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Dear Friend: Letters Based on the Teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky Paperback – December 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0964578272 ISBN-10: 0964578271 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Books; 1 edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964578271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964578272
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,855,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Girard Haven was born in March 1945 in Fort Benning, Georgia, and lived in North Carolina, Ohio and Utah before his family settled in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale a few weeks prior to his twelfth birthday. After receiving a degree in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in 1966, he spent the next seven years programming computers and hiking in the mountains of California and the Southwestern United States. Although he had always been interested in spiritual matters, apart from reading a few books and dabbling with yoga, Girard made no serious attempts to pursue them until July 1973, when he simultaneously learned of the Fellowship of Friends and began to read In Search of the Miraculous by Peter Ouspensky. Upon encountering the idea of self-remembering, he immediately recognized that he had found the purpose which had been lacking in his life. Three days later, he joined the Fellowship, where he met Robert Burton and accepted him as his Teacher. In July 1975, Girard Haven became the center director in Los Angeles. Subsequently, he also directed the centers in San Francisco and London, England, before returning to Apollo at the end of 1983, where he remained for the next eleven years. At various points during these years, he served on the Boards of Directors of both the Fellowship of Friends and Renaissance Vineyard and Winery, and held the positions of President of the Fellowship and Dean of the Fellowship Council. His primary role in the Fellowship has been to teach the practical methods of personal evolution taught by Robert Burton. In this capacity, he has traveled to Fellowship centers around the world and has led over one thousand meetings. He also maintains active correspondence with Fellowship members worldwide. Some of this correspondence has been published under the title With Love, Girard, while excerpts from transcripts of some of the meetings have been collected in the book Notes from a Conscious Teaching. In addition, in 1983 Girard Haven started the Fellowship Forum, a monthly publication for members for the discussion of the ideas and methods practiced in the Fellowship. The material that he wrote during his ten years as editor and publisher of the Forum was eventually used as the basis of the books Creating a Soul and The Prize is Eternity. Girard Haven now lives at Isis, where he continues to serve both his own evolution and the members of the Fellowship by writing, teaching, traveling, and remembering himself.

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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mario Fantoni on March 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
The letters in this book were written by Mr. Haven to friends seeking help in their efforts to awaken using the Fourth Way of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. Mr. Haven's letters are clear, intelligent, and humorous. In this e-mail times, it is refreshing to see that the art of letter-writing is still alive, and also that a heartfelt letter can have the power to change one's life.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Poogy on March 15, 2007
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If you're a member of the Fellowship of Friends cult, you'll buy this anyway, since that's what it means to be in a cult -- you do what's expected of you and imagine everyone who thinks you're in a cult is pathetically lost. If you somehow were unaware that this book is just another training manual for the Fellowship sheep-shearing machine, you'd do well to move on to more reputable Fourth Way material. I'm pretty confident the author is not destined to be remembered as another Ouspensky, or even another Bennett or Nicoll, but if at all as a rather dull man who facilitated Robert Burton's appetite for predatory sex.
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