• Gurdjieff, A Beginner's Guide

  • How Changing the Way We React to Misplacing Our Keys Can Transform Our Lives
  • By: Gil Friedman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (296 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Are you ready for self-transformation? Many spiritual teachers promise transformation, but Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff delivers.

Gurdjieff (1872-1949) was born in Alexandropol on the border of Russia and Turkey. Gurdjieff's teachings contain many concepts that, taken together, are referred to as the Work. The idea behind the Work is that our first birth is our physical body, which is all we need to get through life. But we are capable of developing into something higher; just as an acorn can stay an acorn and die or develop into an oak tree, we can develop into something higher. Gurdjieff offers a radically original vision of man and his potential for self-development.

Gurdjieff, A Beginner's Guide: How Changing the Way We React to Misplacing Our Keys Can Transform Our Lives is a beginning guide to the teachings of Gurdjieff. Practical and eminently easy to listen to, it leads the listener through some of the main concepts necessary for self-transformation.

©2011 Gil Friedman (P)2013 Gil Friedman

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If you know nothing about Gurdjieff this might be of interest but only as a general outline. The profound content of Gurdjieff's teaching is not captured in this book and is, in some cases, completely misunderstood in my opinion. That said I did pick up a few good reminders and insights which may have been worth the hours of listening.

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A good introduction to the work

It doesn't go to any great length into the real items but I'm very glad I bought and listen to this book.
It brings back to focus the importance of personal development and Gudjieff teachings.

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i dont want to write a review

how do i get out of this without writing a review for this book

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FABULOUS! A MUST LISTEN!

A MUST listen and you can believe me as I'm an Audible Veteran! I LOVED this book!!!

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The work

I find this book to be an extremely great introduction to Gurdjieff’s concept of the work. This was very eye opening and I’m so grateful I listened to this. I will absolutely be listening to it again. The concepts and ideas stated in this book almost make too much sense, and it’s frightening to my ego to hear them. I would highly recommend this book to anybody on the path of self discovery & development, spirituality, self transformation, and truth. I can only imagine what life could be like if all these principles were valued and APPLIED by the student. I now consider myself to be a student of Gurdjieff, and I’m excited to begin practicing these principles myself. Nobody is going to do the work for you, and this is a good book to present somebody with the tools to begin this work.

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easy listening and learning

helpful to get an over view and advice on how to approach this work. the work.

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Good book, perfect narration

Really satisfied with the book. Nice overview of Gurdjieff's work, also, author shares a lot of useful and insightful observations on various topics. Narration is perfect.

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Must have.

Very well explain, the narrator is amazing and the ideas are well displayed and understandable. Highly Recommended!!

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Life changing read!

Wow. No words. Off to do the Work.

Thank you Gil Friedman for creating this most interesting and digestible text on Gurdjieff’s work. My have has been blessed by your efforts.

Read and apply!

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Incredibly motivating

I finally found the time to listen to this book on a 2 Hour Car Drive It had been sitting in my library for months. As a follower of things of this nature, It came at just the right time. Excited to dig in deeper

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  • Lucy Giles
  • 03-18-15

An inspiring introduction

I chose this book having come across references to Gurdijeff in a number of books I have read and curiosity got the better of me. Friedman's introduction to the work is well written and easy to digest considering the density of the subject and was just the right balance to prompt me to take the study of "the work" further.

For anyone who is interested in the spiritual aspect of self development but has not found what they are seeking in terms of guidance in mainstream religious settings, this is an interesting route on to the path. This book is just enough to absorb key aspects of the work by way of introduction.

I really enjoyed it and will be returning to it again and again.

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  • Si
  • 10-27-17

Superb

The best summary of the Work I've ever read, highly recommended even if you've already read the likes of Ouspensky, Gurdjieff, Nicoll, Nott etc. Perhaps my only criticism is that it doesn't really 'sell' the Work as a whole. Gurdjieff's notion of the levels of man is covered along with the overarching concept of raising one's level of being, but there is little if any discussion of why anybody would want to do this. This topic is covered at length in the more detailed accounts (e.g. 'In Search of the Miraculous') but perhaps it could have been touched on here too, so that a reader new to the Work doesn't simply ask, 'So what?' and leave it there.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-17

Excellent! Very helpful.

A very helpful introduction to Gurdjieff and The Work. A great place to start. Thank you.

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  • Bolgy
  • 08-14-19

Better books available

This is a bit like listening to a student’s essay. The writing seemed very basic to me and obviously just his own interpretation of Gurdjeff’s teachings. The narration is also very mechanical and robotic. I would recommend that anyone interested in awakening reads a book actually written and read by an awakened author such as Eckhart Tolle or Byron Katie. These types of books are of far more value in my opinion.

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  • Daniil Iakovlev
  • 12-07-17

Great introduction to Gurdjieff

Great introduction to Gurdjieff - clear, concise, easily approval, actionable. Not particularly deep, but enough for a long time of inspiration.

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  • Elena Kristiansen
  • 09-03-22

Not the best

I agree with reviews saying there were crucial misunderstandings, some of which were flat out harmful. Narration reads like an advertisement.

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  • Andres
  • 07-11-22

Brilliant Primer

Beautifully written. Author knows their subject. Epecially well narrated. Enjoyable to return to, again and again.

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  • Ronaldo de Moura
  • 05-29-22

Great listen

Starting my Mr. G journey it helped me to have a better understanding of the ideas. Thank you

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  • david joshua
  • 05-16-22

Brilliant

Recommend to anyone called to understand Gurdjieff, along with Cynthia Borgeaux’s work.

Clear, concise & illuminating.

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  • Kevin P Orchard
  • 09-04-20

Awesome.

I've tried reading Ouspensky before but he just contradicted himself all the time
this makes much more sense

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  • Timotheus Menses
  • 02-29-20

excellent book for Gurdjieff fans only

Loved it.for fans of Gurdieffs only .very clear and concise . accessible explains the work very well recommend 5 stars