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Meetings With Remarkable Men

Meetings With Remarkable Men
The early life and explorations of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff,
in search of Ancient Wisdom Schools

“George Ivanovich Gurdjieff was a…spiritual teacher. He called his discipline “The Work” (connoting “work on oneself”)…At one point he described his teaching as “esoteric Christianity”…the teachings he brought to the West from his own experiences and early travels expressed the truth found in ancient religions and wisdom teachings relating to self-awareness in people’s daily lives and humanity’s place in the universe. The title of his third series of writings, Life Is Real Only Then, When ‘I Am’, expresses the essence of his teachings, while his complete series of books goes under the name All and Everything [“Meetings with Remarkable Men is the second volume”]…Ideas…Gurdjieff claimed that people cannot perceive reality in their current state because they do not possess consciousness but rather live in a state of a hypnotic “waking sleep”….As a result of this condition each person perceives things from a completely subjective perspective. Gurdjieff stated that maleficent events such as wars and so on could not possibly take place if people were more awake. He asserted that people in their typical state function as unconscious automatons, but that one can “wake up” and become a different sort of human being altogether…Gurdjieff’s teaching addressed the question of humanity’s place in the universe and the importance of developing latent potentialities — regarded as our natural endowment as human beings but rarely brought to fruition. He taught that higher levels of consciousness, higher bodies, inner growth and development are real possibilities that nonetheless require conscious work to achieve…Gurdjieff transmitted his ideas through a number of different methods and materials, including meetings, music, movements (sacred dance), writings, lectures, and innovative forms of group work…The feature film Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979), based on Gurdjieff’s book by the same name, depicts rare performances of the sacred dances taught to serious students of his work, known simply as the movements. Jeanne de Salzmann and Peter Brook wrote the film, Brook directed, and Dragan Maksimovic and Terence Stamp star, as does South African playwright and actor, Athol Fugard”. – Wikipedia

Meetings with Remarkable Men DVD


What Jung Really Said,
Dr. E.A. Bennet

Dr. Carl Jung, co-founder of modern Western Psychology (along with Freud & Adler), “was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology. Jung is often considered the first modern psychologist to state that the human psyche is “by nature religious” and to explore it in depth. Though not the first to analyze dreams, he has become perhaps one of the most well known pioneers in the field of dream analysis. Although he was a theoretical psychologist and practicing clinician, much of his life’s work was spent exploring other areas, including Eastern and Western philosophy…He considered the process of individuation necessary for a person to become whole. This is a psychological process of integrating the conscious with the unconscious while still maintaining conscious autonomy. Individuation was the central concept of analytical psychology…Jungian ideas are routinely discussed in part by curriculum of introductory psychology course offerings with most major universities…his ideas are discussed further by the Faculty of Humanities…Many pioneering psychological concepts were originally proposed by Jung, including the Archetype, the Collective Unconscious, the Complex, and synchronicity. A popular psychometric instrument, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), has been principally developed from Jung’s theories”. — Wikipedia. “What Jung Really Said has stood the test of time. It is a classic. Clear, concise, historically sensitive and theoretically sound, it has the unusual virtue of being both intellectually sophisticated and accessible to the uninitiated reader…An outstanding introduction to Jung’s life and thought”. — Amazon Editorial Reviews.

The Gurdjieff Work
(Library of Spiritual Classics),
Dr. Kathleen Riordan Speeth

A highly approachable & profusely illustrated primer on Gurdjieff’s Sufi Philosophy, sometimes described as “Esoteric (Coptic) Christianity”. “Kathleen Riordan Speeth was in contact with Gurdjieff as a child. She studied Skinnerian behavioristics psychology and Buddhist and Sufi traditions. Dr. Speeth is presently conducting therapeutic and meditations groups at SAT Institute in Berkeley (founder Claudio Naranjo). She is a member of the faculty of Nyingma Institute (founded by Tarthang Tulku, an accomplished Tibetan Lama) and the California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (founded in 1975 by Dr. Robert Frager)”. — Gurdjieff Internet Guide

Psychotherapy and Spirit:
Theory and Practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy
(SUNY Series in the Philosophy of Psychology),
Dr. Brant Cortright
(Professor of Psychology
& Director of Integral Counseling Psychology Program
at San Francisco’s California Institute of Integral Studies)

