The Fourth Way is a teaching of spiritual development that leads to the realization of one's Higher Self. Its origins draw upon ancient esoteric traditions that were brought to the West in the early part of twentieth century by George Gurdjieff and Peter Ouspensky, who reinterpreted them in language suitable for modern-day man.
The Fourth Way is a practical system, based on self knowledge, individual verification, and the transformation of suffering. The teaching revolves around the principles of control of the worldly lower self, the cultivation of a spiritual path, and awakening to the realization of the Divine Present—themes that are at the root of all esoteric traditions. To reach Divine, Wordless Presence is the greatest miracle in the universe; every esoteric tradition offers its own expression of this Ultimate Truth.
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According to the Fourth way, men live their lives in a state of sleep.
Shakespeare, The Tempest: This is a strange repose, to be asleep with eyes wide open; standing, speaking, moving, and yet so fast asleep.
The Fourth way says that man can awaken from this sleep through Self- remembering.
The Sufi tradition -- Gujduvani (12th c. Sufi master) : Be present at every breath. Do not let your attention wander for the duration of a single breath. Remember yourself always and everywhere.
The sly man`s pill is a symbol for the effort of Self-remembering.
The Taoist tradition -- Liu Yiming (18th c. Taoist master): Ancient immortals used the term Golden Pill (Elixir) as a metaphor of the essence of true consciousness, which is fundamentally complete and illumined. Growing from one yang to gradually reach the pure wholeness of six yangs, going from vague to clear, the Gold Elixir develops naturally.
The Fourth Way speaks about creating moon in oneself.
The Taoist tradition -- Yu Yan (13th c. Taoist master): The inner development of the elixir and the timing of it`s firing are no different at all from the ebbing and the flowing of the phases of the moon.
The Fourth way states that man has no unity.
The Sufi tradition -- Darqawi (17th c. Moroccan Sufi) There exist ten thousand worlds, and all these are contained in man, without his being conscious of it.
Another way the Fourth Way expresses that man has no unity is by comparing him to a house with many servants.
The Taoist tradition -- The Secret of the Golden Flower: The celestial mind is like a house; the light is the master of the house. When the master is astute, men-servants and maids obey his orders of their own accord, and each does his work.
The Fourth way compares man to a carriage, horse and driver.
The Hindu tradition -- Katha Upanishads: Know the Self as lord of the chariot, the body as the chariot itself, the discriminating intellect as charioteer, and the mind as reins. The senses, say the wise, are the horses; selfish desires are the roads they travel.
According to the Fourth way, imagination is an obstacle to Self-remembering.
Buddhaghosa, Visuddha magga VIII (Buddhist sutra): Strictly speaking, the duration of the life of a living being is exceeding brief, lasting only while a thought last. Just as a chariot-wheel in rolling, rolls only at one point of the tire and in resting only rests at one point ; exactly in the same way, the life of an living being last only for the period of one thought.
The Fourth way mentions that one needs outside help to awaken.
Christian tradition -- St. John Chrysostom, Philokalia: A man's readiness and commitment are not enough if he does not enjoy help from above as well; equally help from above is no benefit to us unless there is also commitment and readiness on our part. Thus I entreat you neither to entrust everything to God and then fall asleep, nor to think, when you are striving diligently, that you will achieve everything by your own efforts.