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Aug 12, Flowquietly rated it it was amazing. I couldn't finish it. I had two chapters left, and now I see what the reviewers below mean. He goes on and on about different hydrogens, and starts to really make the most ridiculous claims. You get the feeling that there was something magical about being part of G's community, but that something is very hard to translate into words, even for someone as eloquent as Ouspensky.

I really wan I couldn't finish it. I really wanted to, but it became so dry that I am more than willing to admit that there may have been diamonds waiting for me in these last two chapters, but those are for another mining session. I need to give myself a break from Gurdjieff, mostly. Aug 03, Ryan rated it it was ok. The book is mostly a recounting of Gurdjieff's lectures with a loose scaffolding of autobiographical and historical details, and is quite telling.

Gurdjieff launches almost immediately into a bizarre metaphysics: a theory of substances, vibrations, an order of creation, the octave, atoms, etc. It's extremely complex, involves some degree of calculation, and is apparently very well thought-out with some underlying order in mind. Much of this probably sounded plausible at the time. Subatomic particles, radiation the craze to label every new thing a "this ray" and "that ray" and relativity were cutting edge science at the time and seemed to open up a previously unsuspected invisible realm.

However, it is all pretty clearly incompatible with even a rudimentary understanding of the world from the 21st century standpoint Gurdjieff denies evolution, astronomy, etc. He presents it all matter-of-factly. He states that life on earth is "food for the moon" for example, or that an additional effort is required on top of eating, breathing and perceiving in order for the human body to manufacture the "finer substances of the astral body", for example. But how? How does he know this stuff? According to Ouspensky and others, he had a very magnetic personality.

His psychology is at times interesting and is probably what attracts people to this system in the first place. He teaches that human beings live their lives in a state of sleep and are controlled principally by fleeting desires and drives, only thinking that they are in control of their lives. He holds a pessimistic view of the ability of any person to free themselves from this bondage hence the inevitable failure of New Years's resolutions except for the intervention of a higher power, or teacher.

And here, I think, we see the true nature of his enterprise. He establishes early on a complete dependence on the will of the teacher, the necessity of sacrifice, payment, obedience, etc. He strikes me as a one of the would-be cult leaders or spiritualist hucksters, like Blavatsky, who cropped up around this time. All in all I got very little out of reading this book but I did stick with it to the end.

After all it is fun to view the world through a different paradigm. I can only find connection between his methods and other, historical systems in the widest sense — perhaps some Sufism, and Hindu spiritual techniques. His metaphysics bears no resemblance to anything I've encountered before and I suspect he had a very active imagination. Nov 28, Gregg Bell rated it it was ok. This book was weird. I was thinking that this book was going to be "it. Okay, I know that'll never happen.

I'd read a couple of books by Vernon Howard that I enjoyed and several times he referred to G. Gurdjieff and the amazing "Fourth Way. I'd read Ouspensky's novel Strange Life of Ivan Osokin and that had a brilliant premise what would happen if a person actually got a chance to re-live their life? There are some good things in the book.

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Of people living unconsciously A good shock is necessary. But when a man is fast asleep one shock is not enough. A long period of continual shocks is needed. And that's his basic premise: People are machines living unconsciously and it takes shocks and "super effort" to wake them us up. I'm hanging with him so far. But then he gets weird.

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Life is actually moved by the planets. He includes all these chemistry symbols.

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It's all about octaves. And there are different stages of existence for everything. Man 1, Man 2 yada yada yada. And the ultimate answer?

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You guessed it. Only Gurdjieff has it. In the book Ouspensky trails Gurdjieff around like a puppy dog and he's at times mildly frustrated with Gurdjieff's mysterious theories but mostly a sycophant. It reminded me of Plato's Ion where Ion is constantly shilling and so toady-ish for whatever Plato wants to say. Ion: "You've proved it Socrates! It's like the words we know don't mean the same thing is Gurdjieff's vocabulary. And all the charts and symbols and all-around obfuscation.