“Transpersonal psychology can be understood as the melding of the wisdom of the world spiritual traditions with the learning of modern psychology…in moving beyond the confines of the self, consciousness is seen to open up into ranges of experience which go far beyond Freud…Consciousness is seen to be a vast, multidimensional existence where ever new aspects of Being are manifested…our true nature is spiritual awareness, but we cling to and are conditioned to identify with the contents of this awareness. Entranced by the outward looking mind and senses, our identification with the contents of this consciousness, our feelings, sensations, and thoughts, keep us ignorant of our true nature, pure spirit. This lack of consciousness or ignorance is the source of suffering and pain”. — Psychotherapy and Spirit

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John Templeton Foundation
Philosophy & Theology

“The John Templeton Foundation is a philanthropic organization that funds inter-disciplinary research about human purpose and ultimate reality…The mission of the Foundation is: [to serve] as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. We support research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. We encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights. Our vision is derived from the late Sir John Templeton’s optimism about the possibility of acquiring “new spiritual information” and from his commitment to rigorous scientific research and related scholarship…Core funding areas [include] Philosophy and theology…The focus of this area is to support projects that attempt to develop new philosophical and theological insights, especially (but not only) in relation to advances in scientific understanding. Anton Zeilinger, Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna, received a grant from Templeton to run a fellowship for young scholars interested in the nature of quantum reality and its philosophical implications…The big questions…[include] Does science make belief in God obsolete?…The Foundation is involved [in] the funding of research in science and theology…the Foundation awards the annual $1.5 million Templeton Prize to a ‘living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works’…The 2010 Templeton Prize winner was Francisco J. Ayala, an evolutionary geneticist and molecular biologist who has opposed the teaching of creationism in the public schools…In 2008, Polish cosmologist and catholic priest Michał Heller was awarded the Templeton Prize…in recognition of scholarship and research that has…pushed at the metaphysical boundaries of science…Controversies…Intelligent design…In 2007 in the LA Times, the Templeton Foundation, wrote “we do not believe that the science underpinning the intelligent-design movement is sound, we do not support research or programs that deny large areas of well-documented scientific knowledge, and the foundation is a nonpolitical entity and does not engage in or support political movements”. — Wikipedia. Areas of particular interest on the site include…

Philosophy & Theology
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Does science make belief in God obsolete?
Philosophy-Physics Project on the Nature of Quantum Reality

Spirit / Enlightenment


Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy
(Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology),
Dr. Stanislav Grof, Christina Grof, Ph.D.


“Holotropic Breathwork is a form of breathwork developed by Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D. and Christina Grof, that allows access to nonordinary states of consciousness. Holotropic Breathwork is an approach to self-exploration and healing that integrates insights from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, Eastern spiritual practices, and mystical traditions of the world. The name Holotropic means “moving toward wholeness…Participants in Holotropic Breathwork sessions report a wide variety of experiences…From observing many people in nonordinary and expanded states of consciousness, Grof developed what he considers to be a “cartography” of the psyche, which describes four main categories of experience…[the 4th category is]…Transpersonal: Referring to the possibility of accessing information outside the normal boundaries of the ego and body, transpersonal experiences reported in Holotropic Breathwork sessions include…oneness, encounters with spiritual archetypes [as per Dr. Carl Jung], and connection with the collective unconscious”. — Wikipedia. “The Grofs offer the first comprehensive text of the theory and practice of their pioneering and integrative model of experiential psychotherapy and self-exploration. This `psychology of the future,’ with its extended cartography of the psyche, provides irrefutable evidence that spontaneous episodes of nonordinary states of consciousness have great healing, transformative, and even evolutionary potential for humankind. History will record that Holotropic Breathwork and the certification training and program designed by the Grofs advanced the field of psychotherapy far beyond the contributions of Freud and Jung”. — Amazon Editorial Reviews.


The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying,
Sogyal Rinpoche

“The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, written by Sogyal Rinpoche, gives a comprehensive presentation of the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, exploring: the message of impermanence; evolution…the nature of mind and how to train the mind through meditation; how to follow a spiritual path in this day and age; the practice of compassion; how to care for and show love to the dying, and spiritual practices for the moment of death. In his foreword to the book, the 14th Dalai Lama says: In this timely book, Sogyal Rinpoche focuses on how to understand the true meaning of life, how to accept death, and how to help the dying, and the dead…Death and dying provide a meeting point between the Tibetan Buddhist and modern scientific traditions. I believe both have a great deal to contribute to each other on the level of understanding and practical benefit. Sogyal Rinpoche is particularly well placed to facilitate this meeting; having been born and brought up in the Tibetan tradition, he has received instructions from some of our greatest Lamas. Having also benefited from a modern education and lived and worked in the West, he has become well acquainted with Western ways of thought”. — Wikipedia.

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