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gurdjieff 2The Fourth Way refers to a concept used by G.I. Gurdjieff to describe an approach to self-development. [1] that combined what he saw as three established ways, or schools: that of the body, the emotions and the mind. [2] Gurdjieff referred to the concept as "The Work," "Work on oneself," or "The System." [3] The term "The Fourth Way" was used by P.D. Ouspensky in his lectures and writings. Posthumously, Ouspensky's students published a book entitled Fourth Way, based on his lectures.

According to this system, the chief difference between the three traditional schools, or ways, and the fourth way is that "they are permanent forms which have survived throughout history mostly unchanged, and are based on religion. Where schools of yogis, monks or fakirs exist, they are barely distinguishable from religious schools. The fourth way differs in that it is not a permanent way. It has no specific forms or institutions and comes and goes controlled by some particular laws of its own."

It always has some work of a specific import, and

  • “is never without some task around which and in connection with which it can alone exist. When this work is finished, that is to say, when the aim set before it has been accomplished, the fourth way disappears, that is, it disappears from the given place, disappears in its given form, continuing perhaps in another place in another form. Schools of the fourth way exist for the needs of the work which is being carried out in connection with the proposed undertaking. They never exist by themselves as schools for the purpose of education and instruction.” [4]

The Fourth Way mainly addresses the question of people's place in the Universe, their possibilities for inner development, and transcending the body to achieve a higher state of consciousness. It emphasized that people live their lives in a state referred to as "waking sleep", but that higher levels of consciousness and various inner abilities are possible. [5]

The Fourth Way teaches people how to increase and focus their attention and energy in various ways, and to minimize daydreaming and absentmindedness. [6] [7] According to this teaching, this inner development in oneself is the beginning of a possible further process of change, whose aim is to transform a man into what Gurdjieff taught he ought to be. [8]

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Brain Systems: Gurdjieff’s Concept of Centers in a Man

Brain Systems: Gurdjieff’s Concept of Centers in a Man

  Brain Systems — Gurdjieff’s Concept of Centers in a Man      From: Fourth Way Home School This paper discusses the ideas concerning centers and consciousness presented in both P. Ouspensky’s work, The Psychology of Man’s Possible Evolution and lectures by Mr. Gurdjieff reported by Ouspensky in his books, In Search of the Miraculous and The Fourth  Way. The concept of centers, the field of attention and the wrong work of centers must be understood as a foundation to self-observation. There will be no apology for starting simply in presenting this subject.  The information in this series of papers on centers, while not painfully difficult to grasp, may seem quite alien even to the well read student of The Fourth Way. As this more complete model of the idea of centers began to take form, it became clear that some additional structures of a similar nature would be required to fully explain a more complete environment of its working process to these bothersome students. New concepts were added...

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Prerequisites

Prerequisites

  Prerequisites ♦ Conventional Wisdom   Who Are These Ideas For? Gurdjieff's ideas suggest that we do not possess the conscious intelligence we usuallyimagine ourselves to have.      ■ The false assumptions we have about ourselves and our powers are a result of         social and educational conditioning (and perhaps even cosmic influences).      ■ This reality has resulted in an inner fragmentation and disconnect from who         and what we really are and thus, our purpose in life. Gurdjieff's ideas are addressed to people who continue to search for meaning - as well as question whether or not there is more to life than what their daily life consists.

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Seven primary obstacles to self-awareness

Seven primary obstacles to self-awareness

  Seven primary obstacles to self-awareness   Identification – One of the characteristics of our psychology is that we lose ourselves by becoming absorbed into events, thoughts, and emotions. Negative Emotions – One of the chief obstacles to awakening is losing energy through the expression of negative and unpleasant emotions. Imagination – Our imagining that we already possess qualities and abilities that we do not have, and that can only be developed through long efforts. Lying – Our tendency to talk about things we do not know, or can not know, as though we do know.

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Who Was Gurdjieff?

Who Was Gurdjieff?

