Ongoing program of study groups, “work” groups and reading materials
Gurdjieff was a Greek-Armenian mystic and spiritual teacher, living during the years of 1866-1949 – a time when Theosophical principles were coming into fruition. Gurdjieff traveled and studied ancient wisdoms, including esoteric Christianity, ancient Egyptology and ancient Greek philosophers. He called his discipline “The Work.” This discipline is about working on oneself in a practical way, also called the “Fourth Way.” Gurdjieff claimed that people do not perceive reality. They are not conscious of themselves, but live in a state of waking sleep.
If interested in further study in the Gurdjieff Fourth Way Teachings, please click this link for further information on all Fourth Way programs or contact Gwynne Mayer at email@example.com.
Online Gurdjieff Study Groups
The Theosophical Society in America
The Theosophical Society in America has launched an exciting new technology allowing practical Gurdjieff Study/Work Groups to meet online in a classroom environment. Now those who do not live near an in-person group or are otherwise unable to participate in an in-person group can benefit from the external ‘Will’ provided by such groups. These groups meet weekly and engage in self-observation and self-remembering exercises, the First Line of Work. This online program, begun in 2011, currently consists of five such Gurdjieff groups.
The Theosophical Society is an open organization. Anyone can join or participate without joining the Society. Full information and personal application please email firstname.lastname@example.org or gwynneMayer@gmail.com
Here is the current class schedule for 2017:
Times listed are USA Central Time
“The Fourth Way: Experiential Psychology of Spiritual Transformation”
Facilitators: Michael Hurd; Dr. Russell Schreiber, author of Gurdjieff’s Transformational Psychology: The Art of Compassionate Self-Study
Mondays 6:30-8:30 pm Central Time , ongoing group.
Practical Teachings of Remarkable Men
Facilitators: Ocke de Boer, author of Higher Being Bodies and Two Souls, Gwynne Mayer
Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 pm Central Time
June 21 – September 13 (12 weeks)
Join Two Souls author Ocke de Boer and Gwynn Mayer for an esoteric course with an emphasis on applying sacred practices from ancient sources to cultivate greater consciousness. This work proceeds along the two lines of Knowledge and Being. Knowledge is understood as studying the information offered by the work. Being is what you are, and it has many sides. We must work on ourselves in order to really understand these sacred ideas, and this requires effort. Weekly exercises and practices will help us focus on our higher being and support us in our inner work.
Suggested Donation $40.00
“Online Gurdjieff Study Group”
Facilitators: Ocke de Boer, Sy Ginsburg, Marcel Pardo, Gwynne Mayer
Fridays 10:00-11:15 am Central Time , ongoing
The practical teaching of G.I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) requires ongoing self-observation over many years. The purpose of such self-observation while making the effort to self-remember is to gradually free us from our identifications with fears and desires in their many forms. This helps us to realize that we are not the body-brain-ego organism that we have been mistakenly taught to believe is our true identity. For this purpose pupils typically organize themselves into ongoing groups that meet regularly in order to share their self-observations, and in support of their ongoing efforts to remember themselves. Participants bring their self-observations to share at the beginning of each meeting.
Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson: Reading and Discussion Work Group
Facilitators: Marcel Pardo and Gwynne Mayer
Sundays 12:00 – 1:00 pm Central Time
This group reads and discusses Beelzub’s Tales to His Grandson, pausing at intervals during the reading to discuss and help each of the participants to more deeply understand Mr. Gurdjieff’s legominism. This group starts at Chapter 1 in March 19 and must be assigned to the group through Marcel Pardo due to the nature of the Work.