I would like you to be individuals, but not individualists. And there is a great difference. The individualist is not yet an individual. The individualist who believes in individualism is only an egoist. And to be an egoist is not to be an individual. Just the contrary: the individual has no ego, and the ego has no individuality.
The ego is such an ordinary phenomenon: everybody has it. There is nothing special about it, there is nothing unique about it. Everybody has an ego. It is so common! The uncommon thing is egolessness.
Only an egoless consciousness attains to individuality. And by individuality I simply mean the literal meaning of the word: individual means indivisible, individual means integrated; individual means one who is not many, who is not a crowd, who is not multipsychic; one who has attained to unity, one who has become a crystallized being. Gurdjieff uses the word crystallization for individuality. But the basic requirement for crystallization is to drop the ego, because the ego is a false entity. It won’t allow you to be real, it won’t allow you to be authentically real. It won’t allow you to grow. It is false, it is a deception, it is an illusion. You are not separate from existence, but the ego goes on pretending separation.
And the other word that you have used in the question also has to be understood: discipline. Discipline does not mean anything imposed upon you. Nothing is imposed in this commune. If you enter this commune it is your own choice. The doors are open – you can leave any moment. In fact, entry is difficult and we make every possible effort to help you to leave. Nobody is hindered from leaving, although every possible effort is made to hinder you from entering. Entry is very difficult.
If you choose to become a part of this commune it is your decision – your readiness to commit, to be involved.
Out of this decision a discipline arises. You can choose to be out of the commune, but once you are in the commune it means that you have taken on a responsibility. And it is only through responsibility that one grows. By fulfilling one’s responsibility totally, growth becomes possible.
There are a few people here, only a few, who go on trying to deceive the commune. They are simply befooling themselves; nobody is befooled! They don’t want to work, they try to avoid it in every possible way. They find excuses, they even fall ill just to avoid work. But this is so stupid! You have entered the commune to work upon yourself. You have entered the commune to make a concentrated effort to become an integrated individual. You have entered the commune for your spiritual growth, for enlightenment. And if you avoid… And that seems to be the real question behind the apparent question.