Our work in its essence is being free and not reacting to people and events that are external to us. Whatever occurs outside of us, we attempt to remain inwardly free and learn not to identify. We strive to face our inner life, the higher in us, as we face the creation around us.
Breath consciously, be present in the sensation of your body, and the warmth of an open heart. Our Work is to transform energy within and the energy that is about, as best we can; Fears, sufferings, worries, Our happiness is in our attitude and presence right now. We transform fear into gratitude for this life, our inner life and Soul that is the gift we have been given.
How do we leak energy? Transformation is not just about higher energy coming in, but making sure that the energy we have is not leaked with negativity and identification.
How do we work with this? First be sincere with yourself – What Are My Biggest Leaks of Energy.
When we find ourselves in the midst of a leak, the negative emotion, sense, come into your presence, feel your body and emotions as are they now, attempt to see this Impartially, no judgment or negativity toward oneself. Just see! Can I see and accept myself as I am and yet allow the leaks to transform. Can I face myself as I am.
This Theme can have a deep gravity in our lives if worked with sincerely.
Our work is seeing where my attention is – now. What is grabbing my attention, inwardly and outwardly – observing ourselves while we engage in life.
Paying attention to this moment.
We strive to develop a power of attention that is non-judgmental, that sees our experience as it occurs.
We attempt not to cling to that which is pleasant or avoid the terrible. Whatever comes, that is the path.
The Fourth Way of Mr Gurdjieff helps us develop this attention not just from the mind, but the body and feelings and helps bring awareness to our external lives; not just when we are sitting.
Mindfulness helps us concentrate our attention, allows us to see intimately our wandering attention. The cure for mindless-ness is mindfulness.
Identification is being lost in what we are doing. We are washing dishes and we no longer exist – we become the activity we are engaged in or our minds and emotions wander away in daydreams.
We are on the computer or our phone and we are completely oblivious to anything else around. We watch TV and only the program exists.
Identification is also with our emotional and physical states. I am not my emotions – someone is feeling depressed and they are depressed. My body is tired and I become tired. The body is not I. Or one is feeling bored and there is identification with oneself or there is over-enthusiasm and we become that, and so on.
Work with seeing the extent of Identification in our lives and observing it – attempt to separate even a bit from the state by coming into our presence; Become aware of being lost in our outward activity or emotional/physical state; Connect to our inner selves through sensation and being collected to create some presence that is separate from the activity or the emotion that we feel.
Can we learn to be dispassionate observers of our own experience, to be with things, people and experience without comment and judgement. To just see things as they are. We should observe ourselves in all things as impartially as possible. Can we notice how many of our daily activities keep us from our lifetime goals.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
After making inner work efforts, energy is created – we can feel it, we can feel our presence more than usual, our breath and sensation. So what now, how do we continue the octave moving forward, how does our work evolve.
Try as best you can to use this energy for your work and not squander it on fictitious imagination, indulgence and feeding our automatism.
We simply pay attending to what is occurring to us while it is happening. Can we learn to be dis-passionate observers of our own experience, to be with things without comment. We often spend a good deal of time thinking about something we are not actually engaged in.
Thinking and awareness are two different things. We aim to see things as they are – our power of attention can give us a nonjudgmental attention of our experience as it occurs. Try not to allow the commentary, particularly the negative commentary to add to our self-evaluation and to what we see.
When you can and are moved, allow in the Higher, just allow and be Grateful.
Our default setting is mindlessness. The cure for mindlessness is mindfulness. Paying attention to what is occurring while it is happening. Paying attention without judgment.
Awareness and thinking are two completely different things.
People who think they know all are often insufferable –
Rather like those who imagine they know nothing
Impressions being food is one of the extraordinary teachings of the Fourth Way. But what does this mean?
First, we don’t know. This is where we should begin.
How to begin working with this? When we are observing something, anything, can we observe ourselves observing.