Introduction Contents   Who Was Gurdjieff?   Introduction Below are (10) reports on and about G.I. Gurdjieff, ranging from 'hero worship' by various indoctrinated students of the Fourth Way to 'myth busting' accounts by people not within the Gurdjieff-followers community. Gurdjieff's personal story about his father (chapter 2 of Meetings with Remarkable Men) is also reprinted here. Contents Introduction   Gurdjieff's Biography | From: Gurdjieff Club   Who is G.I. Gurdjieff? | From: Gurdjieff Foundation of Austin   Gurdjieff – The Man and the Literature by James Moore   Black Sheep Philosophers: Gurdjieff – Ouspensky – Orage  From: Gurdjieff International Review | by Gorham Munson   The Incomparable Mr. G. | From: selfdefinition.org   The Sufi Conspiracy | From: Conspiracy School Scratch a Magus, Find a Spy | From: Iona Miller   Gurdjieff by Anthony Storr | From: Feet of Clay - A Study of Gurus   Good Grief! Gurdjieff in Tibet? | From: tibeto-logic   Was Gurdjieff Irish?? | From: eye of the cyclone   Meetings with Remarkable Men, Chapter 2 | My Father  

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The psychology of George Gurdjieff: Implications for counseling

The psychology of George Gurdjieff: Implications for counseling

  The psychology of George Gurdjieff: Implications for counseling     From: Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health Click to view larger image Abstract This paper examines aspects of the teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff in the light of the current knowledge base of contemporary applied psychology, and in particular, that of current counselling theory and practice.  It focusses on enunciating relevant aspects of Gurdjieff’s teaching in the idiom of modern day psychology and counselling theory so as to draw out the parallels between some of the ideas of the major schools of thought in psychology and the coinciding resonances of those same ideas in Gurdjieff’s teaching. It is argued that there are many such resonances, and given this, there is great potential for a meeting of Gurdjieff’s ideas and counselling practices.  It is further argued that Gurdjieff’s teaching, or at least certain aspects of it, hold the potential to help extend our understanding of many matters of a psychological...

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Food for the Moon

Food for the Moon

  Food for the Moon   “For instance, the evolution of humanity beyond a certain point, or, to speak more correctly, above a certain percentage, would be fatal FOR THE MOON. The moon at present FEEDS on organic life, on humanity. “Humanity is a part of organic life; this means that humanity is FOOD for the moon. If all men were to become too intelligent they would not want to be eaten by the moon. “But, at the same time, possibilities of evolution exist, and they may be developed in SEPARATE individuals with the help of appropriate knowledge and methods.”     – Gurdjieff chapter 3, In Search of the Miraculous

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Confluence and waking sleep

Confluence and waking sleep

Confluence and waking sleep       From:  Cassiopaea Glossary Moravieff uses the term confluence to designate a peculiar hypnotic state in man where he is identified with the mental currents that flow through him and mistaking the thoughts that are engendered from this current as his own thoughts. Man's submersion into this mental current is what Gurdjieff calls 'waking sleep' or 'relative consciousness' and it is this level of consciousness that an ordinary man is born into, lives his everyday life, and then dies, without ever waking up into more objective states of awareness.

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Structure and Function of the Human Machine

Structure and Function of the Human Machine

  Structure and Function of the Human Machine   From: fourth way® gurdjieff ouspensky school The human machine has seven different functions.Five ordinarily and two potential.   ■ Four lower functions      (also known as:  centers = brains = minds)   ■ Sex centre   ■ Potential connection with two higher centers      (soul & spirit)

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Entropy and the Laws of World-creation and World-maintenance

Entropy and the Laws of World-creation and World-maintenance

  Entropy and the Laws of World-creation and World-maintenance       From: Gurdjieff Internet Guide “In the beginning, when nothing yet existed and when the whole of our Universe was empty endless space ... our Most Great and Most Most Holy Sun Absolute existed alone in all this empty space. . . It was just during this period of the flow of time that there appeared to our Creator All-Maintainer the imperative need to create our now-existing Megalocosmos, that is, our World. . . The Sun Absolute, on which He dwelt with His cherubim and seraphim, was almost imperceptibly, yet steadily, diminishing in volume. As this fact ascertained by Him appeared very serious, He decided to review immediately all the laws which maintained the existence of that still unique cosmic concentration. During this review, it became clear to our Omnipotent Creator for the first time that the cause of this gradual diminishing of the volume of the Sun Absolute was...

