Methods of Work

Self-Observation

The practice of Self-observation and Self-remembering form the two main pillars of the Gurdjieff Work.

Self-observation is the fundamental medium of self-study.

If correctly applied, self-observation begins to reveal our inner and outer situation: our two opposing natures, lack of attention, mechanicity, the disassociation of our natural functions and capacities, and why everything in our lives, simply “happens”.

For self-observation to be of greater value it is helpful to acquire some theoretical knowledge of the functions, essential organs and linkages of the human machine.

For example, in Gurdjieff’s preliminary explanation of the human organism he tells us that we have three centers; thinking, feeling and moving.  If we observe, it is possible to verify this idea and to determine what associations and impulses arise or affect each center. continuation

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