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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The system, as presented by Gurdjieff, was not a man-made system. A friend turned me on to this book and I will be forever thankful to him for it.

It is an instantaneous internal reorganization: Man is naturally in a state of self-ignorance. You just need to force stop how you upset yourself by analyzing routines and mechanical deeds. The fundamental laws of triads and octaves that penetrate everything should be studied simultaneously both in the world and in man. For example, I could be trying to relax, which is positive, but when someone interrupts me I get angry, which is negative.

The study of the world and the study of man will assist one another. He began writing All and Everything. Dec 13, Panaite Carmen rated it it was amazing. They are both perfectly congruent with one another, but Ouspensky acts like it isn’t.


As Gurdjieff put it, “You must realize that each man has a definite repertoire of roles which he plays in ordinary circumstances Other proponents of continuing the Work are not concerned with external factors, but focus on the inner results achieved through a sincere practice of Gurdjieff’s system. We think we have to do with real beings, but in reality we have to do with imaginary beings.


This page was last edited on 9 Octoberat We will not expound on the three ways to avoid straying from our main focus.

Man could, therefore, learn certain truths about himself by observing them outside.

I can’t put it any less harshly. Ouspensky at London and New York City—, published posthumously by his students in After enough self-observation, a man working on himself could begin dividing what he saw into the myriad functions outlined by the system. It could be followed by ordinary people in everyday life, requiring no retirement into the desert.

Gurdjieff’s teachings, which Gurdjieff presented in the form of raw materials, Ouspensky’s specific task having been to put th The Fourth Way is the most comprehensive statement thus far published of the ideas taught by the late P. Every teacher, or guru, is a specialist in some one thing. I have lost track the times now actually.

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Believing in his ideas without actually seeing results is blind faith. Ouspensky relates that in the early work with Gurdjieff in Moscow and Saint PetersburgGurdjieff forbade students from writing down or publishing anything connected with Gurdjieff and his ideas. Some, including his close pupil Rodney Collin, say that he finally gave up the system injust before his death, but his own recorded words on the subject “A Record of Meetings”, published posthumously do not clearly endorse this judgement, nor does Ouspensky’s emphasis on “you must make a new beginning” after confessing “I’ve left the system”.


More realistically, a teaching will be a blend of these three ways, with a center of gravity in one. Self-remembering in the system really means that we often forget why we act in certain ways. Based on the principles of scale and relativity, man cannot know anything before he knows himself. Like you will understand ‘self-remembering’ as ‘remembering everything you have done at this moment’ or something. I am aware of myself, my surroundings and can remember it.

Gurdjieff there are many easier places to start. As good examples of bad examples, Ouspensky pointed out modern science, which altogether overlooks the principle of relativity and freely focuses on the smaller or greater worlds while losing sight of man.

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Sustaining it is hard. Retrieved from ” https: Which brings me to why Ouspensky has no grasp on emotions.

The fourth way differs in that “it is not a permanent way. Where schools of yogis, monks or fakirs exist, they are barely distinguishable from religious schools.

To put it in psychological terms that actually make sense this is the distinction between automatic and controlled thinking.

Ouspensky on the Fourth Way

It will become more evident as he progresses along the path. And you will read the book by its words without knowing the knowledge what to expect. Since consciousness stands separate from functions, the three ways yield the same result.