Record of a Search, Working with Michel Conge in France by
Ricardo Guillon — a translation of Guillon’s Notas
de una Busqueda, published in Santiago in 1993
From the book: Some members of the group who had just returned from holidays were lamenting that they
had left for the summer with charged batteries, but that little by little, everything was ebbing away. They said they
were losing attention and were giving up their exercises.
“This is why a group is necessary,” Dr. Conge responded. “We
learn from others how to recharge, until we are finally able to do this by ourselves.”
“As with all organic life on earth,” he continued, “we are subject
to having our energy constantly drained. All organic life is governed by planetary
laws, such that, without our knowing it, we are food for other organisms. Fortunately,
a possibility exists for us to escape being an object that can be eaten or manipulated.
That is our task.”
About Michel Conge: Michel Conge was born in Pau, southwest France, in 1912. Early in his life
he decided to devote himself to “seeking
the real behind appearances”. His quest first led him
to medicine. While working as a medical biologist
at the Pasteur Institute in Paris he met
the writer René Daumal,
who introduced him to Jeanne de Salzmann. She soon invited
him to work directly with G.I. Gurdjieff. Beginning in 1949, and with
the active encouragement of Gurdjieff and Mme de Salzmann, Conge gathered
around himself and his wife, Gilles, a nucleus of men and women whose
search he accompanied and led until his death in 1984.
The book includes a talk by Conge given in Santiago in August 1966.
ISBN: 0-919608-15-9, softcover only