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Gurdjieff’s Art of the “Preparation”

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The most important of Gurdjieff’s still little-known contemplative techniques was the daily exercise his pupils called the “Preparation.” No notes or recordings of a Preparation given by Gurdjieff himself are known to exist. The chief aim of this article is to publish a transcript of the Preparation as given by George M. Adie (1901–1989), according to indications he had received from Gurdjieff. Other personal pupils of Gurdjieff have attested to the accuracy with which Adie passed on the tradition of the Preparation. Further references to the Preparation are examined, clarifying its various aspects. The study closes by tracing the roots of the Preparation in Gurdjieff’s thought, and its almost complete disappearance from the Gurdjieff tradition; a victim, as it were, of close secrecy and a shift in practices in many Gurdjieff groups.

Affiliations: 1: University of Sydney


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