I wanted to write as we prepare for our journey.
Be at ease, India is a safe and fun place to be, modern, ancient, exotic, familiar and always interesting. We tend to bump into what we worry about, so don’t.
How to work now; With our groups we are working deeply with I-Am, work with this each day. If we meet India in I-Am, we will begin to understand her. India is so full of life and life is only available in the present moment.
Travel often involves change and difficulty, but remember that our resistance to unpleasant situations is the root of most suffering.
See you soon in Chennai.
We become the masks we wear.
We are capable of letting go, but at the deepest level Grace is required. Some things go far inside us, to a cellular, DNA, hereditary level.
We have to first work from the bottom up: To see, have intention, struggle, be willing to suffer with what we see, see impartially – we do the work and there is the potential of Grace, which is essential.
It’s foolish to hold on to negativity because of perceived negativity done to us in the past, so defeating— but so hard to let go of.
May we all be able to loosen bonds of negativity we carry around habitually. This helps short circuit “all about me”. Helps develop an unconditioned openness to all that arises.
May the three Racoos become real prayer:
To the Higher in our selves
To the Higher in each/all of us
To the Unfathomable
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.
To hear more about Fourth Way Mindfulness, and to begin to engage in the practice, consider attending the introductory talks at the Sheen Center in Manhattan, coming up in September and October, 2016.
There will be a weekly meeting and sitting on Fourth Way Mindfulness every Tuesday at 7pm beginning October 25th to the end of the year.
We will learn abut Mindfulness, have weekly sittings and work with work Fourth Way techniques and practices.
Location: eBay, 625 6th Avenue, Third Floor, Corner of 6th Avenue and 18th street, Just left of the Container Store as your facing it.
All are welcome and there is no charge.
I have been involved in both Gurdjieff Fourth Way teaching and Mindfulness Vipassana work for over 40 years. I have found for myself and for many others how the Fourth Way techniques inform, expand and deepen the Mindfulness work and how Insight Meditation strengthens the attention, awareness and sensation in Fourth Way seekers.
These talks will explain how Mindfulness sitting when combined with Gurdjieff Fourth Way technique helps bring mindful attention to all aspects of our lives and a true transformation of our attention.
Vipassana Insight Meditation practice will be taught in depth as will Fourth Way teachings. When combined, it allows us to go deeper in our work and develop a non-identified inner self that is present and non-reactive, a pure attention.
We will practice classic Mindfulness techniques from varying traditions and delve into the comprehensive Fourth Way teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff.
Related: Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way and 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.
Our Theme is Solitude in the Crowd. That is, in all of our outer activities we remain inwardly free, we learn not to identify with anything, whatsoever. We do our retreat within the crowd and the commerce of life – as best we can. During a hectic business day, we may not be able to, or our efforts are partial and that is fine. Pick it up when you can. This is not all or nothing.
This is also called retirement in company – we develop the ability to detach from and distance oneself from external noise, disturbance and confusion when in company, and remain tranquil, perhaps with the aid of our circle of sensation. Also being able to re-attach one’s attention to the outward when necessary.
The Sufis say – ‘Though outwardly the Sufi is in the world, inwardly he or she is with God’. That when we go through our daily life we have a portion of our attention on our inner work; our sensation, inner presence, Being, collected state. Set the first note of this early in the day if you can.
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.