Higher Centers

For the reason that the two following higher functions are far from the mind’s ordinary possibilities of understanding , because they can be understood only through direct experience, we won’t spend too many words in explanation which would only produce further misunderstandings. The only thing we would like to say is to give our best wishes to all of you that you would achieve at least one of these sublime states.

Higher Emotional Function

The Higher Emotional manifests itself once an individual has achieved  Self Consciousness, when the emotional perceptions change dramatically, with the emergence of  a highly superior sensibility, a perception and consciousness of Oneness with reality.

In an ordinary condition, emotional reactions are connected with the presence of a fragmented personality, so we cannot express a state of permanent unity in ourselves nor with what surrounds us.

Oppositely, once an individual achieves a stable consciousness and unity in a stable inner center, there is a possibility of the permanent manifestation of expressions such as Compassion, Unconditional Love, and Loyalty, which arise as a consequence of the inner perception of Oneness with all things and phenomena.

This explains why humans continue to feel emotions such as anger, hate, indifference towards the suffering of others, envy, violence, and fear. Even religious persons, although the religion he follows preaches Love and Compassion, continues to feel such emotions. Throughout the history of mankind, many promulgators of religious teachings and messages of love, executed  many acts and barbarities which were contrary to what they advocated. It’s not difficult to notice that in  most of the religious fields (but also fields of Inner development), because of dogmatic rigidity toward new ideas or arguments, there are many tendencies toward intolerance towards those who have other points of view.

Following a teaching in a theoretical way, such as studying the biography of an enlightened individual, does not mean one follows the process of development which elevated the enlightened individual beyond the normal human condition.

To gain the states described by those who have achieved them, one must practice a discipline dedicated to self -development. We cannot  really be Buddhist, Christian, or Muslim with only the fact that we “follow” the ideals and rules proposed by the corresponding religion. We need to research and to follow the Path which pulled the great Teachers toward the understanding of Reality and the overcoming of  human limits.

Belief is not enough. In order to achieve a deeper understanding of a religion, it is useful to  gradually develop the skill to recognize the Sacred in all existing things and situations.

The manifestation of the higher emotive allows an individual to grasp the entire gamut of emotional nuances in an objective way, which would  otherwise be impossible to notice. Once the higher emotional arises, there is no identification, and its realization allows the complete control of ordinary emotional function. It’s not correct to think that, once we realize the higher emotional, that our ordinary emotions will disappear. This could happen, but it’s not a perogative. What occurs is that the same emotions are “enlightened” from a higher and deeper understanding.

There is a wise Zen phrase which explains this transformation: “Before a man studies Zen, a mountain is a mountain, after he gets insights, a mountain is not a mountain. When he really understands, a mountain is a mountain”.

This quote describes an interesting fact: in an ordinary condition of consciousness, reality appears as covered by a sort of fog. We see things, but we don’t actually observe them, because the ordinary emotive is like a wild sea which does not allow us to see what is below its surface. Our feelings are pulled by mechanical reactions, mental asociations, habits. Once we begin the Inner Work, we begin to notice that life is totally different from what we previously thought: we begin to perceive ourselves and the world surrounding us in a different, seemingly radical way. So, the mountains are no longer simply mountains, and we begin to grasp the reality beneath the appearances.

Finally, once we achieve a permanent higher state of consciousness, we gain, with a new understanding, the “natural” vision of reality. The Higher Emotive expresses a state of constant calm, and all is perceived as part of a natural order which previously was impossible to be noticed.

The structure of the higher emotional manifests in the lower functions and in all of one’s daily life, now directed from deep feelings, belonging to this higher sphere.

Higher Intellectual Function

The Higher Intellectual function is realized in a further higher state of objective consciousness. It’s surely an unthinkable condition for the common thought, and it represents a state when the individual mind becomes unified with the Universal Mind. So, the amplitude of consciousness is so high that an individual who realizes this state can acquire a greater amount of information, than in the ordinary state.

The associative thoughts totally lose their mechanicity, and the intellect becomes definitively emancipated from any emotional and subjective bond. The objective consciousness allows a vision of  Reality (what is, as it is), and the higher intellect allows the real discrimination between what is real and what is illusory, so an individual in such state becomes able to evaluate causes and effects which are manifested in the “real world”.

So, a higher intellect allows the possibility to use the mind to recognize what is illusion and what is not, and the  dualistic aspect loses its usual incapacity of evaluating what lies between two “colours”.  An individual begins to grasp the unity where he previously saw duality, so that he becomes able to “rationalize” something which was previously impossible to understand: the paradox. This is the reason why it is said that only through an objective vision is it possible to approach the great mysteries of the Universe in an intellectual way.

