Friday, February 10, 2017

The Metronome of Being

Sayil, Ruta Puuc
Campeche, Mexico

Number one in a series of essays I wrote while flying down to the Yucat√°n for our February vacation.

Our agitation and distraction comes from not being correctly connected to our sensation.

Human beings think—all the time, and about everything—but only with their minds. 

Even now the part that's taking this in does not have a proper connection to the body; and one assumes

One assumes one understands—one assumes one knows—one assumes things can be done about one's condition.

Perhaps eventually we understand, really understand, that that isn't so; but we continue to avoid relationship with our sensation, which is always calling to us, following us around like a dog that is absolutely loyal but cannot get the least scrap of attention from its distracted master.

The investment in sensation is the only way to create a counterweight to this distraction, this superficiality. It's the only way. 

So stop trying other things and concentrate on this in a better way. Don't think about it; live it. 

Every investment we make in our physical center of gravity will eventually pay itself back a thousandfold. We should stop asking for immediate results, and work for a long, long time on this without any lapse. We ought to make it our inner God.

Our sensation can become a positive weight that binds us to each cell in our body. If this description sounds unfamiliar, we don't understand the question properly… and we absolutely need to. Without developing this faculty, everything else is temporary—a waste of our valuable inner time and energy. We can't keep inner time without this metronome of Being, which regulates the intake of every impression we have.

No wonder we can't take in impressions properly. The music can't stay on time; each beat of life lacks the gravity that ought to align it. This is one of the principle tasks of moving center which it ought to perform at all times. Yet it's never active; it remains anonymous. 

Help it find its personhood.

One should not just stop thinking. One ought to stop worrying about how one feels about this, and that. One can feel anything one likes, but one ought to understand that it's temporary. Once sensation regulates how impressions are received, one discovers what real feeling consists of; but for now everything one feels is superficial: imaginary. 

Real feeling has no ego in it; it makes no demands for the self. It receives and suffers, but it doesn't judge. Only through the organic sensation of Being can one develop the capacity to receive real feelings, which don't arise in us, but come from a higher place and are merely expressed by the organism as a form of worship.

Sensation contains no formulations. Allow it to act naturally and without inhibition, according to its native sacred law. Our mind is always interfering with the native sacred law in our body, and we need to get out of its way; let inner native law regulate. 

Act naturally with a gentle discipline, but always temper that discipline with respect.


Lee van Laer is a Senior Editor at Parabola Magazine.


Most readers are well familiar with Gurdjieff's formulation of human beings as "three brained beings."

 My new book, Being and Impressions, consists of brief and practical discussions on the subject, along with observations about impressions and how we take them in. 

The book was written to address some questions that have been directed at me over the last few months on the subject, which helped me to understand that many folks still struggling with these concepts—even after many years of effort to understand them. 

Most moving was a friend of mine—a true genius of talent with extraordinary outer accomplishments to his credit—who still after most of a lifetime, feels he cannot understand why impressions don't fall more deeply into him. 

His comment touched me in ways that theoretical discussions of these matters never do. I felt it was necessary to undertake an effort to grapple with these questions more directly, in a contemporary language, rather than the material we are all familiar with and have been reading for many years.

The aim in this book is to simplify and clarify some of these matters. It remains to be seen whether I have succeeded. Readers will have to judge.

Interested readers can purchase the book by clicking on the link in the above text.

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