The Living Force
Laura said:So does about everybody. And it is in comparing the cognitive science to the work of Gurdjieff, Mouravieff, Castaneda, etc, that we are able to really grasp what these people were trying to say without the necessary technical/scientific language.
For example, Martha Stout's book "The Myth of Sanity" addresses the "many Is" of Gurdjieff and Mouravieff (who was just taking off on G). This is again brought forward in "Strangers to Ourselves" and the work of Kahneman.
The principles of self-observation and the necessity for a network of observers/mirrors is emphasized by Timothy Wilson and Daniel Kahnemann also.
Then, of course, the dietary relationship to optimum physiological and psychological functioning seems to be something that we have contributed ourselves, though the pieces of this puzzle have been out there for awhile, just never collected and really analyzed as we have done here.
So it seems that, overall, as a network, we have been putting together a True Way Forward for the spiritually evolving human. It may not be THE way for everyone, but I guess that depends on the individual's AIMS and capacities. And Aims may depend on capacities for their formulation.
Prior to the advent of the development of the field of psychology a person not satisfied with organized religion that dominated would seem to have had limited options on how to work on themselves, etc if they were experiencing problems and not satisfied with the answers and guidance given by religion. With how religion has been used in the past for control of the masses in a more in your face way, but still prevalent today, and the terror methods used to stamp out opposing views I think we can see why groups that did teach a way to go beyond religion, such as maybe alchemists, were driven from the public view and remained hidden. I think it is amazing how material such as this book gives scientific validity to teachings and methods that we know about such as what Gurdjieff taught. It is no wonder that this work is attacked so often. It really does provide out in the open, maybe for the first time in a long time if ever, for anyone that searches it out or stumbles on it a comprehensive way to go beyond normal life, work on themselves, and be something more.