Comments on the Centers

edited May 2013 in Centers
Could Michael comment on the Centers and how Moving Center is romanticized, and how the cosmic is romanticized?

WE WILL BRING THE MORE CONCISE DEFINITION TO YOU. THE KEYNOTE WITH INTELLECTUAL CENTER IS, OF COURSE, RATIONALIZATION. THE INTELLECTUAL PART, OF COURSE, IS CAPABLE OF OBJECTIVE RATIONALIZATION, THE EMOTIONAL PART OF SUBJECTIVE RATIONALIZATION, AND THE MOVING PART OF PRACTICAL, MATERIALISTIC RATIONALIZATION. THE PERSON TRAPPED IN THE MOVING PART OF INTELLECTUAL CENTER IS USUALLY PRACTICAL TO A FAULT, AND WHATEVER FRUITS ARE HARVESTED ARE USUALLY IN THIS VEIN. WHATEVER THEY PURSUE — WHETHER IT BE MEDICINE, THE LAW, OR HOUSEWIFERY — THESE SOULS ARE PREPARED THROUGH METICULOUS RESEARCH FOR ANY AND ALL EVENTUALITY. THEY SPEND MUCH ENERGY IN THEIR RESEARCHES, AND NOT EVEN THE SIMPLEST TASK IS PERFORMED WITHOUT THE RITUAL OF RESEARCHING THEM CAREFULLY. ALL OF THEIR INTELLECTUAL ENDEAVORS MUST BE IMMEDIATELY OR AT LEAST CLEAR-CUT UTILITARIAN VALUE [sic]. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE SOUL TRAPPED IN THE INTELLECTUAL PART OF MOVING CENTER “ATTACKS” KNOWLEDGE WITH A VIGOR THAT IS VIRTUALLY UNEXCELLED. KNOWLEDGE IS A MOUNTAIN TO BE SCALED AND CONQUERED.

What are the characteristics of the Moving part of Emotional Center?

IT IS MOVEMENT ROMANTICIZED. THE MOVEMENT BECOMES THE LOVE OBJECT. MOST DANCERS, SUCH AS THE MAN, RUDOLPH [Nureyev], ARE TRAPPED HERE.

Are those who sit around and watch trapped here?

MANY TIMES THIS IS TRUE — DEPENDING ON THE ENERGY LEVEL PRESENT. THE SPECTATORS DO DRAW THOUGH FROM THE ACTION ON THE FIELD. BY THE SAME TOKEN, SOME MOVERS, SUCH AS AGAIN PROFESSIONAL DANCERS, ARE TRAPPED IN THE EMOTIONAL PART OF MOVING CENTER, WHERE EMOTION MUST BE EXPRESSED THROUGH MOVEMENT.

Are some intellectual scholars trapped in the Intellectual part of Intellectual Center?

IT IS POSSIBLE TO BE TRAPPED HERE, AND YES, YOU ARE RIGHT. MANY OF THE THEORETICAL SCIENTISTS ARE INDEED IMMIRED IN THE INTELLECTUAL PART OF INTELLECTUAL CENTER. THIS IS A ROUTE TO HIGHER CENTERS WHEN THERE IS BALANCE. THE MAN, EDWARD TELLER, IS ALMOST HOPELESSLY TRAPPED IN THE EMOTIONAL PART OF MOVING CENTER.

Will getting the Moving Center into action help with relaxation and meditation?

THAT IS VALID, AND WE FEEL A POSITIVE STEP. THE RELAXATION WILL ALSO COME FAR MORE EASILY TO THE TIRED BODY. THERE IS ALSO A DRIVE IN MANY STUDENTS TO INVOLVE THEMSELVES HEAVILY IN WHAT THEY CONSIDER “USEFUL” ACTIVITY. SOMETIMES THIS CAN BE USED AS A GOOD GUIDE TO WHERE THE WORK IS.

Comment: In other words, take a look at the activities one uses just to fill the hours.

FOR INSTANCE, MANY WHO ARE TRAPPED IN THE INTELLECTUAL PART OF INTELLECTUAL CENTER MUST INVOLVE THEMSELVES ONLY IN INTELLECTUALLY STIMULATING AND REWARDING EXPERIENCES. MANY TRAPPED IN MOVING CENTER ARE CONSTANTLY “DOING THINGS”, AND CONSIDER ALL ELSE RATHER FRIVOLOUS. SOULS TRAPPED IN EMOTIONAL CENTER FIND IT DIFFICULT TO SIT THROUGH AN EVENING OF “HEAD STUFF”, OR THEY ALSO DISLIKE THE MODERN DANCING, AND [other dancing] WHERE THERE IS LITTLE BODY CONTACT AND MUCH WILD GYRATIONS.

