The Rise of the Hasnamuss in Contemporary Politics

Another characteristic of the hasnamuss is that he appeals to the lowest in his followers, and in...

When Life Is Uncertain

In the summer before my last year in high school my older sister’s best friend, Jeni, was killed in...

The Fourth Way and Science

Gurdjieff and Ouspensky had an affinity for science. Gurdjieff was interested...

On Grief

A couple of years ago two of my friends died within a short period of each other...

Being Present and Self-Remembering

Part of what we are doing in choosing one effort over another is attempting to bring emotion into the...

Gurdjieff, Gnostics, and the Divinity of Christ

At the age of five I was sent to Catholic school and almost immediately got into trouble with the priests and nuns who ran the parish...

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The Esoteric Fairy Tale

In his preface to Sylvie and Bruno Concluded Lewis Carroll writes: Human beings might sometimes become conscious of what goes on in the fairy-world...

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P D Ouspensky

P. D. Ouspensky Among the Lunatics

When I worked at a psychiatric clinic in my youth, I convinced the supervising nurse at the hospital to hire a friend of mine...

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Being Present

Words, Words, Words

According to the Kabbalists the twenty-two letters of the ancient Hebrew alphabet are the building blocks of the universe. God manipulated these letters (into words) to create everything in the physical universe. As a result the Jewish mystic believes that he can imitate God by, first, having the proper intention and, then, by pronouncing specific words from ancient Hebrew. It…

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Stories, Travel

On Travel

I find it hard to talk to a man who knows little of history and little of what the rest of the world thinks. This kind of man is too often trapped by his own opinions.

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