What is the common error in many of the spiritual practices, an error that result in not what someone wanted from the practice, but instead forcing, or self-righteousness... neither of which are very spiritual? 1
I am learning a lot by observing Gurjieff at different stages of his journey, and through the different students he had.
If I am not mistaken, the mistake is made early on... in the intention.
I have learned different meditation techniques. What was in common with them is the desire to be free from the thoughts, and the harmful emotions.
In some way I was born to be one of these blind chickens. It takes me conscious and deliberate thought not to close down a looking process, not to jump into a conclusion. It does not happen without deliberate thought.
And when i forget, or I am too tired, or when I am on a roll... god save me from the consequences. My life, my business, my relationships could be twice, three times as good if I had the presence of mind of remembering not to jump into conclusions all the time. 1