Posts Tagged ‘The Work’

Discouragement

Anyone who sincerely attempts to practice what Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Nicoll and others taught is going to face discouragement at some point. The reasons are various, so it’s difficult to predict when or how discouragement will strike. It’s not only that it’s a long path.

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Conspiracy II

Throughout history our species has become more and more organized. But the organization has rarely been a conscious process. Our organization has happened, as a rule, the only way it could happen – as a natural evolutionary process. Families joined with one another, making tribes.

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Limitation

Since this space is supposed to consist of my thoughts about the Work and how it might be applied to life, I find myself already feeling limited by it. To my way of thinking this is anti-Fourth Way. It seems to me that limiting one’s knowledge is something that needs to be considered seriously. As an example, I don’t use crack cocaine.

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055 – Other People 2

How much responsibility do we have for how other’s perceive us?
From the perspective of this Work the answer may be somewhat surprising.

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054 – Other People 1

If we’re healthy and have our bills paid our biggest problem is other people.
It’s also our greatest opportunity for real work on ourselves.

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045 – Isolation

We’ve got to isolate ourselves from the Life forces that drive us, not isolate ourselves from the Work forces that show us what we don’t want to see about ourselves.

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"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.