The Living Force
Green_Manalishi said:Since Gurdjieff explicitly says that this light is consciousness and that some processes can only take part in total darkness, i think it is reasonably to conclude that some processes must be made with total lack of consciousness, or am i reading it wrong? So what could that processes be?
Try to Self-Remember and see what changes in mechanical activity. While, without a ton of work, we cannot remember ourselves for long, the duration is enough to, when repeated, give first hand knowledge.
Green_Manalishi said:Also it came to my mind that in "The Dwellings of the Philosophers" that passage i talked about could be one of the famous diversions that the masters resorted to in order to lead astray the ones that are not worthy, as they say (not that i think i'm worthy :)). I say this because Gurdjieff points to a necessity of an inner light and darkness and Fulcanelli to the need/lack of an actual material/physical light. Of course that with this i'm assuming that there is no necessity of nothing outside of ourselfs to perform our inner alchemy and that they are talking about the same process.
If they are talking about the same process, I think it would indeed be a standard case of symbolism, and a rather straightforward one compared to much else. When reading such text, I always see if I can 'map' what is said to esoteric concepts and get something coherent out if it that fits and 'works'. Having the proper ability to read cabalistically the book in original language would probably be much better, but this is at any rate better than nothing, and allows grasping a small portion of it.