About mr Sarmoung

Andrea Dandolo je pisac i istražitelj razvoja svijesti i duhovnosti uključen u razotkrivanje drevnih učenja s ciljem olakšavanja unutarnjeg razvoja ljudskih bića. Jedan od načina kojima se time bavi je i kroz blog koji je preveden na engleski, španjolski i od nedavno hrvatski. Od rane mladosti je u svijetu duhovnosti i rada na sebi sudjelujući u radu grupa koje potječu direktno od Gurdjieffa, tj koje su bile vođene od strane samog Gurdjieffa U skladu sa drevnim znanjima, naglašava razvoj svjesnosti kao primarno sredstvo za psihološku transformaciju i duhovnu osvještenost individualaca. Karakteristike sistema koji predlaže su jednostavan jezik i moderni prijevod drevnih učenja kao i njihove praktične primjene u svakodnevnome životu. Njegov blog čitaju ljudi iz svih krajeva svijeta. Samorazvoj je ne religiozni i ne dogmatski put; sastoji se primarno od naprednog dostizanja viših stanja svijesti, p prisustva i konačno od ostvarivanja svoje prave intimne prirode, koja je poznata u mnogim tradicijama pod imenima poput esencija, duša, biće. Kroz takav razvoj individualna osoba ulazi u nove dimenzije svijesti koje mu omogućuju da vidi stvarnost sakrivenu iza iluzija. To mu omogućuje kreiranje osobnosti neovisne i otporne na vanjske situacije i vanjska uvjetovanja. Posljedice takvog razvoja su oštra inteligencija, izvanredni kreativni kapaciteti, ravnoteža i smirenost u svakoj situaciji i stabilno stanje višeg stanja svijesti koje je poznato u drevnim tradicijama pod nazivom “buđenje”.
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5 Responses to Higher Centers

  1. Francisco Reyes Atalaya says:

    Gurdjieff establecio que las emociones propias del centro emocional superior son Amor consciente fe consciente y esperanza consciente.

  2. Jay says:

    Hi Dandolo,

    Thank you for your Notes on Facebook, and articles you wrote here. Reading your words and then realizing that I am not the only one who wishes to participate in this questioning, in this inquiry, left a wish to communicate with you, to exchange with you, some of the ideas, experiences, that might be helpful for both of us. With that wish, I wish to ask a few questions, but not in this forum. I have sent you a request on Facebook, with the hope of getting in discussions with you.


    • mr Sarmoung says:

      Jay, I am always opened for a constructive conversation, both as exchange of ideas and (especially prefered by me) experience. There is only one thing I would like to remark, here, and it’s what I wrote before in some posts: I am not strictly a follower of Gurdjieff’s ideas, even if what I share matches with what he said.
      Yes, for practical reasons, I am using the exact terms he used to explain some concepts, but these concepts (called with other names, according to the age when the have been shared) have existed for hundered (if not thousands) years before him; for example, the centers, who, when, where, why and how they function, are present in Taoism and Yoga (not the Yoga taught in the Yoga Centers). Also, the concept of awakening and the lack of an “I” are well marked in many teachings before Gurdjieff’s, both in eastern (Taoism, Buddhism, many factions of Hindu, Shamanism, just to make some examples), and western traditions (for example, Alchemy or, if you prefer some writers, William Walter Atkinson and Gustav Meyrink….).
      I am really very opened to exchange of informations, especially experiential, concerning Self Development, but without limiting myself to only a field, a teaching, because the research (at least such as was taught to me from those who were my “teachers”) implies aslo the research without imposed or self imposed limitations.
      So, feel free to begin a conversation with me where and when you wish and feel it’s better, my friend, I am also sure that this will be helpful for both.
      With Love,


  3. Agreed…as you state…”To gain the states described by those who have achieved them, one must practice a discipline dedicated to self -development. We cannot really be Buddhist, Christian, or Muslim with only the fact that we “follow” the ideals and rules proposed by the corresponding religion. We need to research and to follow the Path which pulled the great Teachers toward the understanding of Reality and the overcoming of human limits.” For me at least, one Way to get there is through a simple practice of quieting the mind…letting all thoughts go of Past and Future…just feeling the Present moment and finding Self. I do this through yoga, surfing or just walking my dog…looking into his blue eyes as he looks into mine. With yoga for instance, one must just be in that moment to stay balanced…both in the physical and mental.
    Thank you for posting this…I will take it through the day in mediation….Peace to you,
    greg frucci

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