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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It becomes more apparent as he progresses along the Fourth Way. But farther down the path, knowledge and awareness of the greater whole is indispensable, for the Fourth Way is founded on the famous adage of Hermes Trismegistus: This is the theory of the three ways, as presented by Gurdjieff and Ouspensky.

To know ouspenzky, one must know very little. He doesn’t explain why we lack consciousness and why we don’t self-remember. Jan 15, Eric rated it liked it Shelves: Self-knowledge is not flattering, and man will tend to study anything but himself. Again, it is him acting like an authority who has special knowledge.

Such efforts may be made as an act of will after one is already exhausted. He is an elitist and a false prophet, who again, hides behind his words.


The path to awakening is therefore synonymous to the path towards self-knowledge. It is a distant approximation of the thing itself. Hence, the Fourth Way is organic: Gurdjieff emphasized that awakening results from consistent, prolonged effort. The idea in principle is good; that we need to work toward self-development and growth by becoming more aware of the multiple “Is” that we have through the centers and understanding how they can be used appropriately to ouspenwky ourselves. Apr 28, TW Yeung rated it liked it.

The Fourth Way by P.D. Ouspensky

Views Read Edit View history. In Search of the Miraculous. Its his own made up definition of these words. It could be followed by ordinary people in everyday life, requiring no retirement into the desert. The laws and phenomenon that occur within him are identical to those manifesting outside of him. This is what irritates me the most. In practice, however, an atmosphere of work can never focus on a single way exclusively.

I This book took me six months to crawl through and though painful at times was worth the effort. First of all, anyone who is in the daunting 4tg of repressing thoughts knows that it is harder to ignore those thoughts than dealing with them.

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 part. The book consists of adaptations of Ouspensky’s lectures, and the accompanying question and answer sessions. Jan 07, Paul Lord rated it it was ok.


He said that you need to ignore negative emotions. Ouspensky – A Brief Bibliography gurdjieff. 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 ousspensky who had practiced its principles.

He acts like some authority who has special knowledge over others without actually caring to explain why his knowledge is factually accurate. To bridge the gap between knowledge and wisdom, practice is required, and for frequent practice brevity is required — transitioning from words to deeds.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The higher and the lower mirror each other, and man could only learn certain things about himself by observing the outside world.

Which brings me to why Ouspensky has no grasp on emotions. Because it’s not easy to bear a whole part of your consciousness, we basically avoid to bear it. But he was interested in outlining the practices and principles that give us the possibility of changing our ‘being.