Many people believe that Mr. Gurdjieff was misogynistic and homophobic. Some current groups around the world will not even accept homosexual members. And yet his successor was a woman (Jeanne de Saltzman) — one of his most successful groups was composed of lesbians (Women of the Rope) — while he considered the novelist Fritz Peters to be like a son (Peters wrote one of the first coming of age gay novels).
Though he did draw a line at Sadio-Masochism because he said that sex should never be associated with pain as this prevents the growth of higher bodies within ourselves. He also called sex a "function" and said that it was not necessary to link it with love. READ MORE...
NO TOPIC IS FORBIDDEN
Gurdjieff-Nyland Groups will not allow their members to be hypnotized or they will be expelled. While the Gurdjieff Foundation will not allow their members study or discuss hypnosis in their groups. And yet Mr. Gurdjieff was a professional hypnotherapist and said that hypnosis might be the only tool we have that can help us to overcome the malignant effects of our ego.
Using the voice of Beelzebub (the protagonist in his novel, who was a higher being who had been banished to our solar system because he had been rebellious in his youth) he said hypnosis was: "that science, which alone is absolutely necessary to them and by means of which alone, perhaps, they might be saved from the consequences of the properties of the organ Kundabuffer [the ego]."
There is also no better way to learn to 'externally consider' than to study the rapport-building skills of hypnotic communication.
And for both of these reasons, hypnosis will be a major focus of this group.
Most groups take a very harsh view of drugs — even psychedelics and entheogens. Which is overly harsh considering what Mr. Gurdjieff had to say on the matter. Especially how, under the right conditions, they could enhance our evolution and development.
"In many cases these substances are those which you call 'narcotics.' But they can be used in entirely different ways. There are schools which make use of narcotics in the right way. People in these schools take them for self-study; in order to take a look ahead, to know their possibilities better, to see beforehand, 'in advance' what can be attained later on as the result of prolonged work. When a man sees this and is convinced that what he has learned theoretically really exists, he then works consciously, he knows where he is going." ~ George GurdjieffREAD MORE...