The question, who am I, has sometimes been called Gurdjieff’s first question, and it is followed by the gurdjendless related second question: what is the purpose of human life?

In brief, we can say that mankind is faced with a problem of identity.  We do not know who we are, where we came from, or why we are here.  As we explore Gurdjieff’s teaching, we are led to see that the root of the mystery lies at the root of our own being, somewhere in our awareness, in our consciousness.   We discover that by becoming aware of our consciousness, we become more conscious; our self-consciousness becomes “real” and we “wake up.” In “waking up” we experience our identity, the identity of the individual, with the universal. We discover that we can develop our capacity to perceive this identity.gurdjieff_bodies

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