Gurdjieff Movements

A Practice of Attention and Community

The Greek-Armenian mystic, George Gurdjieff, who brought the enneagram to the West, created a set of exercises for his students. These were based on the dances he witnessed traveling in the East and incorporated the laws reflected in the enneagram. He described himself as a “teacher of dancing”, so central was the experience of the Movements to the development of consciousness.

The Gurdjieff Movements are a practice of attention with gestures and choreography set to music created for this purpose. The complexity of the Movements invites concentration and self-awareness. We move in patterns that remain unconscious. The Movements break up those patterns, bringing awareness to automatic ways of thinking, feeling and sensing.

The effort needed to learn the patterns of the Movements and sustain the practice brings us face to face with our habits of thinking, feeling, and sensing. The work of awakening to our patterns of behaviour, thought and feeling, is the first point of the Movements.

The community is central to the practice of the Movements. Here we bump into the “Other”. These encounters increase awareness of our presence and actions in the world.

When self-awareness strengthens, and the movement become integrated, there are moments we enter the mystery of Presence. The body relaxes, the mind quiets, the heart opens, and we experience what is real: a harmony with ourselves, others and our purpose.

Join Melody Newcomb at one of these regularly scheduled practices.

 

Three Movements inspired by Rumi

Dance, when you’re broken open.
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you’re perfectly free.

That is some kind of invitation to join our Gurdjieff Movements group.

Every week we come together to work with these movements, dances created by George Gurdjieff to help and challenge his students to wake up to their automatic ways of thinking, feeling and sensing.

Who makes these changes?
I shoot an arrow right.
It lands left.
I ride after a deer and find myself
chased by a hog.
I plot to get what I want
and end up in prison.
I dig pits to trap others
and fall in.
I should be suspicious
of what I want.

 The Movements invite, challenge, sooth, frustrate, make you feel alone, open you up to the presence of others and the Divine. We are all beginners. Some have done this work for awhile, some for a long time. In that a container is formed to hold the struggle, the joy, the silence and the laughter.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open
Don’t go back to sleep.

 

Movements Schedule Fall 2017

 

 Please know that you are always welcome and share this information with anyone who might be interested.

A small change: this year the cost for the Thursday evening sessions will be $15. All others remain the same: $50 for the Saturday (except the all day retreat) and $30 just for the afternoon movements.

September: Thursdays – 7, 21, 28
Saturday  – 16

October: Thursdays – 19, 26
Saturday – 14

November: Thursdays – 2, 16, 23, 30
Saturday – November 11 – all day retreat.

December: Thursdays – 7, 21
Saturday – 1

Location:

John Black Church
898 Henderson Highway
 

Please email Melody if interested in attending any gathering.

Thanks all – we’d love to see you come out for this, even if you’ve just dipped your toe into or have been away a long time.  Please know you are welcome.

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