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.
The real food of ‘inner impressions’ all depends on one being able to divide one’s attention and observe what goes on within—one’s thoughts, emotions, hopes, fears and health—objectively; that is, as though they were not one’s own. When that happens one may derive as much understanding, or more, from observing the world within as from observing the world without. – Rodney Collin
Things repeat in one life, so just remembering how things happened yesterday you can avoid certain things to-morrow. Everyone lives in a certain closed circle of happenings—to one person one kind of things happen, to another person another kind. You must know your own types of happenings, and when you know them, you can avoid many things. – Ouspensky
Energy is wasted on the ‘interest’ continually taken in things happening around us or to other people and having in fact no interest whatever; on the constant waste of the force of ‘attention’… – George Gurdjieff
Self observation is not sufficient by itself. By self-observation one cannot establish the most important divisions in oneself, divisions both horizontal and vertical, for there are many different divisions… – Ouspensky
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. – George Gurdjieff