MESSAGES

We follow a structured teaching called the Labors of the Month. A parallel is drawn between farming and the cultivation of consciousness. As a farmer attends to different aspects of their land each month, so do we attend to different aspects of our psychology. This offers a unified structure for all students, while enabling enough flexibility for each to focus on their specific challenges and needs.

October 2021 Lessons – A Student’s Perspective

October 2021 Lessons – A Student’s Perspective

I remember once reading a crazy idea by Ouspensky in his book A New Model of the Universe, where he states that in this work it is possible to predict the future. The strange emotion the statement generated in me slowly changed to a strangeness about the idea I had of...

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September 2021 Lessons – A Student’s Perspective

September 2021 Lessons – A Student’s Perspective

Some Fourth Way ideas I find difficult to understand, not conceptually but how they can be applied to my everyday life. One such idea is ‘third force’, of which both Gurdjieff and Ouspensky talk thoroughly about. But words in books are one thing. Finding it in life is...

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August 2021 Lessons – A Student’s Perspective

August 2021 Lessons – A Student’s Perspective

One of the very first propositions I came across when starting to read the literature of the Fourth Way was that our behavior is driven on a daily basis by the instinctive and moving centers, rather than the intellectual or emotional centers. I understood the...

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July 2021 Lessons – A Student’s Perspective

July 2021 Lessons – A Student’s Perspective

There are two types of discipline, one borne out of False Personality, and the other, out of Essence. Being able to discern between these two, means being able to either benefit from discipline, or suffer under it. I have a strict morning routine. My day starts very...

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June 2021 Lessons – A Student’s Perspective

June 2021 Lessons – A Student’s Perspective

There are days in which self-remembering is a thought’s reach away, and others in which no amount of focus can overcome the inertia of sleep. Days pass until I come back to my senses and realize all too desperately that I have been engaging people and working...

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Resisting Mechanical Momentum

Resisting Mechanical Momentum

We conducted another experiment: throughout one week, students were challenged to check their phones only while seated. The phone is an integral gadget of modern life, used always and carried everywhere. An exercise themed around the phone can potentially transform...

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The Looking Exercise

The Looking Exercise

We conducted an experiment. For the duration of a minute (timed on the timer of our phone), students were asked to take in one impression after another of their immediate environment in intervals of a breath. For example: begin by looking at the mug on your table,...

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Plugging Energy Leaks

Plugging Energy Leaks

Psychology is the study of waste. So much of what we observe in ourselves is a form of eliminating energy. Physically, we spend excess energy in almost all our movements, lifting things using too much force, moving with unwarranted haste and fervor, even tensing...

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Why do we get so absorbed in front of the computer?

Why do we get so absorbed in front of the computer?

We conducted an experiment: we invited BePeriod students who regularly work in front of computers to record themselves for ten minutes at their desks using their webcams. Ten minutes is long enough for a person to forget that they are being recorded, so the resulting...

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