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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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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Authentic Individuality

Authentic Individuality (A chapter from Maurice Nicoll’s  Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of GI Gurdjieff and PD Ouspensky, Book 3) “We have to acknowledge and accept all sides of ourselves, because only through the acknowledgement, the acceptance, the consciousness of all sides of ourselves can we advance at all.  This is exactly what broadens our…

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Shocks

Shock of self-remembering

Understanding Shocks and Self-Remembering in the Work (What follows was written by Maurice Nicoll in Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky, Volume 3 “It has been said that Self-Remembering gives a shock to the whole Being and actually provides better food for the cells of the body.  But we do…

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View the Machine

View the Machine This excerpt is from  Maurice Nicoll’s Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of GI Gurdjieff and PD Ouspensky, Vol 3. THE SECOND LINE OF WORK “There are three lines of Work.  The first line of Work is work on yourself in connection with what the Work teaches.  The second line of Work is…

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Observing ‘I’

Having read this morning, a chapter from Maurice Nicoll’s  Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of GI Gurdjieff and PD Ouspensky, Book 3 , an insightful and instructive course of self-discovery was set in motion.  What a great way to spend the day!  Here is an excerpt: *** “What is our greatest danger as we get…

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Revelation to Elevation

This excerpt is by Maurice Nicoll, taken from The Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, Vol. 2.  It has to do with psychological entropy, or in other words, a state in which “We cannot apply ourselves to anything and so cannot take in any new impressions.  We never try to learn anything…

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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…

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Commentary on Increase of Consciousness

Commentary on Increase of Consciousness (by Maurice Nicoll from The Psychological 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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