of the first generation Fourth Way Teachers who began under Gurdjieff
taught the profound difference between mechanical love and conscious
love. A.R. Orage’s pamphlet on Love remains a surpurb example
of the basics. It has been my observation that much of what passes
as Love is nothing more than a biological imperative and, therefore,
under the laws of our instinctual center which corresponds to the
Laws of Great Nature.
sleeping humanity imagines themselves as Sons of God, an awaken
individual begins to see just how much of an animal a human being
remains. For example, when a mother bear risks her life to protect
her young, we do not call that Love. Or, when a baby seal seeks
out its mother while rejecting the rest, we do not call that Love.
If a baby animal learns all the lessons from its parent/teacher,
we do not call that Love or Respect. Somehow when it comes to animals,
we can see the laws of imprinting, pair bonding as well as protection
of the young; but when these self-same laws relate to ourselves,
we add the sentiment of Love.
is pleasing to our vanity to assign choice to events and situations
which are under the Laws of Great Nature. For instance, when a male
and female meet and find themselves attracted to each other, we
do define that attraction as falling in love. Yet, we can see that,
within the animal kingdom, opportunity, coupled with the instinct
to reproduce, engenders the ensuing behavior. The Real Objective
Truth of the matter is that sleeping humanity credits lofty intentions
towards itself while completely ignoring the fact that their psychology
is under, nearly, as many laws as their bodies.
is a story about a large game preserve in Africa that found itself
dealing with quite a problem. Because of a faulty game preserve’s
policy, a large group of orphaned elephants reached adolescence
all at the same time.
every parent of an adolescent knows, all too well, adolescents,
no matter what their form are handfuls. The game preserve decided
to release the adolescent elephants to form their own herd. Soon
the game preserve began to find dead white rhinos. After careful
observation, the rangers noticed that these adolescent male elephants
were acting just like human males- they had formed gangs. The rangers
watched in total disbelief as these adolescent elephants bullied
and tormented innocent rhinos. At first the elephants would blow
water into a rhino’s face, then the adolescent elephants threw sticks.
After the stick throwing, the elephants began charging the rhinos.
In no time, the newly formed gangs began to break fences, tear down
buildings and destroy, for the shear fun of it, anything that stood
in their way.
the park rangers soon found a solution. The game wardens brought
big bull elephants from other game preserves. As soon as the massive
bulls arrived on the scene, all former adolescent destruction ceased.
If an adolescent male elephant stops acting out because a dominant
bull is present, we do not ascribe an emotional element towards
the apparent transformation of the adolescent animal behavior. We
realize that the adolescent male is merely displaying some aspect
of enlightened self-interest.
animals meet, reproduce and rear their young, no one uses the sentiment
of Love merely to describe the sequence. We are able to realize
that the sequence of behavior is not Love; we realize that the behavior
is based upon a biological imperative; Yet, we, as Homo sapiens,
are forever deceiving ourselves by assigning motives and meanings
to our behavior that may not apply.
a male, in the animal Kingdom, attempts to spread his (genetic code)
seed, we realize that the diversity within the gene pool creates
a healthier breed. We do not call these mating animals promiscuous
or that these animals suffer from sexual addictions. But when we
apply these same biological imperatives towards humans, we inevitably
create a sea of moral deviants. While I agree that human beings
have the innate capacity to act beyond biological imperatives,
that fact does not mean that to act from a biological imperative
is sick, bad or wrong.
Fourth Way students who can discern for themselves what it is
not become able to proceed along the long arduous road from
imagination into consciousness. Biological imperatives are not emotional
love much less conscious love. One of the reasons conscious love
is a decision is because emotional love is an automatic reaction
to a biological imperative. All of us react automatically; few of
us act from our Real Self. Conscious love is universal. Conscious
Love contains everything but prefers nothing.
anyone can know what it is they will have to have sacrificed
what it is not. Biological imperatives give rise to emotional love.
Before you can come out from under a law, you must first observe
the effects of the law upon oneself. As long as we confuse biological
imperatives with consciousness, we will remain in imagination. Once
we can see beyond our mechanical emotion into the realm of conscious
choice, we become teachable in regard to conscious love itself.