gurdessencTransferring our identity from personality to essence In order to experience the highest state of human consciousness, objective consciousness, we must transfer our identity from the personality, which is what we mistakenly believe that we are, to essence, that which we really are. Because of our improper education or conditioning (Gurdjieff calls this our improper oskiano), we mistakenly believe that we are the personality. ┬áThe personality is that tissue of memories, thoughts, emotions, and sensations that we have come mistakenly to call “I.” Yet we know that none of this existed before birth and that all of this will dissolve at death or shortly thereafter. In this sense the personality is impermanent and thus in Gurdjieff’s view, unreal. As long as we believe in the overwhelming importance of the personality we will never discover that which is real.

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