The Gurdjieff Foundation of Illinois


 "Associations work in a definite way in each person. I see a man making a certain movement. This gives me a shock, and from this associations start. A policeman would probably assume that the man wanted to pick my pocket. But supposing the man never thought about my pocket, I, as the policeman, would not have understood the movement. If i am a priest, I have other associations; I think the movement has something to do with the soul, though the man is actually thinking of my pocket." 

Gurdjieff, Views From The Real World, p 177