For most of us, life happens with little influence on our part. I may make decisions about what to eat, where to go, but there is very little influence over the thoughts, feelings and movements that seem to happen on their own. In fact, much of the time we are numb to our life, caught in fleeting experiences which we are quick to label as me, or mine.
Man forgets himself by forgetting the seed that is within him, by turning his back on this reality, the only reality there is. In so doing he increases his suffering, worsens his state, hastens his own ruin as well as that of others, and adds to the Sorrow of the Creator, for, in a certain way, the Creator is in man. The only direction is to connect.
"We all have experiences of a higher kind—the question is how do I act towards such experiences? What is the meaning of such experiences in my life?"
— John Pentland in Exchanges Within
“In properly organized groups no faith is required; what is required is simply a little trust and even that only for a little while, for the sooner a man begins to verify all he hears the better it is for him… Accept nothing you cannot verify for yourself.”
— G.I. Gurdjieff
“The earth needs our work… now.”
— Jeanne de Salzmann, spoken word
"If you wish your children well, you must first wish yourself well. For if you change, your children too will change.”
— Gurdjieff, Views from the Real World
"What religions call God is the higher level, above the mind, but understood through a higher part of the mind. Man is made to create a link between two levels, to receive energy from a higher level in order to have an action on a lower level—not a reaction. As long as the ego is dominant, nothing is possible. … In order to be related to a higher level, some freedom is necessary from the level of existence where one is. Passivity of the body and of the mind stands in the way. The process requires active attention.”
— Jeanne de Salzmann
“It is my belief that every one of us is a vessel that contains a very great energy which goes unattended. Right now as we sit here, there is something in us that is waiting to be called. And if we attend to it, if we acknowledge it, we will then be in touch with a force that can illuminate. It can transform and shape each one of us and can help to change the world. When one is still and one listens, then one begins to be in touch with this mysterious element which is within each one of us.”
— William Segal, A Voice at the Borders of Silence
“Life is sacred. Everything is animated by the One and contained in It. Everything is maintained reciprocally and is connected by life. All that exists serves Creation and has its place in the order of the Universe. Creation is Love.”
— Michel Conge, Inner Octaves