GURDJIEFF GROUP WORK THE LOFT TAPES
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This book is a record of one and a half years of workdays at the Group’s Loft workspace in lower Manhattan during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. It is documentation of the way Jerry worked with his groups during that time. Every generation must find a new way of working. What woke up one generation will not necessarily wake up the next. When we came to the work these ideas were new and fresh - now the ideas are taught in psychology classes in universities. But there is a process to waking up and rules that govern it. Gurdjieff says "Many alarm clocks are necessary and always new ones." This book is a testament to the practice of these rules. The fourth way requires working together, working on yourself, and making the ideas your own.
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Oct 16, 2016"The Loft Tapes" follow Jerry Brewsters 1.st book "Spiritual Physics" and allow a vivid + alive view into his very precise and highly practical way of bringing those ideas into relation with practical (inner) work. The editors of both books, John Anderson and Marshall May, wrote in Spiritual Physics: "A practical guide to the science of being known as The Fourth Way" which applies the same way to this second book. Both books are and contain real pearls. Jerry Brewster not only obvioulsy "has made something his own" but he found a unique way to share this with those who are seriously interested.
May 16, 2016The Loft Tapes is the second book which presents Jerry Brewster's take on the Gurdjieff Work . Brewster was a group leader in Florida and in New York City. Both books provide succinct explanations of work ideas. I would recommend purchase of both books. I read “Spiritual Physics” over a year ago. Neither book is for beginners, each volume presents ideas of a luminous nature, particularly when Brewster is presenting material on the enneagram. The Loft Tapes chapters have one page commentaries which start or end each chapter usually followed by one of 20+ teaching stories that Brewster used as teaching devices in group situations. The Loft was a former garment factory, in which Jerry Brewster’s group first performed extensive renovation and then used for meetings, performances and craft work and sales. Some photos of the projects undertaken to make money to pay the rent, or to furnish the Loft are included. The photos provide a fair idea of the level of expertise... More > achieved through group work. The majority of the book is taken from tapes of group meetings held in 1989 to 1990. These tapes recorded the questions of various students and answers given by Mr. Brewster. The book starts with an explanation written by Jerry Brewster. I consider it a heavy hint for those struggling with meditation. It is a reminder of how easily we move towards results --just as we were taught from grade school on. It reminds us how much we miss by not staying with primary observations, how hard it is to stay between yes and no. How devious a demand for results actually is. How easily we rush to results. “There is a special vibration of energy in us that needs to be experienced and felt as primary--------------the immediate response is to look to the results that it brings us, and the result then becomes primary for us. -------By (the vibration) becoming secondary it is lost” The book is well indexed for personal study of particular ideas.< Less
Apr 6, 2016Once again, gratitude must be expressed to Marshall May and John Anderson for bringing Jerry Brewster's words to us. This collection of questions and answers goes considerably further into the subtleties of our work than do other "record" books on Mr. Gurdjieff's ideas. Jerry has a profound understanding of this work. The reader can be guaranteed to hear new material regarding the evolutionary process. Jane Heap once aphorized that good answers deserve good questions. The questions and observations offered here for Jerry's comment are really of quite a high quality, showing an intense level of struggle. Jerry's answers reveal layers of intimations of ways for us to work which, while validating one's own experience in groups, will also give a needed shock. The Loft Tapes point to a new direction for effort - a signpost, as it were, for further exploration, thereby making it a living work. John Chickering - Gurdjeff Forum Moderator
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- JAMM Publications (Standard Copyright License)
- First edition
- JAMM Publications
- March 3, 2016
- Hardcover (dust-jacket)
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.85 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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