Wisdom Through Action

Teaching The Fourth Way  in the Tradition of G. I. Gurdjieff & 
P. D. Ouspensky

Purpose of Life

Overcoming the False Personality
Slaying our Inner Dragons

What you do today will create tomorrow thus tomorrow depends on what you are able to do today. You can change the future NOW, that is what must be understood.  This is possible through working on yourself, finding the purpose of life.  In ordinary life you cannot change anything, everything happens, yet when you begin to study The Fourth Way you can begin to have more control over your inner world and what happens to you.

Whether the Fourth Way will appeal to you depends on your magnetic center and center of gravity, among other variables. One of the main aims is to help you find the purpose of life.  There is no universal school that is suited for everyone.  The key is to find the right path that works for you.


Traditionally speaking, in life, and particularly in Eastern countries, there may be three paths to finding the purpose of life. The first way, the way of the Fakir is the way of instinctive-moving man, that is a person who's mechanical center of gravity is in the instinctive or moving function. The fakir spends much of his life withstanding physical pain in order to achieve a separation from his physical body. It is a long and difficult path to self-consciousness. Often, the fakir achieves his goal, only to find that he is too old and too crippled to go on with the work in other functions.

Another way, the way of the monk, is the way of the emotional man, that is one who's mechanical center of gravity is in the emotional function. He may achieve enlightenment or self-consciousness through purity of heart, faith and prayer. He may develop his will through the recognition that he lives in the presence of something higher.

The third way, the way of the yogi, is the way of intellectual man or one who's mechanical center of gravity is in the intellectual function.  A yogi may achieve self-consciousness through the method of abstract thinking, meditation and contemplation.

It is said that a monk may develop the will or ability to do, without the knowledge of what to do and that the yogi has the knowledge of what to do without the will to do it. The fakir may have the will yet be too old or too crippled to go on with work in other functions. In each case, the path to self-consciousness may be incomplete, as they may not include development of each of the four functions. And certainly they may not be particularly suited for Western man. In order to embrace any of these methods completely, they often require a withdrawal from life.  

Fortunately, a man or woman has the possibility of working on all four functions simultaneously through the Fourth Way, often referred to as the path to self-consciousness through understanding. With practical application of this teaching, one can learn how to make conscious use of the experiences of life.  When this can be achieved, it begins to inspire one's whole existence with a kind of impersonal delight and beyond.

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