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Transformative, if we can read in a new way,
This review is from: Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson: All and Everything: AND All and Everything (Arkana) (Paperback)
This book had a very deep impact on me, and continues to do so many years later. Having read the other reviews - and I would echo them in the main - there is one particular point that I feel should be added to what others have said. The book has a difficult style (as everyone feels compelled to mention), but we tend to make it far more difficult for ourselves in the way we approach it. To try to understand it in an intellectual way, as we would most books we read, is very difficult (I would argue deliberately impossible), and if we try that way we will be dismayed and frustrated, or think the book nonsensical or absurd. From my years of efforts I would say that one of the most helpful ways of trying is to read the book as if I am reading it to myself, fully but without a certain kind of concern for how much I understand; to let it go in, to trust that if I read as attentively as I can then some part of me will receive something from it. Often it won't be my intellect that receives. I have received so much from my efforts in this direction that I cannot begin to convey it ... and my best wishes go to all who make an attempt.
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Initial post: 16 Jan 2015 19:41:10 GMT
Very good advice. Gurdjieff suggests the book should be read three times in three different ways (listed in the introduction) for the reader to get real benefit. Certainly it is food for the whole of yourself, not just the head!
Posted on 29 Apr 2015 23:19:13 BDT
On practical work on onself and Sacred Dances and Movements:
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