July 2020

We began the year by inviting each student to focus on an aim. In choosing this aim, students were encouraged to take an honest inventory of their psychology and to choose an area for added attention. We tend to get overly intellectual in our formulations. Therefore, our first July workshop revisited and reviewed our aims. Did our January aim stand the test of time? Was it rooted in something we had actually observed in ourselves?
We discussed the importance of emotion in committing to our aims. Feeling one’s aim adds to its spirit and fluidity. During the following week, we shared our aims on the community channel and brought these discussions to the second workshop of July. Our aims are similar. Being able to relay our experiences and insights saves us time and makes our efforts more knowledgeable.
Committing to an aim restructures our inner landscape. We inevitably run into aspects of our own psychology that oppose, resist, and challenge it. In our third workshop, we embodied this opposition in the Biblical Goliath. We studied ways of observing it, accounting for it, and eventually understanding it. Since consciousness is a fire that can only be brought about by friction, internal opposition is indispensable, although it never initially seems so. Can we rise above resenting our opposition and see its need? Can we accept and understand our deeper habits? Can we embrace Goliath?
These were our lessons in July.

Aim. Always have an immediate aim. This is your objective. You must achieve this. There are many zigzags on the way. Do not delay. Always see the aim. Know where you are going and you will find the means to get there.
Gurdjieff