I suppose if you are a cult-susceptible person you could be drawn in by all the double-talk and mystery. Please don't! Ah, I'm not really worried about you—you'll be okay. The book's really not worth your time. Sep 03, Gene Colwell rated it really liked it. This in many ways a strange book. Many people and groups use this book to learn about Gurdjieff's ideas but Ouspensky, even though he was for a considerable time a student and spent a great deal of time with Gurdjieff, finally turned away from him.

He believed that there are different levels of consciousness and that most p This in many ways a strange book. He believed that there are different levels of consciousness and that most people are not able to reach the higher ones. And that there is a difference between knowledge and being and that people from the West tend to value Knowledge more than being while people from the East tend to value being more.

This one of the reasons that both Gurdjieff and Ouspensky looked mostly to the East to find the "Miraculous", a path to higher levels of consciousness.

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Apparently, Ouspensky did find the "Miraculous" but he can not explain what it is nor how he obtained it. Mar 28, Ard rated it really liked it Shelves: bio , non-fiction , psychology , philosophy , paranormal , meditation , spiritual. I had this book on my shelf for years, and had read about Gurdjieff from other authors, but never from one so close to G. I had imagined this book would be a hard one to finish, but I actually raced through it and found it vastly interesting. Not only because the many ideas, of which I enjoyed the ones on psychology much more than the ones on the cosmic order of things.

But also because of the sketches of the man Gurdjieff himself and how he went about with his work and students. S I had this book on my shelf for years, and had read about Gurdjieff from other authors, but never from one so close to G. Set against World War I and the coming of the bolsheviks this book reads as a wonderful tale of history in turmoil and intense personal discovery. Jun 26, Levy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anyone who wants to make a BIG progress with his already advanced thinking.

It's all good when you find your own ideas in the books you read even if they were written half a century before you were actually born. What seems to us to be progress or evolution is a partial modification which can be immediately counterbalanced by a corresponding modification in an opposite direction.

Humanity, like the rest of organic life, exists on earth for the needs and purposes of the earth. And it is exactly as it should be for the earth's req It's all good when you find your own ideas in the books you read even if they were written half a century before you were actually born. And it is exactly as it should be for the earth's requirements at the present time. Throughout the book Ouspensky shares the many conversations and teachings of Gurdjieff which reads much like a journal, covering many parts of his teaching. Most of the book is fairly easy to follow apart from a few examples of his cosmic theory which can get quite complex.

I really enjoyed the book, it was like following them on thier journey. Apr 27, Martina rated it liked it. This is one of those books that need more than one reading. However, all in all, no regrets for reading this book, which took my mind to explore some very new or uncommon views. Jan 12, Charles rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites.

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  8. This is an extraordinary mind-altering book, if you allow it to be. You cannot truly understand G. You have to see it from the perspective that G. You have to relinquish your current thinking and surrender to his view, then you can see the truth that lies behind the illusions Feb 05, Billy rated it liked it Shelves: learning-type. Aug 25, Elena rated it it was amazing Shelves: changed-my-views.

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    Wow - I had to read it 3 times this year and it is still standing on my table. Please, read it and keep an open mind. I cannot tell you more than has been said already, except that it has blown my mind.

    Nov 18, Matthu Stull added it. I read this about oh let's just say, um, well, i guess it was probably about just slightly more than 4 years ago, Readers also enjoyed. About P. He was associated with the ideas and practices originating with Gurdjieff from then on. I never did read the book at that A new edition of the groundbreaking spiritual treasure, with a foreword by bestselling author Marianne Williamson.

    Since its original publication in , In Search of the Miraculous has been hailed as the most valuable and reliable documentation of G. Gurdjieff's thoughts and universal view. This historic and influential work is considered by many to be a primer of mystical thought as expressed through the Work, a combination of Eastern philosophies that had for centuries been passed on orally from teacher to student.

    Gurdjieff's goal, to introduce the Work to the West, attracted many students, amongthem Ouspensky, an established mathematician, journalist, and, with the publication of In Search of the Miraculous, an eloquent and persuasive proselyte. All in all, Ouspensky studied the Gurdjieff System directly under Gurdjieff's own supervision for a period of ten years, from to Ouspenky's book In Search of the Miraculous is a recounting of what Ouspensky learned from Gurdjieff during those years. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Compare all 3 used copies.

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