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The Reality of Being: The Fourth Way of Gurdjieff

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As the closest pupil of the charismatic spiritual master G. I. Gurdjieff (1866–1949), Jeanne de Salzmann was charged with carrying on his teachings of spiritual transformation. Known as the Fourth Way or "the Work," Gurdjieff’s system was based on teachings of the East that he adapted for modern life in the West. Now, some twenty years after de Salzmann's death, the notebo

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Published July 27th 2010 by Shambhala Publications, Inc. (first published 2010)
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David Guy
Nov 10, 2011 David Guy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because of a friend, and because of the work of Jacob Needleman, I've become interested in the GurdIjieff work, which was one of the "new religions" of the 20th century. I really think these folks just discover the old truths and then try to re-invent the wheel, when they could easily just go back to the existing traditions. Gurdjieff as far as I can tell was just trying to teach presence, and he could have done what the Zen teachers did and just have people sit and stare at the wall. Jeanne de ...more
May 21, 2012 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Reality ... this is by far the best book gurdijeff i have ever read. no doubt it was by his secretary.
Find out who you are. find out who " i am" is
there is something gentile and profound about this book
for 4 weeks i held unto it carefully exploring each sentence like a labyrinth. it was mind blowing to say the least and i have read a LOT of books on gurdijeff . next to the fourth way and the man himself this is a highly recommended book
An entirely decent companion to Gurdjieff's writings. My only complaint is that De Salzmann is, at times, slightly less interesting to read than Gurdjieff himself; I found myself picking up his writings at times instead of paying attention to reading hers.
Feb 03, 2013 Averill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This reminds me allot of krishnamurti's works. I guess all swami talk sounds the same... Absolve ego, ascend self,stop thinking, repeat lol. All jokes aside it was an ok book, repetitive but ok.
Lina Slavova
Dec 31, 2016 Lina Slavova rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I read this book is because I am trying to understand Pamela L. Travers's life time fascination with the Gurdjieff's teachings. It took me forever to finish this book written by Gurdjieff's most fervent student and follower Jeanne de Salzmann.

There was nothing enjoyable about the book. Do not waste time reading it.

Although, I now have an idea about what might have motivated Pamela L. Travers to join the ranks of Gurdjieff's followers but that I will explore in a future post on th
I'm giving this book three stars. I was hoping for more from this book, probably due to the write-ups and recommendations (mainly by Foundation followers and Fourth Wayers). I really wanted to enjoy the book, and took time reading it. As others have commented, it is a 'hard slog' to get though. Mainly because it is composed of the author's personal diary entries, and in no particular plan or aim. The book is largely impractical (again to my disappointment), and in some parts drones on about one' ...more
Mark Esping
Jan 19, 2014 Mark Esping rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this rather slowly. It has a framework which presents the information in many various parts or segments of a system. It gives several exercises, one of which was quite revealing for me. Train the attention to notice sensation. I will now go back and reread a reading per week. Interesting guidance.
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An amazon reviewer said that Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now is a good primer. This is the the advanced course. " I'm definitely interested in reading this book.
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Jeanne de Salzmann was born in 1889 in Reims, France and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. She married Alexandre de Salzmann, a well-known Russian painter, in 1912 and returned to his home in Tiflis in the Caucasus mountain region of southern Russia. She met Gurdjieff in 1919 in Tiflis, became committed to his work, and remained close to him until his death in Paris thirty years later.

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“As I try to remember myself, I see where my wish comes from. It is from my ordinary “I.” So long as the impulse comes from the possessiveness at the core of my personality, it will not bring the freedom necessary for a perception that is direct. When I see this . . . I have the impression of being a little freer. . . . But I wish to keep this freedom, and the way I wish comes again from possessiveness. It is like finding freedom from the influence only to fall back under it again, as though following a movement inward toward the more real and then a movement outward away from the real. If I am able to observe and live this, I will see that these two movements are not separate. They are one and the same process. And I need to feel them like the ebb and flow of a tide, with a keen attention that does not let itself be carried away and that, by its vision, keeps a balance.” 0 likes
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