GURDJIEFF HERITAGE SOCIETY PURPOSES,
AIMS AND ACTIVITIES
DEAR FRIENDS... PRESENT
More than fifty years have passed since George
Ivanovitch Gurdjieff left in our keeping an
extraordinarily valuable teaching, comprised of
clearly defined principles, fresh stimulating
ideas, and precise practical suggestions for
But this priceless legacy is increasingly being
allowed to deteriorate, become neglected or
lost, and Mr. Gurdjieff's carefully considered,
specific instructions are being ignored,
misunderstood or misinterpreted. Distortions of
"The Gurdjieff Ideas" and "The Fourth Way"
proliferate in the public marketplace, and even
the meticulously constructed and jealously
guarded "Movements" are being deformed,
forgotten, or used inappropriately.
A large number of people do not just accept
that "all this is inevitable!" and they share a
sincere wish to preserve, practice, and pass on
Gurdjieff's teaching undistorted. As a community
of "like-minded" individuals, assembled to serve
this cause, we are calling ourselves “GURDJIEFF HERITAGE SOCIETY.”
Already, there have been many encouraging
results - fruits of much research, on-going
expert technical work, expenditures of time,
energy and funds, (with, of course, many heated
discussions,) but all in a climate of common
goals, deep respect, warm humanity, and joy.
We are utilizing proven modern methods to arrest
and reverse deterioration, (and prohibit theft)
for such tangible materials as recordings,
films, photos, letters (and increasingly
emerging treasures of unpublished exercise
notations, music manuscripts, teaching
suggestions, and memoirs). Once properly
preserved and digitized, these items require a
small fraction of their previous storage space
and can be duplicated and distributed to other
locales to ensure their safety and longevity.
Such techniques mean that, without jeopardizing
the irreplaceable originals, these materials can
then be accessible to Foundation libraries and
sanctioned Work groups for use in their
activities, and to authorized Movements
instructors, pianists, and group leaders for
verification, arbitration and inspiration.
For examples of some "conservation projects"
click on [MUSIC]
We continue all these and many other efforts but
would warmly welcome suggestions, participation,
Almost a century
ago the first written exposition of Mr.
Gurdjieff's ideas appeared in the scenario for his
ballet The Struggle of the Magicians.
Since the climax and curtain line of this unique
work is a memorable and meaningful blessing
given by the White Magician, we have adopted it
as our motto and will try to live up to it.
"May reconciliation, hope, diligence
and justice be ever with you all...
of us at the GURDJIEFF HERITAGE SOCIETY
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