The purpose of Gurdjieff’s remarkable Institute was to put people in a position to objectively observe their false images of themselves.
In one interesting encounter, Peters describes a certain doctor’s wife at the Institute who was asked by Gurdjieff to lend him her expensive earrings to help fund the program. Gurdjieff also made an essence-promise to return the earrings to her.
Some time went by and the woman confided in young Fritz that her suspicions were correct about Gurdjieff—that he would never return her earrings, especially after selling them for quick cash.
More time passed and eventually Gurdjieff did return her earrings—after tracking them down through several people who had purchased them and finally paying a higher price than he had originally sold them for.
The next time this woman confided in Fritz, she told him that her suspicions were correct and that she was sure Gurdjieff would return the earrings to her.
Fritz was shocked at her inconsistent behavior, and how two strong, but totally opposite beliefs could be held by a single person.
Fritz also believed that this was somehow a lesson that Gurdjieff had masterfully tailored just for him.
The point is that most of us don’t notice our inner inconsistencies because we view ourselves as falsely unified in character, rather than being disjointed and discontinuous in our psyches and our manifestations. This, illusion of selfhood can be easily shattered by a teacher who is familiar with genuine spiritual growth.
So when we say, “God has our backs,” who the heck are we talking about?
(Emanuel Swedenborg also provided evidence of humans having a divided consciousness. This is also why the Bible says that man is legion.)