Archives for July 2016

GI. GurdjieffOnline Gurdjieff Study Groups presented under the auspices of

The Theosophical Society in America

 

The Theosophical Society in America has launched an exciting new technology allowing practical Gurdjieff Study/Work Groups to meet online in a classroom environment. Now those who do not live near an in-person group or are otherwise unable to participate in an in-person group can benefit from the external Will provided by such groups. These groups meet weekly and engage in self-observation and self-remembering exercises, the First Line of Work. This online program, begun in 2011, currently consists of 7 such Gurdjieff groups.

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The Theosophical Society is an open organization. Anyone can join or participate without joining the Society. Here is how you do it. Go to:

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Click on that group. Full information is given including how to participate. If you have any questions please email  GwynneMayer@gmail.com

 

Here is the current class schedule:

Mondays 6:30-8:30 pm “The Fourth Way: Experiential Psychology of SpiritualTransformation”, ongoing

Facilitators: Michael Hurd; Dr. Russell Schreiber, author of Gurdjieff’s Transformational Psychology: The Art of Compassionate Self-Study

The Fourth Way developed by G.I. Gurdjieff is a transformative psychological vehicle to help develop one’s inner life through a unique process of self-study and exploration. In this way each person’s life becomes his or her true university. The focus of the group is to learn

the practice of compassionate self-study.

 

Tuesdays 11:30 AM –  12:30  pm “The Gurdjieff Experience”, featuring ‘My Life with Mr. Beelzebub’ by Will Mesa

Facilitators: Gwynne Mayer; Will Mesa, author of ‘My Life with Mr. Beelzebub’. (class will begin January 2017)

Ongoing study group in the practical teachings of Gurdjieff, utilizing Gurdjieff’s exercises in self-awareness.

 

Wednesdays  2:00-3:00 pm “Higher Being Bodies”, ongoing

Facilitators: Ocke de Boer, author of Higher Being Bodies; Gwynne Mayer

This is an esoteric course with an emphasis on applying sacred ideas rather than just describing them. The aim is to cultivate greater consciousness and this requires that we make an effort. In order to really understand the sacred ideas, we need to work on ourselves. This work proceeds along the two lines of “Knowledge” and “Being.” Knowledge is understood as studying the information this work offers you. ‘Being’ is what you are, and it has many sides. You may be active or passive by nature, easily offended or hardly ever offended.

 

 Fridays 10:00-11:15 am “Online Gurdjieff Study Group”, ongoing

Facilitators: Ocke de Boer, Sy Ginsburg, Marcel Pardo

The practical teaching of G.I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) requires ongoing self-observation over many years. The purpose of such self-observation while making the effort to self-remember is to gradually free us from our identifications with fears and desires in their many forms. This helps us to realize that we are not the body-brain-ego organism that we have been mistakenly taught to believe is our true identity. For this purpose pupils typically organize themselves into ongoing groups that meet regularly in order to share their self-observations, and in support of their ongoing efforts to remember themselves. Participants bring their self-observations to share at the beginning of each meeting.

 

Introductory course taught and accessed (by request) through TSA and Sy Ginsburg, based on Gurdjieff Unveiled. (Taped course given on request)

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These ongoing  online study groups  are  independent of the Theosophical Society, but function in the same way.

Sundays 8:45-9:45 am Beelzebub’s tales to His Grandson Reading and Discussion Group, ongoing

Facilitator: Michael Hurd

This group reads and discusses Beelzub’s Tales to His Grandson, pausing at intervals during the reading to discuss and help each of the participants to more deeply understand Mr. Gurdjieff’s legominism.

Sundays 10:00-11:00 am The Reality of Being, The Fourth Way of Gurdjieff Reading and Discussion Group, ongoing

Facilitator: Ken Levy

This group reads and discusses the NOTES id Jeanne de Salzmann, posthumously published as The Reality of Being. One of the 140 NOTES is  read and discussed at each session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For exciting new programs and information on how to deepen your spiritual connection go to this link and get involved with Theosophical Society in America.  It will enrich your education in many ways.

https://www.theosophical.org/programs/webinars/current-webinars

Walking the Theosophical Path Online Group

Some Practical Suggestions for Daily Life

facilitated by Pablo Sender

Every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Central Time (**)

Pablo Sender

Walking the Theosophical Path is an online group focused on the practical aspect of Theosophy.

Transcending the Conditioned Self. Our personality is conditioned by education, environment, prejudices and past experiences. In this series we will explore some of these influences and how we can transcend them, to be able to act with true freedom. Weekly exercises will be suggested and discussed to assist the participants’ practice.

