by George I.Gurdijeff
There is also the possibility of being awakened by mechanical means. A person may be awakened by an alarm clock, but the trouble is that a person gets accustomed to the alarm clock far too quickly, they cease to hear it.
Many alarm clocks are necessary and always new ones. Otherwise a man must surround himself with alarm clocks which will prevent him from sleeping.
Here, again, there are certain difficulties, alarm clocks must be wound up. In order to wind them up one must remember about them.
In order to remember about them one must wake up often. But what is still worse, a person gets used to all these alarm clocks and after a certain time they only sleep better for them. Therefore alarm clocks must be constantly changed; new ones must be continually invented.
In the course of time this may help a person to awaken, but there is very little chance of a person doing all the work of winding up, inventing, and changing clocks all by themselves, without outside help.
It is much more likely that they will begin their work and that it will afterwards unnoticeably pass into sleep, and in sleep they will dream of inventing alarm clocks, of winding them up and changing them, and simply sleep all the sounder for it.
Therefore, in order to awaken, a combination of efforts is needed. It is necessary that somebody wakes the person up. It is necessary that somebody looks after the person who wakes him. It is necessary to have alarm clocks and it is also necessary continually to invent new alarm clocks.
But in order to achieve all this and to obtain results a certain number of people must work together. One person alone can do nothing.
Before anything else, they need help, but help cannot come to one person alone, those who are able to help put a great value to their time.
Of course, they would prefer to help twenty or thirty people who want to awaken rather than only one person.
Furthermore, one person can easily deceive themselves about their awakening and make awakening simply a new dream. If several people decide to struggle together against sleep, they will wake each other.
Therefore a person who wants to awake must look for other people who also want to awake and work together with them. This, however, is easier said that done because to start such a work and to organize it requires a knowledge which a sleeping person cannot possess.
The work must be organized and have an awakened leader. Only then can it produce the results expected from it. Without these conditions no efforts can result in anything whatsoever. People may torture themselves, but those tortures will not make them awaken.
This is most difficult of all for certain people to understand. By themselves and by their own initiative they may be capable of great efforts and great sacrifices. But because their first effort and their first sacrifice ought to be obedience, nothing on Earth will induce them to obey another.
They do not want anybody to tell them what to do. And they do not want to reconcile themselves to the thought that all their efforts and all their sacrifices are thus useless.
Work must be organized and it can be organized only by a person who knows its problems and its aims, who knows its methods; by a person who has in his time passed through such organized work himself.
Artwork courtesy of and copyright by Daniel B. Holeman at Awaken Visions Galleries.