Gurdjieff on Stopping Leaks
In the previous set of posts, we explored what it meant to be. I highlighted two aspects of being: Be as a command used to invoke self-remembering and Be as an emotional reverberation used to amplify that command.
Charles Rodkoff responded by raising the need of having sufficient fuel:
Since waste was a common theme in both responses, I would like to dedicate the next series of posts to stopping energy leaks.
Gurdjieff on Energy
According to Gurdjieff, there is enough energy in the human organism for self-remembering without needing to change anything. However, this energy leaks in the form of unconscious manifestations. These leaks manifest differently in different people, and the path of self-development begins with infant-steps of self-study: learning to see the leaks peculiar to oneself.
For one person this may be negative emotions, for another it may be unnecessary talk, and for a third excessive physical haste.
And here the work becomes mystically enigmatic: for in order to remember himself man must stop these leaks, and in order to stop these leaks man must remember himself.
In this spirit, I invite my writers to dedicate their next post to this mystical enigma as it manifests in their personal work: What unconscious manifestation do you consider to be your chief leak? When did you first observe it? How have you learned to minimize that leak?