Master of the statues of Koudewater,
s'Hertogenbosch, Circa 1480
Rijksmuseum, AmsterdamMay 3
I just got back (to China) from attending the 2015 annual All & Everything humanities conference. This was my first time round; I'm pleased to report that the conference is a serious enterprise with a diverse and sincere community of Gurdjieffians and FourthWay students from many different lines who come together to study the material. This is ambitious at least, given the diversity of approaches and understandings the community supports; nonetheless, there is, in the greater measure, room at this conference for disagreement—even profound—without a loss of respect for the other. I was grateful for the opportunity to present and share, and will be updating folks more specifically on the exact nature of my contribution in a few future posts.
This question of appreciation (estimation of value, in the Latin root) is paramount, since I am unable to properly value that which I do not properly ingest. It is more or less like attempting to describe the flavor of an orange without every having eaten one—which is, I might add, a perennial difficulty in spiritual literature, much of which is exactly like that.
Our failure to see and sense this objectivity is where the root of this illusion lies.
In the end, every real spiritual practice and exercise in the world was originally designed to receive the divine inflow so as to dispel the world of illusions which automatically arises when the inflow is blocked.