A gateway into an entirely different world

A gateway into an entirely different world

“… So that one seems to have stepped abruptly through a gateway into an entirely different world and mode of living. The small limiting ‘self’ of everyday life, the self which insists on its personal rights and its separateness, is no longer there to isolate one from everything else, and in its absence one is received into a much wider order of existence common to all that breathes. Separateness has gone and, as the clamour of thought dies down into the inner silence, an overwhelming sense of ‘being’ takes its place. Not only has the head ceased its chatter, but the very words it formerly used have lost all relevance. Such limiting concepts as ‘yours’ or ‘mine’, ‘his’ or ‘hers’, are meaningless in the boundless realm into which one has been received, and even those old devisions of time into ‘before’ and ‘after’ have been drowned in the fathomless depths of an ever-present ‘now’. So also has disappeared that distinction dear to the heart of the Western philosopher, the division between the subject and the object, the knower and the thing known. All the old partitions are down at that moment, and one becomes conscious of a unity, an intensity of existence, a blissfulness of ‘being’ never experienced before” (Kenneth Walker, A Study of Gurdjieff’s Teaching)

Posted on July 16, 2011, in 2 Lines Teachings, Gurdjieff Teachings. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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