Pablo Sender, Ph.D., became a member of the Theosophical Society in his native Argentina and has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes in India, Spain, England, and the three Americas. His articles, in Spanish and English, have been published in several Theosophical journals. Learn more at his Web site: pasender.tripod.com.

 

Dreams and the Spiritual Path – An Online Adventure

with Gwynne Mayer

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Central Time

September 14 – November 2 (8 classes)

Gwynne MayerOur intuitive and spiritual life comes alive through our unconscious and our connection to our dreams. Do you spend time daily in meditation and/or dreaming? Do you make note of the messages that come to you through your dream world? Are you aware of the multiverses that you visit in the “no time, all time” connection to the dream world, your spiritual connection to higher sources, guides, God and all that is; your connection to humanity? This class will explore these questions and the dream world of the individual as we learn to connect to our “higher soul bodies.” Enjoy the journey into your own dreams!

Gwynne Mayer, MA  has written a great deal about dream work and has been a member of dream groups for the last 40 years. You can find her writings on her site: gwynnemayer.com/category/dreamwork. She has also been an administrator in the public and private school system and a Jungian/Gestalt psychotherapist for over 40 years. Gwynne is a student and facilitator of Theosophical, esoteric and Biblical studies and trained in Jungian and Gestalt psychologies in post-graduate work. Her devotion is to service and striving to reach the level of oneness with all of nature and mankind through dreams, inner work and a continued study of ancient wisdom.

$65 Nonmembers – $50 Members

Independence Day Brings Independent Action

Esoterica & AstrologyThe New Moon in Cancer falls on July 4, to combine our birthdays of Independence to re-birthing new ideas in our personal and social lives.  We will have to affirm for ourselves the parts of our lives we need to change and begin anew, as many of you are going through those pangs of rebirth as we speak!  New ideas are being discussed in the ‘national interest’ now and we are going to have to adapt to some major changes as the USA begins a new cycle, a major paradigm shift as we can see in the election process now.  It will be interesting to see how this New Moon phenomena on July 4th affects each of the candidates for presidency. Don’t think the ‘big shocks’ have ended as they have only just begun.  We will have to adapt our lives to these prevalent changes about to take place.  We can hardly sleep through this so this is a GREAT AWAKENING!

Events for this month:
New Moon  —  Cancer New Moon, Monday, July 4 — Giving birth to some endeavor of independence.
Full Moon  —- Capricorn Full Moon also squaring Uranus, making it more of a difficult situation for all cardinal signs, Aries, Libra and Capricorn.
Uranus, the planet of independence, turns Retrograde July 29….it is now in Aries and will continue to create ‘forced confrontations around dependency/independency.
Remember to read your Ascendant (ego/physical body), Sun (Spiritual/mind) and Moon Zodiac(emotional/feeling/nurturing) signs in that order when reading these monthly updates.
 
  (If you have questions about those, please contact me at gwynne.mayer@gmail.com. You can also find Gwynne on Skype: gwynne.mayer)
AriesAries — You are faced with having to be dependent on those from whom you want to free yourself.  This is a time to not shoot off your mouth, but instead weather this storm you have created with your own outspoken nature, realizing that you have created your own reality and now must live with the consequences.  You will finally get your comeuppance toward the end of this year but not before you have run off some people who may have assisted you if you weren’t so damn independent!  There are times when you have to mediate and negotiate, not your favorite things to do!
Taurus — It will be beneficial for you to look back at the decisions you made last month and see how they are going to play out and help you progress during this month.  It seemed that you were putting yourself under unnecessary strain and pressure and then the ‘light came on’ and got you to move in a direction that might benefit you greatly in the long run.  Taurus is always second guessing themselves and procrastinating way beyond the ‘time to act’, so now you are seeing more clearly and by the end of the month all should be well and the ‘coast is clear’.  Enjoy your life and the things and people you value the most!  You are on the right path, so believe in yourself.
Gemini —  This is your month and your time to shine making the most of ‘focus at all costs’.  Do not get distracted by your ever present justifications.  Just go for it!  Communication is in your favor this month and those things you have told others that you want to do and are doing are being lauded as positive and helpful.  Do not waver in your desire to get ahead and tell the truth as you see it.  Don’t let others get you off course.  It goes without saying that you have to be responsible for everything that you have promised to do and have the integrity of your promises so that others don’t doubt you.  Geminis can say things with double meanings and be very misunderstood.

