Welcome

to The Gurdjieff Society of Maine  














What is the meaning of life on Earth?

Am I an accident, or does my life have a deeper meaning?

Who or what am I, really?

Who We Are

We are a diverse collection of people who work together to pursue self-discovery through the practice and study of ideas first brought to the West at the beginning of the 20th century by Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff. Originating in Eastern spiritual traditions, these ideas were adapted by Gurdjieff to suit Western lifestyles and perspectives. The core of our work is to recognize and accept our lives and the life of the cosmos as they truly are, and use this understanding to enact deep, lasting personal transformation. We seek the experience of an emotional relaxation, mental clarity, and bodily integration which can permeate our lives.

Gurdjieff said, “Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West, and then seek.” We are grateful to meet you here. Whether you come bearing long experience with the Gurdjieff work or are just curious and at the beginning of your search for meaning, welcome.

Our Aim

In moments of quiet reflection, we sense that all too often we act mechanically, that our inner “driver” is “asleep at the wheel”. Our thoughts, emotional reactions, behaviors and bodily movements are affected and conditioned by influences external to us and our true intentions.

 

We wish, then, to awaken from our sleep. We wish to work, both individually and together, toward establishing new internal relationships, which lead to lasting transformation. We wish to develop and enact a greater, finer attention. We wish to shed our masks. We wish to bring meaning to our lives; to feel filled with purpose; to locate ourselves as part of a living, evolving universe. We wish to merge our lived experience with our knowledge and so enter the world of understanding.

The Core of the Practice

Gurdjieff’s teaching is referred to as “The Work”, and is specifically designed for contemporary living and understanding. The Work has been transmitted by students establishing centers of practice worldwide, through oral tradition and practice in diverse forms, according to their best understanding of the individual members’ current states and needs.

Work activities include practical efforts in one’s daily life, meditation and quiet contemplation, readings, and regular exchange with fellow seekers. We also practice special forms of dances and movement exercises, as well as art, music, crafts, and writing. We work to bring the focused practice of mindful presence as we move through our lives: laboring, cooking, eating, building, gardening, traveling, helping others.

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