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Are you ready for self-transformation? Many spiritual teachers promise transformation, but Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff delivers.
Gurdjieff (1872-1949) was born in Alexandropol on the border of Russia and Turkey. Gurdjieff's teachings contain many concepts that, taken together, are referred to as the Work. The idea behind the Work is that our first birth is our physical body, which is all we need to get through life. But we are capable of developing into something higher; just as an acorn can stay an acorn and die or develop into an oak tree, we can develop into something higher. Gurdjieff offers a radically original vision of man and his potential for self-development.
Gurdjieff, A Beginner's Guide: How Changing the Way We React to Misplacing Our Keys Can Transform Our Lives is a beginning guide to the teachings of Gurdjieff. Practical and eminently easy to listen to, it leads the listener through some of the main concepts necessary for self-transformation.
©2011 Gil Friedman (P)2013 Gil Friedman
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By Charles W. on 03-26-17

Did not find insightful

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If you know nothing about Gurdjieff this might be of interest but only as a general outline. The profound content of Gurdjieff's teaching is not captured in this book and is, in some cases, completely misunderstood in my opinion. That said I did pick up a few good reminders and insights which may have been worth the hours of listening.

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By rebecca on 11-07-16

easy listening and learning

helpful to get an over view and advice on how to approach this work. the work.

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By Lucy Giles on 03-18-15

An inspiring introduction

I chose this book having come across references to Gurdijeff in a number of books I have read and curiosity got the better of me. Friedman's introduction to the work is well written and easy to digest considering the density of the subject and was just the right balance to prompt me to take the study of "the work" further.

For anyone who is interested in the spiritual aspect of self development but has not found what they are seeking in terms of guidance in mainstream religious settings, this is an interesting route on to the path. This book is just enough to absorb key aspects of the work by way of introduction.

I really enjoyed it and will be returning to it again and again.

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By Amazon Customer on 02-09-17

Excellent! Very helpful.

A very helpful introduction to Gurdjieff and The Work. A great place to start. Thank you.

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