of the Situation
Gurdjieff compiled The Work discipline, Gurdjieff did so with the
full knowledge that in the not-too-distant future, the planet was
going to encounter a magnitude of planetary crisis impossible to
meet. Gurdjieff knew, all too well, just how difficult it was to
develop consciousness in peacetime conditions. Gurdjieff foresaw
the near impossibility of continual spiritual development in times
of global crisis.
planetary periods of relative peace as well as calm, ‘doing’ The
Work is extremely difficult. During times of planetary chaos, only
the most advanced Work student will be able to grow as well as develop.
Crisis equals distractions. The more complex the crisis, the more
debilitating the distractions become, for the student trying to
non-identify as well as to self-remember. Making life our teacher
coupled with learning how to use life as a means of working upon
ourselves, is a hallmark of a Work student. Any ascending octave
of spiritual development will become extremely difficult within
times of planetary chaos.
teachers might fare better, but life conditions could become so
crushing that even teachers would be hard pressed to find time to
even ‘impart’ The Work. Even if the teachers were able to teach,
the numbers of students would fall dramatically. One has only to
contemplate, in depth, what the immense effect would be, both immediately
as well as over time, if our access to electricity were suddenly
removed. Electricity has become the lifeblood of the various planetary
nations. Every faction of human life on earth is monitored as well
as maintained through computers using electricity. If our electrical
source were to suddenly disappear, many, if not all, planetary systems,
on earth, would grind to a halt, causing another element of planetary
chaos to ensue.
of the pending potential crises could have been averted, but many
of the future problems required a solution a long time ago. Many
unavoidable crises are merely time bombs waiting to explode. From
a Work point of view, many of the global problems could have been
solved many years back if the level of being of the politicians
had contained even a fraction of honor, foresight or integrity.
Clearly to equate the concept of honor with our current political
system is a venture into futility.
mankind has the level of being of a gnat. Everywhere, people justify
as well as nullify their actions. Few individuals ever accept responsibility
for their own behavior, much less serve, anything higher than their
own estimation of themselves. The ever-present egotism of sleeping
humanity has almost successfully turned this planet into its own
toilet bowl. Pollution exists in every form as well as in all centers,
intellectual, emotional, physical and sexual. Our physical as well
as our psychological work is toxic, ending in a gradual perpetual
state of decay. As our government rushes forward to meet the crisis
of pollution through enacting ever more laws to curb waste removal,
little, if anything, is being done to address our consumer credit,
planned obsolescence consciousness. Self-discipline, long known
to include real work, is no longer a value.
is a perfect disease from a spiritual perspective. Everyone, everywhere,
knows how AIDS is spread yet poll after poll reveals that this foreknowledge
has done little if anything to change human mechanical behavior.
Funding for AIDS is declining because not all of the planet can
afford to fund perpetual denial. The truth is that the government
as well as health care professionals know full well that there is
no hope for a cure before the planetary plague dissipates by
students/individuals, in general, assume that the knowledge as well
as the practices of The Work are The Work Itself. The Work
teaching is derivative from The Work Itself. There is a higher spiritual
dimension to The Work. There is a spiritual causal level of The
Work, which the successful Work student will meet before as well
as after death. The ultimate purpose of The Work Itself extends
beyond the confines of one lifetime.
teachings as well as the practices of The Work Itself transcend
time. The Work has always been a source of wisdom for this planet.
Consciousness contains foresight. The more consciousness the students
have acquired, the more they will be able to see into the future.
The less consciousness the students reflect, the less likely they
will be able to see beyond the ground upon which they stand. A lower
level of being causes the students to always play psychological
catch up. Beginning students are forced into a game of infinite
regression. Because the students lack the prerequisite consciousness
at the time of their present behavior, they are forced to look backwards
for any measure of self-observation. The awakening students usually
manage to stay within present time. The awakened students take in
impressions consciously, as well as digest them properly, through
the various Work principles along with the various Work practices
awakened students are able to look into the future, while consciously
assessing the various possibilities, thereby becoming able to prepare
themselves in advance. Only those individuals that are able to get
beyond denial as well as delusion have an even chance of continuing
their self-development once any world conditions begin to change.
students and/or teachers of The Work, we form a conscious, planetary
spiritual community. At no other time could our contribution be
of better value that when various crises begin to befall us. We
can, and we must, set an example of a conscious response to the
multifaceted incoming impressions. One reason that The Work knowledge
was released through Gurdjieff was to enable all interested Work
members to band together in order to form the ark of conscious living.
By remaining conscious and awake throughout the future trials, we
can form a conscious remnant, which will enable us to transform
tragedy into overflowing manifestations of conscience coupled with
enough consciousness for all.
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