LIVING DAY BY DAY
We put here, in the Enneagram,
the process of living each day. It is a complete process, repeated
according the cosmic and psychological transcendental biological cycles.
Days are units in themselves, as the pearls
of a necklace, which we collect to form our personal life.
The most important is that we have
the power to cultivate these pearls, one by one, to build a beautiful
and harmonious whole.
The day can be organized by stages in
the Enneagram, and this can orient us in out personal time management.
Note that these stages are not simple
consecutive or sequential phases, but they are interwoven and
Under the point of view of the Triads, these fundamental Gurdjieff's
exercises for the day correspond to the triad of Evolution (2-1-3). It
is worthy to remember that all the evolutionary triads begin with the
passive force (2).
Triad of Evolution (2-1-3):
In the interval "down" — remember that "this will pass"
In the interval "up" — do not exaggerate.
In the interval "top" — relax.
DETAILING OF THE DAY
1. SITTING BY
Sit every morning, for 5 to 20
minutes. Relax, considering the parts of your body from the head to your
toes. Turn yourself receptive to higher influences.
2. WHAT IS
MY PRIORITY TODAY?
Do no leave your room or your home
without defining what is more important to you this day.
TO NOT EXPRESS NEGATIVE EMOTIONS
The first interval is the moment of Grace.
Although the note Mi (see
scale in the enneagram) have a
tendency to stop and give up, it is in this moment that the Grace enter
our life to animate it, like breathing, which is essential to the
We must take this interval like a favorable
wave to "surf" the day. The disposition we have at this moment will
follow us till night.
IDENTIFY AND SUPPORT MAINTENANCE NEEDS
Point four command the rhythm of the
Earth, the administration of material things, and so, the maintenance of
Discernment is needed in the management
of life, to identify a lot of tasks that are simply undelayable—under
penalty of the non-continuity of life itself.
Such activities, as eating and hygiene, and
everything that need constant attention, cannot be accumulated. They
determine the rhythm.
We cannot eat a lot of meals today and wait
several days to eat again. Neither it is worthy to take three
showers, one after another. And so are those activities like classes and
exercises, which only work with constancy, persistence and repetition.
Our organism is structured for the rhythm
that animates it — it doesn't store vitamins and requests the
replacement of proteins in the process of daily cellular reconstruction.
So, four is the number of death and
regeneration, characterizing our cosmic species. Like the Sun, that
appears and disappears every 24 hours, we die at night and are born
again each morning. We are always new.
Anti-entropy Action at Least, Each Day
Number five corresponds to the note Sol, the star of our Solar
system. It brings a type of time that transcends the planetary
rhythm and transcends the day.
The activities of this point of the process form the work itself.
If in point four we were considering a "job", as maintenance, in
point five we are "entrepreneurs" and everything we do must have a
In point four we fight against death; in five the fight
runs against time.
The flow of the time, which Gurdjieff calls "the merciless Heropass," is the
action of the entropy universal itself: strong, constant and automatic,
sweeping the cosmos in the direction of chaos and destruction.
Therefore, the work of five offers an anti-entropy
movement, for everything
that can create order and meaning.
It is the truly central point of the day.
Gurdjieff says that our Common Father created the world because of the
need to face Heropass. The human being, made as the Creator's image,
also needs to create and to maintain his own universe — and this has to
be done in daily doses of constructive work.
As well as God created the world in seven days, we need here to consider the week as an
extra-planetary unit of time, like the
month and the year in terms of solar rhythm.
The corporative work of five should be linked to values and goals (7 and
8) that pull us ahead and upwards, beyond the simple survival of
6. DO A BORING TASK A DAY
Remember, the day has been placed in the ENNEAGRAM, and not in an
ordinary linear scale. We need to see that it doesn't just follow the chronological sequence of the hours, but that the
mind goes forth and back in the héxade and the emotional is always
present in the eternity of the triangle.
The six is an interval that
demands choice, commitment and responsibility. It is always present in
each instant of the life. Human free will is exerted at each fraction of
second, either consciously or by default. If we don't choose to decide,
life — or the Heropass — decides for us. And, there is no doubt, every
time that we abstain from conscious and positive activity, natural
entropy pushes us a little more downward.
This is what that famous sentence refers:
"Watch and pray" (Matthew 26: 41).
Finally, deciding or not, wanting or not,
we are responsible, not only for the way we receive the influences and
external expressions, but also for the influence we sow in the world.
Aiming to do a boring or difficult task a
day, something you had been postponing, is not only useful — at the end
of one year you can have "killed" 365 of those tasks! — but it is an
exercise to strength your Will.
7. I AM
An archetype of what we are — or
imagine, or we wish to be — is constantly molding our being. Therefore,
Gurdjieff taught an exercise to be done all the time, during the whole
day: "Remember yourself, always and in every place."
The statement "I am" it is an exercise for
remembering ourselves. And the most important: "I am" does not need
complement: neither "I am this" nor "I am that." I simply exist; I make
part of the universe.
Point seven is also the archetype or model
of the work we do in point five. According to our goals for the short
and medium terms, we can make positive visualizations that helps our
Film OF THE DAY BY NIGHT
At night, before sleeping,
review your day, as a film. Without anxiety or judgment, we simply fall
asleep easily when seeing the images of the day that we have just lived.
This day has ended, and we
accept that as calmly as the sun sleepy diving down the horizon, every
Well or badly, another cycle has been
completed; another begins anew on and on again.
We needed to surrender entirely to sleep
and rest, so that the forces of the universe may recover in us.
IS YOUR LIFE IN HIGH RESOLUTION?
This depends on your level of
conscience. Is this year passing slowly? The end of the month has come
before you expected? Did the day end suddenly? You don't have time for
The only way to obtain high definition,
focus, meaning and beauty in your life is placing attention and
consciousness in each moment of the day, aiming defined goals and based
on correct values.
This is the true exercise of being human.
Parallel to this sequential description of
the activities of the day, it is essential to remember that the
intervals (3, 6 and 9) belong to the omnipresent triangle, and
constitute the contact points with the exterior. In a closed system,
entropy [the tendency to disorder] certainly leads to chaos.
At the vertexes of the triangle we can have
exchanges with the exterior, with things, people and the laws of the
Although the intervals also come
chronologically, in defined moments in the sequence of time, they are
part of eternity. Consequently, the relationship — or contact with the
exterior — is omnipresent.
Love is the relationship among everything
that exists, the union of the whole.