December 2020

The big aim of our work is to be permanently conscious instead of living our lives asleep. During the first week of December, students were asked to find a recurring area in their lives they habitually perform in auto-pilot, and make extra effort to shed light onto it. When does the task begin? How does it induce sleep? And in which ways might I recruit more attention into its execution? By tackling such small and recurring tasks, we inch toward the greater aim of remembering ourselves always and everywhere.

Building on these newly exposed areas of difficulty, we moved to studying the reasons behind their challenge. All our actions, without exception, are performed by one or more of our lower centers: the mind, the heart, the body, and their further subdivisions. Understanding the part that performs the activity opens the possibility of performing it more consciously. For the second December workshop, students were assigned a specific part. They were asked to observe that part throughout the week and then present their observations to the rest of the community.

The third December workshop invited questions around the previous two lessons. The fourth workshop took a forward glance to the January labor of setting aim. What do we want from this work? Borrowing from the analogy of inner farming, a farmer must have clear aims in mind as they set foot on their soil. They know harvests cannot happen by accident and adjust their efforts accordingly. The same with us: the better we know what we want from this work, the more intelligently and diligently will we labor to actualize it.

May we all have a fruitful 2021!

One man alone cannot see himself. But when a certain number of people unite together for this purpose they will even involuntarily help one another.
Gurdjieff