Sandpoint Group

Sandpoint Group Work House

The Sandpoint Gurdjieff Group began with two people who became interested in the teaching in 1999. It grew over the next few years and became part of the International Gurdjieff Foundation, thanks to the assistance of the Gurdjieff Foundation of Halifax, Canada. The Sandpoint group is affiliated with the major centers of the Gurdjieff teaching throughout the world, including Paris, London, New York and San Francisco.

To learn more about our group, it may be useful to have some of the members describe their experience in their own words:

 

 

What have I gained from the Gurdjieff work,

and what does it mean to me?

Through my experience and learning about work ideas I realize that I am a microcosm, and there exist universal laws which I am also beholden to, but completely unaware of.

-T.R.

The ideas and practices of the Gurdjieff tradition have given my life an entirely new dimension – an inner dimension. It is a dimension of a spiritual reality in everyday life, deeper and more real than anything I could have dreamed of. It is a spiritual reality that is not based on a belief system or a sacred text, instead it is based on my own experience of seeing myself and the world around me in a new way, a way free of my old assumptions and ingrained habits.

-D.C.

The work has provided me a non-religious road map from which to explore my spiritual self. Through my work, I have been given fleeting glimpses of inner stillness, a momentary refuge in a torrent of ceaseless thinking. It is the hope that this experience of inner quiet will continue to visit my life, along with the sense of connection with something greater than myself, that keeps me moving forward with the work. (And I could not have kept on this arduous journey without the support and gentle nudging from our group. We are so fortunate.)

-C.L.

The work has provided a fresh path of self discovery, a way to see myself without the acquired beliefs that I have carried as my own. It is not a path of making changes in myself, but of “noticing” myself, knowing in doing so, I evolve naturally as a spiritual being.

-G.A.

Now, when I think I know something, I’m open to the possibility that there is more.

-A.L.

Through conscious labor I have witnessed the disharmony in my human development. After spending thirty years focused solely on intellectual pursuits, only now do I recognize the need to gain a deeper understanding of emotional and physical self.

-T.R.

I have received a new level of awareness, which is called “being awake” to my everyday life. With this awareness I have more fully opened to something greater that is available to all of us. It could be called “Love’s Presence.”

-G.A.

I carry with me a glimpse of something real that has been made possible through my Work and through the Work of others.

-A.L.

I have learned how to begin to quiet my mind, be more aware of my reactions and where I spend my energy. To see and witness not only myself, but the world around me. To understand my manifestations and the impact they bring. To live more in silence balance.

-K.J.

The work has opened me to spirituality. Spiritualty is at its core a personal relationship with the divine. Through the work I have been able to foster my own existential experiences.

-T.R.

Because of the Gurdjieff practice, I see both beauty and sadness in everyday life in a way that is so much more vivid and real.  All of life is richer and deeper, and I have come to understand, at least a little, why I am here on this planet, in this body, and what my purpose is. Who could ask for more than that?

-D.C.

For me, it is a practice, a place, and community of fellow searchers to study and learn what it means to be human and how to move towards living my life more consciously – more awake.

-K.J.