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The Fourth Way

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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 oral teaching from 1921 to 1946, it gives a lucid explanation of the practical side of G. I. Gurdjieff's teachings, which Gurdjieff presented in the form of raw materials, Ouspensky's specific task having been to put th...more
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Published February 12th 1971 by Vintage
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Scot Quaranda
This book took me six months to crawl through and though painful at times was worth the effort. It mirrored in many ways my own journey in terms of timing and though I could not pretend to have initiated the level of effort the Ouspensky says that we need to wake up from our slumber, from time to time I catch glimpses and that reminder alone was worth the read. I would not recommend this book for anyone that is not naturally drawn toward it and would say if you are interested in the ideas of G.I...more
James Beezhold
I read this while living on the street years ago.What I learned was that there is no "I" but many "I"s sort of competing for supremacy,that there is such a thing as spiritual mechanics.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.
Dec 28, 2007 W.B. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystics
This is nuts, yeah. It's total mysticism masquerading as mathemtaics and philosophy. But it's fun. More poetry than a dozen poetry volumes will contain.
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!!!
Classic Ouspensky, also try and read Gurdjieff if you can, it will blow your mind!
Russen Guggemos
I only just started this book, and I'm already blown away.
Andreea Daia
I don't think one can review this book. My suggestion is to read its first chapter: if one is "ready" for it, it will blow her/his mind. (There is one particular idea that is shocking and scary in its truthfulness, but everyone has to discover this for herself/himself.) If not stupefied, one might still find the ideas interesting enough and decide to continue.

In a few words, the first 3/4 of the collection of lectures is a psychology treaty of a very peculiar and non-traditional kind centered a...more
I understand that this book is out of fashion. That's a shame, but then Ouspensky said that the Fourth Way will never be popular because it demands effort. This book is of his lectures, with questions and answers.

Ouspensky, the teacher, was not very interested in inspiring his students with the mysteries of the higher worlds. But he was interested in outlining the practices and principles that give us the possibility of changing our 'being.' He doesn't entice; he says: this is what you need to...more
Zachary Yeung
well-intentioned gobbledygook that overwhelms the silence of wisdom
P.D. Ouspensky was a disciple of the Russian mystic Gurdjieff, and attempted to explain his system for human development. It is never quite clear what the goal is or how to get there. Quite the thing once upon a time. Nowadays seems as dated as Madame Blavatsky and all things vaguely spiritualistic... Worth a read though.
Dec 06, 2007 Erica rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fire
Shouldn't simplifying your life take up less than 300 or so pages? Why is it necessary to form your own groups and charge individuals money to sit around and listen to your philosophy, not to mention that someone actually takes charge over these groups formed under this philosophy? Gee....this sounds very familiar....
Jan prussia
One of the hardest but most rewarding,mind food I have had the honor to read. A friend turned me on to this book and I will be forever thankful to him for it. It has helped me in so many ways. I am aware of myself in the grand scheme of this wonderfully chaotic universe. --Awake!
Tricky reading, but this book really helped me to learn how to concentrate again. Not sure how many times I have read this, at least three, Perhaps four. Sounds funny it is, never thought i'd read a book four times or more. I have lost track the times now actually.
I am enjoying this book, but it is a lot of work. The premise of the book, is that humans are much like machines and that much of what we do, is done out of habit and unconsiously. Lots to think about and process!
John Brooke
I read this work many years ago, and now I would like to read it again. In light of a book I'm currently reading, The Denial of Death, in which the philosphy preached in The Forth Way is repudiated.
The general message of this Fourth Way is to not pass your life in a state of waking sleep. A good way to learn what Gurdjieff was all about.
Nov 02, 2008 Kalina is currently reading it
awakening- not sleeping... I'm done with zombie slumber...This book is a guide for me right now, I am taking my time with it.
Very insightful. It's been interesting reading this book. I open it to random pages and "work" from there.
Mark Becker
When one realizes that he is asleep, he has started to awake, I love this stuff.
Good, but tough reading if you really want to understand it!
Andrew Weiler
Some great perspectives on the inner workings of humans
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heavy ... heavy...
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