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Sorry, I haven't updated this for sometime having just moved, begun various group meetings and other things it has moved down my list of priorities. But this is because these are only edited and refined versions of my posts on Facebook. So if you want to read my latest general thoughts and reflections just go to my Facebook page.

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Mindfulness and Self-Remembering - Thursday October 4, 2012

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When I was a young university student I discovered an important secret to improving my grades. And it was to never enroll in a class that started before noon. Now this wasn’t just because I wasn’t a morning person, but rather it was a direct result of the fact that last-call at the pub on campus was at 1 am. Fortunately, this flippancy ended up having a profound effect on my life because when I finally settled on a major, it limited the courses I could take.

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The Gurdjieff Teachings - Monday September 24, 2012

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I am not a follower of the Gurdjieff Foundation, or even of the Gurdjieff Movement, but of the Gurdjieff Teachings.


There are Gurdjieffians who have access to all sorts of hidden secrets. People in the Foundation, or in groups linked to Bennett or Nyland or Staveley. I have heard hints of what Nyland and Bennett have passed on. I have even been offered membership in these closed secretive groups and have briefly lurked on the edges for a while, but the price was too high be...

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Aims, Wishes and an Idee Fixe - Saturday September 22, 2012

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The Secret works, even though it really isn’t ‘a secret’. And the ‘law of attraction’ has been known for eons. However, it was never called the law of attraction because it is so much more than this.


It is perhaps best understood (and misunderstood considering how this terms has been abused in the west) as ‘karma’ or the law of cause and effect. It is even expresses in the Bible: “as you sow, so shall you reap”.


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The Right/Left Brain Dancer - Thursday September 20, 2012

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There was once a noble magician from a distant land who was also a great shepherd. And just as some see this dancer dancing counterclockwise, some saw this shepherd as a lord of darkness. And as others see this dancer dancing clockwise, some saw him as a lord of light.


If you saw the darkness, then you believed any hints of light must be in service of the darkness. And if you saw lightness you believed any hints of dark must be in service of the light.



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An Exploration of Some of Our Internal Filters - Wednesday September 12, 2012

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Awaken to this moment by sensing the tip of your right index finger. Sense the tip of the bone and skin. Focus all of your Presence at the very edge where your skin meets the air.


Then reach up and touch the centre of your forehead with the tip of your right index finger and become aware of the sensation of your skin touching your skin. Really experience this sensation. Allow it to pull you into this moment. Here and now.


Then b...

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Learning to Say 'No': An Exercise - Tuesday September 11, 2012

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I used to have a real problem saying 'no' to people. So I know exactly what Thomas de Hartmann felt when Mr. Gurdjieff put him in a position where this became so painfully obvious (*see the bottom of this post to read de Hartmann's story). I felt de Hartmann's pain as I read it because I have felt those feelings inside of me.


Now in order to understand this exercise, it is necessary to be acquainted with the various elements involved in it. So let me properly set it up, so-...

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Distorted Patterns of Thinking and Feeling - Monday September 10, 2012

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We cannot see the world as it really is. This is partly a result of the way our bodies are designed to perceive the world. We can't see anything in the infrared spectrum and our ears can only detect a very limited range of sounds. And what we do receive needs to be sorted and filtered to prevent it from overloading us.


There are three processes involved in this because we delete, distort and generalize. This is both basic linguistic theory and and one of the basic tenants o...

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'What's In It For Me' versus 'How Can I Be of Service' - Saturday September 8, 2012

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Another internal binary program we use to determine how we behave has been identified by the people who developed NLP. This habitual program involves what they call 'sorting by self' and 'sorting by others' or as I prefer to think of it: 'what's in it for me' versus 'how can I be of service.'


I used to naively think that one was the way of the egotist and the other the way of the altruist. However, over time and after much reflection I realized that this was really more of ...

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Do You Internally or Externally Validate Yourself? - Saturday September 8, 2012

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When I asked my eldest daughter who was working in a restaurant, how she knew when she had done a good job she listed a series of criteria: when she received good tips, when the customers complimented her and smiled at her service; when her manager told her she was doing a good job; when the chef high-fived her.


I had to smile when she told me this because I operate from the opposite perspective. I know I have done a good job because of how I feel inside. I know when I've c...