Cancer —  Family and relationships that involved family are the ‘all and everything’ to a Cancer so much so that if someone in the family is ‘out of sorts’ it throws all plans and opportunities to the wind.  Cancers will find opportunities to create more and more material wealth this month and next, however, the health and nurturing habits are of primary importance this month so that distractions do not cause you to neglect little things that might be building up to a crescendo of digestion problems or all around the heart and digestion.  Please rest, relax and pay attention to what your instincts are telling you about your body.
Leo —Leo’s are still budgeting and paying attention to things that have not been taken care of in a way that is accountable.  Issues around home and the care and maintenance of your private space are very important this month.  You will feel that you have ‘so much to do’ and yet, once you organize you will see that you have time to travel and play as well. This might not dawn on you until the middle of the month but you will see the forest for the trees and enjoy yourself whether planned or unplanned.  There has been a weight taken off of your shoulders at an abstract level and I am sure you know what I mean by that!
Virgo — You seem to be the energy behind a ‘train of energy’ that doesn’t want to move forward, however by the middle of this month you will see the light at the end of the tunnel and the train will move in ways that you could never have imagined.  Sometimes a Virgo wants something so intensely that they start being counterproductive and seemingly controlling.  The Virgo energy is very exacting and analytical which, at times, can cause the reverse effect. Please don’t give up your lofty goals and timelines as all will happen in good time and this will be a very productive summer after you look back on it with some distance and objectivity.
Libra — Your mind seems overworked right now, but it is because you have so much on your plate to design,  contemplate and move toward completion and it seems that you don’t have the time nor energy to complete all the tasks ahead of you. Remember that much of Libra’s energy goes toward partnership and being along side of someone with ‘like mindedness’, whether it be intimate, business or friendships, you demand a ‘listening ear’.  Changes are coming that will allow you the freedom to move forward with your plans, but alongside that freedom comes the necessity to set boundaries and reserve your energy for yourself in ways that will leave you productive rather than ‘spinning your wheels’.
Scorpio —  Scorpios are really learning to set boundaries around money and conditions that allow them to move into a more stable future, with finances, business partnerships and conditions that will provide future solidity.  It is no longer a time for you to wait on someone else to provide guidance in this direction nor help, but for you to provide your own structure and utilize that Saturnian part of you to guide you into a more planned operation. That means that you cannot have someone around you who is always distracting you, much more to the point, you don’t want to keep distracting yourself with unnecessary contemplation that only leads you down a road you have traveled over and over again.
Sagittarius — It seems that you do not have time for yourself and all of your projects. The fact of the matter is that you have allowed distractions to keep you from completing tasks you set up a few months back.  Now is the time for you to structure yourself in ways that will help you reach your goals.  You have creative spirit and the capacity to take on many tasks. A point you might want to consider is learning to delegate these tasks to others who are working toward your ideas in partnership and leaving alone those who are distracting you to some extent. This can include family members and close friends on either side of the fence so it is always hard for a Sag to determine what to let go of and what to keep in place.  Your stress levels will guide you so meditate and take heed of what you are up against so that you can accomplish these things by the 1st of July. This is your month to complete tasks.
Capricorn —  You are moving along quite smoothly these days ‘if’ you have paid attention to the physical/sensory realm of your life and start taking care of the health issues that have plagued you in the past few months, mainly health issues around dietary concerns.  You must learn the difference between ‘feeding your stress’ and ‘nurturing your being’ and find ways to set boundaries in your family and with friends regarding the needs you have to nourish your intense soul work.  Sometimes being alone and meditating are not distracting you from purpose but allowing you to be more purposeful in your life and find the ‘gold at the end of your rainbow.’  Good luck with slowing down the ‘driven activity’ into a ‘slow dance’ that will allow you to be more conscious.
Aquarius — Areas around health and routine are very prominent in your life right now.  You have taken the time to notice how daily disciplines in diet and exercise have improved your outlook on life and now it is time to serve others in the same ways you have learned to serve yourself.  You have some brilliant insights coming your way this month and you must get them down to a ‘reality base’ so that you can put the things you come up with to work, practicing, teaching and moving towards ‘soul completion.’  Your talents don’t go unnoticed and will need to be honed in on in order to make the rest of this year a more blissful and helpful year for you and those whom you love!
Pisces — You have had one snafu after another this month, but it seems that now you can take a breather and know that all is calming down so that you can accomplish some major tasks ahead.  You are farsighted in many ways and have a great sense of what is ‘to come’.  Take each day in a conscious and meditative way and you will find that situations and people find ways to help you in all of your endeavors.  This is a great time to ‘be still’, find sacredness in nature and spend time with what your ‘soul calling’ is all about. Do not be off put by people around you who do not have any idea of what is occurring in your life.  They will eventually see the wisdom in your ‘silence’ and come around to following suit.  BE WHO YOU ARE!