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December 10. The Rough Road to Self Awareness: Intention, Attention, and Risk

“Without self-knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave and a plaything of the forces acting upon him. This is why in all ancient teachings the first demand at the beginning of the way to liberation was: Know thyself.” (G.I. Gurdjieff)
“The force of attention of the essential self is slow and subtle. The subtle force of attention is our only weapon against sleep. It is a very effective weapon if we are able to see that because it is subtle, it has to be applied unremittingly, unwaveringly, over a very long period of time.” (EJ Gold)
“Only disciplined people become free, but their discipline is not obedience to others: their discipline is obedience to their own inner voice. And they are ready to risk anything for it.” (Rajneesh)
Speaker: Juanita Violini is an artist and writer/producer of interactive mystery entertainment. She has been a student of the spiritual path for over 35 years.

Previous talks in this series:
Nov. 26, 2022. The Restoration of Love (Elise Erro)
November 12, 2022. Survival, Healing, and Freedom: The Body Knows (Matthew Files)
October 29, 2022. Eating Bears: Notes on How to Go About It (Jocelyn del Rio)
October 15, 2022. Spiritual Bypassing and Adulthood on the Path (Deborah Auletta)
October 1, 2022. Pairs of Opposites (Bandhu Dunham)
September 17, 2022. Escape From the General Law (Red Hawk)
September 3, 2022. The Obstacle is the Path (Chris McMaster and Debbie Hogeland-Celebucki)
August 20, 2022. The Recognition of Our Own Heart (Karen Sprute-Francovich)
August 6, 2022. We’ll Never Be Prepared for Life--We Might as Well Start Living It (Rick Lewis)
July 23, 2022. Timing is Everything: Opening to Windows of Opportunity in Life and on the Path (VJ Fedorschak)
July 9, 2022. Fourth Way Magic: How Hermetic and Indigenous Traditions Interface with the Gurdjieff Work (Rob Schmidt and Stuart Goodnick)
June 25, 2022. Stop the World, I Want to Get Off (Regina Sara Ryan)
June 11, 2022. Kneel and Kiss the Ground: The Poetics of Presence and Purpose (Mary Angelon Young)
May 28, 2022. Basic Trust: The Soul's Key to Being (Peter Cohen)
May 14, 2022. Do You Want to Be Right or Do You Want to Be in Relationship? (Matthew Files)
April 30, 2022. War: What is it Good For? (Bandhu Dunham)
April 16, 2022. Cultivating Spiritual Maturity: An Honest Look at Our Commitments (Lalitha)
April 2, 2022. The Two Experiences of Life and Their Impact: Being In-the-Box or Out-of-the-Box (VJ Fedorschak)
March 19, 2022. Writing as a Transformational Path (Mary Angelon Young and Regina Sara Ryan)
March 5, 2022. Living From Paradox (Juanita Violini)
February 19, 2022. Why Questions Are More Useful Than Answers on the Spiritual Path (Karl Krumins)
February 5, 2022. Survival Is Not the Issue (Clelia Lewis)
January 22, 2022. Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For… Why? (Matthew Files)
January 8, 2022. Giving Ourselves to Love. (Nachama Greenwald)