Could we have something on the Moving part of Emotional Center?

THE “LOVE OF ACTION”. THESE SOULS MAKE IDEAL SPECTATORS, AND WILL YELL THEMSELVES HOARSE AT ALL SPECTATOR EVENTS. THEY RARELY PARTICIPATE, BUT [they] WILL DRIVE HUNDREDS OF MILES TO SPEND A WEEKEND AT A SKI LODGE. THE ROMANCE OF MOVEMENT PREVAILS HERE WITH LITTLE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION.

It has been said that the Intellectual part of Emotional Center is the seat of the “magnetic center” [another Gurdjieff term for that within yourself that draws you to the spiritual path] for [spiritual] teachings. Is this so?

THAT IS VALID. IT ALSO PRODUCES THE TOP HISTORIANS AND SOCIAL SCIENTISTS, MOST WRITERS AND JOURNALISTS, MANY WAR CORRESPONDENTS, ANTHROPOLOGISTS, AND ARCHAEOLOGISTS. IN THIS [emotional] PART THE INTELLECT IS ROMANTICIZED.

I would like to ask about someone who leads a simple, healthy life in essence. He uses his Moving Center and enjoys what he does.

THIS MAN NOW HAS ACCESS TO THE SUM OF THE MOVING CENTER. HE NEEDS ONLY TO PURSUE HIS PRESENT LINE OF INTERNAL QUESTIONING TO COME INTO BALANCE.

Would this be good for me, to reach the Moving part of Emotional Center?

YES, THAT WOULD BE A GOOD START FOR YOU. THIS IS, OF COURSE, THE “COSMIC” ROMANTICIZED. THE ROUTE TO SUBJECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS IS MORE EASILY ATTAINABLE THROUGH THE EMOTIONAL CENTER. THE ROUTE TO FULL OBJECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS IS NOT NORMALLY ACHIEVED BY THOSE ON THE PHYSICAL PLANE. THAT IS NORMALLY A PHENOMENON OF THE TRANSCENDENTAL SOUL.

I think Ouspensky was said not to be subjectively conscious. Was he trapped in the Intellectual Center?

HE WAS NOT SUBJECTIVELY CONSCIOUS. HE WAS TRAPPED IN INTELLECTUAL CENTER; THAT IS VALID. THIS WAS A FIFTH LEVEL OLD SAGE WHO WAS A GOOD STUDENT.

would like to ask how to bring the perceptions of the Emotional Center and those of the Intellectual Center together to be balanced. Perceptions seems so limited: there is so much input and only one thing seems to get through.

OF COURSE, THE PERCEPTIONS OF ONE TRAPPED IN THE INTELLECTUAL CENTER ARE GOING TO BE BASED UPON WHAT IS THOUGHT, AND WILL BE LARGELY ANALYSIS OF THE PERCEPTION RATHER THAN A PERCEPTION AT ALL. THE PERCEPTION ITSELF WILL BE LOST IN THE ANALYSIS. THE PERCEPTIONS OF ONE LOST IN THE EMOTIONAL CENTER WILL BE SWAMPED BY THE FEELINGS SURROUNDING THE MOMENT, AND AGAIN THE PERCEPTION ITSELF WILL BE LOST TO SIGHT. THIS IS WHAT IS MEANT, OF COURSE, BY NOT EXPERIENCING ONE’S EXPERIENCES. THOSE TRAPPED IN THE MOVING CENTER WILL BE ALREADY PLANNING OR CARRYING OUT SOME ACTION SURROUNDING THE PERCEPTION BEFORE IT HAS TIME TO REGISTER. NO MECHANICAL MAN IS ABLE TO APPRECIATE ANY EXPERIENCE FULLY BECAUSE OF THIS. ALL PERCEPTIONS ARE, OF COURSE, STORED, AND CAN BE RECALLED BY THE BALANCED MAN IF NEED BE. IN ORDER TO PERCEIVE AND EXPERIENCE A MOMENT IN TIME, ALL CENTERS MUST BE WORKING (CORRECTLY).

Something will happen and later I will think about it, and evoke emotions which were not there in the original happening. How is it that I can have emotions in retrospect? It must be that they are there to begin with, but I don’t feel them.

