Opening to the Real

By Frank R. Sinclair

Subjects: Spirituality
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Paperback : 9781949933062, 144 pages, August 2020

Table of contents

Part I

Beatrice Sinclair and the Practice of the Presence of God
"From One Sister to a Brother"
"Don't Make Logic"
Beatrice Sinclair: A Being Who Loved Life

Part II: Reflections of the Real

January 17, 2014 – The Sense of Order
December 12, 2014 – The Need to Be Emptie
October 27, 2017 – To Die to the Known
November 3, 3017 – The Taste of the Silence
December 8, 2017 – To Live in Emptiness
April 20, 2018 – The Need to Become Whole
June 1, 2018 – Opening to the Life Force
November 9, 2018 – The Need for Inner Order

December 14, 2018 – A Subtle Intelligence
January 18, 2019 – Work to Be Whole
February 22, 2019 – Silence at the Source
March 8, 2019 – Not to Be a Slave
March 29, 2019 – This Is a Work for Being
April 9, 2019 – There Is No Time
May 3, 2019 – There Is No Death
June 11, 2019 – To Pay for My Arising
September 20, 2019 – We Are in God
October 18, 2019 – The Need to Birth the Soul
November 8, 2019 – I Am that I Am
December 13, 2019 – The Right to Serve
January 31, 2020 – The Sense of Verticality
February 21, 2020 – Opening to Presence

Part III: The Planet Itself Is Under Pressure

Recollections and reflections that introduce the reader to the equivalent of the practice of the presence of God.


With this collection of writings, author Frank R. Sinclair strikes a contemplative note, necessary for our times. Through a series of recollections and reflections—in part inspired by the spiritual discipline lived by his late wife, Beatrice Sinclair—he introduces the reader to the equivalent of the practice of the presence of God.

Frank R. Sinclair grew up in the shadow of Table Mountain, in Cape Town, South Africa, at "the fairest cape in all the circumference of the world," as the circumnavigator Sir Francis Drake described it. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town, he joined the editorial staff at the Cape Times in 1950. During his eight years at the Cape Times, he was a witness to many of the momentous changes taking place under the apartheid regime. In his late 20s, he settled in the United States to pursue his interest in the teaching of G.I. Gurdjieff. While becoming increasingly engaged in the activities of the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York—he was named co-president in 2000, president in 2005, and president emeritus in 2010—he also had a successful career in the business world. He and his wife, Beatrice, established their home on the waterfront in Grand View on Hudson, some 20 miles north of Manhattan, in 1967. He is the author of Without Benefit of Clergy: Some Personal Footnotes to the Gurdjieff Teaching and Of the Life Aligned: Reflections on the Teaching of G.I. Gurdjieff and the Perennial Order.