The Gurdjieff Work
The Gurdjieff Work is the binding force of many small communities worldwide where people work together to achieve the aims of the teaching brought to the west by the spiritual master G.I. Gurdjieff. Drawing from the great spiritual traditions, Gurdjieff articulated esoteric ideas in a form that could be understood and practiced by seekers of self-knowledge who are not drawn to a contemporary religious or doctrinal way.
Groups tend to have long-term members who, after years of working together, become responsible for maintaining the conditions where the teaching can be studied as Gurdjieff intended. There are standard forms of study and practice which include meditation, working together, readings, and Movements or sacred dances. In addition to these forms, the teaching uses methods of self- study that are both immediate and dynamic giving rise to countless experiments over its short history. This experimental method, by which we work to bring a more impartial look at ourselves and our place in the cosmos, is at the heart of the practice of Gurdjieff’s teaching.
The psychological, philosophical and cosmological foundations of the teaching, also known as the Fourth Way, is accessible through recommended readings such as P.D. Ouspensky’s, In Search of the Miraculous, and by Gurdjieff’s own writings including his major work, Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson.