A proper exploration of the enigmatic, charismatic, cryptic, controversial and revolutionary mystic, teacher of esoteric doctrine, healer, founder of “The Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man” at Fontainebleau in France, the bringer of “The 4th Way” to the West, Georges Ivanovich Gurdgieff (1866 – 1949), requires a vast, deep and courageous dive into the complexities of human consciousness as elucidated by Gurdgieff himself and by those who continued his work post-1949, and by those still doing so today.
I myself began my esoteric studies in my early 20’s with Gurdgieff’s works and those of his student’s, Maurice Nicoll (19 July 1884 – 30 August 1953), Scottish psychiatrist, author and noted Fourth Way Teacher.
Nicoll is best known for his Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky (a Russian esotericist known for his expositions of Gurdjieff earlier work. I highly recommend these 6 Volumes if one wants to explore the more applicable psychological elements of Gurdgieff’s teachings and apply the basic 4th Way techniques to their lives.
I did many years ago, and am the richer for it, having embraced the first and most important instruction of all, which is, “observe thyself”.
One of the ways one does this is through meditation, which was a cornerstone of Gurdgieff’s teachings.
The curious thing was that these meditations (and other esoteric exercises) were encouraged to be performed in dangerous, often war-torn places; a practice which continues today in existing Gurdgieffian Schools around the world.
More about that and its meaning shortly. Let’s look further into the fundamentals of Gurdgieff’s teachings.
One fundamental was that a human being is “three minded”, having an emotional/feeling centre, a psychological/intellectual centre and a physical/instinctive centre.
And it is the particular combination in percentages of those three centres that constitute the makeup of a person’s character.
“The Parable of the Horse, Carriage and Driver is a very ancient tale of unknown origin, brought to the West by Gurdjieff.
The equipage in its entirety presents us with a picture of Man. In it, the Horse represents the function of feelings, emotions. The Carriage stands for the body, and the Coachman is what we usually call our ‘conscious or ‘thought’.
The passengers of the carriage are represented by the multitude of characters in the painting, some quite strange and even quite unknown to each other. This is the image of our fragmented selves who can and do enter the carriage one after another and order it this way or that.
The arrival of the Master, or what might be called a unified Self, or ‘I’, can only be the result of many years’ of exacting inner work.” -peterszaszmemorial.com
It is through the process of self-observation and meditation that one hopes to become the unified “Eye of the I”, and ultimately aligned with one’s ultimate purpose and the multiverse.
Not to digress: The fascinating work of the late author, Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph. D., The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing is Hidden, describes advanced states of consciousness. It is much aligned with Gurdgieffian philosophy in the exploration of how the very nature and scientific processes of consciousness reveals the way to the spiritual Enlightenment itself.
“Sir David R. Hawkins (1927 – 2012) was a nationally renowned psychiatrist, physician, researcher, spiritual teacher and lecturer. The uniqueness of his contribution to humanity comes from the advanced state of spiritual awareness known as ” Enlightenment,” “Self–Realization,” and “Unio Mystica.”
Rarely, if ever, has this spiritual state occurred in the life of an accomplished scientist and physician. Therefore, Dr. Hawkins was uniquely qualified to present a spiritual path that is scientifically compelling to modern society.” – https://veritaspub.com
The Eye of the I is an immense work, but I highly recommend it and Dr. Hawkins’, Power vs Force and his other works, for a deep dive into the very nature of consciousness itself, brought to life and brilliantly explained by the enlightened and highly advanced being Dr. Hawkins was.
It was in much the same way, albeit much earlier, that Gurdgieff fused Eastern mysticism and meditation with practical exercises that developed a quicker and deeper awareness in an individual in actual life situations.
For Gurdgieff, spiritual fortitude was gained only partially through “meditating on a cushion”; the rest was putting that awareness to the test in difficult and sometimes life-threatening environments.
The Institute for the Harmonious Development is the continuation of the Society that went under the name of the “Seekers after Truth”, founded and led by Gurdgieff in 1895.
“The Society itself was founded by a group of various specialists, including doctors, archaeologists, priests, painters, etc., whose aim was to study in close collaboration so-called supernatural phenomena, in which each of them was interested from a particular point of view.
During the existence of the Society, its members undertook many very difficult journeys, mostly in Persia, Afghanistan, Turkestan, Tibet, India, but also in other countries. They also undertook a good deal of work of various descriptions in connection with their object, which involved much labor and organization.
Throughout the period of travel and work many of the Society’s members lost their lives, while others from time to time abandoned the task, and only a small number returned to Russia in 1913, under the leadership of Mr. Gurdjieff.” – https://gurdgieff.org
The “SHOCKING” Truth
The Fourth Way enneagram is a figure published in 1949 in ‘In Search of the Miraculous’ by P.D. Ouspensky, and an integral part of The 4th Way esoteric system associated with George Gurdgieff.
The term “enneagram” derives from two Greek words, ennea (nine) and gramma (something written or drawn), and was coined by Gurdjieff in the period before the 1940s. This is the Enneagram with point numbers and octave designations for an octave beginning at point 9. Points 3 and 6 show “shock points” at which a new Do may enter and develop alongside the existing octave.” – Wikipaedia
“Gurdjieff presented us with a system of knowledge informing us that all matter and energy vibrates. Modern science has corroborated that revelation.
Everything is a composition of pulsating energies vibrating across the whole spectrum of frequencies.
We ourselves are just such compositions made of finer and denser energies, and by actively listening to the microtones on inner octaves, we may experience a relationship with the finer levels of energies that are an integral part of our own being.
