to Convert Life Projects into Work Aims
getting a sinking feeling deep in my gut, when I began to realize
that The Work just might be called…The Work, because it required
so much effort. Later on, I discovered that The Work referred to
The Great Work of Alchemy; namely, the process under which the lead
of mechanical happening becomes transformed into the gold of consciousness.
Work Itself has more than one fail safe system in place to prevent
anyone from learning too much or growing too fast for their own
good. Efforts, especially the requisite efforts required concerning
the necessity of going against oneself effectively weeds out all
but the most promising of Fourth Way candidates.
effort to go against oneself produces the 'heat' of alchemy, which
is required to melt down as well as to fuse the various elements
of 'soul stuff' into something solid/magnetized. Work aims, coupled
with Fourth Way exercises, are tools to generate self-observations.
Any aim that does not lead to another self-observation, or to another
aim, is a waste of time. Work aims should be organic in that the
aim should lead to valid insightful self-observations, which should
generate just the 'right' aim to go against oneself. The wise Work
student should view the realms of aims alongside efforts as an endless
source of clues concerning the mysterious interiors of oneself.
aim, man perishes"* refers to the psycho/spiritual fact that man,
as he is, is nothing more than a cork floating on top of a stream.
Ouspensky pointed out that even The Work student can expect little
help from above. Ouspensky noted that sometimes a student would
meet a fork in the stream. Ouspensky went on to state that the sincere
Work students might be able to shift their center of gravity enough,
thereby, enabling them to enter into a different stream of mechanical
A Man Thinketh, James Allen
Aims: Diagrams - Vertical to Life, Etc.
Introduction to "In The Beginning
Flip Laffoon's How to digest an impression.