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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This book took me six months to crawl through and though painful at times was worth the effort. There is debate regarding the ability to use Gurdjieff’s ideas through groups.


If we were always controlled in our thinking it would be impossible to filter out certain information and would result in information overload. 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. I realize that a lot of my criticisms don’t just fall on Ouspensky, but Gurdjieff for postulating them.

It is no surprise to me that Ouspensky abandoned the system long after people already committed to following his outrageous ideas.

Ouspensky on the Fourth Way

If you experienced ‘self-remembering’ once or twice in your life, you will immediately know what it is when you read the description. First of all, anyone who is in the daunting position of repressing thoughts knows that it is harder ouspensly ignore those thoughts than dealing with them. It becomes more apparent as he progresses along the Fourth Way.

At the same time he is striving to perform the act more efficiently. Say Fourth Way addresses the question of humanity’s place in the Universe and the possibilities of inner development. This page was last edited on 3 Septemberat It is an instantaneous internal reorganization: But when you look at the dialogue between Ouspensky and the other person, they are insistently asking what Ouspensky means by some of his definitions, but he refuses to answer and repeatedly says “figure it out for yourself by practice and you will understand”.


This inner development in ouspensmy is the beginning of a possible further process of change, whose aim is to transform man into “what he ought to be. But anyone with a basic understanding of the human psyche knows that these emotions serve a useful purpose. 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 4 centers: Retrieved 5 October The problem is there is no way to figure it out, because we don’t know what to work on.

He just tells people to accept his ideas and practice it. Ouspensky quotes Gurdjieff that there are fake schools and that “It is impossible to recognize a wrong way without knowing the right way. Unlike modern psychology, man observed his functions, not for the same of his functions, but for the sake of extracting consciousness from them.

In his explanations Gurdjieff often ouspeneky different symbols such as the Enneagram and the Ray of Creation. The fourth way differs from the old and the new ways by 44th fact that it is never a permanent way. So long as we live in imaginary things, we cannot see the value of the real; and only when we come to real things in ourselves can we see what is real outside us. The idea in principle is good; that we need to work toward self-development and growth by becoming more aware 4tj the multiple “Is” that we have through the centers and understanding how When I read this book it literally made me angry to know just how flawed the teachings and the way it is taught is.

Feb 06, Russen Guggemos rated it it was amazing. Modern psychology errs towards the other extreme, by indulging in the functions of man while disregarding ouspensku resemblance to ouspenskg cosmoses around him.

Gurdjieff said that “the enneagram is a universal symbol.

Interestingly exposed many facets of my personality and life that was until then hidden, What a slave I used to be to my false personality!!! And it’s basically why we don’t sustain a state of self-remembering ouspenxky a long time.

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

One of the hardest but most rewarding,mind food I have had the honor to read. 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. Through systematic and consistent effort, he could awaken and become conscious.


In studying the world and its laws a man studies himself, and in studying himself he studies the world. Jul 23, Jan prussia rated it it was amazing. After enough self-observation, a man working on himself could begin dividing what he saw into the myriad functions outlined by the system.

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The Fourth Way by P.D. Ouspensky

Jul 08, William rated it it was amazing Shelves: Maybe I am not read Unfortunately, I am very disappointed with this book. However, each reaches that destination via different means. The diagram has eight levels, each corresponding to Gurdjieff’s laws of octaves.

The ‘ Fourth Way ‘ to which the title refers is a method of inner development – “the way of the sly man,” as Gurdjieff described it. Sounds funny it is, never thought i’d read a book four times or more. He stressed its greater origin, along with the ancient Fourth Way tradition.

Just as Tertium Organum deals with a new mode of thinking, so The Fourth Way is concerned with a new way of living. Learn more about BePeriod A worldwide community dedicated to self-remembering and self-observation by revisiting ancient schools from a fourth way perspective.

I am still interested in reading Ouspenwky own work but be aware that this is not an easy read and for me simply very boring! All knowledge can be included ouspenskky the enneagram and with the help of the enneagram it can be interpreted Gurdjieff laid emphasis on the idea that the seeker must conduct his or her own search.

Ouspensky, the teacher, was not very interested in inspiring his students with the mysteries of the higher worlds. Trivia About The Fourth Way. All ways lead to the same end: Conscious Labor is an action where the person who is performing the act is present to what he is doing; not absentminded.