MOST OF THE FEELINGS YOU DESCRIBE COME FROM THE EMOTIONAL PART OF INTELLECTUAL CENTER, WHICH IS ALWAYS INVOLVED IN ANALYSIS IN YOUR CASE.

In a balanced person, should the Intellectual Center be shut down until there is an actual problem to be solved?

THE INTELLECTUAL CENTER SHOULD BE FUNCTIONING AS A DECISION-MAKING PARTNER IN THE PROCESS. THE EMOTIONAL CENTER CANNOT MAKE DECISIONS PROPERLY, AS IT CANNOT THINK OUT THE RAMIFICATIONS OF ANY GIVEN SITUATION WITH THE SPEED NECESSARY TO MAKE A VALID, SPLIT-SECOND DECISION. THE INTELLECTUAL CENTER WORKS AT A FAR GREATER SPEED THAN DOES THE EMOTIONAL CENTER WHEN THE SOULS IS IN BALANCE. IN MECHANICAL MAN, THE MOVING CENTER TAKES OVER THE RAPID FUNCTIONS. THIS IS, OF COURSE, NECESSARY FOR SURVIVAL OF THE BODY, AS WHEN A HAND IS REMOVED FROM A HOT STOVE BY THE MOVING CENTER IN COOPERATION WITH THE INSTINCTIVE CENTER. IN BALANCED MAN, THE INTELLECTUAL CENTER CLAIMS ITS RIGHTFUL FUNCTIONING AND BECOME THE DECISION MAKER. IN OTHER WORDS, BALANCED MAN CHOOSES TO REMOVE THE HAND.

It seems to me that the Emotional Center knows the truth better than the Intellectual Center.

ESSENCE KNOWS TRUTH, AND ESSENCE MOST OFTEN MANIFESTS THROUGH EMOTIONAL CENTER IN GOOD STUDENTS. THIS IS PRIMARILY BECAUSE TRUTH IS NOT OFTEN READILY BELIEVED BY INTELLECTUAL CENTER — IT IS JUST NOT RATIONAL.

Someone asked about centering, and what force makes one achieve balance.

THE ACHIEVEMENT OF BALANCE IS AN ACT OF WILL. THE FORCE BEHIND IT IS THE COMBINED ENERGIES OF THE TRUE “CENTER OF GRAVITY” [a Gurdjieff term] WITHIN YOU. YOU ALWAYS HAVE THIS ENERGY, BUT NORMALLY YOU ALLOW IT TO DISSIPATE UNUSED. WHEN YOU WORK TOWARD BALANCE, YOU LEARN TO CONSERVE THIS ENERGY AND DIVERT IT INTO THE WORK. THIS ENERGY DOES NOT RUN OUT, BY THE WAY. IT IS PART OF THE NEUTRAL UNIVERSAL FLOW AND IS INFINITE. YOU MUST LEARN TO TAP IT, HOWEVER. YOUR CENTERS OF GRAVITY ARE NOW TOP HEAVY, OR OFF TRUE CENTER. WHEN YOU GO TO BALANCE IT IS CENTERED — ERGO, BALANCED; NOT VERY MYSTICAL, BUT FAR MORE PRACTICAL. THERE IS NO LEAKAGE OF ENERGY IN BALANCED MAN, AND ALL OF THIS ENERGY CAN BE DIVERTED INTO THE [spiritual] WORK — WHETHER THIS BE MEDITATION, CONCENTRATION OR STUDY. THE TRAP INTO WHICH MOST FALL IS SIMPLY A CONTINUATION OF HABIT PATTERNS PICKED UP EARLY IN LIFE. THIS HAPPENS IN PART BECAUSE OF THE MODELS THAT AN ADOLESCENT OBSERVES. THERE IS BENEATH THAT A CHOSEN DIRECTION OF FLOW, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THIS CAN BE OVERRIDDEN EASILY BY THE INFLUENCES; FOR INSTANCE: A HYSTERICAL PARENT, A PARENT WITH SERIOUS DISSEMBLANCE, A PARENT WHO IS UNDULY STERN. THE DIRECTION THEN TAKES A REACTIVE TURN AND THE TRAP IS EXCHANGED FOR ANOTHER. WITH STUDENTS THEN, THERE IS ANOTHER PITFALL. THEY BEGIN TO GO TOWARD BALANCE, FIND NEW EXPERIENCES, AND MAKE A SUBLIMINAL CHOICE TO STAY THERE BECAUSE IT IS A RICHER EXPERIENCE. THIS IS AS IN THE CASE OF JOHANNE (Bach).

SOURCE: Michael Teachings Transcripts
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