Residential seminar to take a deep dive into the Gurdjieff´s and J.G.Bennett teachings and the practice of the Movements, with Bhati Díaz and Anthony Blake who spent 14 years with J.G.Bennett and more than fifty years at the work.
In the Gurdjieff work essence, as the inner world we are born with, and personality as the outer world we acquire through external life, are of different natures but both ‘ours’. We have to bring them together to create something new, our individuality. Both are necessary. The personality can learn and do things the essence cannot, while the essence is where our transformation has to take place, not personality.
The seminar will develop perspectives on these two sides of our nature and indicate how we may relate them to each other. But it involves individual work because every true individual is unique as personality and even essence are not. Our guidance will come from the compilation of John Bennett’s teaching called The Way to be Free, from which this quote is taken:
We can have the feeling of self-control, of right behavior, right attitudes and even—especially—of making efforts and doing work. Yet it is all within the personality and we do not see it at the time. Perhaps afterwards we notice that we are pleased with ourselves, that somehow we think we have achieved something and we are comparing ourselves to others. Then the whole pretenceis laid bare. It was all just to feed our own egoism. Then we become distressed and think, “Is there any real work at all? If even my efforts, my attempts at self-observation, my sincerity with myself all turns out to be just play acting in my personality, is there anything?” As long as one is like that there is still no freedom, because it is simply another part of the personality in a state of distress. And then the realdjartklom*occurs and one sees it all; there is no longer any distress, no longer any disturbance, because one knows that this is not what matters.
*djartklom is the inner separation that allows us to see