The thinking center, our formatory apparatus..

In the formatory apparatus connections with centers are more sensative, because all associations reach it. Every local stimulus in the centers, every association, provokes associations in the formatory apparatus.

In the case of connections between centers, their sensitivity is determined by a certain degree of subjectivity. Only if the stimulus is strong enough can a corresponding roll in another center be brought into motion. This can happen only with a very strong stimulus of a particular velocity, the rate of which has already become established in you.

The working arangements of all these centers are alike. Each one includes a great many smaller ones. Each smaller one is designed for a specific kind of work. So all these centers are alike as to structure, but their essence is different. The four centers are composed of matter which is animate, but the matter of the formatory apparatus is inanimate. The formatory apparatus is simply a machine, just like a typewriter which transmits every impact.

The best way for me to illustrate the formatory apparatus is by an analogy. It is an office with a typist. Every incoming paper comes to her, every client who comes in addresses himself to her. She replies to everything. The answers she gives are qualified by the fact that, in herself, she is only an employee, she does not know anything. But she has instructions, books, files and dictionaries on the shelves. If she has the wherewithal to look up some particular information she does so and replies accordingl; if she hasn't, she does not answer.

This factory also has four partners who sit in four different rooms. These partners communicate with the outside world through her. They are connected with her office by telephone. If one of them phones to her and says something, she has to pass it on further. Now each of the four directors has a different code. Suppose one of them sends her something to be transmitted exactly. Since the message is in code, she cannot pass it on as it is, for a code is something arbitrarily agreed upon. She has in her office a quantity of stereotypes, forms, and signs, which have accumulated over the years. According to whom she is in contact with, she consults a book, decodes and transmits...

Then of course there is the almost chronic character of all typists. Usually they are young girls of a romantic disposition who spend their time reading novels and dealing with their personal correspondence. A typist is usually coquettish. She constantly looks at herself in the mirror, powders her face and busies herself with her own affairs, for her bosses are seldom there. Often she does not catch exactly what is said, but absentmindedly presses the wrong button which brings out one stereotype instead of another. What does she care--the directors come so seldom!

Just as the directors communicate with each other through her, so they do with people outside. Everything that comes in or goes out has to be decoded and recoded. It is her job to decode and recode all communications between the directors, and then forward them to their destination. It is the same with all incoming correspondence: if it is addressed to one of the directors, it is forwarded by her in the appropriate code. However, she often makes mistakes and sends something in the wrong code to one of them. He gets it and understands nothing. This is an approximate picture of the state of affairs.

This office is our formatory apparatus, and the typist represents our education, our automatically mechanical views, local clichés, theories and opinions that have been formed in us...

A man is born like an empty cupboard or storehouse. Then material begins to accumulate. The machine works alike in everyone; the properties of the centers are the same, but, owing to their nature and the conditions of life, the links, the connections between centers, differ in degrees of sensativity, coarseness or fineness.

The most primitive and most accessible is the connection between the moving center and the formatory apparatus. This connection is the coarsest, the most "audible," the speediest, thickest and best. It is like a large pipe. It is the quickest to form, and the quickest to be filled. The second is considered to be the connection with the sex center. The third--the connection with the emotional center. The fourth--the connection with the thinking center.

So the amount of material and the degree of functioning of these connections stand in this gradation. The first connection exists and functions in all men; associations are received and manifested. The second connection, the one with the sex center, exists in the majority of men. Consequently most people live with the first and second centers--their whole life, all their preconceptions and manifestations come from these centers and originate in them. People whose emotional center is connected with the formatory apparatus are in the minority, and in their case all their life and manifestations proceed through it. But there is hardly anyone in whom the connection with the thinking center works...

For some reason those who come to lectures call it also a center. But in order to understand what follows it is necessary to make clear that it is not a center. It is simply a certain organ, although it too is in the brain. Both in its matter and its structure it is completely different from what we call an animate center. These animate centers, if we take them singly, are in themselves animals and they live like corresponing animals. This one is the brain of a worm; that one the first brain of a sheep. There are animals which have something similar. Here brains of different degrees of fineness are collected together in one. There exist one-brained organizations and two-brained organizations. So that each one of these brains is an individual organization acts as a moving factor--as a soul. They are independent. Even if they live in one and the same place, they can and do exist independently. Each has its own properties. Some people live animated now by one, now by another. Each brain has a definite, independent, specific existence. In short, according to the quality of its matter, each can be called an individual entity, a soul.

Cohesion, existence, has its own laws. From the point of view of materiality, in accordance with the law of cohesion, the formatory apparatus is an organism. In the centers, life, associations, influence and existence are physical, whereas in the formatory apparatus all its properties, qualities, its existence, are organic.

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Sure, simple. I have 4 sub-brains, individuals with different wants and energies.. and I cohease the ORGANIC formatory apparatus and it's 4 MATERIAL partners so that the secretary has all the correct stereotypes for all the coded messages.. and then.. yes! The business is functioning properly!

Whew! Another business problem solving project completed. he he.. well I hope I didn't underwhelm you too much with all the OMWORK.. but now we can set up our office for business.

May we all expand our self-awareness and self-understanding. And so it is.

Love and light, Teo Book Book Bang Bang Idea Idea Cloud9 Cloud9

[This message was edited by Teo Barry Vincent IV on Tuesday December 9th, 2003 at 10:59 PM.]
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Hello Teo,

I am not really sure about my job being straight forward now Nut Roll Eyes Eek
I don't even know who I am at the moment Juggle Roll Eyes Eek
I need to straighten out my brain Idea

Sue Cat2 Roll Eyes
Thank you for all the OMWORK Teo!
It sure is a lot.
I see I have much more printing to do,
but it all looks very interesting.
It will also make me think a lot.

Vicky Idea
Dear Teo,
Thank you for the "OMWORK" Typing Book
This is just waht I needed Wall Wall

As soon as I discuss this with my secretary she will make sure that our office is functioning Kick

Actually, I appreciate all this material that you have researched Book and posted here for us Typing

It is great food PacMan for thought Idea
Thank you for another Gurdjieff post.
I have read some of his books and find his ideas very enlightening. I am grateful that you do all the research and share it with us.

Gisele

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