In Search of the Miraculous: The Definitive Exploration of G. I. Gurdjieff's Mystical Thought and Universal View (Harvest Book)

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In Search of the Miraculous: The Definitive Exploration of G. I. Gurdjieff's Mystical Thought and Universal View (Harvest Book)

In Search of the Miraculous: The Definitive Exploration of G. I. Gurdjieff's Mystical Thought and Universal View (Harvest Book)

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For all the vastness and complexity of the material based upon these laws, however, it soon becomes clear that the most essential issue to be understood is the relationship of these laws to the nearly insoluble difficulty in which man finds himself—his prison of lies, fears, and self-deception, his state of sleep, and the need for him to begin the long and difficult work of awakening to himself and of developing in himself the powers and functions which are proper to man, the “crown of creation. It's a great adventure book with a scientific foundation behind it exploring biomimicry and why we shouldn't be so neglectful on nature since it provides so much of what we use OTC and in daily life. Plotkin highlights discoveries that are already producing stunning leads in the laboratory: painkillers from the skin of rainforest frogs, anticoagulants from leech saliva, and antitumor agents from snake venom. What we think of as an individual choice oftentimes really is just us acting (or, to be more precise, reacting) according to the impulses that are ingrained in us and to external forces.

In addition to being a faithful presentation of major aspects of the Gurdjieff teaching, the book thereby also provides much material about the life of Gurdjieff and the early history of what has now become known as “the work. It takes gratitude to see all the right that did happen instead of all of the “what-if’s” that could have happened.Easier than Gurdjieff, certainly, but so jam-packed with useful information, that it needs to be read over the course weeks, or even months.

Ann Hood was firmly rooted in the physical world-- practical, realistic, and skeptical about many things in life at the cusp of the second millennium. In 1890, he studied at the Second Moscow Gymnasium, a government school attended by boys aged 10 to 18. And after trekking to a Chinese monastery, will Simon discover that the Unbreakable Monk truly can take a drill to his own head and possesses the secret of power over pain? Plotkin makes no bones about saving the rainforest and other natural habitats solely for the possibility of profitable bio-prospecting (which many view as a polite way of saying the plunder of diverse genetic resources). In other words, we can all exist quite well without becoming truly conscious, just going about our lives in the ordinary way.While lecturing in London in 1924, he announced that he would continue independently the way he had begun in 1921.



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