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Remember Yourself

Remember Yourself

  Remember Yourself       From: gapingvoid [Today's guest post comes from Mark McGuinness.] “Remember yourself always and everywhere.” These words were inscribed on the walls of the study house of the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man at the Château Le Prieuré, Fontainebleau-Avon, the home of the esoteric teacher George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. They summarised the essence of his teaching and were written there as a reminder to his students. Gurdjieff taught that human beings are divided into two parts: Essence and Personality. Essence in man is what is his own. Personality in man is what is ‘not his own.’ ‘Not his own’ means what has come from outside, what he has learned, or reflects, all traces of exterior impressions left in the memory and in the sensations, all words and movements that have been learned, all feelings created by imitation … “Essence is the truth in man; personality is the false. But in proportion as personality grows, essence...

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Sly Man and the Devil

Sly Man and the Devil

  The Sly Man and the Devil       by: Tony Lutz Is it possible the Fourth Way is but another limited hangout? It undoubtedly was a release of previously hidden information, but was it done in order to prevent a greater exposure of more important details? If so what are the missing details? Could there possibly be missing information that is even more important for a seeker to understand than the fundamental concepts of self-remembering, identification, unnecessary talk and negative emotions? Here we examine the story The Sly Man and the Devil. —  Gurdjieff's reply to questions about the origins of the Fourth Way. The story can be found under the "Excerpt" tab below. Apparently, due to the wealth of information contained and the verifiable results produced, its origins are of little consequence to those who study and practice "the work".

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What is the Work?

What is the Work?

  What is the Work?       by: Tony Lutz Gurdjieff strongly condemned masturbation, contraception and homosexuality as affronts to the proper order of nature. (LINK) I guess that helps to explain why he was a prolific unconscious procreater. I give that label to Gurdjieff not to diminish his contribution to the collective wisdom, but to merely point out his normalcy bias (ostrich effect). [edit: 02/10/14 | According to Mark Pilkington,"He was highly charismatic and a notorious womaniser, said to have fathered over 100 children."] Much has been written about what "the Work" is (see here, here, and here). My intention is not to restate that which has been well defined. I've been trying to come up with a suitable allegory for the Work, and what first came to mind is an automobile factory in which new cars are manufactured (new-born human beings), but soon after being driven off the assembly line the air filter is removed, the tires are slashed, it's then run on the rims and...

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Man Is in a Prison

Man Is in a Prison

  Man Is in a Prison       From: fourth way® gurdjieff ouspensky school When I was younger, for my sins, I spent time locked up in several of Her Majesty's prisons. In this Work Mr. Gurdjieff and others have often made use of the analogy that Man is in a Prison, of the need to escape his situation and of what realizations and efforts are required. When I look back upon my experiences of suddenly finding myself in prison – the austere and cramped conditions, the atmosphere and rules and regulations, the loss of what little dignity I had – I am immediately struck by how quickly one adjusts to the alien and hostile environment one finds oneself in. It immediately becomes normal and acceptable.

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Gurdjieff at Lascaux August 1949

Gurdjieff at Lascaux August 1949

  Gurdjieff at Lascaux August 1949       by: Tony Lutz A couple of days ago, I posted How I began "the Work". Today, I was thinking about that title, and the fact that few people would have any idea as to what "the Work" is and means. So, I set about looking for a web page that I could copy which provided a brief and easy to understand definition of what exactly the Work is. I browsed at least 20 web pages, but did not find what I was looking for. What I see is a repeat of the basic definition as quoted below from The Gurdjieff Foundation: The Gurdjieff work remains above all essentially an oral tradition, transmitted under specially created conditions from person to person, continually unfolding, without fixed doctrinal beliefs or external rites, as a way toward freeing humanity from the waking sleep that holds us in a kind of hypnotic illusion.– The Gurdjieff Work Today To me, that is "The...

