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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Evolution was only possible because of its benefit to higher cosmoses. It’s like finding something it was lost that you forget it was lost, so until you find it, you will not know it was missing or you lost it. There are quite a lot of concepts covered, but the main ones are that we are not conscious, do not self-remember, are mechanical and have ohspensky centers: According to this system, the three traditional schools, or ways, “are permanent forms which have survived throughout history mostly unchanged, and are based on religion.

Conscious Labor is an action where the person who is performing the act is present to ousppensky he is doing; not absentminded. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. How do we know that we actually aren’t conscious or able to self-remember?

A worldwide community dedicated to self-remembering and self-observation by revisiting ancient schools from a fourth way perspective.

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And you will read the book by its words without knowing the knowledge what to expect. It is making people work toward something that isn’t even a sure thing. Archived from the original on 20 May A good way to learn what Gurdjieff was all about. If we try to ‘self-remember’ then we might think we’re self-remembering when we’re really not. Gurdjieff Prepared under the general supervision of Sophia Ouspensky.


The Fourth Way obviously implies three other ways.

Fourth Way

However, I found it extremely boring and difficult to read. Whether or not these are Ouspensky’s ideas, he still believed in them and should still be accountable for it. We have too much accidental growth in us. He stressed that, if the system had been invented by human mind, its purpose would instantly be defeated: It is an effort to break away from whatever imaginary world he may have delved ouspesnky a moment ago, and return to the present reality.

But anyone with a basic understanding of the human psyche knows that these emotions serve a useful purpose.

Maybe I am not ready to take all the information stated in the book yet, and therefore found it boring. Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculousp. I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time, and knew it had very good reviews. To ask other readers questions about The Fourth Wayplease sign up. Centers refer to apparati within a being that dictate specific organic functions. But this doesn’t mean we 4h to always be controlled.

There are three main centers in a man: Some of these latter ideas are to say at least weird, but the authenticity and value of the psychological section is unquestionable I should know, since I’m the poster child for exemplifying everything that is written in there.

Ouspensky, the teacher, was not very interested in inspiring his students with the mysteries of the higher worlds. Views Read Edit View history.

It makes tension of joyness to limits. In practice, however, an atmosphere of work can never focus on a single way exclusively.

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Sustaining it is hard. The term ” The Fourth Way ” has also 4hh to be used as a general descriptive term for the body of ideas and teachings which Gurdjieff brought to the west from his study of eastern schools. I This book took me six months to crawl through and though painful at times was worth the effort. Ouspensky in his lectures and writings. Hence, the Fourth Way is organic: This page was last edited on 9 Octoberat Since the Fourth Way is a path, it must be understood, not through books, but through experience.


It’s confusing I know.

Know Thyself, traditionally ascribed to Socrates, actually stands at the foundation of any genuine teaching. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Another aspect -without which the first would be futile — is knowledge of the system. The problem is that Ouspensky hides behind words and fails to explore his ideas any further than what he wants to focus on.

Ouspensky on the Fourth Way

Objective knowledge means knowledge of the objective principles that govern the universe. Ouspensky, therefore, introduced another principle to observation: For a student who travels the path of the Fourth Way, it is crucial to become aware of the greater tradition of which he is t4h.

As Above so Below thus indicated the path towards objective knowledge. That’s a shame, but then Ouspensky said that the Wayy Way will never be popular because it demands effort. Jul 08, William rated it it was amazing Shelves: It combines and harmonizes what he saw as three established traditional “ways” or “schools”: