This website provides insights into our nature and that of the world around us. Martin Butler worked for several years with Rina Hands who in turn worked with Gurdjieff, and as such he has direct lineage in the Gurdjieff work. He also worked in other Gurdjieff schools and a Zen school. More recently he has studied Spinoza and western philosophers since these provide an in-depth understanding of the human condition.

There are free resources here in the form of articles and links to podcasts. However real work requires depth, and this can be got from the Patreon channel. Personal work on a one-to-one basis is also available to those who want it through two mentors.

We all find ourselves in a world we hardly understand, and lack of understanding causes pain. If we do not understand our own nature or that of the world around us we cannot hope to live a productive and joyful life.

Many resources provide superficial coverage of philosophy, spiritual work and self-help techniques. While these may provide some help, the real work is deep. The approach here, above all else, is that of deep inquiry and practice. We hope you find something useful here.

Martin can be reached by email at martin@martinbutler.eu

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Action from within the machine, no matter how elevated we think it is, is just action from within the machine. Non-action from the observer is the only thing that matters.

Don’t be afraid of the bad times, it is the good times that should be feared - they will give you confidence and hope and you will be poorly prepared for the inevitable bad times that inevitably follow. Don’t be a sucker.

"The best philosophers were not academics, but had another job, so their philosophy was not corrupted by careerism." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

when I look with the eye of a philosopher at the varied courses and pursuits of mankind at large, I find scarcely one which does not appear vain and useless. Descartes

Good sense is, of all things among men, the most equally distributed; everyone thinks himself so abundantly provided with it, that those even who are the most difficult to satisfy in everything else, do not desire more of this quality than they already possess. Descartes

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