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Introduction Early Encounters with Gurdjieff Life, Work, Projects Inventors of Gurdjieff - in pursuit of biographical truth The Making of All and Everything - 1924 to 1950 The Uncourteous Knights of The Canterbury Tales The Oragean Version My Dear Father Gurdjieff Shadows of Heaven - Gurdjieff and Toomer Gurdjieff and Orage - Brothers in Elysium Gurdjieff’s Invention of America The Philosophy of G.I. Gurdjieff G.I. Gurdjieff - A New Life Gurdjieff in the Public Eye Real Worlds of G.I. Gurdjieff Chaucer’s Chain of Love Gurdjieff’s Worlds of Words Gurdjieff's Worlds of Words
Shadows of Heaven - Gurdjieff and Toomer
Paul Beekman Taylor
A great deal of mystery surrounds G.I. Gurdjieff and "The Work."
 
Today, many on the path of self-exploration find themselves drawn to the symbolism of the enneagram, and to Gurdjieff's other teachings. Gurdjieff was undeniably charismatic many famous and influential people lived in his "shadow," accepting his guidance while changing and transforming their lives.
 
Shadows of Heaven focuses on the relationship between Gurdjieff and the poet-novelist Nathan Jean Toomer, from 1924 until Gurdjieff's death in 1949, as well as each man's relationship with Edith Annesley Taylor and her son Paul, the author of this book. Caught in the middle of this tense triad of interests was the English critic-publisher A.R. Orage, who was close to all three parties, and whose wife, Jessie, was Edith's best friend.
 
Paul Taylor's unique life experience has made it possible for him to combine his mother's memoir's conversations between Toomer and Gurdjieff, and entries from Jessie Orage's diary into this fascinating book. It is probably the first to reveal something of Gurdjieff's "love life" with the mothers of his children. Several new descriptions of Gurdjieff's voyages with his pupils reveal aspects of Gurdjieff's character not documented elsewhere. Excerpts from Jessie Orage's diaries testify to the magnetic attraction Gurdjieff exercised over those he felt were viral to the dissemination of his ideas.
 
With 16 pages of never-before published photographs, this book presents a fresh new picture of Gurdjieff and his teaching, adding to his legend a tangible humanity to which we can all relate.
 


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