In London, a number of eminent people became interested in his work. The influential intellectual and editor A. Prominent theosophist and editor G. Mead became interested in his ideas on the fourth dimension. By order of the British government, Gurdjieff was not allowed to settle in London.

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Initially there were very few far-out claims, and I felt they were meant to be taken metaphorically. For instance, the idea that war is caused by the uncomfortable proximity of certain planets at certain times seems to be more an illustration of the way mass movements are the result of mechanical forces.

But the book becomes more and more obtuse and really goes downhill after Ouspensky introduces this strange The first half of this book is very readable, straightforward, engaging and practical. A quote: "[ And such people are in the majority". Lovely, right? Although this book was endorsed by Gurdjieff, it seems odd that the system insists on understanding being difficult to attain and then Ouspensky goes and puts large swathes of it in an easily digestible, page novel.

Having said all that, some of the ideas in this book are brilliant, like the concept of remembering oneself. Some of the better ideas here also remind me of Steppenwolf. He also writes that approaching them with specific pre-conceived notions about their meaning in a real-world context only leads to a kind of confirmation bias and distorts or distracts from the essential meaning of the symbol.

My copy of it is littered with underlined sentences, enneagrams, scribbled notes on will, being and function, and notes on octaves and self-observation. Is this an easy read? Easier than Gurdjieff, certainly, but so jam-packed with useful information, that it needs to be read over the course weeks, or even months. In these pages you will learn the way of the fakir, the monk, and the yogi, and, with a little This book is a treasure trove for anyone wishing to know more about the Gurdjieff work.

In these pages you will learn the way of the fakir, the monk, and the yogi, and, with a little luck, something about your own impermanent "I.

A masterpiece. I am still reading it after twenty years.


In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching

Would Ouspensky have been better off never meeting Mr. At the end of his life, if not before, Ouspensky certainly felt this way and Gary Lachman agrees. And he was wrong Ouspensky Left the Teaching Lachman, a former rock and roll musician, was involved with the Work in England for several years. He counts that "time well spent; yet, eventually I found myself moving away from the work to explore other ideas. But as the years went by I returned


P. D. Ouspensky

Throughout the book, Ouspensky never refers to Gurdjieff directly, only using the single initial "G. The book begins with Ouspensky returning home to St. Petersburg from his recent excursion to the East, where he journeyed "in search of the miraculous", as he put it. He soon meets a mysterious man, a certain "G. Ouspensky recounts his trials learning this new system, which he later refers to as the Fourth Way, often recollecting entire lectures, or parts of lectures, which Gurdjieff gave to his disciples in St. Petersburg and Moscow from — It was also an oblique reference to a book by the well-known Theosophist and friend of Ouspensky, G.



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