Abstract some remarks on gurdjieff s stop exercise by armen mehrabyan
Some Remarks on Gurdjieff’s Stop-Exercise by Dr. Armen Mehrabyan Yerevan, 2005Summary: Many authors mentioned that the play element of culture is an important part of thelife of the Homo sapiens. Indeed e.g. Sumerians, Assyrians who had lived centuries ago in thecountries which are called now Historical Armenia (from Tavros to Mesopotamia) and theWider Caucasus regions have known the meaning of role-play, theatre and arts. Gurdjieff himself took his famous stop-exercise from ancient tradition to show theimportance of mindfulness. Even nowadays you will find children playing the stop-game inArmenia which has been passed from generation to generation since ancient times. Being achild myself we had played this game without knowing who Gurdjieff is. The Armenian nameof the play is “Zgast” which could be translated as attention and mindfulness in his deepermeaning. Some questions emerging from this: “What was Gurdjieff’s intention to introducethis exercise to his pupils? Did he know the various effects of this game? Was his mainconcern to show us the importance of will? Did he invite us to “kill the process” of illrunning emotions and its consequences?To gain a full understanding of Gurdjieff’s different exercises like the above mentioned onehas to be aware of the roots and the oral tradition. In our point of view the some existingGurdjieff’s groups in the West are cutting off from their own traditional roots. They aretaking care for the ashes and don’t know any more how to light the fire.Key words:Awareness, Altered States of Consciousness, Gurdjieff Teaching, Mindfulness, Spirituality,Stop-Exercise, Transpersonal Psychology.