This is a quote from P. D. #Ouspensky's #InSearchOfTheMiraculous, which is about the time the author spent learning from G. I. #Gurdjieff, the author of #BeelzebubsTalesToHisGrandson and #MeetingsWithRemarkableMen. He's describing a kind of mental process called "self-remembering," and it's crucial. It involves not only doing something, not only being aware of something, but of knowing yourself while you do it, while you're aware of it. You don't just look at Netflix; you see yourself watching Netflix. You don't just talk to someone; you see yourself talking to someone. You *are* both here and there.
Gurdjieff says that this state of mind is crucial for the development of the human soul. And I just realized that #RudolfSteiner says the same thing. In his #IntuitiveThinkingAsASpiritualPath, he explains Gurdjieff's principle in a different way: "If I want to observe, along with the table, my thinking about the table, I must first take up a standpoint outside my own activity. While observation of objects and processes, and thinking about them, are both everyday situations that fill my ongoing life, the *observation of thinking* is a kind of exceptional state." The book is about that state and how to cultivate it. For Steiner, this type of thinking is at the root of what makes us able to call ourselves "I." In our "I," we continually see something that we also continually *grasp*: me, who I am. In the *I*, thinking IS perceiving But this is normally vague and doesn't progress beyond a certain point.
Steiner says that we are bound to develop the capacity #Ouspensky describes, what he calls the "Consciousness Soul" at this point in the earth's history: to not only be aware of the world, but be aware of ourselves being aware of the world. We must *be* our I as we are in the world. This will, far from isolating us from the world, unite us to it in full consciousness. At one point, we will level be able to *be* everything in the same way we are ourselves, without losing distinctness at all. That's what this capacity leads us toward. #spiritual #wisdom #meditation #light #love #consciousness #truth #lightworker #Mormon #LDS #NewAge #God #Christ #energy #vibes