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Debt of Existence

Debt of Existence

Click to view larger image   Debt of Existence    From: JG Bennett website – by Ben Hitchner My experiences with wonderful Teachers, John Bennett and Joseph Rael. Beautiful Painted Arrow contributed to the derivatives of this paper. Kali Yuga Kali Yuga from the Hindu knowledge of cosmic cycles has this a dark time of reduced spirituality and progressive materialization. Civilization especially in the West has rendered an enlightened view of materialism but left obscured the spiritualization of existence. Revealing information and teachings have now come forth in the crisis of the ending of the Kali Yuga long-term cycle.

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The Mevlevi Path Versus Gurdjieffism

The Mevlevi Path Versus Gurdjieffism

  The Mevlevi Path Versus Gurdjieffism    Why Gurdjieff's "Fourth Way" Teachings are not Compatible with the Mevlevi Sufi Way by Ibrahim Gamard, 11/6/04, revised 12/3/05 ♦ From: Dar-Al-Masnavi The Present Confusion The following article is intended to share information, based on the author's conclusions after studying this subject for many years. Though it may be controversial, the intent is to stimulate respectful discussion — not angry debate. And the aim is certainly not to blame or condemn individuals currently involved practices based on Gurdjieff's teachings. After all, a number of contemporary Mevlevis in Western countries were themselves trained through such teachings to some extent, and report that it was quite helpful in preparing them for the Mevlevi dervish path. There has been much confusion for decades about the so-called "sufi origins" of Gurdjieff's teachings, beliefs that Gurdjieff himself was a sufi (of the "blame-seeking" [malâmâtî] kind, as some have speculated) and assumptions that the spiritual training he...

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Unusual Assemblage of Syllables

Unusual Assemblage of Syllables

  Unusual Assemblage of Syllables   A deliberate and rigorous obscurity …   of confusing terms and tangential    associations in interminable sentences Jargon-ridden and intentionally obtuse For several reasons, including the unique difficulties presented by Gurdjieff’s writing style, little commentary has been written on Beelzebub’s Tales. Without a determined decision on the part of the reader to make great efforts to understand these writings, without the reader’s constant and conscious participation in the act of reading, little if any sense can be gotten from the Tales.

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The Five Strivings

The Five Strivings

  The Five Strivings   All the beings of this planet then began to work in order to have in their consciousness this Divine function of genuine conscience, and for this purpose, as everywhere in the Universe, they transubstantiated in themselves what are called the ‘being-obligolnian-strivings’ which consist of the following five… - Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson

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Gurdjieff, Beelzebub, and Zecharia Sitchin

Gurdjieff, Beelzebub, and Zecharia Sitchin

  Gurdjieff, Beelzebub, and Zecharia Sitchin       From: Dark Star For a couple of years between 1999 and 2001 I was part of a private and informal online group of researchers from around the world engaged in study of the so-called “secret history” of the human race. This involved looking into ancient scriptures and texts from Sanskrit, Sumerian, and Hebrew sources amongst other things.

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Sense and Significance

Sense and Significance

  Sense and Significance     by: Tony Lutz Gurdjieff's Lifelong Question What is the sense and significance of life on Earth, Click for footnote ¹    [1] “What is the sense and significance of life on Earth,    and human life in particular?”      (a typical "answer" is given below ↓) Excerpts from: The Gurdjieff Studies Program - G.I. Gurdjieff      At an early age he awakened to a profound experience of the "whole sensation" of himself, a deep, dimensional self-remembering that became the foundation of his Being. Thus at an early age, Gurdjieff had already realized a high degree of being.      Experiencing wars and descrution, and the mindless mechanicality of man who he saw as asleep to their self and so living in needless confusion and misery, the question burned in him: What is the sense and significance of life on Earth and human life in particular? Feeling "an irrepressible striving" to discover why is there life on earth, what purpose does it serve, if any, Gurdjieff...

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