The Fourth Way
This esoteric information is meant for those who are ready for it.
Become truly enlightened by learning The Teachings of Gurdjieff – Part 1-5 below.
G.I. Gurdjieff (1872-1949)
Esoteric Self-Transformation – “The Fourth Way”
Gurdjieff’s fundamental aim was to help human beings awaken to the meaning of our existence and to the efforts we must make to realize that meaning in the midst of the life we have been given.
Gurdjieff was an Esoteric Teacher, Healer & Philosopher whose teachings were based on elevating certain aspects of humanity to a higher level of being.
His most important and fundamental concept was known as self-remembering.
In Gurdjieffs estimation, we forget ourselves constantly. We’re lost in a myriad of our daily activities, our problems and our worries. Added to that is the distraction and effect of what other people think of us, the way that other people look at us, the way that other people treat us, having the effect of undermining us and knocking us off our focus.
Internal & External Considering Introduction
Internal Considering is something to be avoided. Internal considering is allowing the judgements, demands, expectations and conduct of others to effect or influence the way we feel, the way we act and our state of mind. Somebody is nice to us and smiles and we feel good. Another individual frowns at us or curses at us and we become upset. An attractive member, perhaps of the opposite sex finds us attractive and we feel beautiful inside. Someone else turns their face away and shuns us, suddenly we’re ugly.
We internally are the same individual but we have allowed ourselves to be accessed by external conduct. Many people also engage in external considering by believing in our minds that someone is more powerful than us, has something we want, they’re wealthier than us, so figuratively speaking, bow down to them. On the other hand, we encounter someone that is poorer than us, or in our estimation, in a lower station in life than us and we expect them to bow down to us. That conduct is the conduct of ordinary man and it’s acting through the small self and the ego. A truly enlightened individual, bows down to no other individual and allows no other individual to bow down to them.
External considering is, without suffering, giving due to the other individual. Simple examples of external considering, opening the door for someone else, if someone has an event where they are being honored, allow them to receive the honor, don’t compete with them for their honor. Treating other individuals with regard and with respect without feeling competitively inside.
The Teachings of Gurdjieff – Part 1
The Teachings of Gurdjieff – Part 2
The Teachings of Gurdjieff – Part 3
The Teachings of Gurdjieff – Part 4
The Teachings of Gurdjieff – Part 5
Double Attention Exercise
The Fourth Way refers to a concept used by G.I. Gurdjieff to describe an approach to self-development learned over years of travel in the East that combined what he saw as three established traditional “ways,” or “schools” into a fourth way. These three ways were of the body, mind and emotions. The term “The Fourth Way” was further developed by P.D. Ouspensky in his lectures and writings. Posthumously, Ouspensky’s students published a book entitled Fourth Way, based on his lectures.