Welcome to the Gurdjieff Society of Atlantic Canada
Halifax, Nova Scotia
“There do exist enquiring minds, which long for the truth of the heart, seek it, strive to solve the problems set by life, try to penetrate to the essence of things and phenomena and to penetrate into themselves. If a man reasons and thinks soundly, no matter which path he follows in solving these problems, he must inevitably arrive back at himself, and begin with the solution of the problem of what he is himself, and what his place is in the world around him.”
(Gurdjieff, Views from the Real World)
The Gurdjieff Society of Atlantic Canada, also called GSAC or the Atlantic group, is a group of people who are engaged in the study and practice of the teaching of G.I. Gurdjieff, which is also called ‘The Work’ or ‘The Fourth Way’.
The teachings of Mr. Gurdjieff are based on the esoteric wisdom of the great spiritual traditions adapted by him for contemporary sensitivities and needs. The aim of the Work is the conscious evolution and transformation of human beings. This requires the harmonious development of the entire person – body, mind and soul. The practice of the Work includes meditation, sacred dance, music, study of psychological and cosmological ideas, impartial self-observation and work with others. To his pupils from a Christian background, he described his teaching as “esoteric Christianity” but it is possible to describe it as “esoteric Buddhism” or “esoteric Islam” or, more generally, as “esoteric wisdom.”
Following his death in 1949, a core group of pupils, under the direction of Madame Jeanne de Salzmann, undertook responsibility for the transmission of the teaching. This group established centers throughout the world.
The Gurdjieff International Review website www.gurdjieff.org is a good resource for further general information about the Gurdjieff teaching.