As you know, I'm reading this book, The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three. The author, Cynthia Bourgeault, mentions Jacob Needleman as being a modern-day philosopher who's also a Gurdjieff student. I looked him up and am glad I did. He's got a great intellect, but has also integrated what he's learned into a wonderful presence, compassion, and wisdom, at least that's what I picked up from the one interview I watched. Educated at Harvard and Yale, he's written several books over the last four decades- I believe I remember my parents owning a copy of The Way of the Physician in the 80's. He teaches philosophy at San Francisco State University- pretty good for being 81 already.
Here's a video interview from his website- it's full of little gems of wisdom, but in one big brush stroke, it's an unfolding of the main problem faced by us here in the West- not enough time, and how we can slow it down, or rather, heal our frenzied consumption with awareness that our hunger to consume isn't "us"- the unsatiable consumer is our ego self desperately trying to reaffirm its identity; on the other hand, our true, deeper self can just be. When we tune into our Essence with a practice of mindfulness, we can enjoy "timelessness" and deep meaning.