Are you ready for self-transformation? Many spiritual teachers promise transformation, but Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff delivers. Gurdjieff (1872-1949) was born in Alexandropol on the border of Russia and Turkey. Gurdjieff's teachings contain many concepts that, taken together are referred to as the Work. The idea behind the Work is that our first birth is our physical body, which is all we need to get through life. But we are capable of developing into something higher, just as an acorn can stay an acorn and die or develop into an Oak Tree, we can develop into something higher. Gurdjieff offers a radically original version of man and his potential for self-development. "Gurdjieff, A Beginner's Guide: How Changing the Way We React To Misplacing Our Keys Can Transform Our Lives" is a beginning guide to the teachings of Gurdjieff. Practical and eminently readable, it leads the reader through some of the main concepts necessary for self-transformation.
Brand: Gil Friedman
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This is a fantastic beginners guide and I also found it enjoyable to read. It's a very grounded and down to earth approach to extremely intellectually rich esoteric teachings. I found Gil Friedman's, "Gurdjieff A Beginner's Guide" to be the door opener for deeper exploration of teachings from Gurdjieff. Since I was introduced to Gurdjieff I've been wrapping my mind around Gurdjieff's books, and books written by others, such as Bennet, Nicoll, and Ouspensky. The "new" language, definitions, and basic ideas to observe yourself and life events, i found to be stimulating and challenging, yet I was overwhelmed doing it on my own. Friedman's book gave me the basic outline organized in a way I could follow and make sense of. Gil's book has helped me embrace the teachings by giving me some the basic terminology to digest and in this way, the bigger picture of esoteric teachings became clearer and within reach. Its helped me to make the first steps in the Work as seen by...
The knowledge and intent of this author's book is perfect and should warrant a solid 5 star recommendation however, I can't give this work five stars because it needs professional editing not only to tighten up the content, but also the message.
For me to award this book five stars based solely on the message is telling everyone reading this review that the book is excellent in all the qualities expected in a book and this work falls short of that common, unspoken expectation.
I would like to see the author (Friedman), have this work professionally edited and the message tightened up and the book will, (in my opinion), be a first class, solid introduction of the Fourth Way hands down.
I found this book very helpful in understanding my growth in life and tools to grow. It teaches the same principles as the bible in my opinion but from a different angle. It made me realize again that life is a pursuit. As a Christian I would call this the pursuit of Holiness. As a human being I would call the work the pursuit of joy and contentment. The one thing that I believe that is not heavily pointed out is the need for God in the process. I think to achieve higher states man is not capable. So we need Gods Spirit to help us. That is what Jesus said....my summary of that is I can do nothing without God and that Jesus sent all of us a helper by the Holy Spirit. Note the word helper, we need to do the work to grow still...we can't just kick back and think it will be done for us.
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