The Fourth Way is the most comprehensive statement thus far published of the ideas taught by the late P.D. Ouspensky. Consisting of verbatim records of his. The term ‘Fourth Way’ is a term Ouspensky adopted from George Gurdjieff. But although the name ‘Fourth Way’ appears for the first time in the twentieth century, . The Fourth Way is a way – a path. As such, it can only be understood by traversing it. The ‘system’ as presented by Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, is a twentieth .

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None had noticed the most important fact: The whole study of laws and phenomenon had to point to generating consciousness. Ouspensky was given the task of bringing these ideas to ousprnsky wider audience in an unadulterated form by Gurdjieff.

Ouspensky on the Fourth Way

A friend turned me on to this book and I will be forever thankful to him for it. I only just started this book, and I’m already blown away. And it’s basically why we don’t sustain a state of self-remembering for a long time.

Gurdjieff’s followers believed he was a spiritual master, [4] a human being who is fully awake or enlightened. In this respect, the Fourth Way follows the Hermetic principle of As above so below and as within so without: Relativity introduces valuation to the acquisition of knowledge and the investment of effort. He stressed its greater origin, along with the ancient Fourth Way tradition. But when I put my feelings aside and try to interpret the meaning of his ideas without explicitly knowingthey still don’t make sense.

The Fourth Way (book) – Wikipedia

Preview — The Fourth Way by P. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It emphasizes that people ordinarily live in a state referred to as a semi-hypnotic “waking sleep,” while higher levels of consciousness, virtue, unity of will are possible. Jan 04, Wanvisa rated it it was amazing. This is nothing more than pseudoscience. For me though this was an excellent place to begin because it mirrored the journey 4tth was a reminder that no matter how complex and difficult life and the world can seem at times, patience, reflection, and effort are rewarded.


It is never quite clear what the goal is or how to get there.

Ouspensky at London and New York City—, published posthumously by his students in It becomes more apparent as he progresses along the Fourth Way. Man is a micro-cosmos. Jan 15, Eric rated it liked it Shelves: Ouspensky in his lectures and writings. Ouspensky – A Brief Ojspensky gurdjieff. However, not much has been expressed on the Fourth Way as a tradition and as an influence.

Fourth Way

Ouspensky stressed that the spiritual evolution of man was a commodity. I This book took me six months to crawl through and though painful at times was worth the effort.

Man does not evolve solely for his own benefit.

Quite the thing once upon a time. When I read this book it literally made me angry to know just ouspenxky flawed the teachings and the way it is taught is. There is no good flow as it is going with questions and answers until the end.

If we try to ‘self-remember’ then we might think we’re self-remembering when we’re really not. If we were always controlled in our thinking it would be impossible to filter out certain information and would result in information overload.

Bennett ran groups and also made contact with the Subud and Sufi schools to develop The Work in different directions. It is this work which influenced the likes of RAW and is thus a key source of inspiration and guidance for the individual who is no longer prepared to merely function in society and proceed from cradle to grave via a paycheck.

These have nothing in common with one another and are unaware of each other, arising and vanishing for short periods of time.


Man and the world — the micro-cosmos and macro-cosmos — mirrored each other, even though they were of different scales. I probably wouldn’t be so bothered by the system if it was actually clear on what the terminology means and how it ouspenskh be practiced. Here however, you are hearing keys to awakening the self from one of the true masters and a student of Gurdjieff directly. The Fourth Way is considered to be the most comprehensive statement of Gurdjieff’s ideas as taught by Ouspensky.

All in all, Ouspensky studied the Gurdjieff system directly under Gurdjieff’s own supervision for a period of ten years, from to The path to awakening is therefore synonymous to the path towards self-knowledge.

Fourth Way – Wikipedia

But he was interested in outlining the practices and principles that give us the possibility of changing our ‘being. In contrast, some former Gurdjieffians joined other movements, [26] [27] and there are a number of offshoots, and syntheses incorporating elements of the Fourth Way, such as:. All four lead to the same end: In one chapter he says that the moon controls our behaviour and that we communicate with the moon.

All I learned is that “we are not conscious”, and this concept is repeated in every single page. The teacher cannot do the student’s work for the student, but is more of a guide on the path to self-discovery. As Above so Below As Within so Without As Above so Below implies that it is impossible to study man without studying the universe, and it is impossible to study the universe without studying man. The Fourth Way is a way — a path.

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