Encountering the Teachings of Gurdjieff: A Young Man’s Search, by David Ulrich | Parabola

"What Gurdjieff calls the magnetic center represents an inner formation that helps orient us in the right direction, toward what can serve our individual evolution and inner development. Our search is often born from contact with certain kinds of influences—books that may help show the way, other people that touch us in a deeper fashion, … Continue reading Encountering the Teachings of Gurdjieff: A Young Man’s Search, by David Ulrich | Parabola

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Chirologia, or The Natural Language of the Hand (1644) | The Public Domain Review

Is gesture a universal language? When lost for words, we point, wave, motion and otherwise use our hands to attempt to indicate meaning. However, much of this form of communication is intuitive and is not generally seen to be, by itself, an effective substitution for speech. John Bulwer (1606 – 1656), an English doctor and … Continue reading Chirologia, or The Natural Language of the Hand (1644) | The Public Domain Review

“He was an illumination thrown upon life.”

" Specialism consists in seeing the things of the material world as well as those of the spiritual world in their original and consequential ramifications. The highest human genius is that which starts from the shadows of abstraction to advance into the light of specialism. (Specialism, species, sight, speculation, seeing all, and that at one … Continue reading “He was an illumination thrown upon life.”

Balzac: The more he saw

The more he saw, the more he doubted. He watched men narrowly, and saw how, beneath the surface, courage was often rashness; and prudence, cowardice; generosity, a clever piece of calculation; justice, a wrong; delicacy, pusillanimity; honesty, a modus vivendi; and by some strange dispensation of fate, he must see that those who at heart … Continue reading Balzac: The more he saw

Bob Dylan on Balzac

I liked the French writer Balzac a lot, read Luck and Leather [La Peau de Chagrin], and Le Cousin Pons. Balzac was pretty funny. His philosophy is plain and simple, says basically that pure materialism is a recipe for madness. The only true knowledge for Balzac seems to be in superstition. Everything is subject to … Continue reading Bob Dylan on Balzac