Gurdjieff's Life Advices

Excerpted from ďSpiritual TestamentĒ, devoted to Gurdjieff's daughter, Dushka Howarth


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Your Personal Growth

Remember your self always and everywhere.

Focus your attention on yourself >>>

Be aware every moment of what you are thinking, feeling, desiring or doing.

Conscious faith is freedom. Emotional faith is slavery. Mechanical faith is foolishness.

Develop your imagination.

Never define yourself in according with what you possess.

Be your judge.

Be aware that everything is yours.

Donít be attached to anything who finally could destroy you.

Donít take up too much space.

Donít preserve useless objects.

If you notice you have said something wrong, donít insist in such error for pride and desist immediately from your purposes.

Donít run up debts, buy and pay immediately.

Donít lie, donít steal, if you do it so, then you lie and steal to yourself.  >>>



Do Your Best

Do what you are doing as best as possible.

Donít defend old ideas for the mere reason you have enunciated them.  >>>

Donít make noise nor unnecessary gestures.

Clear up what you have messed-up.

Complete always what you have begun.  >>>



You and Others

Help whoís close to you without making it dependent from yourself.

Help others to be able to help themselves.

By teaching others you will learn yourself.

If you meditate and the Devil comes, make the Devil meditate.

Treat every person such as it is your next to kin.

Donít try to stand out for your appearances.

Speak only about what is necessary.

Develop your generosity without witnesses.

Donít propagandize your work and ideas.

Donít speak about your personal problems.

Donít try to awaken in the others feelings towards yourself such as: pity, sympathy, admiration, complicity.

Donít decorate yourself with others ideas.

Donít make useless friendships.

Donít photograph yourself with famous persons.

Donít share orders for the mere pleasure of being obeyed.

Admit when someone exceeds you.

Transform your greed in respect for the beauty.

Never contradict, just be silent.

Learn to receive, and be thankful for every gift.

During a debate, put yourself always in the others skin.

If you have offended publicly, apologize publicly.

Pay for the services the others make to you.

Stop your self-defending behaviours.

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (1866 Ė 1949) was an influential spiritual teacher of the early to mid-20th century who taught that most humans live their lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep", but that it is possible to transcend to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential. Gurdjieff's method for awakening one's consciousness is different from that of the fakir, monk or yogi, so his discipline is also called the "Fourth Way".




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