In Search of Being

In Search of Being

The Fourth Way to Consciousness

Book - 2012
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Are we able to say that life is governed by a group of conscious people? Where are they? Who are they? We see exactly the opposite: that life is governed by those who are the least conscious, by those who are most asleep.

Provocative ideas such as these have attracted generations of thoughtful people to the methods of self-study and inner work devised by Gurdjieff, one of the most radical spiritual teachers of modern times. According to Gurdjieff, the wars raging at this very moment are nothing more than millions of sleeping people trying to annihilate millions of other sleeping people. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such as thing as progress and evolution as long as humanity remains asleep.nbsp;

Two hundred conscious people could change the whole of life on the earth , Gurdjieff says. If we want to become those conscious people, we must learn how to change ourselves. With the help of self-knowledge and an understanding of our relation to the universe, we can awaken to a higher level of being--if we wish to change ourselves.


All of Gurdjieff's fundamental principles and methods of transforming the intellect, emotions, and body, in the system known as the Fourth Way, are presented in this book in his own clear, precise words preserved by his closest pupils.

Arranged in an orderly sequence of passages drawn from two primary source books--P. D. Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous , and Views from the Real World , recorded and arranged by Mme. Jeanne de Salzmann--this material is an indispensable introduction for those determined to undertake the efforts and practices necessary for awakening consciousness.

All the basic concepts and methods are covered, including:

nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;man is "asleep"
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;we have no unified "I"
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;the need for self-knowledge
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;functions of the human "machine"
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;states of consciousness
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;levels of being
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;three centers: moving, emotional, and thinking
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;personality and essence
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;the possibility of self-development
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;self-observation
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;remembering oneself
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;conscious evolution
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;the law of three forces
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;the ray of creation
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;the law of octaves
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;the Enneagram, a universal symbol
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;the variety of spiritual ways
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;esoteric Christianity
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;working in groups
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;the necessity of schools
Publisher: Boston : Shambhala, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781611800371
1611800374
Branch Call Number: 197 GURDJIEFF
Characteristics: xvi, 269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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