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David Flannery
Dayton, Ohio
What is the sense and aim of existence?
Interests: music, film, learning, aikido, tai chi, architecture, gurdjieff
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Seminar with William Patrick Patterson Theme to be announced Friday, March 2 – Monday, March 5, 2018 Redemptorist Renewal Center Tucson, Arizona Through guided meditation, Conscious Body-Breath Impressions™, dialogue and private interviews, William Patrick Patterson explores the theme. Open to all levels of simplicity. No previous experience necessary. Because space... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Questioning
William Patrick Patterson is a leading exponent and teacher of The Fourth Way. He is in the direct lineage from Mr. Gurdjieff to Lord John Pentland, the remarkable man Gurdjieff appointed to lead the Work in America. Mr. Patterson is the founder of The Gurdjieff Legacy Foundation, The Online Fourth... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Questioning
William Patrick Patterson set out on a spiritual pilgrimage to Gyumri, Armenia, to visit, as Mr. Gurdjieff asked, the grave of his father, Ashokh Adash. Finding the grave in disrepair, Patterson had it beautified. However, within weeks the gravesite was desecrated, its prayer plaques removed, and so it remains today.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Questioning
The Gurdjieff Journal™ Current Issue - #71 Volume 18 Issue 3 What are Humans For? Part I Sophia Grigorievna Uspenskii—Pillar of The Work Principles from Notes on Talks with Madame Uspenskii 1946–1954 Probe: Gates of Hell G. I. Gurdjieff—A Graphic Story Book Review: Last Call Book Review: Reality Decoded... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Questioning
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Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Questioning
By William Patrick Patterson DVD, color, 1 hour 7 minutes Owing to the circumstances of my life not dependent on me, I have not personally seen the grave where the body of my dear father lies. . . . I therefore, bid any of my sons, whether by blood or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Questioning
You are invited to listen to an insightful interview with William Patrick Patterson exploring the topic of Spirituality. After many years as a student of The Fourth Way and discovering no answer to the question that had gradually formed in him—what is the 'self' in self-remembering?—Mr. Patterson was called to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Questioning
I highly recommend Georgi Ivanovitch Gurdjieff: The Man, The Teaching, His Mission to those interested in a spiritual teaching that faces the stark reality of our situation in such a comprehensive and caring way. This is a book for grown-ups. Those open to the truth and willing to work for what matters. Who will take the challenge? Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Questioning
Musical Conversation about Gurdjieff's Fourth Way Listen to WYSO's Niki Dakota speak with David Flannery about Gurdjieff's Fourth Way. The Music of G. I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmamn was explored. Featuring, among other artists, pianist Michael Dale. Download "Fall Of The Priestess" "Objective music is all based on 'inner... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at Questioning
Some time ago I had the opportunity to attend a four day workshop exploring the F.M. Alexander Technique, which is an approach to understanding the body from the inside by learning to consciously experience movement. During one of the sessions I was being ‘experientially instructed’ on how to stand up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at Questioning
You are invited to listen to an insightful interview with William Patrick Patterson conducted recently by Radio 3Fourteen’s Lana Lokteff: G.I. Gurdjieff & The Fourth Way Teaching What you'll hear provides an esoteric perspective on the meaning of life and one that defies most teachings you've heard. Among the key... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2013 at Questioning
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Jun 11, 2013
It’s All Good Does everything happen for a reason? Cold-blooded killer, stalking the town

Cop cars blinking, something bad going down

Buildings are crumbling in the neighborhood

But there's nothing to worry about, 'cause it's all good
It's all good

They say it's all good “It’s All Good” Bob Dylan I love how Dylan underplays... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at Questioning
Bod Dylan & The Doobie Brothers What do you want? I mean, what do you really want? Asking this question, a wise man I know once answered, “Transcendence.” ___________________________________________________________________ That resonates with me. And transcendence means to go beyond myself, to connect with something beyond the little world I’m familiar... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at Questioning
(You caught me) Off Guard Have you ever said that? I have, and I hear others saying the same. But what does it mean? When am I “on guard.”? And what does “on guard” mean? It seems to me that being on guard means being present to current reality. Not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at Questioning
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May 19, 2011
What is the meaning of life? “Why do we exist?” “What is our place?” Gurdjieff’s question was “What is the sense and significance of life on earth and human life in particular?“ My guess is that most people would fall into one of three camps regarding this question. #1. Scientific... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2010 at Questioning
Three friends and I had gone to a concert in Louisville. The concert was fun, but nothing special. On the way back to Lexington someone remembered that it was time for one of the local FM stations to present the "album of the week." This was 1975 and at that... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Questioning
Many years ago I spent 9 months at a Gurdjieff school. One of my closest comrades there was Rod Moss. Afterwards we travelled together through Europe, Turkey, & Iran and I later stayed with him for several weeks in Melbourne where he lived at the time. Later he moved to... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Questioning
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May 7, 2010
At the news about the Gulf oil spill, my daughter, who lived in New Orleans for six years (including Katrina), cried out, “What is wrong with us!?” Wouldn’t most people just say it’s a tragically unfortunate accident, or blame BP or the government, someone? Are there some, the truly callous,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at Questioning
I’ve seen two of the recent 3-D movies and they reminded me of something. I don’t see in 3-D very often, almost never! I wonder if some of the thrill of 3-D in these movies is that seeing in three dimensions is a rare occurrence in our everyday life and... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2010 at Questioning
As an architect, my main question is "How to create places and spaces that support well-being? Years ago Christopher Alexander wrote (with others) a seminal book on the patterns of design that support the function of feeling. The archetypical patterns that give our built environment ‘life’. Many of his buildings... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at Questioning
The headline of a recent Scientific American article here is Scientists say free will probably doesn't exist, but urge: "Don't stop believing!" Why “Don’t stop believing?” Well, the gist is: We don’t have free will. We are influenced by everything. Our basic beliefs are our strongest influence. If one comes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at Questioning
"He not busy being born is busy dying" resonated with me as a young man dissatisfied with the world, but more so, dissatisfied with myself. Bob Dylan has a way of evoking feelings and questions I never knew I had. The words, the way he sings them, it feels right,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2010 at Questioning