Gurdjieff, this book offers both a diagnosis and helpful prescriptions for addressing the fundamental yet unrecognized problem of humankind: we are not truly awake, aware, and making use of our full capacities. We were presumably both normal people. This book is my sharing of some understandings that have helped me see why we are cut off from the light, and a sharing of some tools that have helped me and others see enough glimpses of the light to travel toward it. Another suggestion and the subject would forget the present and be five years old, feeling and acting as he did at that age. With a few more he heard voices talking when no one was there. It is already fertile and is overgrown with flourishing weeds.
If the ideas and practices appeal to you, be open to them until you feel you have a basic understanding, and then test them. Although many of the ideas I will present have scientific backing from modern psychology, the search for the light cannot limit itself to what has been scientifically researched to date: science is too young, too specialized, too narrow as yet, and it may never be able to deal with some of the most important aspects of human life. Gurdjieff and his students, whose writings and practices were the central stimulation for this book. Too often we resent and' attack those who seem to have the light, for they remind us of our emptiness. There is an inner light, an inner peace, that can be found. It's impressive-sounding but not very specific or useful if your goal is to reproduce the sounds of the symphony.
When we think about enlightenment on a continuum, we can see it as a process, not just a final state. Another suggestion and the subject would have a dream, sometimes as vivid as or more vivid than his nighttime dreams. You can dull the recognition of emptiness with alcohol or other drugs. A state of consciousness is a dynamic process; aspects of it are constantly changing in their particulars even while the overall pattern remains recognizably the same. It is my hope that furthering the creation of inner peace in people will contribute to outer peace in the world. We are far too automatic; indeed, we are automatons, another point this book will focus on. He wasn't sure how to go about it, so he went to a local store and looked around.
Gurdjieff was a seeker after the light. Progress on any genuine path is a gift to us all, as well as a gain for yourself. Deeper meaning in life must be found now, without putting off the search in the vague hope that science will make it all easy some day. States of Consciousness and Enlightenment This book is about enlightenment and states of consciousness, about methods for pursuing an important aspect of enlightenment, and, particularly, about the obstacles that keep us in an unenlightened, ignorant state. I am sorry that so much of this book will focus on the causes and exact nature of human foolishness and suffering, but the aim is to prepare for cultivation of the light. A note about footnotes: Footnotes are numbered in this text in this format: 00 and are listed in numerical order at the end of the book. He asked me if I might be interested in writing that book, and as I thought about it, yes.
For those like Tart who light the candle will be consumed in its fire. Series Title: Responsibility: Charles T. If they work for you, build on them and go on. Tart clearly presents the evidence for how deeply asleep we are and its consequences, and then describes methods for becoming more awake, less asleep, more spiritual, less mechanical, allowing us to realize our full potential. She spoke of the way women have been mistreated in our own and other cultures, the ways in which war is a masculine activity that hurts women, and the need for women to use their power to stop war. If you examine the pattern of your mental functioning at this moment, it doesn't feel like the pattern you usually call dreaming.
Heaven help anyone who tries to wake them up! Henry has had a long-standing interest in Gurdjieff and was looking for someone to undertake a modern interpretation of Gurdjieff's work when he sought me out. Now consider a trained musician hearing the same symphony. Tart clearly presents the evidence for how deeply asleep we are and its consequences, and then describes methods for becoming more awake, less asleep, more spiritual, less mechanical, allowing us to realize our full potential. After listening, the friend, who had seen the man's yard, was compelled to give him some advice: Your ultimate aim is very good, but I've seen your yard. I wouldn't want to say it is totally impossible in consensus consciousness, but it certainly isn't easy! As Gurdjieff emphasized, you should believe nothing about his teachings or, for that matter, my version of them. He stressed the many ways that external conflicts between people and nations stem from internal conflicts within ourselves, rather than arising only from external sources.
You won't need seeds and fertilizer for a long time; you need information on recognizing weeds and tools for thoroughly digging them out. My previous books have been scientific studies. Naturally these seemed just what he wanted. Thus, if you cannot enter a certain state, you can never fully understand certain things. If you then think about some financial problem, you are in a financial state of consciousness, and so on. As he was preparing to buy them, a friend who was somewhat wiser happened by and asked him what he was planning. This is too broad for the term to be useful.
That sort of description is like someone else telling you that in an altered state I directly experienced the Infinite Love at the core of the universe! The terms states of consciousness and enlightenment are relatively new to our culture. For the intellectuals seem to think they can to the instinctuals and emotionals and hit home - but you must, as Tart says, get beyond even the philosophical level to realize there is no communication. Special thanks are also due to David Daniels, Henry Korman, Claudio Naranjo, Kathy Speeth, and others who taught me much about the Gurdjieff work. It will make you more, not less, effective in the ordinary world, and allow you to give more genuine at-tention, care, and compassion to others. Do they expand your understandings? If you cannot use your will and awareness to do this simple, emotionally neutral exercise, what can you do in the real stress of real life? I have not dealt with some of Gurdjieff's ideas, especially his cosmological ones, either because I don't trust my comprehension of them or because I am not sure of their validity. Reverting to an adult perspective, Wordsworth laments: It is not now as it hath been of yore.
As we attack those near us less and care for them more, we start to have an effect on the kinds of political processes that need enemies for hidden psychological reasons. Start with waking up: What does. Currently a Professor of Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, as well as a core faculty member of the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, Tart has authored more than 250 articles in leading professional journals. My wife felt the same way, as did every other person in the audience with whom we later spoke. The book in your hands could disappear altogether, it could feel soft instead of hard, and the English words could turn into gibberish. This book is about waking up, a necessary step to create the foundation for inner peace as well as greater effectiveness in the world. Gurdjieff, this book offers both a diagnosis and helpful prescriptions for addressing the fundamental yet unrecognized problem of humankind: we are not truly awake, aware, and making use of our full capacities.