COOMBE SPRINGS AND ITS BEGINNINGS by: Frances Allen
COOMBE SPRINGS AND ITS BEGINNINGS
By: Frances Allen
Published in The Enneagram #6 June 1976 Part 1, and The Enneagram #7, September 1976 Part 2
Frances Allen’s account of the beginnings of Coombe Springs with J.G. Bennett. The meetings with Mr. and Mme Ouspensky at Gadsen, and her account of meeting Gurdjieff in Paris.
Anecdotes of various events, activities and self.
“When I arrived, I was placed opposite Mr. Gurdjieff at his famous Supper Table. He looked me straight in the eyes and with a wonderful smile stretched out his hands towards me and I felt strength flowing into my weak body.”
“I am an old woman now and have time to reflect on the inward and outward state of my existence, and I know that had it not been for Coombe Springs and what I received there I should spiritually be very poor indeed.
In Lord Tennyson’s words;
“Flower in the crannied wall
I pluck you out of the crannies
And hold you root and all in my hand,
Little flower – but if I could understand
What you are, root and all
And all in all, I should know
What God and man is.”