THE WORK

The term was coined by George Gurdjieff to describe his path and to differentiate it from traditional ways.

The first way…of the Fakir, involving effort in the body …(Hata Yoga)

The second way…of the Monk, involving devotion and concentration of feeling. (Bhakti - worship)

The third way… of the Yogi, involving largely mental attention…(Gyana - knowledge)

In the fourth way, effort is made in all three: body, feeling, and mind. This is harmonious development. Also, in contrast with the traditional ways, the fourth does not require separation from conditions of ordinary life. In fact, these conditions are ideal, especially in times of turmoil, for the 'awakening' process which is integral to the effectiveness of this way.

According to Gurdjieff, most of us are sleepwalking our way through life, automatically reacting to what happens around us, in habitual, conditioned ways.

Waking up involves "remembering ourselves." As we remember ourselves, & become more aware of our "automaticity", we learn to free ourselves from the prison of our conditioning, to live an authentic life. At the same time, to escape from prison, work with others of like mind is essential…which is why we work together, in groups.

Gurdjieff's concept of the fourth way, & techniques for transformation developed by him, were heavily influenced by his learnings in ancient Sufi monasteries in Asia. The Work…(as it is called) offers an opportunity for deep personal exploration, growth, and healing, using the methods suggested by Gurdjieff, and other Masters of the Fourth Way.

 


The Work is not mystical
It does not direct your attention to that which is incapable of being understood

The Work is not a cult
We do not perform rituals and ceremonies for the sake of astounding ourselves, or to impress others.

The Work is not religious
We do not worship any mortally named enigma.

The Work is not a sect
We do not blindly or mechanically revere any human being.

The Work is not a club
It is not a collection of ordinary people held together by similar weaknesses & maladies.

The Work is not a contemporary fad
Its secret paths have been trod by a few since the dawn of the intellect.

The Work is not a popular pastime
Few feel its need, & even fewer can pay the price.

The Work is not a necessity
Life has yet to require that human beings realize their full potential.

 

 

WHAT, THEN, IS THE WORK?

It is more than all words,
less than all dreams.
It is a terror to behold,
a joy to experience.
It is the connecting threads
of a great and secret circle
Closing the gap
'twixt all and nothing' .




The Fourth Way work Group is a group of like minded people, who have come together to study the teachings of Gurdjieff and, to experience through their own efforts, the effects of living a life based on the wish to live consciously.
Includes a study of the Enneagram… Universal laws of the Creation and Maintenance of Life on earth… the Psychology of Selves… The functioning of the Three brains of human beings…The Human Food Factory…The story of Hydrogens… and other such interesting phenomenon…in a search for an answer to the basic question…Why are we here on earth?

Fourth Way Groups and Schools are "existential gypsies"!! They spring up suddenly and flourish wherever they are needed, and just as suddenly, vanish without a trace.

Akhaldans is here, now. I do hope you find it !!


GURDJIEFF AND THE FOURTH WAY

Georgi Ivanovich Gurdjieff was an Armenian mystic, a teacher whose ideas have influenced a generation of people in the 20th. century. Trained in religion and medicine, he embarked on a lifelong search for a body of knowledge he suspected had its roots in ancient traditions, and which he thought might shed light on the meaning of mans existence. His journeys to almost inaccessible centers of learning, temples and monasteries bought him into contact with the secret, esoteric practices of ancient brotherhoods, reaching from Egypt across Central Asia, to India and Tibet.

After 25 years of searching and learning, he emerged as a spiritual teacher in Russia, in 1912. During the Russian Revolution, he escaped with a small caravanserai of pupils, and finally settled down in France, where he established the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man. Among the various disciplines practiced at the institute were dances, generally referred to as "movements". These dances served two vital functions, the harmonious evolution of the dancers themselves and the transmission of esoteric knowledge.

Although he died in 1949, Gurdjieff's ideas and teachings are alive and very relevant in the present day context.