"THERE DO EXIST ENQUIRING MINDS, which long for the truth of the heart, seek it, strive to solve the problems set by life, try to penetrate to the essence of things and phenomena and to penetrate into themselves. If a man reasons and thinks soundly, no matter which path he follows in solving these problems, he must inevitably arrive back at himself, and begin with the solution of the problem of what he is himself and what his place is in the world around him. For without this knowledge, he will have no focal point in his search. Socrates’ words, “Know thyself” remain for all those who seek true knowledge and being."
VIEWS FROM THE REAL WORLD, BY by G.I. Gurdjieff, p 43
30 July 2015
28 July 2015
©Finding Balance, 2008, Laura Lopez
... it searches for what it had a grasp of only a moment ago.
This slippery mind is a wonder
... so easily distracted
... so easily forgetting... what?
Let it go, I suggest as the fog rolls in ...
I feel newly born
In awe of each moment of this new reality
by, Laura Lopez, July 2015
17 July 2015
~ L.E. Lopez
04 July 2014
FROM: “Enlightened Genes” in The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. Volume Two: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion by Chögyam Trungpa
For those with no teaching and no daily practice it is impossible to live this way. The illusion is easier and is always preferred.
14 April 2014
The Gurdjieff Aphorisms
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The highest that a man can attain is to be able to do.
The worse the conditions of life the more productive the work, always provided you remember the work.
Remember yourself always and everywhere.
Remember you come here having already understood the necessity of struggling with yourself—only with yourself. Therefore thank everyone who gives you the opportunity.
Here we can only direct and create conditions, but not help.
Know that this house can be useful only to those who have recognized their nothingness and who believe in the possibility of changing.
If you already know it is bad and do it, you commit a sin difficult to redress.
The chief means of happiness in this life is the ability to consider externally always, internally never.
Do not love art with your feelings.
A true sign of a good man is if he loves his father and mother.
Judge others by yourself and you will rarely be mistaken.
Only help him who is not an idler.
Respect every religion.
I love him who loves work.
We can only strive to be able to be Christians.
Don't judge a man by the tales of others.
Consider what people think of you—not what they say.
Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West—and then seek.
Only conscious suffering has any sense.
It is better to be temporarily an egoist than never to be just.
Practice love first on animals, they are more sensitive.
By teaching others you will learn yourself.
Remember that here work is not for work’s sake but is only a means.
Only he can be just who is able to put himself in the position of others.
If you have not by nature a critical mind your staying here is useless.
He who has freed himself of the disease of “tomorrow” has a chance to attain what he came here for.
Blessed is he who has a soul, blessed is he who has none, but woe and grief to him who has it in embryo.
Rest comes not from the quantity but from the quality of sleep.
Sleep little without regret.
The energy spent on active inner work is then and there transformed into a fresh supply, but that spent on passive work is lost for ever.
One of the best means for arousing the wish to work on yourself is to realize that you may die at any moment. But first you must learn how to keep it in mind.
Conscious love evokes the same in response. Emotional love evokes the opposite. Physical love depends on type and polarity.
Hope, when bold, is strength. Hope, with doubt, is cowardice. Hope, with fear, is weakness.
Man is given a definite number of experiences—economizing them, he prolongs his life.
Here there are neither Russians nor English, Jews nor Christians, but only those who pursue one aim ~ to be able to be.
~ G. I. Gurdjieff 1924
15 March 2014
Originally Posted: 2011 May 17
I picked up Life Is Real Only Then, When I AM (by G.I. Gurdjieff) this morning to look for some help before moving into my day of outer work around the house. As I started to leaf through the pages looking for the table of contents, the page fell open to the prologue which appeared to be speaking directly to the question I have:”Where am I in relation to my inner work today?” I thought I’d share it here. Hopefully it will be useful to you as well.
23 February 2014
Codependency is defined as a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition ...... ; and in broader terms, it refers to the dependence on the needs of, or control of, another. It also often involves placing a lower priority on one's own needs, while being excessively preoccupied with the needs of others. Codependency can occur in any type of relationship, including family, work, friendship, and also romantic, peer or community relationships. Codependency may also be characterized by denial, low self-esteem, excessive compliance, or control patterns. Narcissists are considered to be natural magnets for the codependent.
Ross Rosenberg, Author: HumanMagnetSyndrome