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Moving Towards and Moving Away From - Saturday September 8, 2012

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Take a moment and imagine a brand-new hill has miraculously appeared in the middle of a field. Then imagine that it starts to rain. Notice how at first the water runs evenly down all sides of the hill. However, over time small ruts soon form that channel the water. And every time it rains these ruts grow wider and deeper so that whenever it rains the water naturally gravitates towards these channels further enlarging them.


Now imagine that your brain is this hill and these ...

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Looking at a Problem from All Three Sides - Tuesday September 4, 2012

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Mr. Gurdjieff said that ordinary man "has no WILL" and that he "cannot DO anything". That things just happen, ‘free will’ is an illusion and we are more like machines ruled by habits and patterns of thinking.


This was very contentious when Mr Gurdjieff first began teaching in the early part of the last century. Though neuroscience has recently begun to confirming it.


However, he also gave us hope because he said it is...

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My Name is Legion - Tuesday September 4, 2012

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"It is the greatest mistake," he [George Gurdjieff] said, "to think that man is always one and the same. A man is never the same for long. He is continually changing. He seldom remains the same even for half an hour. We think that if a man is called Ivan he is always Ivan. Nothing of the kind. Now he is Ivan, in another minute he is Peter, and a minute later he is Nicholas, Sergius, Matthew, Simon. And all of you think he is Ivan. You know that Ivan cannot do a certain thing. He cannot tell a...

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The Power of Struggle - Sunday September 2, 2012

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If we truly want to change who we are, if we truly want to transform our Being, then one of the most important activities we need to enage is to 'struggle.' This is because struggle leads to 'friction' and friction is one of the most transformative elements in the universe.


The friction that comes from the struggle between the seedling and the earth above it. The friction that comes when a butterfly breaks through its cocoon. The friction that comes when we struggle between...

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What is the Most Important Ingredient to Successful Change and Transformation? - Sunday September 2, 2012

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Some say it is having the right teachings. Others say it is being connected to the right groups with the right lineages. Others say it is having the right teachers.


However, teachings, lineages, groups and teachers, while important, are not as important as Inner Exercises. The right Inner Exercises done for the wrong reasons will get you farther than the wrong Inner Exercises done for the right reasons.


You don’t have to read about Self-Remembering,...

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Where Is Your Narrator? - Wednesday August 29, 2012

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"Man has no individuality. He has no single, big I. Man is divided into a multiplicity." George Gurdjieff (as quoted by PD Ouspensky in "In Search of the Miraculous").



Take a moment and really sound these words out silently in your mind. Subvocalize the words in this sentence and do whatever you need to do, in order to hear each of these words in your mind.


Then quieten these inner subvocalizations and begin to practice Mindful Self-Sensing.

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Behavioural Filters & Metaprograms - Monday August 27, 2012

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Imagine going back in time and watching two young hunter-gatherers get handed two identical sacks containing an equal mixture of blackberries and raspberries that they are then told to sort.

They both decide to sort for the blackberries.

One of them reaches into their sack and begins to remove every blackberry; while the other reaches into their sack and takes out everything that is not a blackberry.


They both achieve identical outcomes; ...

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Turn That Feeling Up or Down - Friday August 24, 2012

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An NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programing) technique that can assist in the transformation of emotions...


Take a moment and conjure an image in your mind's eye of a specific moment in your life when you experienced a profound feeling of joyful delight. Make sure that this memory is something you really enjoy thinking about and that just by recalling it, it makes you feel so good.


Make sure that you see what you saw; the colours, the shapes, the forms. And then ...

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Growing from Within and Without - Thursday August 23, 2012

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Some of what we are comes from outside of ourselves; from the world around us; from our family, friends and society. And some of what we are comes from within.


Some seeds blow in on the wind from distant lands. Other seeds are native to the soil. And while the foreign seeds may seem exciting and exotic, it is important to cultivate both the native and non-native varieties. To grow from engaging in the world, while also cultivating our own innate, inborn qualities.

Success and the Psychopath - Thursday August 23, 2012

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Studies have now begun to prove something I have been saying for years: The most successful people in our world are just as broken as everyone else. They are just broken in a way that makes them successful - so it doesn't seem like they are broken at all.


After all, the most successful businessmen are extremely manipulative and intimidating and lacking in remorse. Characteristics more commonly attributed to psychopaths.