“Forde’s clear examples and application of Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way are not theoretical, but experiential and provide the reader examples of integrating inner and outer life.”
–Dr. Russell Schreiber, author of
Gurdjieff’’s Transformational Psychology:
The Art of Compassionate Self-Study
Be Present: Reflections On The Way is a collection of personal essays about self-transformation and Fourth Way ideas. The various voices of Molly Knight Forde are endearing, sometimes amusing, and always profound.
Use this book as a daily read or a basis for weekly themes to discover your own path toward expanded awareness in everyday life.
A few years ago, I set an aim to write an article every week. At first it was merely to gain more visibility for my meditation school, but it soon morphed into a much larger task.
It became obvious that I needed to improve my writing skills. I have known for a while that I have more than a few books to write; some of which I have already started. For most of my life, I have written a journal, but never for other people to read. It was high time I started to practice the craft intentionally. As a professional classical pianist and avid meditator, I believe in practicing and understanding first hand how discipline yields big results. Once I set this aim to produce an article every week, I started writing almost every morning after I meditated.
My aim also became a need to further understand the ideas of Gurdjieff and the Fourth Way, which I have been practicing and then teaching for over twenty years. Besides my initial six year intense practice of Zen Buddhism, Hatha yoga and Irano Egyptian yoga, the Fourth Way ideas and practices, known as The Work, have been my core guidance system and my spiritual sustenance. With these influences in place, I set out to clarify in writing what I had experienced over the years.
I continue to seek deeper levels of Objective Reason and Conscience within myself. I will always put myself at risk to establish this. This book is one such risk.
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“These articles connect with real life rather than unreal ideals and are written with a modesty and freshness that is rare. Dip into the book anywhere and one finds the sparkle of jewels of insight and compassion.”
A.G.E Blake, author of
The Intelligent Enneagram