Sensing the presence of another level of energy, we find that the higher is accessible through the inner.” – https://gurdgieff.org
It was through Gurdgieff’s teachings on the “enneagram”, an ancient symbol of unknown origins, now used mostly in exploration of personality types (by Oscar Ichazo and later Claudio Naranjo (1932 – 2019) who coined the term “Enneagram of Personality”, that the concept of receiving a “shock” was necessary for spiritual evolution.
Gurdgieff taught that unless there was a significant “shock” – a trigger, an activator – human nature was too complacent in itself to search out enlightenment, and instead requires a catalyst to push it to a new level of understanding.
And without this shock – taking us up to the next “octave” – we rise from Do Re Mi… to Ti – then back down to the original Do we started from, maintaining basically the same vibration we started the octave with.
This, as we know, through our own evolutionary process and history, is absolutely true of life and human nature, as it is none other than ADVERSITY that is the sure-fire catalyst to the growth of human consciousness.
HERE AND NOW
How can we relate this to the here and now, and find a positive in our precarious at best, current global state of affairs?
Well, I happen to know for a fact from a credible source that the REAL Gurdgieffian Societies that exist today (and they’re not easy to find or to join) still practice meeting and going and doing “the work” in dangerous parts of the world.
When in physical danger, the senses are heightened; “fight or flight” is likely on the verge of being activated 24/7; there is a greater awareness, keenness, and inner vision is magnified – and potential reactions to outer stimuli may be exaggerated – all invaluable food for critical self-observation and therefore potentially, growth.
I’m not advocating placing oneself in deliberate danger. And personally, I’m not giving into the fake-stream media’s despicable fear-mongering (as has been the case for decades now). Especially when there are far more credible sources, not funded by unfortunately flawed billionaires with negative agendas of their own – out there reporting the ACTUAL truth – for all ears that will listen and all eyes that will see – without the filters of thousands of years of social conditioning clouding their better judgement, and activating their crippling cognitive dissonance to their own detriment and the detriment of our global society.
It’s NOT the end of the world, friends.
It’s a time of GREAT CHANGE.
Change for the better, but not until those who have been furthering their personal agendas are stopped, and we can begin the healing and rebuilding process from all the reeling and backlash soon to come.
There has NEVER, in the known history of humanity, been a more CRITICAL TIME to meditate… To allow the “shocks” that have come – and that will continue to come for awhile – to act as a catalyst to your own personal quantum growth and that of our global society.
You can’t go OUTSIDE, so you might as well GO INSIDE! And believe me, INSIDE is WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY BIGGER INSIDE than OUTSIDE! And that’s just one of the golden nuggets you’ll discover when you DO go inside...
Summing it UP on GIG
“G. I. Gurdjieff’s legacy is four-fold. He left a blueprint for a new world in his magnum opus: All and Everything, Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson. The Sacred Dances or Gurdjieff Movements are a valuable and remarkable tool for self study and group consciousness, and the sacred music elicits a deep feeling of wish for the spiritual reality.
Gurdjieff left a practical teaching, to be transmitted in a group or community medium, providing ideal opportunities to work towards building balanced relationships within ourselves, with others, and for the Work. Including spiritual exercises, practical physical work, psychology, cosmology, the enneagram, meditation, presence, relaxation, sensation, and service, the fourth way teaching evolves to fit time and place.
Teachings in Times of Crisis
This teaching becomes manifest at times of crisis and transition in human history, and many feel that we are at such a point in time now. According to J. G. Bennett (and many other scientists, truth-seekers and sages), we are at the end of a 2,500 year epoch, and probably at the midpoint of a great cycle...
We each must develop internal perceptions which allow us to act in synergy with the Higher Intelligences which guide the evolution of humankind and the earth.” – https://gurgieff.org
If that’s not a compelling enough please for your to meditate, I’ll try to do better next week. And I won’t stop until it’s a beautiful, meditating-on-joy-love-peace-harmony-abundance and bliss kinda planet. That’s my commitment to this great awakening we are experiencing.
I’ll leave you with this:
The Prophesy of the The Elders, Oraidbi, Arizona, Hopi Nation:You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.
Here are the things that must be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know our garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
This could be a good time!
There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel like they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off toward the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
See who is there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves!
For the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
The time of the lonely wolf is over.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we have been waiting for.
NEW GUIDED MEDITATION: Breathing and Inspiration – The NEW 60 Minute Version
This deep dive, 60 Minute, Breathing and Inspiration Guided Meditation, links the breath with “inspiration”, which is, in fact, another word for breathing.
Relax and slip into a heightened state of awareness, and be more open and able to receiving inspiration and guidance from your higher self through the magic of your own breath.
Here’s a link to the 60 Minute Version:
There are also 15 and 30 Minute Versions. Here’s a link to the 15 Minute Version:
And here’s a link to the 30 Minute Version:
The Difference Between the 15, 30 and 60 Minute Versions
All versions contain the same amount of Guided Meditation dialogue. The longer versions allows for a deeper and even more rewarding meditation experience, as it gives you more time to meditate to a calming and very beautiful musical soundscape, while still allowing you to experience the message of the Guided Meditation itself!
As always, Happy Meditating!
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNltQ0c8Kq4_QsSNIFTGBaQ
PS: It’s Meditation “dot” Works, because meditation really DOES WORK!
“Heal the self, help others heal: Before you know it, we’re all healed!“
With Great “Lovitude”,