Beelzebub’s Tales is a Mirror

Beelzebub’s Tales is a mirror. But it is not any kind of mirror, but a very special kind of mirror. It is a mirror that reflects our subconscious. Mr. Gurdjieff said that our subconscious is the real consciousness and our ordinary every-day consciousness, the one we use to carry out the affairs of our every day ordinary life, is the fictitious consciousness.

So, the real question is: How do we penetrate our subconscious in order to have real consciousness?

We need a mirror in which our subconscious is reflected. Self-observation cannot do it and that is why self-observation is not even considered in the book and when considered only once is to warn us.

Without the proper mirror there is very little hope for us and the reasons for this lack of hope are twofold:

In the first place, there is the consequence crystallized in us of the property of Kundabuffer that makes us see reality topsy-turvy and which makes us see the mot in our neighbor’s eye without the possibility of seeing the beam in ours.

In the second place, there is the fact that the subconscious functions at a greater speed than our ordinary consciousness and everything that is happening there is so fast that our ordinary consciousness cannot perceive it.

So, we need someone pointing the finger to our subconscious. We can find a teacher to do that for us but the question is: Where is the teacher?

I claim that Beelzebub is the teacher. He has physical form and his physical form is the language of mentation by form, which is the language of the subconscious instead of the language of mentation by thought that is the language of our everyday ordinary consciousness.

In my next post, I will give concrete examples of how to use Beelzebub’s Tales to penetrate our subconscious in such a way that we become normal three-brained beings again.




About willmesa

I have been studying and working with the ideas of G.I. Gurdjieff exposed in his Opus Magnum Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson. The intention of this blog is to share these ideas with people around the world. For more information about me, please search in Google for Will Mesa
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2 Responses to Beelzebub’s Tales is a Mirror

  1. EDward Hughes says:

    Hello Will!

    I agree with your idea that B.T. is a mirror for our subconcious! But you speak of penetrating the subconscious with the conscious mind. For one, I think that is impossible, but why would we want to? That would be like bringing a bicycle onto a jet plane! Should we not rather do our thinking with the subconscious mind? To bring it to the forefront so to speak?
    Looking forward to your next post!

    • willmesa says:

      Hi Edward,

      This is the whole point. We cannot penetrate our subconscious with our ordinary everyday thinking or what Mr. Gurdjieff calls our fictitious consciousness. That is precisely why Beelzebub’s Tales (BTTHG) is a mirror. The book reflects our subconscious with the language of mentation by forms. That is why Mr. Gurdjieff in BTTHG departed from the language of mentation by thought that he used in delivering the teaching in Russia and that Ouspensky faithfully recorded in In Search of the Miraculous.

      Thanks for your comments:


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