Lying: Detailed Definition
If a man could be described as a zoological type, he would be described as a lying animal.
People pretend that they know all sorts of things:
about the future life,
about the universe,
about the origin of man,
but in reality they...
Entropy and the Laws of World-creation and World-maintenance
“In the beginning, when nothing yet existed and when the whole of our Universe was empty endless space ... our Most Great and Most Most Holy Sun Absolute existed alone in all this empty space. . . It was just during this period...
4th Way ♦ Soul References
Excerpts related to the word, "soul", taken from:
The Fourth Way — (9) instances of the word soul.
In Search of the Miraculous — (1) instance of the word soul
Beelzebub's Tales — (85) instances of the word soul.
Structure and Function of the Human Machine
The human machine has seven different functions.Five ordinarily and two potential.
Four lower functions• Instinctive • Moving • Emotional • Intellectual
(also known as: centers = brains = minds)
Potential connection with two higher centers
(soul & spirit)
Confluence and waking sleep
From: Cassiopaea Glossary
Moravieff uses the term confluence to designate a peculiar hypnotic state in man where he is identified with the mental currents that flow through him and mistaking the thoughts that are engendered from this current as his own thoughts.
Man's submersion into this mental current is what...
The Five Strivings
All the beings of this planet then began to work in order to have in their consciousness this Divine function of genuine conscience, and for this purpose, as everywhere in the Universe, they transubstantiated in themselves what are called the ‘being-obligolnian-strivings’ which consist of the following five… - Beelzebub's...
Seven primary obstacles to self-awareness
Identification – One of the characteristics of our psychology is that we lose ourselves by becoming absorbed into events, thoughts, and emotions.
Negative Emotions – One of the chief obstacles to awakening is losing energy through the expression of negative and unpleasant emotions.
Imagination – Our imagining that we already...
“Remember yourself always and everywhere.”
These words were inscribed on the walls of the study house of the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man at the Château Le Prieuré, Fontainebleau-Avon, the home of the esoteric teacher George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. They summarised the essence of his teaching and were...
The psychology of George Gurdjieff: Implications for counseling
Abstract From: Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health
This paper examines aspects of the teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff in the light of the current knowledge base of contemporary applied psychology, and in particular, that of current counselling theory and practice.
It focusses on enunciating relevant aspects...
Unusual Assemblage of Syllables
A deliberate and rigorous obscurity … of confusing terms and tangential associations in interminable sentences
Jargon-ridden and intentionally obtuse
For several reasons, including the unique difficulties presented by Gurdjieff’s writing style, little commentary has been written on Beelzebub’s Tales.
Without a determined decision on the part of the reader to...
Gurdjieff at Lascaux August 1949
Soon after posting How I began "the Work", I began thinking about that title, and the fact that few people would have any idea as to what "the Work" is and means. So, I set about looking for a web page that I could copy which provided a brief and easy...
What is the Work?
Gurdjieff strongly condemned masturbation, contraception and homosexuality as affronts to the proper order of nature. (LINK)
Perhaps that helps to explain why he was such a prolific procreater. According to Mark Pilkington, "He was highly charismatic and a notorious womaniser, said to have fathered over 100 children."
Much has been written about what...
The Sly Man and the Devil
The Sly Man and the Devil — Something Different?
Is it possible the Fourth Way is but another limited hangout?
It undoubtedly was a release of previously hidden information, but was it done in order to prevent a greater exposure of more important details? If so, what are the missing details?
A rich and multifaceted literature has been created over the years from the pens of Gurdjieff, his direct students (first generation), pupils of his students (second generation), scholars and researchers, journalists and critics, and biographers.
At best these writings (Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson, In Search of the Miraculous) are...
Gurdjieff – Sexual Beliefs and Practices
By all accounts Gurdjieff was a vigorous, charismatic man with a robust sexual nature, described by biographer James Webb as “a sensual man who enjoyed the pleasures of the bed as much as those of the table.”
Gurdjieff's sexual conduct shocked many people in the 1920s...
Gurdjieff – Drugs, Alcohol and Food
Anthropological research suggests that human beings in virtually every culture in history have ingested chemical substances to alter their consciousness.
Certain spiritual traditions celebrate inebriation as a metaphor for conscious transformation.
Sufi mystics speak of being ‘drunk with the wine of love.’
The Zen tradition...
Gurdjieff's Cosmological Ideas
The system of knowledge that Gurdjieff taught has a psychological side and a cosmological side, which form twin halves of a comprehensive whole.
Study of the psychological ideas is helpful in understanding the cosmological concepts, and vice versa.
To a certain extent, a thorough grounding in Gurdjieff’s basic psychological ideas...
The Inner Circle of Humanity
The source of Gurdjieff's teachings has never been conclusively established by either scholars or students of Gurdjieff.
However, some have speculated that he contacted and learned from esoteric schools that were custodians of ancient spiritual teachings on the evolution of humanity.
Gurdjieff spoke in general terms about esoteric...