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Mystical Positivist Interview: Stephen Aronson 20JUL19

Click on the above image to listen to the podcast. The Mystical Positivist, is a broadcasts radio series hosted by Stuart Goodnick and Dr. Robert Schmidt, who are also denizens of The Seeker’s Café. This podcast hosts Stephen Aronson. Until he retired after 43 years in clinical practice in 2013, Steve was a highly qualified psychologist and psychiatrist, and a published author. In 1982 Steve experienced a ‘vision’ that was an overture to a...

Mystical Positivist Interview: Stephen Aronson 08FEB20

Click on the above image to listen to the podcast. The Mystical Positivist, is a broadcasts radio series hosted by Stuart Goodnick and Dr. Robert Schmidt, who happen also to be denizens of The Seeker's Café. In this episode the hosts converse with Stephen Aronson, Fourth Way group leader, writer, and retired psychologist. Steve received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1970. He taught as assistant professor...

Spiritual Practice in the Workplace

Americans are masters of compartmentalization with lives routinely segregated into neatly packaged channels of experience: the work day, family, vacations, hobbies, time for worship and meditation, etc. Perhaps the greatest divide is between our day jobs and the rest of our lives. Those with a yearning for spiritual unfolding often see professional existence as the biggest obstacle to enlightenment. Fantasies of chucking it all and going to live in an ashram somewhere merely feed the sense of spiritual isolation felt amidst the daily grind. In this talk we will explore how the work-a-day world is in reality no different that any other aspect of our lives when it comes to genuine spiritual work. In fact, by realigning our sense of practice with life as we find it, we can turn the work space into a highly efficient engine of spiritual transformation.

A Parable

October 18, 1994 Dear Fourth Way Spiritual School, I was talking to the Electric Buddha the other day and he asked me to ask you, “Is it true Gurdjieff was a Sufi?”  Please Reply. Sincerely, Your humble Observer B.H. Biloxi, MSDear Bradley, A seeker of the Fourth Way once approached Mr. Gurdjieff while he was sitting in a favored café drinking a foul smelling concoction of Turkish coffee and Calvados.  The student stood before Mr. G at his...

The Three Centers

The Work offers the idea that the human being can be viewed as having three controlling functions or brains: The intellect which resides in the head, the moving-instinctive brain which resides in the spine and the emotional brain which is centered in the solar plexus, but disperse to some degree throughout the abdomen. Gurdjieff presented this in an analogy of a horse, carriage and driver. Here is a full description he once gave: The Hackney...

The Five Obligolnian Strivings

“All the beings of this planet then began to work in order to have in their consciousness this Divine function of genuine conscience, and for this purpose, as everywhere in the Universe, they transubstantiated in themselves what are called the ‘being-obligolnian-strivings’ which consist of the following five, namely: “The first striving: to have in their ordinary being existence everything satisfying and really necessary for their planetary...

Belcultassi

Read this slowly, several times, for full impact… “First of all he decided to attain without delay such a ‘potency’ as would give him the strength and possibility to be quite sincere with himself, that is to say, to be able to conquer those impulses which had become habitual in the functioning of his common presence from the many heterogeneous associations arising and proceeding in him and which were started in him by all sorts of accidental...

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