"In observing himself a man notices that self-observation
itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He
begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of
selfchange, a means of awakening. By observing himself he throws, as
it were, a ray of light onto his inner processes which have hitherto
worked in complete darkness. And under the influence of this light
the processes themselves begin to change.
There are a great many chemical processes that can take place only in the absence of light. Exactly in the same way many psychic processes can take place only in the dark. Even a feeble light of consciousness is enough to change completely the character of a process, while it makes many of them altogether impossible. Our inner psychic processes (our inner alchemy) have much in common with those chemical processes in which light changes the character of the process and they are subject to analogous laws."
"Two hundred conscious people, if they existed and if they found it necessary and legitimate, could change the whole of life on the earth. But either there are not enough of them, or they do not want to, or perhaps the time has not yet come, or perhaps other people are sleeping too soundly."(Thus spake Gurdjieff in Ouspensky′s In Search of the Miraculous)
"It is a heavy load. One single enlightened man cannot carry it; two hundred is the minimum. But from where to bring those two hundred people? They have to be born
amongst you; you have to become those two hundred people.
And your growth is so slow. There is every fear that before you become enlightened, the world will be gone. You are not putting your total energy into meditation, into awareness.
It is one of the things that you are doing, amongst many; and it is not even the first priority of your life. I want it to become your first priority."