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003 – Self-Remembering 1

The first discourse in a series of three discussing the state of consciousness necessary to practice Self-Remembering. We also touch on what Self-Remembering is as well as what Self-Observation is.

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003 – ABC’s of Influence

We’re influenced in life. The way to have a better life is to get ourselves under better influences. A good place to start is knowing what influences are available to us. Consciousness means choice.

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002 – Doctrine of I’s 2

The Doctrine of I’s part two is the next installment of our recent discourse on Gurdjieff’s teaching about our fragmented personality. To attempt to affect inner change without an understanding of this fundamental fact is like trying to lift a bucket in which we’re standing.

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001 – Doctrine of I’s 1

This is the first of six talks discussing one of the basic teachings of the Fourth Way system. We’ve got to start some place and this is where we’re starting.

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002 – Four Ways

An email question from a listener leads us to talk about the Four Ways to awakening or enlightenment. The Way of the Fakir, The Way of the Monk, the way of the Yogi and The Way of the Balanced Man.

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001 – The Fourth Way

This is a brief introduction to the principles of The Fourth Way. It’s aimed at people who know little or nothing about this ancient system revived by Gurdjieff. A good place to start before launching into the more complex concepts of the system.

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About Esoteric Talks

"No good deed goes unpunished."

The person most frequently credited as the originator of the phrase is playwright Clare Boothe Luce. Also credited have been playwright Noel Coward, writer Oscar Wilde, journalist Walter Winchell and the late Washington Post writer Bill Gold. The original idea is probably an ancient proverb.

Appearing cynical on the surface, a closer examination of human nature reveals the False Personality to be incredibly vengeful and petty due to its hubris.

Plato has Socrates say, "An unexamined life is not worth living." The reason no good deed goes unpunished is because most people are living lives not worth living. If you feel a sting, that probably means you are spending more time and energy examining the lives of others than you are examining your own.