EnneagramFourth Way Gurdjieff Ouspensky School Education Concerning the Work Teachings of G. I. Gurdjieff, P. D. Ouspensky, Maurice Nicoll, and their students.
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Welcome to our new website. Please enjoy your visit. Here's a quick look at just a few of the extensive resources available here on this very large website. Please take the time to look around. These resources are clear, concise, and accurate. They are written in simple, straightforward language by ordinary people in everyday life, people just like you.

This site introduces the basic ideas of the Fourth Way Work. You can learn in a safe, supportive atmosphere from approachable people who have practiced the Work for many years. Questions and observations are encouraged. This is not a presentation of the history of the Work. What you gain from this site will depend on the effort and study you put into paying attention to learning the material that is presented; for this reason no guarantees can be offered.

The Work is a system of knowledge and methods for inner spiritual development. It is intended for practical application by normal ordinary people in everyday life. The ideas can allow you to reorganize what you already know into new relationships to increase your understanding of yourself and the world we live in. It does not require withdrawal or abstention from ordinary life, a change in life circumstances, loyalty and large payments to a group or teacher, or waiting several years to be allowed to study all the ideas.

This site concentrates on presenting an accurate overview of the basic Work knowledge, including fundamental ideas and practices. Participants are expected to maintain a critical mind and to verify everything they learn.

This site is for normal ordinary people in everyday life who already know something about the Work, or who have participated previously in group work. Participants should be adults who lead a more or less ordered and successful ordinary life, and who have some degree of personal freedom. No specific academic training is required.

Connection with the Work is a matter of inner attitude, not a matter of being a member of one group or another. Also, despite the protestations of some groups to the contrary, no one has a monopoly on the Work.

The deeper you go, the more you'll discover.

These are the basic questions being addressed: What and who am I? Where am I? What is happening where I am? What can I do?

The Work is not a building, a place, a book, a system, dogma or tradition. The Work is something that lives in the hearts of men and women --- if they can find it.
Maurice Nicoll, MD

Cosmology

Cosmology

Introduction to the cosmological ideas of the Work, including the Ray of Creation, the Law of Seven, the Law of Three, the Six Processes, and other laws we live under here on the Earth.

Psychology

Psychology

Introduction to the psychological ideas of the Work, including essence and personality, the possible states of human consciousness, the structure and function of the human machine, the science of human types, and obstacles to awakening.

Principles and Practices

Principles and Practices

Introduction to the principles and practices of the Work, including aim, verification, self-observation, self-remembering, lines of work, requirements and circumstances, impressions, and suffering.

Tools and Resources

Tools

Introduction to techniques and resources regarding the Work, including what to watch for in groups, and recognizing errors. This section contains our immensely popular and useful guide to false teachers and fake groups.

Books

Books

Visit our new bookshop at Amazon, where you can order your favorite books, in print and Kindle ebook editions, music, and videos online. Free books and media in the public domain are available as well.

Community

Community

Come participate in our online community. Currently we offer news, a forum, a mailing list, and a way to tell your friends about this website.

More

More

More resources, such as workshops offered from time to time that provide an overview of the basic ideas.

Cafe

Cafe

Ever popular and lighthearted, plunge in and refresh yourself.

Maurice Nicoll

Psychological Commentaries, Volumes 1 through 5 with Index by Maurice Nicoll, MD
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cover of Psychological Commentaries

Every serious student needs to own this series of books.

This favorite set of books is frequently requested. Now republished after long being out of print, it is now available for online ordering at a substantial discount.

They are concerned with directly applying certain deep ideas to daily life. They are a valuable source for studying central work-ideas and their practical application in daily life. The Psychological Commentaries were written from Dr. Nicoll's own understanding of the teaching in its practical application to himself and to the members of his groups. In these papers the fundamental ideas of the System of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky are expounded with clarity so that help is given to the reader towards understanding the efforts required to reach that individual level of development indicated as the goal of all the Great Religions-attainable only by practical work on oneself.

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