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You have Successfully Subscribed! As such, it can only be understood by traversing it. It is a distant approximation of the thing itself. Indeed, Gurdjieff and Ouspensky were each eventually forced to abandon the system they so thoroughly taught, once they found their students losing themselves in fanciful debates over the system at the expense of traversing the way.

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You have Successfully Subscribed! As such, it can only be understood by traversing it. It is a distant approximation of the thing itself. Indeed, Gurdjieff and Ouspensky were each eventually forced to abandon the system they so thoroughly taught, once they found their students losing themselves in fanciful debates over the system at the expense of traversing the way.

The system began to bar the way. Consequently, it would be vain to add more systematic explanation to the volumes that already exist on the system. However, much less has been expressed on the Fourth Way as a tradition — as an influence. Yet, for one traversing the Fourth Way, it is crucial to gradually become familiar with the greater tradition of which he is part — of connecting with something bigger and higher than himself. Below, we will expound on the Fourth Way tradition, of which Gurdjieff was a twentieth century agent.

The system, as presented by Gurdjieff, was not a man-made system. That purpose is elevating the human to the superhuman. It will become more evident as he progresses along the path. Objective knowledge means knowledge of the objective principles that govern the universe. In this respect, the Fourth Way follows the Hermetic principle of As above so below and as within so without: it outlines the fundamental laws that govern any cosmos, and thereby sheds light onto the micro-cosmos man.

It was not an exotic compilation that he had patched together during his travels through the east. It existed in complete form before he had met it — indeed, thousands of years before he had met it — and had been passed from one age to the next by people who had practiced its principles. This is a crucial point to bear in mind when approaching the Fourth Way, because in our age, it is naturally associated with the man who presented it in the twentieth century.

The fundamental laws of triads and octaves that penetrate everything should be studied simultaneously both in the world and in man. The higher and the lower mirror each other, and man could only learn certain things about himself by observing the outside world. Hence, the Fourth Way is organic: a formulation of the basic laws that govern man, nature and the universe. Man need not delve too deep into greater or smaller cosmoses in order to understand his own.

In this respect, Gurdjieff stressed another prerequisite for proper use of the Fourth Way: that man foremost study himself, and use knowledge of greater or smaller cosmoses only in so far as they increased his self knowledge. Modern science altogether overlooks this principle, directing its focus onto smaller or greater worlds while losing sight of man; modern psychology errs in the other extreme, by focusing on man and disregarding his resemblance to the greater and smaller worlds around him.

Another formula — Know thyself — is full of particularly deep meaning and is one of the symbols leading to the knowledge of truth. The study of the world and the study of man will assist one another. In studying the world and its laws a man studies himself, and in studying himself he studies the world. Know Thyself, normally ascribed to Socrates, actually originates from the earliest recorded teachings.

Self-knowledge is not flattering, and man will tend to study anything but himself. In order to know anything, man must first know himself. For self-knowledge, Gurdjieff introduced the principles of scale and relativity: that the value of any knowledge had to be determined by its relevance to self-knowledge. Man had to observe the other cosmoses only in relation to himself, and by the same token, he could safely reject any studies that bore no impact on self-knowledge.

Relativity introduces valuation to the acquisition of knowledge and the investment of effort. Another objective aspect of the Fourth Way was Unity and Multiplicity.

To know all, one must know very little. But to know that little, one must know a great deal. The Fourth Way is, ultimately, a practical way that promises its adherents genuine change of consciousness.

It is not about learning more, but becoming more. To bridge the gap between knowledge and wisdom, practice is required, and for frequent practice brevity is required — transitioning from words to deeds. Practical work uses words to transcend words. Not one of you has noticed the most important thing that I have pointed out to you… not one of you has noticed that you do not remember yourselves.

It is an effort to be aware of oneself in the present, to break away from whatever imaginary world one may have delved in a moment ago and return to reality. Gurdjieff introduced self-remembering in one of his early talks with his Russian students, inviting them to share what they had seen by observing themsveles. Ouspensky, who narrates this discussion, begins experimenting with self-remembering and subsequently realizes its key role in the work towards consciousness.

Here, as before, Gurdjieff borrows and translates an old practice. The Upanishads were an extensive treatise on the Self, on the need to remember it and bring it to the forefront.

Gurdjieff was translating older systems into language palatable to modern western man. All four lead to the same end: awakening of consciousness, becoming real, being able to Be. We will not expound on the three ways to avoid straying from our main focus. These are well described in In Search of the Miraculous. The Fourth Way differs from these in that it strives to blend all three ways harmoniously.

It may gradually assume an emotional, religions hue; or it may gradually assume an intellectual, academic hue. Man does not evolve solely for his own benefit. He is generally not meant to evolve spiritually, but serves organic purposes, for which his normal undeveloped condition is sufficient. Evolution is a rare exception, a going against the stream, an escape from the general law.

The reason spiritual evolution is, at all, possible, is because its benefit to a higher cosmos. Parallel to the downward movement of universal growth — of the endless physical expansion of the universe — there exists an upwards movement towards consciousness, for which a minority of conscious individuals is indispensable.

These are the broad and narrow ways mentioned in the Gospels and likened by Gurdjieff to acorns in a field. Of the billions of acorns produced each year, how many will mature into trees? The Fourth Way is, therefore, exclusive by definition.

It is not for all. It flatters none. Neither is it a path that can be traveled half-heartedly. It is a way for disillusioned people who know too much — who know they have nothing to lose.

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Shamuro Unfortunately, I am very disappointed with this book. Classic Ouspensky, also try and read Gurdjieff if you can, it will blow your mind! But Ouspensky actually goes so far to call these emotions unreal. We think we have to do with real beings, but in reality we have to do with imaginary beings. The entire teaching pointed to this. Jul 23, Jan prussia rated it it was amazing. The above-mentioned efforts had to be connected to consciousness.

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Start your review of The Fourth Way Write a review Aug 02, Scot rated it really liked it This book took me six months to crawl through and though painful at times was worth the effort. It mirrored in many ways my own journey in terms of timing and though I could not pretend to have initiated the level of effort the Ouspensky says that we need to wake up from our slumber, from time to time I catch glimpses and that reminder alone was worth the read. I would not recommend this book for anyone that is not naturally drawn toward it and would say if you are interested in the ideas of This book took me six months to crawl through and though painful at times was worth the effort. I would not recommend this book for anyone that is not naturally drawn toward it and would say if you are interested in the ideas of G.

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