Zhaxi Cairang wrote:
"Division of Attention - (Preliminary exercise to Self-Remembering)
Gurdjieff encouraged his students to cultivate the ability to divide their attention, that is, the ability to remain fully focused on an external object or internal thought while being aware of oneself. One might, for instance, let part of one's attention dwell in one's little finger, while the other half is aware of our own presence. In the division of attention, in the initial stages one may need to go back and forth between one thing and another. However, experiencing them both fully and simultaneously is the aim.
Beyond the division of attention lies "remembering oneself" - a state, which is permanent in a "conscious" person, while fleeting and temporary in the average person. In this state a person sees what is seen without ever losing sight of himself seeing. Ordinarily, when concentrating on something, people lose their sense of "I," although they may, as it were, passively react to the stimulus they are concentrating on. In self-remembering the "I" is not lost."
"In Gurdjieff's own words, Self Remembering could be described thus - "There are moments when you become aware not only of what you are doing but also of yourself doing it. You see both ‘I’ and the ‘here’ of ‘I am here’- both the anger and the ‘I’ that is angry. Call this self-remembering if you like." (Views From the Real World)"
and here http://www.satrakshita.com/self-remembering.htm
a long piece of Osho comparing Gurdjieff's Self-Remembering to a technique of the Vigyana Bhairava Tantra.
I point out that I never received any Dzogchen teaching. So, pardon my ignorance, I was wondering whether Gurdjieff's technique of "Self-Remembering" has any similarity with Dzogchen teachings. Any opinion?
It seems that this question has been discussed in the Yogachara and Mahamudra teachings, there seem to be refutations of it, namely:
Every moment of consciousness is necessarily self-aware.
What you are doing is like having a lamp ( your mind) and then you bring in another lamp in order to se the lamp !! Which is ridiculous and unnecessary, because the first lamp is already luminous, or self-luminous, as it is also said.
Or then again, you try to get the sunrays to reflect back, because you claim you can't see the sun !!
There is a different discussion in the teachings of the Four Minfulnesses, where you have the mindfulness of mind. You may end up in futile efforts, when your momentary consciousness tries to have as its object a previous moment of consciousness. Maybe this is exactly what happens, moments of consciousness are so fast, it is difficult to understand.
Take for example the ( old fashioned tubemodel ) TV-screen, where only one tiny spot is lit at any one moment, but your mind is so slow that you see there a whole picture !!!