Posts by Maurice Nicoll

Imagination and Vanity

I was doing my chores this morning and noticed that the mind was not satisfied being there. It wanted to lure me away from the present moment. In the following excerpt from The Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, Book 2, Maurice Nicoll speaks on the danger of imagination. *** We all…

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A Note on Self-Justifying

A Note on Self-Justifying (Maurice Nicoll, Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, Vol 3) One of the many definite things we are told by this Work to observe in ourselves, and specifically to work against, is self-justifying.  What does self-justifying mean?   It means always putting yourself in the right.  To justify one’s…

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Commentary on Increase of Consciousness

Commentary on Increase of Consciousness (by Maurice Nicoll from The Psycological Commentaries on the Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky) According to the teaching of this Work we are at the second level of consciousness, designated the so-called Waking State in which people hate and kill each other in the name of some theory, etc.  The…

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Some Notes on Practical Work

SOME NOTES ON PRACTICAL WORK by Maurice Nicoll from Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky One of the first things we have to understand in working on our- selves is that we have three centres—Intellectual, Emotional and Physical. These three centres are not in harmony. Observe for yourself that you can think…

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Self Transformation Through Simple Observation

 Practically speaking, our lives can take on new excitement and meaning by simple observation and directed effort.  Observation of our own mechanical actions and habits is the surest way to move from a completely robotic and painful life to one of insight and beauty. There is no need to seek beyond where you are at…

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A Note on External Considering

A NOTE ON EXTERNAL CONSIDERING (Maurice Nicoll, Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky) A quite natural question was asked at one of the sub-groups in connection with the last paper:  “Can external considering be entirely divorced from internal considering?” External considering is always conscious.  It is anti-mechanical and so requires conscious effort. …

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A Note on Effort (audio)

A NOTE ON EFFORT (Maurice Nicoll, Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, Vol 3) The Work speaks of the necessity of effort. Strictly speaking, it says that it is necessary to make right effort.  The method of Sly Man is to make right effort:  he sees what particular effort is necessary at…

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A Note on Buried Conscience

 A Note on Buried Conscience (an excerpt from Maurice Nicoll’s Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky) Now if you do not keep the Work strong in your mind and renew it continually at least once a day, or at least often, if you do not rearrange everything in your mind at intervals…

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Recapitulation on Essence and Personality (audio)

The awesomeness of Man’s Creation and development is beautifully discussed in this chapter from Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky by Maurice Nicoll.  (Note:  the audio covers the whole chapter, which is a few paragraphs beyond what is typed below.) RECAPITULATION  ON  ESSENCE  AND  PERSONALITY Essence comes down to Earth and there…

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On Awakening from Sleep (audio)

The following is an excerpt from one of Maurice Nicoll’s commentaries entitled:  ON AWAKENING FROM SLEEP.  It is from his 3rd book of “Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky.” ON AWAKENING FROM SLEEP We are studying a system of ideas sometimes called esoteric Christianity and which amongst ourselves we call the Work.  This system…

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Simple Explanation of Work Ideas (audio)

Simple Explanation of Work Ideas (Maurice Nicoll, Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky) *** This ‘Simple Explanation of Work Ideas’ by Maurice Nicoll, will tell you everything you need to start a True-Life contact with God. “Everyone is two people – the person we suppose ourselves to be, and what we really…

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A Note on Relaxation

A Note on Relaxation (Maurice Nicoll, Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky) It is a long time since we spoke about relaxing.  On several occasions in the past we were told that we had to relax and to practise relaxation every day. Of course this has become a familiar word having no…

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