Archive for July, 2014

The Meaning of Life

THE MEANING OF LIFE by Gurdjieff (originally read to us as “Pure and Impure Emotions”) What is the meaning of life? There are many opinions on this subject. “They” say: it is for the perfecting of self, or the sacrifice of self, or a preparation for future life, or an improvement of humanity, or even that it has no meaning
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Autogenic Training

Autogenic Training William Pensinger Autogenes (+/- self-generated) Training (AT): developed by I. H. Schultz. In autumn 1924, A T was introduced in a course held by Mr. Schultz in Lessing-College/Berlin. As far as I can see, there are no books written about the subject by himself but there are a number of essays published in medical papers. The books available are
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When There Is No Teacher

WHEN THERE IS NO TEACHER Perhaps it’s a kind of game, I thought. We are here pretending to be stupid, not to know; and he is there pretending to know. Put together, we support each other in this performance. When we get out of the room, out of the place, it’s another show. I’m on my own amongst the rabble
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At the Festival

At the Festival Boyd Scheer I have a friend that is mad. His is a gentle madness, the kind that smiles mischievously at 5:00 a.m. and says, “Shall I sing really loud and wake everyone?” and since his childlike madness is contagious, you nod and smile, as he does it. I love him so. One day we were at a
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Wrong Thinking at the Doctor’s

Case Studies: ‘Did Not Attend’s Darell Mann   Systematic Innovation, e-zine Issue 148, July 2014 ‘Did not attends’ (DNAs) are doctor or hospital appointments to which patients do not show up. In an average year, almost seven million patients fail to keep hospital appointments, costing the NHS around £700 million. There is therefore a lot of pressure on healthcare professionals to
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A Conversation with William S. Burroughs

Michael White, 1980 Naropa Institute, Boulder CO “I thought you had some interesting ideas about the next possible step in biologic evolution” He responded, “Yes, I’m working on the theory that human beings are not biologically determined to remain in our present condition any more than the caterpillar is designed to remain a caterpillar. The human species is in a
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Acceptance – Temporal Attention and Total Attention

ACCEPTANCE-TEMPORAL ATTENTION AND TOTAL ATTENTION HUBERT BENOIT From Metaphysique et Psychoanalyse, Paris: La Colombe, 1949, Chapter 16 Being will be realized in myself to the extent that I stop assuming, by my inner attitudes, that I am already, that my temporal part is divine. When I observe myself, I see that I incessantly tend to modify, with all that I
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the path taken

Collage

    REBOOT YOUR BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT WITH COLLAGE!   How can you unwind your body and mind, listen to the inner stirrings of your spirit, and supercharge your creativity? It’s easy. Tissue Paper Collage! Mythologist Joseph Campbell said, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” The truth is that our culture is motivated, and hindered,
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Spem in Alium (hope in any other)

Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis was composed around 1570. There have been many attempts to stage it – for example, as in a circle. Here is one version Below a comment. On “The Forty Part Motet” at the Cloisters, November 2, 2013 I think that I have never seen One hundred people all convened In rapt attention and in awe,
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