Gurdjieff’s “Human Factory”#3: The “The Second Conscious Shock”

And, finally, we come to the third phase of the process which shows what happens when a conscious shock is given in the right way and right time.

In the path of the octave-impressions, the first interval happens in the MI 12. At the same degree, the interval SI 12 in the octave-food is also present. And this is a great glitch.

The second conscious shock comes into charge when the MI 12 (octave-impressions) and the SI 12 (octave-food) stop in their development and can’t continue by themselves.

Even if the organism contains hydrogens that could help to overcome such a deadlock, they are too far in the octave and can’t reach the place where they should provoke the shock; thus, another effort is needed.


If we know what kind of solicitation to produce, then we’ll be able to provoke the second conscious shock. Once the arrest is overcome, MI 12 will develop in FA 6 and SI 12 in DO 6, reaching the LA 6 already produced in the octave-air. So, we’ll produce higher matter which contains more energy.

So, let’s apply this process on the example of the previous post: the trip from Rovinj to Istanbul. The travel is almost ended, and they are at the doors of Istanbul.

Believe it or not, even here at this point, there happen several difficulties: the traffic is at a standstill, it’s raining and when they ask about which road to take, they receive discordant information.

Everyone is really sick and tired, nervous, and the friends bicker because everyone has their own opinion about what to do: seen that it’s almost impossible to enter the city, someone would like to get back home, one other chooses another destination, and someone else wishes simply to remain where they are. Even the small weaknesses which are usually tolerated because of the friendship, becomes unbearable. Now, friendship is no longer enough, namely, a shock inside the system (the group of friends) is not enough: a stimulus is necessary from the external.

Fortunately, a miracle happens: someone remembers that other friends who didn’t have the possibility to undertake the trip, had remained at home. They also spent much time in helping the friends to organize this trip and lent the car: in exchange, as a sign of gratitude, they asked for some souvenirs from Istanbul. These friends would be very disappointed if this trip failed, at least this is what was deeply perceived between the travelers.

So, they come to an agreement: “A failure mustn’t happen: we wish to arrive at Istanbul. We’ll do it for our friends, who did so much for this trip!

For the first time they use the verb “I wish“: they made this decision because they wanted to be remembered by the friends who remained home, to have their consideration, etc…

Without the thought of being able to tell one day, the story of this travel, they wouldn’t have had enough strength to perform this last effort which overcomes every exhaustion, demotivation and accident: for the first time, what is performed is no longer an effort such as for the first shock, but a super effort.

Ok, at this degree of such a trivial example, we can find the second conscious shock – the reason which allows the impossible to become possible. It’s the same source of energy that makes a mother find the strength to lift up a car to save her child, or what allows a mariner during a storm to undertake an impossible maneuver to save his life and, often the life of others in the same boat. Or the example of the Greek messenger Pheidippides, running to Athens with news of the victory after the battle of Marathon to show to others, his valor.

This is what gives the possibility to overcome the second block, or “interval” of the octave- food, and the first of the octave-impressions.

It’s a shock that comes from the outside – something external which produces a strong positive emotional charge able to pulverize any negative emotion which keep us at a standstill.

Such an effort must begin from MI 12, so we have to understand what MI 12 represents psychologically for us. We can define the charge of this effort as the strong emotions we can ordinarily experience.

Every time our emotions achieve a certain degree of intensity, they are filled by MI 12. The problem is that, in our ordinary state, the positive emotions remain on a value of hydrogen 24, while the negative emotions achieve values that can be compared to MI 12. This doesn’t mean that negative emotions are really MI 12, but that they are based on it and they need it in order to be produced.

Between the repertoire of negative emotions lies also the “appearance” – a category which is so deep-rooted in our society that it passes practically unnoticed. This attitude produces a discrepancy between the objective reality experienced by the individual and what he tells himself about what he experienced.

The world of appearances. To keep this mask alive is an effort which requires a remarkable effort, unfortunately not constructive in terms of self- development.

It’s not only the manner of people who attend gyms or beauty centers, dress uncomfortably with trendy clothes, or subject themselves to every kind of surgery to change their physical image. Even in the field of “spirituality” we can witness every kind of mask: the peaceful meditator who shares love but goes crazy if someone doesn’t reciprocate, the Yoga practitioners who dress as an Indian even if they are born in Paris, London or New York, the tantric with exotic initiation names, and so on. We could really make neverending examples.

What’s important to understand is that even such kind of very expensive emotion is driven by the necessity of being considered by others. However, there’s a difference: this second case doesn’t intend “I am ‘that’ and this is what I wish to represent in my life”, but rather, “Since I wish to make-believe that I am what I am not, I’ll do all that is possible to realize this.”

The “work” on MI 12 is the example of the friends who decide to go to Istanbul, and at the end they state, “We wish to go to Istanbul”: in such a state, an individual reaches states of euphoria, a state which can almost be described as “omnipotence” (but don’t take this word in its negative meaning), which will allow him to overcome every obstacle in order to reach the aim.

It’s what happens to an adolescent when he cultivates a passion, or to the runner who has already reached the goal before the start. What happens is that we put ourselves in a sort of “void”, an empty space inside of us in which there are no obstacles, in a vibratory state that is so high as to contain even the aim.

In Zen terms, “the shooter becomes the target”.

The result of such a condition is what is called, “the work on negative emotions”, namely the transmutation of a negative emotion into a positive one which is able to overcome everything, negative emotions included.



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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1 Response to Gurdjieff’s “Human Factory”#3: The “The Second Conscious Shock”

  1. “Bless negative emotions that are transformed into positive emotions!”

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