Second private edition, only one copy for a very good friend.
Third private edition, december 2004, 20 copies.
All copies are hand bound and printed at home.
This small manuscript was made due to several remarks in different groups, working on “Gurdjieff’s crumbles on his idea-table”.
It is not widley understood that relaxation is a basic start for Gurdjieff exercises. Therefore the unknown author collected some articles from different sources without mentioning the source.
This writing is ment as a publication, to study, to grasp, where all these sources are pointing at, namely the start for Gurdjieff exercises. I would like to suggest to the reader to take this as a very serious starting point, chew on it, as the unknown author did.
The unknown author has to apologize to the authors, that he did not ask them for permission. But if they read it, they understand why.
The anonymous author.
EXERCISE BY MR GURDJIEFF From hand-written note 1939
Fifteen minutes relax. Break tempo of ordinary life before doing e xcercise.
NOTE: This preparation comes from: Gurdjieff—>Jane Heap— >Annie Lou Staveley
There have been several inquiries as to exactly what the phrase "prepare as usual" means regarding sittings:
General Instructions Regarding Sittings: It is best to do them in the morning, although one may do them both in the morning and in the evening. 10 a.m. is ideal, but for most people this is a difficult time to arrange.
Aan de samensteller van deze publicatie werd meerdere malen gewezen op het feit dat voor dat men begint aan de ontspannings oefening, "the preparation excersise", men moet zoeken naar het “idee achter deze ‘ excersise’ “.
“Accept to be here. Accept that you are starting to do an excercise. Look for your wish to do this exercise”.
Een andere variant hierop was:
“First pray to your parents.
“Secondly pray for everybody in this work, not only to people in the Gurdjieff work, but to all the people on this Earth and in our universe who are looking for transformation”.
“Thirdly, ask a Higher Ideal, a Higher source, to help you in your exercise,
The actual source of the following is unknown, but included for diversity. Subject: Sittings:
The inner exercises described are intended to be done in the order given, with at least a month dedicated to each one. Everything eventually wears out, then it is time to go onto the next exercise. Later, you can return to one which you have done in the past and renew it.
Van de samensteller: Dit geld ook voor de relaxation exercise. Men moet deze van tijd tot tijd wijzigen.
Do not eat for two hours prior to a sitting, as it takes energy to digest food. A cup of tea or coffee, if needed, is permissible.
Try to choose a time when you will not be disturbed. Unplug your telephone, turn off your beeper. Do not attempt an exercise with another person present (unless they too are doing the same exercise), or have a pet wandering about.
Shower, brush your teeth, try to be as fresh as possible. No not just roll out of bed and sit.
Do not have on tight fitting clothing, glasses or a wrist watch. Remove jewellery.
Unless it is very cold or noisy outside, have the window open.
Do not have any furniture within three feet of you, as your "atmosphere" extends out at least that far.
Try to be seated in a manner that is most comfortable to you. Some people can manage a full or half lotus position, others have difficulty with this, or sitting directly upon the floor, or even on a cushion. If you do sit on a chair instead, make sure you do not rest your back against it. Sit upright. It is very important to maintain a straight spine and neck- energies flow in straight lines.
Rest the palms of your hands on your knees. Do not fold them together in your lap, or place them opposing each other, as those positions are more appropriate for prayer.
It is best not to close your eyes. Keep the lids half open. Gently focus your eyes on the tip of your nose. You are not actually trying to focus on the tip of your nose, but are trying to look inward. Look at the traditional statues of the meditating Buddha.
Leave your everyday cares and worries outside the room, they will be there waiting for you when you are done.
Find out where the tensions are. They are usually in the neck, the jaw, around the eyes, in the upper and lower back and in the lower abdomen. Allow your attention to rest in these areas and "let go" -- You cannot force relaxation.
Van de samensteller: Hierna volgt een kleine “ sensing exercise”.
Tot zover uit deze uitgave. We hebben deze in de lijst opgenomen omdat deze aansluit bij het gedachtegoed van G.I .Gurdjieff. Het is een mooi werkje en zijn de " anonymous author" dan ook dankbaar dat hij ons dit boekje deed toekomen. Een must voor mensen die in het Gurdjieff-werk aan het snuffelen zijn!