Working with hindrances

G.I. Gurdjieff had in his community an old man who was difficult for everyone to live with.
He was obnoxious and noisy and smelly and a troublemaker and argumentative. Finally, after many months of arguing with the other community members, he got discouraged and quiet and left to live alone in Paris.

Gurdjieff, when he heard about this, went directly to Paris, found him and convinced him to come back, but only by offering him a great deal of money, a big monthly stipend. Whereas everyone else paid for their practice, this man was getting paid to return. When they saw him return and found out he was actually being paid for it, the community was quite upset. They said:

“What are you doing?” Gurdjieff explained: “This man is like yeast for bread. Without him here you would not understand the meaning of patience, the meaning of loving kindness or compassion. You would not learn how to deal with your own anger an irritation. So I bring him here and you pay me to teach and I pay him to help.”

Told by Jack Kornfield

About julienmatei
I feel an inner urge to express what I see, to communicate and share with others all these impressions. Often the things I see are there, not yet manifest, but waiting... to be observed, talked about, and embraced. These new insights need another approach, a more vivid curiosity... Due to fear and prejudice we prefer to see only "the official" truth - but THE OFFICIAL TRUTH IS DEAD - being dead, it has nothing to give... We can continue pretending Death is fascinating or... we can take the trouble to LIVE... THE NEW has no definition yet... Again, IT requires another "perception", the courage to apprehend everything differently, from a totally new angle, with new confidence and inquisitive touch. This blog is not about interesting concepts, it is about participation... finding new solutions, inspiration, togetherness.

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