Types – Know Thyself!

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There are many different “human typologies”, for example Ayurveda (Kapha, Pitta, Vata), the four temperaments of Humorism (Phlegmatic, Melancholic, Sanguine, Choleric), Chinese Five Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Metal, Wood).

G I Gurdjieff describes human beings as being “three-brained”, i.e. having intellectual, emotional and moving-instinctive functions or centres which are only rarely working harmoniously. In the psychic life of each person one of these “brains” is dominant – and this is your type. What type are you? Intellectual, emotional or physical?

In this meeting we will study the different ways of looking at types, the nuances and variations, explore the meaning they have for our own lives and the challenges each brings. Is it helpful if we know our own type or can it become a self-fulfilling prophecy? Are we able to understand one another? Is there a possibility of change or development – and if so, in what way?

Come with an open heart and mind to engage in a discussion and search for meaning at our next Meetup in Central London at 11am on Saturday  7 May.

For details of the venue join Café Gurdjieff or email us on enquiries@gurdjieff.org.uk

Ecology on a Bigger Scale

In modern England, cafés are places where men and women meet to discuss, read, write and sometimes work. They are the equivalent of an ancient Agora where people gathered to spread news and ideas.

We are having our first meeting at the British Library coffee shop, aiming to introduce a new way of sharing fundamental ideas and questions that have meaning for us.

21st century women and men wake up in the morning, go to work, produce and spend, get informed from the mainstream media and so it goes on. And at the same time, the Earth and the Moon keep on turning, people are born and die and the vast universe continues to exist and develop. Ancient people built monuments corresponding to the movements of the Sun and the Moon. Modern scientists believe that the Earth’s moon has been essential for life on Earth. If you sometimes sit in the early hours of the morning and look at the Moon and the stars, does it inspire you to have a sense of your existence in a different way? What does it all mean? What does my life mean?

Come at noon on Saturday the 23rd of April to exchange with us in a meaningful way on the theme of ‘Food for the Moon’ and meet like-minded people.

Café Gurdjieff Meetup

Food for the Moon?

Saturday, April 23, 2016
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
The British Library, First Floor Café

My father, when I was growing up, sometimes used to say “these people are food for the moon” when, for example, we were watching TV showing some ‘cheap’ programme with mindless chatter and ‘trivial acting’ or behaviour.

The expression ‘food for the moon’ shocked me then as it does now. It challenges the commonly held view that we humans are the centre of everything – anthropocentric (Greek ἄνθρωπος, ánthrōpos, “human being”; and κέντρον, kéntron, “centre”). It introduces the idea of humans being connected with planets.

As the native American Chief Seattle said ‘The Earth does not belong to man; Man belongs to the Earth. This we know…’

But what about things we don’t know?

What is the connection between man, the Earth, the Moon and other planets?

What is our role in the Cosmos?

Are we just food for the moon?

It seems obvious to me, instinctively I feel that man is connected with nature, the earth and the planets: ‘Everything is connected’.

At the same time, it disturbs me because it implies that we, as humans, are powerless in front of the forces of ‘great nature’. How does the moon influence me?