Thursday, February 24, 2011

Solioonensius redux

I was frankly surprised at the heavy amount of additional traffic my last post generated. One would have thought the connection between Gurdjieff's teachings on this matter and current events were glaringly obvious.

Studying real-world events and correlating them with various elements in Gurdjieff's teaching to see if the teaching can be verified (verified, that is, for one's self) is, absolutely and inarguably, an activity that Gurdjieff specifically instructed his followers to undertake.

If one does not engage in this activity, one fails in one of the most essential tasks he gave- "verify everything for yourself." Of course, this particular verification (of solioonensius, that is) represents a verification--if you agree that it is one, a matter I urge all readers to decide strictly for themselves-- of outer circumstances, and is as such nowhere near as significant as inner verification, a much deeper and far more important process.

Nonetheless, if a coincidence, it's a rather spectacular one, on the order of Gurdjieff's contention that the moon was formed when a comet hit the earth (an event seemingly unknowable and unproveable in G's time, but now conclusively verified by modern science) or that a second fairly large fragment (which he named Anoolios) also still orbited around the earth-- an even more obscure and seemingly even utterly pointless proposal (relative to Beelzebub's elbaorate story line), which was nonetheless verified by astronomers in the early 1990's, and noted at the time as such by senior Gurdjieff Foundation members.

Anyway, because some readers may not have their own copies of Beelzebub, or may not be inclined to slog through it unless it is, so to speak, "made easy for them," I am posting a judiciously edited link here to the relevant passages regarding the process of solioonensius. (This material is under copyright, as stated in the document, and reproduced only for reference reasons.) Read it, if you have not already looked up the material yourself.

Of course the important point of solioonensius isn't at all the way it affects a mob of Egyptians past or present, but, rather, the finer material it makes available for inner work.

Reading the words will not magically create material in us that properly corresponds to any finer energy. It does, however, elucidate a potential connection between contemporary events and ancient science... which was, of course, a favorite hobby for even Beelzebub himself, and one of the chief themes of the whole book.

Savor this correspondence, or scoff at it, as you wish.

For skeptics who reject the idea that cosmological events (or finer energies in general) may affect human behavior, one may cite the well known effects of lunar gravitational forces on the human psyche. Gravity is, in fact, an energy so fine that we're yet unable to exactly determine what particles (if any) mediate it; nonetheless, it's well known that it produces effects not only on man's body, but his mind. And the fact that science has insufficiently studied the effects of solar energies--outside, that is, the strong evidence for seasonal affective disorder-- on human behavior is no reason for categorically denying their existence. It is, rather, a call for further investigation... which is, after all, exactly how science is supposed to serve us, although it selectively fails in this enterprise whenever it so suits itself.

In the end, scientists aside, higher vibrations and finer energies will always remain imaginary to those who are only able to imagine them, and be real only to those who are able to experience them. It is difficult, as Dogen said, to put oars into the hands of mountaineers.

Regular readers of this blog already understand that this is not in any way a space devoted to politics or external current events. The aim is to question and investigate the manner in which we can deepen our own sensitivity to a finer quality of inner attention.

Those of you who are new to the space may mistakenly assume that the blog is an attempt to "teach" something, or project some inadvisably assumed or erroneously presumed authority, but that just isn't the case. There is nothing to sell here; we're just investigating questions about life, and the process of living itself, from an unabashedly Gurdjieffian perspective-- suggesting, not instructing-- and without settling on any answers.

In the process, inevitably, we occasionally touch on outer events, because of the seamless connection between the inner and outer (well, of course, it ought to be seamless, and would be but for our own obtuse natures) and because according to the understandings of the Gurdjieff system it is man's responsibility to serve as a corresponding link between his inner energies, and their actual manifestation in the outer world. Our consciousness (or lack of it) is the tool that mediates this action of standing between the inner and the outer.

Form the Gurdjieffian perspective, and in my own experience, there are indeed finer energies reaching us.

How they affect us, and how we attend to the matter, is another question.

So never mind all those excitable Egyptians.

May our prayers be heard.

1 comment:

  1. Lee, i agree with you about the insights there are available in these days. One month ago,reading
    the "reciprocal feeding" chapter in "Making a new world" by Bennett, i felt the deep truth in it like never before.
    I live in Italy, and looking from here, the revolution in Lybia seems even more astonidhing that the one in Egypt, because Lybia is comparatively more ignorant than Egypt, and richer (for the oil incomings), than, apparently, with worse condition for a democratic revolution. But this is not my focus. I would only to add another gurdjieffian expression that is more clear now that seventy years, ago, namely, the "Three brained beings" that he used to baptize the humans. It's a definition that early scholars like Orage or Ouspensky always tried to explain or minimize to the reader, but now, after the studies of Mac Lean on the three brains in man (Reptilian, mammalian and neocortex) seems exceptionally fit to the subject.

    Thanks for the Yucatan notebook. It will take me time to read, but i'm sure i don't waste time. Photos very fine, expecially birds.


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