Fall 2003 Issue, Vol. VII No. 1
The Movement of Transmission
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With every sentence of this remarkable communication, we are brought directly in front of ourselves in a way that calls us to another level—wherein “it is in my essence that I reunite with that which sees.”
In these exchanges from group meetings, John Pentland responds to observations and questions from his pupils regarding their inner work and does so in ways that called them—and us—to a state of attention, to a state of vibrant attentiveness, of inner alignment and attunement, which, when we are sufficiently still inside, possesses a potency reminding us that the real inner work is a response to a higher and deeper calling.
In this essay we accompany the author who is led on an inner-world journey by Mr. Gurdjieff. “Man has three worlds . . . you must make intentional contact between outer-world struggle and inner-world struggle; only then can you make data for the Third World of Man, sometimes called World of the Soul.”
Facing Mr. Gurdjieff
Late lunch with John Pentland in a roadside café, France 1949.
© 2003 Dushka Howarth
“There are two strugglesinner-world struggle and outer-world struggle, but never can these two make contact, to make data for the third world. Not even God gives this possibility for contact between inner- and outer-world struggles; not even your heredity. Only one thingyou must make intentional contact between outer-world struggle and inner-world struggle; only then can you make data for the Third World of Man, sometimes called World of the Soul.”
G. I. Gurdjieff
“Today we have nothing but the illusion of what we are. We think too highly of ourselves. We do not respect ourselves. In order to respect myself, I have to recognize a part in myself which is above the other parts, and my attitude toward this part should bear witness to the respect that I have for it. In this way I shall respect myself. And my relations with others will be governed by the same respect.”
Jeanne de Salzmann
“The point is, the head, which takes in ideas, and the feeling, which takes in scale, can never meet. Sensation is the relating element. How to feel what you think or to think what you feel is through sensation.”
“A teaching is a two-way channel linking Heaven and earth, the invisible and the visible; the ‘visible’ being everything in the universe revealed to us by our sense organs, and the ‘invisible’ being what other, more discerning, organs of perception enable us to perceive beyond the surface, which until then seemed to be the sole reality.”
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October 1, 2003
October 1, 2003