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Ouspensky - The Fourth Way

Ouspensky - The Fourth Way

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P. D. OUSPENSKY
THE FOURTH 
WAY 
 A RECORD OF TALKS AND ANSWERS TOQUESTIONS BASED ON THE TEACHING OF G. I.GURDJIEFF 
 
FOREWORD
WHEN
P. D. Ouspensky was asked if he intended to publish his lectures, he answered:'What is the use? The most important is not the lectures but the questions andanswers.'This book consists of verbatim extracts from talks and answers to questions given by Ouspensky between 1921 and 1946. Chapter I is a general survey of thefundamental ideas, which in subsequent chapters are amplified subject by subject inthe specific order followed by Ouspensky himself.To achieve this order some of the material has had to be taken out of itschronological sequence; but in no case has there been any alteration of phrasing or meaning.
 
CONTENTSFOREWORDCHAPTER I
What the system is about—Study of psychology—Incompleteness of man— Study of the world and study of man—"Principle of scale—Possible evolution— Self-study—Many 'I's—Division of functions—Four states of consciousness— Self-observation—Self remembering—Two higher functions—Wrong work of the machine—Imagination—Lying—Absence of will—'Lack of control— Expressionof unpleasant emotions—Negative emotions—Change of attitudes —Observation of functions—Identification—Considering—Sleep—Prison and escape—Seven categories of man—Mechanicalness—Law of Three—Law of Seven—Illusions—We cannot 'do'—Good and evil—Morality and conscience— Only a few can develop—A, B and C influences—Magnetic centre—We live in a bad place in theuniverse—Ray of Creation
Orders of laws.
CHAPTER II
Man if an incomplete being—He lives below his legitimate level—Revaluation of old values—'Useful' and 'harmful'—Illusions—Man isasleep—Practical self-study—Study of obstacles—Psychology of lying—Man is a machine— Creating a permanent 'I'—Allegory of ahouse in disorder—Roles—Buffers
Self-remembering—Why thissystem cannot be popular—Prison—Formulation of aim—To befree—Sin—Repentance—Helping humanity—Attraction and repulsion—Self-observation—Division of all that belongs to man intoseven categories—Knowledge and being—Their relationship—Wecan have wore knowledge—Necessity of changing being—Understanding—Harmful functions—Expression of negativeemotions—Unnecessary talk—Difference between this system and others—Levels of being—Thinking in different categories
Dangersof the present situation.
CHAPTER III
Self-study and improvement—States of consciousness and functions—Degrees of consciousness—Division of functions—Self-remembering—Mechanicalness —Study of functions of the four centres—Subdivision of centres—Attention— Formatory apparatus—Wrong work of centres—Four kinds of energy— Stopping leaks—Negative emotions—Stopping the expression of negative emotions—Change of attitudes.

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