Gurdjieff and Hypnosis: A Hermeneutic Study by Mohammad Tamdgidi

By Mohammad Tamdgidi

This publication explores the lifestyles and ideas of the enigmatic 20th century thinker, mystic, and instructor of esoteric dances George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, acting a hermeneutic textual research of all his writings to light up where of hypnosis in his educating. Foreword through J. Walter Driscoll.

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The same should be noted regarding commentaries made on Gurdjieff ’s life and teaching prior to successive publications of parts of his writings. Of course, several pupils, including A. R. Orage, were closely involved in editing the English translations of both the First and the Second Series, and generally Gurdjieff ’s inner circle pupils were more or less in touch with Gurdjieff ’s writing activities. However, the vast majority of his pupils, and the public at large, had not had full access to Gurdjieff ’s writings in officially published form before their successive publication dates.

The significance of such a prolonged, delayed, and fragmented publication chronology for the study of Gurdjieff ’s life and ideas cannot be underestimated. The knowledge about Gurdjieff as transmitted via P. D. Ouspensky’s In Search of the Miraculous (1949)—a work that shaped much of public information and imagination about Gurdjieff in ensuing decades—were almost entirely limited to what Ouspensky learned from Gurdjieff orally during a few years still early in Gurdjieff ’s teaching career (mostly pertaining to the 1915–1917 period, only the last 24 pages pertaining to the 1915–1924 period as a whole).

Taylor’s list includes the following works published by Gurdjieff ’s pupils since the the early 1960s: Margaret Anderson’s The Unknowable Gurdjieff (1962); Kathryn Hulme’s Undiscovered Country (1966); Fritz Peters’ Boyhood with Gurdjieff (1964) and Gurdjieff Remembered (1965); C. S. Nott’s Teachings of Gurdjieff (1961) and Journey Through this World (1969); John G. htm). To Taylor’s selected list one may add a recent introductory book written by John Shirley titled Gurdjieff: An Introduction to His Life and Ideas (2004), and Taylor’s own new work G.

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