All the blog pages that appear on this site were written by senior members of the Seekers Café, sometimes without attribution.
Try Not To Express Negativity
Control and Influence
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...
The Electricity Question
I had made of few comments during the last “illuminating” Seeker’s Cafe Session on Electricity that may not have been easily understood. So, to make my own thought clear to myself at least, I wrote the essay below. What I was trying to say was how I connected electricity with technology, and technology with the diminishment of Being. No doubt my perspective will change over time but here it is for now. No need to comment - it is just a simple...
Control and Influence
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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...
The Practice of Patriotism (December 20, 2001)
When the airliners crashed into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon, America went into shock. For a brief few days, we did not need to drive our SUVs so much, we did not rush to pack the kids off to Disney World for a distracting weekend, we did not need to fill our voids with the Pacman-esque consumption of everything that lay in our paths.
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...