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The Mystery of “Feeling”

… How Do I Know What I Feel? The music sounded “soulful”. I’m feeling “melancholy”. That is really “irritating” me. I feel “hopeful”. I really “wish”. I am “lonely”. I feel “grateful”. I am in “awe”. How do I know what I feel? How did a particular feeling get its name, its label? How do words describing invisible, subjective states, arise in a linguistic system? How can a feeling-state be verbally shared? Are we truly sharing experience just...

The Call

The Workshop In my late 30’s, I attended a Jungian weekend retreat run by an Episcopal Priest. Two primary experiences occurred to me during this weekend. Either one alone would have changed my life, but they were both just precursors of the tidal wave that was to come. As a result of experiences at this mind-bending retreat, I “saw” the reality of both the individual and the “collective unconscious,” the reality of Symbol as a living design of...

Desire

“All that desires seeks to make a connection with what it lacks, something that is not present at the moment...there is undoubtedly a striving, an urge to satisfy a need not immediately present; the fulfillment is not immediate, as is the case of reactions.” -J.G. Bennett, A Spiritual Psychology p. 118 Can I desire what I have never known? Can I desire something if there were not already a resonant receptor within me corresponding with that...

Being in the World, But Not of It

The Judeo-Christian bible makes multiple references to the concept of “being in the world, but not of it.” How can this be achieved, and what does it imply about responsibility to the world around us? From the perspective of “The Work,” as practiced by followers of G.I. Gurdjieff, how can this be understood? As I experience it, “being in the world, but not of it” does not eliminate my responsibility in the ‘world’ outside my body. The questions...

Federico’s Collected Quotes – 2

This is a collection of quotes, created by Federico Balsa from conversations that took place in The Seeker's Café... SEEKERS´ QUOTES INSTALLMENT # 6 TAKEN FROM MEETING HELD ON DECEMBER 14, 2019 EDITOR´S NOTE: THERE MAY BE A DEGREE OF PARAPHRASING IN THE QUOTES. QUOTEES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO PUBLISH ANY CORRECTIONS THEY FEEL ARE NECESSARY QUOTED FROM: STEFFAN SOULE ON THE TOPIC:   “What is CONVICTION?”   Conviction is an interesting part of...

Federico’s Collected Quotes – 1

Federico Balsa, one of the Seeker's Café regulars, has chosen to record what he regards as wise or significant statements made by various memebrs of the Café during their regular Saturday morning meetings. What follows is a collection of those quotations. From Records of Gurdjieff's Paris Meetings, 1943 quoted by Robin Bloor ON THE TOPIC:   “Ashiata Shiemash”   “In the beginning, the sexual act was only meant to be used for the...

A Strange Brew from the Seekers Cafe – Part 1

Rob Schmidt and I have recently become involved in a fascinating experiment in conversation called The Seekers Café. Conversation participants are senior spiritual practitioners primarily, though not exclusively, drawn from The Fourth Way tradition. Currently, members of this group meet on a weekly basis for a Zoom video conference to explore matters of interest in the Work as well as planning for the introduction of a public...

And Death Shall Have No Dominion

And death shall have no dominion.   Dead man naked they shall be one With the man in the wind and the west moon;   When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone, They shall have stars at elbow and foot;   Though they go mad they shall be sane, Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;   Though lovers be lost love shall not; And death shall have no dominion. And death shall have no dominion.   Under the windings of the...

Hurricane Carter

About 6 years ago, in Austin, I ran into one of the lawyers who dealt with the case of Rubin Carter, the legal team who finally got him released. He was seeking me out because of a book I wrote (To Fathom The Gist Vol 1). He was very old but still coherent. I already knew the main details of Rubin Carter's story, but he added some depth. Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former champion boxer spent almost 20 years in prison and came close to being...

The King of the Wood

This remarkable essay comes from  “The Golden Bough,” by Sir James George Frazer. The King of The Wood Who does not know Turner’s picture of the Golden Bough? The scene, suffused with the golden glow of imagination in which the divine mind of Turner steeped and transfigured even the fairest natural landscape, is a dream-like vision of the little woodland lake of Nemi—“Diana’s Mirror,” as it was called by the ancients. No one who has seen that...

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