Vin and Jack: Mechanicality

The concept of mechanicality, that all people are machines reacting to external forces, is a central idea in the Gurdjieff teaching. It is vividly described in the early chapters of In Search of the Miraculous, P.D. Ouspensky’s lucid account of his talks and experiences with Gurdjieff from 1915 to 1923. Two members of our New York group, Vin and Jack, picked up the thread in a lively conversation recorded at a Chardavogne Barn Work day late last year.

Image: “The Waiting Room,” a painting by the Philadelphia-based artist Robert Zurer.

Why Gurdjieff Now: A Conversation With Donna Spector

An accomplished playwright, poet, and educator, Donna Spector is also a long-time member of Mr. Nyland’s groups and teacher of the Gurdjieff Movements. In May 2019, she sat down with host Doug Sprei for a conversation recorded during a Work intensive period held in Northern California. Here she warmly recounts her early impressions of coming into the group and meeting Mr. Nyland, and shares how Gurdjieff’s Work finds expression in her life and work today.