"Self-remembering, however full and whole, can be of two kinds: conscious and mechanical --remembering oneself consciously and remembering oneself by associations. Mechanical, that is, associative self-remembering, can bring no essential profit, yet such associative self-remembering is of tremendous value in the beginning.
"Any prayer may be heard by the higher powers and a corresponding answer obtained only if it is uttered thrice:
Firstly - for the welfare or the peace of the souls of one's parents.
Secondly - for the welfare of one's neighbour.
And only thirdly - for oneself personally."
- G.I. Gurdjieff in "All and Everything"