By G. I. Gurdjieff
Can we say that lifestyles is ruled by means of a gaggle of wakeful humans? the place are they? who're they? We see precisely the contrary: that existence is ruled via people who are the least wide awake, via those who find themselves so much asleep.
Provocative principles equivalent to those have attracted generations of considerate humans to the tools of self-study and internal paintings devised by way of Gurdjieff, the most radical religious lecturers of contemporary occasions. in keeping with Gurdjieff, the wars raging at this very second are not anything greater than thousands of sound asleep humans attempting to annihilate thousands of different drowsing humans. opposite to renowned trust, there's no corresponding to factor as development and evolution so long as humanity is still asleep.
Two hundred unsleeping humans may possibly switch the complete of existence at the earth, Gurdjieff says. If we wish to develop into these awake humans, we needs to how you can switch ourselves. With the aid of self-knowledge and an figuring out of our relation to the universe, we will be able to wake up to the next point of being—if we want to swap ourselves.
All of Gurdjieff's primary rules and techniques of remodeling the mind, feelings, and physique, within the approach often called the Fourth manner, are provided during this e-book in his personal transparent, distinct phrases preserved by way of his closest scholars.
Arranged in an orderly series of passages drawn from fundamental resource books—P. D. Ouspensky's In seek of the Miraculous, and Views from the genuine World, recorded and organized via Mme. Jeanne de Salzmann—this fabric is an integral creation for these made up our minds to adopt the efforts and practices important for awakening recognition.
All the elemental techniques and strategies are lined, together with:
• man is "asleep"
• we don't have any unified "I"
• the want for self-knowledge
• functions of the human "machine"
• states of awareness
• levels of being
• three facilities: relocating, emotional, and considering
• personality and essence
• the chance of self-development
• remembering oneself
• conscious evolution
• the legislation of 3 forces
• the ray of construction
• the legislations of octaves
• the Enneagram, a common image
• the number of religious methods
• esoteric Christianity
• working in teams
• the necessity of colleges