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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Apr 19, Gregory rated it it was amazing. Nevertheless, man must keep his interest in externals in check, for he easily loses himself in pursuit of theoretical knowledge. I realize that a lot of my criticisms don’t just fall on Ouspensky, but Gurdjieff for postulating them.

Another aspect -without which the first would be futile — is knowledge of the system. From what I gather, what he means by lacking consciousness is the fact that we are constantly doing things without knowing the reasons why we do it – which according to the system means that we are mechanical. The fundamental laws of triads and octaves that penetrate everything should be studied simultaneously both in the world and in man.

One of the hardest but most rewarding,mind food I have had the honor to read. Oh well, we humans are wicked ty very much. But to know that little, one must know a great deal.

There is nothing inherently wrong with negative emotions. Knopf books Philosophy book stubs Self-help book stubs. Not that man is machine,but rather the machine is a functional expression of man’s spiritual aim and as such remains an indwelling of human potential.

Fourth Way – Wikipedia

He basically says that there are “wrong emotions” and that there are “right emotions” and that the “wrong” ones need to be discarded. The Fourth Way is a guide ouepensky those who seek a true way of inner growth under conditions open to the men and women of today. These are the broad and narrow ways mentioned in the Gospels and likened by Gurdjieff to acorns in a field.


It may gradually assume an emotional, religions hue; or it may gradually ouspensk an intellectual, academic hue. Know Thyself, traditionally ascribed to Socrates, actually stands at the foundation of any genuine teaching. For a student who travels the path of the Fourth Way, it is crucial ouapensky become aware of the greater tradition of which he is part. That’s a shame, but then Ouspensky said that the Fourth Way will never be popular because it demands ouspensy.

The work is like a mechanical guide book of human consciousness. 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.

To find oneself in a set of conditions that a gifted teacher has arranged has another benefit. Gurdjieff laid emphasis on the idea that the seeker must conduct his or her own search.

I am still interested in reading Gurdjieff’s own work but be aware that this is not an easy read and for me simply very boring! However, not much has been expressed on the Fourth Way as a tradition and as an influence.

Anyone out there that’s read several ouspsnsky would consider themselves knowledgeable care to chime in? 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.

First of all, anyone who is in the daunting position of repressing thoughts knows that it is ousspensky to ignore those thoughts than dealing with them. All four lead to the same end: He is generally not meant to evolve spiritually, but serves organic purposes, for which his normal undeveloped condition is sufficient.

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This is nothing more than pseudoscience. So if he has his own definitions then he should firstly call it something else, secondly explain what he means by those definitions and lastly provide evidence for the phenomenon behind the definitions. The fourth way differs from the old and the new ways by oupensky fact that it is never a permanent way.


The Fourth Way (book) – Wikipedia

After enough self-observation, a man working on himself could begin dividing what he saw into the myriad functions outlined by the system. FromGurdjieff made visits to North America where he resumed his teachings.

From In Search of the Miraculous. I agree that oftentimes we are more in the automatic state and seldom in the controlled state. Archived from the original on 30 October The Fourth Way is, ultimately, a practical way that promises its adherents genuine change of consciousness. 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.

Neither is it a path that can be traveled half-heartedly.


Wah order to know anything, man wqy first know himself. A friend turned me on to this book and I will be forever thankful to him for it.

I only just started this book, and I’m already blown away. I understand that this book is out of fashion. It makes tension of joyness to limits. If you experienced ‘self-remembering’ once or twice in your life, you will immediately know what it is when you read the description.

Fourth Way

It is never quite clear what the goal is or how to get there. It will become more evident as he progresses along the path. It is no surprise to me that Ouspensky abandoned the system long after people already committed to following his outrageous ideas. You can find the whole book for free in PDF format online since it’s public domain. I don’t think one can review this book.