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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
Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 12th 1971 by Vintage
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Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Classic Ouspensky, also try and read Gurdjieff if you can, it will blow your mind!
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!!!
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
When I read this book it literally made me angry to know just how flawed the teachings and the way it is taught is. 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: moving, instinctive, emotional and intellectual. 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 ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual-books
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
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.
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 06, 2007 rated it did not like it
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....
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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!
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Pyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii (known in English as Peter D. Ouspensky, Пётр Демьянович Успенский; was a Russian mathematician and esotericist known for his expositions of the early work of the Greek-Armenian teacher of esoteric doctrine George Gurdjieff, whom he met in Moscow in 1915. He was associated with the ideas and practices originating with Gurdjieff from then on. He shared the (Gurdjieff) " ...more
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