge: Who am I? What is the meaning of my life? Why are things the way they are?

As children, very naturally we ask "where did I come from?" 

Now as adults, for one reason or another, we only seem to ask, "where am I going?" Clearly something has happened in us - something lost. Perhaps - somewhere in the past - the responses we have received when questions like these were asked felt wholly unsatisfying and entirely inadequate. Nevertheless, we "learned" to stop asking.

Whether by the movement of life upon us or acting from the perspective that these questions are moot, ridiculous, impractical or impossible to answer, we move further away from them. What was once an "open" place in us, has now slowly become much liked a blocked artery - and this is IF we are lucky!

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